India whitewash abject England

Tue, 25 Oct 16:57:00 2011

England suffered an incredible batting collapse as India claimed a 95-run victory and completed a 5-0 series whitewash in the fifth one-day international in Kolkata.

India celebrate against England Ian Bell - 0

India posted 271 for eight from their 50 overs with captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni slamming a swift 75, and England looked to be cruising at 129 without loss in their reply.

But England inexplicably lost seven wickets for 27 runs as the tourists capitulated in startling fashion with Alastair Cook's side bowled out for 176 inside 37 overs.

It was yet another chastening defeat for Andy Flower's tourists as India sealed a comprehensive 5-0 series thumping with England again humiliated after an insipid performance.

England, missing the injured Kevin Pietersen, had bowled acceptably but not penetratively with the new ball after Cook had again won the toss, and India's opening pair Ajinkya Rahane and Gautam Gambhir appeared untroubled and unhurried as they progressed smoothly through the first 16 overs.

However, just as it seemed England could surely expect to be chasing a formidable total, Tim Bresnan and Steven Finn transformed events with the Middlesex paceman in particular thriving with two wickets in an over.

Gambhir aimed to cut Finn and got an inside-edge on to his stumps as a ball slanted naturally across him seamed marginally in off the angle.

It was lateral movement too which then saw off the dangerous Virat Kohli for a fifth-ball duck in the same over. Kohli had wafted and missed at a slightly wider delivery, then chose to leave alone one that snaked back into him and knocked back an unguarded off-stump.

Bresnan was not to be outdone and ousted Rahane in the next over, via an edge trying to drive a full ball outside off-stump and a memorable diving catch by Kieswetter - who has veered to extremes with his wicket-keeping on this tour.

India had therefore made 10 for three in the powerplay, and it ought to have got even better for England had Swann not spilled a routine catch at second slip off Finn to reprieve Suresh Raina on one. He stayed long enough to share useful stands with Manoj Tiwary - who edged Stuart Meaker behind - and then Dhoni before being run out by Ravi Bopara.

Dhoni assessed requirements expertly and, even as wickets fell at the other end, cranked up India's last 10-over charge for the addition of 91 runs - 39 of those coming in the last two.

While India's total remained merely respectable, the momentum had been effectively seized by Dhoni, and England had to lift themselves ahead of their response.

England openers Alastair Cook and Craig Kieswetter posted their first big stand of the tour in response, and had 129 runs on the board before India finally made their first breakthrough.

Cook fell for 60 as Varun Aaron got a delivery to nip in late and destroy the England captain's woodwork, before Kieswetter swiftly followed for an excellent 63 off 64 balls, lbw Ravindra Jadeja.

The India left-arm spinner was later named man-of-the-match for his match-winning figures of four for 33, while Ravichandran Ashwin was also inspired as he finished with three for 28 as a quite staggering collapse ensued.

Ian Bell, recalled in place of the injured Pietersen, departed for just two as Ashwin struck, and Trott followed to the bowling of Jadeja for five.

Ravi Bopara was bowled by the part-time spin of Raina for four, and Jonny Bairstow joined the procession as Jadeja dismissed him for two.

Samit Patel chipped in with a doughty 18, but Jadeja also had his number, while Tim Bresnan could only muster a four-ball duck as Manoj Tiwary made his mark and England continued to implode as Meaker and Finn both fell cheaply to Ashwin.

It was an emphatic and embarrassing defeat for England, who came into the series buoyed by a victorious home series against India, but Dhoni's side claimed the 'payback' they sought with a stunning 5-0 thrashing.

Dan Quarrell - on Twitter @danquarrell / Eurosport

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