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23-Jan-2013 14:42:00 GMT
India v England, 4th ODI, Mohali

Raina, Rohit Sets up Series Win

Chandigarh: Fiery knocks by Raina (89*) and Rohit (83) helped India beat England by 5 wickets in the 4th ODI to take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the 5-match ODI series with a gane to spare at the PCA stadium in Mohali on Wednesday

Raina hit his third half-century in a row, he hits nine boundaries and a huge six.

Jade Dernbach gave England some breathing space when he picked up the wicket of MS Dhoni. He was caught at backward point by Eoin Morgan for 19 runs and put up a 55-run partnership with Suresh Raina for the fifth wicket.

Before that, English pacer Steven Finn gave England a big breakthrough when he scalped the crucial wicket of Rohit Sharma, whose impressive 83-run innings was studded with 11 boundaries and a single six before he was caught leg before in his attempt to defend the ball.

After losing the wickets of Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh, Rohit held his nerve and scored his 13th ODI half-century 73 balls with the help of 6 boundaries.

Yuvraj (3) was caught plumb before the wicket by Tredwell while attempting to hit a sweep shot. Tredwell earlier continued his good form in India as he dismissed Virat Kohli to dent India's chase of 258 runs.

Earlier, the unheralded Joe Root (57 not out) and Kevin Pietersen (76) provided the late sparks with some lusty hits as England recovered from a mid-innings slump to post a decent 257 for seven in their must-win penultimate cricket one-dayer against India on Wednesday.

Put into bat, England lost three wickets in quick succession in the middle of the innings after a reasonably good start but young Root unleashed a stunning counter-attack to steer the total past the 250-run mark, which looked doubtful at one stage.

Root, who clobbered eight boundaries and a six during his 45-ball blitzkrieg, and Pietersen were largely responsible for England recovery, while captain Alastair Cook laid the foundation with a solid 76.

The visitors scored as many as 100 runs in the last ten overs as the Indians, who had the game under control for most part of it, suddenly appeared to lose the plot with Root and Pietersen going on the offensive.

Spinner Ravindra Jadeja was the pick of the Indian bowlers with 3/39 while Ishant Sharma 2/47 and R Ashwin 2/63 were the other wicket-takers on a Mohali track, which appeared to be good for batting.

England started their innings with opening pair put on 37 runs for the first wicket before Ishant provided the breakthrough by evicting Bell, who perished to a rash stroke.

Bell decided to step out against Ishant but could not get to the pitch of the ball and Kumar pulled off a brilliant diving catch at the third man region.

Pietersen, who joined the action after Bell's dismissal, started off watchfully and took some time to get off the mark.

Pietersen and Root ensured that there was no further setback as both played with a more positive frame of mind and counter-attacked the Indian bowlers.

Suresh Raina declared man of the match.

Fifth and final one-day of the series played at chilled Dharamshala.

Brief scores
257 for 7 (Pietersen 76, Cook 76, Root 57*, Jadeja 3-39)
India 258 for 5 (Raina 89*, RG Sharma 83)
Result India won by 5 wickets
MOM Suresh Raina (India)

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