Ind vs Eng, 5th ODI Cricket Highlights Online Free
India 271/8 (50 ov)
England 125/0 (19.6 ov)
England require another 147 runs with 10 wickets and 30.0 overs remaining
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Steven Finn continued his impressive personal performance in an otherwise abject England campaign, but another scruffy fielding performance undermined his best efforts as India, led inevitably by MS Dhoni, were allowed to recover from a major mid-innings wobble to post a very healthy 271 for 8 in the fifth and final ODI at Kolkata.
Dhoni's unbeaten 75 from 69 balls lifted their total from a dicey 123 for 4, and took his recent tally to 330 runs without dismissal in his past six ODI innings - an Indian record. It was his second half-century of the current series and his sixth in his past seven against England, in which time he has been extracted just the once, for 69 in the third of the five-match series at The Oval in September.
After winning the toss for the fourth match in a row, Alastair Cook this time chose to bowl first in muggy conditions at Eden Gardens, but in front of a sparsely populated stadium, England's initial efforts were flat in the extreme. Basic errors littered England's play, with Gautam Gambhir gifted two boundaries as, first, the slip cordon and, then, Stuart Meaker at third man let the ball roll through their grasp.Full Highlights
At the other end, Ajinkya Rahane continued his impressively fluent start to international cricket with six fours in a 61-ball innings of 42, and at 71 for 0 after 15 overs, India's hopes of exacting instant retribution for their Test-series whitewash in the summer were looking extremely rosy. The only real chance in that period was a life for Gambhir on 25, who edged Meaker high to Craig Kieswetter's left, and away for four as the keeper mistimed his leap.
However, the advent of the bowling Powerplay brought the free scoring to a dramatic halt, as India scraped together 10 runs in the next five overs for the loss of three key wickets. After one over from Swann, Cook reverted to his frontline seamers, Tim Bresnan and Finn, who responded with a double-wicket maiden to lift his team-mates' flagging morale.