Dhoni, Jadeja help India whitewash England 5-0
KOLKATA, India (AP):
Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and allrounder Ravindra Jadeja starred in India's 95-run victory over England yesterday, completing a 5-0 whitewash in the one-day series.
Dhoni struck an unbeaten 75 to lift India to 271-8 in 50 overs and Jadeja bagged 4-33 as England were bowled out for 176 in 37 overs.
England were solidly placed at 129 for no loss at one stage, with Craig Kieswetter (63) and Alastair Cook (60) striking fine form, but lost 10 wickets for 47 runs to crash to another humiliating loss.
India, playing in the series without several prominent players, including Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh and Zaheer Khan, completed a memorable series victory in the aftermath of a disastrous tour of England when they failed to win a single game.
"I would not say this was a revenge series, rather more about us achieving our goals," Dhoni said. "I think England is a talented side, but its batting just did not click."
It was another forgettable day for England as the quick dismissals of Kieswetter and Cook opened the floodgates for a young India side to romp home on a pitch aiding turn.
Left-hander Cook was bowled by pace bowler Varun Aaron coming in around the wicket, while Kieswetter was trapped lbw by left-arm spinner Jadeja five runs later.
Jadeja also picked up the wickets of Jonathan Trott and Jonny Bairstow to turn the tide in India's favour, as even the part-time bowlers started to torment England's batsmen.
"We were in with a shout there but we were blown away in the end," England captain Cook said. "We know that you can lose wickets in a cluster, but we seemed to have lost 10 there in a cluster."
Cook said he was disappointed with his team's batting throughout the series, but especially in this game.
"It was a bit of a shock. We kept trying but nothing seemed to work for us. But there were a lot of guys in the team who were playing here for the first time and had a lot to learn."
Earlier, Dhoni anchored the Indian innings with a solid knock. Dhoni clobbered four sixes and three fours to take control after pace bowler Steven Finn led a disciplined bowling performance by England that made scoring runs difficult for India.
The World Cup-winning captain, who was named Man of the Series, did not get to bat in the second one-dayer at New Delhi, which India won by eight wickets.