Ajinkya Rahane smashed his maiden ODI century as India clinched their first 50-over series win on English soil in 24 years after thrashing the hosts by nine wickets in the fourth one-dayer in Birmingham to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series on Tuesday.Ajinkya Rahane leaves the field after being dismissed for 106, his maiden ODI century, during the fourth ODI between England and India at Edgbaston in Birmingham. (AFP Photo)
India last won a bilateral ODI series in England in 1990. Back then, the tourists won both the matches in the two-match series - at Leeds (by six wickets) and Nottingham (by five wickets).
Incidentally, this victory also makes skipper MS Dhoni the most successful ODI captain for India with 91 wins. He surpassed Mohammad Azharuddin's tally of 90 ODI victories as captain.Read: Dhoni becomes most successful Indian captain in ODIs
Opting to bowl in this match, the visitors first restricted England to a modest 206 and then overwhelmed the target in 30.3 overs to record their third consecutive victory in the ODI series at Edgbaston, in what turned out to be yet another lopsided contest.
While Rahane destroyed the pedestrian English attack with a 100-ball 106 with the help of 10 fours and four sixes, a woefully out-of-form Shikhar Dhawan (97 not out; 11x4s, 4x6s) also re-discovered his touch as the opening duo put on 183-run partnership off 28.4 overs to lay the foundation for the comfortable win.
Shikhar Dhawan (L) celebrates with Ajinkya Rahane after scoring his half-century during the fourth ODI between England and India at Edgbaston in Birmingham. (AP Photo)
It was a dramatic turnaround for India after the shambolic 3-1 drubbing in the recent Test series, in which the batsmen struggled to cope up with the swinging ball.
Earlier electing to bowl, Indian bowlers produced a disciplined effort to bundle out England for a below-par 206 with Moeen Ali's 67 being the top score for the hosts.
Ali's second ODI fifty guided England to a score of respectability as the hosts were bowled out in 49.3 overs as they wasted a perfect first-use of a good batting surface with only three batsmen crossing the 20-run mark.
Ali faced 50 balls, hitting four boundaries and three sixes, while Mohammad Shami (3-28) ended up as India's best bowler on the day. He was ably supported by Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2-14) and Ravindra Jadeja (2-40), while R Ashwin (1-48) and Suresh Raina (1-36) were the other wicket-takers.
Playing his first ODI, Dhawal Kulkarni (0-35) went wicket-less in his seven overs.
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