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Posted on Jan 24, 10:10AM | IBNS
Suresh Raina's unbeaten knock of 89 runs helped India beat England by five wickets in the fourth One Day International (ODI) match of the five-match series and a series-winning 3-1 lead at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium here on Wednesday.
Chasing 258 for victory, India reached the target by losing five wickets in 47.3 overs.
India received early blows as the home side lost the wicket of Gautam Gambhir (10) in 5.3 overs. Rohit Sharma, who was promoted as an opener in this match, added 52 runs in the second wicket partnership with Virat Kohli (26). James Tredwell broke the partnership as he picked up the wicket of Kohli in 16.5 overs of the game. The scoreboard read 72-2 at that point of the match.
Yuvraj Singh failed with his willow in the match and scored 3 runs.
Rohit grabbed the opportunity well and hit 11 boundaries and a six in his knock of 83 runs.
Finn trapped Rohit leg before wicket to give India a jolt at a crucial point of the innings.
Suresh Raina played a brilliant knock of 89 runs off 79 balls. He hit nine boundaries and a six and remained unbeaten till the end.
MS Dhoni (19) and Ravindra Jadeja (21*) made some important contribution with the willows.
Tredwell picked up two wickets in his 10 overs by giving away 54 runs.
Earlier, England scored 257 runs for the loss of seven wickets in 50 overs.
Kevin Pietersen and Alastair Cook scored 76 runs each while Joe Root remained unbeaten on 57 runs.
Jadeja scalped three wickets in the match for India while Ishant Sharma and R Ashwin took two wickets each.
India took an unbeatable 3-1 lead in the series with the victory.