Ranchi a real turner for Dhoni and company in all spheres

Indian cricketers have provided some relief to their fans and earned a good night’s sleep after racing ahead in the Airtel one-day series 2-1 against England. With consecutive wins unheard of in the last years the Indian cricket team is slowly learning to gain back their momentum to turn proceedings in their favor. With consistent losing trends in matches culminating into series defeats against rivals the Indian cricketers were under tremendous pressure to perform. With nothing coming their way except brickbats the Indians seemed to have plunged headlong to revive their form and results.

In the third one-day international at Ranchi against England it was indeed India’s game right from the point of winning the toss by MS Dhoni. The spectacular new stadium held its first international match and proved lucky beyond doubt to Dhoni for whom it is the home ground. Dhoni and his men were full of praise for the facilities at the new stadium that had just been inaugurated and firmly made its presence felt on the international circuit. Dhoni had his parents and sister watching the match and definitely had the entire crowd support for the team which rarely saw any English supporters.

Alistair Cook and his men succumbed to the Indian bowling and a 150 runs target was too few for the esteemed Indian batting line up that for once show cased its strength. The crowd got its money’s worth and went home satiated having seen their team through race ahead in the Airtel series with back to back victories against a formidable team England. It was at the previous game in Kochi that the Indian cricketers have after a long time had commenced to take control over proceedings and it had resulted in an emphatic victory for them by a big margin of 127 runs.

Virat Kohli and Indian bowling took the away from the English cricketers with a dexterity that had been seriously lacking on the Indian side before the onset of the second one-day at match Kochi. India comfortably went on to win this maiden one-day international at the Ranchi stadium with seven wickets to spare. This victory over England chasing a low score of 155 by England was based on a superb knock by a resurgent Kohli who had his 22nd half century. The winning runs came from Dhoni with a hit to the ropes for a boundary in front of nearly 40,000 fans at the stadium in just 28.1 overs.

Kohli remained unbeaten on 77 off 79 balls while Yuvraj Singh made a quick fire 21-ball 30 and Gautam Gambhir scored 33. The fourth ODI is scheduled in Mohali on January 23 while the last game will be in Dharamsala on January 27. Ravindra Jadeja was at his best returning figures of 3/19 in 6.2 overs with Ishant Sharma and R Ashwin sharing two wickets apiece while Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shami Ahmed and Suresh Raina had one each. Earlier Cook was on 17 when trapped LBW by Shami in the eighth over. England’s slide began with the faulty dismissal of Pietersen by Umpire S Ravi who had given him out caught behind off Ishant.

Replays later confirmed that the sound heard by the umpire was of the pad. Bell on 25 was cut short by Kumar and slowly England tumbled like nine pins. England’s Eoin Morgan had remarked that Team India would be under tremendous pressure to perform at captain MS Dhoni’s home town but for a change it rubbed India in right way to enable their fans linger on a cherished win.

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