Rohit Sharma‘s patient half century followed by a swashbuckling century by Suresh Raina who shared a 144 runs partnership with MS Dhoni for the fifth wicket powered India to a total of 304 in the fifty overs. Suresh Raina scored his fourth ODI hundred off 74 balls and got out in the very next ball. His knocked included 12 fours and 3 sixes.
After put into bat first, India got off to a slow start in the initial overs before Shikhar Dhawan fell to Chris Woakes in the seventh over of the game. Virat Kohli joined his Delhi teammate back to the pavilion after three balls when tried to drive the ball upishly and ended up getting caught at mid-off. Virat Kohli’s poor run in the tour continues as Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane repaired the innings.
Rohit played a calm and composed innings and let Rahane to be the aggressor. The duo shared a crucial partnership of 91 for the third wicket and steadied the proceedings at Cardiff. Rahane was unlucky to get out off stumping against James Tredwell for a well made 41. Rohit was steady throughout his innings and crossed his 24h ODI fifty. After doing all the hard work, once again Rohit failed to cash it in as he scooped the ball straight to the hands of Woakes at long-off.
It was when Raina joined hands with Dhoni. The duo batted carefully till the 35th over and when the batting powerplay began, the destrcution started from the Indians. They shifted gears and started the counter attack. Raina, in severe didn’t show any respite for the bowlers as he smashed them all over the ground. On the other hand, MS Dhoni played the waiting role but didn’t miss out the easy chances that came his way.
After a partnership of 144, Raina got out trying to clear the cover boundry and was caught at deep cver by James Anderson off Chris Woakes. Soon after Woakes got rid of MS Dhoni who got his 55th ODI fifty. Jadeja and Ashwin ensured India cross the 300 mark and set England a target of 305.
Chris Woakes is the pick of the English bowlers with a figures of 4-52 in his ten overs.
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