England bounced back to finish five ODI matches with a 3-1 score ending the fifth and final ODI played on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014 in Leeds, UK with a 41-run victory as Joe Root with a magnificent 113 in 108 balls stood out in the entire series.
After winning the toss, India skipper MS Dhoni elected to field, but Root and Jos Buttler with 49 runs in 40 balls paved the way for the fifth-wicket scoring 108 runs making it tough for Indians to match England’s 294 for 7, one of the highest totals on record. Though India rushed back to make runs, it ended the series with 253 and bowed out as England’s bowlers – Ben Stokes and James Tredwell, who replaced Gary Ballance and Harry Gurney, found themselves in good form to play ODIs and chased India out for 253.
The last player Ravindra Jadeja, with his 87 runs in 68 balls fought it out in the last minute but trounced by Steven Finn. James Anderson, who never scored a wicket for long, dismissed Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli, setting a dangerous crease for the batsmen. Rahane, who scored a century in the Fourth ODI at Edgbaston, was duck out this time, making things worse for the Dhoni team on Friday.
Kohli, who deserves abook on his failures in England tour now, soon got himself saved in a run out chased for the next first slip ending his run dream this match at mere 13. Shikhar Dhawan, facing Moeen Ali ‘s ball, tried his luck for a six second time missed it and found the stumps behind rattled to send him out of the crease.
Both new Indian hopefuls Ambati Rayudu and Suresh Raina were soon off Finn. Raina was out for 18 in the hands of Ali and Dhone and Rayudu kept the scoreboard ticking for sometime playing it safe with with singles and occasional boundaries.
After making a half-century, Rayudu was out while trying to play the ball to Cook at mid-on. Soon, the all-important wicket of Dhoni was off a short ball caught by Stokes who stretched himself to go for that extra mile.
Though Jadeja concentrated on boundaries and kept the score pekaing high, with 2 sixes and 9 fours, eventually India was bowled out in 48.4 overs.