India break tour hoodoo with win in Cardiff

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India finally got a win on the board on their England tour, winning the second ODI in Cardiff by 133 runs, after scoring over 300 themselves thanks to Suresh Raina's superb century.

India finally got a win on the board on their England tour, winning the second ODI in Cardiff by 133 runs, after scoring over 300 themselves thanks to Suresh Raina's superb century.

India got off to a poor start by losing early wickets, but Raina's 100 ensured they reached 304 for six, before rain arrived. Duckworth-Lewis reduced the target to 295 in 47 overs, which was still too much as England were all out for 161.

England won the toss and chose to field first, looking at the overhead conditions, and thinking of their swing bowlers doing the job. But the bowling was generally quite poor, aside from Chris Woakes, who took the first two wickets.

He bagged Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli in the same over, the latter for a duck, and also removed Raina and MS Dhoni later on. Otherwise, it was dire for the hosts, as Chris Jordan gave up 12 wides, five of which came in one over.

Still, it wasn't only Raina show did well, as Rohit Sharma scored a fifty at the top of the order, while skipper Dhoni bagged a brisk half ton at the death. Aside from that Ajinkya Rahane contributed a nifty 41.

But it was Raina who was the star, coming in with half the knock still to play, and he set about taking the bowlers apart. His ton came off just 74 balls and included 12 fours and three sixes, one of which was right back over Woakes' head.

England's chase was delayed by the weather, and though the break wasn't a long one, the fact that England had take nearly half an hour longer than they should have to bowl their overs meant the game was reduced almost immediately.

Skipper Cook was out for 19, soon followed by Ian Bell for one, both out to Mohammed Shami. Joe Root was also a flop, as he was bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar for four.

The one bright spot was the effort of debutant opener Alex Hales, who had to watch from the other end as wickets fell. He made his way to 40 in trying circumstances, before skying an Ravi Jadeja delivery to be caught by Kohli.

Hales' knock was the best England could offer, with Eoin Morgan the next best with 28. The rest of the order was sub-par though, as Jadeja claimed four wickets and Ravi Ashwin two. Raina even chipped in with Jordan's scalp, for a duck.

<b>England:</b> Alastair Cook, Alex Hales, Ian Bell, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, James Tredwell, James Anderson.

<b>India:</b> Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Mohit Sharma.

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