At Faridabad, March 31, 2006. India won by four wickets. Toss: England.
India were inspired by Suresh Raina, a 19-year-old left-hander from Uttar Pradesh, who made an
unbeaten 81 in 89 balls and shared a match-winning stand of 118 with Dhoni. On a slow pitch,
India had slipped from 61 without loss to 92 for five against the persistence of Plunkett, who sent
down 23 successive dot balls, and Blackwell. But Raina survived a difficult return chance to Anderson
to overcome the conditions, with a string of searing drives and some cheekily improvised paddles
over his right shoulder. England's par total of 226 centred on 71 from Pietersen, who reached 1,000
one-day international runs in his 21st innings to equal Viv Richards's record. But they were undone
by the verve of Powar, playing only his fifth one-day international, and one of five Indian spinners
used to England's one. Earlier, squabbles over ticket arrangements outside the stadium had led to
a lathi (baton) charge by police; a seven-year-old girl was taken to hospital with a head injury.
"Sometimes people need to be disciplined," said Faridabad's district commissioner.
Man of the Match: S. K. Raina.
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