Mohali, Oct 20: Jonathan Trott's unbeaten 98 and Samit Patel's brisk 70 helped England set a challenging target of 299 against India in the 3rd ODI at Mohali.
Ravi Bopara came in for Pietersen, who put on a partnership of 41 runs off 54 balls with Jonathan Trott. Bopara tried to dig out a swinging yorker from Praveen Kumar but found the middle stump missing. Bopara was bowled out by Kumar who scored 24 from 32 balls.
Jonathan Trott went on strong after the wicket of Ravi Bopara. He was joined by Samit Patel in the middle. Trott and Patel punished the Indian bowlers scoring a quick partnership of 103 runs off 71 balls for the fifth wicket.
Trott remained undefeated on a 116-ball 98 that came with the help eight boundaries, while Patel's unbeaten 70 came off 43 balls and was studded with 2 sixes and 7 fours.
Kevin Pietersen and Jonathan Trott helped England recover after a shaky start with a partnership of 101 runs for the third wicket.
Pietersen scored a quick 64 runs off 61 balls before falling victim to R Jadeja. Pietersen stretched forward in defence, the ball rapped him on the pad. A brave decision as Pietersen was a long way forward.
Fast bowler Vinay Kumar struck early to dismiss England Skipper Alastair Cook. Craig Kieswetter who opened the batting with Cook was bowled by Kohli after an inside egde struck the leg stump. Craig Kieswetter had settled down scoring 36 runs from 38 balls.
Craig Kieswetter and Jonathan Trott put on a steady partnership of 45 from 54 balls. As England set themselves the task of battling back from a 2-0 deficit in the third ODI against India. History suggests that half the battle might have been won, in 19 matches at the Punjab CA Stadium, 14 have been won by the side batting first, but looking at their performance so far, England batsmen have a tough task ahead.
Earlier skipper Alastair Cook won the toss and decided to bat first in the 3rd ODI against India at Punjab Cricket Association Ground, Mohali. Both India and England have retained the same side which played the first and second ODI.
India: Gautam Gambhir, Parthiv Patel, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (C), Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Vinay Kumar, Umesh Yadav.
England: Alastair Cook (C), Craig Kieswetter, Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ravi Bopara, Jonathan Bairstow, Samit Patel, Tim Bresnan, Graeme Swann, Steven Finn, Jade Dernbach.