Leeds: Playing on his home-ground, Joe Root's century powered England to a healthy total in the fifth ODI of the series at Leeds. Jos Buttler's 49 provided Root a fine company as England put up 294 runs on board after being troubled early.
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Indian skipper MS Dhoni won the toss and elected to bowl first in the final ODI of the 5-match series at Leeds.
England were off to a bright start scoring 21 off first three overs. But Alex Hales' mistimed pull ended England's opening parrtnership and gave India their first breakthrough in the fouth over bowled by Umesh Yadav.
Moeen Ali, England's only saving grace in the last game, walked in to bat number three. While there were a few boundaries, he could not last long and got out off Bhuvneshwar Kumar's bowling.
After two early wickets, the pair of Cook and Root stabalised England's inning. There were quite a few nervous moments; especially a close run-out chance and a turned down appeal for LBW.
But Root, Cook stayed put to settle some nerves in the England camp. However, that partnership could not go on for long as Cook top-edged one off Raina's bowling to give India their third wicket.
Eoin Morgan struggled to get going and was found wanting against the Indian spinners. He survived twice as the catch did not find leg-slip cleanly and his stay was over when he tried a dance down the track against Ashwin. Dhoni, who is remarkably quick behind the wickets against spinners, wasted no time in dislodging the bails.
Root, meanwhile brought up his fifty while the other batsmen failed to accompany him for long. Playing at his homeground, it was a crucial knock that kept England's inning together.
While England's run-rate kept dipping (49/2 after 10 overs, 91/3 after 20 and 124/4 after 30 overs), Buttler and Root's presence kept England's hopes of strong finish alive.
Living up to his promise of big hitting, Buttler started off the batting powerplay in great fashion hitting a four and a six in the 36th over bowled by Umesh Yadav.
Buttler continued his good show and Root joined him as England plunderred 55 runs in the batting powerplay
(England's batting powerplay (over by over) 36th-14, 37th-5, 38th-15, 39th-12 , 40th-9)
Jos Buttler who helped England up the ante, fell just a run short of his half-century. He tried to play a reverse-sweep. While Indian appeal for LBW, Buttler zoomed out of the crease for a run, only to realise that the ball was still within reach of MS Dhoni. Dhoni, to his credit, kept his composure to run-out Jos Buttler after a crucial knock.
Buttler's departure though did not jeopardise Root's run flow as the young Yorkshireman brought up a well-deserved hundred at his home ground. He kept his calm, batted sensible when England needed it the most and up the inning's tempo in the second half of England's inning.
His vigil though came to an end when he tried to lap-sweep Mohammad Shami and got caught at a short fine-leg. Woakes who replaced Root in the middle could only last for 9 balls. Shami's peach of a delivery castled his defence as England lost their 7th wicket.
While Dhoni, following India’s win at Birmingham indicated that, India may give a break to many of their key players in the Leeds ODI, India made only one change in the team, Umesh Yadav replaced Dhawal Kulkarni in the playing XI.
England, quite surprisingly, brought back Tredwell and Stokes to replace Gurney and Balance just after one game.
India: Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (captain & wicketkeeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Shami.
England: Alex Hales, Alastair Cook (captain), Moeen Ali, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler (wicketkeeper), Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes. James Tredwell, Steven Finn, James Anderson.
The story thus far:
Although the ODI series already in the pockets, India will be eyeing a 4-0 scoreline. England, on the other hand, will be keen to register their only win of the series.
After the Bristol ODI was washed out due to rain, India have left England helpless with three consecutive wins. Raina powered India to a victory at Cardiff. England’s fortune did not change much at Nottingham and Birmingham.
While Indian spinners left England clueless at Trent Bridge, it was Ajinkya Rahane who helped India clinch the series at Edgbaston.