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VVS Laxman congratulates India on winning ODI series against England

VVS Laxman congratulates India on winning ODI series against England
VVS Laxman was pleased by the way India bounced back after losing Test series © AFP

Sep 2, 2014

Former India player VVS Laxman congratulated the Indian team for winning the One-Day International (ODI) series against England, after the visitors humiliated the hosts by nine wickets on Tuesday at Birmingham.

Ajinkya Rahane (106) and Shikhar Dhawan (97 not out) pulverised England’s attack in an opening stand of 183.

India gave their raucous fans, who accounted for some two-thirds of a 21,000 crowd, plenty to cheer with a blizzard of boundaries at the start of their run-chase.

Rahane hit four fours in five balls off James Anderson — the best an off-drive.

Left-hander Dhawan, who struggled for runs in India’s preceding 3-1 Test series defeat by England, then struck a superb straight drive off fast bowler Steven Finn.

The Middlesex paceman suffered more punishment when Rahane pulled him for six.

Even off-spinner Ali wasn’t spared, Rahane slog-sweeping him for his second six to complete a 60-ball fifty also including six fours.

Dhawan too went to fifty, off 57 balls, with a six when he drove Anderson straight back over the bowler’s head.

Dhawan followed up with a huge legside six, from a free hit, off recalled left-arm paceman Harry Gurney.

Rahane’s two off Chris Woakes saw him complete a first century in 33 matches at this level in 96 balls, with nine fours and four sixes.

Complete coverage of India’s tour to England here

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