England V India, India in England 2007, Match Three, 23rd August 2007 at Redditch Cricket Club


On a much sunnier day India took an unassailable 3-0 lead beating England by 175 runs. England won the toss for the first time in the series and inserted India. Previously India had chased down modest England totals and this was an opportunity for both teams to bat for near enough 40 overs.

India were unchanged for the third time while England brought back Mark Turnham. With a change in the batting order, India opened with Shekhar Naik and Subhash Boya who had both batted impressively in the first two matches. England were taken to task as the pair put on 222 in 16.5 overs. England fielders took up deeper positions were able to cut off many more boundaries. Naik was particularly punishing on the drive and he raced to a 63-ball hundred being eventually out leg before to Nathan Foy for 112 which contained 17 boundaries. Fourteen runs later Boya fell in the nineties for the second time in the series. This time it was in controversial circumstances when he was adjudged to have hit the ball twice. Two overs later Luke Sugg took a magnificent catch to dismiss Ashish Negi to give Foy his second wicket.

England pegged back India at 268-5 when Rory Field bowled Dilip Mundy first ball but two further substantial innings from Rajinder Verma and Jose Shibhu Fernadez gave India a chance of a posting a total in excess of 400. Fernandez played attractively timing the ball sweetly as Keryn Seal had his first bowl for several years and Joe Harrison took three late wickets in a spell of 3-6 in 6 balls with Matt Dean taking a couple of catches.

England prepared to fight back in similar vein but made the worst possible start with Dan Field run out off the second ball by a direct hit. India used eight bowlers and showed their strength in depth with B1 Ketan Patel returning tidy figures of 8-0-43-0.With the loss of Foy and Sugg England were reduced to 35-3 after 4 overs but with much improved running and sensible shot selection Dean, Swanepoel and Rory Field ensured that England batted out the 40 overs. Ashish Negi used the bouncing ball on the hard surface to return figures of 5-0-19-3 including clean bowling Swanepoel and Harrison the latter with a particularly unplayable ball. England finished on 220-8.

The multi-talented India side have gone from strength to strength while Englandís young inexperienced squad have been given the opportunity to play at the highest level and have shown sufficient fighting spirit to make the remaining two matches interesting.

Men Of The Match:
B1: Subhash Boya 98 runs
B2: Ashish Negi 9 runs 5-0-19-3 and a catch
B3: Shekhar Naik 112 runs and 6-0-49-1


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