England whitewashed in Kolkata

October 25, 2011

by suraj

India beat England in the fifth one-day international in Kolkata today, as England crashed to a humiliating 5-0 series defeat in what India were calling ‘the payback’ series.

Things were looking good for England today at 129-0 chasing down 272 for victory. However, the tourists lost their remaining ten wickets for just 47 runs ensuring a 95-run defeat.

Earlier in the day, India had been inserted by Alastair Cook and started well with an opening stand of 80. However, Steven Finn, England’s best bowler in India gave England hope with a double wicket maiden in the 18th over.

India’s innings ran into further trouble at 162-5 with just 13 overs remaining, but yet again, India’s captain MS Dhoni rescued the situation. Dhoni powered his way to 75 not out as India reached 271-8 off their allotted 50 overs.

England will be desperately disappointed with the way their batsman played the spinners in the middle overs. Alastair Cook and Craig Kieswetter earlier had made batting look easy as they both recorded half centuries at close to a run a ball.

Left arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja was the chief tormentor for England as he finished with figures of 4-33.

Ian Bell played his first match of the series and he came in for the injured Pietersen who had broken his thumb the day before the game. Batting at four, Bell could only contribute 2 off 6 balls before becoming victim to Ravinchandran Ashwin’s carom ball.

England have been outclassed in all three facets of the game in India and a 5-0 result is a fair reflection of how England have played.

England can salvage a small amount of pride if they win the one-off Twenty20 international against India on Saturday in Kolkata. England will be captained by Graeme Swann in the absence of Stuart Broad.

Chris Murtagh 25/10/2011

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