London: England captain Alastair Cook has said his team will have to improve quickly after losing heavily again to India to slip 2-1 behind in the one-day series.
England were bowled out for just 155, with India needing barely 28 overs to reach the modest target in Ranchi. Cook said his team has some quality players who would need to stand up as batsmen and deliver, if they wanted to win, reports the BBC.
Mahendra Dhoni asked England to bat first in the first international staged in his home town, the 42nd Indian venue for one-day internationals. But England struggled to find any fluency, reaching only 34-1 after 10 overs, and soon losing key batsmen Kevin Pietersen and Ian Bell within three deliveries.
A second successive defeat for England dropped them to third in the rankings, a rapid decline after they consolidated their place at number one by scoring 325-4 in the first match in Rajkot and winning by nine runs. England``s chief tormentor in Ranchi was gentle slow left-armer Ravi Jadeja, who took 3-19 including the wickets of Craig Kieswetter and Samit Patel within five balls.
The penultimate match of the series is another day-night encounter, and takes place in Mohali on Wednesday.
First Published: Sunday, January 20, 2013, 16:39