CARDIFF, Wales - Suresh Raina struck a rapid 100 and offspinner Ravindra Jadeja took 4-28 as India thrashed England by 133 runs in the second one-day international to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.
After capitulating to a 3-1 loss in the recent test series, the Indians quickly found their groove in their favoured 50-over format to start the long build-up to next year's World Cup impressively.
Raina's fourth ODI century, reached off 74 balls, helped India recover from a poor start and post a challenging total of 304-6 in chilly, overcast conditions at Sophia Gardens.
England's target was revised to 295 off 47 overs because of rain, but the hosts didn't get close and were always behind the run rate as they were bowled out for 161 in 38.1 overs. Opener Alex Hales top-scored on his ODI debut with 40 before becoming one of Jadeja's wickets.
"It's a very different format," said India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, welcoming the world champions' return to playing ODIs, "and it gives them freedom to express themselves in the field."
The first ODI in Bristol on Monday was abandoned without a ball being bowled because of rain. The third match is at Nottingham on Saturday.
Raina shared a 144-run stand with Dhoni (52 off 51 balls) for the fifth wicket to accelerate India's innings, which stumbled to 19-2 after the cheap departures of Shikhar Dhawan (11) and Virat Kohli (0) and then 132-4 following opener Rohit Sharma's demise for 52 in the 30th over.
Raina, who didn't play in the test series, showed the benefits of practicing with a taped tennis ball to get used to the kind of ball movement seen on English wickets, with the aggressive left-hander hitting three sixes and 12 fours in his first hundred in 95 ODI innings.
Paceman Chris Woakes removed both Raina and Dhoni to finish with figures of 4-52, but a total of more than 300 was a brilliant score considering the very English conditions the hosts were bowling in and the fact that India lost the toss.
England quickly fell behind the run-rate and lost three wickets in 20 balls, with Alastair Cook trapped lbw for 19 after playing across the line and both Ian Bell (1) and Joe Root (4) misjudging straight deliveries to be bowled by Mohammad Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, respectively.
When the big-hitting Hales top-edged a sweep off Jadeja and was caught by Ravichandran Ashwin, England was tottering on 81-4 and only Eoin Morgan (28) put up any worthwhile resistance in the middle and lower order.
"We didn't play very well at all," Cook said. "Credit to MS (Dhoni) and Raina, they took the game away from us."
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