England overcame the Indian challenge in the last match of the series to come out triumphant. With this win, England might have managed to win the match, but India had already won the series. India won the series 3-2, when they had won the fourth match at Mohali. However, England managed to end the series on a high.
England won an important toss today and that helped them a bit. There was the morning dew that helped them. The England bowlers exploited the conditions to the best of their ability and pushed India on the back foot. It was the doublewicket of Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh that brought down the scoring rate.
It was a very difficult batting session for India as the hosts lost 2 more wickets in the form of Gautam Gambhir and captain M S Dhoni. India was soon 79/5. It looked as if India would struggle to reach even the 150 mark. But again it was superb batting from Suresh Raina who ensured a respectable total for India.
Raina scored 83 runs and was looking to complete acentury. However, trying to pull a ball from Woakes, he perished at midwicket. But some brilliant batting by Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and R Ashwin pushed the score past the 200 mark.
India needed some quick wickets to make sure that the target of 227 looked a huge one for England. But Ian Bell had some other ideas. He came to open the England innings and remained not out till the end. He almost singlehandedly won the match for England.
But we cannot forget the contribution from Joe Root and Eoin Morgan. They scored 31 and 40 respectively. Morgan was more attacking as he scored run-a-ball 40 and was there with Bell till the end. It was his hitting towards the end of the innings that made an England win possible.
It was Ian Bell who was declared the man of the match for his century. However, the man of the series award was rightly given to Suresh Raina for his four consecutive half-centuries in the series.
PREVIOUSLY PUBLISHED IN JANUARY 2013