Wednesday, 26 October 2011

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Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja
India have completed a series whitewash after beating England by 95 runs in the fifth ODI at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Tuesday.
Having set the visitors a target of 272 thanks to an unbeaten 75 from skipper MS Dhoni, England looked on course for an upset win as openers Alastair Cook (60 off 61) and Craig Kieswetter (63 off 64) put on 129 in 20.2 overs.
But after Varun Aaron (1-19) sent back Cook, the spinners took over as England capitulated to 176 all out in 37 overs, losing 10 wickets for 47 runs in 16.4 overs.
Ravindra Jadeja was the pick of the Indian spinners claiming 4-33 in eight overs with R Ashwin taking 3-28 in nine and part-timers Manoj Tiwary and Suresh Raina claimed one each.
Apart from Cook and Kieswetter, Samit Patel (18) Graeme Swann (10) was the only other batsmen to reach double figures.
Cook was a touch unfortunate to head back to the pavilion as an Aaron delivery kept low and crashed into the stumps.
Kieswetter, Ian Bell (2) and Jonathan Trott (5) fell in the next three overs as England found themselves tottering at 137 for 4 with Jadeja scalping two wickets.
Jonny Bairstow's (2) struggle against spin continued as he was dismissed in the 26th over and the match was all but over when Ravi Bopara (4) fell leaving England at 6-155.
With the pitch offering a lot of turn and bounce, Tim Bresnan (0), Patel, Stuart Meaker (1) and Steve Finn (2) also fell in quick succession to hand India the whitewash.
Earlier, a middle order collapse undid the good work of the Indian openers after they were put in to bat.
Ajinkya Rahane (42 off 61) and Gautam Gambhir (38 off 46) took India to 80 for no loss in the 18th over before quick wickets from Finn (2-47) reduced the hosts to 4-123 in the 28th.
However, runs from Dhoni, Raina (38 off 46) and Ravindra Jadeja (21 off 21) took India to a challenging total.
The two teams will now face-off in a lone T20 encounter in Kolkata on Saturday.

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