Raina leads India to series win in Mohali


India won the fourth ODI against England in Mohali by five wickets on Wednesday, thanks to an unbeaten 89 by Suresh Raina and 83 from Rohit Sharma, securing the series as they lead 3-1 going into the final match.

India won the fourth ODI against England in Mohali by five wickets on Wednesday, thanks to an unbeaten 89 by Suresh Raina and 83 from Rohit Sharma, securing the series as they lead 3-1 going into the final match.

England had posted 257 for seven in their 50 overs, featuring half centuries from Alastair Cook, Kevin Pietersen and Joe Root. But their bowlers were not up to the task, and India reached the target with 2.3 overs to spare.

Ian Bell and skipper Cook put on 37 for the first wicket in foggy conditions, before the former was sent packing for 10. He tried to hit Ishant Sharma back over his head, but only managed a top edge and was caught at third man by Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Cook and Pietersen continued at a sedate pace, with Pietersen taking nearly three overs of dot balls to get off the mark. Cook kept the scoreboard ticking though, and brought up his 15th ODI half century in the 23rd overs, off 74 balls.

The skipper picked up the pace as the spinners came on the scene, but fell to one too. He was trapped lbw by Ravi Ashwin with his score on 76, though replays showed the ball had pitched outside leg stump, and may also have picked up an inside edge.

Eoin Morgan's poor run continued as he was out after adding just three to the tally. He top-edged Ashwin and was caught at long on by Yuvraj Singh, leaving Pietersen and Samit Patel to steady the ship at 138 for three.

Alas, Patel could not live up to the form he showed earlier on the tour, and while Pietersen crept closer to his fifty, the all-rounder went out for one. He was caught and bowled by Ravindra Jadeja in the 37th over, and England went from looking in charge to on the brink of collapse.

Root, ever the calming influence despite his youth, proved a capable partner for KP, and the pair pushed the score past 200 as Pietersen recorded one of his grittier half centuries in recent memory. It was, in fact, his slowest ODI fifty, coming off 85 balls.

Root's strike rate inspired KP to pick up the pace and hit Ishant for a massive six, but the next delivery saw the fast bowler send two of the three stumps flying in retaliation. Pietersen departed for a valuable 76, leaving Root to see off the final four overs.

Root was handed a lifeline the next over, as he skied the ball for Suresh Raina to claim an easy catch, but India's star fielder remarkably put it down. It seemed to spin out of his hands, allowing Root to add 14 more runs to the score by the end of his knock.

Jadeja added two more wickets to his tally, in the penultimate over, as he got Jos Buttler and Tim Bresnan both caught by Yuvraj at point. England added 15 runs in the final over though, to make sure they had something to defend.

India's chase got off to an iffy start when Gautam Gambhir was dismissed with the score on 20. He wafted at a Tim Bresnan delivery and was caught behind by Buttler, in the side for the out-of-form Craig Kieswetter.

Virat Kohli then came in to join Rohit and they pushed the score up to 72. Kohli looked as good as he had in the previous match, where he scored a half century, but this time he was out for 26, caught and bowled by James Tredwell.

Tredders then added Yuvraj to his records four the fourth time on this tour, trapping him in front as the batsman tried to sweep. Yuvraj had to depart with the score on 90, as the rate required crept steadily upwards.

Rohit then did what he'd been unable to do for months: put together a decent knock. His last four innings saw his make 24, 2, 4 and 4. He brought up his half century and then pushed on quickly to the 70s, milking the slower bowlers while Raina kept up the singles at the other end.

Rohit was eventually dismissed by Finn for 83, having hit 11 boundaries and a six in his 93 deliveries. He was trapped LBW, and this brought MS Dhoni to join Raina. India were still in a strong position, requiring 100 runs in 18 overs.

The Finn 'Knee Dead Ball' debate reared its head again in the 36th over, when he knocked the bails off on his follow-through and Raina edged to the slips. It was thus not out, much to England's frustration as it could have turned the match.

The batsman took advantage of the reprieve to bring up his half century in the next over off 47 balls, edging Bresnan for four for his 27th ODI fifty. Dhoni didn't last much longer though, and was caught off Dernbach with the score of 213.

Raina and Jadeja had no issues steering the side home though, and Jadeja has 21 not out when he hit the winning runs in the 48th over.

<b>India:</b> Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Shami Ahmed.

<b>England:</b> Alastair Cook, Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler, Samit Patel, James Tredwell, Steven Finn, Jade Dernbach, Tim Bresnan.