England humiliate Hyderabad XI

October 11th, 2011 - 11:12 pm ICT by IANS  

Hyderabad, Oct 11 (IANS) Scott Borthwick claimed five wickets and Stuart Meaker three to help England inflict a humiliating 253-run defeat on Hyderabad XI in the second warm-up match at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium here Wednesday.

After piling up a huge total of 367 with a breezy unbeaten century by Jonny Bairstow, the visitors bundled the home team out for a paltry 114 in to send out a warning to India ahead of the first one-Day International.

Borthwick ran through the Hyderabad batting to claim five for 31 in his 10 overs while Meaker scalped three in one over.

Chasing the massive total, the Hyderabad openers made a cautious start by adding 69 runs in 15.1 overs. The wicket of Akshath Reddy, who was the top-scorer with 37 runs, triggered a collapse. Captain Ravi Teja scored 27 but no other batsman could stand up to English bowlers, the home side losing eight wickets for 31 runs.

They were nine down for 98 and with the last pair adding a few runs, the total went past 100.

Earlier, it was a powerful batting display by the English batsmen as Alastair Cook (85), Craig Kieswetter (71) and Jonathan Trott (74) all made fine half centuries after the visitors won the toss in the second match being played under floodlights.

Unlike the first match when English top order had to struggle against the local team, the batsmen strongly demonstrated their skills ahead of the first ODI against India to be played at the same venue Friday.

Bairstow brought up his century in an emphatic style by smashing a six off the last ball of the innings. His knock featured eight sixes and six fours.

Leading from the front, Cook made a solid 85 off 74 deliveries, with 11 boundaries and a hit over the fence. Joining the team after Champions League, Craig Kieswetter’s innings included three fours and three sixes. The wicket-keeper batsman from Somerset alongwith with the skipper gave a solid start to the team by adding 159 for the first wicket in 25.4 overs.

Cook was the first to fall after he was caught by Vihari off Mehdi Hasan. Kieswetter followed in quick succession, becoming the second victim of Hasan.

Kevin Pietersen failed once again as he fell cheaply to Hasan for 10.

Trott and Bairstow then completely dominated the bowlers, hitting a flurry of shots all around the wicket. Bairstow was particularly harsh on the hosts, hammering the bowlers. The two added 143 runs for the fourth wicket before Trott was run out.

Hyderabad bowlers, who had restricted England to 219 in the first match Saturday, failed to impress, with the exception of Hasan who claimed three for 63.

Brief score: England: 367/4 in 50 overs (Bairstow 104 not out, Cook 85, Trott 74 and Kieswetter 71 Mehdi Hasan three for 63).

Hyderabad XI: 114 all out in 35.3 overs (Akshath Reddy 37, Ravi Teja 27, Borthwick five for 31, Meaker three for 30)

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