India tour of Bangladesh, 3rd ODI: Bangladesh v India at Dhaka, Jun 19, 2014
19 June 2014 - day/night match (50-over match)

1.00pm Here we go, then. Bangladesh's players scatter out of their huddle and follow Robin Uthappa and Ajinkya Rahane into the middle. Mortaza will take the first new ball.

12.45pm They're playing on the same pitch that they used for the second ODI, and there's still quite a lot of grass on the surface, so this could be another testing day for the batsmen.

Sai Kiran: "Umesh Yadav is in or not ?? Team and commentary do not match..." The team sheet that Alagappan and Isam got, in the press box, had tick marks against twelve names, which is why the confusion happened. Sorry about that. So I'll confirm. India have made just one change. Tiwary is in for Mishra.

ban: "What is the weather forecast? And i reckon hey should put Akshar Patel and Stuart Binny up the order." Well, Alagappan says it's cloudy, but brighter than it was during the second ODI. As for your second point, I'm not sure that will happen today, considering they're playing six specialist batsmen, plus Saha.

12.30pm We have news from Alagappan, who's in Dhaka. India have won the toss, and have chosen to bat. Sohag Gazi replaces Ziaur Rahman for Bangladesh. That's their only change.

And here's the India XI - Uthappa, Rahane, Pujara, Rayudu, Raina, Tiwary, Saha, Binny, Akshar Patel, Mohit Sharma, Umesh Yadav. Vinay Kumar isn't playing. Sorry for the confusion.

12.20pm Hello everyone, and welcome to our ball-by-ball coverage of the third ODI. This is your commentator for the day, Karthik Krishnaswamy. Bangladesh have had a terrible year, and back-to-back defeats against a second-string India side have sunk them deeper in the sea of gloom. They desperately need a win here, for the sake of their morale.

India have wrapped up the series, but haven't really met all their objectives. Their new-look batting line-up didn't get much of a chance to prove itself in the first ODI, and folded without much of a protest on a difficult track in the second game. The batsmen will definitely want to use this final opportunity to score some serious runs. For more rumination ahead of the game, do read this preview, by Alagappan Muthu.

0.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Uthappa, no run, back of a length outside off, and he waits on it before defending towards point

0.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Uthappa, no run, back of a length, a fair distance outside off, and he leaves it alone

0.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Uthappa, no run, a bit fuller, but just as wide, and he presses forward before leaving the ball

0.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Uthappa, no run, back of a length, angling in towards off stump, and he defends back to the bowler, off the back foot

0.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Uthappa, FOUR, wide half-volley and he comes forward and drives square, between point and cover, with a slightly open face

0.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Uthappa, no run, big forward press, and there's a bit of bounce as it angles in from back of a length, and he takes the bottom hand off to defend and gets a thickish inside edge down towards square leg

End of over 1 (4 runs) India 4/0 (RR: 4.00)

    • RV Uthappa 4 (6b 1x4)
    • AM Rahane 0 (0b)
    • Mashrafe Mortaza 1-0-4-0

Here's Al Amin now

1.1

Al-Amin Hossain to Rahane, no run, angled in, back of a length, and he covers the line and defends off the back foot

1.2

Al-Amin Hossain to Rahane, no run, onto the pads, and he tucks it away but square leg dives to his right and makes a good stop. Mithun Ali.

1.3

Al-Amin Hossain to Rahane, no run, that's wide outside off, and there was some late movement away, but it had to pitch closer to the batsman to make him play

1.4

Al-Amin Hossain to Rahane, no run, short and wide, but that moves away a touch and Rahane is beaten as he tries to cut

1.5

Al-Amin Hossain to Rahane, no run, good ball! Pitched outside off, just back of a length, and Rahane was beaten by movement away off the seam as he tried to defend off the back foot

1.6

Al-Amin Hossain to Rahane, no run, short and wide again, and he doesn't quite middle this cut and it rolls towards point at an amiable pace

End of over 2 (maiden) India 4/0 (RR: 2.00)

    • AM Rahane 0 (6b)
    • RV Uthappa 4 (6b 1x4)
    • Al-Amin Hossain 1-1-0-0
    • Mashrafe Mortaza 1-0-4-0
2.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Uthappa, no run, that snaked back in from a good length. Drew Uthappa forward, but he let it go because it was sufficiently wide of off stump. Good carry too

2.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Uthappa, 1 run, angled onto the pads, and he works it down to mid-on

2.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Rahane, no run, angled in towards off stump. Hangs back and gets a thickish inside edge into the leg side as he tries to defend down the ground

2.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Rahane, no run, on a good length, angling in towards off stump, and he tucks it away towards midwicket

2.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Rahane, no run, fuller still, and he presses forward, comes out of his crease, actually, and checks his drive to hit along the ground to cover

2.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Rahane, 1 run, uppish, but he finds the gap behind point with that airy, open-faced punch against this shortish ball outside off

End of over 3 (2 runs) India 6/0 (RR: 2.00)

    • AM Rahane 1 (10b)
    • RV Uthappa 5 (8b 1x4)
    • Mashrafe Mortaza 2-0-6-0
    • Al-Amin Hossain 1-1-0-0
3.1

Al-Amin Hossain to Rahane, no run, short, wide outside off, and he leaves it alone

3.2

Al-Amin Hossain to Rahane, 2 runs, angled in again, and he steps out of his crease and across the stumps to tuck it off his pads, behind square leg

3.3

Al-Amin Hossain to Rahane, no run, lots of angle in, and a bit of bounce as well. He's making a conscious effort to come forward, and this one rose at him and hit him on the gloves

3.4

Al-Amin Hossain to Rahane, no run, this one straightened and took off, and he was beaten by the movement and the bounce as he poked outside off after shuffling across his stumps. Keeper took that way above his head

3.5

Al-Amin Hossain to Rahane, no run, fuller now, and he gets nicely forward to defend to mid-off

3.6

Al-Amin Hossain to Rahane, no run, short and wide, and he throws his bat at it without moving his feet and doesn't get anywhere near connecting. It moved away off the seam as well

End of over 4 (2 runs) India 8/0 (RR: 2.00)

    • AM Rahane 3 (16b)
    • RV Uthappa 5 (8b 1x4)
    • Al-Amin Hossain 2-1-2-0
    • Mashrafe Mortaza 2-0-6-0
4.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Uthappa, no run, back of a length, angling in, and Uthappa shuffles across to defend down the pitch

4.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Uthappa, no run, length ball wide outside off and he takes a big step forward and across before opting to leave

4.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Uthappa, no run, homing in towards off stump now, and he defends watchfully from the crease

4.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Uthappa, no run, length ball outside off, lots of carry, Uthappa can let it go on bounce it go even though there was a big inward angle

4.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Uthappa, OUT, got him! drew him into the drive with one that was pitched right up, almost a half-volley, and he pressed forward and tried to drive without quite getting to the pitch. It bounced a bit, took his outside edge, and carried at chest height to slip

RV Uthappa c Nasir Hossain b Mashrafe Mortaza 5 (21m 13b 1x4 0x6) SR: 38.46

Here's Pujara

4.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Pujara, no run, rose from back of a length, with a sharp inward angle, and Pujara has to lean backwards and throw his arms up above his head to leave that

End of over 5 (wicket maiden) India 8/1 (RR: 1.60)

    • CA Pujara 0 (1b)
    • AM Rahane 3 (16b)
    • Mashrafe Mortaza 3-1-6-1
    • Al-Amin Hossain 2-1-2-0
5.1

