India Vs England 3rd ODI, England bowled out for 240 in India one-dayer
After Indian restricted visitor England for 240 with help from Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh who was the star of the show picking up 3 wickets for 31 runs off his quota of 10 overs and also entering the ‘Club 200’ in ODIs in the process. Andrew Flintoff provided England with a much needed breakthrough when he had the in-form Gautam Gambhir caught at deep third man for 14 runs. The Indian run machine was surprised by a short delivery that Freddie bowled round the wicket. Suresh Raina joined Sehwag at the crease. But Gambhir, Raina fell in succession.
India's Harbhajan Singh took three key wickets to restrict England to a modest 240 all out in 48.4 overs in the third one-day international here on Thursday.
The off-spinner dismissed skipper Kevin Pietersen (13) and Paul Collingwood in successive overs before sending back Owais Shah on an easy paced wicket at the Green Park stadium.
Pacemen Ishant Sharma and Munaf Patel chipped in with two wickets each in a match reduced to 49-overs a side after a delayed start.
Ravi Bopara (60) top-scored for the visitors, reeling under heavy defeats in the first two one-dayers in Rajkot and Indore.
England, who rejigged their batting order, were off to a positive start after electing to bat, putting on 79 runs for the opening wicket before losing their way.
Ian Bell hit Munaf for two successive fours before edging one to wicketkeeper Mahendra Dhoni off the fast bowler. He hit eight fours in his 47-ball 46. Pietersen (13) lofted part-time spinner Yuvraj Singh for a six but mis-hit a similiar shot against Harbhajan to be caught by Zaheer Khan at long-off.
Harbhajan struck again in his next over when he deceived Collingwood with a 'doosra', the ball that moves away from right-handers.
Bopara reached his fourth one-day half-century with a four off Yuvraj but lost his wicket soon after when he was stumped by Dhoni while trying to go for an expansive drive. His 82-ball effort included eight fours.