India clinch ODI series
BIRMINGHAM, England (AP):India embarrassed England in winning the fourth one-day international (ODI) by nine wickets at Edgbaston yesterday to go into the last match with a chance to whitewash the series.
After dismissing the hosts for a pitiful 206, India openers Ajinkya Rahane and Shikhar Dhawan mercilessly hit England's bowlers around the ground as the visitors raced to the target in the 31st over.
Rahane made 106 from 100 balls, his first ODI century, and was out 24 runs from victory. Dhawan smashed 97 off 81 deliveries, as India scored 212-1.
Dhawan's 97 included the match-winning six, blasting fast bowler Harry Gurney back over his head to secure the series win at 3-0.
Rahane reached three figures when he glanced a delivery from Chris Woakes for two down to fine leg, and held his arms up and looked skyward as the crowd cheered an authoritative innings. He was removed by Gurney, caught by Alastair Cook in the covers.
"It feels really special, but I am really happy for the team," Rahane, who was named man of the match, said. "The bowlers initially worked really well so credit goes to the whole team."
Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni also singled out his fast bowlers. England's batsmen struggled against spin in the previous ODIs, but Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami removed England captain Cook for nine, Alex Hales for six, and Gary Ballance for seven between them to leave England on 23-3 after eight overs.
England never recovered from those early dismissals. Joe Root and Eoin Morgan took the hosts past 100 with a fourth-wicket stand of 80, but their disciplined partnership carved out of 122 balls was spoiled when Morgan fell to Ravindra Jadeja for 32.
Root then top edged Suresh Raina to debutant Dhawal Kulkarni for 44, as England stumbled to 114-5.
Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali looked to forge another lasting partnership, but the normally aggressive Buttler failed to get going, and was trapped leg before wicket by Shami on 11 from 37 deliveries.
Ali offered some resistance with an impressive 67 off 50 balls, including three sixes, and was the only player Cook felt played well on a forgettable day for England.