Wednesday 27 August 2014 

Suresh Raina Century Was Crucial - MS Dhoni

Indian captain MS Dhoni has paid tribute to the century Suresh Raina scored against England in the second One-Day International in Cardiff, saying it was crucial to the outcome of the match.

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Raina hit 100 in 75 balls, helping India recover from 110 for three to post 304 for six.

Dhoni made 52, sharing a partnership of 144 with Raina for the fifth wicket before England were bowled out for 161 to hand India a convincing 133-run win on the Duckworth/Lewis method.

But for Dhoni, Raina's innings was the key for them scoring as many runs as they did.

"Well I think it was fantastic, the reason being by the end of the 30th over, I don't know what the score was, but I don't think we had scored too many, so it was important that he stayed there because he was one batsman who was set," he said.

"What we have realised is that if he can get a partnership going and we have wickets in hand, we can get a lot of runs in the last 10, 11, 12 overs, and that's why his innings was very crucial.

"Of course he is someone who scores at a very good pace and plays authentic cricket shots, so I feel he played a fantastic innings and he continued once he got his fifty.

"He continued to move ahead and played some brilliant shots after that, and it was good to see him score the hundred."

Meanwhile, Dhoni's opposite number Alastair Cook was left to rue a dismal performance, and was frank enough to admit that his side underperformed.

"We didn't play well and we paid for that today," he said, before trying to pick out some positives.

"You can look at some good spots I suppose, I though Chris Woakes (who took two for eight in his opening bowling spell) bowled nicely up front and came back pretty strong when the carnage was happening.

"Obviously it wasn't a 300 wicket (India's score) and it wasn't a 160 wicket (England's score).

"It's one game, isn't it, one day of cricket. When you don't get it right like we've done today, it's not the end of the world at all.

"It's frustrating but you don't win every game of cricket you play and you certainly don't win many when you play like that.

"But the lads in the changing room will know that, they don't need me to tell them that. So it's dust ourselves off and try and come back and play better next time."

Trent Bridge hosts the third game in the five-match series on Saturday 30th August.

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9th-13th July: 1st Test, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 457 & 391-9 dec. (Binny 78) drew with
England 496 (Root 154no, Anderson 81)
17th-21st July: 2nd Test, Lord's, London
India 295 & 342 (Vijay 95, Jadeja 68) beat
England 319 & 223 (Sharma 7-74) by 95 runs
27th-31st July: 3rd Test, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton
England 569-7 dec. & 205-4 dec. beat
India 330 & 178 (Ali 6-67) by 266 runs
7th-11th August: 4th Test, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester
England 367 (Root 77, Buttler 70) beat
India 152 & 166 by an innings & 54 runs
15th-19th August: 5th Test, The Kia Oval, London
England 486 (Root 149no, Cook 79) beat
India 148 & 94 by an innings & 244 runs
25th August: 1st ODI, Bristol
Match abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain
27th August: 2nd ODI, SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff
India 304-6 (Raina 100, Woakes 4-52) beat
England 161 (Jadeja 4-28) by 133 runs (D/L)
30th August: 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge, Nottingham
India 228-4 (Rayudu 64no) beat
England 227 (Cook 44) by six wickets
2nd September: 4th ODI, Edgbaston, Birmingham
India 212-1 (Rahane 106, Dhawan 97no) beat
England 206 (Moeen Ali 67) by nine wickets
5th September: 5th ODI, Headingley, Leeds
England 294-7 (Root 113, Buttler 49) beat
India 253 (Jadeja 87) by 41 runs
7th September: T20I, Edgbaston, Birmingham
England 180-7 (Morgan 71, Hales 40)
India 177-5 (Kohli 66) by three runs