Al-Amin Hossain to Rahane, no run, short and it was there to cut, but once again he's beaten. He hasn't played this shot well at all today

5.2

Al-Amin Hossain to Rahane, OUT, and India have lost both their openers. Rahane was trying to work this shortish ball into the leg side with the angle, but it bounced much higher than he expected and got up to chest height. Opened him up, took his outside edge, and slip took the catch above his head

AM Rahane c Nasir Hossain b Al-Amin Hossain 3 (25m 18b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66

Rayudu now

5.3

Al-Amin Hossain to Rayudu, no run, back of a length outside off and he leaves it alone

5.4

Al-Amin Hossain to Rayudu, 1 leg bye, this one came in and bounced, and hit him on the flap of his front pad as he came forward to defend. Ran towards point and they sneak a quick leg-bye

5.5

Al-Amin Hossain to Pujara, no run, back of a length ball, lots of bounce again, but it was wide outside off and he left it comfortably

5.6

Al-Amin Hossain to Pujara, 1 run, angled in towards off. He comes forward, waits, and angles his bat face adroitly to dab it into the leg side, to the right of midwicket

End of over 6 (2 runs) India 10/2 (RR: 1.66)

    • CA Pujara 1 (3b)
    • AT Rayudu 0 (2b)
    • Al-Amin Hossain 3-1-3-1
    • Mashrafe Mortaza 3-1-6-1

rahul aka dribb: "And rahane follows the suit. Given world cup is in australia and indian batsmen inability to cope with the swing, seam and bounce, prospects dont look good for india. I dont see any player who could negotiate the tough conditions there except kohli."

6.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Pujara, no run, back of a length, angling in towards off, and he defends into the covers off the back foot

6.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Pujara, no run, wider outside off this time, and he lets it go

Kunal: "Are we heading for another 50 overs game? I mean both sided together :P"

6.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Pujara, no run, big angle in, and he gets his front leg out of the way to make room for the bat to come down straight and defends towards mid-on

6.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Pujara, no run, waits on this ball outside off, dabs it with soft hands into the off side but backward point is quick to the ball to snuff out any chance of a single

6.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Pujara, no run, slightly shorter, shapes for the punch, but he's cramped for room and doesn't get too much power into it, hits it straight to cover

6.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Pujara, 1 run, a bit more width, and he gets off his toes and punches this just wide of point, who dives to his right and gets a hand on it

End of over 7 (1 run) India 11/2 (RR: 1.57)

    • CA Pujara 2 (9b)
    • AT Rayudu 0 (2b)
    • Mashrafe Mortaza 4-1-7-1
    • Al-Amin Hossain 3-1-3-1
7.1

Al-Amin Hossain to Pujara, no run, digs this in, and Pujara crouches under the ball to let it go

zak: "Looks like India will be the Spain of world cup 2015 unless they improve their batting on lively pitches." This pitch is something of an outlier, I think. Generally, Australian pitches are much, much better to bat on than this.

7.2

Al-Amin Hossain to Pujara, no run, length ball outside off, steep bounce again as Pujara comes forward and lets it go

7.3

Al-Amin Hossain to Pujara, 1 run, fuller, and he comes forward but waits until the last moment, lets it hit his bat and drop down softly into the leg side. Looks like he's making a conscious effort to play with soft hands and rotate the strike

7.4

Al-Amin Hossain to Rayudu, no run, angled in, straightens from an off stump line, and he's on the walk a little but defends safely enough, into the off side

7.5

Al-Amin Hossain to Rayudu, no run, lots of inward angle, and maybe some movement too, and it passes fairly close to off stump after Rayudu leaves it alone

"Wind has picked up significantly, and getting cloudy all over now." That's Isam, from the ground

7.6

Al-Amin Hossain to Rayudu, 1 run, fullish ball, and it may have moved away a touch. Looks to drive through cover without really getting to the pitch of it, and slices it down towards third man

End of over 8 (2 runs) India 13/2 (RR: 1.62)

    • AT Rayudu 1 (5b)
    • CA Pujara 3 (12b)
    • Al-Amin Hossain 4-1-5-1
    • Mashrafe Mortaza 4-1-7-1

Isam also says there have been some protests outside the stadium. "It was about Bangladesh's poor performance. Around 50 people were there yesterday. Today there are 10-15 people doing it."

Here now is Taskin

8.1

Taskin Ahmed to Rayudu, OUT, what a bizarre shot! That was a short ball, angling in, and I suppose he was trying to dab it down towards third man, I think. Big angle, and extra bounce, though, and he ends up gloving it straight into Mushfiqur's gloves

AT Rayudu c †Mushfiqur Rahim b Taskin Ahmed 1 (14m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66

Sachin: "@rahul No way Australian pitches are going to play like this. Yes there will be bounce but ball nipping in from 6th or 7th stump? no chance. This is a test wicket not ODI wicket. Even in England they don't nip back in like this except in Headingley."

Manoj Tiwary comes in now

8.2

Taskin Ahmed to Tiwary, no run, digs it in again, outside off, and Tiwary arches backwards and drops his gloves to let it go

8.3

Taskin Ahmed to Tiwary, no run, pokes at this shortish ball, and it leaves him outside off and beats his outside edge. With that, the players run off the field and the groundstaff hurry in with the covers. The rain has started all of a sudden, and it looks pretty heavy

2.05pm "And away goes the last cover from the ground," says Alagappan. "Stumps being erected again." Expect play to start pretty soon, therefore.

Stephen: "Batsmen getting out to 'distinctly non-percentage' shots will often come about as a result of frustration at a low scoring rate against good bowling on a tough pitch - so the bowlers must still credit even though their successes seem to come from poor deliveries. Yes?"

They weren't poor deliveries, Stephen. All of them got out to good balls, and Rahane got a particularly difficult one. But their shot selection still wasn't great. And I don't know why they should get frustrated with the scoring rate when they know this isn't a 250 pitch, or even a 200 pitch.

2.00pm Some encouraging news from Alagappan: "Groundstaff are already pulling some of the covers off. Seems to have been a passing shower. The pitch is still under though."

Saurabh: "The problem with the wicket here isn't just the exaggerated seam movement but also the uncertain nature of bounce. You can play at Cape Town and face an agonizing time as a batter, but at least you can leave off a length. Not quite possible to do that here."

bch: "Guys, we should show some respect to the bowlers. It doesn't matter how well the pitch for the bowlers if you don't bowl well. If a bowler can do it consistently in the right channel, he is expected to get wicket regardless of the pitch condition otherwise not."

Agree, but this pitch has definitely exaggerated the goodness of their good balls and taken away from the badness of some of the bad balls. Some of those short, wide ones that Rahane tried to cut jagged away an awful lot.

1.50pm We'll keep bringing you weather updates. In the meanwhile, here's a comment from Altaf Mallick: "Straight from Dhoni's book of captaincy...why is Raina holding himself down the order?" That's an interesting debate. I think it would have helped to have a left-hander breaking up that series of right-handers.

1.45pm Little seems to have changed since the second ODI. The pitch certainly hasn't, and it's been a struggle with the movement and the exaggerated bounce. Al Amin, in particular, has looked unplayable at times.

All three batsmen got out to distinctly non-percentage shots, though - Uthappa drove on the up, Rahane tried to work a bouncing ball into the leg side with a closed bat face, Rayudu tried to dab down to third man with an open bat face.

2.10pm Out come the players again. That was a passing shower. Here's Taskin again.

