England tour of India, 2005/06 / Commentary

England in India Test Series - 2nd Test

India v England

India won by 9 wickets

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100  | Overs 101-150

England captain Andrew Flintoff has won the toss and elected to bat first.

0.1

Pathan to Strauss, 2 runs, starts off with a beauty, swinging away from the left-hander, Strauss ends up with an edge, luckily the ball falls short of the fielder at second slip

0.2

Pathan to Strauss, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, hint of away swing, no shot offered

0.3

Pathan to Strauss, no run, another probing delivery, closer to the off stump line and Struss dabs it away towards cover

0.4

Pathan to Strauss, no run, defended outside the off stump

0.5

Pathan to Strauss, no run, bit of width offered outside the off stump, Strauss watchfully plays it away towards cover

0.6

Pathan to Strauss, 2 runs, fuller length delivery outside the off stump and Strauss drives opening the face of the bat and gets it wide of Yuvraj at point, not a well timed shot

Munaf Patel to share the new ball with Pathan.

End of over 1 (4 runs) England 4/0
AJ Strauss    4* (6b)      IK Pathan    1-0-4-0
AN Cook    0* (0b)     

1.1

Patel to Cook, FOUR, pitched up outside the off stump and Cook drives it past the fielder at mid-off - welcome to Test cricket

1.2

Patel to Cook, 1 run, good length delivery, forced away wide of the fielder point, good cricket this from Cook.

1.3

Patel to Strauss, no run, good length delivery, angling across the left-hander, Strauss drives off the front-foot and the ball goes straight to the fielder at gully, come off the outer half of the bat

1.4

Patel to Strauss, no run, on the middle and leg stump line, defended

1.5

Patel to Strauss, 1 run, drifting down the leg side, Strauss gets well inside the line and glances it away to fine leg for a single

1.6

Patel to Cook, no run, short of a good length delivery outside the off stump, defended watchfully

End of over 2 (6 runs) England 10/0
AN Cook    5* (3b 1x4)      MM Patel    1-0-6-0
AJ Strauss    5* (9b)      IK Pathan    1-0-4-0

2.1

Pathan to Strauss, no run, short of a good length delivery, hint of away swing, Strauss gets behind the line and defends it back to the bowler

2.2

Pathan to Strauss, 2 runs, again fraction short and swining away, Strauss stays back and glides it past Yuvraj at backwad point

2.3

Pathan to Strauss, 1 run, Pathan strays onto the pads and Strauss punches it away well wide of Tendulkar at mid-on

2.4

Pathan to Cook, 2 runs, good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, hint of away swing, Cook pushes forward to defend and the ball rolls away off the inner half of the bat, Munaf Patel moves across from fine leg and keeps it down to two

2.5

Pathan to Cook, no run, edged away behind point

2.6

Pathan to Cook, no run, played away towards gully

End of over 3 (5 runs) England 15/0
AN Cook    7* (6b 1x4)      IK Pathan    2-0-9-0
AJ Strauss    8* (12b)      MM Patel    1-0-6-0

3.1

Patel to Strauss, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, driven down to mid-off

3.2

Patel to Strauss, no run, on the middle and leg stump line, turned away towards square leg, no room for a single there

3.3

Patel to Strauss, 1 run, good length delivery, angling across, Strauss gets forward and plays it down to mid-off, early call and a well judged quick single is added to the total, excellent cricket

3.4

Patel to Cook, no run, good line and just short of a length, Cook keeps it out

3.5

Patel to Cook, 1 run, driven wide of Tendulkar at mid-on, easy single

3.6

Patel to Strauss, 1 run, short of a good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, Strauss strays back and dabs it away towards cover and sprints across for a single

End of over 4 (3 runs) England 18/0
AJ Strauss    10* (16b)      MM Patel    2-0-9-0
AN Cook    8* (8b 1x4)      IK Pathan    2-0-9-0

4.1

Pathan to Strauss, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, hint of away swing, Strauss leaves it through to the keeper

4.2

Pathan to Strauss, no run, bit wide and swinging away, no shot offered

4.3

Pathan to Strauss, no run, on the middle and off stump line, swinging away, Strauss drives on the up and finds Tendulkar at mid-on

4.4

Pathan to Strauss, no run, short of a good length delivery, bit too wide outside the off stump and Strauss shoulders arms

4.5

Pathan to Strauss, 1 run, drifts down the leg side, Strauss gets inside the line and tucks it away to fine leg for an easy single

4.6

Pathan to Cook, no run, better line and length, Cook defends on the front-foot and the ball rolls away towards cover

End of over 5 (1 run) England 19/0
AN Cook    8* (9b 1x4)      IK Pathan    3-0-10-0
AJ Strauss    11* (21b)      MM Patel    2-0-9-0

5.1

Patel to Strauss, no run, pitched up outside the off stump and Strauss drives hard but fails to get it past Chawla at cover

5.2

Patel to Strauss, no run, on the middle and leg stump line, turned away on the leg side

5.3

Patel to Strauss, 3 runs, good length delivery on the pads, wrong line and Struss turns it away through midwicket, Tendulkar chases it down

Patel decides to come round the wicket to Cook.

5.4

Patel to Cook, no run, short of a good length delivery, coming in with the angle, Cook stays back and turns it away towards midwicket

5.5

Patel to Cook, no run, again short and coming in with the angle, this time Cook gets forward and forces it away towards cover

5.6

Patel to Cook, 1 no ball, bit fuller outside the off stump, driven straight to Yuvraj at backward point

5.6

Patel to Cook, no run, bit of width offered outside the off stump and Cook goes for the cut, ball clips the inside edge and rolls away behind the stumps, Dhoni dives across to his right and saves runs

End of over 6 (4 runs) England 23/0
AN Cook    8* (13b 1x4)      MM Patel    3-0-13-0
AJ Strauss    14* (24b)      IK Pathan    3-0-10-0

6.1

Pathan to Strauss, no run, driven down to mid-off

6.2

Pathan to Strauss, no run, good length delivery, Strauss keeps it out

6.3

Pathan to Strauss, no run, length ball, Strauss drives it away, fielded by Tendulkar

6.4

Pathan to Strauss, no run, left alone outside the off stump

6.5

Pathan to Strauss, FOUR, fraction short and that's pulled away to the midwicket fence

6.6

Pathan to Strauss, no run, left alone outside the off stump

Spin being introduced into the attack now.

