India thrashed England by 95 runs in the final ODI at the Eden Gardens to win series 5-0. Chasing 272, England were bowled out for just 176, conceding India fifth comprehensive victory in the series.
After 129-run opening stand, England lost 10 wickets for 47 runs as India won by 95 runs. And the man doing maximum damage to England’s chase was left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja who finished with 4/33 to guide India to clinical win.
After MS Dhoni’s blitz guided India to a challenging 271/8, England got off to a solid start with both openers demolishing the Indian attack with their quick run score. Varun Aaron gave India the first breakthrough, dismissing Alastair Cook after his brilliant knock of 60.
Five runs later Jadeja ended Craig Kieswetter’s challenge, triggering England’s collapse. Seven of the English batsmen failed to even reach the double figure. Jadeja was adjudged man of the match for his magical spell.
India struggled to come to terms on a slow Eden Gardens track before skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni struck a valiant unbeaten half-century to post a challenging 271 for eight in the fifth and final one-day against England on Tuesday.
Riding on Dhoni’s unbeaten 69-ball 75, which was studded with four sixes and three fours, the Indians, who were struggling at one stage, lifted themselves by notching up 39 runs in the last two overs.
There was a time when England bowler Steven Finn took two wickets in one over as India lost three quick wickets to be in tatters.
But Team India made it up scoring 60 runs in the last five overs, thanks to Dhoni’s late outburst.
Eyeing a 5-0 whitewash, India had a sedate start to the match.
With the usual electrifying atmosphere missing at the Eden, India took time to settle down after they were put into bat by a team, yet to win a match in the series.
Back to his opening slot in place of Parthiv Patel who was replaced by local lad Manoj Tiwary, Gautam Gambhir took the risks with odd boundaries while his partner Ajinkya Rahane was slow to start with.
India could not score more than 41 runs from the first powerplay even as the new opening duo of Gambhir and Rahane remained unscathed.
The duo survived a couple of anxious moments as the English fielders did not show urgency on the field.
Barring Steven Finn who generated bounce and pace on a slow looking track, none of the English bowlers looked impressive.
But the visitors bounced back, riding on a superb second spell by Finn who was reintroduced in the 18th over.
Having put on 80 together, Gambhir (38, 46b, 4×4), first time playing as an opener in the series, played on to Finn’s first ball of the second spell.