8.4

Taskin Ahmed to Tiwary, no run, short and wide, and it's too far from Tiwary to really middle that cut. Hits it off the bottom part of the bat towards point.

8.5

Taskin Ahmed to Tiwary, 1 run, short again, and a lot of bounce. He goes for the uppercut, a dangerous shot considering there's a third man on the ropes, but it drops down well short of the fielder.

8.6

Taskin Ahmed to Pujara, no run, shortish, outside off, and he lets this one go

End of over 9 (1 run) India 14/3 (RR: 1.55)

    • CA Pujara 3 (13b)
    • MK Tiwary 1 (4b)
    • Taskin Ahmed 1-0-1-1
    • Al-Amin Hossain 4-1-5-1
9.1

Al-Amin Hossain to Tiwary, 1 run, length ball, angling in, and he gets a good stride in and defends towards point

9.2

Al-Amin Hossain to Pujara, 1 leg bye, full, comes in sharply, and it beats his defensive prod and hits him high on the front pad. Angling down, and going over too, I suppose. Drops down into the leg side for a leg-bye

9.3

Al-Amin Hossain to Tiwary, OUT, and he's gone! He didn't have to play at that. It was short, outside off, leaving him slightly, and he pushed at it with hard hands and edged it thickly to second slip. It might have gone off the face, actually, considering how open it was

MK Tiwary c Anamul Haque b Al-Amin Hossain 2 (7m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

John: "After considerable success in South Africa and New Zealand people are still doubting Rahane's technique.It seems they are coming back from a long hibernation,where the last match they saw was Rahane being cleaned up by Steven Finn."

Here's the captain

9.4

Al-Amin Hossain to Raina, no run, back of a length, angling across towards off stump. He jumps across and knocks this softly down into the leg side

9.5

Al-Amin Hossain to Raina, 1 run, rises up towards his hips, and he goes deep in his crease and tucks it down to deep backward square leg

9.6

Al-Amin Hossain to Pujara, no run, shortish ball outside off, Pujara lets it go

End of over 10 (3 runs) India 17/4 (RR: 1.70)

    • CA Pujara 3 (15b)
    • SK Raina 1 (2b)
    • Al-Amin Hossain 5-1-7-2
    • Taskin Ahmed 1-0-1-1

Gokul Jaganatha: "Is this the Highlights of Match 2 ?? "

10.1

Taskin Ahmed to Raina, no run, back of a length, angling across, and he goes back and across to defend towards mid-off

10.2

Taskin Ahmed to Raina, 1 run, big appeal, but I think that was a thick inside edge onto his pad as he went back to defend. They go for the quick single as the ball trickles into the off side, and Pujara makes his crease safely with the dive as cover slides in with the underarm throw but demolishes the stumps with his body in the process

10.3

Taskin Ahmed to Pujara, no run, shortish ball, tennis-ball bounce, and he sways out of the way

10.4

Taskin Ahmed to Pujara, no run, back of a length, just outside off, defended solidly into the covers

I can see a few fine droplets of rain when they show close-up replays

10.5

Taskin Ahmed to Pujara, 1 leg bye, slants this onto the pads, and he gets some pad on it as he tries to clip it behind square leg

10.6

Taskin Ahmed to Raina, no run, fullish ball, but he goes deep in his crease anyway and defends solidly but idiosyncratically down the pitch

End of over 11 (2 runs) India 19/4 (RR: 1.72)

    • SK Raina 2 (5b)
    • CA Pujara 3 (18b)
    • Taskin Ahmed 2-0-2-1
    • Al-Amin Hossain 5-1-7-2
11.1

Al-Amin Hossain to Pujara, 1 run, big forward press to this ball outside off, waits for it to come to him, and dabs it with an open face towards third man

11.2

Al-Amin Hossain to Raina, FOUR, short, wide, and he cuts this crisply past backward point. Lovely timing

11.3

Al-Amin Hossain to Raina, FOUR, full, wrong line, and he flicks it off his toes between midwicket and mid-on

around the wicket now

11.4

Al-Amin Hossain to Raina, 1 wide, that's wide outside off, and it leaves him a touch. Swishes at it and misses after giving himself room and trying to hit over cover

11.4

Al-Amin Hossain to Raina, FOUR, good-looking shot this time. Big back and across step before he presses forward and drives this on the up to the right of cover

Extremely dark clouds have positioned themselves over the stadium

11.5

Al-Amin Hossain to Raina, 1 run, goes back to this back of a length ball which straightens a touch, and he gets a thickish outside edge down to third man

11.6

Al-Amin Hossain to Pujara, 1 run, shortish ball, not too much room to work with, but he gets off his toes and manages to manoeuvre this down to third man

End of over 12 (16 runs) India 35/4 (RR: 2.91)

    • CA Pujara 5 (20b)
    • SK Raina 15 (9b 3x4)
    • Al-Amin Hossain 6-1-23-2
    • Taskin Ahmed 2-0-2-1
12.1

Taskin Ahmed to Pujara, no run, seams in, but it's short enough for Pujara to leave, even though it wasn't too far from off stump

12.2

Taskin Ahmed to Pujara, no run, angled in towards the stumps. Plays it late, with soft hands, with the angle towards midwicket

12.3

Taskin Ahmed to Pujara, 2 runs, shot! rose to his toes and square-cut that wide one powerfully behind point and to the right of third man

Rajkumar: "Seems like Bangladesh might be chasing 5-10 runs fewer than India's score after D/L adjustments, 115 if India score 120, 191 if India score 200 and 239 if India score 250 according to my WP app. Please confirm the propositions." Don't have the means to do that just yet, but we will let you know. I think you might be right about them chasing a smaller target, since India have already lost so many wickets.

Bijit: "@Amit G: I was very little then in 1997 when Bangladesh cricket team captained by Akram Khan were helping the grounds people to remove water from the ground against Kenya in ICC Trophy final in KL. Winning that match , in fact, was a great milestone for Bangladesh cricket."

4.35pm As we said, it'll resume at 5.00pm local time. It will be 40 overs a side, with a 20-minute innings break. Five bowlers can bowl eight overs each. Powerplay 1 will last eight overs (during Bangladesh's innings, since India have already played more overs than that), and the batting Powerplay will last four overs.

sumit: "@amit : Yep, I seem to remember reading about an Ind-NZ Test match in 1968-69 (thereabouts) - where at one of the (then) smaller Test venues (either Nagpur or Hyderabad) , NZ skipper Graham Dowling & his team actually rolled up their trousers & helped ground staff take water off outfield in buckets!! NZ needed only a few wickets to complete a rare overseas victory, and clearly felt local groundstaff weren't as keen as them to get the game re-started."

Sorry. Got the matches mixed up. It was the Hyderabad Test in 1969-70, when their march to victory was foiled by "rain, riots, and rows with the umpires". They had won the previous Test in Nagpur.

4.30pm Okay, we have some news. The match will resume at 5.00pm local time if there is no more rain. That's 4.30pm India time.

tarang: "i remember Jonty Rhodes in an IPL match of Mumbai Indians helping the groundsttaff to pull the covers off!! As usual Jonty at his acrobatic best!!!" Do you really need to be an acrobat to pull the covers off a ground?

Amaan Shikoh: "I remember a hailstorm in a Test match in Australia where some Australian players gave their helmets to the groundstaff in order to protect them from hail."

4.20pm Alagappan has this update: "Pitch has come up for a bit of fresh air. The square's now uncovered."

Amit G.: "Does anybody remember any instance when players of a particular side helped the groundsmen to remove water from the field & thus helped in improving the playing conditions ??????"

