Finn, Anderson thump hapless India

Fast-bowlers share nine wickets to destroy India's batting line-up before Bell, Taylor score half-centuries in the chase

    England bowlers dismissed India in less than 40 overs [Getty Images]
    England bowlers dismissed India in less than 40 overs [Getty Images]

    England thrashed India by nine wickets with more than 22 overs to spare to record their first win in the tri-series tournament in Australia and boost their confidence ahead of next month's World Cup.

    Fast-bowler Steven Finn claimed his maiden five-wicket haul in an ODI as England destroyed India's batting lineup at the Gabba in Brisbane.

    Finn took 5-33 from eight overs while Jimmy Anderson picked up four wickets as the pair skittled the reigning world champions for 153 in less than 40 overs.

    Ian Bell and James Taylor both posted unbeaten half-centuries as England cruised to victory in 27.3 overs, earning a bonus point for their lopsided win.

    Bell finished 88 not out off 91 balls, inching closer to 5,000 ODI career runs, while the pint-sized Taylor remained unconquered on 54 from 63 deliveries, chalking up his third fifty in eight ODI appearances.

    The pair shared an unbroken partnership of 131 after England lost opener Moeen Ali for eight, the only hiccup in the romp.

    Scorecard:

    India 153 all out in 39.3 overs (Binny 44, Finn 5-33)

    England 156-1 in 27.3 overs (Bell 88*, Binny 1-34)

    SOURCE: Reuters


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