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India vs England, 4th ODI: Match Tied Under D/L Method, England Win Series

By on September 11, 2011

England 270 for 8 (Bopara 96, RP Singh 3-59) in 48.5 Overs vs India 280 for 5 (Raina 84, Dhoni 78*) match tied (D/L Method)

Rain again stopped the fourth one-day international between India and England at Lord’s, with scores tied according to Duckworth-Lewis method on Sunday.

England lost two successive wickets of Ravi Bopara (96) and Graeme Swann (31) off Munaf Patel in the penultimate over to put the match in the balance when rain lashed the field again.

England were at 270/8 in 48.5 overs when match was stopped and the match will be declared tied if match fails to start.

Play was stopped by rain earlier too with England on 242/6 in 45 overs, chasing 281-run target and England were ahead by 2 runs according to the D/L method at that time.

RP Singh uprooted Tim Bresnan’s off-stump to give India a chance in the fourth one-dayer.

RP came round the wicket to get a different angle and fired in a full length ball to uproot Bresnan off-stump, who could have proved dangerous for India at the end.

Ben Stokes didn’t last for long when he played a flighted delivery straight into the hands of bowler, R Ashwin.

Before that the partnership between Ian Bell and Ravi Bopara looked threatening when Jadeja chipped in with the wicket of Bell.

Both Bell and Bopara were able to sneak in the ones and twos pretty easily and didn’t seem to be in any trouble playing the Indian bowlers.

Praveen Kumar’s patience paid off as he joined the party to get the wicket of Jonathan Trott. It was unfortunate on the part of Trott when he played on to his stumps trying to pull a short ball from Praveen Kumar.

RP Singh gave a solid start to India when he removed both the openers Craig Kieswetter and Alastair Cook.

RP is a changed bowler in the ongoing ODI series and gave India the right kind of start they needed from the bowlers upfront. He dismissed the dangerous Kieswetter when he charged down the wicket to hand a simple catch to Jadeja.

England captain Alastair Cook fell prey to RP in his next over when he slashed hard straight into the hands of Virat Kohli standing at silly-point.

While, Suresh Raina hit 84 as India made 280-5 off their 50 overs after being put in to bat in the fourth ODI.

Raina shared a stand of 169 with captain MS Dhoni (78 not out) which was the highest fifth wicket partnership for India in one-day internationals against England as India posted a challenging total.

Dhoni faced 71 balls, hitting six fours and three sixes, whilst Raina, who accelerated late in his innings faced 75 balls and hit seven fours and two sixes.

But it looked like it would be a different story when India were 110-4 in 26th over.

Graeme Swann had just dismissed Virat Kholi and Rahul Dravid in his first over and one more wicket would have exposed the Indian tail.

But Raina and Dhoni got their side to a score well above the average first innings one-day total with aggressive batting which delighted the hordes of Indian supporters at the ground.

They helped their side to add 109 off the last ten overs with both batsmen hitting the English bowlers high into stands as India finally enjoyed themselves after a dismal summer in England.

In a bad session for England Stuart Broad went off without completing the final over holding his arm and Steve Finn was called on to bowl the rest of the over.

Earlier, Broad had dismissed both openers Parthiv Patel for 27 and Ajinkya Rahane for 38 but Finn, playing his first match of the series, went wicketless despite bowling well.

He eventually snared Raina when he was asked to replace Broad when the batsman was superbly caught by Ben Stokes in the deep.

England lead the five-match series 2-0 with one no result and one match left to play, in Cardiff, on Friday.

Source: Times of India

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