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Raina, Sharma help India seal series

23 January 2013 16:13

Suresh Raina and Rohit Sharma have both notched half centuries to clinch a five-wicket win for India over England, wrapping up the series.

Sharma (83) held India's run chase together early on in Mohali, while Raina (89 not out) steered the home side to victory having come to the crease at 90-3.

The win on Wednesday means India have an unassailable 3-1 lead over England in the five-match one-day international (ODI) series, with one game still to come.

India won the toss and bowled first but England made that decision look like an error with Kevin Pietersen and captain Alastair Cook taking the tourists to 132-2 in the 32nd over, when the latter was out for 76.

Cook's dismissal sparked a mini collapse with Eoin Morgan (three) and Samit Patel (one) both out cheaply in the next five overs but Pietersen (76) and Joe Root (57 not out) kept England going and 257-7 looked to be a competitive total at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium.

Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja was India's leading wicket-taker with figures of 3-39 off his 10 overs, while Ishant Sharma and Ravi Ashwin both finished with two scalps.

England's defence of their target started well with Tim Bresnan claiming Gautam Gambhir's wicket, caught behind in the sixth over for just 10.

James Tredwell's off-spin gave England a sniff of victory when the 30-year-old caught Virat Kohli (26) off his own bowling in the 23rd over and then trapped Yuvraj Singh (three) lbw in the 32nd taking India to 90-3.

But that brought Raina to the crease and he combined with Sharma for a 68-run partnership before the latter was lbw off Steven Finn's bowling.

Raina then worked with MS Dhoni (19) and Jadeja (21 not out) to wrap up victory with the latter scoring the winning runs with 15 balls to spare.

Raina received a reprieve on 41 when he was caught at slip, only for the umpire to call a dead ball because Finn dislodged the wickets during his delivery.

While Tredwell (2-54 off 10 overs) was England's leading wicket-taker, Finn was the visitors' most dangerous bowler and their most economical, finishing with figures of 1-39 off 10 overs.

The fifth and final ODI will be held in Dharamsala on Sunday.

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