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Alastair Cook, Kevin Pietersen and Joe Root hit fifties to guide England to 257 for 7 against India in the fourth onedayer at Mohali on Wednesday.
England began cautiously in seaming conditions at the PCA Stadium, taking 12 runs off the first five overs after being put into bat. In the sixth, three well-timed shots from Cook resulted in boundaries off Shami Ahmed to get the score moving, but a change in bowling provided the breakthrough for India. In the tenth over, looking to break the shackles off Ishant Sharma, Bell skied a catch to Bhuvneshwar Kumar at third man for 10 off 25 balls.
That wicket-maiden gave Ishant a strong start and he followed by striking Kevin Pietersen in the groin and rapping the batsman’s pads for a very tight call that was turned down. Ishant’s spell (5-2-10-1) played a big role in ensuring England struggled for runs; Pietersen failed to score off six balls faced from Ishant, while Cook managed nine off 17 balls from the lanky pacer.
There were just four boundaries between the 10th and 20th overs – all to Cook – and it wasn’t until his 33rd delivery that Pietersen collected his first four, a firm punch down the ground off R Ashwin. Cook reached his fifty from 74 balls with a single off Kumar at short midwicket - his 15th ODI fifty and 6th against India.
Both Cook and Pietersen batted with great care and their partnership of 95 runs came to an end only when the former tried to play across to a straight Ashwin delivery, finding himself trapped in front of the wickets. The England captain took 106 for his 76 runs and hit 13 fours.
Next batsman Eoin Morgan’s had a very brief stay at the crease. The out-of-form left-hander, after scoring three off five, charged down the wicket and tried to hit Ashwin straight back but mistimed it and Yuvraj Singh took a nice catch running backwards at long-on.
Samit Patel departed in the 37th over, three overs after Morgan’s wicket. The corpulent allroudner moved away to make room to drive a flighted delivery and ended up hitting a return catch back to Jadeja, who took it low down.
Joe Root joined Pietersen and he provided the impetus the English innings was looking for. However, he was dropped on 0 by Virat Kohli in the slips. Meanwhile, a struggling Pietersen completed his 24th fifty off 84 balls – his slowest ever. Root’s fluency soon rubbed off on Pietersen and runs started flowing for the tourists. It was Root’s six off Ashwin with a sweep in the 44th over that changed the complexion of the innings.
Pietersen got in on the act in the 46th with a huge six off Ishant over long-on. The Indian bowler, who had a great day at the office, avenged himself on the English batsman off the next ball with a yorker that uprooted Pietersen’s stumps. Pietersen made 76 ball off 93 balls with seven fours and one six.
Root got a reprieve on 42 in the very next over as Suresh Raina dropped an easy skier at short midwicket as the batsman tried a repeat of his previous six, this time off Jadeja. The Indian spinner lessened his pain to some extent with the Jos Buttler wicket in the 49th wicket, though only after conceding a four and a six. Two balls later Jadeja struck again to send back Tim Bresnan for a duck, taking his third wicket for 39 runs.
In the last over, bowled by Shami Ahmed, Root pulled the second ball for a four to complete his maiden fifty. He and James Tredwell accumulated 15 runs off the over to take the tourists to a competitive total. Root remained unbeaten on 57 off 45 balls. England scored 100 runs in the last 10 overs.