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Bell’s ton guides England to seven-wicket win in ‘dead rubber’ Dharamsala ODI

Dharamsala, Jan 27(ANI): Opener Ian Bell scored a brilliant unbeaten century to help England restore some pride by winning the last dead rubber one-day international against India in Dharamsala by seven-wickets, albeit losing the series 3-2.

Alastair Cook won the toss and elected to bat in the final ODI. His decision was vindicated as India was bowled out for 225 in its stipulated fifty overs.

Suresh Raina, who was named the man of the series for his four consecutive fifties in the series, play an under-pressure innings of 83 while Ravindra Jadeja supported him well with his 39.

Tim Bresnan was the star bowler for England, taking four wickets while Steve Finn and James Tredwell took two wickets each.

Having been dismissed for 155 and 158 during the series, a well-paced closing run chase made England’s long journey to New Zealand, where they play three Twenty20 internationals, one-day internationals and Tests beginning next month, rather more bearable.In reply England got of to a slow but steady start and Bell scored an unbeaten 113 to help the tourists chase the target in 47.2 overs.

Eoin Morgan also supported man of the match Bell with run a ball 40 in the end of the innings. (ANI)