India-Pakistan blockbuster match headlined the second day at 2015 ICC World Cup Down Under on Sunday. Historical burden continues to bogged down Pakistan and succumbed to clam and collective Indians in front of a packed Adelaide Oval crowd, mostly traveling fans from the Indian sub-continent.
Chris Woakes took five for 19 as England claimed a comfortable nine-wicket victory in their first official World Cup warm-up match after dismissing a hapless West Indies for 122 in 29.3 overs on Monday.
His decision to bat first backfired on Tuesday as India were dismissed for a paltry 153 against England and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni put the blame on his batsmen for their nine-wicket loss in their second ODI of the cricket tri-series here.
England national selector Angus Fraser feels the upcoming five-match ODI series against India will be a tough one as the two teams will not just look to compete but also build up to the 2015 World Cup.
Describing as "frustrating" India`s rearguard resistance led by Ravichandran Ashwin which thwarted England`s bid for an innings victory, English pacer Steve Finn Saturday credited the bowlers for "sticking to the plans".
A spineless India were on the verge of a second successive humiliating defeat in their own backyard against England who were within sniffing distance of an emphatic victory in the third cricket Test here on Saturday.
With pacer Stuart Broad going wicketless so far in the cricket Test series against India, England captain Alastair Cook Tuesday hinted at playing Steve Finn in the Eden Gardens Test beginning Wednesday.
Making sure that the `Kevin Pietersen situation` stays low-key is one of the five things riding the minds of the England cricket players touring India, as further distractions are the last thing they need while they prepare for their three-month long tour.
England fast bowler Steve Finn has said the players were pained after they were whitewashed 5-0 by India in the one-day series on their home turf, and warned doubters to write off the young team at their own peril.