End of over 7 (4 runs) England 27/0
AJ Strauss    18* (30b 1x4)      IK Pathan    4-0-14-0
AN Cook    8* (13b 1x4)      MM Patel    3-0-13-0

7.1

Harbhajan Singh to Cook, no run, tossed up and turning away, defended on the front-foot

7.2

Harbhajan Singh to Cook, no run, flighted delivery, pitched in line and turning away, Cook gets well forward to the pitch of the delivery and defends it away towards cover

7.3

Harbhajan Singh to Cook, no run, short and wide outside the off stump, Cook rocks back and cuts hard, good looking shot but the ball went straight to Yuvraj at point

7.4

Harbhajan Singh to Cook, 1 run, turning away from the left-hander, Cook gets forward and drives it wide of Munaf Patel at mid-off

7.5

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, pitched close to the off stump line and turning away, Strauss reads it well and leaves it through to the keeper

7.6

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, on the stumps and turning away, defended on the front-foot

End of over 8 (1 run) England 28/0
AJ Strauss    18* (32b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-1-0
AN Cook    9* (17b 1x4)      IK Pathan    4-0-14-0

8.1

Pathan to Cook, no run, good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, Cook defends on the front-foot and the ball rolls down to mid-on

8.2

Pathan to Cook, no run, short of a length and bit wide outside the off stump, Cook drives off the back foot, diving stop by Kumble at gully saves runs

8.3

Pathan to Cook, no run, good line and length delivery, Cook drives off the back-foot to the mid-off region, Chawla is the fielder there

8.4

Pathan to Cook, no run, just short of a length, Cook drives the ball off the back foot but fails to get it past the fielder at cover

8.5

Pathan to Cook, 3 runs, short and wide outside the off stump, Cook cuts off the back foot and gets it past Kaif at point, long chase and a sliding effort save one run

8.6

Pathan to Strauss, no run, full down leg side, turned away straight to the fielder in front of square leg

End of over 9 (3 runs) England 31/0
AJ Strauss    18* (33b 1x4)      IK Pathan    5-0-17-0
AN Cook    12* (22b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-1-0

9.1

Harbhajan Singh to Cook, no run, tossed up on the stumps, defended straight to Sehwag at cover

9.2

Harbhajan Singh to Cook, no run, fraction short and turning away, Cook cuts off the back-foot and gets beaten by the extra bounce, well bowled!

9.3

Harbhajan Singh to Cook, no run, pitched outside the off stump and turning away, no shot offered

9.4

Harbhajan Singh to Cook, no run, fuller on the stumps, defended away towards cover

9.5

Harbhajan Singh to Cook, FOUR, slightly short and angling away from the left-hander, Cook leans back and cuts it away well wide of the fielder at point, excellent timing and placement

9.6

Harbhajan Singh to Cook, no run, full and on the stumps, much better line and legth, Cook gets forward and defends it back to the bowler

End of over 10 (4 runs) England 35/0
AN Cook    16* (28b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-5-0
AJ Strauss    18* (33b 1x4)      IK Pathan    5-0-17-0

10.1

Pathan to Strauss, no run, defended outside the off stump

10.2

Pathan to Strauss, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, driven off the back-foot and the ball finds Chawla at mid-off

10.3

Pathan to Strauss, no run, short of a good length delivery, close to the off stump line and this one kept its line, Strauss shoulders arms and the ball goes through to the keeper

10.4

Pathan to Strauss, no run, bit too wide outside the off stump, Strauss not interested.

10.5

Pathan to Strauss, OUT, got'm! short of a good length delivery, width offered and Strauss goes after it, ball clips the bottom edge and goes behind, Dhoni dives across full-length to his left and gloves it inches away from the ground, fantastic take!

AJ Strauss c †Dhoni b Pathan 18 (46m 38b 1x4 0x6) SR: 47.36

Pathan with the breakthrough, Ian Bell is the next man in.

10.6

Pathan to Bell, no run, good length delivery, angling across, defended on the front-foot and the ball rolls away towards cover

End of over 11 (wicket maiden) England 35/1
IR Bell    0* (1b)      IK Pathan    6-1-17-1
AN Cook    16* (28b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-5-0

11.1

Harbhajan Singh to Cook, no run, defended outside the off stump

11.2

Harbhajan Singh to Cook, no run, forced away towards cover

11.3

Harbhajan Singh to Cook, no run, tight delivery, defended on the front-foot

11.4

Harbhajan Singh to Cook, no run, full and turning away, bit quicker than the previous delivery, Cook prods it away towards cover

11.5

Harbhajan Singh to Cook, 1 run, on the pads, played down to fine leg for a single

Slip, leg slip and a short leg in place for the new batsman

11.6

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, no run, tossed up and turning in, defended on the front-foot and the ball rolls away square on the off side

End of over 12 (1 run) England 36/1
IR Bell    0* (2b)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-6-0
AN Cook    17* (33b 2x4)      IK Pathan    6-1-17-1

12.1

Pathan to Cook, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, driven down to mid-on

12.2

Pathan to Cook, no run, straight delivery outside the off stump, driven straight to the fielder at mid-off

12.3

Pathan to Cook, no run, short of a good length delivery outside the off stump, Cook goes after it and gets beaten!

12.4

Pathan to Cook, no run, played down to mid-off

12.5

Pathan to Cook, OUT, beauty! Pathan gets one to come back into the left-hander, Cook plays across the line and is trapped plumb in front of the stumps, excellent bowling this from the left-hander. England two down

AN Cook lbw b Pathan 17 (55m 38b 2x4 0x6) SR: 44.73

That was a Pathan special, set it up nicely with four away going deliveries and Cook fell right into the trap! Pietersen walks in.

