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Raina ton studs massive Indian win

Visitor purges Test series drubbing with 133-run rout of England in rain-interrupted second ODI

Raina ton studs massive Indian win - Cricket News
Suresh Raina scored 100 off 75 balls as India beat England by 133 runs in the second ODI.
Suresh Raina came to the party as India put its humiliating Test series loss behind with a morale-boosting win over England in the second One-Day International in Cardiff on Wednesday (August 27).
 
The left-hand batsman was the chief architect of India’s massive victory, by 133 runs on the Duckworth-Lewis method, but the bowling – led by Ravindra Jadeja’s four-wicket haul -- and fielding too complemented the brilliant batting to perfection.
 
Asked to bat with conditions favouring the seamers, India was in trouble initially but Raina came through with a dazzling 75-ball 100, his first ODI ton in nearly four years, to guide it to 304 for 6 from 50 overs.
 
Rain kept the English openers from coming out for 45 minutes, forcing the revision of the target to 295 from 47 overs.
 
Alex Hales, the debutant, was in good nick but no one else contributed substantially as England was shot out for 161 in 38.1 overs.
 
The day belonged to Raina. Making most of the base laid by Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane, Raina teamed up with MS Dhoni, the skipper, with the scoreboard reading 132 for 4, and dismantled England.
 
The duo added 144 for the fifth wicket to carry India to 276 for 5 before Raina fell to Chris Woakes with a little under four overs left in the innings. Woakes, who returned figures of 4 for 52 from his 10 overs, got rid of Dhoni for a 51-ball 52 not much later to help England apply the brakes on India.
 
England had called the shots in the first 10 overs after Alastair Cook won an important toss. Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit strode out to the middle faced with the prospect of an intense opening spell from James Anderson. Anderson lived up to expectations, though he was wicketless during a tidy first spell of six overs which yielded 31 runs.
 
It was Woakes, his new-ball partner, who gave England the breakthroughs that seemed inevitable from the start. Woakes accounted for Dhawan with the first ball of the 8th over and dismissed Virat Kohli, going through a horrendous run, a couple of deliveries later.
 
India had slumped to 19 for 2 in a performance reminiscent of its last five hits in the Test series, but Rohit and Rahane came to its rescue. Rohit, with an 87-ball 52, and Rahane, 47-ball 41, rebuilt the innings.
 
Cook’s ploy to swap Anderson and Woakes with Ben Stokes and Chris Jordan too helped India’s cause as the England duo was unable to keep up the pressure.
 
James Tredwell, the offspinner, was rewarded for his persistence as he had a lazy Rahane stumped off a straighter one. That wicket brought an end to their 91-run alliance but Rahane and Rohit had anchored the innings. A couple of overs later, Tredwell struck again as he got Rohit to mistime a lofted shot straight to Woakes at long-off.
 
Raina and Dhoni joined hands with the flood lights in full blast and did what they have done so well and so often for India.
 
They took a little while to settle in but once their eyes acclimatised to the conditions, Raina in particular was brutal as he demolished Woakes. Raina smacked Woakes for 20 runs to tarnish the bowler’s figures. India had gone from 150 to 200 in a mere 27 balls. Jordan’s 11-ball over that followed put more pressure on England.
 
While a few strokes were unorthodox, most of Raina’s strokes would have put a smile on any purist as he raced to his century from 74 balls.
 
Dhoni played second fiddle during the stand without compromising on the rate of scoring, and Jadeja and R Ashwin then pushed the total past 300 to ensure a stirring Indian recovery.

England got off to a solid start courtesy Hales. While Cook continued to hesitate with the ball landing on a good length and shaping away, Hales looked in complete control as he led it to 54.
 
Mohammed Shammi put an end to Cook’s misery, trapping the left-hand batsman in front as he walked across to clip the ball off his pads. Two balls later, in the same over, Shami got rid of Ian Bell, who ended up leaving a delivery which was headed towards the top of offstump, leaving England on 56 for 2 .
 
Suddenly, the Indian seam attack looked threatening, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar accounted for Joe Root.
 
Hales, at relative ease against the seamers, fell to Jadeja. Attempting a sweep, he top-edged to Ashwin at short fine-leg after a 63-ball 40 to leave England reeling at 82 for 4.
 
Jadeja accounted for Buttler in the next over, caught by Kohli at short extra cover. Eoin Morgan, the vice-captain, fell to Ashwin soon after and Ben Stokes holed out in the deep. Jordan, Woakes and Tredwell didn’t make many, India snatching a 1-0 lead in the five-match series with a comprehensive, commanding allround display.

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