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Kohli & Raina power India through to victory
23 October 2011

Virat Kohli (86 not out, 99 balls, 11x4) and Suresh Raina (80, 62 balls, 12x4) powered India to a comfortable victory despite some early jolts in the fourth match of the ODI series here on Sunday.

With India down at 46 for three, England's hopes for a consolation win here were dashed by the 131-run stand for the fourth wicket.

Eventually, India coasted home, making 223 for four in 40.1 overs.

England's defence of its modest score of 220 started off well enough as Steven Finn stunned Parthiv Patel and in-form Gautam Gambhir in a five-over spell — the opener paying for missing the line and the latter playing on.

Ajinkya Rahane also walked back after jabbing at a short ball from Stuart Meaker for 'keeper Craig Kieswetter to take an acrobatic catch.

Raina then joined Kohli out in the middle, and the duo went about getting the chase back on track.

Kohli pierced a packed off-side field with fluent drives and Raina opened out after initial nicks and nudges, picking his spot for ferocious aerial shots on the frontfoot. He slogged or scooped anything within range of his flashing blade, punishing Scott Borthwick, Ravi Bopara and later Finn, before gifting his wicket away.

England, by that time, however, was down for the count. Skipper M.S. Dhoni and Kohli completed the formalities without fuss.

Earlier, after opting to take first strike, England was restricted to 220 in 46.1 overs, beaten back by some tight bowling, especially by the spinners and excellent catching.

Spinners R. Ashwin (three for 38) and Ravindra Jadeja (two for 41) were outstanding in containment and accounted for half the visitors' line-up.

With the series won, Dhoni let Varun Aaron have a go at the Englishmen. The Jharkhand quickie and MRF Pace Foundation graduate went for 14 off his first three overs. But, coming back in the 41st over, he rattled the tail-enders, bowling top-scorer Tim Bresnan (45 off 45 balls) and also scalping Borthwick and Meaker, to return three for 24 on his debut.

Ashwin, who was introduced early, took the early punishment from Kieswetter — he was hit for three boundaries — in his stride to trap Alastair Cook in front off the last ball of the same over. In the very next over, Praveen Kumar got the dangerous Kieswetter. But, Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen took England safely past the 100-run mark and looked set for a big partnership when Vinay Kumar broke through by getting rid of Trott with a ball sneaking in off the seam.

The England innings never really recovered after that.

Scoreboard

England: A. Cook lbw b Ashwin 10 (19b, 2x4), C. Kieswetter lbw b Praveen 29 (18b, 4x4, 2x6), J. Trott b Vinay 39 (48b, 5x4), K. Pietersen c sub (Tiwary) b Ashwin 41 (61b, 3x4, 1x6), R. Bopara lbw b Jadeja 8 (19b), J. Bairstow b Jadeja 9 (19b, 1x4), Samit c Kohli b Ashwin 14 (27b), T. Bresnan b Aaron 45 (45b, 6x4), S. Borthwick b Aaron 3 (7b), S. Meaker b Aaron 1 (10b), S. Finn (not out) 1 (4b); Extras (lb-2, b-4, w-14): 20; Total (in 46.1 overs): 220.

Power Plays: One (1-10): 61/2; Bowling (16-20): 24/0; Batting (36-40): 30/1.

Fall of wickets: 1-39 (Cook), 2-39 (Kieswetter), 3-112 (Trott), 4-128 (Pietersen), 5-140 (Bopara), 6-145 (Bairstow), 7-192 (Samit), 8-205 (Borthwick), 9-215 (Meaker).

India bowling: Praveen 7-1-41-1, Vinay 7-1-41-1, Ashwin 10-0-38-3, Jadeja 10-0-41-2, Aaron 6.1-1-24-3, Kohli 4-0-14-0, Raina 2-0-15-0.

India: Parthiv b Finn 8 (20b), A. Rahane c Kieswetter b Meaker 20 (37b, 1x4), G. Gambhir b Finn 1 (6b), V. Kohli (not out) 86 (99b, 11x4), S. Raina b Finn 80 (62b, 12x4), M.S. Dhoni (not out) 15 (18b, 1x4, 1x6); Extras (b-1, lb-6, nb-1, w-5): 13; Total (for four wkts. in 40.1 overs): 223.

Power Plays: One (1-10): 25/2; Bowling (16-20): 26/0; Batting (36-40): 32/0.

Fall of wickets: 1-18 (Parthiv), 2-21 (Gambhir), 3-46 (Rahane), 4-177 (Raina).

England bowling: Bresnan 10-0-40-0, Finn 10-0-45-3, Borthwick 8-0-59-0, Meaker 9-1-45-1, Samit 1.1-0-9-0, Bopara 2-0-18-0.

Man-of-the-Match: S. Raina.

 

 

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