India vs England Cardiff ODI: Suresh Raina century boosts India to 304

Aug 27 2014, 20:33 IST
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SummaryLooking for a change in fortune in the limited-overs version, Indian batsman Suresh Raina struck a belligerent 100 off 75 deliveries to power the visitors to a challenging 304 for six in the second one-dayer against England here today.

Looking for a change in fortune in the limited-overs version, Indian batsman Suresh Raina struck a belligerent 100 off 75 deliveries to power the visitors to a challenging 304 for six in the second one-dayer against England here today.

Put into bat, India lost a couple of early wickets after opener Shikhar Dhawan (11) and Virat Kohli (0) were scalped by Chris Woakes (4-52) with India reeling on 19 for two.

But Rohit Sharma (52) and Ajinkya Rahane (41) batted sensibly to lay a solid foundation for the middle-order to build upon.

Raina, registering his fourth ODI ton, then came good in the batting powerplays with Mahendra Singh Dhoni (52 off 51 balls) as his able partner put on a 144-run fifth-wicket partnership to propel India to a challenging score.

The Men in Blue managed 62 runs in the batting powerplays (35-40 overs) without losing a wicket as Raina raced to his fifty in 49 balls.

Raina's knock was laced with 12 fours and 3 sixes but finally the aggressive left-hander fell to Woakes in the 47th over.

Dhoni, hitting 6 boundaries, took over from Raina to register his 55th half-century of his ODI career but was finally cleaned up by Woakes.

In the end Ravichandran Ashwin (10 not out) and Ravindra Jadeja (9 not out) managed 13 runs in the final over to help India cross the 300-run mark.

Earlier in the innings, Rohit and Rahane also stitched a useful 91-run third-wicket partnership only to be sent back by England off-spinner James Tredwell (2-42).

England pace spearhead James Anderson (0-57), Chris Jordan (0-73), Ben Stokes (0-54) and Joe Root (0-14) went wicketless in the innings.

In the highlight of the innings, Raina and Dhoni batted together for 16.5 overs, putting on an entertaining display of attacking batting, scoring at 8.55 runs per over. Thanks to their stand, India scored 147 runs in the last 15 overs.

This was after rain had stayed away and England had won the toss, opting to field first. Alex Hales was handed his ODI debut while India opted for Mohit Sharma instead of Umesh Yadav and more importantly, Raina ahead of Ambati Rayudu.

Rohit and Dhawan walked out to open the innings. Under some cloud cover, they took their time at the crease as Anderson and Woakes swung the ball nicely. The monotony was broken by a nicely leant-in boundary by Rohit in the 3rd over.

But his running between the wickets with Dhawan left much to

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