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Joe Root Century Sets Up England Win

Joe Root celebrates a century
Joe Root celebrates his century at Headingley, which helped England avoid ending the ODI series without a win
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England 294-7 (Root 113, Buttler 49) beat
India 253 (Jadeja 87) by 41 runs
Fifth One_day International, Headingley

Joe Root scored his second One-Day International century as England won the fifth and final game against India at Headingley by 41 runs to end a difficult series on a winning note.

On his home ground, Root struck 113 in 108 balls as England's batting line-up finally clicked, posting 294 for seven from their 50 overs.

Facing the stiffest challenge of the series so far, India fell short when they were bowled out for 253 in reply.

Half-centuries from Ambati Rayudu (53) and Ravindra Jadeja (87) were in vain as England took control early and didn't allow the tourists back into the game.

Nevertheless, India completed a 3-1 series win having already won comprehensively in Cardiff, Nottingham and Birmingham.

Root struck 10 fours and three sixes during his innings and also in the runs for England were Alastair Cook (46), Jos Buttler (49) and Ben Stokes (33 not out).

Mohammad Shami was the pick of the Indian bowlers with two for 52.

India then lost Ajinkya Rahane to the third ball of their reply for nought and England hardly looked back.

Rayudu, Shikhar Dhawan (31) and MS Dhoni (29) got themselves in only to get out once well-set and Jadeja thumped a quickfire 87 in 68 balls towards the end when the game was all but over as a contest.

Stokes returned three for 47, Moeen Ali two for 34, Finn two for 37 and James Anderson two for 39.

The final game of the tour is a Twenty20 International at Edgbaston on Sunday 7th September.

© Cricket World 2014

Fixtures & Results

9th-13th July: 1st Test, Trent Bridge, Nottingham

India 457 & 391-9 dec. (Binny 78) drew with
England 496 (Root 154no, Anderson 81)
17th-21st July: 2nd Test, Lord's, London

India 295 & 342 (Vijay 95, Jadeja 68) beat
England 319 & 223 (Sharma 7-74) by 95 runs
27th-31st July: 3rd Test, The Ageas Bowl, Southampton

England 569-7 dec. & 205-4 dec. beat
India 330 & 178 (Ali 6-67) by 266 runs
7th-11th August: 4th Test, Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester

England 367 (Root 77, Buttler 70) beat
India 152 & 166 by an innings & 54 runs
15th-19th August: 5th Test, The Kia Oval, London

England 486 (Root 149no, Cook 79) beat
India 148 & 94 by an innings & 244 runs
25th August: 1st ODI, Bristol

Match abandoned without a ball being bowled due to rain
27th August: 2nd ODI, SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff

India 304-6 (Raina 100, Woakes 4-52) beat
England 161 (Jadeja 4-28) by 133 runs (D/L)
30th August: 3rd ODI, Trent Bridge, Nottingham

India 228-4 (Rayudu 64no) beat
England 227 (Cook 44) by six wickets
2nd September: 4th ODI, Edgbaston, Birmingham

India 212-1 (Rahane 106, Dhawan 97no) beat
England 206 (Moeen Ali 67) by nine wickets
5th September: 5th ODI, Headingley, Leeds

England 294-7 (Root 113, Buttler 49) beat
India 253 (Jadeja 87) by 41 runs
7th September: T20I, Edgbaston, Birmingham

England 180-7 (Morgan 71, Hales 40)
India 177-5 (Kohli 66) by three runs