Raina blitz helps India to win second ODI by 133 runs


Cardiff, August 27:  India sealed the victory in second match by 133 runs and took lead 1-0 in five match ODI series.England were bowled out on 161 chasing target of 305 which was reduced to 295 in 47 over because of rain. Suresh Raina hit his 4th ODI century scored 100 in just 75 balls and rare brilliant performance from Indian bowlers wrote the script of huge win against host.

After winning the toss England elected to bowl first.India’s batting problem was again the main site.India scored only 26 runs for 2 first 10 overs.Some irresponsible shots from Dhawan , Kohli and slow scoring of Rohit Sharma India were in trouble until Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni arrived at the crease.At one point India was on 138 for 4 in 32 overs. Raina and Dhoni played sensibly and there was a partnership of 144 in just 101 balls. Raina and Dhoni scored 100 and 52 and helped India to get pass 300.Rabindra Jadeja took 4 wickets for 28.

England had a great start until Mohammad Shami removed Alastair Cook and Ian Bell in an over and then after England batting collapsed.

There was not much to cheer about for England. Debutante Alex Hales was highest run getter for  England ,made important 40.England bowler were slippery with line and length late inning.England weakness towards spinners exposed once again.

The worry for India remains the same top three batsmen were unable to fire ,slow scoring rate remains the main concern for India.Virat Kohli flop show continues.

England will be cursing themselves for loosing control on match despite of early advantages and will try to come back and level the series where India will try to take advantage of 1-0 lead and  win the next match.

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