India v England, 5th ODI, Kolkata

Spinners condemn England to 5-0 whitewash

The Report by Andrew Miller

October 25, 2011

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India 271 for 8 (Dhoni 75*) beat England 176 (Jadeja 4-33, Kieswetter 63) by 95 runs
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MS Dhoni smites one down the ground, India v England, 5th ODI, Eden Gardens, October 25 2011
MS Dhoni bludgeoned England into submission before his spinners sealed the whitewash © AFP
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England chose a particularly humiliating route to their second 5-0 whitewash in consecutive ODI tours of India, as they allowed their resolve to collapse twice in one match - first with the ball, as MS Dhoni walloped 75 not out from 69 balls to take his series tally to 212 runs without loss - and then with the bat, as they squandered a 20-over scoreline of 129 for 0 to lose all ten of their wickets for 47 runs in exactly 100 deliveries.

India's stars with the ball, as in the first match of the series in Hyderabad, were once again the spinners, Ravindra Jadeja, who claimed 4 for 33 in eight overs, and R Ashwin, 3 for 28 in nine. They joined forces with the part-timers Manoj Tiwary and Suresh Raina, to choke England's innings in a sea of slogs and dot-balls. Of England's last nine batsmen, only Samit Patel (18) and Graeme Swann (10 not out) reached double figures. The rout was sealed with 13 overs to spare when Steven Finn top-edged an Ashwin carrom ball to the keeper and triumphant captain, Dhoni.

For the first two-fifths of the innings, England's progress could hardly have been more serene. Alastair Cook and Craig Kieswetter saved their best performances of the series for the very last gasp. Kieswetter brought up his half-century from 49 balls - and England's 100 with it - with a savage carve through the covers off Varun Aaron, and Cook was scarcely any tardier, reaching his own milestone from 51. For the majority of their stand, England were consistently 20 runs ahead of the required rate, without having needed to take any risks whatsoever.

The innings, however, was derailed by the extra pace of Aaron, who came round the wicket to extract Cook's off stump for 60 from 61 balls - the exact same score he had managed in the first match at Hyderabad. Eight balls later, Kieswetter followed suit for a run-a-ball 63, as Jadeja pinned him lbw on the front foot, and suddenly the innings was wide open.

Bell, playing in his first match of the series after Kevin Pietersen had been ruled out with a chipped bone in his thumb, scratched around for 2 from six balls before snicking Ashwin to the keeper, and three balls later, all hope had been truly lost when Jonathan Trott, England's likeliest middle-order ballast, pushed loosely at Jadeja and edged a simple chance to slip for 5.

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  • This is only the third time that India have achieved a 5-0 verdict in a bilateral ODI series. The two earlier instances were against England (2008-09) and New Zealand (2010-11). For England, it's their third such drubbing in a bilateral series.
  • England's last nine wickets added only 47 runs, which is their lowest aggregate in ODIs.
  • Only four times have England had a higher first-wicket stand in an ODI that they've lost. They also had a 129-run stand in the 1979 World Cup final, which they lost by 92 runs.
  • MS Dhoni has 50 scores of fifty or more in ODIs. Only three other wicketkeeper-batsmen have achieved this feat in ODIs.
  • Dhoni joined a list of two other batsmen who've remained unbeaten throughout a series, after batting four or more innings and scoring 200 or more runs.

In Jadeja's next over, England's innings went even further off-track, as the overawed Jonny Bairstow tried to hit his way out of trouble but instead skidded a thick outside edge to Ajinkya Rahane at backward point. Ravi Bopara squandered the chance to be a hero when he was bowled round his legs for a 16-ball 4 by Raina, and Tim Bresnan - so often England's most combative tailender - confirmed the general air of surrender when he chipped a loose drive off Tiwary for a fourth-ball duck.

Long before the final indignity, England had already blown their best chance to salvage some pride in the series thanks to another scruffy fielding performance which undermined another superb display of fast bowling from England's only shining light of the series, Finn. From a comfortable 71 for 0 after 15 overs, India slumped to 81 for 3 in the subsequent bowling Powerplay, with Finn sparking the loss of three wickets for no runs in ten balls with a brilliant double-wicket maiden.

First to go was Gautam Gambhir for 38, in near-identical fashion to his dismissal by Finn at Mumbai, as a lifting delivery outside off nipped off the inside edge and into the stumps. Then, after welcoming Virat Kohli with a series of excellent deliveries in the channel outside off, he bowled him with a final-ball beauty that zipped off the seam and crashed into off stump as the batsman offered no stroke.

Four balls and no runs later, and Tim Bresnan was into the act as well, as Kieswetter atoned for an earlier drop with a soaring leap to his right to cling on to a flying edge. A second consecutive maiden for Finn was then followed by an equally frugal first over from Bopara, and India's collapse should have been four wickets for one run in 25 balls when Swann at second slip dropped an absolute dolly off Suresh Raina.

India needed no further invitation to make England pay. Raina was eventually run out for 38 from 46 balls when his bat bounced in the crease as a direct hit came in from square leg, but it was the crunching hitting of the irrepressible Dhoni that left England's prospects in the dust. He saved his most savage assault for the new boy, Meaker, whom he battered for a massive six over wide long-on in a penultimate over that went for 21. Patel fared scarcely any better in the 50th of the innings, in which a further 18 runs were scalped.

By the end of it all, Dhoni had added 330 ODI runs since England last dismissed him at The Oval in September, and his personal dominance was a perfect reflection of a series in which the tables of the summer had been emphatically turned.

