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Cook proud of performance

England captain Alastair Cook was proud of his team's performance as they won the final one-day international against India by seven wickets.

Ian Bell's unbeaten century formed the backbone of England's innings as they chased down a target of 227 with room to spare.

It was a positive end to a series they had already lost, and Cook was delighted with his players' response in Dharamsala.

"It was a good win," he said. "It was important to win the toss, but the way our bowlers put the ball in the right areas and then Ian Bell's contribution - we took our chances.

"We can take lots of positives out of today. The ball was doing stuff throughout the whole day.

"It might have looked like we got over the line comfortably but that wasn't the case and there were a few nerves. But I knew if we held our nerve chasing 220 then we'd get there.

"It's always disappointing to lose the series. But to win two games here in these conditions, we can be quite proud of that."

Bell was named man of the match for his performance with the bat, but the opener was quick to praise the bowlers for restricting India to a modest total.

"For me, the longer I stayed out there the easier it got," he said.

"But all credit to the bowlers. Chasing 220 was a nice target to go at."

Bell is also hoping he has now done enough to cement a place at the top of the order.

"To be not out at the end of the game was a massive step forward for me," he said.

"I've been up and down the order but I love opening the batting, and hopefully I can continue to do so for a while now."

Despite celebrating a 3-2 series win, India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was disappointed with his side's batting today.

"It was a tight series overall but we should have won this game," he said.

"It was not really the amount of runs we should have put on the board.

"Had we batted slightly more sensibly we would have scored 30-35 more runs, but it is a young side and you learn from your mistakes."