Sample this for brilliance
If there was a template which the Indian cricket team could use in order to win matches, this would be right up there on the formula file. Quite simply a fine all-round show which MS Dhoni can be proud of.
England were simply poor
If England is rated as a poor one-day set-up, the pundits are being proved right. Their batters continue to be second-rate when it comes to tackling the spinning board.
Way to go, Ravindra Jadeja
No praise is too high for Ravindra Jadeja whose four for 28 rocked England's boat. India's body language was great and skipper Dhoni has done a good job in getting the team into a good space.
Ravindra Jadeja celebrates the wicket of Jos Buttler in Cardiff yesterday. He finished with 4-28. Pic/Getty Images
Suresh Raina ups the ante
Indian batsmen endured a wretched time during the Test series. But the one thing that Suresh Raina had going his way was that he was not part of the line-up that fared miserably in the 1-3 debacle. Therefore, he was not burdened by fear of failure. And that reflected in the conviction with which he went after the English bowlers. He timed his innings to perfection, hammering 100 off only 75 balls. Chris Jordan and Woakes came in for special treatment as the left-hander hit 12 boundaries and three sixes in his knock.
No end to Virat Kohli's woes
Kohli looked desperate to clear mid-off on the fourth ball of the eighth over bowled by Chris Woakes. All that he could manage was to hole out to Alastair Cook without troubling the scorers.
MS Dhoni times it to perfection
For all the criticism that has come skipper MS Dhoni's way for his lackluster wicket-keeping and captaincy during the Test series, there was no denying that he was amongst the Indian batsmen who showed some spine with the bat.
Hardworking Rohit deserved better
Rohit Sharma did all the hard work, getting to 52 off 87 balls, but just when one felt the rewards were waiting to be reaped, he gave it away. Interestingly, this was the seventh time he fell between the score of 50 and 59.
Nightmare for Chris Jordan
With India going great guns, Chris Jordan was in for a harrowing time, bowling five wides in the 39th over.
Dhoni upset his rhythm off the very first ball, cracking a boundary and thereafter, he knew not how to complete the over!
Woakes on target
India may have finished on an impressive 304-6 in 50 overs, but paceman Chris Woakes bowled his hear out taking 4-52 in 10 overs. Had it not been for Raina's onslaught, he could have ended up with better figures.