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01 March 2024

Ind vs Eng: England win 5th ODI by 7 wickets

By Allaam Ousman

Ian Bell christened cricket's newest venue at Dharamsala in India's Himachal Pradesh with a magnificent century to steer England to a seven-wicket victory in the final one-day international on Sunday.

Bell virtually carried his bat out at the picturesque snow capped region remaining unbeaten on 113 off 143 balls with the help of 13 fours and a six as England chased down the target of 227 with 16 balls to spare.

Joe Root (31) and Eoin Morgan (40 not out) gave him admirable support as England finished the tour on a high despite losing the ODI series 3-2 having won the first game by 9 runs.

England raced to victory with Morgan blasting three sixes including two off one over from Shami Ahmed while Bell hit the winning runs with a boundary and a single in the 48th over as they finished on 227 for 3.

Bell was associated in partnerships of 78 for the third wicket with Root and an unfinished stand of 84 for the fourth wicket with Morgan.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar (0-45) and Ravichandran Ashwin (0-50) were the most expensive bowlers for India while Ishant Sharma, Shami Ahmed and Ravindra Jadeja gave India hope by picking a wicket apiece.

"It was good win, it was a good toss to win, but our bowlers bowled really well. (Tim) Bresnan and (Steven) Finn got early breakthroughs today. Our top four got runs and (Ian) Bell played a fantastic knock," said England skipper Alastair Cook.

"Our bowlers set up the win but 220 odd was a good target to chase," said man of the match Ian Bell.

"The (ODI) series was as tight as the Test series. We should have won this game, maybe we should have batted more sensibly. But it is a young side and it will learn with time," said Indian skipper MS Dhoni.

Earlier, a pugnacious half century by Suresh Raina (83) lifted India 226 all out in 49.4 overs after being put into bat by England.

Raina hit his fourth consecutive half century of the series as he steadied the Indian innings after a dreadful start.

England had the hosts on the ropes at 24 for 3 when Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli (0) were dismissed in successive balls followed by Yuvraj Singh also for a duck.

India's innings was thrown into further disarray when Gautam Gambhir departed after a fluent knock of 24 and were reeling at 79 for 5 after the loss of skipper MS Dhoni.

Raina found an able ally in Ravindra Jadeja (39) as they led a fine rearguard action with a partnership of 78 for the sixth wicket.

Some lusty hitting by No.9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar who made a run-a-ball 31 which contained five boundaries.

Kumar and Shami Ahmed fell in the last over by Tim Bresnan who finished with the best return of 4 for 45 while Steven Finn and James Tredwell picked up a couple each.

Samit Patel came in for some stick going for 46 in 6 overs.


England are racing to victory with Eoin Morgan blasting a couple of sixes off Shami Ahmed in the 46th over.

England are 216-3 after 46 overs chasing a target of 227 in the 5th one-day international against India at HPCA stadium in Dharamsala on Sunday.

Eoin Morgan brings up the 50 partnership for the fourth wicket by smacking Ashwin over long on.

Ian Bell completed his second ODI century against India and third of career with a crisp drive to the onside boundary off Ishant Sharma in 44th over.

England also managed only 25 runs like India for the loss of a wicket but are on course to victory with Ian Bell looking rock solid.

Ian Bell is continuing solidly picking up a boundary against Ishant Sharma in the 37th over with a flick to fine leg.

Ravindra Jadeja strikes as Joe Root swings and misses to see his stumps scattered after making 31 off 49 balls with four boundaries.

Jadeja has revived India's hopes after breaking the third wicket partnership between Bell and Root which yielded 79 runs.

England are poised for a perfect assault at the start of the batting Powerplay overs with Ian Bell and Joe Root having added 78 runs for the third wicket so far.

Ian Bell has hoisted Ravichandran Ashwin for a sweetly timed six over over the bowler's head in the 34th over.

Joe Root has smacked Ravichandran Ashwin to the fine leg boundary to bring up the 50 partnership for the third wicket in 67 balls.

Ian Bell completes his 25th ODI fifty off 88 balls in the 28th over of the innings.

Yuvraj Singh has been hit for a couple of boundaries in his first over with Ian Bell swatting him to the legside while Joe Root cuts him to third man.

England are nosing ahead in the run chase being ahead comparatively ahead of India who were 89-5 at the halfway stage.

Joe Root cuts Bhuvneswar Kumar for a couple of boundaries in the 23rd over to give some momentum to England's run chase.

Ravindra Jadeja takes a brilliant catch in the deep off Shami Ahmed to dismiss Kevin Pietersen for 6 in the 19th over while Ian Bell hits a boundary to fine leg.

Ian Bell has played down another maiden over this time off Shami Ahmed.

Kevin Pietersen cracks Ishant Sharma through the covers for his first boundary in the 16th over before the drinks interval.

Runs seem to have dried up for England with only five runs being scored off the last 24 balls.

Ishant Sharma is bowling with his tails up and has bowled a second consecutive maiden over.

Ishant Sharma draws first blood bowling left hander Alastair Cook with a beauty for a wicket maiden in the 12th over.

Cook was looking good have made 22 off 42 balls with five hits to the fence.

Alastair Cook and Ian Bell have given England a sound start making 42 without loss in 10 overs as they chase a target of 227 against India who were 35-3 at the same stage of the innings.

Ishant Sharma has bowled a maiden in the 10th over as England are off to a steady but cautious start.

Ian Bell has got a couple of boundaries off Bhuvneshwar Kumar, first an edge through gully to third man followed by a crashing shot through extra cover in the last ball of the 9th over.

Alastair Cook survives a confident appeal for a caught behind off Ishant Sharma's first delivery before cracking him through cover point in the 8th over.

