Mohali: What a relief it must be for the 23-year-old Ajinkya Rahane! While India were having a perfect run in the 5-match ODI series against England, winning the first two games, it hadn't been so perfect for Rahane. A score of 15 at Hyderabad was followed by a knock of 14 runs at Delhi. (Also read: India clinch series with win in 3rd ODI)
However, Thursday finally broke the run drought for Rahane as he made his comeback among runs with a bang in the 3rd ODI. He struck 91 off 104 balls and forged a 111-run partnership with Gautam Gambhir for the 2nd wicket. His inning ensured India never looked far from overhauling England's 298. It was no surprise that the youngster walked away with the man-of-the-match award.
Before this inning, voices were becoming louder about how the openers were the weakest link for India in the series so far. However, in Thursday's game, Rahane and Parthiv Patel (38) put on a 79-run opening stand, providing the team with the perfect platform.