5th ODI: Dhoni's knock cruises India to 271

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Published: Tuesday, October 25, 2011, 14:25 [IST]
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Dhoni's knock cruises India to 271

Kolkata, Oct 25: Skipper Dhoni's inspirational unbeaten 75 runs took India to a total of 271 runs. Under-pressure after losing wickets in quick succession, captain cool MS Dhoni who is unbeaten in the entire tournament, helped India recover scoring 75 runs off 69 balls with three four's and four sixes.


England were punished for poor fielding and dropped catches throughout the series. England's fielding had gone to pieces in this innings as catches were dropped, poor fielding costs them many boundaries and running between the wicket was made easier.

After the dismissal of three wickets quickly, Manoj Tiwary making his first start in the series, could not capitalise on the opportunity getting out for 24 runs. A simple catch for Kieswetter as Tiwary gets a fine edge off Meaker's bowling.

Suresh Raina has had a good series so far and was looking strong and active scoring 38 runs with five boundaries. Raina's partnership with Dhoni proved helpful but Raina was run-out by a direct hit from Ravi Bopara.

Ravindra Jadeja scored a run-a-ball 21 but was caught in short mid-wicket by Ian Bell while trying to hit a big short but could not connect well. Samit Patel took a total of three wickets, along with Jadeja's and then R. Ashwin and Praveen Kumar were caught in long-off and long-on respectively, both catches were taken by Jonathan Bairstow.

India began their innings with a steady start by openers Ajinkya Rahane and Gautham Gambhir putting on a partnership of 80 runs, but Finn striked twice in an over breaking India's momentum by claiming two important wickets of Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli.    

Gambhir was lucky when a easy catch was dropped by Kieswetter but eventually got out scoring a 61 balls 42 in the same fashion even in the previous match trying to work the ball towards off-side but it clipped the inside of his bat straight to the stumps.

In-form Virat Kohli was bowled by Finn without opening his account. Kohli leaves a quick delivery by Finn which seams back in and clips his off-stump.

Kieswetter produced another stunner to get rid of Rahane. This was full and outside off, Rahane chased it without too much footwork and gets a thick edge. Kieswetter stretches and sticks out his right hand to latch on to it.

Earlier England skipper Alastair Cook won the toss and decided to field first in the 5th and final ODI played at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. 

For India, Parthiv Patel is replaced by Manoj Tiwary who makes his first start in the series, whereas Kevin Pietersen is ruled out due to a broken thumb, he has been replaced by Ian Bell and Graeme Swann comes back replacing Scott Borthwick.

India managed a total of 271 runs in 50 overs with the help of skipper MS Dhoni's unbeaten 75. England need 272 runs to win in the 5th and final ODI played at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.


India: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (C), Ajinkya Rahane, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, R Vinay Kumar, Varun Aaron, Praveen Kumar, Manoj Tiwary.

England: Alastair Cook (C), Craig Kieswetter, Jonathan Trott, Ravi Bopara, Jonathan Bairstow, Samit Patel, Tim Bresnan, Stuart Meaker, Steven Finn, Ian Bell, Graeme Swann.


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