England tour of India, 2005/06 / Commentary

England in India ODI Series - 1st ODI

India v England

India won by 39 runs

Hello and welcome to Cricinfo’s coverage of the first ODI between India and England at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi This is your commentator, Jamie Alter, here to bring you the action as it happens This is the first of a seven-match series to be contested at various venues around the country Andrew Flintoff calls tails, wins the toss, and decides to field first He believes it will be a good contest between bat and ball Owais Shah comes into the England side Rahul Dravid says that the absence of Sachin Tendulkar will be felt Gautam Gambhir comes in as opener, Suresh Raina in the middle order and Rudra Pratap Singh is the third seamer England: Andrew Strauss, Matt Prior, Owais Shah, Kevin Pietersen, Andrew Flintoff, Paul Collingwood, Geraint Jones, Ian Blackwell, Liam Plunkett, Kabir Ali, James Anderson India: Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina, Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Irfan Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Sreesanth, RP Singh

0.1

Anderson to Gambhir, 1 run, slightly short outside off, goes for the cut and the balls races between point and gully and runs down to third man for a single

Two slips in place for Strauss

0.1

Anderson to Gambhir, 1 run, short of a length and angling into Strauss, tucked on the onside but straight to the fielder

0.2

Anderson to Sehwag, FOUR, thats a shot! Given width outside off and he just crashes that over point for four! Top shot!

0.2

Anderson to Sehwag, FOUR, outside off and swinging away, left alone for Dhoni behind the stumps

0.3

Anderson to Sehwag, no run, full on off and just smashed down the ground, top shot!

0.4

Anderson to Sehwag, 1 run, full on off, pushed to cover for a quick single

0.5

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, full on middle and off, defended

0.6

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, slightly short, cramped for room, tries to cut but misses

End of over 1 (6 runs) India 6/0 (RR: 6.00)
G Gambhir    1* (3b)      JM Anderson    1-0-6-0
V Sehwag    5* (3b 1x4)     

Kabir Ali to bowl

1.1

Ali to Sehwag, 1 run, width on off, steered between point and gully for a single down to third man

1.2

Ali to Gambhir, no run, outside off and left alone

1.3

Ali to Gambhir, FOUR

1.4

Ali to Gambhir, no run, outside off, left alone

1.5

Ali to Gambhir, FOUR, shot! width outside off and he stands tall and cuts that past point, four!

1.6

Ali to Gambhir, no run, better ball, fuller on middle and off, defended back to the bowler

End of over 2 (9 runs) India 15/0 (RR: 7.50)
G Gambhir    9* (8b 2x4)      Kabir Ali    1-0-9-0
V Sehwag    6* (4b 1x4)      JM Anderson    1-0-6-0

2.1

Anderson to Sehwag, no run, full outside off, swinging away and left alone

2.2

Anderson to Sehwag, no run, that ball rose on him , bounced at his throat, he drops his hands and steals a single through point

2.3

Anderson to Sehwag, 1 run, short on leg, jumps and taps that to the onside, one run

2.4

Anderson to Gambhir, 1 leg bye

2.5

Anderson to Sehwag, OUT, gone! Banged in short, Sehwa just stands there and tries to pull, the ball lobs up in the air and high to mid-on who collects an easy catch! Rash shot, nothing in it really, and England get a vital breakthrough

V Sehwag c Plunkett b Anderson 7 (12m 8b 1x4 0x6) SR: 87.50

Rahul Dravid walks to the crease, pressure is on him, batsmen crossed so he will not face

2.6

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, full on middle and off, defended

End of over 3 (2 runs) India 17/1 (RR: 5.66)
G Gambhir    9* (10b 2x4)      JM Anderson    2-0-7-1
R Dravid    0* (0b)      Kabir Ali    1-0-9-0

3.1

Ali to Dravid, no run, full on off, swing too, left alone

3.2

Ali to Dravid, no run, good line, swinging into him on off, defended to the off side

3.3

Ali to Dravid, no run, and again, good line, short of a driving length on off, defended quickly

3.4

Ali to Dravid, no run, very good shout! shaping into Dravid, rapped on the pads, that was probably going down leg, good bowling though

3.5

Ali to Dravid, no run, again, bowling from wide of the crease, angled into Dravid who defends

3.6

Ali to Dravid, no run, edged and dropped! Full outside off, Dravid drives at it and the catch flies to slip and Owais Shah spills it! How costly will that prove! Kabir Ali isnt happy

End of over 4 (maiden) India 17/1 (RR: 4.25)
R Dravid    0* (6b)      Kabir Ali    2-1-9-0
G Gambhir    9* (10b 2x4)      JM Anderson    2-0-7-1

4.1

Anderson to Gambhir, 1 run, on leg, tapped to the onside

4.2

Anderson to Dravid, FOUR, Shot! Full on the pads and he easily works that through mid-wicket for four!

