Ind vs Eng, 3rd ODI Cricket Highlights Free
Rahane sets India towards target of 299
England 298/4 (50 ov)
India 300/5 (49.2 ov)
India won by 5 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)
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Ajinkya Rahane compiled a 59-ball half-century, the second of his career, to guide India's pursuit of England's total of 298 for 4 in the third ODI at Mohali. By the halfway mark of their run-chase, they were well placed on 136 for 1, with Gautam Gambhir settling in on 30 not out following the loss of Parthiv Patel for 38.
India's progress was serene from the outset, as Parthiv and Rahane added 79 for the first wicket in 15.3 overs. Tim Bresnan forced the breakthrough with a swinging delivery that might have pitched outside leg stump, but the lbw appeal was upheld by the umpire.
Gambhir, whose first boundary came from a first-ball cut for four, could have fallen for 17 when a thin edge off Samit Patel was dropped by Craig Kieswetter, but chances were few and far between. The introduction of England's spinners slowed the scoring rate but with time and wickets on their side, India's batsmen were content to trade singles, secure in the knowledge that their power-players are still to come.
On a livelier surface than in the first two ODIs, Rahane's technique against England's quicks was impressive, as he picked off boundaries behind square with soft hands and deft use of the wrists. He had made 63 from 73 balls after 25 overs, with five fours to his name.