India Spin England Out To Seal 5-0 Whitewash
India 271-8 (Dhoni 75no, Patel 3-57) beat
England 176 (Kieswetter 63) by 95 runs
Fifth One-Day International, Kolkata
India's spinners instigated a staggering collapse that handed them a 95-run win over England in the fifth One-Day International in Kolkata.
In front of a record low crowd for an Indian home match at Eden Gardens, Ravi Jadeja took four wickets and Ravi Ashwin three as England careered from 129 without loss to 176 all out in reply to 271 for eight as India scored a 5-0 series win.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni had earlier excelled to score an unbeaten 75 - England did not dismiss him once during the series - as England's bowlers were unable to maintain pressure they had worked hard to build up.
Ajinkya Rahane (42), Gautam Gambhir (38), Manoj Tiwary (24) and Suresh Raina (38) all made starts but were stopped in their tracks by England's pace bowlers.
Steven Finn bowled Gambhir and Virat Kohli (0), Rahane was caught by Craig Kieswetter by Tim Bresnan and Tiwary edged Meaker to wicket-keeper Kieswetter while Raina was run out by Ravi Bopara.
Dhoni then hammered three fours and four sixes, helping India to take 21 runs from one over bowled by Meaker and Jadeja (21) and Praveen Kumar (16) also played their part with some late hits to boost their score.
Samit Patel returned figures of three for 57 by dismissing Jadeja, Kumar and Ashwin (7) as wickets fell towards the end of the innings.
That was nothing in comparison with the collapse that was 20 overs away as England lost all ten of their wickets for just 47 runs.
Before that, they batted well with openers Alastair Cook (60) and Kieswetter (63) looking assured at the crease and scoring at an excellent rate to put England in a position where most onlookers thought that at the very least, the game would go down to the wire.
Cook hit eight fours while Kieswetter struck nine fours and one huge six and although it was the spinners who hastened England's demise, the first wicket fell when Varun Aaron snuck one through Cook's defences with a ball that kept low and knocked back off stump.
Therafter it as a procession as England's batsmen were bamboozled by Jadeja, Ashwin, Tiwary and Raina with the latter two also taking a wicket apiece.
Kieswetter was trapped in front by Jadeja, Trott (5) drove him to Raina at slip, Bairstow (2) sliced him to Rahane and Patel was caught by Dhoni for 18.
Ashwin's victims were Bell, caught by Dhoni for two, Meaker, trapped in front for one and finally Finn, whose top-edged was comfortably taken by Dhoni.
Bopara's miserable series ended when he missed a sweep and was bowled by Raina for four and Tiwary's wicket came when Bresnan (0) chipped him straight to Raina.
World champions India moved to third place in the ICC ODI rankings as a result of this series win while England head in the other direction, dropping from fourth to fifth.
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