India claimed the ODI series against England as the hosts ride on the batting performance of Suresh Raina (89*) and Rohit Sharma (83) to style a easy five wicket win in the 4th ODI match and take the 3-1 lead in the five match series on Wednesday.
The India 1st restricted the England to 257 for 7 and then come back some concerned moments before chased the target with 15 balls left in a floodlit game played in English conditions at Mohali.
The India had the match in control after putting visitors into bat, they scored as many as 100 runs in the final ten overs with unheralded Joe Root unbeaten 57 from 45 balls) and Kevin Pietersen’s 76 runs given that the delayed sparks with some strong hits. skipper Alastair Cook was another notable performance with a knock of 76 runs. Indians held their spirit during the run chase and it was finally Raina who guided the team home.
This was a worthy series win for Mahendra Singh Dhoni and his boys who had come under fire for indifferent performances in recent matches, which leads the team lost a Test series to England and an ODI series crush against arch rivals Pakistan at home. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli rebuild the innings with a 52 runs partnership for the 2nd before James Tredwell struck for his team in his very first over by Virat Kohli for 26 and followed by Yuvraj out for 3.
Earlier, put into bat, England lost three wickets in quick sequence in the middle of the innings after a reasonably good start, but the young batsmen Joe Root unleashed a dramatic counter attack to steer the total past the 250 mark, it was looked uncertain at one stage.
Root, who smashed eight boundaries and a six during his 45-ball blitzkrieg, and Pietersen were largely responsible for England's recovery. Spinner Ravindra Jadeja was the pick of the Indian bowlers with (3 for 39) while Ishant Sharma (2 for 47) and R Ashwin (2 for 63) were the other wicket takers. Suresh Raina named for the Man of the Award for his match winning knock.