PHOTOS: Raina-Rohit blitz guide India to ODI series win at Mohali
Jan 23, 2013, 20:45 PM IST
Mohali: In what turned to be a cracker of a game, Team India thrashed England by five wickets to win the fourth ODI at Mohali on Wednesday. Suresh Raina(89*) and Rohit Sharma(83) guided India to a win with 15 balls to spare. With a win at Mohali, Team India has also clinched the five-match ODI series by 3-1 against England.
After being asked to bat first, England’s middle-order failed to impress yet again. But, with Alastair Cook(76) and Kevin Pietersen(76) coming good, England managed to post a healthy target of 258 runs after 50 overs. The youngster Joe Root played a blistering knock of 57 runs off 61 deliveries to get England back in the game.
For India, Ravindra Jadeja was yet again the star amongst bowlers as he scalped three wickets in his spell of 10 overs after conceding 39 runs. Ishant Sharma and R Ashwin took two wickets each.
While India began their run-chase, Gautam Gambhir got out after a bad umpiring decision as Bresnan got the first wicket for England. Later on, James Tredwell scalped Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh to get India on the backfoot.
But, Rohit Sharma played a highly-awaited innings of 83 runs before getting out LBW by Steven Finn. Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni made a healthy partnership to keep India alive in the encounter.
After Dhoni got caught at backward point by Eoin Morgan, Suresh Raina played the anchor role as he slammed a knock of 89 runs off 79 deliveries including nine boundaries and one six. Ravindra Jadeja also contributed with his unbeaten knock of 21 runs to get India home in 47.3 overs.
Suresh Raina was awarded the Man of the Match trophy for his contribution with the bat.
Here’s a look at the match photos of the Mohali ODI:
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"Overall a very good peformance, more so with the new ball. We didn't let them get off to a quick start. It is new bowling attack, they will learn a lot with experience. 100 in 10 overs, it's bound to happen with the new rules. We all know Rohit is a gifted cricketer and it was a very good performance from him. He is a natural puller of the ball and once he got to his fifty, he converted it to a big one. The conditions have not been typical subcontinental conditions, except Kochi, so the series win has been a good achievement," he said during the post-match presentation.
Alastair Cook praises Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina:
"Rohit-Raina partnership really took things away from us. I don't think the conditions were really in our favour. We put up a pretty good score on this wicket. Joe Root played pleasingly, he moved the ball around well," he said during the post-match presentation.
Suresh Raina gets the Man-of-the-Match award:
"I told Rohit to be positive and we had a tremendous partnership. Today, I got some chances and I stayed till the end. Rohit was playing really well, he showed some character in his innings. I remember Sachin told us that we have to No. 1 in the fielding, and today we fielded really well," he said during the post-match presentation.
Ravindra Jadeja contributed with an unbeaten knock of 21 runs off 27 balls.
Suresh Raina scored an unbeaten knock of 89 runs off 79 deliveries including nine boundaries and one six.
England skipper Alastair Cook has a word with umpire Steve Davis during India innings at the Mohali stadium.
England bowler Steven Finn celebrates after taking Rohit Sharma’s wicket at the Mohali stadium.
Indian batsman Rohit Sharma scored 83 runs – his first double-figure ODI score in ten months – at Mohali stadium.
England’s James Tredwell took two quick wickets for England to get India on the backfoot at Mohali stadium.
Indian batsman Virat Kohli plays a drive while batting against England at Mohali stadium.
England bowler Tim Bresnan celebrates with other players after getting Gautam Gambhir’s wicket at Mohali stadium.
England batsman Joe Root plays an unorthodox shot during England innings against India at Mohali.
England batsman Kevin Pietersen smashes one through the off side during England innings against India at Mohali.
Joe Root showcases solid defence during England innings against India at Mohali.
R Ashwin took two quick wickets to get India back in the game against England at Mohali.
India’s all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja celebrates after dismissing England’s Samit Patel during England innings at Mohali.
England skipper Alastair Cook raises his bat after scoring a patient half-century against India at Mohali.
England captain Alastair Cook pulls fiercely while batting against India at Mohali.
England batsman Kevin Pietersen is struck by a delivery from Ishant Sharma while batting against India at Mohali.
India’s Bhuvneshwar Kumar prepares to take a catch and is cheered by fans in the backdrop at Mohali stadium.