India vs England: Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma shine as India clinch ODI series
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The departure of Cook triggered off a collapse of sorts as Eoin Morgan (3) and Samit Patel (1) perished in quick succession as England slipped from a comfortable 132 for one to 142 for four.
The visitors could have suffered another jolt on the same score but Kohli dropped a catch at first slip off Root when he had not even opened his account with Ishant being the unlucky bowler.
Morgan was out when Yuvraj took a well-judged catch as he attempted to chip the ball over mid-on off Ashwin.
Left-arm spinner Jadeja, who was India's bowling hero in the last two matches, then got into the act by accounting for Patel who offered a simple return catch.
Pietersen and the young Root ensured that there were further setback as both played with a positive frame of mind and counter-attacked the Indian bowlers.
Root was the more aggressive of the two initially as he smashed a few boundaries before Pietersen also joined him with a flurry of strokes. They completed their 50-run stand in just 46 balls.
Pietersen completed his 24th ODI half century by guiding a Raina delivery to the third man boundary, before opening up to play some glorious shots on both sides of the wicket.
It was overall a good performance: Mahendra Singh Dhoni
India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni today lauded the "overall good performance" of his players as they took an unassailable 3-1 lead over England in the five-match ODI series with a comprehensive five-wicket victory in the fourth and penultimate match here.
India chased down the 258-run target easily, thanks to some quality bowling and solid batting by the side and Dhoni said it was a good performance.
"Overall a very good performance. We were right on spot with the new ball. We started off well and didn't let them get off to a quick start," Dhoni said.