Raina thrilled to get on the park and help

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India batsman Suresh Raina was thrilled with his efforts in Cardiff on Wednesday, with his century ensuring a big win for his side as England failed dismally to chase the 305 required for a win.

India batsman Suresh Raina was thrilled with his efforts in Cardiff on Wednesday, with his century ensuring a big win for his side as England failed dismally to chase the 305 required for a win.

India thus took a one-nil series lead, after the first game was washed out, and Raina was happy to be able to help at last, having not been in the Test squad. His century saved India from collapse, and took them to 304 for six.

Raina said upon being presented with the Man of the Match award: "The wicket was really good. I thought if I batted until 45th over we could put a target on the board.

"I've seen a lot of the Test matches, I was looking forward to this game. I've worked really hard on my batting and fitness."

Meanwhile India skipper MS Dhoni was pleased with the support they would be getting from fans around England in the upcoming games, given how many people of Indian origin lived in the UK.

He said: "In the next three matches we'll have more support than the England team which is unusual at times."

He then spoke about being adaptive to the game, especially after the Test series, and clearly enjoyed being back in the format India excelled in most. He was also pleased with the way his side recovered, himself smacking a half ton.

He said: "You can't play one-dimensional cricket, it's a good format to come back into form. The start is always crucial, the first 10 overs was not about the runs we scored, if we have a good stand after 30 overs we will double the score."

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