Emphatic India seal 5-1 series win

Published: Saturday, April 15, 2006, 23:53 [IST]
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Indore:India discovered a new opening option in Robin Uthappa who slammed a scintillating 86 on his debut as the hosts hit the final nail on England's coffin to wrap up the 7-match one-day series with an emphatic 5-1 margin here today.

The 20-year-old Karnataka opener showed no signs of nerves in his 96-ball effort to not only help India record a comfortable 7-wicket victory in the last match but also put enormous pressure on a woefully out-of-form Virender Sehwag.

Chasing a stiff target of 289, the home team had the game in control right through the chase as they surpassed the total with five balls to spare through useful contributions from Rahul Dravid (69), Yuvraj Singh (63 not out) and Suresh Raina (53) on a good batting strip at the Maharani Usharaje Stadium.

Young Kerala speedster S Sreesanth was India's bowling hero with career-best figures of 6/55 which was largely responsible for restricting the tourists under the 300-run mark.

The hosts, who opted to rest their struggling duo of Sehwag and Mohammad Kaif for the match, put up a clinical display to ensure that the beleaguered Englishmen left the country with their morale and reputation in tatters.

The Indians also continued their stupendous run of 16 consecutive wins while chasing, having broken the West Indies world record of 14 wins in the fourth ODI in Kochi.

Put in to bat, England raised hopes of yet another face-saving win by scoring 288 built around a blistering 56-ball 64 by the in-form Kevin Pietersen while Paul Collingwood (64) and Geraint Jones (53) were the other notable performers

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