Dravid and weather enjoy the Fifth ODI

September 17, 2011 09:38
Dravid and weather enjoy the Fifth ODI

Dravid and weather enjoy the Fifth ODIEngland wins the fifth ODI against India at the Sophia Gardens in Cartiff on Friday. England won by six wickets after winning the toss elected to field.

India played its best and made 304 for 6 in 50 overs with Rahul Dravid making 69 and Virat Kohli scoring 107. MS Dhoni remained not out at 50. Steven Finn got one wicket and Jade Dernbach got two wickets, but the high light was Graeme Swann who managed 3 wickets while giving away just 34 runs. Bowlers bowled exceptionally well in the weather.

In reply England made 241 for 4 in 32.2 overs with Alastair Cook making a 50 and Jonathan Trott scoring a 63. Jonathan Bairstow remained not out at 41. And the match was decided by D/L method. England won by six wickets. Vinay Kumar, R P SIngh, Virat Kohli and Jadeja shared a wicket each. But none of them was economical and D/L method compounded their problems.

Veteran Indian batsman Rahul Dravid was given a befitting farewell from One-Day cricket, with the crowd here saluting him with standing ovation. A near capacity crowd at the Sophia Gardens rose on their feet as soon as Dravid made his way to the middle after Ajinkya Rahane was out in the 13th over when India were at 52 for one. The crowd once again rose on their feet as Dravid walked back after he was out in the 42nd over of Indian innings to mark the end of his ODI career.

The crowd greeted Dravid with placards on which were written `we will miss you Dravid, the great ambassador of India` and `the only reason we are here is to show gratitude to Rahul`. With an illustrious career spanning 15 years from 1996 and scored 10,889 runs from 344 matches. He is the seventh most prolific ODI run-getter in history.

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