January 28, 2013
Fifth ODI, Dharamsala
England 227-3 (47.2 overs) beat India 226 (49.4 overs) by seven wickets
England finished their tour of India on a high, by beating the hosts by seven wickets in the final ODI in Dharmasala thanks to an unbeaten 113 from Ian Bell. The result meant that India won the series 3-2.
Batting first, India were bowled out for 226 with Tim Bresnan claiming 4-45 on a wicket that suited England’s seam bowlers. The Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association stadium was a stunning setting for the match, with snowy hills of the western Himalayas in the background. It was the first ODI to be played at the ground, and it became India’s 43rd International venue.
The cold early morning conditions suited England and it could have been much worse for the home side had it not been for an important 83 from Suresh Raina, which was the left-handers fourth consecutive fifty.
In reply, England always looked in control of the chase and Ian Bell’s man of the match performance was the difference between the sides. The stylish Warwickshire batsman recorded his first ODI century away from home as England cruised to victory. Bell’s 113 came from 143 balls and included 13 fours and 1 six.
England now travel to New Zealand to play three Twenty20 matches and three one-day internationals before the three match Test series begins on 6th March in Dunedin.
The Scoop 28/01/13