Smiles came back on the faces of countless Indian fans as they finally saw Team India pose a strong challenge to England in their own backyard. India amassed 304/6 against England in the 2nd ODI in Cardiff - winning the match by 133 runs - as a brave Suresh Raina stole the spotlight with his 100 off 75 balls. However, no credit can be taken away from skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's resilient knock of 52 and his 144-run partnership with Raina. (Match highlights|Scorecard)
Dhoni and Raina put on India's 3rd century stand for the fifth wicket in England. The pair had earlier put on 169 at Lord's on September 11, 2011 while Rahul Dravid and Yuvraj Singh had combined for an unbroken stand of 131 at the same venue on June 29, 2002.
This was Raina's fourth ODI ton and also his first in England. Infact this is the first time he has reached this landmark outside the sub-continent. His last hundred was against Sri Lanka on January 13, 2010. The middle-order batsman now has over 1000 runs against England in this format and joins the likes of Sachin Tendulkar (1455), Yuvraj Singh (1313), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (1180), Rahul Dravid (1012) and Virender Sehwag (1008). His personal tally is 1098 in 29 games with an average of 47.73.
Meanwhile, Dhoni became the third Indian skipper to play 100 or more ODIs overseas. The other two are Mohammad Azharuddin (116) and Sourav Ganguly (110). His innings of 52 was his 55th ODI fifty and the tenth against England. The Indian skipper has a solid average of 64.80 in ODIs this year with a strike-rate of 93.64. He has scored in excess of 40 in all his innings in 2014 with 40, 56, 50, 79 not out, 47 and 52 to his name.
Here are some of the other statistical highlights from the Indian innings of the second ODI against England in Cardiff:
# India (304/6) have recorded their third total of 300 or more at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff - the first two being 331 for seven vs South Africa on June 6, 2013 and 304 for six vs England on September 16, 2011.
# Virat Kohli has registered his 14th international duck - his fifth against England.
# In his last eight innings vs England in ODIs, Kohli has recorded three ducks - one each at Kolkata on October 25, 2011; at Dharamsala on January 27, 2013 and at Cardiff on August 27, 2014.
# Kohli has recorded all his ten ducks in ODIs while batting at number three.
# Rohit Sharma has registered his third fifty in seven innings in ODIs in England - 65 vs South Africa at Cardiff on June 6, 2013; 52 vs West Indies at The Oval on June 11, 2013 and 52 vs England at Cardiff on August 27, 2014.
# Rohit's 23rd fifty in ODIs is his second vs England. He had scored 83 off 93 balls vs England at Mohali on January 23, 2013.
# Chris Woakes (4/52) has produced his best bowling performance vs India - his second best in ODIs, next only to the 6 for 45 vs Australia at Brisbane on January 30, 2011.
#India won the game by 133 runs by the D/L method after England were bowled out for 161 chasing 295 from 47 overs.