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Dhoni takes India to 285-6 against England in 2nd ODI

PTI Kochi | Updated on March 12, 2018

M.S.Dhoni of India plays a shot against England in the 2nd ODI at Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium in Kochi today.   -  K Pichumani

Ravindra Jadeja of India plays a shot against England in the 2nd ODI at Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium in Kochi today.   -  K Pichumani

India’s top-order struggled once again but skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (72) continued his rich vein of form to steer the hosts to a challenging 285 for six against England in the second one-dayer here today.

Dhoni blasted a 66-ball 72 laced with seven fours and two sixes, to take his team past the 250-run mark after they were reduced to 119-4 in 26.2 overs.

Dhoni featured in two crucial partnerships — first adding 55 runs with Suresh Raina and then 96 runs with Ravindra Jadeja for the fifth and sixth wickets respectively.

Middle-order batsman Raina also cracked a well-paced half-century off 78 balls, studded with two sixes and a couple of fours, to initially steady the innings along with Dhoni having come into bat at No 5.

However, it was in the last 10 overs which gave the hosts the impetus as Dhoni and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, amassed 108 runs, to put the team in a comfortable position after they decided to bat first.

Steven Finn was the top wicket-taker for England as he took two wickets for 51 runs, while James Tredwell bowled really well, taking one wicket for 48 runs.

Jade Dernbach and Chris Woakes were expensive but snapped two and one wicket to contribute to the team.

Earlier, India had a tottering start as they were reduced to 18 for two by the English pace duo of Finn and Dernbach.

Gautam Gambhir (8) and Ajinkya Rahane (4) paid the price for their poor footwork as both were cleaned bowled by Dernbach and Finn respectively.

While, Gambhir failed to defend an incoming delivery from Finn, Rahane tried to play too away from the body, leaving a huge gap which was breached by the in-swinger from Dernbach.

Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh then tried to steady the ship and added 53 runs off 65 balls for the third wicket.

Published on January 15, 2013

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