Cardiff: India’s depressed tour of England ended without a triumph as the home side spanked them by 6 wickets under Duckworth-Lewis method in the rain-affected 5th and final ODI with Rahul Dravid finishing his eminent ODI career on the losing side.
India rode on an easy century from Virat Kohli (107) and substantial contributions from Dravid (69) and Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (50 not out) to post an striking 304 for 6 on a batting pleasant Sophia Gardens pitch.
Chasing the challenging target and their innings interrupted by irregular rain, England stuttered to 166 for 4 in the 26th over although recovered to race to the revised target of 241 with 10 balls to spare with Jonathan Trott (63) and captain Alastair Cook (50) being the main contributors.
Debutant Jonny Bairstow and Ravi Bopara, who knocked off the winning runs, also chipped in with winning knocks of 41 and 37 respectively.
The target was revised twice prior as the start of England run chase was delayed due to rain. First it was revised to 295 from 47 overs and then to 270 from 40 overs. It was ultimately revised to 241 from 34 overs and England reached the target contentedly.
With the loss, India had to return home without any triumph in the disastrous tour. They were whitewashed 0-4 in the four-match Test series, beaten in the one-off Twenty20 International before ending the tour by losing the five-match ODI series 0-3.
The disappointing performance, one of the nastiest ever, meant that India will slip to 5th position ICC ODI rankings while England will be a rung above.