England vs India 2nd ODI: Raina stars as India demolish England in rain-affected showdown

Raina celebrates after scoring his fourth ODI century

Raina celebrates after scoring his fourth ODI century

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India batsman Suresh Raina scored a superb century and took one wicket as well to help his side demolish England by 133 runs via the Duckworth-Lewis method in a rain-affected showdown in Cardiff.

Raina was well supported by opening batsman Rohit Sharma and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni as they both made half-centuries, while all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja ripped through England’s batting line-up with four wickets.

However, England all-rounder Chris Woakes deserves some credit for taking four wickets as well.

England captain Alastair Cook would have been delighted with his decision to bowl first after India opener Shikhar Dhawan was caught behind off the bowling of Woakes for 11.

Woakes struck again three balls later when Virat Kohli was caught by Cook at mid-off for a duck.

Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane stabilised the innings with a 91-run partnership before Rahane was stumped by Jos Buttler off the bowling of James Tredwell for 41.

Sharma went on to score 52 off 87 balls, which included four boundaries and a six, before he was caught by Woakes at long-off off the bowling of Tredwell.

Sharma hit four boundaries and a six during his knock of 52

Sharma hit four boundaries and a six during his knock of 52

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Raina and Dhoni steered India back in the right direction with a 144-run partnership, during which Raina brought up his fourth ODI century and first outside the subcontinent, before he was caught by James Anderson at deep cover off the bowling of Woakes.

Raina’s superb knock of 100 came off just 75 deliveries and included 12 boundaries and three sixes.

Dhoni ended up making 52 off 51 balls, which included six boundaries, before he was clean bowled by Woakes.

Dhoni's good form with the bat continued

Dhoni’s good form with the bat continued

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Thanks to Raina, Sharma and Dhoni, India finished on 304/6 off their 50 overs.

Woakes was the pick of the bowlers with four wickets, while Tredwell chipped in with two.

Woakes dismissed Dhawan, Kohli, Raina and Dhoni

Woakes dismissed Dhawan, Kohli, Raina and Dhoni

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Due to a rain delay during the innings break, England needed 295 runs in 47 overs to win.

Despite chasing a mammoth total to win, England got off to a brilliant start as Cook and debutant Alex Hales amassed a 54-run partnership before Cook was given out lbw off the bowling of Mohammed Shami for 19.

However, replays showed that Cook should not have been given out since the ball was just pitching outside leg.

Shami struck again just three balls later when Ian Bell was clean bowled for one run.

Joe Root only made four runs before he was cleaned up by Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Hales went on to score 40 runs before he was caught by Ravichandran Ashwin at short long leg off the bowling of Jadeja.

Jos Buttler failed to have an impact with the bat as he was caught by Kohli at extra cover off the bowling of Jadeja for two runs.

Eoin Morgan managed to make 28 runs before he was caught by Shami at deep square leg off the bowling of Ashwin.

Ben Stokes scored 23 runs before he was brilliantly caught by Rahane at deep midwicket off the bowling of Jadeja.

Chris Jordan failed to trouble the scorers as he was given out lbw off the bowling of Raina for a duck.

Woakes mustered 20 runs before he was stumped by Dhoni to become Jadeja’s fourth victim of the match.

Jadeja finished with figures of 4-28 off his seven overs

Jadeja finished with figures of 4-28 off his seven overs

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England were bowled out for 161 when Tredwell was caught by Jadeja at midwicket off the bowling of Ashwin for 10 runs.

Jadeja was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Ashwin and Shami snapped up two wickets apiece and Kumar and Raina claimed one wicket each.

Cook was disgusted with his team’s performance, and said: “We didn’t play very well at all. Credit to Suresh and MS, they took the game away from us and we were slow to react. But it wasn’t a 160 wicket. We didn’t turn up in any of our departments. We have to dust ourselves down, come back and play better.”

Dhoni was pleased to have bounced back after India were thrashed 3-1 in the recently concluded Test series.

“In the next three matches we’ll have more support than the England team which is unusual at this time,” he said. “You can’t play one-dimensional cricket, it’s a good format to come back into form. The start is always crucial, the first 10 overs was not about the runs we scored, if we have a good stand after 30 overs we will double the score.”

Raina was named Man of the Match, and said: “The wicket was really good. I thought if I batted until the 45th over we could put a target on the board. I’ve seen a lot of the Test matches, I was looking forward to this game. I’ve worked really hard on my batting and fitness.”

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