Mumbai: India continued to dominate England on home soil as solid half-centuries from Suresh Raina and Virat Kohli helped the hosts beat the visitors by six wickets in the fourth one-dayer here on Sunday to take a 4-0 lead in the five-match series.
India were in a spot of bother after a top-order failure that reduced India to 46/3. But a 131-run partnership between Raina (80 off 62 balls) and Kohli (86 not out off 99 balls) not only rescued India but took them to another emphatic victory.
MS Dhoni (15 not out) then joined Kohli to perform the last rites as India romped home in 40.1 overs. Finn was the pick of the bowlers for England, with figures of 3/45.
The home team, therefore, kept chances of 5-0 whitewash alive, with the final ODI to be played at Kolkata's Eden Gardens on October 25.
England once again failed to find answers to the Indian spinners, who ruined a good start by the English top order to restrict the visitors to a modest 220. R Aswhin (3/38) and Ravindra Jadeja (2/41) destroyed the England middle-order, before debutant Varun Aaron mopped up the tail with a spell of 3/24.
India started the run-chase on a poor note by losing Parthiv Patel (8) and Gautam Gambhir (1) to pace bowler Steven Finn, who sent back the duo in eight balls spread over two overs.
A brief partnership ensued between the confident Ajinkya Rahane (20) and Kohli, but the former was dismissed by a superb diving catch by wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter to give debutant Meaker his first international wicket.
Things looked bleak for India at 46 for 3 in the 14th over before the innings was brought back on track by Kohli and Raina, who first steadied the boat before playing their shots to bring up the team's 100 in the 23rd over.
Kohli reached his 50 in 63 balls with a lucky boundary as his edge off Borthwick touched Kieswetter's glove and raced to the fence. Raina followed suit to reach his individual 50 in as many balls.
Raina raced to 80 from 50 with six fours in three overs before he lost his stumps in trying to cart Finn to the on-side. But Dhoni's calm assurance in the company of Kohli, who hit the winning runs, put the lid on any hopes of England making a late comeback after Raina's dismissal.
Earlier, the failure of English top order to convert their good starts into big scores led to a small total on the board.
The two England openers had put on 39 in quick time when captain Alastair Cook was trapped leg before by Ashwin and Kieswetter (29) was rapped in front of the wicket in the very first ball of the next over by Praveen.
Two wickets in two balls at the same score pushed England firmly on the back foot before Pietersen and Jonathan Trott started the repair work and at the end of 15 overs, England were cruising along well with 81 on the board.
The two batsmen appeared to have settled down well when Vinay Kumar came back for his second spell and removed Trott (39) to leave the visitors at 112 for 3.
Ravi Bopara then joined Pietersen, but both the batsmen could not pick Ashwin's variations and the scoring rate dropped down, with the off-spinner tying down both.
Ashwin then struck a major blow removing Pietersen (41), caught brilliantly on the midwicket fence by an airborne substitute fielder Manoj Tiwary.
Jadeja was then brought back for another stint and he justified his captain's faith by packing off Bopara and Jonathan Bairstow in successive overs to reduce the visitors to 145 for six in the 32nd over.
England took the batting powerplay after 35 overs at 162 for six but could not take advantage of it and also lost the wicket of Samit Patel in the 40th of the innings.
In the last ten overs, Bresnan gave the innings a late push but debutant Aaron's three wickets prevented England from going past 220.
(With PTI inputs)