I don't know about players, but on the final day of the Oval Ashes Test in 1968, the groundstaff were "assisted by volunteers from the crowd, armed with brooms and blankets" to help mop up the ground after a downpour and enable England to win, courtesy a Derek Underwood seven-for.

4.10pm "Groundstaff getting busy," Alagappan reports. "A couple of covers have been peeled off and the water is being shaken away by either sightscreen."

Hardik: "Do you communicate with those at the ground through microsoft communicator like we techies do with our fellows? #geekquestion" Telepathy. And the occasional pigeon.

3.55pm "Don't bother us, we are sleeping," says Isam, when I ask him for an update. "Water is being cleared off the covers... slow process." Alagappan adds that it's still drizzling faintly.

Sreeram: "Variable bounce in the subcontinent is different from other places, because here you have to play on the front foot much as possible due to the natural low bounce and play with your bat to avoid LBW. But in Australian conditions you can trust the bounce and stay on the back foot and also avoid the high bounce. That is why batting on Day 5 track in subcontinent is much more dangerous than outside."

Siddharth: "@Balaji: This is not the same side touring England, is it. there would be Kohli and Pujara(in whites) and Rohit and Dhawan. I still feel that the problem India will face overseas is the bowling. The seamers aren't capable of taking 20 wickets. That has been a problem for quite some time. India easily win tests at home with the help of their spinners. But that is not the case when the play overseas." Yup. The bowling is definitely the bigger issue, by a distance.

sooraj kamath: "Talking of uneven pitch, why has Raina been able to play like someone from another planet? Is it just his too good form, or is he having the roll of dice in his favour?"

The way he's timing his shots, he definitely looks in great touch. But I think he's helped by being left-handed, simply because the bowlers haven't managed to adjust and find a good line to him yet. Lots of balls on his pads and hips, and a few where they've overcompensated and slanted it too far across him.

3.40pm "It's drizzling just a wee bit," Alagappan says.

Kamran: "What is the weather condition now? Will it permit an hour long nap?" I think it will (but don't take my word for it). Last I heard, the rain had stopped, but the outfield is still quite wet and will need quite a bit of Super-sopping.

Phani: "Kapil Dev was part of the team in all 3 occasions which topped the list of "lowest total by India for the fall of 4th wicket".. And his avg in those matches is staggering 116 with one ton and one half-ton scores.." That's a good spot. That 175* against Zimbabwe, of course, then a 52 against West Indies in Gwalior, and - well, he can't score runs all the time, can he? - 5 against Pakistan in Sialkot.

Balaji: "Anyone else worried about the future of this Indian batting line-up? A hint of swing in the sub-continent against Bangladesh pace bowling in an ODI and they fall like nine pins...what happens when they tour overseas and it is the 1st session of a June test in Headingley? One shudders to think..."

We've been over this before, but once again: It's not a "hint of swing", it's exaggerated movement off the pitch. And uncertain bounce. First session at Headingley will be difficult, but they'll be able to trust the bounce. And it'll be a Test match, so they can leave absolutely everything that's not hitting the stumps. Not saying they're guaranteed to bat well, but conditions and circumstances won't be the same.

3.05pm Alagappan says they started peeling back one of the covers and promptly put it back on.

prkhr: "@John: Memory is like wine. The older it gets..." The cloudier it becomes?

John: "Yeah even I still think I'm in the 1st decade of the 20th century even though I'm still 18 and I also remember the series played in mid-2000s better than the ones played after 2010." 20th century? Are you sure you aren't 118?

He clarifies, a little later: "I'm stuck at 18 for 100 years just like Edward Cullen." I had to look that up, John. I'm completely untouched by the pop-culture zeitgeist!

2.55pm Alagappan Muthu may or may not have some good news. "Can't really be sure if its stopped or still drizzling a touch," he says. "Can definitely update that things are looking better though. And that that threatening cloud is at bay for now."

Five minutes later, he has this update. "Yeah, it's stopped, but a little time will be needed for the ground to get dry."

Saini: "It was 31 years ago (june 18, 1983) captain Kapil Dev scored 175 n.o to take India from 4/9 to 8/266. On June 19, 2014 captain Suresh Raina will score ? to take india from 4/16 to ?" Phani also pointed this out, but he said 21 years ago. I don't blame you. We all think the 80s were only 20-odd years ago :)

Gauresh: "Like MOM there should be award like groundsmen of the day, specially for matches on this ground, They are doing the best work among the all in this series" Maybe the ICC could recognise groundsmen annually for the best Test and ODI pitches of the year? And why not, best drainage award for grounds?

Swapnil R: "@Raj and Isam: How could 9/4 and 16/4 both be joint third lowest?" I think Raj meant both were part of this list. Lowest and joint third-lowest.

saeed: "it is absolutely bucketing down here.. i am a Dhaka-born guy and I can bet that this game can be abandoned if this rain goes on for an hour and it is looking like it will."

Raj: "Roger Binny was a part of the team in the match when India were 9 / 4 wkts (joint third-lowest score list) and now Stuart binny is a part of joint third-lowest score list. Father-Son combination !!"

Maysun: "Trying to figure out the relation between Taskin, rain interruption and wickets." Ha ha! Yes! Every rain interruption, in the last match and this one, has happened when Taskin's been bowling (I think).

rahul - dribble: "Had raina came higher up the order it would have been little difficult for bowlers to adjust their lines and lengths. Even some one as mighty as steyn has issues bowling to left handers."

andy: "Appreciated the news on the dark clouds, but not mentioning the biggest over since the first ODI (16 runs) i think was worth mentioning... " Good spot, Andy!

Isam pulls out this lovely stat. India had scored 16 when they lost their fourth wicket. It was their joint third-lowest score at the fall of their fourth wicket in ODIs.

2.30pm On come the covers again. The sky above doesn't look encouraging at all. It's an uninterrupted expanse of dark grey. And it's raining very heavily right now.

5.00pm We are ready to go once again. There's some intensely heavy rain on my TV screen, but they're showing what it was like earlier. It's all cleared up, and the players are on the field. It's Pujara to face Taskin.

12.4

Taskin Ahmed to Pujara, no run, short, rising ball outside off, and Pujara lets it go

12.5

Taskin Ahmed to Pujara, no run, angled in towards off, back of a length, Pujara defends off the back foot

12.6

Taskin Ahmed to Pujara, no run, length ball, angling in on the corridor, Pujara leaves again

End of over 13 (2 runs) India 37/4 (RR: 2.84)

    • CA Pujara 7 (26b)
    • SK Raina 15 (9b 3x4)
    • Taskin Ahmed 3-0-4-1
    • Al-Amin Hossain 6-1-23-2

Piyush: "Just Checked: Showers expected around 6 pm and thunderstorm around 7 pm local time. Well.. actually, the match might be over by then given what we have seen!! #tongue-in-cheek."

13.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Raina, 1 run, on the pads again, and he tucks it neatly, wide of mid-on

13.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Pujara, 1 wide, slides this well down the leg side. Doesn't get up too much, and Mushfiqur is down on his knees to collect.

