Ind v Eng: India beat England by 5 wickets to win ODI series
India coasted to a five-wicket win in the 4th one-day international against England at Mohali to take an unassailable 3-1 series lead on Wednesday with one match still remaining.
Having been set a target of 258, India were home with 15 balls to spare thanks to brilliant half centuries from Rohit Sharma (83) and Suresh Raina (89 not out).
The pair laid the platform for victory during a breezy 68-run stand for the fourth wicket.
India replied with 258 for 5 in 47.3 overs with Ravindra Jadeja hitting the winning runs.
India were always ahead of the asking rate although James Tredwell threatened to derail the run-chase by picking up the wickets of Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh.
Rohit Sharma set the pace of the innings and flayed the England bowlers after completing his 13th ODI half century.
Raina continued from where Sharma left off adding 55 runs for the fifth wicket with MS Dhoni.
Raina remained unbeaten on 89 off 79 balls with nine boundaries and a six to be adjudged man of the match.
Half centuries by Alistair Cook (76), Kevin Pietersen (76) and Joe Root (57 not out) lifted England to 257 for 7 in their 50 overs after invited to bat first by India in the 4th one-day international at Mohali on Wednesday.
"Rohit (Sharma)-(Suresh) Raina partnership really took things away from us. I don't think the conditions were really in our favour. We put up a pretty good score on this wicket. Joe Root played pleasingly, he moved the ball around well," said England skipper Alistair Cook.
Indian skipper MS Dhoni said: "Overall a very good peformance, more so with the new ball. We didn't let them get off to a quick start. It is a new bowling attack, they will learn a lot with experience."
He praised Sharma's performance.
"We all know Rohit is a gifted cricketer and it was a very good performance from him. He is a natural puller of the ball and once he got to his fifty, he converted it to a big one," added Dhoni.
"Rohit was playing really well, he showed some character in his innings," said Raina after pipping Sharma for the man of the match award.
"I am happy with the innings today, I was told by the management today about the opening role," said Rohit Sharma on his knock.
Indian lose skipper MS Dhoni who cuts Jade Dernbach straight to Eoin Morgan at backward point after making 19 during a 55-run stand for the fifth wicket with Suresh Raina.
The 50 partnership for the unbroken fifth wicket between Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni has come in just 45 balls.
Suresh Raina completes his 27th ODI fifty off 46 balls edging Tim Bresnan through the vacant slip for his sixth boundary.
Suresh Raina survives after being caught by Alistair Cook off Steven Finn but to the consternation of England it was deemed a 'dead' ball since Finn has disturbed the stumps while bowling.
MS Dhoni opens his account with a glide to fine and survives a confident leg before off Steven Finn's eventful over.
Rohit Sharma's brilliant innings comes to end thanks to a dubious LBW decision of Steven Finn but India are on target.
Sharma's knock of 83 off 93 balls contained 11 fours and six as he really turned it on during the fourth wicket partnership of 68 with Suresh Raina.
Replays showed the ball would have missing the leg stump.
The 50 partnership for the unbroken fourth wicket between Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina comes in just 37 balls.
Suresh Raina has punched Jade Dernbach for a couple of boundaries in the 28th over as India are now on song.
It's raining boundaries now for India as with Rohit Sharma leading the way and Suresh Raina joining the party as they pick a boundary off Samit Patel in the 26h over.
Rohit Sharma completes his 13th ODI fifty off 73 balls with six boundaries.
He celebrates by dancing down the pitch stroking a massive six over the head of James Tredwell in the next over to bring up the 100 of the Indian innings followed by a boundary to the square leg fence.
India are in trouble as James Tredwell seems to be bogey man of Yuvraj Singh who is trapped leg attempting to sweep him in the 23rd over.
Yuvraj is gone for 3 after facing 16 balls.
Just when the boundaries seem to have dried up, Rohit Sharma paddle sweeps a delivery from James Tredwell to the fine leg fence.
