England suffer 5-0 series defeat in India after collapse in Kolkata

By Arindam RejBBC Sport
Fifth one-day international, Kolkata:
India 271-8 (50 overs) beat England 176 (37 overs) by 95 runs
Match scorecard
Ian Bell
England's Ian Bell could not make an impact during a shocking collapse

England crashed to a 5-0 series whitewash against India after a shocking collapse led to a 95-run defeat in the final match in Kolkata.

Chasing 272, openers Craig Kieswetter (63) and Alastair Cook (60) made a flying start with a 129-run stand.

But the tourists lost five wickets for 12 runs and all 10 for 47 as they were skittled for 176 in only 37 overs, with spinner Ravindra Jadeja taking 4-33.

Mahendra Dhoni's aggressive 75 not out helped India to 271-8 in their innings.

Cook and Kieswetter breezed to their first 50 stand of the tour and brought up the century partnership after only 16.1 overs as they negotiated India's early introduction of spin.

Their 129-run stand was the highest first-wicket partnership in a one-day international at Eden Gardens, but the match was soon turned on its head.

Cook was the first man out - bowled by a Varun Aaron delivery that kept low - and Kieswetter promptly followed, lbw to Jadeja's arm ball.

Ian Bell, back in the side because of an injury to Kevin Pietersen, became the third victim in 17 balls, out for two after outside-edging Ravinchandran Ashwin's carrom ball to Dhoni.

Three deliveries later, Jadeja tossed up a tempter that Jonathan Trott nicked to Virat Kohli at slip to depart for five.

The nightmare spell continued when Jonny Bairstow departed for two, playing against the turn of Jadeja and sending the ball looping to Ajinkya Rahane at backward point.

Incredibly, things got even worse as the part-timer spinners took scalps. First, Suresh Raina bowled Ravi Bopara for four a he attempted a sweep, leaving England in turmoil on 155-6.

Then came the soft dismissal of Tim Bresnan for a four-ball duck in the next over. Bresnan chipped to cover from the leg-spin of Kolkata local Manoj Tiwary, who was selected in place of Parthiv Patel.

The innings was close to completion when a biting delivery from Jadeja was edged by Samit Patel (18) to Dhoni and Ashwin trapped Stuart Meaker lbw for one with a quicker ball.

Steven Finn was the last man to go, having made just two when he top-edged an Ashwin carrom ball that was caught by Dhoni.

Earlier, India had been inserted in humid conditions and made a comfortable 80-run, opening stand.

Gautam Gambhir was let off on 25 as he edged Meaker and Kieswetter - having an inconsistent tour with the gloves - missed the chance.

Finn, England's outstanding bowler in the series, once more swung the momentum with a double-wicket maiden in the 18th over. Gambhir (38) again chopped on a moving Finn delivery then Kohli (0) was bowled to one that nipped back.

England picked up a third wicket in 10 balls when Kieswetter hung on to an edge by Rahane (42) off Bresnan. Finn should soon have had his third wicket but Graeme Swann - brought in for Scott Borthwick - dropped a simple, second-slip catch after Raina, on one, edged.

Raina went on to construct useful stands with Tiwary and Dhoni as India re-built. Tiwary scored 24 before nicking Meaker to Kieswetter then Raina was run out by Bopara for 38, leaving India 162-5 after 36.5 overs.

Dhoni kept up his superb form against England by giving India late acceleration, including four brutal sixes.

Patel picked up the late wickets of Jadeja, Ashwin and Praveen Kumar as they attempted ambitious shots, but in the end India's 271 was more than enough.

The whitewash made partial amends for the disastrous tour of England in July-September, when India were routed 4-0 in the Test series to lose the world number one ranking and were beaten 3-0 in the one-dayers.

India won this series despite the absence of seven players, including star batsman Sachin Tendulkar, who were part of the team that won the World Cup final against Sri Lanka in Mumbai in April.