13.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Pujara, no run, what are you doing, Suresh! Pujara tucks this to the left of midwicket, and Raina had hared out of the crease before he was sent back from close to the middle of the pitch. Turned and sprinted desperately back, but the throw didn't hit the stumps

13.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Pujara, no run, back of a length, outside off, pushed in front of point

13.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Pujara, 1 run, angled in, bit of bounce, and it's near his rib-cage when he tries to work it into the leg side. Goes down to fine leg off his glove or the shoulder of his bat

13.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Raina, 2 runs, once again, it's on his pads, as he shuffles across, and he works it wide of mid-on for more runs

13.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Raina, 2 runs, slanted across, and it's too wide. He doesn't go for the full-blooded cut, but guides this behind point with an open face, and third man makes a diving stop on the boundary. It was Taskin.

End of over 14 (7 runs) India 44/4 (RR: 3.14)

    • SK Raina 20 (12b 3x4)
    • CA Pujara 8 (29b)
    • Mashrafe Mortaza 5-1-14-1
    • Taskin Ahmed 3-0-4-1
14.1

Taskin Ahmed to Pujara, 2 runs, that's short and wide and he jumps in the air to play his favourite square cut, behind point and to the right of third man

14.2

Taskin Ahmed to Pujara, no run, digs this one in very short, and Pujara semi-ducks (he doesn't really have to) and lets it sail way over his head and drop down into the keeper's gloves

14.3

Taskin Ahmed to Pujara, no run, edged, but falls well short of second slip. He came forward to this one, and it straightened and took his outside edge, but he was playing very close to his body and not pushing at it at all

14.4

Taskin Ahmed to Pujara, 1 wide, gets this one all wrong, slides way down the leg side on a fullish length

14.4

Taskin Ahmed to Pujara, 1 run, short and wide, and he cuts hard but Shakib dives to his left and gets his hands to it to keep it down to one

14.5

Taskin Ahmed to Raina, 1 run, down the pitch and moves away from leg stump as well, to make room to slap that on the up into the covers

14.6

Taskin Ahmed to Pujara, no run, goes deep in his crease, and waits a long time before dabbing it down behind square, but Shakib is quickly on to the ball from point to prevent the single

End of over 15 (5 runs) India 49/4 (RR: 3.26)

    • CA Pujara 11 (34b)
    • SK Raina 21 (13b 3x4)
    • Taskin Ahmed 4-0-9-1
    • Mashrafe Mortaza 5-1-14-1
15.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Raina, no run, beaten! that one's angled across, and it bounces extra and Raina is opened up and plays down the wrong line but doesn't poke his bat away from the body

15.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Raina, no run, leg-stumpish again, rises towards his hip, and he nudges it into the leg side but sends Pujara back

15.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Raina, no run, jumps across the crease and keeps this rising delivery down with a nice straight bat

15.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Raina, no run, onto the pads again, but this time he plays it straight to mid-on

15.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Raina, 1 wide, down the leg side this time, and Raina can't get bat to it as he tries to glance it

15.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Raina, 1 run, gets the outside edge as Raina's bat comes down from around gully as he tries to defend this off stump ball. Goes safely, all along the ground, to third man

15.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Pujara, no run, doesn't quite come on to the bat as he would have liked, and he's early into this cut and hits it towards cover

End of over 16 (2 runs) India 51/4 (RR: 3.18)

    • CA Pujara 11 (35b)
    • SK Raina 22 (18b 3x4)
    • Mashrafe Mortaza 6-1-16-1
    • Taskin Ahmed 4-0-9-1
16.1

Taskin Ahmed to Raina, no run, angled across, bit of bounce, and he gets behind this one to defend into the off side

16.2

Taskin Ahmed to Raina, 1 wide, that's very short. Raina was backing away to play the uppercut or slash, maybe, but he had no option but to leave as it bounced way over his head. Given wide

16.2

Taskin Ahmed to Raina, 1 run, short, and he shuffles across and plays a controlled pull down to deep square leg

16.3

Taskin Ahmed to Pujara, no run, back of a length, rises up, and Pujara gets off his toes to bunt it down into the off side

16.4

Taskin Ahmed to Pujara, 1 run, jumps up again, but it's a touch wider, and he dabs it down behind point

16.5

Taskin Ahmed to Raina, 1 run, once again, he drifts onto the pads, and he clips it down to deep square leg

16.6

Taskin Ahmed to Pujara, no run, short, and it's angling in towards his head. Has to bend backwards, literally, to let it go

End of over 17 (4 runs) India 55/4 (RR: 3.23)

    • CA Pujara 12 (38b)
    • SK Raina 24 (21b 3x4)
    • Taskin Ahmed 5-0-13-1
    • Mashrafe Mortaza 6-1-16-1
17.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Raina, no run, full, angling away after pitching on off, and Raina lets it go

17.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Raina, 1 run, onto the pads again, and he tucks it down to deep square leg

17.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Pujara, 1 wide, that moves away, having already pitched in line with the tramline outside off, and Pujara couldn't have played it even if he had wanted to

17.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Pujara, no run, closer to off stump now, and away movement again. Pujara leaves once more

17.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Pujara, no run, this straightens from a fullish length outside off, and Pujara leaves again

17.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Pujara, no run, full, outside off, and he comes nicely forward to defend into the covers

17.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Pujara, no run, shorter this time, just wide of the corridor, and he leaves it alone

End of over 18 (2 runs) India 57/4 (RR: 3.16)

    • CA Pujara 12 (42b)
    • SK Raina 25 (23b 3x4)
    • Mashrafe Mortaza 7-1-18-1
    • Taskin Ahmed 5-0-13-1

Here's spin, for the first time. It's Shakib, left-arm over to Raina

18.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Raina, no run, length ball outside off, Raina defends back to the bowler

18.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Raina, OUT, taken! that was a poor ball, turning down the leg side, and Mushfiq takes a terrific catch down the leg side as Raina attempts to sweep and gloves it behind

SK Raina c †Mushfiqur Rahim b Shakib Al Hasan 25 (45m 25b 3x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

Here now is Saha. Shakib goes around the wicket

18.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Saha, no run, fullish ball outside off, and he comes forward to defend into the off side

18.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Saha, 1 run, similar delivery, and he comes forward, waits a touch longer to dab it down towards point

18.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Pujara, 1 run, onto the pads this time, and he goes back and across to work it behind square leg

18.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Saha, no run, tossed up nicely, and it turns away sharply from off stump, but Saha smothers it with a downward-facing bat to defend towards slip

End of over 19 (2 runs) India 59/5 (RR: 3.10)

    • WP Saha 1 (3b)
    • CA Pujara 13 (43b)
    • Shakib Al Hasan 1-0-2-1
    • Mashrafe Mortaza 7-1-18-1

Zahid Hossain: "Shakib and Mashrafe has identical records now..136 games, 169 wickets" Good spot!

