India vs England

Match info: India v England ODI Series 2013 at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium - 5th ODI

Date: 27th Jan 2013 Umpires: S J Davis and S Asnani

50-over match

Home team and score Away team score


226 All out (49.4 Overs)



227/3 (47.2 Overs)

England win by 7 wickets

  • Last Updated: January 27 2013, 12:21 GMT

England captain Alastair Cook was proud of the way his team performed as they won the final one-day international against India by seven wickets.

Alistair Cook: Took positives from win in final game
Alistair Cook: Took positives from win in final game

Ian Bell's unbeaten century formed the backbone of England's innings as they chased down a target of 227 with room to spare.

It was a positive end to a series they had already lost, and Cook was delighted with his players' response in Dharamsala.

"It was a good win," he said.

"It was important to win the toss, but the way our bowlers put the ball in the right areas and then Ian Bell's contribution - we took our chances.

"We can take lots of positives out of today. The ball was doing stuff throughout the whole day.

"It might have looked like we got over the line comfortably but that wasn't the case and there were a few nerves. But I knew if we held our nerve chasing 220 then we'd get there.

"It's always disappointing to lose the series. But to win two games here in these conditions, we can be quite proud of that."

Bell was named man of the match for his performance with the bat, but the opener was quick to praise the bowlers for restricting India to a modest total.

"For me, the longer I stayed out there the easier it got," he said.

"But all credit to the bowlers. Chasing 220 was a nice target to go at."

Bell is also hoping he has now done enough to cement a place at the top of the order.

"To be not out at the end of the game was a massive step forward for me," he said.

"I've been up and down the order but I love opening the batting, and hopefully I can continue to do so for a while now."

Despite celebrating a 3-2 series win, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was disappointed with his side's batting today.

"It was a tight series overall but we should have won this game," he said.

"It was not really the amount of runs we should have put on the board.

"Had we batted slightly more sensibly we would have scored 30-35 more runs, but it is a young side and you learn from your mistakes."

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