Smiles came back on the faces of countless Indian fans as they finally saw Team India pose a strong challenge to England in their own backyard. India amassed 304/6 against England in the 2nd ODI in Cardiff - winning the match by 133 runs - as a brave Suresh Raina stole the spotlight with his 100 off 75 balls. However, no credit can be taken away from skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's resilient knock of 52 and his 144-run partnership with Raina. (Match highlights|Scorecard)
Dhoni and Raina put on India's 3rd century stand for the fifth wicket in England. The pair had earlier put on 169 at Lord's on September 11, 2011 while Rahul Dravid and Yuvraj Singh had combined for an unbroken stand of 131 at the same venue on June 29, 2002.
This was Raina's fourth ODI ton and also his first in England. Infact this is the first time he has reached this landmark outside the sub-continent. His last hundred was against Sri Lanka on January 13, 2010. The middle-order batsman now has over 1000 runs against England in this format and joins the likes of Sachin Tendulkar (1455), Yuvraj Singh (1313), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (1180), Rahul Dravid (1012) and Virender Sehwag (1008). His personal tally is 1098 in 29 games with an average of 47.73.