India Won,5th ODI Win,Sehwag Man Of The Match,Score Card

November 27, 2008

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Cuttack: Virender Sehwag lit up the fifth one-dayer with a scintillating 91 as India thumped England by six wickets to stretch their lead to 5-0 at the Barabati Stadium on Wednesday.

Chasing a victory target of 271, openers Sehwag (91) and Sachin Tendulkar (50) made it look like a stroll in the park and raised 136 runs in less that 20 overs before a mini collapse rekindled England’s hopes of securing that elusive win in the series.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni (50) and Suresh Raina (53 not out), however, played sensible cricket as the hosts got past the target with 6.2 overs to spare.

Earlier put in to bat, Kevin Pietersen (111 not out) added 89 runs with Paul Collingwood (40) and another 112 for the unconquered fifth wicket with Owais Shah (66 not out) to guide England to a respectable total of 270 for four wickets.

Sehwag was at his swashbuckling best and it was a bad omen for the visitors when the Delhi opener carved three boundaries in a Steve Harmison over.

Tendulkar was not fully quiet either and despite playing a couple of streaky shots early in his innings, the Mumbaikar found boundaries easy to come by.

Desperate to stem the boundary flow, Pietersen took a gamble and introduced spinner Graeme Swann in the Powerplay but with Sehwag was in a murderous mood, and the ploy boomeranged.

Sehwag went berserk in that highly productive over which went 0,1 (wide),4,6,4,4,2 as the batsman cruised to his fifty. Pietersen naturally didn’t delay in taking the battered spinner off the attack.

Tendulkar hit Andrew Flintoff for back-to-back boundaries and a single off Harmison took him to his 90th fifty but the batsman was soon castled by the pacer after his 57-ball knock. Tendulkar’s exit triggered a mini-collapse and from 136 for no loss, India suddenly slumped to 156 for three with in-form Yuvraj Singh (6) and Sehwag also back in the hut.

Ravi Bopara caught Yuvraj off his own bowling and Stuart Broad then trapped Sehwag in front of the stumps although replays suggested the ball was missing leg. Sehwag’s 73-ball 91 was studded with 15 boundaries and a six.

England suddenly seemed to be back in the game but Dhoni and Raina played smart cricket to shut England out.

Dhoni’s 61-ball 50 included five fours, while Raina’s (unbeaten) 53 came at a run a ball with eight hits to the fence.

Earlier, Pietersen led from the front and slammed his first century as ODI captain as England posted a modest 270 for four wickets.

England sent Alastair Cook (11) to open the innings with Ravi Bopara (24) but the opening stand yielded only 33 and it were Pietersen’s crucial partnerships with Collingwood and Shah that powered England past the 250-mark.

Pietersen’s 128-ball 111 was studded with 10 boundaries and a six, while Shah’s unbeaten 66 came off 57 balls with nine fours in it.

For India, Zaheer Khan grabbed two wickets conceding 60 runs in his 10 overs.

Even a change in the opening combination could not do the trick for England and both Cook and Bopara looked tentative as they survived a couple of lbw decisions.

Playing his first match of the series, Cook eventually became Zaheer’s first victim in the sixth over when Sachin Tendulkar took a waist-high catch at first slip. Pietersen joined Bopara in the middle and began to score at a brisk pace. The duo added 35 runs for the second wicket when Zaheer removed Bopara in the 10th over.

Having completed his fifty, Pietersen went after Harbhajan, hitting the off-spinner for a boundary and following it up with a towering six over long-on to complete his 3000 runs in this format of the game.

The duo had raised 89 runs for the third wicket when Collingwood was dismissed by a Harbhajan enticer.

Dhoni’s move of replacing Yuvraj with Ishant paid dividends as the lanky pacer dismissed Andrew Flintoff for a duck to reduce England to 158 for four.

Pietersen was then joined in the middle by in-form Shah and the duo milked the Indian attack with consummate ease.

