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The fifth and final ODI of the India - England series brought the two teams to picturesque Dharamsala in what was effectively a dead rubber after India had taken an unassailable 3-1 lead.
England won a good toss and opted to field in what was the first early start of the series. The decision proved to be a masterstroke for England as they struck thrice in the first 7 overs to reduce India to 24-3.
Tim Bresnan struck twice in as many deliveries in his 2nd over, removing Rohit Sharma for 4 and Virat Kohli for a golden duck with both men caught at second slip, attempting to drive on the up. Sharma's credentials as an opening batsmen still need to be proved, and one innings doesn't make him the solution to India's woes at the top of the order. It will be interesting to see if he is persisted with against Australia. Kohli meanwhile played an appalling stroke considering he had just come to the crease and was obviously not paying attention.
Yuvraj Singh was the next to go, caught at backward point off Steve Finn, off the leading edge. Yuvraj's record at no.4 continues to be a concern, with this writer truly believing he lacks the technical ability to bat that high up in the Indian order.
Gautam Gambhir and Suresh Raina added 25 runs for the 4th wicket before Gambhir fell for 24 to another loose shot, failing to keep his attempted cut off James Tredwell down, the off-spinner once again striking in his first over.
Raina found a new partner in skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and the duo added 30 for the 5th wicket before Dhoni was given out leg before to the returning Steve Finn for 15. It was a 50-50 call with Finn's height quite likely to take the ball over the stumps. India were in trouble at 79-5, and fortunate that Raina was still at the crease, having been dropped in the slips off Chris Woakes when he had just 5 to his name.
England: Alastair Cook (c), Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler (wk), Samit Patel, Tim Bresnan, James Tredwell, Chris Woakes, Steven Finn.
India: Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Shami Ahmed.
India 89-5 (25 overs, 3.53rpo)
S Raina 33* (54) S Finn 2-20