India level the series

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Updated: January 15, 2013

India’s spinners delivered a series leveling win over England by a massive 127 run margin at Kochi.

Batting first the hosts set a testing 286, Jadeja and Dhoni providing the backbone of the innings with 61 and 72 respectively scoring 96 in the last 10 overs. Suresh Raina also got amongst the runs with 55, his 26th half century for India.

Chasing a daunting 286 to win, England recovered well after losing Ian Bell in the second over, but Bhuvneshwar Kumar dashed their hopes with an amazing 10-over spell in which he first took the wicket of Alastair Cook, and then snared Kevin Pietersen and Eoin Morgan inside three balls.

England could not recover and crumbled against the spin attack of Ravichandran Ashwin (3-39) and Man of the Match Ravindra Jadeja (2-12), losing their last six batsmen for 48 runs. Kumar finished with 3-29.

India 285 for 6 (Dhoni 72, Jadeja 61*) beat England 158 (Pietersen 42, Bhuvneshwar 3-29) by 127 runs