19.1

Mashrafe Mortaza to Pujara, no run, that's a length ball outside off, lots of carry, and Pujara lets it go

19.2

Mashrafe Mortaza to Pujara, FOUR, short, and there's just enough width for Pujara to cut hard behind point. Bounces over the infield off the square and runs away quickly for four

19.3

Mashrafe Mortaza to Pujara, 1 run, that's full, on off stump, and he defends with a slightly closed face to play it with the angle towards midwicket

19.4

Mashrafe Mortaza to Saha, 2 runs, bit of bounce, is there, and Saha gets that high on the bat, or on the gloves, as he comes forward to defend. Doesn't push out to it, so it rolls down in front of cover. Mahmudullah races in and underarms a throw that misses the stumps at the batting end as Pujara dives in, and they run an overthrow

19.5

Mashrafe Mortaza to Saha, no run, length ball outside off, and he gets a big stride in to defend towards cover

19.6

Mashrafe Mortaza to Saha, no run, walks out of his crease to this one, and leans on it to defend into the covers

End of over 20 (7 runs) India 66/5 (RR: 3.30)

    • WP Saha 3 (6b)
    • CA Pujara 18 (46b 1x4)
    • Mashrafe Mortaza 8-1-25-1
    • Shakib Al Hasan 1-0-2-1

the groundstaff are sitting just outside the boundary rope, with covers at the ready

20.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Pujara, no run, tossed up on off stump, and he comes forward to defend

20.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Pujara, no run, more flight, and he plays late to defend towards cover

20.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Pujara, 1 run, onto the pads now, and he works it away to the right of midwicket

20.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Saha, no run, lots of turn, and Saha is beaten as he pokes outside off at this really loopy delivery from Shakib

20.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Saha, no run, this one is quicker, and it slides towards the stumps, and he comes forward to defend back to the bowler

20.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Saha, no run, outside off this time, and he comes forward and plays late to dab towards backward point

End of over 21 (1 run) India 67/5 (RR: 3.19)

    • WP Saha 3 (9b)
    • CA Pujara 19 (49b 1x4)
    • Shakib Al Hasan 2-0-3-1
    • Mashrafe Mortaza 8-1-25-1

Whoa. Nasir Hossain, to bowl slow-mediums

21.1

Nasir Hossain to Pujara, 1 wide, a bit of outswing, but it starts from way outside off. Called wide

21.1

Nasir Hossain to Pujara, no run, bit of outswing again,and Pujara's looking for the cut initially but decides not to play it at the last moment

21.2

Nasir Hossain to Pujara, FOUR, this one's short enough to cut and he threads it nicely through that gap behind point and in front of third man

21.3

Nasir Hossain to Pujara, no run, that's the full, wide outswinger, and he gets fully forward, realises he hasn't gotten to the pitch, and lets it go

21.4

Nasir Hossain to Pujara, 1 run, short, and Pujara gets into line to pull that uppishly but safely behind square

21.5

Nasir Hossain to Saha, no run, ooh. Bit of outswing again, and he comes down the track and tries to flick across the line but gets a leading edge that Shakib fields at point, diving to his left

21.6

Nasir Hossain to Saha, no run, big appeal, but that was definitely missing off after Saha plays across the line again and is beaten by the outswing. Hit him on the back pad, but he had shuffled right across

End of over 22 (6 runs) India 73/5 (RR: 3.31)

    • WP Saha 3 (11b)
    • CA Pujara 24 (53b 2x4)
    • Nasir Hossain 1-0-6-0
    • Shakib Al Hasan 2-0-3-1
22.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Pujara, no run, turn and bounce, and it spins past Pujara's edge as he comes forward to defend. Didn't push out at it though

22.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Pujara, no run, bigger stride forward this time, to defend into the off side

22.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Pujara, 1 run, short, and he's slapped that to sweeper cover

22.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Saha, 3 runs, bit of bounce, and he hits this uppishly over the head of the backtracking Gazi, who was coming in from point, after trying to slash off the front foot

22.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Pujara, no run, back of a length, and he's right back in the crease to defend

22.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Pujara, no run, Shakib is disgusted after that was given not out. It went with the arm, and it hit Pujara's front pad as he came forward to defend, but it might have struck him outside the line of off stump. Whoa. No. That was well in line. Lucky Pujara.

End of over 23 (4 runs) India 77/5 (RR: 3.34)

    • CA Pujara 25 (58b 2x4)
    • WP Saha 6 (12b)
    • Shakib Al Hasan 3-0-7-1
    • Nasir Hossain 1-0-6-0
23.1

Nasir Hossain to Saha, no run, full, on off stump, and he's opened up by the outswing but defends safely into the off side

23.2

Nasir Hossain to Saha, FOUR, short, and he's pulled that nicely in front of square from outside off. Lands just inside the ropes.

23.3

Nasir Hossain to Saha, FOUR, comes down the track, and he slides this down the leg side. Gets his bat down quickly and tickles it to the fine leg boundary

23.4

Nasir Hossain to Saha, no run, on the pads, and he flicks it to midwicket

23.5

Nasir Hossain to Saha, no run, length ball outside off, he comes forward and lets it go

23.6

Nasir Hossain to Saha, no run, short, wide, and he's punched it hard but straight to point

End of over 24 (8 runs) India 85/5 (RR: 3.54)

    • WP Saha 14 (18b 2x4)
    • CA Pujara 25 (58b 2x4)
    • Nasir Hossain 2-0-14-0
    • Shakib Al Hasan 3-0-7-1
24.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Pujara, 1 run, waits on this one, and dabs it gently down to the left of cover

24.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Saha, no run, short, turns away, and he gets room to try and punch that in front of point, but the fielder dives to his right and makes a good stop

24.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Saha, 2 runs, this is even shorter, and he rocks back and slaps it hard and uppishly to the left of cover. Sweeper comes around to stop that

24.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Saha, 1 wide, overcompensates, and bowls it too full, and too wide down the leg side

24.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Saha, OUT, bowled him! Wriddhiman was looking to cut this, but it didn't turn as he expected, and it was too full anyway, and it cramped him for room and crashed into middle stump

WP Saha b Shakib Al Hasan 16 (23m 21b 2x4 0x6) SR: 76.19

Stuart Binny, with the number 84 on his back. He was born in 1984

24.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Binny, no run, did that carry? He poked at this after coming forward, and it turned and got an outside edge on it. Nasir Hossain dived forward and took it very low. They're checking with the third umpire, and I think he got his fingers under it, but it's not too easy to tell for sure... aaaaaand they've given Binny the benefit of doubt

24.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Binny, no run, that's full, on the stump, and he drives it towards mid-on

End of over 25 (4 runs) India 89/6 (RR: 3.56)

    • STR Binny 0 (2b)
    • CA Pujara 26 (59b 2x4)
    • Shakib Al Hasan 4-0-11-2
    • Nasir Hossain 2-0-14-0

Taskin returns now

Kapil: "BD and Shakib really unlucky not to get that LB against Pujara. That's another of recent poor decisions by umpire. Still cannot forget tha out give by Paul Reiffel to Pradeep in England vs SL test. If not for DRS, SL would have been a Test down. Umpires really need to pull up their concentration levels."

25.1

Taskin Ahmed to Pujara, no run, back of a length, well outside off, and Pujara leaves it alone

25.2

Taskin Ahmed to Pujara, no run, fuller now, and angled in towards off. Pujara waits on it and defends into the leg side

25.3

Taskin Ahmed to Pujara, 1 run, short, and he's opened his face and sliced it down towards third man

25.4

Taskin Ahmed to Binny, no run, shortish ball outside off, and he looks to set off for a single after dabbing it down towards point, but it went too quickly to him and Pujara sends Binny back

25.5

Taskin Ahmed to Binny, no run, beaten outside off as he wafts at a length ball. Was trying to run that down to third man, maybe. Same shot got him out in the previous game

25.6

Taskin Ahmed to Binny, no run, that was wide, and he had reason to throw his bat at that, but he didn't throw his bat out at the right moment or along the right direction, and the ball goes over his bat and beats him

End of over 26 (1 run) India 90/6 (RR: 3.46)

    • STR Binny 0 (5b)
    • CA Pujara 27 (62b 2x4)
    • Taskin Ahmed 6-0-14-1
    • Shakib Al Hasan 4-0-11-2
26.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Pujara, OUT, given this time! This time, it turned a lot from middle stump and beat his outside edge as he poked forward to defend. Hit him on the back thigh, in front of middle-and-off

