Southampton: The Indian cricket team's nightmarish tour of England showed no signs of getting better as the injury-hit side went down by seven wickets in a rain-curtailed second one-dayer here.


England rode on captain Alastair Cook's unbeaten 80-run knock to register the win, while chasing a competitive 188 for victory in the 23-over-a-side match on Tuesday.

Cook led from the front with a knock that came off 63 balls to help England overhaul the target with five balls to spare.

But it was Craig Kieswetter who got England's run chase off to a blistering start with a 25-ball 46 during which he hit four boundaries and three sixes.

Ian Bell (25 off 16) and Ravi Bopara (24 off 20) also made useful contributions in the home team's successful chase.
Earlier, young Ajinkya Rahane's maiden half-century and Suresh Raina's quickfire 40 helped India pile up a competitive 187 for eight.

Off-spinner R Ashwin was the most successful bowler for India picking up two wickets for 42 runs while R Vinay Kumar (1/33) accounted for the other English wicket.

Sent into bat after the match was reduced to 23-over-a-side due to persistent rain, India rode on Rahane (54 off 47), Raina, Rahul Dravid (32 off 31) and Parthiv Patel's (28 off 18) willow to post the mammoth score.

While Parthiv and Rahane yet again gave India a good start, it was Raina who provided a stirring finish to the visitor's innings with a fiery 40 that came off just 19 balls.

For England, Graeme Swann (3/33) and Tim Bresnan (3/43) shared six wickets among them.

England are now 1-0 up in the five-ODI series with the next match scheduled at the Oval on Friday. The first game at Chester-Le-Street was abandoned due to rain.

England's run chase got off to a flier with Cook and Kieswetter putting on 67 runs for the opening wicket in no time.

From the onset, Kieswetter was in a murderous mood as two of his three sixes came off Ashwin's opening over.

The Indian bowlers were sent on a leather hunt by Cook and Kieswetter as England raced off to 50 in just five overs.

Kieswetter fell just four runs short of his half century, lbw to Viany Kumar in the seventh over.

New man in Bell, playing his 100th ODI, creamed off 25 with four fours before holing out to Virat Kohli at short extra cover off Ashwin's bowling.

But England, already 100 up in the 10th over, were holding all the aces.

The Indians were also hampered by the absence of a regular fifth bowler as Kohli and Raina gave away 35 off their four overs.
After Bell's dismisal, Cook and Bopara put on 60 off 48 balls for the third wicket before the latter departed caught by Kohli while trying to lift Ashwin over the cover.

Earlier asked to bat, Parthiv stole the limelight in the beginning by giving India a scintillating start.

Parthiv, who made 95 in the first ODI, hit three fours and two sixes during his adventurous stay at the crease.

After the bright start, Rahane and Dravid shared 79 runs off just 68 balls for the second wicket to lay the foundation for India's total.

When Broad pitched it up, he lofted him over extra cover. The right-handed batsman reached his half century from 40 balls with five fours and a six in the 16th over.

However, India lost Dravid an over before Rahane's personal landmark when the veteran batsman tried to slog-sweep Swann and was smartly caught at midwicket by Anderson.

India lost their third wicket in the 17th over when Virat Kohli (9) hoisted Swann into the hands of Bell at long-on. But Raina immediately made his presence felt when he smacked Dernbach straight into the long-on stands.

Rahane, well past his 50, sought a runner in the 19th over but the move didn't work as he fell soon, caught by Swann off his own bowling. He struck five fours and a six.

The Indians opted for two overs of batting power play in the 20th over with Raina and captain Dhoni at the crease with the scoreboard reading 144 for four.

It paid rich dividends as Raina hit Dernbach for a six and two fours to pick up 16 runs of the 20th over.

Dhoni (6) then slammed Bresnan for a four to midwicket fence but fell in the next ball while going for his trademark helicopter shot, caught by Bell in the deep.


India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Capt.), Manoj Tiwary, Ajinkya Rahane, Rahul Dravid, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Praveen Kumar, Munaf Patel, Vinay Kumar, R Ashwin, Parthiv Patel.

England: Alastair Cook (Capt.), James Anderson, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Broad, Jade Dernbach, Craig Kieswetter, Samit Patel, Ben Stokes, Graeme Swann, Jonathan Trott.