India bounced back from defeat to England in the Test series with a resounding 133-run victory by Duckworth/Lewis method in the second ODI in Cardiff.
The tourists take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series after Monday's scheduled opener in Bristol was rained off.
England won the toss and opted to field first, but fired by a Suresh Raina century, the visitors posted 304-6 in their 50 overs.
That was then modified to 297-5 after a brief rain delay between innings, but England fell spectacularly short, slipping to 85-5 after a sluggish start and leaving themselves far too much to do.
After the defeat at home to Sri Lanka, and the surprise high of the 3-1 Test victory, it was a chastening reminder of the fact that England are a long way from the top of the limited-overs formats.
|Ro Sharma||c Woakes||b Tredwell||52||129||87|
|Dhawan||c Buttler||b Woakes||11||30||22|
|Kohli||c Cook||b Woakes||0||3|
|Rahane||st Buttler||b Tredwell||41||70||47|
|Raina||c Anderson||b Woakes||100||106||75|
|Extras||1nb 16w 1b 11lb||29|
|Total||for 6 (50.0 ovs)||304|
It began promisingly, too—Chris Woakes and James Anderson bowled with economy in helpful conditions with the new ball, and Woakes struck twice in quick succession to account for Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli.
The recovery started slowly—Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane nursed the innings back into some shape with a 91-run stand, but both failed to kick on. The latter was stumped off the bowling of James Tredwell, who also prevented Sharma turning his 87-ball 52 into something more substantial.
But India were far from finished, and through Raina and MS Dhoni they launched a blistering counter-attack.
Raina in particular was devastating—after reaching 50 in 49 balls, his acceleration saw him reach 100 in 75. England were bereft of answers and left chasing their tails as the ball was dispatched to all parts of the ground.
Woakes' figures were a very respectable 4-52, but he and Tredwell were the only wicket-taking bowlers. Chris Jordan sent down 12 wides in a wretched 10 overs, costing 73 runs.
And it got no better thereafter. After the rain, England made familiar errors.
|Hales||c Ashwin||b Jadeja||40||89||63|
|Root||b B Kumar||4||10||4|
|Morgan||c Shami||b Ashwin||28||56||45|
|Buttler||c Kohli||b Jadeja||2||5||9|
|Stokes||c Rahane||b Jadeja||23||29||29|
|Woakes||st Dhoni||b Jadeja||20||24||23|
|Tredwell||c Jadeja||b Ashwin||10||21||11|
|Extras||0nb 2w 0b 3lb||5|
|Total||for 10 (38.1 ovs)||161|
The opening partnership of Alastair Cook and new arrival Alex Hales could not break the shackles of line-and-length bowling from India and quickly slipped behind the required run rate.
Cook's afternoon was ended after 33 balls yielded 19 runs, sparking a batting wobble.
Soon 54 without loss became 85-5 as England tried and failed to up the run rate.
Mohamed Shami and Bhuveshwar Kumar picked up the wickets they had merited before Ravindra Jadeja ripped through the middle order.
Jadeja does not spin the ball dramatically but offers little width, and England simply did not find an effective way to counter it.
His seven overs cost 28 runs and picked up four wickets, stopping any slim hopes of Eoin Morgan and Ben Stokes staging a recovery.
The game was long lost by the time Tredwell top-edged a sweep off the bowling of Ravi Ashwin, and it leaves England with plenty of questions to answer ahead of the next clash in three days at Trent Bridge.
But they are not fresh questions for England to address.
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