5th ODI: England win series but Dravid signs-off on a high
India faced England for one last time in the 2011 tour, at Cardiff. It was also Rahul Dravid's last appearance in the blue jersey. A look at the day's play. (AFP and AP images)
India faced England one last time in the 2011 tour, at Cardiff. It was also Rahul Dravid's last appearance in the blue jersey. A look at the day's play. (AFP and AP images)
England defeated India by 6 wickets to clinch the final ODI at Cardiff and complete a series whitewash. England claimed the series 3-0 after the first ODI was washed out and the fourth ended in a tie.
Once again India fought hard but ended up on the losing side. They not only failed to give Dravid, who played his last ODI, a winning send-off, but also could not break their duck of wins on the tour.
In England's late charge, the hosts had vital contributions from Ian bell (26 off 21) and Ravi Bopara (37 off 22), but it was debutant Jonny Bairstow that stole the match from India. His 41 off 21 balls earned him the man of the match award.
In between, India lost another player to injury when medium pacer Munaf Patel suffered a suspected ankle injury as he fell on the ground while chasing the ball. He had only bowled four overs for 26 runs and did not come out to bowl again.
England didn't let up despite the target being revised to an even more challenging 241 from 34 overs after rain interruptions. Often criticised for being too slow for ODIs, Jonathan Trott joined captain Alastair Cook at the crease and slammed 63 off 60 balls, with two sixes and three fours.
Despite a huge task at hand, a 305-run target, England began confidently with Cook taking the charge after the early dismissal of Craig Kieswetter.
Skipper MS Dhoni came to the crease and punished the England bowlers. He completed his fifty off just 26 balls to take India beyond 300. It was his 3rd fifty of the series and that won him the man of the series award.
Once his fifty was out of the way, Virat Kohli simply raced to three-figures. He knocked his bails down though, on 107. Dravid was bowled immediately after.
Kohli looked good to steal the limelight from Dravid. He was successful to a large extent through his confident shots to the boundary and over it.
Rahane fell and Parthiv followed and in walked Rahul Dravid. He went on to play a splendid innings of 69, his 83rd and final ODI fifty.
The openers however did manage to cut lose occasionally but could only manage a very watchful 52 runs for the opening wicket.
Ajinkya Rahane and Parthiv Patel began proceedings on a slightly slow note after England asked India to set a target.