Cardiff: Suresh Raina smashed his first century outside the sub-continent as India began their one-day campaign on a resounding note when they trounced England by 133 runs in the second ODI to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series at Sophia Gardens, here today.
Put into bat, India, who are looking to put their Test debacle behind them in the limited-overs format, rode on Raina's 75-ball 100 to post a challenging 304 for six in 50 overs.
The 144-run fifth-wicket partnership between Raina, who registered his fourth ODI century, and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (52) was the highlight of the Indian innings.
Suresh Raina in action during the 2nd ODI between England and India at the Glamorgan County Cricket Ground in Cardiff, Wales on Wednesday. Pic/AFP
Rain forced a delayed start to the England innings and the Duckworth-Lewis method revised the hosts' target to 295 in 47 overs.
The hosts were bundled for 161 in 38.1 overs as Indian bowlers for once made their presence felt in English conditions.
England opener Alex Hales (40), who was handed his debut cap by skipper Alastair Cook in the morning, was the highest scorer in a disappointing scorecard.
The hosts slumped from 54 for no loss to 85 for five and the slide continued with the overcast conditions doing little to save the batting collapse.
Left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja (4-28) was India's leading wicket-taker after medium-pacer Mohammad Shami (2-32) did the early damage. Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (2-38) took care of the finishing act while new-ball bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1-30) and Raina (1-12) also picked up a wicket each.
Shami started the rot in his third over by sending back Cook LBW for 19 and cleaning up Ian Bell for 1. Bhuvneshwar bowled Joe Root for 4 and Jadeja then turned on the heat to make short work of the England middle and lower-order.
Earlier, put into bat, India lost a couple of early wickets after opener Shikhar Dhawan (11) and Virat Kohli (0) were scalped by Chris Woakes (4-52) with India reeling on 19 for two.
But Rohit Sharma (52) and Ajinkya Rahane (41) batted sensibly to lay a solid foundation for the middle-order to build upon.
Raina, registering his fourth ODI ton, then came good in the batting powerplays with Mahendra Singh Dhoni (52 off 51 balls) as his able partner put on a 144-run fifth-wicket partnership to propel India to a challenging score.
The Men in Blue managed 62 runs in the batting powerplays (35-40 overs) without losing a wicket as Raina raced to his fifty in 49 balls. Raina's knock was laced with 12 fours and 3 sixes but finally the aggressive left-hander fell to Woakes in the 47th over.
Dhoni, hitting 6 boundaries, took over from Raina to register his 55th half-century of his ODI career but was finally cleaned up by Woakes.
In the end, Ravichandran Ashwin (10 not out) and Ravindra Jadeja (9 not out) managed 13 runs in the final over to help India cross the 300-run mark.
Earlier in the innings, Rohit and Rahane also stitched a useful 91-run third-wicket partnership only to be sent back by England off-spinner James Tredwell (2-42). England pace spearhead James Anderson (0-57), Chris Jordan (0-73), Ben Stokes (0-54) and Joe Root (0-14) went wicketless in the innings.
The first match of the series was washed off due to persistent rains in Bristol while the focus now shifts to the third ODI at Trent Bridge on Saturday.
India: 304-6, 50 overs (S Raina 100, R Sharma 52, MS Dhoni 52; C Woakes 4-52)
England: 161, 38.1 overs (R Jadeja 4-28) Result: India won by 133 runs (D/L method)
Series: India lead five-match series 1-0