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Dharamsala: Jan 27, 2013
England registered an emphatic win by seven wickets against India in the fifth and final One-Day International at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala on Sunday. It was an all-round effort from the England side – first troubling the Indian side with the ball and then Ian Bell following up with his third ton to see England home. Eoin Morgan’s rapid knock of 40 not out helped England finish the game a little soon.
England 192/3 | Overs 44 | Bell 101*, Morgan 17*
Ian Bell completed his century as England inched closer towards registering a consolatory win in the fifth and final One-Day International at Dharamsala on Sunday. Bell struck 11 boundaries and a six to bring up his century from 133 balls, playing a crucial role in England’s chase of 227. England reached 192 for three in 44 overs, and need a further 35 runs from 36 balls with seven wickets in hand.
Ravindra Jadeja provided India a crucial breakthrough in the 36th over, dismissing Joe Root for 31. Root tried to sweep the ball but missed it all together, which went to crash into the wickets, Root batted patiently for his knock of 31, which came from 49 balls and four boundaries. The young England cricketer was also involved in a crucial 79-run stand with Ian Bell.
England 142/2 | Overs 35 | Bell 70*, Root 31*
Ian Bell completed his half-century and extended his third-wicket with Joe Root stand to 78 runs, as England gained control against India in the final ODI at Dharamsala. England were 142 for two after 35 overs, needing a further 85 runs from 15 overs with eight wickets in hand. Bell is batting on 70, accompanied by Root at 31 not out.
England 102/2 | Overs 26 | Bell 45*, Root 17*
Ian Bell and Joe Root steadied England and took them past 100 in chase of 227 in the fifth ODI. The two English batsmen batted cautiously and didn’t give any chance to the Indian bowlers to capitalise.
England 64/2 | Overs 18.1 | Bell 34*
Shami Ahmed struck to remove the dangerous Kevin Pietersen, as England lost their second wicket at the score of 64, in pursuit of 227 in the final ODI. Pietersen scored six runs during his stay.
England 53/1 | Overs 11.5 | Bell 24*
Ishant Sharma cleaned up Alastair Cook to provide India the first breakthrough after 11 overs. Cook failed to read the length of the ball which went through the gap between bat and pad to crash into the middle-stump.
England 42/0 | Overs 10 | Cook 23*, Bell 17*
Alastair Cook and Ian Bell took the attack to the opposition as England reached 42 withoout any loss in pursuit of 227 in the final ODI. Cook thrashed five boundaries to reach 23 not out, while Bell slammed four boundaries to remain unbeaten on 17 off 31 balls.
Alastair Cook and Ian Bell provided England a cautious start, scoring only 16 runs off the first five overs. Indian pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shami Ahmed did trouble the England openers, who held their ground.
INDIA INNINGS – 226/10 | Overs 49.4 |
Tim Bresnan bagged 4-45 off his 9.4 overs as India were bowled out for 226 in 49.4 overs. Suresh Raina’s half-century was the only bright spot for the hosts, as his solid stand with Ravindra Jadeja provided platform to go past the 200-run mark. Towards the end, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and R Ashwin scored quick runs to take India to 226.
India 177/7 | Overs 41.5 | Ashwin 4*
Suresh Raina would be disappointed after missing out on a well-deserved century, as he was dismissed in the 42nd over of the Indian innings by Chris Woakes. Raina was caught by Ian Bell at midwicket, but not before the left-handed scored 83 off 98 balls, studded with eight boundaries and two sixes.
James Tredwell provided England a crucial breakthrough as he dismissed Ravindra Jadeja in the 39th over, but not before the all-rounder added important 78 runs with Suresh Raina for the sixth wicket. Jadeja scored 39 runs off 65 balls, hitting one boundary and two sixes.
India 127/5 | Overs 33 | Raina 53*, Jadeja 26*
Suresh Raina brought up his consecutive half-century as India reached 127 for five after 33 overs. Raina struck two sixes and five boundaries to reach an unbeaten 53 off 72 balls.
India 117/5 | Overs 30 | Raina 46*, Jadeja 23*
Ravindra Jadeja and Suresh Raina steading Indian innings with their unbeaten 28-run stand in seven overs, taking India past 100 run mark at the HPCA Stadium.
India 79/5 | Overs 21.5 | Raina 24*
Steven Finn struck on the first ball of the 22 over to remove the dangerous Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni for 15, which left India reeling at 79 for five. Dhoni, who was looking to stitch a much-needed partnership for the home side, scored 15 off 23 balls, before being trapped in front of the wickets.
India 65/4 | Overs 18 | Raina 24*, Dhoni 9*
Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni have begun the clean-up process, again, at Dharamsala after a top-order collapse. The duo have found themselves in similar situations quite a few times in their respective careers and India will hope for them to come good again here. England have done well to exploit the conditions at the HPCA stadium and made good use of the early movement.
India lost the wicket of Gautam Gambhir (24), who was gaining confidence by the minute. Gambhir and Suresh Raina survived the first powerplay and were looking set to claw India back. But Alastair Cook brought on spinner James Tredwell in the 13th over and the latter responded immediately as Gambhir cut him straight to point. Earlier, Raina, after surviving a dropped catch, struck Chris Woakes for three glorious boundaries to shake off the early jitters. He completed 4,000 runs in ODIs in the process. The southpaw has been in good touch in this series and India will require another responsible knock from him today.
India 33/3 | Overs 8 | Gambhir 23*, Raina 4*
India have now lost Yuvraj Singh (0) as well to Steven Finn. The southpaw tried to flick a good-length delivery down the leg but found the leading edge that flew straight to point. India are in trouble here. Gautam Gambhir, meanwhile, is looking in fluent touch. The otherwise edgy opener has struck five fine boundaries in his knock of 23.
India 13/2 | Overs 4 | Gambhir 8*, Yuvraj 0*
India lost the wickets of opener Rohit Sharma (4) and Virat Kohli (0) early as Tim Bresnan, nursing an elbow injury, found their edges off consecutive away-moving deliveries. The two wickets were almost action replays with the pitch helping the fast bowlers early on. Both batsmen wiould be disappointed with themselves. A lot was expected of Rohit after his fluent 80-odd opening the batting at Mohali. Kohli too was in good touch in the last two ODIs. India have struck three boundaries so far and were slowly settling in before the wickets fell.
India 0/0 | Overs 0 | Gambhir 0*, Rohit 0*
The pitch at the HPCA stadium is a little damp as reported by Ravi Shastri and Paul Collingwood. But it is also very flat and hard. The seamers will get good bounce throughout the day and movement, the duo reckon.
Having clinched the five-match series already, India would have arrived at the nippy Dharamsala buoyed by the warmth of finally having something to hit back at critics with.
Located 4,000 feet above sea level, flanked by the snow-capped Dhauladhar mountain range, and harbouring temperatures at sub-zero levels, India’s Virat Kohli would be a pleased man after his wish of sealing the series at Mohali and leaving nothing to chance (read weather) was fulfilled.
In team news, Chris Woakes comes in for the expensive Jade Dernbach for England. Tim Bresnan found a place in the playing eleven even though he pulled out of the New Zealand tour due to an elbow injury.
India, meanwhile, are playing an unchanged side from Mohali.
India: Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Shami Ahmed
England: Alastair Cook (c), Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Eoin Morgan, Joe Root, Jos Buttler (wk), Samit Patel, Chris Woakes, Tim Bresnan, James Tredwell, Steven Finn
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