Ian Bell leads England to win; India take series 3-2

Ian Bell leads England to win; India take series 3-2
England’s Ian Bell and Eoin Morgan celebrate the victory over India in the fifth ODI in Dharamshala. (PTI Photo)
DHARAMSHALA: India were desperate to stamp their authority on the one-day series against England and went into the inconsequential fifth ODI at the picturesque HPCA stadium with an unchanged team.

Scorecard Match in Pics 

Before the game, they had exuded confidence, having won the last three games convincingly. But, once they lost the toss, their strategy went for a six. The English skipper had no hesitation in bowling first in cool, helpful conditions on a pitch with a tinge of grass and plenty of bounce to trouble the best of batsmen.

The Indian top-order needed to respect the conditions and the new ball, but they chose to be flamboyant. Just when they needed to give the first half-hour to the bowlers in seaming conditions, they played like they would on a flat track and paid the penalty. Even before the half-way stage of their innings, they were down in the dumps at 79 for five.

It was thanks to another half-century by Suresh Raina and some gritty display by the lower order, India managed to lend a semblance of respectability to the total.

The Indian bowlers tried gamely, but with just 226 to defend on a fast outfield and pitch that had eased out later in the day when the sun came out, gave the home team no chance. The visitors romped home with seven wickets and 16 balls to spare, thus ending cutting India’s winning margin to 3-2.

Their victory was anchored by Ian Bell, who struck a well-paced unbeaten century (113*) to bag the Man-of-the-Match award

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