Ravi Bopara kicked Australia out in the final ODI

England 138-3 in 27.1 overs (Alastair Cook 58, Ravi Bopara 52*, Michael Clarke 1-14) beat Australia 145-7 in 32 overs (George Bailey 46*, David Warner 32, Ravi Bopara 2-8) by 7 wickets.

Ravi Bopara demonstrated his wonderful all round skills in the fifth ODI and along with a fifty from Alastair Cook, he led England to an easy win over Australia.

Australia scored 145 runs for the loss of seven wickets in the rain affected match and England achieved the revised target of 138 runs (29 overs) with seven wickets in hand in 27.1 overs as per the Duckworth – Lewis method.

Ravi Bopara - 'Player of the match' for his all round performance
Ravi Bopara – ‘Player of the match’ for his all round performance

Ravi Bopara (England) was declared ‘Player of the match’ for his unbeaten 52 and for grasping two wickets.

Ian Bell (England) was declared ‘Player of the series’ for his authoritative batting since he thrashed 189 runs at an excellent average of 47.25 with the best of 75.

The fifth and final One Day International of the series was played on Tuesday, July 10, 2012, at Old Trafford, Manchester.

Earlier, Alastair Cook, the captain of England, won the toss and offered the batting to Australia under overcast conditions. Matthew Wade and David Warner opened the innings with caution as the first three overs produced two mere runs. The score reached 22 after seven overs and Wade got a chance when he was dropped by James Anderson in the slip off Stuart Broad for four runs. Warner hit the first six of the innings on the second ball of the 10th over off Broad and was dropped by Samit Patel at third man on the last ball for 30 runs.David Warner was unable to utilize the chance and lost his wicket on the fourth ball of the next over for 32 runs as James Tredwell trapped him leg before wicket. The openers contributed 43 runs but the Kangaroos panicked as the middle order collapsed by two needless run outs and they were reeling at 4-55 in 15.4 overs. Steven Smith and David Hussey tried to consolidate the innings as the first hit a couple of fours in the 18th over.

They added 22 runs in the total before Smith lost his wicket for 21 and Hussey followed him 9 runs later for nine. George Bailey took over the charge with a little assistance from the other side and scored the runs freely. He scored 11 runs in the 31st over and even runs in the next with one six and three fours. Bailey remained unbeaten for 46 off 41 balls with two grand sixes and three fours as Australia managed 145 runs at the end of the 32nd over.

James Tredwell and Ravi Bopara shared two wickets each whereas Steven Finn claimed one.

England lost an early wicket of the man in form, Ian Bell, at five as Jonathan Trott joined in with Alastair Cook in the centre. The duo was cruising well when Cook was given a caught behind by the field umpire Aleem Dar but the decision was overturned by the third umpire on a review. Rain started again after 5.4 overs and the revised target for England was set to 138 from 29 overs when the play resumed.

The second wicket was gone at 34 in 9.4 overs as Trott was clean bowled by Michael Clarke for 10 runs. Ravi Bopara came in next and initiated the journey towards the destination along with his skipper and the first fifty of the innings was attained in the 14th over. The duo scored boundaries almost on every loose ball andCook completed his fifty in the 22nd over.

Ravi Bopara came into his own and punished James Pattinson for two successive fours in the 25th over and attained his fifty on the fifth ball of the same over. The third wicket association piled up 92 runs in 97 balls when Alastair Cook was caught in the slip by Clarke off Ben Hilfenhaus for 58 from 78 balls with 4 fours.

England scored the required 138 runs on the first ball of the 28th over for the loss of just three wickets as Ravi Bopara was still at the crease with 52 off 56 deliveries with 5 fours and Eoin Morgan was at the other end for 9 runs.

Clint McKay, Ben Hilfenhaus and Michael Clarke were the only successful bowlers with one wicket each.

England won the five match series 4-0 in an impressive manner while beating Australia in all departments of the game.


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