England sealed a series win over India after the fourth one-day international at Lord's ended in a draw on Sunday when the match was abandoned because of rain.

Chasing a target of 281, Ravi Bopara's superb knock of 96 helped England reach 270-8 with seven balls remaining before rain forced the players off the field for the third time in the innings.

They did not reappear and the match was eventually abandoned as a draw because England was level with the par score in the Duckworth-Lewis reading, which is used to decide revised targets in rain-affected matches.

It left the hosts with an unassailable 2-0 lead in the five-match series heading into the final game, at Cardiff, on Friday.

England had already beaten India 4-0 in the test series and won a one-off Twenty20 match by six wickets.

"It's been impressive to see the strength of character to get over the line in these games," said England captain Alastair Cook, who also led the team to a ODI series win over Sri Lanka this summer.

"I'm delighted. We have played two very good sides this summer. To win the two series is fantastic. It is all about winning, no matter how you get there."

Suresh Raina (84) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (78 not out) put on a flamboyant fifth-wicket stand of 169 as the Indians — put into bat for the fourth straight match — set a competitive target in search of a first win in any format this summer.

Raina crashed seven fours and two sixes in his 75-ball innings and Dhoni made an equally destructive knock off 71 deliveries to give the Indians hope of a win that would have kept the series alive.

After losing Cook, Craig Kieswetter and Jonathan Trott, Ian Bell (54) and Bopara shared a 98-run partnership for the fourth wicket.

Left to anchor the innings with the tail, Bopara attempted a six to reach his first one-day international century but holed out to Ravindra Jadeja in the deep. It was to be the last shot of the match.

Bopara played a key role in ensuring England was never behind the Duckworth-Lewis run rate.

"He played an outstanding knock to get us back into the game," Cook said. "We ended up batting for Duckworth-Lewis because we didn't know when the rain was going to take us off."

India, the ODI world champion, has one game left to avoid an all-format whitewash.

"Things have not been on our side," Dhoni said. "It has been a tough series for us, nothing has gone our way but we take it with an open heart.

"We will give it our best shot [in Cardiff]."