CA Pujara lbw b Shakib Al Hasan 27 (108m 63b 2x4 0x6) SR: 42.85

Akshar Patel now

26.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Patel, 1 run, and he comes forward confidently to sweep this to deep backward square leg

26.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Binny, no run, stretches forward to this tossed-up ball outside off and defends carefully towards point

26.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Binny, no run, down the pitch now, and he flick-drives towards mid-on

did the ball get stuck in his hand? He completed his action, but didn't release, and the umpire signals dead ball

26.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Binny, 2 runs, comes forward and drives this through extra cover with a nice follow-through. Long off runs to his left to stop that

26.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Binny, FOUR, shorter this time, and it was the arm ball, but Binny managed to rock back and cut that inches in front of off stump and send it screaming away behind point

End of over 27 (7 runs) India 97/7 (RR: 3.59)

    • STR Binny 6 (9b 1x4)
    • AR Patel 1 (1b)
    • Shakib Al Hasan 5-0-18-3
    • Taskin Ahmed 6-0-14-1
27.1

Taskin Ahmed to Patel, no run, appeals after this straightens and hits him on the pad as he tries to defend off the back foot, but it was well above the knee-roll

27.2

Taskin Ahmed to Patel, OUT, he's gone! that was a length ball, angled across, and he threw his hands at it without moving his feet, and gets a thick edge through to the keeper

AR Patel c †Mushfiqur Rahim b Taskin Ahmed 1 (4m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

Mohit Sharma is the new man

27.3

Taskin Ahmed to Sharma, no run, that's shortish and wide-ish, and he lets it go

27.4

Taskin Ahmed to Sharma, no run, shorter and wider than the previous one, and Mohit is beaten as he tries to slash at it

27.5

Taskin Ahmed to Sharma, no run, bit of movement away, and he tries to cut that while his feet move away from the line, and he gets nowhere near it

27.6

Taskin Ahmed to Sharma, no run, this is fuller, outside off, and he lets it go after pressing forward

End of over 28 (wicket maiden) India 97/8 (RR: 3.46)

    • MM Sharma 0 (4b)
    • STR Binny 6 (9b 1x4)
    • Taskin Ahmed 7-1-14-2
    • Shakib Al Hasan 5-0-18-3
28.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Binny, no run, tries to sweep from outside off and doesn't connect. Ball spins away quite a bit

28.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Binny, 1 wide, tries to fire it in a little quicker and ends up slanting down the leg side

28.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Binny, no run, beautifully bowled. Hangs this in the air outside off, and he pokes forward and is beaten bu the turn

28.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Binny, FOUR, down the pitch, gets inside the line, and chips this over cover and well wide of the mid-off fielder

28.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Binny, no run, fuller this time, and he drives it well but straight to cover

28.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Binny, 1 run, this time he waits a touch longer to place that drive wide of cover, to his left. Sweeper cover does the fielding

he has two slips and a silly point for Mohit

28.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Sharma, no run, skidder on off stump, and he goes back and defends watchfully into the off side

End of over 29 (6 runs) India 103/8 (RR: 3.55)

    • MM Sharma 0 (5b)
    • STR Binny 11 (14b 2x4)
    • Shakib Al Hasan 6-0-24-3
    • Taskin Ahmed 7-1-14-2
29.1

Taskin Ahmed to Binny, no run, short and wide, but he isn't really in position to cut, with his front leg pulling away towards the leg side, and he's beaten

29.2

Taskin Ahmed to Binny, no run, that's a lot of bounce but not very well directed. Way outside off and Mushfiq has to leap in the air and stretch his arms over his head to collect that

29.3

Taskin Ahmed to Binny, no run, full, wide, and he drives this towards cover

29.4

Taskin Ahmed to Binny, 1 run, slower ball, and he tries to play the cover drive but inside-edges it into the leg side

29.5

Taskin Ahmed to Sharma, no run, back of a length, straightens outside off, and beats the outside edge as Mohit tries to punch towards mid-off

29.6

Taskin Ahmed to Sharma, no run, away movement again, and Mohit is beaten once more as he tries to poke this towards cover

End of over 30 (1 run) India 104/8 (RR: 3.46)

    • MM Sharma 0 (7b)
    • STR Binny 12 (18b 2x4)
    • Taskin Ahmed 8-1-15-2
    • Shakib Al Hasan 6-0-24-3
30.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Binny, no run, hits him on the front pad as he defends down the wrong line, but it was sliding well down leg

30.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Binny, 1 run, down the pitch and he plays a wristy on-drive to long-on

30.3

Shakib Al Hasan to Sharma, 1 run, tossed up full on off, and he comes forward and drives to long-off

30.4

Shakib Al Hasan to Binny, no run, that's nicely tossed up outside off, and he's beaten as he tries to drive through cover

30.5

Shakib Al Hasan to Binny, 1 run, full, on the pads, and he works it off his toes towards backward square leg

30.6

Shakib Al Hasan to Sharma, no run, skids towards the stumps, and he presses forward and defends stoutly

End of over 31 (3 runs) India 107/8 (RR: 3.45)

    • MM Sharma 1 (9b)
    • STR Binny 14 (22b 2x4)
    • Shakib Al Hasan 7-0-27-3
    • Taskin Ahmed 8-1-15-2

Gazi comes on now

31.1

Sohag Gazi to Binny, no run, flat, back of a length, outside off, and he shuffles across and defends into the off side

31.2

Sohag Gazi to Binny, FOUR, slides down the leg side, and Binny gets a little tickle on it and it runs away past short fine leg for four

31.3

Sohag Gazi to Binny, no run, full, on the stumps, and he comes forward to defend

31.4

Sohag Gazi to Binny, 1 wide, down the leg side again, and it turns past Binny's hip as he tries to glance

31.4

Sohag Gazi to Binny, no run, full, works it into the midwicket area

31.5

Sohag Gazi to Binny, 1 run, down the pitch, and he flicks this to the right of midwicket

31.6

Sohag Gazi to Sharma, no run, quickish ball on off stump, and he goes back and tucks it down towards midwicket

End of over 32 (6 runs) India 113/8 (RR: 3.53)

    • MM Sharma 1 (10b)
    • STR Binny 19 (27b 3x4)
    • Sohag Gazi 1-0-6-0
    • Shakib Al Hasan 7-0-27-3

Mahmudullah now

32.1

Mahmudullah to Binny, FOUR, that's a long hop that turns down the leg side, and he swivels to pull that away powerfully behind deep square leg

32.2

Mahmudullah to Binny, no run, fuller now, and he comes forward and it turns and hits him on the front thigh

32.3

Mahmudullah to Binny, no run, couple of steps down the pitch and defended solidly back to the bowler

32.4

Mahmudullah to Binny, no run, short, and turning in. He made good room for the cut but missed the line

32.5

Mahmudullah to Binny, 1 run, deep in his crease now and punches it down to long-on

32.6

Mahmudullah to Sharma, no run, shortish ball, turning in with some bounce. Mohit tries to play the late dab but can't quite get bat on it

End of over 33 (5 runs) India 118/8 (RR: 3.57)

    • MM Sharma 1 (11b)
    • STR Binny 24 (32b 4x4)
    • Mahmudullah 1-0-5-0
    • Sohag Gazi 1-0-6-0
33.1

Sohag Gazi to Binny, no run, Sohag Gazi to Binny, no run, back of a length outside off, punched back to the bowler

33.2

Sohag Gazi to Binny, 1 run, goes back this time and tucks this off his legs behind square

33.3

Sohag Gazi to Sharma, no run, full, outside off, and he comes forward to defend into the off side

33.4

Sohag Gazi to Sharma, OUT, that's an easy decision. spins back sharply from outside off, and it's hit his pad right in front of the stumps as he shuffled across to defend

MM Sharma lbw b Sohag Gazi 1 (23m 13b 0x4 0x6) SR: 7.69

Umesh Yadav, who made India's second-highest score in the second ODI

33.5

Sohag Gazi to Yadav, no run, he may not score as many here. Came forward and tried to defend but it went straight on and beat his outside edge. He was stretched fully forward and the keeper took the bails off, and it looks like his toe is on the line... There's a part of his foot behind the line but that part is in the air. Looks out, I think... No! It's given not out!

