Mon, 24 Oct 2011 08:35:01 GMT

Kohli, Raina hand India 4-0 lead in Mumbai

Mumbai: India rode on stroke-filled half centuries from Suresh Raina (80) and Virat Kohli (86) as they recovered from an early jolt to post a comfortable six-wicket victory over England and take 4-0 lead in the five-match ODI series here today.

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Chasing England's modest total of 220 all out, Kohli and Raina combined well to put on a match-winning partnership of 131 in 113 balls to help India overhaul the target with 9.5 overs to spare at the Wankhede Stadium here.

Returning to the Wankhede Stadium, the scene of their famous triumph in the World Cup final on April 2, Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men first put England on the mat with a clinically efficient bowling display after the visitors had gone off to a flying start of 39 in six overs.

The modest target set by England, who were dismissed in only 46.1 overs, was not stiff enough to test the batting strength of the home team who wobbled at 21 for 2 and then 46 for 3 before Raina and Kohli took the game away from the tourists.

Raina, who hit his 19th half ton in 129 games, departed at 171 but skipper Dhoni (15 not out) was cool as ever in the company of Kohli, who struck his 18th fifty in 68 ODIs, as the fifth wicket duo stitched an unconquered stand of 52 runs to pull India past the finish line in 40.1 overs.

The home team, thus, kept themselves in the hunt for a 5-0 clean sweep in the series with the final ODI scheduled at Kolkata on October 25. It was, incidentally, the first-ever ODI victory for the hosts at this venue against England following defeats in the 1987 World Cup semi final and the 2001-02 bilateral series encounter.

R Ashwin and Varun Aaron shared six wickets between them as India dismissed England for a modest 220 in the fourth and penultimate cricket one-dayer here on Sunday.

Electing to bat on a slow Wankhede Stadium pitch, England were off to a flyer -- 39 in six overs -- with opener Craig Kieswetter making a brisk 29 in 18 balls with the help of two sixes and four fours before India applied the brakes and kept the visitors on a tight leash thereafter.

South Africa-born batsmen Jonathan Trott (39 in 48 balls) and Kevin Pietersen (41 in 61 balls) threatened to take charge at one stage before losing their way against the varied home team attack to be bundled out in 46.1 overs.

Spinners R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja shared five wickets between them while debutant medium pacer Varun Aaron impressed with a haul of three wickets in the death overs, including that of innings highest scorer Tim Bresnan (45 in 45 balls with six fours).

England failed to put together big partnerships consistently, the highest being 73 for the third wicket in 92 balls between Pietersen and Trott.

Ashwin bagged three for 38 after an expensive first over in which he gave away 15 runs while Jadeja got good turn to finish with two for 41. The remaining wickets were shared by Praveen Kumar, Vinay Kumar and debutant Aaron (3 for 24).

India, 3-0 up in the five-match series, were left with the task of scoring at a comfortable asking rate of 4.42 to clinch the tie.

England made a brisk start with opener Craig Kieswetter carting medium pacer Vinay Kumar over the straight field into the top tier of the stands for the first six of the match and in between hit the Bangalore bowler for two fours.

Source: PTI

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