Regaining the lead!

England have regained the lead in the seven game one day international series with India. India won the toss and elected to bowl as they felt it was a good bowling wicket, but it didn’t work out as the Indians would have hoped. England knocked up 281 runs from their 50 overs with Ian Bell top scoring again hitting 79 off 89 deliveries. It seems that the more I criticise Bell, the better he plays, he has come on in leaps and bounds over the past three one day internationals. Alistair Cook had a solid innings adding 40 to the England total, Captain Paul Collingwood posted the second highest score of the innings hitting 44 from 53 balls. The tail enders seem to be getting better as well, scoring 22 runs off the final two overs. Freddy Flintoff was out for the match as he injured his knee in the last second match when it clattered into the advertising hoardings while trying to save a boundary. Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid were the backbone of the Indian innings once again hitting 72 and 56 respectively, and Yuvraj Singh added 45 to the Indian total. But the rest of the team let India down scoring a paltry 51 between them. England had it easy as the innings progressed, India were falling apart playing rash shots and Yuvraj Singh was run out because of mix up with batting partner Powar, which signalled the beginning of the end for the Indians. The tourists were bowled out for 239 in just over 48 overs earning England a 41 run win and a 2 – 1 lead in the seven game series! The next match is on Thursday at Old Trafford, so let’s hope for more of the same, with the exception of the first one day international it’s been a tightly contested series, so the next match could go either way.

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