Innings Dot balls 4s 6s PP1 PP2 PP3 Last 10 overs NB/Wides
India 165 25 5 41 for 0 10 for 3 28 for 1 91 for 3 0/8
England 137 20 2 62 for 0 10 for 4 9 for 3 DNP 0/5

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Posted by Kal391 on (October 28, 2011, 19:50 GMT)

And whatever happened to all the talk about Gramme Swann being the World's best spinner compared to the pathetic fare that India is dishing out! There was so much discussion on what India needs to do to produce spinners of the calibre of Swann and Co.

Posted by dicky_boy on (October 28, 2011, 19:25 GMT)

And mr bob martin please answer If umpires decision is final Why do the English want UDRS haha see the umpires decision is not final

Posted by dicky_boy on (October 28, 2011, 19:23 GMT)

Well mr bob martin I know u think it's really bad but that test was really serious as there were 11 dubious decisions, it was an exception the bcci objected to it ok Funny u caught that point only and left my remaining discussion lol and u know what we are complaining about baseless comments saying that winning world cup at home is nothing and it is just one tourney and bla we don't like Odis bla bla bla looks like we are not the ones making excuses

Posted by bobmartin on (October 28, 2011, 18:19 GMT)

dicky_boy... No-one was demeaning the world cup. I was merely stating the facts about it...Now if any of the following is untrue, perhaps you could break with a habit and post some verifiable facts; What I said was: The world cup lasts just 6 weeks. India played 9 matches, all but one of which was at home. They played against only 7 of the test playing nations, losing 1 and tying one. You are the world cup holders, nothing more . All that means is that you came out top of the pile in a very limited competition over a very short period of time. On the other hand, Australia are, and have been, top of the ICC ODI rankings for the vast majority of the last 5 years having played against ALL the test playing nations both home and away. India have never been top during that time. That makes Australia by far and away the best ODI team in the world. Call yourselves what you want, but the facts speak for themselves I'm afraid. Now where is there anything other than facts in those statements.

Posted by puneet_usa on (October 28, 2011, 18:15 GMT)

PAKISTAN is the only team with exceptional record abroad-i don't think we need to ask the question why?? Lets dtop this useless England-india Debate..!! Lets focus whats in store for both teams as far as future performances is concerned....!!!

Posted by dicky_boy on (October 28, 2011, 15:28 GMT)

And just to the people who comment that the world cup is nothing , well until u experience the feeling please don't insult the cup , leave this series for the feeling of a world cup victory I don't care if they lose ten series also, well the feeling is unexplainable , u get tears in your eyes ! Comments about form are ok but please don't insult the world cup and don't demean it's value of winning at home also we are the first home team to win it

Posted by CandidIndian on (October 28, 2011, 15:27 GMT)

JG2704 & A_Yorkshire_Lad-Thanks for the nice words,we may be in minority here,but many Indian fans like me have not turned up to stadiums or their TV sets this series as they are disappointed by obsession of BCCI with IPL and overdose of lucid cricket.While having great respect for England for the way they played in recent test series , there is disappointment that India could not compete.India got obvious signs that all is not well in series against SA and SL which ended at 1-1 but no measures were taken to correct things.Hence thrashing in England was necessary to end the fairy tale and face the harsh reality.Accepting defeat and working on improvement is what England did after they lost to Aus and India 3-4 years ago ,and they have beaten both these teams comprehensively now and also got well deserved no 1 ranking.Thats what Dhoni and Fletcher are trying to do hence they rubbished the words like revenge and payback.Cricinfo kindly publish.

Posted by bobmartin on (October 28, 2011, 15:15 GMT)

Posted by dicky_boy on (October 28 2011, 12:05 PM GMT)

" Australia won 2-1 but everyone knows the Sydney disaster with umpires,".. You see the point most of us England supporters are making; the excuses from India fans never stop coming even years after the event. Was this the series where India caused the demise of Steve Bucknor due to some decisions he made which India didn't like.. Whatever happened to the principle that the umpires decision is final.. Didn't prevent you guys from tossing your toys out of the pram and leading to an appointed umpire being replaced.

Posted by Nish_US on (October 28, 2011, 15:11 GMT)

to 5 wombats -- continued..

If you really respect cricket.... that is not the ideal way to treat the recently crowned World champions in one day cricket..

I for one is a cricket lover...while I support Ind team passionately, I do watch well played series between other countries.

I always love closely fought matches with good on-field behaviour and respect for your opponents..

But the way Eng reacted to the series and still the way they do to this series... for the first time I wanted to see a 5-0 white wash...

On the final note... If you truly love cricket, you will love and most importantly RESPECT.. I repeat RESPECt.. every format of it...and will truly enjoy it....whether it be T20, Oneday, test.. or even a tennis ball tournament happening in the next street... Thats the sheer brilliance of this sport.

Posted by Nish_US on (October 28, 2011, 15:10 GMT)

5wombats -

As an Indian living in US for the last 12 years, I still follow and for the most part watch live test cricket all the 5 days (even took days off from work to watch the IND-ENG test series - I had to cancel our trip down to Florida in Oct)...

We do not disrespect test cricket at all... The England test series was really a wake up call especially to the BCCI and selection committee....

May feel like excuses to you... but with a little bit of resource management and planning, Ind would have given a tough fight in that series.. The talent and committment is there from the players...if you look at the way praveen and Ishanth bowled.... and the way Dravid batted...

But the way the Eng commentators handled it on live TV, and Eng fans reacted on this forum, has really hurt the feelings of billions of Indians...which is causing this huge outrage...

You can see it in the way Ravi Sastri does the post match presentation. Please publish.....

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