Having pocketed the seven-ODI series by winning the first four matches on the trot, the Indian think-tank fielded Rohit Sharma and Irfan Pathan for Gautam Gambhir and Munaf Patel.

England too effected two changes leaving out Ian Bell and James Anderson with Cook and Steve Harmison figuring in the playing XI.

Batsman Status Runs Balls 4’s 6’s
Ravi Bopara

c Yuvraj Singh b Zaheer Khan

24

33 3 0
Alastair Cook

c Sachin Tendulkar b Zaheer Khan

11

15 1 0
Kevin Pietersen (C)

not out

111

128 10 1
Paul Collingwood

c Zaheer Khan b Harbhajan Singh

40

64 4 0
Andrew Flintoff

c Sachin Tendulkar b Ishant Sharma

0

3 0 0
Owais Shah

not out

66

57 9 0
Matt Prior (W)
Samit Patel
Stuart Broad
Graeme Swann
Stephen Harmison
Total: 270 for 4 in 50.0 overs Run Rate: 5.4 Extras : 18 (b – 0, w – 4, nb – 0, lb – 14, Penalty – 0)
Fall of wickets:1/33 (Alastair Cook 5.5 ov.), 2/68 (Ravi Bopara 9.5 ov.), 3/157 (Paul Collingwood 30 ov.), 4/158 (Andrew Flintoff 30.4 ov.)
Partnership:33 (35) – (R Bopara 10 (20) , A Cook 11 (15) ), 35 (24) – (R Bopara 14 (13) , K Pietersen 21 (11) ), 89 (121) – (P Collingwood 40 (64) , K Pietersen 44 (57) ), 1 (4) – (A Flintoff 0 (3) , K Pietersen 1 (1) ), 111 (115) – (O Shah 65 (56) , K Pietersen 45 (59) )
Bowlers Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Wides Noballs

Irfan Pathan

10 1 57 0 0 0

Zaheer Khan

10 1 60 2 3 0

Ishant Sharma

10 0 54 1 0 0

Harbhajan Singh

10 0 47 1 1 0

Yuvraj Singh

10 0 38 0 0 0
India Innings
Batsman Status Runs Balls 4’s 6’s
Virender Sehwag

lbw b Stuart Broad

91

73 15 1
Sachin Tendulkar

b Stephen Harmison

50

57 6 0
Yuvraj Singh

c & b Ravi Bopara

6

9 0 0
MS Dhoni

lbw b Graeme Swann

50

61 5 0
Suresh Raina

not out

53

53 8 0
Rohit Sharma

not out

8

10 1 0
Yusuf Pathan

Irfan Pathan

Harbhajan Singh

Zaheer Khan

Ishant Sharma

Total: 273 for 4 in 43.4 overs Run Rate: 6.25 Extras : 15 (b – 0, w – 8, nb – 2, lb – 5, Penalty – 0)
Fall of wickets:1/136 (Sachin Tendulkar 19.5 ov.), 2/156 (Yuvraj Singh 23 ov.), 3/156 (Virender Sehwag 23.1 ov.), 4/250 (MS Dhoni 41 ov.)
Partnership:136 (119) – (V Sehwag 78 (62) , S Tendulkar 50 (57) ), 20 (19) – (V Sehwag 13 (10) , Y Singh 6 (9) ), 0 (2) – (V Sehwag 0 (1) , MS Dhoni 0 (1) ), 94 (107) – (S Raina 43 (46) , MS Dhoni 50 (61) ), 23 (16) – (S Raina 10 (6) , R Sharma 8 (10) )
Bowlers Overs Maidens Runs Wickets Wides Noballs

Stephen Harmison

10 1 50 1 2 0

Stuart Broad

8.4 0 54 1 2 0

Andrew Flintoff

9 0 43 0 0 0

Samit Patel

3 0 23 0 1 0

Graeme Swann

7 0 56 1 2 0

Ravi Bopara

6 1 42 1 1 1
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