12.6

Pathan to Pietersen, no run, defended down on the leg side

End of over 13 (wicket maiden) England 36/2
KP Pietersen    0* (1b)      IK Pathan    7-2-17-2
IR Bell    0* (2b)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-6-0

13.1

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, no run, padded away

13.2

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, 1 run, driven wide of the fielder at mid-off, easy single and Bell is off the mark

13.3

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, turning in defended watchfully

13.4

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 2 runs, swept away nicely to fine leg for a brace

13.5

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, defended down on the off side

13.6

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, played away on the leg side

End of over 14 (3 runs) England 39/2
KP Pietersen    2* (5b)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-9-0
IR Bell    1* (4b)      IK Pathan    7-2-17-2

14.1

Pathan to Bell, 2 runs, good length delivery on the middle and leg stump line, Bell gets across and glances it away to fine leg, easy two

14.2

Pathan to Bell, no run, good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, hint of in swing, Bell gets behind the line and defends it back to the bowler

14.3

Pathan to Bell, no run, another good length delivery, the one that comes back into the right-hander, Bell pushes forward and ends up with an inside edge, ball rolls back to the bowler

14.4

Pathan to Bell, FOUR, pitched up and angling across, Bell looking to drive on the up ends up with a thick edge and the ball files over Kumble at gully

14.5

Pathan to Bell, no run, angling across, no shot offered

14.6

Pathan to Bell, no run, short of a good length delivery, this one came back in a touch, Bell reads it well and leaves it through to the keeper, well played in the end

End of over 15 (6 runs) England 45/2
IR Bell    7* (10b 1x4)      IK Pathan    8-2-23-2
KP Pietersen    2* (5b)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-9-0

15.1

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, driven wide of the fielder at mid-on

15.2

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, FOUR, turning in sharply, Bell gets half-forward, looking to defend, ball clips the outside edge and races away well wide of Dravid at first slip, Chawla goes after it but the ball wins the race

15.3

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, no run, defended straight to the fielder at short leg

15.4

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, no run, turning in from outside the off stump, defended on the front-foot

15.5

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, no run, close to the off stump line, turning into the right-hander, Bell goes back and defends it straigth to Jaffer at short leg

15.6

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, no run, top-spinner, bit wide outside the off stump and Bell leaves it through to the keeper, end of a good over

Munaf Patel back on now.

End of over 16 (5 runs) England 50/2
IR Bell    11* (15b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    5-0-14-0
KP Pietersen    3* (6b)      IK Pathan    8-2-23-2

16.1

Patel to Pietersen, 1 run, good length delivery on the stumps, Pietersen gets into a good position and drives it wide of the fielder at mid-on

16.2

Patel to Bell, 2 runs, Patel strays down leg side and Bell nicely turns it away to fine leg, excellent diving stop by Chawla in the deep saves two runs

16.3

Patel to Bell, no run, played straight to the fielder at midwicket

16.4

Patel to Bell, 1 run, on the middle and leg stump line, hint of reverse swing, Bell stays back and works it away towards square leg, Jaffer moves across from midwicket but fails to cut off the single

16.5

Patel to Pietersen, no run, straight delivery outside the off stump, no shot offered

Pietersen not happy with the sight-screen, play held up.

16.6

Patel to Pietersen, no run, good length delivery, definite reverse swing on this occasion, Pietersen nicely gets behind the line and plays it down safely on the off side, well bowled and well played

Chawla into the attack now.

End of over 17 (4 runs) England 54/2
KP Pietersen    4* (9b)      MM Patel    4-0-17-0
IR Bell    14* (18b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    5-0-14-0

17.1

Chawla to Bell, no run, defended on the front-foot

17.2

Chawla to Bell, no run, turned away on the leg side

17.3

Chawla to Bell, no run, tossed up and turning away, defended on the front-foot

17.4

Chawla to Bell, no run, slightly short, pitched in line and turning away from the right-hander, Bell gets behind the line and defends it away towards cover

17.5

Chawla to Bell, no run, driven away towards cover, no room for a single there

17.6

Chawla to Bell, no run, defended on the front-foot

And that's lunch on day one. Good first session for India, Pathan was the star and he picked up both the wickets which fell this morning. It's now up to Bell and Pietersen to consolidate, we will be back in 40 mintues time with the post-lunch session - be sure to join us then. Players are back, this is going to be an extended session to make up for the time lost.

End of over 18 (maiden) England 54/2
IR Bell    14* (24b 2x4)      PP Chawla    1-1-0-0
KP Pietersen    4* (9b)      MM Patel    4-0-17-0

18.1

Patel to Pietersen, no run, good length delivery, cutting in from outside the off stump, Pietersen gets right behind the line and defends it with a straight bat, ball rolls back to the bowler

18.2

Patel to Pietersen, no run, on the middle and off stump line, defended straight back down the track to the mid-on region

18.3

Patel to Pietersen, 1 run, on the middle and leg stump line, off-cutter, Pietersen gets forward and turns it away to fine leg for an easy single

Two slips and a gully waiting.

18.4

Patel to Bell, no run, short of a good length delivery, coming in with the angle, defended on the back-foot and the ball rolls away on the leg side

18.5

Patel to Bell, no run, again slightly short and angling in, Bell defends on the back-foot and the ball rolls away towards point

18.6

Patel to Bell, FOUR, short ball, angling in from outside the off stump, Bell leans back and pulls it in the air to the midwicket fence, not in full control but got it wide of the fielder at midwicket

Chawla to continue.

