Sunday 23 October 2011 

Kohli And Raina Put India 4-0 Up Over England

Kohli And Raina Put India 4-0 Up Over England
Kohli And Raina Put India 4-0 Up Over England
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India 223-4 (Kohli 86no, Raina 80) beat
England 220 (Bresnan 45) by six wickets
Fourth One-Day International, Mumbai

A ground-record fourth-wicket Indian partnership of 131 between Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina condemned England to a six-wicket defeat in the fourth One-Day International in Mumbai.

Kohli hit an unbeaten 86 and Suresh Raina a belligerent 80 as the home side moved into a 4-0 lead in the series by overhauling a target of 221 in 40.1 overs.

Ravichandran Ashwin and debutant Varun Aaron both took three wickets as England were bowled out for a modest 220 having won the toss.

Craig Kieswetter (29), Jonathan Trott (39) and Kevin Pietersen (41) all got in but failed to go on, leaving England constantly having to rebuild while Alastair Cook (10), Ravi Bopara (8), Jonathan Bairstow (9) and Samit Patel (14) all fell cheaply as they struggled under pressure.

Ashwin had Cook trapped in front, Pietersen caught by substitute Manoj Tiwary and Patel caught by Kohli.

Aaron's raw pace was too much for England's lower order as he bowled Tim Bresnan, who top scored with 45, Scott Borthwick for three and debutant Stuart Meaker for one as the youngster picked up three for 24.

Ravi Jadeja continued his good series by trapping Bopara in front and having Bairstow bowled.

Meaker was unable to outshine fellow debutant and quick bowler Aaron, although he did have Ajinkya Rahane caught by Kieswetter for 20 - an innings in which he struggled to up the scoring rate, facing 37 balls.

Steven Finn bowled a fine spell, bowling Parthiv Patel for eight and Gautam Gambhir for one but once again Kohli proved to be England's nemesis.

From 46 for three, along with Raina, he moved the score on to 177 before another wicket fell, cleverly pacing his innings to ensure he was there at the end.

He needed Raina to play a key part - and earn the man-of-the-match award for so doing - and the left-hander blasted 80 in 62 balls before becoming the third player to have his stumps disturbed by Finn, who took three for 45.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni applied the finishing touches by hitting a four and a six as he made 15 not out.

The final game is in Kolkata on 25th October.

© Cricket World 2011

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