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Last Updated: Saturday, 15 April 2006, 11:32 GMT 12:32 UK
England tour ends with heavy loss
One-day International, Indore: India 289-3 (49.1 overs) beat England 288 (50 overs) by seven wickets

Robin Uthappa
Robin Uthappa's innings promised much for the future

England's tour to the sub-continent finished on a low note as India handed out a seven-wicket beating in the final one-day international at Indore.

India sealed a 5-1 series win after Robin Uthappa (86) and Rahul Dravid (69) put on 166 for the first wicket.

They fell in quick succession, but Yuvraj Singh's unbeaten 64 saw them home on 289-3 with five balls to spare.

Kevin Pietersen (64), Paul Collingwood (64) and Geraint Jones (53) were the mainstays of England's 288 all out.

Pace bowler Sri Sreesanth took 6-55 for India, but England's seamers could not match his penetration as they tried in vain to defend the total and only Liam Plunkett produced the required accuracy to keep the home batsmen in check.

Uthappa's score was the highest by an Indian debutant in a limited overs international and he hit 12 fours and a steepling six off James Anderson which landed on the roof of the stand at long leg.

India looked well set for a 10-wicket win when the 20-year-old lazily ambled a second run and was smartly run out by Jones after Anderson threw back from the boundary where he had made a diving save.

Dravid had been in no trouble whatsoever, feasting on a regular diet of leg-stump deliveries from Anderson, Sajid Mahmood and Kabir Ali, and it was a surprise when Mahmood had him lbw in the next over.

But that was just about as good as it got for England, who dropped Yuvraj on 13 and 30 as Jones and skipper Andrew Strauss failed to hold difficult chances.

He went past 4,000 one-day runs during a stand of 115 with Raina, who was bowled by Kabir for 53 with only eight runs needed, and wrapped things up by crashing Anderson to the long-off boundary for his seventh four.

Earlier in the day, Dravid put England in after winning the toss and Sreesanth removed Strauss (25), again in charge with Andrew Flintoff extending his rest, and Matt Prior (two) in an impressive opening spell.

He returned at the death to sweep away the England tail - his final two wickets came off the last two balls of the innings as Plunkett and Mahmood gave VRV Singh catching practice at long-on.

It also gave Singh something to smile about after bearing the brunt of the punishment handed out by England earlier in the innings, conceding 26 in one over which saw Pietersen hit a six and four fours.

After slumping to 47-2, the tourists were revived by a partnership of 63 in just seven overs between Pietersen and Ian Bell.

Kevin Pietersen receives treatment
Pietersen's momentum was halted by knee trouble

Having failed to score a single century since arriving in the sub-continent, Pietersen was clearly in the mood to end the tour in style and tore into India's support seamers with a confident air bordering on arrogance.

His call for a quick single led to Bell being run out for 32, but it did not disturb England's momentum as Collingwood eased himself in by clipping RP Singh away square for four and driving straight for six in the same over, a blow which cleared the sightscreen.

Pietersen was treated by the team physio during a drinks break and Prior was summoned from the dressing room to act as runner.

But it proved to be a brief assignment as Pietersen hoisted Yuvraj to deep mid-wicket where Uthappa took the catch.

Yuvraj and fellow spinner Ramesh Powar succeeded in reeling in the scoring rate by varying their pace intelligently, but Collingwood and Jones were content to bide their time and await the return of the seamers.

Collingwood's second six brought up his 11th one-day fifty off 67 balls but Jones, who greeted VR Singh's return with three boundaries in an over, needed 19 balls fewer to reach his half century.

He flashed at a ball from Sreesanth soon after and keeper Dinesh Karthik claimed a diving catch and when Collingwood had been taken at long-on off Irfan Pathan, the task of pushing the score beyond 300 proved beyond the England tail.




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