Agencies, Mohali A brilliant unbeaten knock of 89 by left hander Suresh Raina helped India snatch an exciting five-wicket victory over England in the fourth Dy-Night One Dayer and gained an unbeaten 3-1 lead in the five-match series at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium here today. Raina faced 79 deliveries and reached the fence nine times and hit one huge six.
It was an evenly contested match as both teams had faced ups and downs. However, the hosts clinched the issue in their favour with Raina and opener Rohit Sharma (83) playing leading roles. With Ravindra Jadeja (21 not out), Suresh Raina put on 45 runs in 8.2 overs with a run rate of 5.40 to fashion India’s fine win. Chasing a target of 258 runs for victory, India accomplished their task in 47.3 overs with five wickets in hand. Earlier, India suffered an early jolt as Gautam Gambhir (10) played a short of length delivery from Tim Bresnan without moving his feet and wicketkeeper Jos Buttler caught him. The first wicket fell at 20 in 5.3 overs.
Virat Kohli joined Rohit Sharma and they added 50 runs for the second wicket before Kohli returned to the pavilion, caught and bowled by James Tredwell. Virat Kohli contributed 26 runs. The second wicket fell at 72. With the addition of 18 more runs to the board, local lad Yuvraj Singh was dismissed as he tried to make a sweep shot of the bowling of James Tredwell and was adjudged leg before wicket. Yuvi’s wicket fell at 90 in 22.4 overs. Left hand batsman Suresh Raina joined Rohit Sharma, who had enjoyed a life having dropped by Kevin Pieterson of the bowling of Tim Brfesnan early in the innings, went on to score 83 runs.
While facing 93 deliveries, Rohit Sharma slammed 11 boundaries and one six. The fourth wicket fell at 159 in 31.1 overs. After the fall of Rohit’s wicket, MS Dhoni joined Suresh Raina. After contributing 19 runs, the Indian skipper hit Dernbach’s wide delivery straight into the hand of Morgan at backward point. Dhoni’s wicket fell at 213 in 39.1 over. Indian captain and left hander Suresh Raina added 55 runs for the fifth wicket.
India Innings: G Gambhir c J Buttler & b T Bresnan 10, R Sharma lbw S Finn 83, V Kohli c & b J Tredwell 26, Y Singh lbw J Tredwell 3, S Raina not out 89, MS Dhoni (c) & (wk) c E Morgan & b J Dernbach 19, R Jadeja not out 21. Extras: 7. Total: 258 Bowling: Steven Finn 10-1-39-1, Tim Bresnan 10-1-59-1, Jade Dernbach 9.3-0-59-1, Samit Patel 3-0-21-0, James Tredwell 10-0-54-2, Joe Root 5-0-24-0.
England Innings: A Cook (c) lbw R Ashwin 76, I Bell c B Kumar & b I Sharma 10, K Pietersen b I Sharma 76, E Morgan c Y Singh & b R Ashwin 3, S Patel c & b R Jadeja 1, J Root not out 57, J Buttler (wk) c Y Singh & b R Jadeja 14, T Bresnan c Y Singh & b R Jadeja 0, J Tredwell not out 6. Extras: 14. Total: 257 Bowling: Bhuvneshwar Kumar 10-2-30-0, Shami Ahmed 8-0-58-0, Ishant Sharma 10-2-47-2, Ravichandran Ashwin 10-0-63-2, Ravindra Jadeja 10-2-39-3, Suresh Raina 2-0-10-0.