Dharamsala: Ian Bell, and England, rounded off the One-Day International series the way they had started it in Rajkot a fortnight back - with a well-earned victory. India, too, ended their complement of home ODI matches this season the way they had begun it in Chennai just under a month ago - with a defeat that owed its origin to another top-order collapse.
Outplayed and overwhelmed in their three previous games, England finally found some cause for cheer in the first international fixture at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala on Sunday (January 27). Having already surrendered the series 1-3 following their five-wicket loss in Mohali on January 23, England signed off with a flourish. Ian Bell's third ODI hundred piloted them to a comprehensive seven-wicket triumph, reducing the margin of India's series victory to 3-2.
Bell had been in the forefront of England's nine-run win in Rajkot on January 11 with a flowing 85. He was every bit as imperious in Dharamsala, guiding England through a potentially tricky run chase after another Suresh Raina masterpiece had hauled Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men out of the depths of 24 for three and taken them to a reasonably competitive 226.