Score: India 304-6 (Kohli 107, Dravid 69, Dhoni 50 no; Swann 3-34), England 241-4 (Cook 50, Trott 63, Bairstow 41 no, Bopara 37 no) England won by six wickets (D/L) Full scorecard
India’s total humiliation is complete. A game which seemed certain the tourists would win at the halfway stage and shortly afterwards ended with England, who might have just unveiled a new star in Jonny Bairstow, winning in relative comfort with 10 balls to spare.
New cap and man of the match Bairstow (41 from 21 balls with three sixes) and Ravi Bopara saw England home to a 3-0 series victory. Now India cannot wait to get home themselves – their 10am flight on Saturday cannot take off quick enough after failing to win any of their 10 tour matches against England.
There might not have been much left in the tank but credit to India they finally came to the party under the Cardiff floodlights – a brilliant century from Virat Kohli in liaison with Rahul Dravid in his 344th and final ODI was the stout backbone of India’s effort.
And there was also a fine unbeaten half century from man of the series MS Dhoni, who made up for losing his fifth straight toss. India’s total followed by a stiff Duckworth/Lewis ask – 270 from 40 overs, after a rain interruption at the end of the interval, put England under real pressure.
After England reached 53-1 after 9.1 overs that D/L target got re-revised – following another shower – to 241 from 33.5 overs. It left England requiring another 188 from 24.5. Half-centuries from Cook and Trott gave England some hope but it looked India’s day.
But Bairstow and Bopara changed the course of the game. When they came together the home side needed 75 in 8.2 overs. They achieved the win in 7.2 with some clean hitting.
There were some serious fireworks from Kohli, who scored his fifth one-day century from 87 balls – his second 50 coming from only 33 balls.
With Dravid, who got a standing ovation both when he walked to the wicket and when he returned to the pavilion, Kohli put on 170 in 160 balls after the pair had come together at 57-2 in the 16th over.
Dravid only scored two fours in his 62 balls but his innings perfectly complimented Kohli’s more aggressive approach. Dravid and Kohli both went in consecutive overs to Graeme Swann, who was by some way England’s best bowler (Bresnan, Dernbach and Patel all went for around seven an over).
The England bowling suffered further punishment with Dhoni reaching 50 not out from only 26 balls.
England’s revised target of 270 in 40 saw Craig Kieswetter strike four fours in the space of 10 balls but he was adjudged leg before to Kumar by umpire Billy Doctrove even though the right-hander had taken a giant stride down the wicket.
England’s big reserves of confidence meant they were never going to give up – even when Cook was bowled by Kohli just after reaching his 50.
The key over for England was the 21st bowled by Ravindra Jadeja – 21 came off it including three sixes (two for Bell and one for Trott). But both Warwickshire men were dismissed in the space of 10 balls leaving the way for Bairstow and the in-form Bopara to shine.
England have now moved above India into fourth in the one-day world rankings.
Most unwelcome rain of the day No. 1: at 1.57pm, causing a 40-minute delay to the start.
Most unwelcome rain of the day No. 2: at the end of the interval. It meant England’s D/L target increased to 6.75 runs an over from 6.1.
Most unwelcome injury: MM Patel twisting a knee in the field. He had four overs still to bowl.
Squad number of the day: On debut Jonny Bairstow wore number 51 –the year his late father David was born.
Shot of the day No. 1: Dravid’s cut for four off Dernbach. Kohli was so impressed at the other end he clapped the shot.
Shot of the day No. 2: Dhoni’s flick for six into the grandstand in the final over off Dernbach
Shot of the day No. 3: Bairstow’s six out of the ground over long-on off Vinay Kumar.