End of over 19 (5 runs) England 59/2
IR Bell    18* (27b 3x4)      MM Patel    5-0-22-0
KP Pietersen    5* (12b)      PP Chawla    1-1-0-0

19.1

Chawla to Pietersen, no run, pitched up outside the off stump, driven straight to the fielder at mid-off

19.2

Chawla to Pietersen, no run, pitched close to the off stump line and turning away, defended leaning well forward

19.3

Chawla to Pietersen, no run, drifting in and turning away after hitting the deck, defended on the back-foot and the ball rolls away straight to Jaffer at short leg

19.4

Chawla to Pietersen, FOUR, shot! nothing wrong with the delivery, Pietersen quickly goes down on one knee and sweeps it away well in front of square leg, sweetly timed shot that

19.5

Chawla to Pietersen, no run, driven away towards cover

19.6

Chawla to Pietersen, SIX, on the middle and off stump line, Pietersen leans well forward and slogs it away well over the midwicket fence, good clean hit

End of over 20 (10 runs) England 69/2
KP Pietersen    15* (18b 1x4 1x6)      PP Chawla    2-1-10-0
IR Bell    18* (27b 3x4)      MM Patel    5-0-22-0

20.1

Patel to Bell, no run, pitched up outside the off stump, driven away nicely but no room for a single there

20.2

Patel to Bell, 1 no ball, called for overstepping, no shot offered

20.2

Patel to Bell, no run, bit wide outside the off stump, no shot offered

20.3

Patel to Bell, no run, another probing delivery outside the off stump, Bell not interested

20.4

Patel to Bell, no run, drifting in with the angle, defended on the back-foot and the ball rolls down track

20.5

Patel to Bell, no run, good length delivery, cutting in, driven hard but straight to Tendulkar at mid-off

20.6

Patel to Bell, 1 run, Patel drifts on to middle and leg, wrong line and Bell works it away to fine leg for a single, Chawla in the deep fails to stop it cleanly but no damage is done.

End of over 21 (2 runs) England 71/2
IR Bell    19* (34b 3x4)      MM Patel    6-0-24-0
KP Pietersen    15* (18b 1x4 1x6)      PP Chawla    2-1-10-0

21.1

Chawla to Bell, no run, full and on the stumps, defended on the front-foot

21.2

Chawla to Bell, no run, drifting in and turning away, driven down to mid-off

21.3

Chawla to Bell, no run, on the middle and off stump line, Bell defends presenting the full face of the bat and the ball rolls back to the bowler

21.4

Chawla to Bell, 2 runs, pitched in line with the leg stump and turning across, Bell pushes forward to defend and the ball rolls away off the outside edge

21.5

Chawla to Bell, no run, defended watchfully

21.6

Chawla to Bell, no run, quicker delivery, played away towards cover point

End of over 22 (2 runs) England 73/2
IR Bell    21* (40b 3x4)      PP Chawla    3-1-12-0
KP Pietersen    15* (18b 1x4 1x6)      MM Patel    6-0-24-0

22.1

Patel to Pietersen, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, driven straight to the fielder at point

22.2

Patel to Pietersen, FOUR, good length delivery outside the off stump, bit too wide and Pietersen drills it past the diving fielder at mid-off, excellent placement and that's his first scoring shot on the off side

22.3

Patel to Pietersen, FOUR, four more! under pressure Patel strays onto middle and leg, Pietersen gets well forward and turns it away through midwicket, lovely shot

22.4

Patel to Pietersen, no run, good length delivery, driven away on the off side

22.5

Patel to Pietersen, no run, good length, cutting in from outside the off stump, Pietersen drives, presenting the full face of the bat and the ball rolls back to the bowler

22.6

Patel to Pietersen, no run, short of a good length delivery outside the off stump, no shot offered - end of a good over for England.

End of over 23 (8 runs) England 81/2
KP Pietersen    23* (24b 3x4 1x6)      MM Patel    7-0-32-0
IR Bell    21* (40b 3x4)      PP Chawla    3-1-12-0

23.1

Chawla to Bell, no run, tossed up and turning away, defended stretching well forward

23.2

Chawla to Bell, 1 run, googly! the one that turns back into the right-hander, Bell picks it up late and turns it away to fine leg for a single

23.3

Chawla to Pietersen, no run, driven down to mid-on

23.4

Chawla to Pietersen, 1 run, drifting in with the angle, Pietersen goes back and works it away on the leg side for a single

23.5

Chawla to Bell, no run, leg-break, bit wide outside the off stump and Bell leaves it through to the keeper

23.6

Chawla to Bell, no run, on the middle and leg stump line, Bell watchfully defends it down on the track, Jaffer moves in from short leg and picks it up

Two slips and a gully in position

End of over 24 (2 runs) England 83/2
IR Bell    22* (44b 3x4)      PP Chawla    4-1-14-0
KP Pietersen    24* (26b 3x4 1x6)      MM Patel    7-0-32-0

24.1

Patel to Pietersen, no run, short of a good length delivery, wide outside the off stump and Pietersen shoulders arms

24.2

Patel to Pietersen, no run, pitched up outside the off stump and Pietersen drives hard, fantastic diving stop by Harbhajan at cover saves a certain boundary

24.3

Patel to Pietersen, no run, again slightly short and outside the off stump, Pietersen driven off the back-foot but fails to get it past the cover fielder

24.4

Patel to Pietersen, no run, short of a good length delivery, cutting in but not enough to make Pietersen play at it

24.5

Patel to Pietersen, FOUR, good length delivery outside the off stump, Pietersen drives on the up and gets it into the narrow gap between the cover fielders, Yuvraj gives chase but the slide is not timed well enough and the ball rolls over the ropes

24.6

Patel to Pietersen, no run, good delivery outside the off stump, Pietersen leaves it through to the keeper

End of over 25 (4 runs) England 87/2
KP Pietersen    28* (32b 4x4 1x6)      MM Patel    8-0-36-0
IR Bell    22* (44b 3x4)      PP Chawla    4-1-14-0

25.1

Chawla to Bell, no run, played way towards cover

25.2

Chawla to Bell, 1 run, leans well forward and taps it down to fine leg for a single

25.3

Chawla to Pietersen, no run, defended on the front-foot

25.4

Chawla to Pietersen, FOUR, tossed up and turning away, Pietersen comes down the track and lofts it away to the long-off fence, Chawla under pressure here

25.5

Chawla to Pietersen, no run, quicker delivery on the stumps, excellent comeback from Chawla, Pietersen ends up with an inside edge onto his pad

25.6

Chawla to Pietersen, 1 run, swept away behind square, easy single to end the over

End of over 26 (6 runs) England 93/2
KP Pietersen    33* (36b 5x4 1x6)      PP Chawla    5-1-20-0
IR Bell    23* (46b 3x4)      MM Patel    8-0-36-0

26.1

Pathan to Pietersen, no run, good length delivery, angling across the right-hander, no shot offered

26.2

Pathan to Pietersen, no run, pitched wide outside the off stump and angling away further, Pietersen not interested

26.3

Pathan to Pietersen, FOUR, pitched up outside the off stump, Pietersen walks across and clips it away well in front of square leg, amazing shot!

