Nottingham: Ambati Rayudu hit an unbeaten 64 to help India coast to a six-wicket victory over England in the third one-day international at Trent Bridge on Saturday, putting the tourists 2-0 ahead in the five-match series.
England set a modest target of 228 after failing to take advantage of an 82-run opening stand by Alastair Cook (44) and Alex Hales (42), eventually being dismissed for 227 on the last ball in the face of some intelligent spin bowling.
The Indians had little trouble in their chase, with Ajinkya Rahane (45) and Virat Kohli (40) setting them on their way before Rayudu's 78-ball knock on his return to the team clinched victory with seven overs to spare.
With matches left at Birmingham and Leeds, India cannot now lose the series.
Earlier, Despite suffering a mid-innings collapse, England managed to reach 227 runs in 50 overs before being bowled out by India.
After getting off to a brilliant start with openers Alastair Cook (44) and Alex Hales getting an 82-run first-wicket partnership, the home team looked well on their way to a big score.
However, Indian bowlers struck regularly and reduced England to 149/6 in 36 overs. The English lower order offered some resistance in the form of wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler (42) and James Tredwell (30) which helped them cross the 200-run mark.
Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was the pick of the bowlers as he notched 3/39 from his 10 overs.
India currently lead the five-match series 1-0.
AM Rahane, S Dhawan, V Kohli, AT Rayudu, SK Raina, MS Dhoni*†, RA Jadeja, R Ashwin, B Kumar, Mohammed Shami, MM Sharma
AN Cook*, AD Hales, IR Bell, JE Root, EJG Morgan, JC Buttler†, BA Stokes, CR Woakes, JC Tredwell, ST Finn, JM Anderson
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