4.3

Anderson to Dravid, no run, full onoff, watchfully played to point

4.4

Anderson to Dravid, FOUR, similar ball, this time Dravid drops his hands on it and the ball races between slips and gully for four

4.5

Anderson to Dravid, 1 run, short on middle and off, worked to mid-wicket for a single

4.6

Anderson to Gambhir, 1 run, full on off, square-driven past gully for a single, Gambhir retains the strike

End of over 5 (11 runs) India 28/1 (RR: 5.60)
G Gambhir    11* (12b 2x4)      JM Anderson    3-0-18-1
R Dravid    9* (10b 2x4)      Kabir Ali    2-1-9-0

5.1

Ali to Gambhir, 1 run, bad ball, full on the pads, easily turned away for one

5.2

Ali to Dravid, no run, full on middle and off, driven right to mid-on

5.3

Ali to Dravid, no run, full on off, defended back to the bowler

5.4

Ali to Dravid, FOUR, dont bowl there! Full on middle and leg and Dravid just whips that through mid-wicket for four! Easy pickings for him

5.5

Ali to Dravid, 1 run, full on middle and off, easily tapped to the onside and a quick single is called for, Ali runs across but gambhir is home, good running

5.6

Ali to Gambhir, no run, full on off, driven straight but mid-off cuts it off

End of over 6 (6 runs) India 34/1 (RR: 5.66)
G Gambhir    12* (14b 2x4)      Kabir Ali    3-1-15-0
R Dravid    14* (14b 3x4)      JM Anderson    3-0-18-1

India off a brisk start despite the wicket

6.1

Anderson to Dravid, FOUR, too short and he stands tall and pulls that over square leg for four, Dravid showing good aggression here, magnificent shot!

6.2

Anderson to Dravid, no run, Good comeback! Full and swinging away, good position of the seam, Dravid just pokes at it and gets beaten

6.3

Anderson to Dravid, 1 run, short and angling into the ribs, worked around the corner andthey steal a single

6.4

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, full and driven back to the bowler

6.5

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, short and he gets into position to pull, swivels and the ball gets stuck in the helmet grill, top edge and that must have hurt, struck on the eye

6.6

Anderson to Gambhir, 1 run, angling into the pads, worked around the corner for a single

End of over 7 (6 runs) India 40/1 (RR: 5.71)
G Gambhir    13* (17b 2x4)      JM Anderson    4-0-24-1
R Dravid    19* (17b 4x4)      Kabir Ali    3-1-15-0

7.1

Ali to Gambhir, 2 runs, full on middle and leg, Gambhir chips that back to the bowler who gets a hand to it but misses it, the ball races down the ground and they pick up two

7.2

Ali to Gambhir, no run, not as full, on off, played back to the bowler

7.3

Ali to Gambhir, no run, fuller, angling across him, played forward to point, thinks about the run but Dravid says no

7.4

Ali to Gambhir, no run, angling into his ribs, turned to the onside but right to square leg

7.5

Ali to Gambhir, no run, shorter and on off, goes for the cut but misses, Jones collects on the bounce

7.6

Ali to Gambhir, no run, good ball, short of a length on off, played to covers

End of over 8 (2 runs) India 42/1 (RR: 5.25)
G Gambhir    15* (23b 2x4)      Kabir Ali    4-1-17-0
R Dravid    19* (17b 4x4)      JM Anderson    4-0-24-1

Andrew Flintoff brings himself on

8.1

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, good ball to start off with, good length on off, left alone for the 'keeper

8.2

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, this one is full but swinging in, Dravid goes forward and gets an inside edge onto the pads

8.3

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, full outside off, left alone as the ball fairly rolls to Jones, very disconcerting bounce that