26.4

Pathan to Pietersen, no run, short of a good length delivery, bit too wide and Pietersen leaves it through to the keeper

26.5

Pathan to Pietersen, 1 run, on the middle and off stump line, driven down to mid-on, quick single taken

26.6

Pathan to Bell, no run, good length delivery outside the off stump, driven straight to the fielder at cover

Kumble into the attack for the first time today.

End of over 27 (5 runs) England 98/2
IR Bell    23* (47b 3x4)      IK Pathan    9-2-28-2
KP Pietersen    38* (41b 6x4 1x6)      PP Chawla    5-1-20-0

27.1

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, right on target straightaway, defended down on the leg side

27.2

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, pitched in line and turning across, Pietersen gets forward and defends it down on the leg side

27.3

Kumble to Pietersen, 1 run, driven down to mid-on and they take off for a dangerous single, Yuvraj there fails to pick it up cleanly and Pietersen makes it across safely

27.4

Kumble to Bell, no run, defended on the front-foot

27.5

Kumble to Bell, 1 run, worked away behind square on the leg side, easy single

27.6

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, quicker delivery on the middle and off stump line, defended straight back to the bowler

End of over 28 (2 runs) England 100/2
KP Pietersen    39* (45b 6x4 1x6)      A Kumble    1-0-2-0
IR Bell    24* (49b 3x4)      IK Pathan    9-2-28-2

28.1

Pathan to Bell, no run, short of a good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, Bell gets behind the line and defends it down safely

Lights are on here!

28.2

Pathan to Bell, no run, again slightly short and close to the off stump line, punched away off the back-foot to the cover region

28.3

Pathan to Bell, FOUR, attempted slower delivery, ends up as a low fulltoss outside the off stump and Bell hammers it through the gap between mid-off and cover, England moving along nicely here at this stage

28.4

Pathan to Bell, no run, on the pads, defended to the leg side

28.5

Pathan to Bell, no run

28.6

Pathan to Bell, no run

End of over 29 (4 runs) England 104/2
IR Bell    28* (55b 4x4)      IK Pathan    10-2-32-2
KP Pietersen    39* (45b 6x4 1x6)      A Kumble    1-0-2-0

29.1

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, full delivery on the pads, its nicely driven to mid-on

29.2

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, tossed up delivery, defended to the off-side

29.3

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, tossed up delivery, thrown up in the air, Pietersen comes forward to defends, is beaten by the turn,ball takes the outer edge of the bat

29.4

Kumble to Pietersen, no run

29.5

Kumble to Pietersen, no run

29.6

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, leg break from Kumble in line with the stumps, Pietersen comes forward and defends it to mid-on, that's the end of the over, its a maiden

Its becomign increasingly dark here at Mohali

End of over 30 (maiden) England 104/2
KP Pietersen    39* (51b 6x4 1x6)      A Kumble    2-1-2-0
IR Bell    28* (55b 4x4)      IK Pathan    10-2-32-2

30.1

Pathan to Bell, no run, good length delivery, pitching outside the off and holding the angle, Bell lets it through to the wicketkeeper

30.2

Pathan to Bell, FOUR, Pathan errs in length, strays on the pads of Bell, Bell gets on top of the delivery and glances it down to fine leg, that ball runs away to the fineleg fence

30.3

Pathan to Bell, 1 run, short of a length delivery, on the pads again, Bell gets it a lot squarer this time, plays it straight to Munaf Patel at backward squareleg for a single

30.4

Pathan to Pietersen, no run, full length delivery, that one came back just a bit, takes the inside edge of the bat after brushing the pad, pops up in the air, but there's no one to catch it, Pathan was more interested in the LBW appeal

30.5

Pathan to Pietersen, 1 run, pushed wide of mid-off and take a quick single

30.6

Pathan to Bell, no run, good length delivery on the stumps, defended to the off-side

Television replays suggest there might have been no inside edge on that fourth delivery, that would have been a close LBW appeal

End of over 31 (6 runs) England 110/2
IR Bell    33* (59b 5x4)      IK Pathan    11-2-38-2
KP Pietersen    40* (53b 6x4 1x6)      A Kumble    2-1-2-0

31.1

Kumble to Pietersen, no run

31.2

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, full delivery, Pietersen tries to work it away to the onside, gets the bottom edge and the ball rolls away to the bowler

31.3

Kumble to Pietersen, 1 run, works it away off the pads for a single

31.4

Kumble to Bell, no run, Bell picks the googly this time and works it away to the onside

31.5

Kumble to Bell, 1 run, just short of good length, Bell goes back and punches it into the open spaces on the offside

31.6

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, nicely tossed up by Kumble this time, Pietersen comes forward, offers the full face of the bat and defends, ball rolls back to Kumble

The Umpires have just had a small chat, we sense it could be something to do with the light, its become pretty dark here even though the floodlights are on

End of over 32 (2 runs) England 112/2
KP Pietersen    41* (57b 6x4 1x6)      A Kumble    3-1-4-0
IR Bell    34* (61b 5x4)      IK Pathan    11-2-38-2

