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Root ton helps England to consolation win

Ravindra Jadeja hits 68-ball 87 in fine rearguard act, but host still gets 41-run victory in final ODI

Root ton helps England to consolation win - Cricket News
Joe Root's 108-ball 113 helped England win the fifth and final ODI by 41 runs and finish with a 3-1 result.
England was defeated comprehensively in the fourth One-Day International, going down by nine wickets and conceding the five-match series. When it was seemingly out of it after the Lord’s Test earlier in the summer, England bounced back to finish with a 3-1 result. At the end of the fifth and final ODI on Friday (September 5) in Leeds, England managed to hit back with a 41-run victory – courtesy Joe Root’s 113 in 108 balls and a much-improved performance from the bowlers – but ended up on the wrong side of that same 3-1 scoreline. 
India elected to field, but Root and Jos Buttler (49 in 40 balls) forged a fifth-wicket stand that yielded 108 runs, and that made all the difference. It lifted England to 294 for 7, its highest total in the series, and the bowlers – Ben Stokes and James Tredwell back in the side in place of Gary Ballance and Harry Gurney – found some form, bowling India out for 253.

Ravindra Jadeja was the last one to fall, playing on to Steven Finn, but his 68-ball 87 was a courageous effort nonetheless.
James Anderson, who was wicketless prior to this match, dismissed Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli early on. Rahane, who hit a hundred at Edgbaston in the fourth game, fell for a duck. Kohli, who narrowly escaped being run out moments ago, then fell edging to first slip after scoring 13.
With Shikhar Dhawan looking untroubled by pace, England brought Moeen Ali on. Dhawan slogged him for a six but when he tried to repeat the shot, he found his stumps rearranged and was out for 31.
The equation could have gotten trickier for India, but England dropped both the new batsmen – Ambati Rayudu and Suresh Raina – off Finn. Rayudu charged down the pitch but his thick edge was dropped by Chris Woakes at third man, and two balls later, Alastair Cook gave Raina a reprieve at first slip. 
Ali ensured Cook’s drop wasn’t too costly as he dismissed Raina for 18. But that brought MS Dhoni to the crease. Rayudu and Dhoni kept the scoreboard ticking along, primarily with singles and the occasional boundary, mostly off Rayudu’s bat.  
Rayudu brought up another half-century for the series, but perished soon after, lobbing the ball to Cook at mid-on. India’s batting PowerPlay, unlike England’s earlier, didn’t prove so fruitful. Finn, brought back into the attack, was rewarded with the all-important wicket of Dhoni off a short ball, Stokes stretching and making a tough catch look easy in the end.
Despite Jadeja finding boundaries till the very end, the required run-rate kept getting higher and India was eventually bowled out in 48.4 overs. Jadeja, who recorded his highest ODI score, hit nine fours and two sixes in his innings.
In the first half of the match, the conditions at Headingley were slightly overcast and Umesh Yadav, brought in for Dhawal Kulkarni, was bowling at a decent pace and extracting some swing. England soon lost Alex Hales, who was late on the pull and fell cheaply. 
Ali, who had moved from his No. 7 spot to No. 3, went for a big heave at a wide delivery, but the aggression was misplaced and Bhuvneshwar Kumar too had a wicket against his name.
The onus was on Cook and Root to ensure England didn’t lose any more wickets. Root, especially, looked in control in a familiar setting and cracked a few boundaries to steady the innings. 
Cook, meanwhile, faced more nervy moments than pleasant ones. Raina nearly had him out lbw for 41. Then an attempt to sweep R Ashwin resulted in a top edge that landed safely. Cook (46) finally perished to Raina, going for another sweep that looped straight in the air and into Dhoni’s gloves.
Eoin Morgan too struggled against Ashwin and eventually succumbed to the pressure, stumped by Dhoni off the same bowler. England was 117 for 4 with 21 overs left and though Root was looking solid, he needed support at the other end. That came in the form of Buttler. 
The pace of scoring picked up noticeably. It was Buttler’s sparkling form that put him in contention for the Test series against India, and he showed once again why he is one of England’s most dangerous batsmen. England took the batting PowerPlay and Buttler hit successive boundaries off Yadav. Buttler then targeted Ashwin, who was caught by surprise as he was smacked into the stands at deep midwicket. 
Root too got into the act, sweeping Jadeja for a six and, for the first time in the series, the India bowlers found themselves under pressure. Buttler then tried to steal a single but Dhoni ran him out for 49.
The three-figure milestone beckoned Root and he got there in some style, with a second six, but was out caught by Ashwin at short fine-leg off Mohammed Shami soon after. 
The England lower order kept the runs flowing, and it proved enough to get the side to a match-winning total.

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