Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni shared an important 144 run partnership for the fifth wicket at Cardiff © Getty Images
Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni shared an important 144 run partnership for the fifth wicket at Cardiff © Getty Images

Aug 28, 2014

Suresh Raina, the centurion and Man of the match second One-day International (ODI) between India and England at Cardiff of said that batting with MS Dhoni helped him to play his natural game. Raina and Dhoni shared a crucial 144 run partnership for the fifth wicket. It was only because of this important partnership, India managed to put up score of 304 for six in their alloted 50 overs and won the match comfortably by 133 runs (D/L method).

Rania told, Dhoni knew his game and never asked him to give up his natural game, which is attacking the bowlers. At the same time, he kept talking to him during the innings to ensure the left-hander did not throw it away. Raina also gave the credit of good form to Sachin Tendulkar and Parveen Amre. They both worded on Raina’s game recently.

Raina was speaking to BCCI.TV  after his 74 ball century, which is also his only hundred outside sub-continent. Later in the England innings, he also took one wicket with his off-spin. According to Rania the current shape of the team is very good, and every member on the team is determined to do well.

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