Alastair Cook has picked up a couple of boundaries off Shami Ahmed in the 6th over to get into his stride.

Ian Bell hits the first convincing shot of the England innings with a lovely cover drive off Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the 5th over.

Ian Bell also gets a streaky boundary off an inside edge this time off Shami Ahmed in the 4th over.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar has bowled a maiden to Ian Bell in the 3rd over.

Alastair Cook edges Bhuvneshwar Kumar past the vacant third slip to the third man fence for the first runs of the England innings.


Bhuvneshwar Kumar slams Tim Bresnan over the bowler's head for his fourth boundary in the 48th over.

India are 221-9 after 49.2 overs after being put into bat by England in the 5th ODI at HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala on Sunday.

Ravichandran Ashwin goes after slamming a six and four off Samit Patel in the 47th over for 19 holing out to Steven Finn at square leg.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar brings up the 200 of the Indian innings in the 47th over with his third boundary off Samit Patel, having hit Chris Woakes to the fence in consecutive overs.

Chris Woakes gets the big wicket of Suresh Raina who falls in the 42nd over offering a simple catch to Ian Bell at mid wicket after making 83 off 98 balls.

Raina's battling innings contained eight boundaries and two sixes.

Suresh Raina attacks Samith Patel belting him twice to the long on boundary in consecutive deliveries in the 41st over.

James Tredwell breaks the battling sixth wicket stand which yields 78 runs off 17.3 overs when he induces Ravindra Jadeja to miscue a shot to Ian Bell.

Jadeja departs for 39 off 65 balls which contained one boundary and two sixes.

Suresh Raina is let off on 61 with Alistair Cook failing to pick up a sharp chance at short fine leg off James Tredwell who also misses a caught and bowl chance two balls later.

Suresh Raina smacks Tim Bresnan for a boundary past point as nine runs come in the 36th over.

Ravindra Jadeja hits Joe Root clean as a whistle over long for his second six to bring up the half century partnership for the unbroken sixth wicket in just 76 balls.

Suresh Raina completes his 28th ODI half century and fourth consecutive fifty of the series by chipping Joe Root over extra cover for his fifth boundary.

Ravindra Jadeja becomes the second batsman to clear the sightscreen when he hoists Samit Patel in his first over.

Having got a streaky boundary to third man off Joe Root in the previous over, Suresh Raina launches him over the sightscreen for his second six in the 27th over.

Suresh Raina, dropped on 5 by James Tredwell, is spearheading India's salvage operation having made 33 off 54 balls with four boundaries and a six at the halfway stage of the innings.

Steven Finn who was hit for a boundary through the covers by MS Dhoni in the previous over returns to remove the Indian skipper trapping him leg before in the 22nd over which is a wicket maiden.

Dhoni goes after making 15 off 23 balls and adding 30 runs for the fifth wicket with Raina.

Suresh Raina breaks the shackles by stepping out to loft James Tredwell for the first six of the match in the 19th over.

MS Dhoni cracks Tim Bresnan through point for his first boundary in the 14th over.

James Tredwell torments India by dismissing Gautam Gambhir with his second delivery with Ian Bell diving at point to take a low catch.

Gambhir's fluent knock of 24 off 42 ball contained five boundaries adding 25 runs with Raina for the fourth wicket.

After two consecutive maiden overs from Chris Woakes and Steven Finn, Suresh Raina set the ground alight with three boundaries off Woakes in the 12th over.

Raina glances to fine leg, drives through extra cover and punches Woakes to finish the over which yields 14 runs.

The left-hander becomes the 13th Indian to complete 4,000 ODI runs in the process.

Suresh Raina survives after James Tredwell fails to hang on to a chance at second slip off Chris Woakes who bowls a maiden in the 10th over.

Tredwell manages to get his left hand to the catch but fails to retain it.

Gautam Gambhir and Suresh Raina are finding the boundary even as England's bowlers are firing on all cylinders.

Gambhir hits his fifth boundary with a sweetly timed off drive while Raina opens his account with a flick to square leg off Chris Woakes' first over.

India are reeling after losing their third wicket with Yuvraj Singh going for a duck caught by Eoin Morgan at point as Steven Finn strikes.

Yuvraj lasted just three balls spooning a catch attempting to flick Finn to square leg.

Gautam Gambhir and Suresh Raina are finding the boundary even as England's bowlers are firing on all cylinders.

Gautam Gambhir is unfazed by Tim Bresnan's double strike despatching to the boundary twice in succession through the covers and straight down the ground int he 6th over.

Tim Bresnan strikes in consecutive deliveries with Virat Kohli going for a duck being dismissed in identical fashion to Rohit Sharma caught by James Tredwell after a bit of juggle the second time.

Yuvraj Singh manages to fend off the hat-trick ball.

India lose Rohit Sharma caught at second slip by James Tredwell going for an expansive drive off Tim Bresnan whom he drove through the covers in his previous over.

Gautam Gambhir has cracked Steven Finn to third man for his second boundary having flicked him in the first over to the square leg fence.

Gautam Gambhir and Rohit Sharma have hit a boundary apiece to get into their stride early in the innings after being put into bat in the 5th one-day international at HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala on Sunday.

England have won the toss and will bowl in the 5th and final one-day international against India at HPCA (Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association) Stadium in Dharamsala on Sunday.

Jade Dernbach makes way for Chris Woakes while India field unchanged side making Chesteshwar Pujara wait for his debut.

The HPCA stadium is the 43rd ODI venue in India and is the fourth highest ground in the world behind, the stadiums in Johannesburg, Nairobi and Harare.