England vs India 5th ODI: Root’s century hands England consolation win

Despite losing the match, India still won the series 3-1

Despite losing the match, India still won the series 3-1

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England batsman Joe Root smashed a magnificent century to hand his side a consolation win over India in the fifth ODI at Headingley.

Despite losing the match by 41 runs, India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and batsman Ambati Rayudu both deserve a lot of credit for scoring 87 and 53 respectively.

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni would have been delighted with his decision to bowl first after England opening batsman Alex Hales was caught by Ajinkya Rahane at midwicket off the bowling of Umesh Yadav for four runs.

Moeen Ali only made nine runs before he was caught by Yadav at third man off the bowling of Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Root and England skipper Alastair Cook stabilised the innings with a 52-run partnership before Cook was caught behind off the bowling of Suresh Raina for 46.

Eoin Morgan scored 14 runs before he was stumped by Dhoni off the bowling of Ravichandran Ashwin.

Root and Jos Buttler steered the innings back in the right direction with a 108-run partnership, during which Root brought up his half-century, before Buttler was run out by Dhoni on 49.

Root went on to score his second ODI century before he was caught by Ashwin at short fine leg off the bowling of Mohammed Shami.

Root’s career-best knock of 113 came off 108 balls and included 10 boundaries and three sixes.

Root celebrates after bringing up his second ODI century

Root celebrates after bringing up his second ODI century

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Chris Woakes mustered nine runs before he was clean bowled by Shami.

Thanks to a quickfire 33 by Ben Stokes, England finished on 294/7 off their 50 overs.

Shami was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Kumar, Yadav, Ashwin and Raina chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 295 to win, India got off to an awful start as Rahane was caught by Morgan at point off the third ball of the innings.

Virat Kohli scored 13 runs before he was caught by Cook at first slip off the bowling of James Anderson.

Shikhar Dhawan managed to make 31 runs before he was clean bowled by Ali.

Raina accumulated 18 runs before he was caught behind off the bowling of Ali.

Rayudu was one of the only Indian batsmen to put up a fight as he scored a valiant 53, which came off 65 balls and included three boundaries and two sixes, before he was caught by Cook at mid-on off the bowling of Stokes.

Rayudu made a valiant 53

Rayudu made a valiant 53

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Dhoni failed to save his team as he was caught by Stokes in the cover region off the bowling of Steven Finn for 29.

Ashwin mustered 16 runs before he was caught by Finn in the covers off the bowling of Stokes.

Kumar only made one run before he was run out by Finn.

India lost their ninth wicket just three balls later when Shami was caught by Hales off the bowling of Stokes for a duck.

Jadeja was India’s top-scorer with 87 runs, which came off 68 balls and included nine boundaries and two sixes, before he was cleaned up by Finn.

Jadeja hit nine boundaries and two sixes during his gutsy knock of 87

Jadeja hit nine boundaries and two sixes during his career-best knock of 87

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Stokes was the most successful bowler with three wickets, while Finn, Anderson and Ali claimed two wickets each as India were bowled out for 253.

Dhoni was disappointed not to have won the series 4-0, and said: “Should be fine, bit of precaution with some icing [on his hand]. We gave away too many wickets, quite a lot of soft dismissals, and because of that we were not able to chase the runs. Shikhar, Ambati and myself should not have lost our¬†wickets. In the last ten overs we can get those runs but we lost [wickets]. I think 300 was a par score on that pitch. It may have been [a case of foot off the gas], it’s something that’s happened in the past.

“We need to improve our slog and the last ten overs with the bowling. Shami has done a good job but the other fast bowlers need to step up. We don’t want to concede so many runs that we can’t chase them down. The most difficult thing [is keeping everyone fit], this England tour has been 77 days, then we go to Australia before the World Cup, so it will be important to stay fresh.”

Cook was pleased to have finally won a match, and said: “That’s a far better performance, and that’s what we can play like. It’s frustrating not to play like that before. Joe showed what he can do and that’s what we’ve been missing in our batting. We’ve got a lot of 20s and 30s, the first time a guy goes on and gets a hundred we have a better chance. You saw how hard it was to chase down 300. We just played better, we didn’t want to lose 4-0.

“It’s frustrating…In the first game, we were 50 for 0 off nine overs, but we needed to build more big partnerships. They were two down by the first ten and we were ahead of the game. This is the first time we’ve got a massive chunk of one-day cricket and we can focus on that. We’ve got a bit of a break, then Sri Lanka, [where we will be] batting against spin. Then the tri-series in Australia. So preparation will be perfect and hopefully we can improve and show it at the World Cup.”

Root was named Man of the Match, and said: “Great to play at your home ground, the crowd have been exceptional and it’s good to get a win. Tough to start with, then the conditions got a bit easier, good to take it on. I tried not to think too much and play on instinct. We knew it would spin. I spoke to the guys who’d played county one-day cricket here, nice to see what we worked on go well, that’s a positive. I enjoy playing with Jos and the way he played kickstarted the back end of our innings.”

Raina was named Man of the Series, and said: “It was good, I’ve worked hard on my batting, watching the Tests on TV. We got the belief in the one-dayers. I worked hard on the mental side and my fitness. I’m looking to bat positive. The World Cup is around the corner, we need to stay positive. We’ve worked hard on our game and this group has won us the series. The fielding creates a positive environment in the circle and that has been important.”

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