England lose one-day series in India after thriller in Mohali
Third one-day international, Mohali:
India 300-5 (49.2 overs) beat England 298-4 (50 overs) by five wickets
India took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the one-day series against England with a tense five-wicket win in Mohali.
Batting first, England reached 298-4 as Jonathan Trott (98 not out) shared century stands with Kevin Pietersen (64) and Samit Patel (70 not out).
Ajinkya Rahane (91) gave India a solid start before the hosts lost four wickets for 45 runs to slip to 235-5.
But, aided by some poor bowling and fielding, Mahendra Dhoni (35 not out) got India home with four balls spare.
"Questions will be asked about England's conservatism in their batting on what was a very good wicket on which to bat. Dhoni's talent and his physical gifts, whether he's hitting a yorker-length ball for four through the off side or running two with sheer pace, are extraordinary - he picked his moments brilliantly. He really is the complete package as a one-day player"
India's successful chase came despite an England fightback led by paceman Steven Finn, who was again impressive.
After Rahane had added 111 with Gautam Gambhir, Finn had Gambhir excellently caught, one-handed, by Pietersen, to start a collapse that saw the tourists strike four times in nine overs.
Rahane succumbed to a leading edge off the same bowler, Suresh Raina drove Tim Bresnan to Pietersen for a duck and, after Virat Kohli was trapped lbw by Swann for a rapid 35, India were left requiring 64 from the final 50 deliveries.
But with England, Jade Dernbach in particular, leaking too many extras late on, Dhoni, aided by Ravindra Jadeja (26 not out) was able to get the hosts over the line.
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“He is a genuine run machine in all forms of the game and could finish his career with a better Test and one-day average than any other England player in history. Perhaps, it's Jonathan Trott's lot that he will not be fully appreciated until after he retires”
More English generosity came when wicketkeeper Craig Kieswetter, who had earlier dropped both Gambhir and Kohli, kicked the stumps over while collecting the ball, when Jadeja looked certain to be run out.
England's mistakes in the field came after Alastair Cook's side put in their best batting performance of the series so far.
Trott, arriving as early as the fourth over after Cook fell lbw, played the anchor role in the tourists' innings, occupying the crease for 116 balls.
With Pietersen and particularly Patel playing punchily, Trott could afford to construct a typically measured innings, but debate still abounded over whether he should have accelerated more swiftly.
- Mahendra Dhoni has scored 319 runs against England, being dismissed just once, in his six one-day games against them since 9 September
- Before the match-winning contribution in Mohali, he had struck three consecutive unbeaten fifties against England, which came after a 69 at The Oval
After Cook was trapped by Vinay Kumar's late in-swinger, Kieswetter led the fightback with his brisk 36 before inside-edging a wide Kohli delivery on to his stumps.
Pietersen and Trott then combined to move England into a strong position, adding 101 in 17 overs before left-arm spinner Jadeja broke the stand by trapping Pietersen lbw.
Trott consolidated his progress, having survived a run-out chance on 32, and passed his half-century too. His new partner Ravi Bopara went for 24, playing on to a Praveen Kumar yorker.
The conditions suited Patel so he was promoted up the order, ahead of Jonathan Bairstow, with 71 balls remaining and he delivered. Trott and Patel finished with an unbroken 103-run stand but ultimately, it was not enough.