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Raina superb ton, spinners crush England in Second ODI

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After a complete wash out at Bristol, Cardiff’s weather held up pretty well to come up with a near full game in the Second Royal London ODI. India owing to a superb century from Suresh Raina demolished England by a heavy margin of 133 runs by the Duckworth/Lewis method at The Swalec Stadium (Sophia Gardens).

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Above photo: CARDIFF, WALES – AUGUST 27: India batsman Suresh Raina celebrates his century during the 2nd Royal London One Day International match between England and India at SWALEC Stadium on August 27, 2014 in Cardiff, Wales. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Asked to bat first, India faced familiar troubles like in the Test Series with Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli failing. Virat Kohli was dismissed for a duck as he charged down the track mindlessly to smack Chris Woakes to mid off. India had a slow and dull start at 19 for 2 in the 8th over but recovered nicely thanks to a solid stand of 91 between opener Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane.

James Tredwell broke the 3rd wicket stand when Ajinkya Rahane was beaten in the air by a straighter one which had him stumped out after a moment of overbalancing. Rahane scored a good-looking 41 from 47 balls. Rohit Sharma after working hard for his 87-ball 52 miscued a lofted shot off James Tredwell leaving India back in trouble at 132 for 4 in the 30th over.

India despite the hiccups managed to post a huge total of 304 for 6 with Suresh Raina firing on all cylinders while getting superb support from Skipper MS Dhoni. The 27-year-old Suresh Raina scored his 4th ODI century to bag the Man of the Match award. He was dismissed for 100 which came in just 75 balls with a dozen fours and three sixes. MS Dhoni collected 52 from 51 balls with 6 fours. For the Englishmen, Chris Woakes claimed 4 for 52 in his 10 overs while James Tredwell bowled on a tight leash for his 10-1-42-2.

England despite getting off to a solid start of 54 for the first wicket in 10.3 overs lost the plot in the run chase. Their target was revised to 295 from 47 overs after a slight rain interruption prior to their innings. Ravindra Jadeja spun a web on them to take 4 for 28 in 7 overs and England collapsed in a heap to 161 in 38.1 overs.

Even before Jadeja had come into the attack, England were pushed back with four quick wickets with Alastair Cook lbw to a full ball from Mohammed Shami, Ian Bell bowled by the same bowler offering no shot, Joe Root castled by a sharp inducker by Bhuvneshwar Kumar and a well set Alex Hales for 40 from 63 balls when he top edged a sweep off Jadeja to short fine leg. Alex Hales was by the way on his ODI Debut and ulitmately the pressure of scoring quickly all on his own got to him.

Apart from Jadeja, Mohammed Shami and R Ashwin chipped in with a couple of wickets each. Despite not a single wicket to his credit, Mohit Sharma bowled outstandingly well for his figures of 6-1-18-0.

Posted by on September 4, 2014. Filed under England, England vs India 2014, India. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

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