32.1

Pathan to Bell, no run, good length delivery outside off, Bell lets it through to the wicketkeeper, the ball hardly carries to the wicketkeeper, Dhoni collects it on two bounces

32.2

Pathan to Bell, FOUR, full length delivery, lot of width on offer, Bell drives it to the right of the man at cover, didnt quite keep it down, but he finds the gap and the ball races away to the boundary

32.3

Pathan to Bell, no run, good length delivery, left through to the wicketkeeper

32.4

Pathan to Bell, no run, short of a good length this time, Bell goes back and defends

32.5

Pathan to Bell, no run, good chance of pace from Pathan, held it back this time, Bell picks the change of pace and defends

32.6

Pathan to Bell, no run, good length ball, Bell goes back and defends to Yuvraj Singh at cover point

End of over 33 (4 runs) England 116/2
IR Bell    38* (67b 6x4)      IK Pathan    12-2-42-2
KP Pietersen    41* (57b 6x4 1x6)      A Kumble    3-1-4-0

33.1

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, flat delivery from Kumble, KP drives it to Sehwag at cover

33.2

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, short of a length, KP goes back to pull, doesnt get it off the middle of the bat

33.3

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, works it away off the pads to the man at short mid-wicket

33.4

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, tossed up delivery, worked away to the man at short mid-wicket

33.5

Kumble to Pietersen, 1 run, tossed up delivery, a little too straight, Pietersen drives through the line, picks up a single before the mid-on fielder can get to theball

33.6

Kumble to Bell, OUT, gone!! Kumble foxes Bell with a perfect googly! this one was tossed up, pitches outside off and turns into Bell, Bell doesnt pick the googly, shoulders arms and the ball just about dislodges the bail on top of the off stump

IR Bell b Kumble 38 (90m 68b 6x4 0x6) SR: 55.88

Change in bowling now, Harbhajan Singh is introduced into the attack now

End of over 34 (1 run) England 117/3
     A Kumble    4-1-5-1
KP Pietersen    42* (62b 6x4 1x6)      IK Pathan    12-2-42-2

34.1

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, full delivery close to the offstump, Pietersen plants his frontfoot forward and sweeps it backward of square for one

34.2

Harbhajan Singh to Collingwood, no run, good length delivery, defended off the frontfoot

34.3

Harbhajan Singh to Collingwood, no run, tossed up dekivery again, defended to Jaffer at short leg

34.4

Harbhajan Singh to Collingwood, no run, yet again defended to the left of Jaffer at short-leg

34.5

Harbhajan Singh to Collingwood, no run, topspinner this time, Collingwood picks it and opens the face of the bat and runs it down to point

34.6

Harbhajan Singh to Collingwood, no run, good length delivery, outside off and turning into Collingwood, defended off the frontfoot. Dravid at slip runs across and fields it

It has turned very gloomy out here and the umpires have offered the light to the batsmen. Players are off the field. And it gets worse! now there is a bit of drizzle in the air and the covers are back on, unfortunately it's going to be some time before we get to see any more action. Covers are off and the news from the middle is that play will resume at 3:35 local time, that's in about 10 minutes.

End of over 35 (1 run) England 118/3
PD Collingwood    0* (5b)      Harbhajan Singh    6-0-15-0
KP Pietersen    43* (63b 6x4 1x6)      A Kumble    4-1-5-1

35.1

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, defended back to the bowler

35.2

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, again played straight back down the track, Kumble moves across to his right and fields

35.3

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, flat and turning away, played away towards cover

35.4

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, eased away on the leg side

35.5

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, fuller and on the stumps, driven straight back to the bowler

35.6

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, fraction short and turning away, defended on the back-foot, good over to start with after the break

End of over 36 (maiden) England 118/3
KP Pietersen    43* (69b 6x4 1x6)      A Kumble    5-2-5-1
PD Collingwood    0* (5b)      Harbhajan Singh    6-0-15-0

36.1

Pathan to Collingwood, no run, good length delivery, angling across, no shot offered

36.2

Pathan to Collingwood, no run, full and wide outside the off stump, left through to the keeper

36.3

Pathan to Collingwood, no run, pitched in line and angling across, Collingwood watchfully leaves it through to the keeper

36.4

Pathan to Collingwood, no run, on the middle and leg stump line, defended on the back-foot and the ball rolls away towards midwicket

Two slips in place

36.5

Pathan to Collingwood, no run, pitched up wide outside the off stump and anging away further, Collingwood not interested

36.6

Pathan to Collingwood, no run, short of a good length delivery, again pitched in line and angling across the right-hander, Collingwood watches it all the way into the keeper's glove

End of over 37 (maiden) England 118/3
PD Collingwood    0* (11b)      IK Pathan    13-3-42-2
KP Pietersen    43* (69b 6x4 1x6)      A Kumble    5-2-5-1

37.1

Kumble to Pietersen, FOUR, flighted delivery outside the off stump, Pietersen comes down the track, nicely gets to the pitch of the delivery and lofts it away to the long-off fence, shot!

37.2

Kumble to Pietersen, 1 run, driven down to mid-on, fielder is bit deep and a quick single is taken, good cricket this from Pietersen

37.3

Kumble to Collingwood, no run, full and on the stumps, driven straight back to the bowler

37.4

Kumble to Collingwood, no run, on the pads, turned away towards midwicket

37.5

Kumble to Collingwood, no run, top-spinner, close to the off stump line, defended on the back-foot and the ball rolls away on the leg side

37.6

Kumble to Collingwood, no run, leg-break on the middle and off stump line, defended on the back-foot and the ball rolls back down the carpet

End of over 38 (5 runs) England 123/3
PD Collingwood    0* (15b)      A Kumble    6-2-10-1
KP Pietersen    48* (71b 7x4 1x6)      IK Pathan    13-3-42-2

38.1

Pathan to Pietersen, no run, good length delivery, angling across, driven straight to Tendulkar at mid-off

38.2

Pathan to Pietersen, no run, pitched up outside the off stump, almost an yorker, Pietersen drives it straight back down the track but fails to beat Tendulkar at mid-off

