Nasser Hussain and Nick Knight are disappointed after England's batting line-up collapse for a second time in a row

Last Updated: 19/01/13 2:54pm

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Another loss for Cook's men

Another loss for Cook's men

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India took a 2-1 lead in the five-match one-day series with an seven-wicket victory in Ranchi as England's batting line-up collapsed for the second match in a row.

Alastair Cook's men were bundled out for just 155 in what was the inaugural ODI at Mahendra Singh Dhoni's home town.

Virat Kohli made a superb unbeaten 77 and fittingly Dhoni hit the winning runs as his team won with 21.5 overs left.

England will be hoping that they can sort out their batting before the fourth ODI on Wednesday in Mohali - a match England must win to keep the series alive

"India were absolutely excellent from start to finish, said Nasser Hussain on Sky Sports.

"It was really bad day for England - they did not leave their bowlers enough to do. The batting was really poor and that India innings just showed how poor it was. It was a good pitch, but England did not turn up today with the bat."
Nasser Hussain

"They could have got wrapped up in the whole Dhoni homecoming thing but they didn't, they just focussed on their skills - batting, bowling, and fielding was exceptional.

"It was really bad day for England - they did not leave their bowlers enough to do. The batting was really poor and that India innings just showed how poor it was. It was a good pitch, but England did not turn up today with the bat.

"I think we should be upset about today's performance -that is two bad batting performances in a row. You can let them off one but to follow it up with another one - and I thought today was even worse. They are all good players but there is a slight recurring issue with left arm spin. We speak about Kevin Pietersen and left arm spin but generally England have not worked it out."

Conservative

Nick Knight is also trying to work out what has gone wrong for England, especially after they got the series off to a winning start with victory at Rajkot.

"I am wracking my brain as to why England have played so badly in the last two games," said Knight on Sky Sports.

"They started so brilliantly in Rajkot but to see it dip away...the only thing I can come up with is that I think some of the batting has been a little bit conservative at times - I think if you are going to win in India then you have to put everything out there and say we are going to take you on and be ultra-aggressive. The other thing is the lack of thought at times, whether it be with Cook's dismissal or whether it be with spin.

"It looked like a good pitch - Cook said that at the toss that it was a good pitch to bat on, so I don't think there were any issues with it - it was a very English wicket, it had a little bit of carry a little bit of seam and a little bit of movement. England's batters are going to be hugely disappointed.

"When you go to the sub-continent and you see a a slow, low pitch, one that turns and gets stuck in the pitch then I expect England to struggle - I did not expect them to struggle on the surface today."

Watch the fourth ODI between India and England, in Ranchi, live on Sky Sports 1 HD this Saturday from 6am.

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