33.6

Sohag Gazi to Yadav, no run, shortish ball, and he goes back and works it off his pads to square leg

End of over 34 (1 run) India 119/9 (RR: 3.50)

    • UT Yadav 0 (2b)
    • STR Binny 25 (34b 4x4)
    • Sohag Gazi 2-0-7-1
    • Mahmudullah 1-0-5-0

Shakib returns now, and wipes the ball on the towel hanging from the umpire's waistband

Bharathwaj Vasu: "Would be really nice to see binny score a few runs here and take india to 160. He needs to farm the strike with the tail enders.Really good oppurtunity to make a case for selection as bowling allrounder in the India first eleven team keeping in mind the england series coming up very soon."

34.1

Shakib Al Hasan to Binny, no run, back of a length on off, and he defends into the off side off the back foot

34.2

Shakib Al Hasan to Binny, no run, there's that slider again, and it pings Binny on the front pad. Frantic appeal, and it isn't given. I guess he was struck outside the line.

Don't forget to have a look at the report, by Mohammad Isam. We'll also have more match and series wraps coming in over the next few hours. That's all for me, Karthik Krishnaswamy. I've enjoyed bringing you this game, and I hope you enjoyed following it as well. Good night!

Presentation time It's happening indoors, I think. Stuart Binny is the Man of the Series. "I must thank my team and Suresh for giving me this opportunity, and I took it. Wicket wasn't too good to bat on, but we came here as a young side and proved ourselves. I wanted us to get around 140 on the board so we could compete."

Mushfiqur Rahim: "The wicket was helping but you still have to bowl in good areas, so credit goes to our pace bowlers, specially Taskin and Al Amin. When the win is not coming it is difficult to motivate the others but there are a few positives, and we have a new coaching staff, and we will work together and look to improve."

Suresh Raina "Very happy with the side, especially Stuart Binny, who bowled really well alongside Mohit Sharma and Umesh Yadav. When we came here for Asia Cup, Taskin used to bowl to us in the nets, so really happy to see him do well. We played good cricket, especially when you know World Cup is coming up, a lot of youngsters showed their character."

VJ: ""There's no way you can judge a player's true potential by watching him bat or bowl on that." "but they've discovered an exciting fast-bowling talent in Taskin Ahmed" -- aren't these two contradicting each other?" I should have said, they've discovered a fast bowler who looks like he has a lot of potential. Does that work?

8.25pm It's started raining at the ground again. Will they have a presentation ceremony, and if so, when? What is the cut-off time for that?

So that's it for the series. India have won 2-0, but I don't think either side will be too pleased. Bangladesh for obvious reasons, but they've discovered an exciting fast-bowling talent in Taskin Ahmed. India would have wanted their second string to get a proper opportunity to show their ODI mettle. They got one reduced target, and two low-scoring games (one incomplete) on a highly atypical ODI pitch. There's no way you can judge a player's true potential by watching him bat or bowl on that. Scheduling the series at this time of the year, when everyone knew the monsoons were sweeping through the country, doesn't seem a very bright idea. Do stay tuned for the presentation.

8.10pm The umpires are talking to both the captains. We aren't sure what they're discussing. Oh, now we seem to be. They've all shaken hands, and the captains have hugged each other, and that can only mean one thing... but we don't have official confirmation yet. Well, now we do. The match has been abandoned.

Tej disagrees: "Reading all comments today. As usual no one misses the chance to criticise India. Again I would say this pitch is unplayable! No text book technique or slogging would last on this pitch for more than a 30-40 balls innings. Let us give bowlers a chance to feel that cricket is their game too."

Aman: "Bringing back the Indian batting story. In this team we have 6 specialist batsmen and 3 all rounders and still India finds it difficult to last the full quota of 50 overs."

7.55pm Alagappan says both umpires are out, and the covers are starting to be pulled off.

7.50pm "There's only the faintest drizzle now," Alagappan says. "And the groundstaff are trying to get the ground ready with as little delay as possible after it stops."

7.40pm So in case they manage to get the match started by 8.25, Bangladesh will have to chase 80 in 20 overs.

7.30pm "There's still a drizzle on, the entire ground is covered but the super soppers are out," Alagappan reports. "Reasonably steady drizzle."

7.25pm "Match can go on only till 9.45," Alagappan says. "And to bowl the 20 overs of Bangladesh innings (they might not need that much to get the eventual target) regulations state would need 80 minutes. So match has to start by 8.25 pm." We aren't 100% sure of this, so we'll check and confirm.

Ravi has put his calculator (or his mental math) to very good use: "@Sam, 46 overs are to be completed (40 in BD innings and 6 in India innings). This means 184 minutes (46 * 4 mts) of play left. Adding the 20 mts innings break, we have about 204 mts. I am sure that India will not bat again, so we need 80 mts of play (20 * 4 mts). So if the time lost due to the last break is not more than 124 mts, then we will have a result. This is app. 2 hours of delay"

Sam: "What is the earliest time the game has to restart before it is scrapped altogether?"

Isam says the match will have to end by 9.30pm. That means they'll have to fit 20 overs in before that. That would mean starting again at around 8.00pm, which is 40 minutes away.

Piash: "@Abhi, D/L method always considers the extra wickets that batting 2nd team get. For example, if batting 2nd team's earlier target is 250 in 50 overs and match reduced to 25 overs, then their target will not be simply 125. It will be 167. These 42 extra runs are because of 5 extra wickets of the 2nd team. So no amendment needed in D/L method."

7.00pm It doesn't look promising, at the moment. "It's steady," says Alagappan. "Not lashing down, but still threatening enough."

FifthBeatle: "@Ram: Uh, you don't have to look any further than the previous match. Five Indians made their highest score - WP Saha (5), MM Sharma (4*), UT Yadav (17), STR Binny (3), AR Patel (8) out of a total of 105!" Ha ha!

Abhi: "I suggest an amendment to the D/L methodology: In a rain affected match, when a target is given to the team, they should also limit the number of batsman to be used the team. Chasing a small total with all 10 wickets doesn't really makes sense, does it?"

Dharma: "For run-outs and stumpings, some part of foot/bat should be grounded behind the crease, but for checking for no-ball, if some part of foot is behind the crease, then it is enough, no need to be grounded. am i correct? if yes, then why can't the rule be changed for run-outs and stumpings?" Yeah. It's strange that behind the line can mean two entirely different things for batsmen and bowlers.

Ram: "Is this the lowest team total, when 3 of the batsmen (Pujara, Binny and Saha) have made their individual highest score??" It may well be, unless you count matches where an entire team made its debut... Or if Nos. 9, 10 and 11 scored a few after the top and middle order were blown away...

6.40pm And with that, the covers come on again. There's more rain now, and it looks pretty heavy to me

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