38.3

Pathan to Pietersen, no run, straight delivery, punched away off the back-foot and the ball rolls down to mid-on

38.4

Pathan to Pietersen, no run, short of a good length delivery, pitched in line and angling across, punched off the back-foot and the ball goes straight to Yuvraj at cover point

38.5

Pathan to Pietersen, FOUR, fifty! pitched up and angling across, Pietersen leans well forward and drives it past the fielder at point, there is no protection in the deep - nicely opened the face of the bat to get the placement right, well played

38.6

Pathan to Pietersen, no run, slightly short and bit wide outside the off stump, no shot offered

End of over 39 (4 runs) England 127/3
KP Pietersen    52* (77b 8x4 1x6)      IK Pathan    14-3-46-2
PD Collingwood    0* (15b)      A Kumble    6-2-10-1

39.1

Kumble to Collingwood, 1 run, on the middle and leg stump line, defended on the back-foot and the ball rolls away on the leg side

39.2

Kumble to Pietersen, FOUR, shot! tossed up on the middle and leg stump line, Pietersen chips forward to the pitch of the delivery and clips it away to the midwicket fence, excellent pick-up shot

39.3

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, length ball, Pietersen hits it into the leg side

39.4

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, quicker delivery and Pietersen defends it away towards cover

39.5

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, top-spinner on the stumps, Pietersen defends on the back-foot and ends up with an inside edge onto his pad

39.6

Kumble to Pietersen, 1 leg bye, drifting down the leg side, ball clips the pads and rolls away behind the stumps on the leg side

End of over 40 (6 runs) England 133/3
KP Pietersen    56* (82b 9x4 1x6)      A Kumble    7-2-15-1
PD Collingwood    1* (16b)      IK Pathan    14-3-46-2

40.1

Pathan to Pietersen, no run, short and wide of the off stump, Pietersen shoulders arms and the ball goes through to the keeper

40.2

Pathan to Pietersen, no run, good line and just short of a length, Pietersen gets forward and punches it away towards cover

40.3

Pathan to Pietersen, no run, good line and length, was the slower delivery, Pietersen drives on the front foot and the ball rolls away towards mid-on, not a well timed shot

40.4

Pathan to Pietersen, no run, another off-cutter, close to the off stump line and Pietersen drives it away towards cover, Sehwag moves in quickly and cuts off the single

40.5

Pathan to Pietersen, no run, good line and length, angling across, Pietersen drives and ends up with a thick edge, ball rolls away towards gully

40.6

Pathan to Pietersen, FOUR, half volley outside the off stump and Pietersen drives it away past Tendulkar at mid-off, should have stopped that

End of over 41 (4 runs) England 137/3
KP Pietersen    60* (88b 10x4 1x6)      IK Pathan    15-3-50-2
PD Collingwood    1* (16b)      A Kumble    7-2-15-1

41.1

Kumble to Collingwood, no run, full and on the middle and off stump line, defended straight back to the bowler

41.2

Kumble to Collingwood, no run, good length delivery, Collingwood defends on the front foot and the ball rolls away towards short midwicket

41.3

Kumble to Collingwood, 2 runs, full and on the pads, Collingwood waits for it and turns it away well wide of Tendulkar at midwicket, easy two

41.4

Kumble to Collingwood, no run, quicker delivery, defended on the front-foot

41.5

Kumble to Collingwood, no run, pitched outside the off stump and turning away, defended stretching well forward

41.6

Kumble to Collingwood, 1 run, turning across from outside the leg stump, tucked away to fine leg for an easy singe

End of over 42 (3 runs) England 140/3
PD Collingwood    4* (22b)      A Kumble    8-2-18-1
KP Pietersen    60* (88b 10x4 1x6)      IK Pathan    15-3-50-2

42.1

Pathan to Collingwood, no run, wayward delivery outside the off stump, Collingwood happily leaves it through to the keeper

42.2

Pathan to Collingwood, 1 run, short leg side delivery, Collingwood stands tall on the back-foot and turns it away behind square, Collingwood was looking for the second but Pietersen was not interested

42.3

Pathan to Pietersen, no run, slower delivery outside the off stump, Pietersen goes for the drive and ends up mis-timing it to mid-off, well bowled

42.4

Pathan to Pietersen, 2 runs, on the pads and Pietersen works it away through midwicket for a brace, runs hard and comfortably comes back for the second

42.5

Pathan to Pietersen, no run, short of a length ball on the middle and off stump line, defended on the back-foot with a straight bat

42.6

Pathan to Pietersen, 1 run, good line and back of a length, Pietersen punches it straight back down the track to the mid-on region, early call and a quickly single is added to the total

End of over 43 (4 runs) England 144/3
KP Pietersen    63* (92b 10x4 1x6)      IK Pathan    16-3-54-2
PD Collingwood    5* (24b)      A Kumble    8-2-18-1

43.1

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, defended down on the leg side, got the big stride in and got to the pitch of the delivery

43.2

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, hit on the pads, Pietersen was looking to go across the break, appeal for lbw turned down, probably missing leg

43.3

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, good line and length, Pietersen defends it away

43.4

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, good line and length, Pietersen drives it straight back to the bowler

43.5

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, quicker delivery outside the off stump, no shot offered

43.6

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, line and length, Pietersen lets it go past, fielded by Dhoni

Munaf Patel replaces Pathan.