James Tredwell strikes in his first over taking the big wicket of Virat Kohli who lobs a return catch after making 26 off 33 balls with three boundaries.
Kohli drives straight back to the bowler for a soft dismissal after adding 52 runs for the second wicket with Rohit Sharma.
Virat Kohli has brought up the 50 partnership off 61 balls for the second wicket with Rohit Sharma in the 16th over.
Rohit Sharma is leading India's run-chase having hit five boundaries so far throwing caution to the winds.
Rohit Sharma is given a life in the seventh over when Kevin Pietersen fails to hang on to a high catch off Bresnan.
Gambhir is adjudged caught behind after fishing at a delivery from Tim Bresnan as India lose their first wicket in the sixth over.
Gambhir made 10 off 16 balls with two boundaries.
Ishant Sharma sees the back of Kevin Pietersen castling him with a yorker after having been struck for a boundry and thundering six in the previous deliveries.
England are for 242-7 in 49 overs after being put into bat in the 4th one-day international against India at Mohali on Wednesday.
Pietersen made 76 off 93 ball with seven boundaries and a six adding 78 runs for the fifth wicket with Joe Root.
Ravichandran Ashwin goes for 17 in the 45th over as Joe Root hoists him over midwicket before crashing his through the covers while Pietersen ends the over by lofting him over mid off for another boundary.
Kevin Pietersen reaches his half century in style driving Suresh Raina through the cover and blasts Shami Ahmed for another boundary in the next over.
Joe Root dropped at first slip by Virat Kohli off Ishant Sharma has managed to pick up a couple of boundaries in the batting Powerplay overs as India tighten the noose.
Ravindra Jadeja holds a brilliant return catch to dismiss the dangerous Samit Patel for 1 in the 37th over.
Ravichandran Ashwin has struck a double as Eoin Morgan throws his wicket away skieing to Yuvraj Singh in the deep in the 34th over.
Alistair Cook's glorious innings comes to an end adjudged leg before to Ravichandran Ashwin for an enterprising knock 76 off 106 balls with 13 fours.
He was the dominant partner in the 95-run stand for the second wicket with Pietersen though replays showed the ball pitched on leg.
England are making steady progressed despite being pegged by the spin twins Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin in the middle overs.
Alistair Cook refused to be tied down by the spin of Ravichandran Ashwin cracking two boundaries in the 26th over.
Alistair Cook reached his 15th ODI half century in the 23rd over to put England on top.
Cook's 50 which came off 74 balls contained nine hits to the fence.
The half century partnership for the second wicket came in 77 balls.
Kevin Pietersen gets his first boundary with a blistering drive down the ground off Ravichandran Ashwin.
Alistair Cook seems to setting the tempo of the match pulling Ishant Sharma to the square leg boundary in the 16th over.
Alistair Cook seems to take a fancy to Ishant Sharma bringing up England's 50 in the 14th over clipping the bowler to the square leg fence for his seventh boundary.
Alistair Cook continues to flay the Indian attack being unfazed by the dismissal of his partner Ian Bell hitting Ishant Sharma for his sixth boundary in the 11th over.
Ishant Sharma strikes with Bhuvneshwar Kumar taking a superb catch at third man as Ian Bell gives the charge in the 10th over which is a wicket maiden.
Ian Bell gets into the act thumping Bhuvneshwar Kumar twice to the leg side boundary in the seventh over.
Shami Ahmed has been hit for three boundaries by left hander Alistair Cook in the sixth over.
Alistair Cook has hit the first boundary of the England innings with an exquisite cover driver off Shami Ahmed in the fourth.
India have won the toss and will bowl first in the 4th one-day international against England at Mohali on Wednesday.
Rohit Sharma has been recalled in place of Ajinkya Rahane.
Craig Kieswetter gives way to Joe Buttler for England.
India are hoping to seal the five-match series leading 2-1.
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