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Raina rides India out of gloom

28 Aug 2014, 0008 hrs IST,  ,  gocricket.com  
Raina rides India out of gloom
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Raina's 74-ball 100 in Cardiff was his first century overseas. 
In the firing line after their humiliating loss against England in the Test series and then for some non-cricketing reasons, MS Dhoni's side were in desperate need of a spark to ignite their hopes of winning a game in the one-day series. The washout in Bristol prolonged their wait and the way things started for India in Cardiff on Wednesday, Dhoni would have dreaded for the worst.

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Asked to bat on a lively pitch at the SWALEC stadium with two wickets down for 19 and Virat Kohli back in the pavilion without scoring, India's hopes looked slim. Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane managed to give India some chance with a 91-run stand but Rahane's laziness cost him dear and in walked Suresh Raina at No. 5 with India's scoreboard reading 110 for 3. England were very much in the game until that point of time and strokemaking looked difficult on a chilly day.

Raina started with caution early on and stepped the tempo whenever he sensed a chance. The ease with which he swept James Tredwell and cut Chris Jordan came as a big relief for Indian fans who have had little to cheer about on the current tour. Raina's footwork was a picture of positivity and the two sixes he hit in the 38th over bowled by Chris Woakes was a show of his confidence. Twenty runs off that over dented Woakes' bowling figures. If Raina's 50 off 49 balls was display of his resolve, his next fifty exposed the brittleness of England's bowling. Probably, for the first time on the tour, England bowlers were under attack and it took no time for them to wilt.

The left-hander took just 24 balls after his fifty to race to his fourth one-day international hundred, his first overseas. It was a chanceless innings under pressure. The 28-year-old departed for an even 100 but not before he set India on course for a big total and, more importantly, riding the team out of the gloom that had engulfed it since the time they had arrived in England this summer. It took just 74 balls to do that. For those interested in stats, his 106-minute stay at the crease was laced with 12 fours and three sixes.

His effort was soon applauded by former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who said: "It was an absolute blinder. I haven't seen many play such a knock in English conditions."

India's man of the moment then took a wicket in the three overs that he was asked to bowl as England succumbed to a 133-run loss while chasing a Duckworth-Lewis revised target of 295 in 47 overs.

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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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