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India vs England, 5th ODI at Kolkata

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9.57pm: Only one England batsman - Trott - scored more than 200 runs in the series, an apt reflection of how well the Indian bowlers have bowled and also how ineffective the England batsmen have been. Jadeja was the highest wicket-taker for India with 11 scalps in the series closely followed by Ashwin's 10.  The rest of the bowling attack chipped in as well and it's this team effort that has played a large part in India's 5-0 series win. Jadeja was named Man of the Match while Dhoni fittingly was Man of the Series for his brilliant batting and astute leadership.


9.48pm: India have outbatted, outbowled and outfielded England not only in this match but also the series as the 5-0 series scoreline suggests. England just weren't in the series and lost all key moments. This match was another example of that with India scoring 91 runs in their last 10 overs with Dhoni playing a smart innings where he first played himself in and then hit the big shots. His partnerships with Raina, Jadeja and Praveen Kumar were also important. England seemed to be on top of the run chase when Cook and Kieswetter added 129 runs for the first wicket but after the captain was clean bowled by Varun Aaron to start the visitor's collapse. Dhoni used his spinners well and the slow bowlers leed by Jadeja and Ashwin were too hot to handle for England. This has been a team effort and there are plenty of positives for India, who are now No. 3 in the ICC ODI rankings while England have slipped to No. 5.

These were home conditions sure but this was a young Indian team and the positives include the fast brigade bowling well, the spinners weaving a web around England's batsman, outstanding fielding, the batsmen doing their job and Dhoni's captaincy. This is a series India will remember for a while and this looks like a strong young unit but the test would be to replicate the same success in overseas conditions.

Jadeja is a happy man

Ravindra Jadeja spun the match in India's favour with four wickets in a Man-of-the-Match performance.

Reactions on Twitter:

Sanjay Manjrekar - eng reserved their worst performance for the last game.

Harsha Bhogle - the last nine one day games haven't told us anything we didn't know. india struggle with bounce and movement, england when it stops & turns.

Ayaz Memon - So is the England team tired, underprepared, hit bad luck or simply not good enough? AND Can't pick out any real failures in Indian team but several outstanding performers-Raina, Kohli, Ashwin, Jadeja.Yadav, Aaron impressive too.


9.17pm: The humiliation is complete for England as Ashwin takes two wickets in five deliveries.  He first trapped Meaker plumb in front with a quicker delivery and then Finn tried to sweep across Ashwin's trustworthy carrom ball and only managed to get a top edge which was safely pouched by Dhoni as England were thumped by 95 runs to give India a comprehensive 5-0 win in the series.

Cook and Kieswetter had an excellent partnership of 129 for the first wicket but when the pair was out within moments of each other, England's collapse started with India's spinners taking nine wickets among themselves with Jadeja taking four and Ashwin three. England was eventually bundled out for 176 in 37 overs. This has been a series to forget for England and one to rejoice for India after a tough away tour of England.


9.08pm: Just when Samit Patel and Graeme Swann looked as though they would take England to a score of respectability but Jadeja bowled a beautiful gripping delivery that also bounced a notch and Patel only managed to edge it to Dhoni behind the stumps. Jadeja now has four wickets to his credit and this will be a match he won't forget in a hurry.


8.56pm: England just don't how to play spin bowling in the sub-continent. Suresh Raina clean bowled Ravi Bopara as his attempt at playing an ambitious shot resulted in him being castled. Manoj Tiwary then got in among the wickets with his part-time leg spinners as Bresnan chipped a ball straight to Raina. This indeed is a spectacular collapse as England's middle-order have yet being ruthlessly exposed by India's spinners.
Ravindra Jadeja

Ravindra Jadeja has taken thee wickets as England collapsed spectacularly.

Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar is loving what he’s seeing as he tweets: “pace opened the door for the spinners to barge in..what a turnaround by india !”

8.39pm: England are losing their way in a hurry. It's now Bairstow's turn to walk back as he tried to play against the turn and got an outside that looped up to Rahane at backward point as Jadeja picked up his third wicket. England have now lost five wickets for 12 runs and now face serious danger of being whitewashed.


8.31pm: This is looking awful for England as Jadeja gets Trott to edge a catch to Kohli at slip. It was a beautiful delivery from Jadeja as he tossed it up to tempt Trott to play a drive and that's exactly what happened. England have now lost four wickets for eight runs in 20 legitimate deliveries and the collapse is very much on. Ashwin is also bowling beautifully at the other end and Bairstow is having a difficult time picking him.


8.23pm: Double strike for India as Jadeja traps Kieswetter plumb in front after the batsman was beaten by an arm ball. Kieswetter out for a well-made 63 and England's chase has just become tougher because Ashwin has bowled a beauty to which Bell had no clue whatsoever and only managed to edge the catch to Dhoni behind the stumps. Like India, England have also lost three wickets in a hurry and their momentum seems to be fast evaporating.


