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Last Updated: Friday, 31 March 2006, 12:47 GMT 13:47 UK
Flintoff looks for positive signs
Flintoff watches India celebrate
Flintoff saw youngster Raina clinch victory for India
England captain Andrew Flintoff tried to stay upbeat after his side went 2-0 down in the one-day series in India.

Flintoff's 100th one-day international ended in defeat as Suresh Raina hit an unbeaten 81 but he said: "We've shown some good signs in this game.

"The batting was a marked improvement on the previous game and I thought the bowlers stuck to their task.

"We posted 226 which I thought was a decent score and we were in the game but it was a special knock from Raina."

He added: "It would have been nice to kick on towards the end but looking at par scores on this ground 226 was right up there so we had something to bowl at.

"Andrew Strauss played well and I thought Kevin Pietersen was fantastic, went in and played responsibly, knocked the ball around nicely and just chipped one to mid-wicket, which can happen on a slow wicket like that."

I just played my game - the wicket was good for batting
India hero Suresh Raina

India slumped to 92-5 in reply before Rainia and Mahendra Dhoni came together in a match-winning partnership and skipper Rahul Dravid admitted he had been "very worried" at that stage of the game.

He said: "Dhoni and Suresh Raina showed cool heads under pressure after we had let ourselves down with some poor shot selection early on.

"The two young boys showed us how to play - it was a brilliant partnership.

"It's great for us to see boys in their first couple of years of international cricket coming through like this. It makes my job easier."

Dravid was also pleased by the performance of Ramesh Powar, who took on the role of support spin bowler confidently and took three wickets.

"All the boys bowled quite well. Ramesh, coming back into the side, did well and was a little unlucky.

"It shows we can be flexible with our side and pick a side according to conditions."

Raina was named man of the match for his innings.

"Myself and Dhoni chased a target like this against Sri Lanka," he said.

"He's a great player. It was not an easy target but we played superbly. I just played my game - the wicket was good for batting."




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