England opener Alastair Cook played the captain’s knock carrying his bat through to score an unbeaten 80 as hosts carved out a convincing 7 wicket win over India during the second ODI at The Rose Bowl in Southampton on Tuesday. Score | PhotosChasing a stiff 188, Cook led from the start helping England reach the target with five balls to spare in a match was reduced to 23-overs a side owing to persistent rains.Earlier, India opener Ajinkya Rahane scored his maiden half-century and Suresh Raina hit a quick-fire 41 as India put on 187/8 after being put in to bat. The match was delayed by six hours owing to persistent showers.Parthiv Patel treated the match like a T20 game and got off to a flier right away scoring in boundaries and sixes. But his innings did not last long and he fell in the fourth over of the day off James Anderson’s ball. An edge off his bat was nicely taken by keeper Craig Kieswetter on 28. India lost their first wicket on 30.Post that wicket, opener Ajinkya Rahane and Rahul Dravid batted with resolve and increased India’s run rate. Soon India’s score crossed the 100-run mark. But soon their partnership came to an end as England spinner Graeme Swann removed Dravid on 32 and India lost their second wicket on 109 after a 79 runs partnership between the two batsmen.New man, Virat Kohli could not stay in the middle for long. He fell off Jade Dernbach trying to loft the ball past the boundary, but failed to clear Ian Bell at long-on. India lost their third wicket on 125.advertisementBut Rahane was still in the middle and batting past his maiden ODI half-century. Soon, he and Suresh Raina got going taking the fight to the opposition. But there was a slight hit in tempo as Rahane took on runner in Virat Kohli.And no sooner had he took on a runner that he departed caught and bowled Swann on 54. His fine innings was decorated with five fours and one six.But his fall did not halt India’s charge as Suresh Raina batting alongside skipper MS Dhoni started dealing in boundaries and over the fence shots. Taking cue, Dhoni went for his favourite helicopter shot off Tim Bresnan, but didn’t get the desired elevation and ended up getting caught by Bell at long-on. India were 164/5 post his fall.Raina continued the onslaught and boundaries and sixes became rather common during his innings. In the last over, he went for another big shot of Bresnan, but Ben Stokes took a fine catch in the deep and Raina’s 41-run blitz came to an end. His19-ball innings saw him hit three four and an equal number of sixes.India lost two more wickets in the last over before posting a fine 187/8 at The Rose Bowl.In replay, England just lost three wickets and reached the mark with seven wickets and five balls to spare. Captain Cook top scored with an unbeaten 80 runs on board which came off just 63 delivers and was studded with five fours and one six.Cook proved to be the pivot around with the England batting revolved. First he set up a 67-run first wicket partnership with Craig Kieswetter and then got busy with two more fruitful partnerships with Ian Bell and Ravi Bopara.
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