8.4

Flintoff to Dravid, FOUR, outside off, Dravid watches it and slaps that past a diving Collingwood at point for four, a dominant Dravid here

8.5

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, Flintoff adjusts his line and brings this one into Dravid who pushes to mid-on

8.6

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, short of a length, driven to covers off the backfoot

End of over 9 (4 runs) India 46/1 (RR: 5.11)
R Dravid    23* (23b 5x4)      A Flintoff    1-0-4-0
G Gambhir    15* (23b 2x4)      Kabir Ali    4-1-17-0

9.1

Ali to Gambhir, no run, full on middle and off, driven to mid-on

9.2

Ali to Gambhir, SIX, maximum! What a shot! Banged in short, gets into position so quickly and hooks that miles in the air and over square leg! Terrific shot and his home crowd loves it!

9.3

Ali to Gambhir, FOUR, Gambhir on fire! Overpitched on leg and easily whipped through mid-wicket for four!

9.4

Ali to Gambhir, OUT, Ali strikes back! Full, swinging away on off, Gambhir pokes at it - perhaps trying to run it down to third man - but succeeds in getting a thin edge through to a diving Jones! Good catch, good ball, unneccessary shot and Ali get a wicket! Gambhir gone after a positive start, India two down

G Gambhir c †Jones b Ali 25 (41m 27b 3x4 1x6) SR: 92.59

Yuvraj Singh walks out, the silence was ominous after Gambhirs dismissal, his home crowd was loving his assault

9.5

Ali to Yuvraj Singh, no run, very good ball, very good leave, that ball was pitched just outside off, swung in and the ball carries through to the 'keeper

9.6

Ali to Yuvraj Singh, no run, good ball again, similar line and length and pushed to the off side, Ali comes good after getting smacked around initially

End of over 10 (10 runs) India 56/2 (RR: 5.60)
Yuvraj Singh    0* (2b)      Kabir Ali    5-1-27-1
R Dravid    23* (23b 5x4)      A Flintoff    1-0-4-0

Second Powerplay being taken

10.1

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, short on off, cut to Collingwood at backward point off the backfoot

10.2

Flintoff to Dravid, 1 run, drifting into the ribs, just tucked around the corner for a single

10.3

Flintoff to Yuvraj Singh, no run, full on off, pushed back to the bowler who collects to his left

10.4

Flintoff to Yuvraj Singh, no run, short and rising from middle to off, Yuvraj watches it carefully and leaves it

10.5

Flintoff to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, short of a length on off, tapped towards mid-off and calls for the single, harries down the pitch and gets it, well run

10.6

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, good ball, on off, defended to the offside

End of over 11 (2 runs) India 58/2 (RR: 5.27)
R Dravid    24* (26b 5x4)      A Flintoff    2-0-6-0
Yuvraj Singh    1* (5b)      Kabir Ali    5-1-27-1

11.1

Ali to Yuvraj Singh, OUT, Gone! Huge wicket! Ali again! Short of a length outside off, Yuvraj plays a weak push and gets an inside edge onto the stumps! Loose shot and Ali gets another to his name! India slipping after a decent start, theyre three down now

Yuvraj Singh b Ali 1 (5m 6b 0x4 0x6) SR: 16.66

Yuvraj played a bad shot to a good ball, Ali gets the credit for mixing his deliveries up, Mohammad Kaif walks out to face the music

11.2

Ali to Kaif, no run, good ball, rising from off, watchfully played to covers

11.3

Ali to Kaif, no run, full pitched, almost a yorker length, dug out back to Ali

11.4

Ali to Kaif, 1 run, short of a length on off, Kaif stands tall and punches back past the bowler and mid-on and gets a single, off the mark

11.5

Ali to Dravid, FOUR, Shot! Banged in short, uneven bounce sees the ball keep low but Dravid watched it all the way and short-arm jabs that over square leg for four! Wow!

