Rahane half-century and Raina cameo fires India to 187

Ajinkya Rahane in action during his knock of 54 against England Getty Images

Southampton: Sep 7, 2011

Ajinka Rahane hit 54 and Suresh Raina 40 as India made 187-8 in their 23 overs in the second one-day international here at the Rose Bowl on Tuesday.

The match was shortened because of rain and Rahane and Raina, were in Twenty20 mode, facing 47 and just 19 balls respectively, after India were put in by England.

Graeme Swann – returning after a stomach bug – was the pick of the England bowlers taking 3-33 from five overs.

Parthiv Patel and Rahane shared an opening partnership of 30 with Patel being particularly harsh on Tim Bresnan who conceded 26 from his first two overs.

The highlights of Patel’s brief innings were two big sixes lofted over midwicket in the same over from Bresnan which he took for 16 runs.

When Patel was caught behind off James Anderson he had contributed 28 of the 30 runs, made from just 18 balls, but his dismissal was the cue for Rahane to accelerate his personal run rate.

Rahul Dravid, playing in his final one-day series and the only one of India’s so-called galacticos to be in the side, kept pace with his partner in a stand of 79 for the second wicket.

The veteran fell victim to a sharp catch by Anderson off Swann at short midwicket and Swann struck again shortly afterwards when Virat Kohli holed out in the deep.

But Raina continued smashing the ball to all parts finishing with three fours and three sixes as India posted a commanding total.(AFP)

Brief Scores: India 187 for 8 (Ajinkya Rahane 54, Suresh Raina 41; Graeme Swann 3 for 33, James Anderson 3 for 43) vs England