Bell's century guides England to 7-wkt win over India

  • PTI, Dharamsala
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  • Updated: Jan 27, 2013 18:29 IST
  • Ian Bell

    England’s Ian Bell raises his bat after scoring half century against India during the 5th ODI cricket match at HPCA Stadium in Dharamshala. PTI

  • Joe Root

    England’s Joe Root in action during the fifth ODI cricket match at HPCA Stadium in Dharamshala. PTI

  • Ishant Sharma

    Ishant Sharma reacts after dismissing England captain and batsman Alastair Cook during the 5th and last ODI match in Dharamshala. HT/Gurinder Osan

  • Ravindra Jadeja

    Ravindra Jadeja hits a shot during the fifth and final ODI match between India and England in Dharamshala. HT Photo/Shyam Sharma

  • Suresh Raina celebrates

    Suresh Raina celebrates with Ravindra Jadeja, left, after completing his half century during the fifth and final ODI match between India and England in Dharamshala. HT ...

  • Gautam Gambhir

    Gautam Gambhir bats during the fifth and final ODI match between India and England in Dharamshala. HT Photo/Gurinder Osan

  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni

    India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is dismissed by England's Steven Finn, left, during the fifth and final ODI match between India and England in Dharamshala, India. ...

  • England celebrates the dismssal of Yuvraj Singh, third left, during the fifth and final ODI match between India and England in Dharamshala. HT Photo/Gurinder Osan

  • Virat Kohli reacts after his dismissal for a duck during the fifth and final ODI match between India and England in Dharamshala. HT Photo/Gurinder Osan

  • England celebrates the dismissal of Virat Kohli by Tim Bresnan, seond right, during the fifth and final ODI match between India and England in Dharamshala. HT ...

India paid the price for some poor shot selection by their top order batsmen as England rode on Ian Bell's unbeaten century to salvage some pride by winning the fifth and final one-dayer by seven wickets and reduce the margin of defeat to 3-2 in Dharamasala on Sunday.

The visitors first dismissed the hosts for a modest 226 and then relied on Bell's third ODI ton -- 113 not out -- to overhaul the target with 16 balls to spare at the picturesque HPCA stadium which hosted its first international match.

The Indians, who had already clinched the series in Mohali by taking an unassailable 3-1 lead, were done in by some poor shots by their top oder batsmen and could never really recover from the early jolts despite Suresh Raina's brilliant effort of 83 under pressure.

Tim Bresnan caused the bulk of the damage with 4/45 while Steve Finn and James Tredwell chipped in with two wickets apiece as the English bowlers exploited the bowler-friendly conditions after winning the toss and putting the home side into bat.

The Indians slumped to a precarious 79 for five as Gautam Gambhir (24), Rohit Sharma (4), Virat Kohli (0), Yuvraj Singh (0) and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (15) perished in quick succession with some of them playing atrocious shots.

Raina's brilliant counter-attacking 83 off 98 balls and and some useful contributions from Ravindra Jadeja (39) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (31) took India to 226.

In their bid to chase down the target of 227, England openers Alastair Cook and Ian Bell started confidently putting in 53 runs before Ishant Sharma, who bowled an incisive first spell, broke the partnership.

 

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