5th ODI (D/N), Cardiff, Sep 16 2011, India tour of England
(32.2/34 ov, target 241)
England won by 6 wickets (with 10 balls remaining) (D/L method)
Player Of The Match
• The Report by Andrew Miller

Bairstow blasts England home on debut

Not even India's first 300-plus total in 14 attempts against England could prove sufficient to win their first international fixture of a desperately one-sided tour

Match centre 
Scorer: Binoy George
Commentator: Liam Brickhill
Scorecard summary
India304/6(50 overs)
Virat Kohli107 (93)
Rahul Dravid69 (79)
England241/4(32.2 overs)

So, England take the one-day series 3-0, and the curtains are drawn on a winless tour for India. With this win, England and India swap positions on the ICC's ODI tables, England taking 4th while the visitors are knocked down to 5th. Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott did the early work, but Bopara was at hand at the end to see them home - as he just failed to do at Lord's. This run chase will be remembered for Bairstow's stunning debut knock, however, as he showed a calm head and tremendous hitting power in his 21-ball 41.

India had more than held their own with the bat, Virat Kohli's century ensuring his team's highest total of the tour. With this bowling attack, the runs simply weren't enough. Dravid also showed that he remains a classy performer even as he brings his ODI career to an end, and he is fittingly the man to lead the team off the field to appreciative applause. Stick with us for the presentations.

"Finally the nightmare is over," whimpers Pinal.

Debutant Jonny Bairstow is Man of the Match. "I got the call yesterday. To start off like this is a dream come true, really. I just wanted to enjoy it and experience it, and hopefully I can push on from here. My one-day cricket before this year wasn't great, but i've been pleased with how I've gone for Yorkshire this year. With the injuries we've got, there are opportunities in the England team at the moment." What a well-spoken 21-year-old he is.

MS Dhoni is, of course, the Player of the Series. "I think in quite a few games this happened, but we can't control the weather. The big blow tonight was losing Munaf, as he's our bowler at the death. These were difficult condittions, but good exposure [for players like Vinay Kumar]. These are the players who have been playing in the ODI format for the last six months, and many of them are the future. Definitely we need to manage these injuries. We've lost so many players on this tour."

"To remain unbeaten in this one-day series is a fantastic effort by the lads," says a beaming Alastair Cook. "It's all about developing these young players, giving them a chance at international level, and there are some good signs for the future. This is the start of a journey. I know how hungry the lads are, to play as well as we have done to chase that target has been very satisfying. I'm really excited about the challenge of the winter tours." As are we all, Alastair.

And that brings our coverage of the final ODI to a close. If you'd like to catch up with today's action, do have a look at Andrew Miller's report. We've also got a rather flash gallery for your enjoyment. Finally, a big thank you to everyone who's tuned in to our coverage throughout India's tour. It's been thoroughly enjoyable covering the games - despite the machinations of the weather - and great having you along for the ride. Until next time, goodbye.

"Time for some hard decisions perhaps?" asks Ram. "Hopefully, the BCCI does not say everything is ok, we just had one bad series. Hard Luck to India. Kudos England. Rahul Dravid..sigh, as usual hard luck man, thanks for all the great knocks in limited overs."

Vinay Kumar to Bopara, 1 run
there it is, a low full toss is clipped easily away, and England win
Vinay Kumar to Bopara, 2 runs
short and hooked by Bopara, the ball flies down to long leg but drops short of the fielder
end of over 327 runs
ENG: 238/4CRR: 7.43 • RRR: 1.50 • Need 3 from 12b
Ravi Bopara34 (20)
Jonny Bairstow41 (21)
Ravichandran Ashwin4-0-25-0
Virat Kohli6-0-44-1
Ashwin to Bopara, 1 run
driven to long on, and England now need just three runs to win
Ashwin to Bairstow, 1 run
swept down to long leg
Ashwin to Bairstow, no run
carrom ball from Ashwin, but Bairstow appears to pick it, playing back and defending to leg
Ashwin to Bairstow, 2 runs
two more to the total, more really good running as the ball is simply driven into the leg side
Ashwin to Bopara, 1 run
Ashwin's white flannel falls out of the top of his trousers as he bowls, but Bopara isn't distracted, cutting the arm ball out to deep point
Ashwin to Bopara, 2 runs
a scooped chip rolls out to wide long on

The game has turned completely. It was touch-and-go when the powerplay was taken, but it's all England's now.

end of over 3116 runs
ENG: 231/4CRR: 7.45 • RRR: 3.33 • Need 10 from 18b
Jonny Bairstow38 (18)
Ravi Bopara30 (17)
Virat Kohli6-0-44-1
RP Singh7-0-51-1
Kohli to Bairstow, 2 runs
tapped into space on the leg side, and again, how is this two runs?
Kohli to Bopara, 1 run
nudged off the toes for a single
Kohli to Bopara, FOUR runs
England are cruising now. Bopara lifts a leg-stump half-volley over wide midwicket ... and just over the fielder there! Four runs
Kohli to Bairstow, 1 run
nudged away for a quiet single to follow that up
Kohli to Bairstow, 2 runs
drilled down the ground, and they're back for the second
Kohli to Bairstow, SIX runs
that's out of the ground again! Bairstow is a fierce hitter of a cricket ball. This was full and straight and Bairstow - who has shades of Kevin O'Brien (and I don't just mean his hair colour) - just scythed through the line. The ball simply disappeared into the night sky, never to be seen again. Out comes the fourth umpire with a box of balls!
end of over 3012 runs
ENG: 215/4CRR: 7.16 • RRR: 6.50 • Need 26 from 24b
Ravi Bopara25 (15)
Jonny Bairstow27 (14)
RP Singh7-0-51-1
Vinay Kumar6-0-39-1
Singh to Bopara, FOUR runs
four more! Again Bopara utilises the paddle to fine leg, this time hitting the ball along the ground and past the fielder inside the circle. RP offers the batsman a few choice words, but it's a bit pointless as the batsman has easily come out on top in this encounter
Singh to Bopara, SIX runs
a top edge flies for six! Bopara walked into a premeditated paddle with the field set as it is, the ball slipped out as a full toss and he couldn't control the shot, but got enough on it to get it over the short boundary
Singh to Bairstow, 1 run
first real mis-hit from Bairstow. It was a full toss and there to be hit, but the ball connected high on the bat and lobbed into space at midwicket

Third man and fine leg are inside the circle.

Singh to Bairstow, no run
intelligent bowling from RP! Bairstow had stepped well away to leg and the bowler fired down a yorker wide of off stump on the other side, the ball slipping under the bat
Best performances - batsmen
V Kohli
107 runs (93)
9 fours
1 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
42 runs
2 fours
1 sixes
R Dravid
69 runs (79)
4 fours
0 sixes
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
20 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
Best performances - bowlers
GP Swann
JW Dernbach
Match details
Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
TossEngland , elected to field first
SeriesIndia tour of England
Player Of The Match
Jonny Bairstow
Player Of The Series
MS Dhoni
Series resultEngland won the 5-match series 3-0
Match numberODI no. 3195
Hours of play (local time)14.40 start, First Session 14.40-18.10, Interval 18.10-18.45, Second Session 18.45-22.15
Match days16 September 2011 - day/night match (50-over match)
ODI debut
Jonny Bairstow
Nigel Llong
Billy Doctrove
TV Umpire
Marais Erasmus
Reserve Umpire
Richard Illingworth
Match Referee
Jeff Crowe