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Partnerships break India's overseas ODI duck

28 Aug 2014, 0009 hrs IST,  ,  gocricket.com  
Partnerships break India's overseas ODI duck
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Dhoni had marked Raina out to take Yuvraj's place at No. 4, but his current position at No. 5 allows him to control the game along with his captain.
As Australia were barreling down on their way to register a massive score against South Africa at Harare, India found themselves sent in on a lively square at Sophia Gardens in Cardiff, and, almost telepathically, were two down with familiar faces dismissed in familiar fashion. Defeats often come in heaps, and as they had found out in the Tests earlier, getting over the hangover looked difficult as Chris Woakes removed Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli in the same over.

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That Suresh Raina infused much-needed experience in India's middle order came as no surprise, but his innings also picked up those batting around him. In their last five Test innings, India lacked partnerships and Raina's presence in the first ODI allowed them to put together stands that resulted in India registering a 133-run victory.

India found themselves in similar situations often in the Test series, and needed partnerships to play out time. Rohit Sharma (52) and Ajinkya Rahane (41) dug in to take India out of a hole; scoring wasn't easy with the ball nipping about and boundaries hard to get - India only managed three boundaries in the first ten overs. While Rohit consolidated, Rahane picked the gaps and sneaked singles. Indians like their boundaries, as was evident with the commentators' demands, but India benefited by rotating strike, something they weren't able to do in the Tests.

Rohit and Rahane's 91-run stand revived India, and while they suffered yet another double-wicket setback, they played out enough time to let Suresh Raina and Mahendra Singh Dhoni play according to their roles. They added 144 runs manipulating fielding restrictions and Powerplay overs to take them to 304 for 6, giving their bowlers enough cushion to bowl England out in good time.

Even if they go on to win the series from here, the three remaining one-dayers will not avenge India's loss in the Test series. Raina showcased grit throughout his stay at the crease, which is not to say he should be drafted into the Test team immediately, but his first century outside of Asia in one-day cricket has indicated India's batting will centre around him at the World Cup next year. Dhoni had marked him out to take Yuvraj Singh's place at No. 4, but his current position at No. 5 allows him to control the game along with his captain.

It's no secret that the Indians enjoy the shorter format, where their spinners come into play and the batsmen play with different mindsets. "It is a different format. It gives us the freedom to express ourselves," Dhoni said after the match. "Also, you play according to the demand. At the end of the day, you want to score runs. It is a good format to come back into form. I think the start was crucial. We did not score much in the first 10 overs but did not lose too many wickets (either)."

Shikhar Dhawan's failure at the top of the order notwithstanding, India played the right cards in their first win this year outside the sub-continent. This would largely be the blueprint of India's squad make-up in Australia and New Zealand, but they will benefit from this victory. Against South Africa last year, their death bowling left a lot to be desired; against New Zealand, the batsmen were anxious to score quick runs. Against England, they learnt it the hard away, and that too after losing Test matches. Bowlers are bound to be on top in helpful conditions, but the batsmen can cash in on the Powerplays and field restrictions. Where wrong combinations hurt India in the Tests, their one-day team appeared a lot more balanced.

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Magnificent Raina guides India to emphatic win

England captain Alastair Cook won the toss and put India in to bat in the 2nd ODI at Cardiff.
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Finally, fans gathered at the SWALEC stadium had something to cheer about as play started on time despite strong predictions of rain.
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Chris Woakes provided England with an early breakthrough as he got rid of Shikhar Dhawan, who scored 11 off 22 balls.
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Virat Kohli failed to open his account and was Woakes' second victim.
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James Tredwell broke the 91-run partnership between Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane by getting the batsman out stumped.
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Rohit Sharma scored 52 off 87 before giving Tredwell his second wicket of the day.
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Walking in at 110/3, Suresh Raina played freely and brought up his 50 from 49 balls.
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Tredwell troubled the Indian batsmen with his flight and returned with figures of 2/42.
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Raina's magnificent 100 off 75 balls set India on course for a big total.
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MS Dhoni took a tumble on way to his 52 off 51 balls.
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The 144-run partnership between Raina and Dhoni helped India reach 304/6 in 50 overs.
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Chasing a Duckworth-Lewis revised target of 295, England lost Alastair Cook and Ian Bell with 56 runs on the board.
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Debutant Alex Hales, 40 off 63 balls, was the only bright spot in England's dismal batting performance.
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England never recovered from the initial setback and were reduced to 85/5 in the 23rd over.
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Cook's side was finally bowled out for 161 in 38.1 overs, handing India a 133-run win.
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