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India thrashes England in second one-day Test

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Friday, August 29, 2014

CARDIFF, Wales - India thrashed England by 133 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis method to win the second one-day international at Cardiff yesterday.

World champions India, after losing the toss, made 6-304 in their 50 overs with Suresh Raina scoring exactly 100.

India had been in trouble at 2-19 after losing the toss before a stand of 91 between Rohit Sharma (52) and Ajinkya Rahane (41) repaired the early damage.

Raina and India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (52) then picked up the pace in a fifth-wicket partnership of 144 in just 111 balls.

Chris Woakes (4-52) and off-spinner James Tredwell (2-42) were the only England bowlers to take wickets.

England bowled 16 wides, with all-rounder Chris Jordan delivering 12 — the equivalent of two extra overs — during an expensive return of 0-73.

Rain during the mid-innings break left England chasing a revised target of 295 in 47 overs.

But they collapsed to 161 all out in 38.1 overs, with opener Alex Hales top-scoring with 40 on his one-day international debut.

Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja took 4-28 in seven overs.

India lead the five-match series 1-0 after Monday's first ODI in Bristol was washed out without a ball bowled.

The series continues at Trent Bridge tomorrow.

Meanwhile South Africa have pulled off the second-biggest run-chase in their one-day international history to sink Australia in their tri-series clash in Harare.

Seeking some revenge for Australia's thrilling Test series win earlier this year, star Proteas batsmen AB de Villiers (136 not out) and Faf du Plessis (106) both scored brilliant hundreds to reel in the victory target of 328 and secure a comfortable seven-wicket win with 20 balls to spare.

Although it wasn't quite in the same league as when South Africa chased down a world-record 437 to beat the Australians in Johannesburg in 2006, there was an extra sweetness to this victory in a year of bitter rivalry.

Australia set the Proteas a Harare Sports Club ground record chase of 328 to win, with opener Aaron Finch (102) smashing the fourth hundred of his ODI career.

South Africa were on the ropes early at 2-52, but the classy partnership of du Plessis and de Villiers turned the match on its head with an outstanding stand of 206 off 174 balls for the third wicket.





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