8.14pm: Aaron has come back brilliantly in the next delivery after being hit to the long leg boundary by Cook. He bowled a 141.7kph delivery that got past the inside edge and hit Cook's off stump as the opening partnership ended after the England captain and Kieswetter had added 129 runs in 20.2 overs. Kieswetter needs to carry on while Trott batting at his normal No. 3 position will have to ensure England's momentum isn't lost.


8.07pm: Varun Aaron's first two overs haven't been the best even though he has bowled a couple of pacy deliveries. Cook and Kieswetter have both scored half-centuries and England are cruising at the moment. India need to make inroads into England's batting at the earliest with Jadeja asking some questions of the batsmen.

There was also a nervy moment for Dhoni as he landed heavily on his shoulder while trying to take a diving catch after sprinting back. Cook top-edged a reverse sweep off Jadeja and though the physio was called to have a look at Dhoni, there's no damage done to the India captain.

Empty stands

There were plenty of empty seats on view at the Eden Gardens for the match.

7.50pm: There isn't too much pace on the Eden Garden track and the short balls can be easily put away and that's exactly what Cook and Kieswetter have done splendidly well and have hit boundaries at regular intervals and also rotated the strike much better. This is England's best batting of the series at the top of the order.


For pictures from the match so far, see the gallery.

7.30pm: Cook and Kieswetter have got England off to a solid start and for the most part the pair have been untroubled. That said, Kieswetter survived a confident LBW shout from R Ashwin as he attempted playing a sweep shot and the only thing that saved him was the fact that he was struck outside the line of off stump.

In a surprising move, Dhoni introduced Manoj Tiwary in the 11th over ahead of Varun Aaron and the move backfired as Cook and Kieswetter took 13 runs off his over.


7.07pm: This is now good batting from Cook and Kieswetter has they have been finding boundaries at regular intervals now, but they need to ensure that not too many dot balls are played.


Dhoni has been batting quite well at No. 6, but Harsha Bhogle feels he should bat at No. 5 in this tweet: “know i've said it before. dhoni likes to play the finisher from number 6 but i cannot help thinking that he should be number 5.”

Do you agree with him?


7.00pm: India's fielding in this series has been outstanding and having young legs in the field is making a huge difference for the hosts.


6.55pm: England have made a slow start to their run chase and Kieswetter's moving around the pitch and not keeping his head steady has prompted a discussion between Sourav Ganguly and Dermot Reeve in the commentary box about the merits of staying steady especially in the sub-continent.


6.44pm: England are about to start the run chase of 272 to get a consolation win and prevent India from sweeping the series. Cook and Kieswetter need to get England off to a good and solid start.


6.23pm: Kohli may have scored a duck today but he was in fine form in the first four matches and finishes the series with 270 runs at an average of 90 and strike rate of 91.52. Dhoni wasn't dismissed once in the series and scored 212 runs at a strike rate of 112.76. Gambhir (213 runs), Rahane (182 runs) and Raina (179 runs) were the other notable contributors with the bat for India.

Finn was not only England's most successful bowler in the series with his eight wickets coming at an average of 31.62 and strike rate of 36, but he was also the visitors' most economical bowler with an economy rate of 5.27 in the series. Swann and Jade Dernbach had a series to forget with the ball but Tim Bresnan had an average series.


6.12pm: India scored 91 runs in the last 10 overs of their innings; 39 of those were scored in the last two overs as Dhoni brought out the big shots and remained unbeaten on a 69-ball 75, which contained three boundaries and four massive sixes to help India end at 271 for 8 and this is a more than handy score to defend on the slowish Eden Gardens track. This is a massive task for India and England's bowlers will rue the 44-run partnership in only 3.4 overs between Dhoni and Praveen Kumar for the eighth wicket. Dhoni, who paced his innings beautifully, also shared important partnerships with Raina and Jadeja as India came back in the match after some slumps in the middle overs.


Former England captain Michael Vaughan is impressed by Dhoni and tweets: “Officially the best ODI cricketer in the world... MS DHONI...”

6.06pm: The 49th over in India's innings bowled by Stuart Meaker cost 21 runs and his figures have been spoilt as he ends with 10-0-65-1. Dhoni has also scored his 8th ODI fifty against England and he is undoubtedly one of the best finishers in world cricket now.

Dhoni

India captain MS Dhoni has continued is recent good form with the bat.

5.54pm: Samit Patel gets his second wicket of the match as Ashwin holes to Jonny Bairstow at long off and his dismissal has got Praveen Kumar to the middle with the bat for the first time in this series. Dhoni is hitting the ball quite well now.