11.6

Ali to Dravid, no run, Fuller and pushed towards mid-off

End of over 12 (5 runs) India 63/3 (RR: 5.25)
R Dravid    28* (28b 6x4)      Kabir Ali    6-1-32-2
M Kaif    1* (3b)      A Flintoff    2-0-6-0

Dravid motoring along well but India are three down

12.1

Flintoff to Kaif, no run, what a ball! Welcome to kaif! Flintoff brings one in and across him, swing beats Kaif's forward prod and Jones collects! Good stuff

12.2

Flintoff to Kaif, no run, slightly shorter and this time he gets behind it and defends

12.3

Flintoff to Kaif, no run, Full on middle and leg, a tad slower, turned to mid-wicket but yells 'NO' to his senior partner

12.4

Flintoff to Kaif, 1 no ball, Flintoff oversteps striving for bounce, Kaif stands tall and defends back to the bowler

12.4

Flintoff to Kaif, 1 no ball, full and angling in, Kaif defends and gets an outside edge down to third man

12.4

Flintoff to Kaif, 1 run, turned around the corner for one

12.5

Flintoff to Dravid, 1 run, again on the pads, easily worked past square leg for a double

12.6

Flintoff to Kaif, 2 runs

End of over 13 (5 runs) India 68/3 (RR: 5.23)
M Kaif    4* (9b)      A Flintoff    3-0-11-0
R Dravid    29* (29b 6x4)      Kabir Ali    6-1-32-2

Anderson being brought back on

13.1

Anderson to Dravid, no run, full outside off, Dravid moves well forward and pushes to covers

13.2

Anderson to Dravid, no run, on off again, played to point

13.3

Anderson to Dravid, OUT, RUN OUT! shorter on off, Dravid stands tall and pushes that past the bowler and calls for the run, mid-on springs across, picks the ball and hurls that back towards the striker's end, hits the stumps as Kaif dives to make his ground, looked very, very close, third umpire called for and it appears kaif's bat was in the air, unfortunate dismissal but kaif has to go, India in deep trouble

M Kaif run out 4 (10m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 44.44

Kaif made his dive but the bat was in the air, very good throw that from Ali Suresh Raina walks out

13.4

Anderson to Raina, no run, good ball on off, watchfully defended off the backfoot, loud call of 'NO'

13.5

Anderson to Raina, no run, full on off, defended

13.6

Anderson to Raina, no run, pitched up outside off, driven right to cover

End of over 14 (wicket maiden) India 68/4 (RR: 4.85)
SK Raina    0* (3b)      JM Anderson    5-1-24-1
R Dravid    29* (32b 6x4)      A Flintoff    3-0-11-0

14.1

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, Extra bounce, Dravid stands tall and plays towards point

14.2

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, full and moving in, pushed back to Flintoff

14.3

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, not as full and on middle and off, tapped to the onside but no chance of a run given the last dismissal

14.4

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, similar ball, defended to the offside in a hurry, calls of 'NO' again

14.5

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, very good stuff this, again full right on off and Dravid can only defend back to Flintoff

14.6

Flintoff to Dravid, 1 wide, thatll be wide, Flintoff gets one off target and drifts it down leg

14.6

Flintoff to Dravid, 1 wide, much better, back on track, slightly shorter on off, Dravid forced to defend off the back foot, top over that from Flintoff

14.6

Flintoff to Dravid, no run

End of over 15 (1 run) India 69/4 (RR: 4.60)
R Dravid    29* (38b 6x4)      A Flintoff    4-0-12-0
SK Raina    0* (3b)      JM Anderson    5-1-24-1

15.1

Anderson to Raina, no run, good ball on off, slower, Raina gets his head down and presents the full face of the bat, showing Anderson the make, well defended

15.2

Anderson to Raina, no run, again on off, pushed to mid-off

15.3

Anderson to Raina, no run, Quicker and moving into him from around the wicket, Raina quickly behind the ball and defends

15.4

Anderson to Raina, no run, full on middle and leg, driven straight to mid-on

15.5

Anderson to Raina, no run, what a beauty! Pace and bounce beats Raina's backfoot defense, Anderson taking a cue from his captain

15.6

Anderson to Raina, 1 run, banged in short on off, Raina uppercuts but right to Blackwell at third man who parries the ball on the bounce and stops four

End of over 16 (1 run) India 70/4 (RR: 4.37)
SK Raina    1* (9b)      JM Anderson    6-1-25-1
R Dravid    29* (38b 6x4)      A Flintoff    4-0-12-0

16.1

Flintoff to Raina, no run, from around the wicket, good lift but Raina right behind it, pushed to point

