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20 January 201515:18

Finn, Anderson push India towards early exit

England pacers set up paltry 154-run chase, which Ian Bell and James Taylor pull off without any fuss

Finn, Anderson push India towards early exit - Cricket News

Steven Finn picked up his fifth scalp when he bowled Axar Patel for nought before Anderson ran through the tail.

Steven Finn produced his career-best One-Day International performance and James Anderson came back from a shoulder injury without any signs of the long layoff to lead England to a nine-wicket win over India in the third game of triangular series in Brisbane on Tuesday (January 20).

India's decision to bat backfired when it was dismissed for just 153 in 39.3 overs, Finn exploiting the pace and bounce to claim 5 for 33, while Anderson finished with 4 for 18.

In reply, England cruised to victory in just 27.3 overs, giving it a much-needed confidence boost as well as a bonus point. England’s recent ODI form has been very poor, but the Indian bowling never managed to stretch its batsmen as England finished on 156 for 1, opener Ian Bell unbeaten on 88 and James Taylor on 56. The win gave Eoin Morgan his first success as the regular captain of the ODI team.

Stuart Binny, who top scored for India with 44 in his return to the side, claimed the only wicket to fall, that of opener Moeen Ali.

After losing to Australia on Sunday, the Indian batsmen struggled to cope with the lively wicket. Finn, on the other hand, made the most of it to claim his first five-wicket haul in 49 ODIs, including a number of prized Indian scalps.

He did most of his damage to the top order, as India lost its way after being in a sound position at 57 for 1.

Anderson claimed the first wicket, removing the struggling Shikhar Dhawan, before Ajinkya Rahane and Ambati Rayudu steadied the Indian cause with a 56-run stand.

The fall of Rahane, caught by Taylor from the bowling of Finn on 33, sparked the first of two collapses during the innings.

Finn then claimed Rayudu, who scored 23, and Virat Kohli, who managed just 4, while Moeen had Suresh Raina stumped, as India slumped to 67 for 5.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Binny put on 70 to revive India's hopes briefly, before Finn again struck twice in quick succession to turn the match.

He had Dhoni caught behind by Jos Buttler on 34, the wicketkeeper's fifth dismissal of the innings, and India folded, losing its last five wickets for just 16 runs.

Finn picked up his fifth scalp when he bowled Axar Patel for nought before Anderson ran through the tail.