Nottingham - India's spinners again proved England's undoing as the tourists won
the third one-day international at Trent Bridge on Saturday by six
wickets to take a 2-0 lead in the five-match series.
World champions India, chasing a modest 228 for victory, cruised to 228 for four with seven overs to spare.
Ambati Rayudu, only playing because of Rohit Sharma's tour-ending finger injury, was an ODI-best 64 not out.
with Suresh Raina, who followed up his 100 in India's equally dominant
133-run victory in Cardiff on Wednesday with a run-a-ball 42, Rayudu put
on 87 for the fourth wicket.
But it was the first innings that
decided the course of the match, with England dismissed for a meagre 227
after losing the toss.
They were 82 without loss thanks to under-fire captain Alastair Cook (44) and Alex Hales (42).
England, as happened in Cardiff, again succumbed to spin as they lost
three wickets for 15 runs in six overs to be 97 for three.
Ravichandran Ashwin, the man-of-the-match, took three for 39, with only
Jos Buttler (42), apart from Cook and Hales, passing 40 in the innings.
England managed just one four in 26 overs midway through their innings and didn't hit a six until the last over.
spinners did it for us -- Ashwin and (Ravindra) Jadeja bowled really
well but also Raina's spell was important," India captain Mahendra Singh
Dhoni told Sky Sports.
"Rayudu bowled and batted well, he's a
good player of spin and we're still looking for a number four batsman to
bat through the innings," Dhoni added.
For Cook it was an all-too familiar scenario.
"We didn't play very well," he said. "We got off to another good start but, from 80-0, you expect to get more than 230."
for England's ongoing problems against spin, Cook added: "It's
something we're not doing very well at the moment but we've got to keep
working at it."
England's opening stand ended when Hales, on his
Nottinghamshire home ground, top-edged a sweep off Raina's sixth ball
and was caught by wicketkeeper Dhoni.
Hales had also fallen to the
sweep after making 40 on ODI debut in Cardiff and his exit was the cue
for England to again get bogged down against spin.
Rayudu took his first international wicket when he had Cook stumped down the legside by Dhoni.
whom former England team-mate Graeme Swann suggested this week should
quit one-day cricket because he scores too slowly, took 65 balls to get
his runs on Saturday.
Another Dhoni stumping, off Jadeja, saw Joe Root fall for two.
Morgan (10) was also undone by spin, Ashwin turning the ball away from
the left-hander and Dhoni holding the edge to complete his fourth
dismissal of the innings.
An ambling Ian Bell (28) was then run out by Mohit Sharma's dramatic direct hit from wide long-off.
Ben Stokes (two) added to his growing list of low scores for England
when Raina held a brilliant low, one-handed, slip catch off Ashwin.
Stokes's exit left England 149 for six and, unsurprisingly, the lower order could not repair the damage.
Rahane, promoted to open in place of Rohit Sharma, showed his class
with a textbook cover-driven four off James Anderson.
made 45, featuring six fours and a six, when fast bowler Steven Finn,
playing his first international match in nearly a year, had him caught
Virat Kohli averaged just 13.4 in India's preceding 3-1 Test series defeat and was out for a duck on Wednesday.
he found his form with 40 -- his best international score of a tough
tour -- before flicking Stokes straight to Tredwell at mid-on.
were now 120 for three but the rarely troubled Rayudu went on to
complete an impressive fifty when he deliberately uppercut Finn for his
fifth four in 63 balls.
The series continues at Birmingham's Edgbaston ground on Tuesday.
England 227, 50 overs (R Ashwin 3-39)
India 228-4, 43 overs (A Rayudu 64 no)
Result: India won by six wickets
Series: India lead five-match series 2-0