16.2

Flintoff to Raina, 1 no ball, Flintoff oversteps again, Raina hops and defends one angling across from middle

16.2

Flintoff to Raina, 1 no ball, similar ball and still rising but well played to the cover region for a single

16.2

Flintoff to Raina, 1 run, short outside off, Dravid doesnt time it well, cuts right to Collingwood at point

16.3

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, where did that come from? Swings well into Dravid who makes room to cut but the ball goes of this pads and rolls dangerously close to the stumps

16.4

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, full and driven right back to Flintoff who does well to stop it

16.5

Flintoff to Dravid, no run, good length on off, played to point

16.6

Flintoff to Dravid, no run

End of over 17 (2 runs) India 72/4 (RR: 4.23)
R Dravid    29* (42b 6x4)      A Flintoff    5-0-14-0
SK Raina    2* (12b)      JM Anderson    6-1-25-1

17.1

Plunkett to Raina, no run, full and seaming away from off, Raina drives a long way away from his body and gets beaten

17.2

Plunkett to Raina, no run, full on middle and off, played back to the bowler

17.3

Plunkett to Raina, no run, on off, tries to cut but misses

17.4

Plunkett to Raina, no run, short on middle and leg, turned right to square leg

17.5

Plunkett to Raina, no run, short and seaming away on off, left alone for the 'keeper

17.6

Plunkett to Raina, no run, full on middle and leg, turned straight to Pietersen at mid-wicket, good over this from Plunkett

End of over 18 (maiden) India 72/4 (RR: 4.00)
SK Raina    2* (18b)      LE Plunkett    1-1-0-0
R Dravid    29* (42b 6x4)      A Flintoff    5-0-14-0

Double change in bowling, Collingwood takes over from the other end England cant afford to take too many risks, though the seamers have enjoyed their morning so far Flintoff setting his field for the final Powerplay

18.1

Collingwood to Dravid, FOUR, welcome Collingwood! Short and wide on off, slow delivery, Dravid reaches for it and slaps that through covers for four!

18.2

Collingwood to Dravid, no run, better ball, quicker on off, played to cover

18.3

Collingwood to Dravid, no run, slow on off again, low bounce, Dravid leaves it alone

18.4

Collingwood to Dravid, 1 run, fuller on middle and off, well driven down to mid-off for a quick single

18.5

Collingwood to Raina, no run, short of a length on off, delivered from around the stumps, pushed to cover

18.6

Collingwood to Raina, 1 run, fullish on off, well punched between the bowler and mid-off, fielder dives and saves four, batsmen cross for one

End of over 19 (6 runs) India 78/4 (RR: 4.10)
SK Raina    3* (20b)      PD Collingwood    1-0-6-0
R Dravid    34* (46b 7x4)      LE Plunkett    1-1-0-0

19.1

Plunkett to Raina, no run, good length delivery on off, quick too, Raina well behind the line and defends impressively

19.2

Plunkett to Raina, 2 wides, bad ball! very short and very wide down leg, bounces miles over a diving Jones behind the stumps and races away

19.2

Plunkett to Raina, 2 wides, short on off, Dravid punches that but straight to cover-point, missed out on a freebie there

19.2

Plunkett to Dravid, no run, good ball, straight on off, Dravid manages to whip it to mid-wicket

19.3

Plunkett to Dravid, no run, similar ball, similar shot to mid-wicket who moves in a couple paces

19.4

Plunkett to Dravid, no run

19.5

Plunkett to Dravid, OUT, Plunkett strikes! Full ball again on off, good line hes maintained all over, but the ball kept low and crashes into the base of middle and off, Dravid looks down and shakes his head as he walks off, sorry youve got to go, Plunkett all smiles, but the bounce has really been uneven all morning...India in disarray!

R Dravid b Plunkett 34 (77m 50b 7x4 0x6) SR: 68.00

Plunkett getting the biggest prize of 'em all Irfan Pathan strides out at No.7, hes got a good record recently in ODIs

19.6

Plunkett to Pathan, no run, good ball, again that perfect offstump line, pushed to point, fine over

End of over 20 (2 runs) India 80/5 (RR: 4.00)
IK Pathan    0* (1b)      LE Plunkett    2-1-2-1
SK Raina    3* (21b)      PD Collingwood    1-0-6-0

20.1

Collingwood to Raina, no run, good ball on off, Raina well behind the line and pushes to mid-off

20.2

Collingwood to Raina, 1 run, on the pads and easily turned around the corner for a single

20.3

Collingwood to Pathan, FOUR, very good shot, pitched up on off and he eases that past mid-off four four, good way to start proceedings for yourself!

