CRICKET: Sheffield’s Root makes first ODI fifty

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JOE Root continued his successful ODI series with England by posting his maiden one-day international 50 in the defeat in Mohali as India clinched the five-match series with a game to spare.

Root, who top scored with 39 in last weekend’s crushing defeat and also made second-top score of 36 in the previous game, made an unbeaten 57 off 45 balls.

It helped England make a competitive 257-7 after being put in on a cold morning in bowler-friendly conditions but India got home at 258-5 with 15 balls to spare.

England were left rue Steve Finn’s propensity to clip the stumps in his delivery stride. He dismissed Suresh Raina, then 41, but the umpire called ‘dead ball’ and Raina survived.

India still needed 80 off 89 balls at that point and a wicket then could have made it much closer. Instead, Raina went on to make an unbeaten 89 whilst Rohit Sharma made 83.

Alastair Cook made 76 sharing a second wicket stand of 93 with Kevin Piersen, 76, who shared a fifth wicket stand of 78 with Root.

The Sheffield youngster, batting at six, struck 8 fours and a six.