With a thumping 133-run win over England in the second ODI, India took a 1-0 lead in the five-match ODI series. Suresh Raina propelled India to 304/6 with a sparkling century to setup the match for the visitors. Building on the 91-run platform laid by Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane after Chris Woakes had left India on 19/2, Raina put India in a commanding position with a 144-run stand with MS Dhoni.
The Tests have departed into the folder marked “Red Ball Disasters“; India’s intention is now to stage a party to help them forget what has gone before. One game into the Royal London ODI series, the outlook has been transformed. They look empowered again.
Suresh Raina, ignored for the Test series, had the undamaged mindset to fill the role of party compere as he played with an exuberance rarely seen from India during their mauling in the Test series, proceeding with a cheerful vigour to make 100 from 75 balls, his first ODI century for four years.
Man of the Match: Suresh Raina for his match-winning century.
MS Dhoni: “Our fans love ODI cricket! It’s a very different format, and it gives the players freedom to express themselves. I think it’s a good format to come back into form. The start is always crucial, and not losing too many wickets was good. It’s always important to get off to a good start in an innings, and Dhawan and Rohit did that for us. I was very happy with the way our spinners bowled.”
Alastair Cook: “We didn’t play very well at all today. Credit to the partnership between Dhoni and Raina, they took the game away from us, but it wasn’t a 160 wicket. To be honest, we didn’t turn up in any of the departments.”
Suresh Raina: “The wicket was really good. I thought if I batted until 45th over we could put a target onthe board. I’ve seen a lot of the Test matches, I was looking forward to this game. I’ve worked really hard on my batting and fitness.”