20.4

Collingwood to Pathan, 5 wides, poor ball, down leg, clips Pathans leg and runs fine for four, umpires calls wide though, runs anyway

20.4

Collingwood to Pathan, no run

20.5

Collingwood to Pathan, no run, better ball, on off, played softly to point

20.5

Collingwood to Pathan, no run, full again, played to the off side

20.6

Collingwood to Pathan, 1 wide, very wide outside off, called wide rightly and that gives the crowd something to make noise about

20.6

Collingwood to Pathan, no run, fuller on middle and leg, driven right to mid-on

End of over 21 (11 runs) India 91/5 (RR: 4.33)
IK Pathan    4* (5b 1x4)      PD Collingwood    2-0-17-0
SK Raina    4* (23b)      LE Plunkett    2-1-2-1

21.1

Plunkett to Raina, no run, short on off, goes for a weak cut but misses

21.2

Plunkett to Raina, no run, full on middle and leg, clipped straight to mid-wicket

21.3

Plunkett to Raina, no run, good rising ball on off, beats his forward defensive prod

21.4

Plunkett to Raina, no run, good ball on off again, Raina can only guide that to point, tight line this from Plunkett

21.5

Plunkett to Raina, no run, this one is brought into him, Raina gets his head down and defends

21.6

Plunkett to Raina, no run, full again and he can only drive that to short mid-on, very good spell from Plunkettt

End of over 22 (maiden) India 91/5 (RR: 4.13)
SK Raina    4* (29b)      LE Plunkett    3-2-2-1
IK Pathan    4* (5b 1x4)      PD Collingwood    2-0-17-0

Ali back on, he's picked up two key wickets

22.1

Ali to Pathan, no run, full on off, driven back down the ground, Ali gets a hand to it, well stopped

22.2

Ali to Pathan, 1 wide, short outside off, Pathan went for it, called wide anyway

22.2

Ali to Pathan, FOUR, good shot, slightly short of a length on off but Pathan stands tall and punches that off the backfoot through covers for four, retrieval job for the fielder

22.3

Ali to Pathan, no run, outside off again, angling across Pathan from around the wicket, left alone

22.4

Ali to Pathan, no run, in the slot to be driven and he does, well timed too, had four written all over it but Pietersen at covers is superb, saves certain four

22.5

Ali to Pathan, no run, pitches on middle and leg, raps the pads, Ali appeals but that was going down

22.6

Ali to Pathan, no run, angling across him and seaming away, easily left alone by Pathan

End of over 23 (5 runs) India 96/5 (RR: 4.17)
IK Pathan    8* (11b 2x4)      Kabir Ali    7-1-37-2
SK Raina    4* (29b)      LE Plunkett    3-2-2-1

23.1

Plunkett to Raina, FOUR, great shot! overpitched, driven handsomely through covers for four

23.2

Plunkett to Raina, no run, on off, guided to point

23.3

Plunkett to Raina, no run, better length, on off, left alone for the 'keeper

23.4

Plunkett to Raina, 1 wide, wide down legside, Jones collects, poor ball that

23.4

Plunkett to Raina, 1 run, on the pads, easily worked fine for a single

23.5

Plunkett to Pathan, FOUR, good ball on off, rising, poked at and gets the edge through gully for four, crowd wakes up!

