London: India flirted with the idea of a first international win on the tour through three comebacks at The Oval, but England once again proved a touch too strong. James Anderson wreaked havoc at the top, Craig Kieswetter gave England a head start in the chase, and when the India spinners threatened to choke the life out of England's chase, Tim Bresnan and Ravi Bopara calmly administered the first successful ODI chase under The Oval floodlights.
Put in on a green track, India were 25 for 4 and 58 for 5 before Ravindra Jadeja, who arrived in England on Thursday, and MS Dhoni put together India's third-highest partnership of the tour to lend some respectability to the total. Kieswetter charged at India with a blinding half-century, but the slower bowlers pegged England back with three quick wickets. A rain break followed, which took seven overs off the game. England came back confident from that break, but some inspiration in the field got India another look-in. With a measured 60-run sixth-wicket partnership, Bopara and Bresnan made sure India won't have any trophies to declare at customs when they go back home.