End of over 44 (maiden) England 144/3
KP Pietersen    63* (98b 10x4 1x6)      A Kumble    9-3-18-1
PD Collingwood    5* (24b)      IK Pathan    16-3-54-2

44.1

Patel to Collingwood, no run, length ball, Collingwood drives it straight back to the bowler

44.2

Patel to Collingwood, no run, short of a good length delivery, hint of reverse swing, bit too wide outside the off stump and Collingwood leaves it through to the keeper

44.3

Patel to Collingwood, 3 runs, Patel strays down the leg side and Collingwood flicks it away to deep backward square leg, Tendulkar hurtles across in the deep and cuts off the boundary

44.4

Patel to Pietersen, no run, full on the stumps, Pietersen drives on the front foot, once bounce and straight back to the bowler

44.5

Patel to Pietersen, no run, short of a length and outside off stump, Pietersen drives well but fails to get it past Harbhajan at cover

44.6

Patel to Pietersen, no run, length ball outside the off stump, Pietersen drives it hard into the ground towards cover, Harbhajan moves across quickly and negates the chance of a single

End of over 45 (3 runs) England 147/3
KP Pietersen    63* (101b 10x4 1x6)      MM Patel    9-0-39-0
PD Collingwood    8* (27b)      A Kumble    9-3-18-1

45.1

Kumble to Collingwood, FOUR, good length but wide of the off stump, Collingwood rocks back, creates the width and cuts it away through cover point, well played

45.2

Kumble to Collingwood, 1 run, pitched outside the off stump and turning away, Collingwood gets well forward and forces it away behind point, quick single taken

45.3

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, full and on the stumps, Pietersen drives eyeing the midwicket fence but makes no contact, appeal for lbw turned down, again missing leg

45.4

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, down the leg side, Pietersen plays and misses and gets hit on the pad

45.5

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, line and length, Pietersen pushes forward

45.6

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, line and length, Pietersen drives on the up and the ball goes straight back to the bowler

End of over 46 (5 runs) England 152/3
KP Pietersen    63* (105b 10x4 1x6)      A Kumble    10-3-23-1
PD Collingwood    13* (29b 1x4)      MM Patel    9-0-39-0

46.1

Patel to Collingwood, no run, just short of a length and this one came back in a long way, Collingwood defends on the back foot and the ball rolls away towards midwicket

46.2

Patel to Collingwood, no run, wide of off stump, Collingwood cuts late, more of an afterthought - ball rolls away towards gully

46.3

Patel to Collingwood, no run, again short of a length and coming in with the angle, Collingwood defends on the back-foot and the ball rolls away on the off side

46.4

Patel to Collingwood, no run, excellent yorker, Collingwood jams his bat down and the ball rolls away off the inside edge, missed the stumps by a whisker, Collingwood lives on

46.5

Patel to Collingwood, no run, short of a length and outside off stump, Collingwood plays no shot

46.6

Patel to Collingwood, no run, again left alone outside the off stump, end of a good over

End of over 47 (maiden) England 152/3
PD Collingwood    13* (35b 1x4)      MM Patel    10-1-39-0
KP Pietersen    63* (105b 10x4 1x6)      A Kumble    10-3-23-1

47.1

Kumble to Pietersen, no run, good length delivery, Pietersen gets well forward and punches it away towards cover

47.2

Kumble to Pietersen, 1 run, full and on the pads, Pietersen leans well forward and drives it away through midwicket

47.3

Kumble to Collingwood, no run, googly, this one came back in, Collingwood reads it well and plays it away on the off side

47.4

Kumble to Collingwood, no run, defended on the front-foot

47.5

Kumble to Collingwood, FOUR, good line and length delivery, Collingwood drives on the front foot and the ball goes in the air towards mid-on, gets it wide of the fielder and the ball races away to the wide long-on fence

47.6

Kumble to Collingwood, no run, good line and length, Collingwood works it through the leg side

End of over 48 (5 runs) England 157/3
PD Collingwood    17* (39b 2x4)      A Kumble    11-3-28-1
KP Pietersen    64* (107b 10x4 1x6)      MM Patel    10-1-39-0

48.1

Patel to Pietersen, OUT, got'm! well disguised slower delivery, Pietersen drives on the up and the ball goes straight back to the bowler, Patel holds on well to a fairly easy chance and that's his first Test wicket, well bowled - England four down.

KP Pietersen c & b Patel 64 (138m 108b 10x4 1x6) SR: 59.25

48.2

Patel to Flintoff, no run, punched away towards cover

48.3

Patel to Flintoff, no run, good line and just short of a length, Flintoff hits it on the leg side

48.4

Patel to Flintoff, no run, punched down to mid-on, watchfully played

48.5

Patel to Flintoff, FOUR, overpitched on the legs, yorker gone wrong, Flintoff skips back and hammers it away to the midwicket fence, off the mark in style

48.6

Patel to Flintoff, no run, short of a good length delivery, coming in with the angle, Flintoff gets behind the line and defends it down safely, end of a successful over

End of over 49 (4 runs) England 161/4
A Flintoff    4* (5b 1x4)      MM Patel    11-1-43-1
PD Collingwood    17* (39b 2x4)      A Kumble    11-3-28-1

49.1

Kumble to Collingwood, no run, line and length, Collingwood defends it

49.2

Kumble to Collingwood, no run, pitched in line with the leg stump and turning across, that's a beauty, Collingwood somehow manages to play it down safely

49.3

Kumble to Collingwood, no run, length but down leg, Collingwood works it through the leg side

49.4

Kumble to Collingwood, 1 run, full and drifting down the leg side, played down to fine leg for an easy single

49.5

Kumble to Flintoff, no run, good line and length delivery, turning away from the right-hander, Flintoff gets a good stride forward and defends it down to silly mid-on

49.6

Kumble to Flintoff, no run, length ball, Flintoff defends it

End of over 50 (1 run) England 162/4
A Flintoff    4* (7b 1x4)      A Kumble    12-3-29-1
PD Collingwood    18* (43b 2x4)      MM Patel    11-1-43-1
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Series Results
India v England at Mumbai - Mar 18-22, 2006
England won by 212 runs
India v England at Mohali - Mar 9-13, 2006
India won by 9 wickets
India v England at Nagpur - Mar 1-5, 2006
Match drawn
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The two rival captains share a lighter moment at the end of the game, India v England, 2nd Test, Mohali, March 13, 2006

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Andrew Flintoff congratulates Rahul Dravid after the Mohali Test, India v England, 2nd Test, Mohali, March 13, 2006

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