23.6

Plunkett to Pathan, no run, full on middle and leg, driven to mid-on

End of over 24 (10 runs) India 106/5 (RR: 4.41)
IK Pathan    12* (13b 3x4)      LE Plunkett    4-2-12-1
SK Raina    9* (33b 1x4)      Kabir Ali    7-1-37-2

Players having drinks here Pathan looking good but theres plenty to be done here Its a resurrection job for the Indians after the pacers blew away their top order MS Dhoni still to come, India will rely on him Very good start for England

24.1

Blackwell to Raina, no run

Change in bowling - Ian Blackwell to bowl from the ITC End

24.1

Blackwell to Raina, no run, flighted on middle and leg and turned to square leg

24.2

Blackwell to Raina, no run, similar ball, turned again but to the fielder

24.3

Blackwell to Raina, no run, on off and Raina advances, can only drive to cover

24.4

Blackwell to Raina, no run, on middle and leg, turned to the fielder

24.5

Blackwell to Raina, no run, tossed up,driven back to the bowler

24.6

Blackwell to Raina, 1 wide, wide down leg, blemish in an otherwise fine over

24.6

Blackwell to Raina, no run, tossed up on leg, driven to mid-wicket, very good over from Blackwell

End of over 25 (1 run) India 107/5 (RR: 4.28)
SK Raina    9* (39b 1x4)      ID Blackwell    1-0-1-0
IK Pathan    12* (13b 3x4)      LE Plunkett    4-2-12-1

25.1

Plunkett to Pathan, no run, full on off, driven right to cover

Plunkett runs in but Pathan pulls out at the nth moment, annoying for the bowler but there was some trouble with the sight screen

25.2

Plunkett to Pathan, no run, short on middle and leg, hits the pads outside the line, ball rolls towards point

25.3

Plunkett to Pathan, no run, well bowled and well played, full on off, Pathan gets forward in defense

25.4

Plunkett to Pathan, 1 leg bye, angling down leg, off the pads and around the corner for a single

25.5

Plunkett to Raina, FOUR, majestic! Overpitched and Raina is down on one knee and free-strokes that through covers for a welcome boundary, breaks the shackles on that occasion, class from the young left-hander

25.6

Plunkett to Raina, no run, on middle and off, played back to the bowler

End of over 26 (5 runs) India 112/5 (RR: 4.30)
SK Raina    13* (41b 2x4)      LE Plunkett    5-2-16-1
IK Pathan    12* (17b 3x4)      ID Blackwell    1-0-1-0

26.1

Blackwell to Pathan, no run, tossed up on off, played to covers

26.2

Blackwell to Pathan, 1 run, shorter on off, goes to cut and gets an inside edge down to third man

26.3

Blackwell to Raina, no run, tossed up on middle and leg, drives to mid-wicket who fields well and they have a mixup in the middle, safe in the end

26.4

Blackwell to Raina, no run, tossed up again, prodded to the onside

26.5

Blackwell to Raina, 1 run, tossed up, moves forward and punches between bowler and mid-on

26.6

Blackwell to Pathan, no run, tossed up on off, pushed back to the bowler

End of over 27 (2 runs) India 114/5 (RR: 4.22)
IK Pathan    13* (20b 3x4)      ID Blackwell    2-0-3-0
SK Raina    14* (44b 2x4)      LE Plunkett    5-2-16-1

27.1

Plunkett to Raina, 1 run, short on off, pushed to Collingwood at point, quick single called for as he throws the ball at the stumps, just in

27.2

Plunkett to Pathan, 1 run, short again, stands tall and cuts past point for a single, sweeper collects and throws it back in

27.3

Plunkett to Raina, FOUR, great one there! Again short outside off and he jumps up and slaps that in the air over gully for four!

27.4

Plunkett to Raina, no run, again on off, slightly slower, played to point, calls of 'NO'

27.5

Plunkett to Raina, no run, better ball, fuller in length on off, Raina well forward in his defense

27.6

Plunkett to Raina, no run, oooh, on off, swinging away, poked at and gets beaten

End of over 28 (6 runs) India 120/5 (RR: 4.28)
SK Raina    19* (49b 3x4)      LE Plunkett    6-2-22-1
IK Pathan    14* (21b 3x4)      ID Blackwell    2-0-3-0

28.1

Blackwell to Pathan, no run, tossed up on middle and leg, turned to square leg

28.2

Blackwell to Pathan, 1 run, tossed up on off, invited the drive and he does, all the way to mid-off

28.3

Blackwell to Raina, no run, on legs, worked to mid-wicket

28.4

Blackwell to Raina, no run, shorter in length, played fine but no run

28.5

Blackwell to Raina, no run, tossed up on off, Raina forward in defense

28.6

Blackwell to Raina, no run, shorter and quicker, Raina can only get on the back foot and push to mid-on, tidy over again from Blackwell

