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India 3-1 up with 5-wkt win

By The Assam Tribune

MOHALI, Jan 23 (PTI): A rejuvenated India clinched the one-day series against England as the hosts rode on the batting heroics of Rohit Sharma (83) and Suresh Raina (89 not out) to fashion a comfortable five-wicket victory in the penultimate game and take an unassailable 3-1 lead here today.

The Indians first restricted the visitors to 257 for seven and then overcame some anxious moments before overhauling the target with 15 balls to spare in a floodlit contest played in cold conditions at the PCA stadium.

Though the hosts had the game in control after putting England into bat, they conceded as many as 100 runs in the last ten overs with unheralded Joe Root (57 not out off 45 balls) and Kevin Pietersen (76) providing the late sparks with some lusty hits. Captain Alastair Cook was another notable performer with a knock of 76.

But the Indians held their nerve during the run chase and it was ultimately Raina who guided the team home.

It was a creditable series victory for Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men who had come under fire for indifferent performances in recent times, which saw the team lose a Test series to England and an ODI series defeat against arch rivals Pakistan at home.

It was Rohit Sharma, rated as highly talented but one who has seldom delivered, who turned the spotlight on himself as he grabbed with both hands an unexpected opportunity to feature in the playing eleven as an opener in place of Ajinkya Rahane.

Sharma proved his class with some delightful shots to lay the foundation for the chase and his show will enhance his chances of cementing a place in the ODI team. Ravindra Jadeja hit the winning runs by taking three off Jade Dernbach to trigger off scenes of wild celebrations in the galleries and the Indian dressing room where the players hugged each other.

The two teams will now move to the picturesque town of Dharamsala for the last and final match on Sunday, though it has now been rendered inconsequential.

India lost opener Gautam Gambhir early but the left- hander, who has been out of form for quite a while, was distinctly unlucky to have been adjudged caught behind by umpire Steve Davis as replays suggested that there was no edge.

Gambhir tried to poke at an outside-the-offstump delivery off Tim Bresnan and the English fielders appealed for a caught behind which was upheld by the umpire. Gambhir was shocked and was seen shaking his head while walking to the pavilion.

SCORECARD

England: Alastair Cook lbw b Ashwin 76, Ian Bell c Kumar b Ishant 10, Kevin Pietersen b Ishant 76, Eoin Morgan c Yuvraj b Ashwin 3, Samit Patel c & b Jadeja 1, Joe Root not out 57, Jos Buttler c Yuvraj b Jadeja 14, Tim Bresnan c Yuvraj b Jadeja 0, James Tredwell not out 6. Extras: (B-2 LB-8 W-4) 14. Total: (For 7 wkts in 50 overs) 257. Fall of wickets: 1/37 2/132 3/138 4/142 5/220 6/241 7/241. Bowling: Bhuvneshwar Kumar 10-2-30-0, Shami Ahmed 8-0-58-0, Ishant Sharma 10-2-47-2, R Ashwin 10-0-63-2, Ravindra Jadeja 10-2-39-3, Suresh Raina 2-0-10-0.

India: G Gambhir c Buttler b Bresnan 10, RG Sharma lbw b Finn 83, V Kohli c & b Tredwell 26, Yuvraj Singh lbw b Tredwell 3, SK Raina not out 89, MS Dhoni c Morgan b Dernbach 19, RA Jadeja not out 21, Extras: (lb 2, w 5) 7. Total: (5 wickets; 47.3 overs) 258. Fall of wickets: 1-20, 2-72, 3-90, 4-158, 5-213. Bowling: ST Finn 10-1-39-1, TT Bresnan 10-1-59-1, JW Dernbach 9.3-0-59-1, SR Patel 3-0-21-0, JC Tredwell 10-0-54-2, JE Root 5-0-24-0.

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India 3-1 up with 5-wkt win

MOHALI, Jan 23 (PTI): A rejuvenated India clinched the one-day series against England as the hosts rode on the batting heroics of Rohit Sharma (83) and Suresh Raina (89 not out) to fashion a comfortable five-wicket victory in the penultimate game and take an unassailable 3-1 lead here today.

The Indians first restricted the visitors to 257 for seven and then overcame some anxious moments before overhauling the target with 15 balls to spare in a floodlit contest played in cold conditions at the PCA stadium.

Though the hosts had the game in control after putting England into bat, they conceded as many as 100 runs in the last ten overs with unheralded Joe Root (57 not out off 45 balls) and Kevin Pietersen (76) providing the late sparks with some lusty hits. Captain Alastair Cook was another notable performer with a knock of 76.

But the Indians held their nerve during the run chase and it was ultimately Raina who guided the team home.

It was a creditable series victory for Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his men who had come under fire for indifferent performances in recent times, which saw the team lose a Test series to England and an ODI series defeat against arch rivals Pakistan at home.

It was Rohit Sharma, rated as highly talented but one who has seldom delivered, who turned the spotlight on himself as he grabbed with both hands an unexpected opportunity to feature in the playing eleven as an opener in place of Ajinkya Rahane.

Sharma proved his class with some delightful shots to lay the foundation for the chase and his show will enhance his chances of cementing a place in the ODI team. Ravindra Jadeja hit the winning runs by taking three off Jade Dernbach to trigger off scenes of wild celebrations in the galleries and the Indian dressing room where the players hugged each other.

The two teams will now move to the picturesque town of Dharamsala for the last and final match on Sunday, though it has now been rendered inconsequential.

India lost opener Gautam Gambhir early but the left- hander, who has been out of form for quite a while, was distinctly unlucky to have been adjudged caught behind by umpire Steve Davis as replays suggested that there was no edge.

Gambhir tried to poke at an outside-the-offstump delivery off Tim Bresnan and the English fielders appealed for a caught behind which was upheld by the umpire. Gambhir was shocked and was seen shaking his head while walking to the pavilion.

SCORECARD

England: Alastair Cook lbw b Ashwin 76, Ian Bell c Kumar b Ishant 10, Kevin Pietersen b Ishant 76, Eoin Morgan c Yuvraj b Ashwin 3, Samit Patel c & b Jadeja 1, Joe Root not out 57, Jos Buttler c Yuvraj b Jadeja 14, Tim Bresnan c Yuvraj b Jadeja 0, James Tredwell not out 6. Extras: (B-2 LB-8 W-4) 14. Total: (For 7 wkts in 50 overs) 257. Fall of wickets: 1/37 2/132 3/138 4/142 5/220 6/241 7/241. Bowling: Bhuvneshwar Kumar 10-2-30-0, Shami Ahmed 8-0-58-0, Ishant Sharma 10-2-47-2, R Ashwin 10-0-63-2, Ravindra Jadeja 10-2-39-3, Suresh Raina 2-0-10-0.

India: G Gambhir c Buttler b Bresnan 10, RG Sharma lbw b Finn 83, V Kohli c & b Tredwell 26, Yuvraj Singh lbw b Tredwell 3, SK Raina not out 89, MS Dhoni c Morgan b Dernbach 19, RA Jadeja not out 21, Extras: (lb 2, w 5) 7. Total: (5 wickets; 47.3 overs) 258. Fall of wickets: 1-20, 2-72, 3-90, 4-158, 5-213. Bowling: ST Finn 10-1-39-1, TT Bresnan 10-1-59-1, JW Dernbach 9.3-0-59-1, SR Patel 3-0-21-0, JC Tredwell 10-0-54-2, JE Root 5-0-24-0.

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