5.45pm: Ian Bell took a fantastic leaping catch at midwicket to send Jadeja back to the pavilion with Samit Patel being the successful bowler. Meanwhile, Dhoni has started playing the big shots and will have to be in the middle until the end of India's innings and give the hosts a chance to get above 250 runs. Swann has continued to struggle in this series but Finn and Meaker have been good with the ball.


5.30pm: Dhoni's strike rate at the moment is just above 50, but he will be banking on his big hitting abilities to spruce up that statistic. Ravindra Jadeja has started well though and he has been impressive in this series. India will look to score at least 250-255 on this pitch.


5.15pm: India has done this more than once to England in the series but it's now the turn of Cook's team to return the favour and chip away at the wickets just when the hosts are looking to accelerate at the Eden Gardens. A direct hit from Ravi Bopara at square leg found Raina short as his bat bounced as the batsman crossed the line. It was a tight call but Raina had to walk back for a well-made 38 in 46 balls.


5.13pm: Raina and Dhoni are putting together an important partnership for India but the scoring rate needs to pick up especially with the batting powerplay being on.


4.31pm: Stuart Meaker gets into the action as he ends the 43-run partnership between Raina and Tiwary. Meaker bowled a good length ball and Tiwary pushed forward at the delivery and edged a catch to Kieswetter who easily snapped up the catch. The onus is now on Dhoni and Raina to get India to a core of at least 240-250 especially wit dew being a factor later in the evening.
Finn celebrates

Steven Finn celebrates after he clean bowled Virat Kohli with a peach of a delivery.

Veteran cricket journalist Ayaz Memon tweets “All things considered, England have been surprisingly below par in batting, bowling and fielding in this series”. They certainly have and that’s the reason they find themselves in the exact position that India were in England. It has been surprising to see the two countries have played so badly away from home.


4.11pm: India should have lost their fourth wicket and Finn should have had his third but Graeme Swann at second slip dropped a sitter to let Raina off the hook. Finn is really bowling well with some serious pace and also getting the ball to swing. These are testing times for India. Swann needs to come to the party with the ball especially as Finn is fast approaching the end of what will be 10 fantastic overs of pace bowling.


4.01pm: There has been a mini collapse at the Eden Gardens as Tim Bresnan gets Rahane to edge a full ball to Craig Kieswetter behind the stumps and England's wicket-keeper takes a diving catch to his right. Rahane was out for a 61-ball 42 and the two set batsmen are back in the pavilion. Suresh Raina and Manoj Tiwary will now have to rebuild the Indian innings and the latter especially will be keen to make an impression and make the most of his opportunity.


3.47pm: Steven Finn, who has been England's best bowler on this tour by a country mile has just taken two wickets in an over to get his team back in the match after Ajinkya Rahane and Gautam Gambhir had got India off to a good and steady start. The pair didn't face too many dot balls and scored their runs at a fair clip before Gambhir inside edged a ball back to his stumps and then five balls later Finn bowled a good length ball that cut in off the pitch and hit the top of the off stump as the in-form Kohli was dismissed for a blob. Top stuff from Finn.
Gautam Gambhir

Gautam Gambhir and Ajinkya Rahane go India off to a steady start.

3.39pm: Many apologies for the lack of blog updates until now because of some technical issues. Hopefully, those problems will not resurface today. I shall try and recap the action so far at the earliest. Meanwhile, for the live scores click here.


2.03pm: England captain Alastair Cook has won the toss and elected to bowl taking into account the dew factor later in the evening. Ian Bell comes in for the injured Pietersen and finally the talented right-hander gets a game in the series. India have made a change as well with Manoj Tiwary replacing Parthiv Patel. Another change for England is Graeme Swann coming back in the playing XI at Scott Borthwick's expense.
Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli has been in fantastic form so far in the series.

The Eden Gardens is quite empty at the moment and in fact, the attendance at the grounds for the first four ODIs was bad by any standards, a strange occurrence for a series in India. Early team news is Kevin Pietersen is out of the match with a chipped thumb.

England coach Andy Flower has laid down a challenge to Alastair Cook’s one-day squad to not only avoid a 5-0 series whitewash against India but also to match England’s Test and Twenty20 teams and top the ICC ODI rankings. One can only expect that Cook and his team will start their road back to redemption with a win at the Eden Gardens, but it won’t be an easy task against a confident India.

Meanwhile, Cook has said he is enjoying captaincy despite the humiliation his team has suffered so far in the series. And, India captain MS Dhoni has said though he is extremely happy with his team’s performance in the series, he has also said playing good cricket is the motive and not winning the series 5-0.

4th ODI recap: Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina both hit half-centuries as India easily chased down England’s modest total of 220 all out to cruise to a six-wicket win at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium on Sunday. To relive the action from that match, click on these links: Report | Blog | Action in pictures.

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