India keep winning as :
Sehwag upstages Pietersen
Virender Sehwag hammered a quickfire 91 to power India to an emphatic
six-wicket victory over England in the fifth one-day international here
The aggressive opener hit one six and 15 fours in a 73-ball knock his
fourth half-century in five matches as India surpassed England’s total
of 270-4 with 6.2 overs to spare for a 5-0 lead in the seven-match
Sehwag also upstaged England skipper Kevin Pietersen, who smashed a
superb 111 not out for his seventh one-day hundred to help his team post
a competitive total in the day-night match.
“I thought 270 was very competitive. It was a bit of a nightmare
dealing with the dew in the evening. But they won the toss and decided
to field first,” said Pietersen.
“We have been outplayed again by Sehwag. He is such a great player
and it was a great knock. It was tough for the bowlers.” Sachin
Tendulkar (50) and Sehwag helped India seize the initiative by putting
on 136 for the opening wicket off just 19.5 overs, both scoring freely.
Man-of-the-match Sehwag dominated the England attack with attractive
strokeplay, once hitting three fours and a six in an over from
off-spinner Graeme Swann.
India were under pressure for a brief period when they slipped to
156-3, but Suresh Raina (53 not out) and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni
(50) ensured victory with a 94-run stand for the fourth wicket.
England Paceman Steve Harmison provided the breakthrough when he
removed Tendulkar, who was bowled while attempting to drive. The Indian
batsman hit six fours in his 57-ball knock.
Ravi Bopara held a return catch to dismiss in-form Yuvraj Singh (six)
and then fast bowler Stuart Broad trapped Sehwag leg-before.
“The asking rate was quite down (even after losing three wickets).
The light was low and it was difficult to sight the ball. It was moist
and losing colour, but once you are set you can rotate the strike,” said
“We did not get the best of starts from the new-ball bowlers but in
the middle overs the spinners did the job. In the end, our bowlers did a
splendid job as they restricted England to 270 when they looked like
getting 300.” Pietersen earlier led from the front with a solid 128-ball
knock, containing one six and 10 fours. He added 89 for the third wicket
with Paul Collingwood (40) and 112 for the unfinished fifth wicket with
Owais Shah (66 not out).
Shah struck nine fours in his 57-ball innings for a second successive
half-century as England scored 74 runs in the last 10 overs.
England raced to 68 in the opening 10 overs after being put in to
bat, but lost openers Bopara (24) and Alastair Cook (11) to left-arm
seamer Zaheer Khan.
The run-rate declined after off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and part-time
spinner Yuvraj were pressed into the attack as the tourists could manage
only 37 in the next 10 overs.
Yuvraj conceded 38 runs in his 10 overs and Harbhajan 47 in 10.
The sixth one-dayer is in Guwahati on Saturday.
CUTTACK, Thursday (AFP)
R. Bopara c Yuvraj b Zaheer 24
A. Cook c Tendulkar b Zaheer 11
K. Pietersen not out 111
P. Collingwood c Zaheer b Harbhajan 40
A. Flintoff c Tendulkar b Sharma 0
O. Shah not out 66
EXTRAS (LB-14, W-4) 18
TOTAL (for four wickets) 270
FALL OF WICKETS: 1-33 (Cook), 2-68 (Bopara), 3-157 (Collingwood), 4-158 (Flintoff).
BOWLING: I. Pathan 10-1-57-0, Zaheer 10-1-60-2 (w3),
Sharma 10-0-54-1, Harbhajan 10-0-47-1 (w1), Yuvraj 10-0-38-0.
V. Sehwag lbw b Broad 91
S. Tendulkar b Harmison 50
Y. Singh c and b Bopara 6
MS Dhoni lbw b Swann 50
S. Raina not out 53
R. Sharma not out 8
EXTRAS (LB-5, NB-2, W-8) 15
TOTAL (for four wickets) 273
FALL OF WICKETS: 1-136 (Tendulkar), 2-156 (Yuvraj), 3-156 (Sehwag), 4-250 (Dhoni).
BOWLING: Harmison 10-1-50-1 (w2), Broad 8.4-0-54-1 (w2), Flintoff 9-0-43-0,
Patel 3-0-23-0 (w1), Swann 7-0-56-1 (w2), Bopara 6-1-42-1 (nb1, w1).