End of over 29 (1 run) India 121/5 (RR: 4.17)
SK Raina    19* (53b 3x4)      ID Blackwell    3-0-4-0
IK Pathan    15* (23b 3x4)      LE Plunkett    6-2-22-1

Flintoff back into the attack

29.1

Flintoff to Pathan, no run, full on off, driven straight to mid-off

29.2

Flintoff to Pathan, 1 run, on off again, pushed back past the bowler on the off and he wants one, they scamper and make it easily in the end

29.3

Flintoff to Raina, 1 run, short on leg, swivels and pulls, doesnt connect well and the ball flies down to wide third man on the bounce, streaky shot from Raina

29.4

Flintoff to Pathan, 2 runs, pitched up on off, driven through covers

29.5

Flintoff to Pathan, 1 run, angling away from middle and leg, easy pickings for a single on the onside

29.6

Flintoff to Raina, 1 run, and again, same line and he works that easily into the mid-wicket region for another single

End of over 30 (6 runs) India 127/5 (RR: 4.23)
SK Raina    21* (55b 3x4)      A Flintoff    6-0-20-0
IK Pathan    19* (27b 3x4)      ID Blackwell    3-0-4-0

30.1

Blackwell to Raina, no run, tossed up on middle and leg, goes for the sweep but doesnt connect well

30.2

Blackwell to Raina, 1 run, flighted on the pads, flicked towards square leg who misfields

30.3

Blackwell to Pathan, no run

30.4

Blackwell to Pathan, 2 runs, drifting down leg, lapped around the corner for a couple

Fifty stand up between these two

30.5

Blackwell to Pathan, no run, tossed up on middle and off, goes for the sweep again, ball lobs up off his chest and rolls to the offside

30.6

Blackwell to Pathan, no run, on middle and leg, worked right to mid-on

End of over 31 (3 runs) India 130/5 (RR: 4.19)
IK Pathan    21* (31b 3x4)      ID Blackwell    4-0-7-0
SK Raina    22* (57b 3x4)      A Flintoff    6-0-20-0

31.1

Flintoff to Raina, no run, fuller on middle and off, pushed to the left of Flintofff who moves across and stops

31.2

Flintoff to Raina, (no ball) 1 run, over steps, fuller on off, driven through covers for a single

31.2

Flintoff to Pathan, no run

31.3

Flintoff to Pathan, no run, fuller on off, pushed to covers

31.4

Flintoff to Pathan, 1 run, full on off leg and its turned down to line leg for one

31.5

Flintoff to Raina, 1 run

31.6

Flintoff to Pathan, FOUR, overpitched outside off and he square-drives that past point and gully, Shah in the deep dives but carries the ball into the ropes with him

End of over 32 (8 runs) India 138/5 (RR: 4.31)
IK Pathan    26* (35b 4x4)      A Flintoff    7-0-28-0
SK Raina    24* (60b 3x4)      ID Blackwell    4-0-7-0

32.1

Blackwell to Raina, no run, tossed up on off, advances, can only push to cover

32.2

Blackwell to Raina, OUT, Blackwell strikes! Tossed up on middle and leg, Raina advances again and tries to chip it over the infield but can only hit it to Collingwood at wide mid-on, poor shot and the spinner is rewarded for a tidy spell, India in further trouble!

SK Raina c Collingwood b Blackwell 24 (80m 62b 3x4 0x6) SR: 38.70

Dhoni is here now, what can he do? Silly point implemented for him

32.3

Blackwell to Dhoni, no run, tossed up on middle and off, pushed back to the bowler

32.4

Blackwell to Dhoni, 1 run, dropped short and Dhoni pulls through mid-wicket for one, off the mark

32.5

Blackwell to Pathan, no run, on middle and leg, worked to mid-wicket

32.6

Blackwell to Pathan, no run, tossed up again, driven to mid-on

End of over 33 (1 run) India 139/6 (RR: 4.21)
IK Pathan    26* (37b 4x4)      ID Blackwell    5-0-8-1
MS Dhoni    1* (2b)      A Flintoff    7-0-28-0

17 overs remaining

33.1

Flintoff to Dhoni, no run, bouncer outside off, Dhoni leaves it alone

33.2

Flintoff to Dhoni, 1 run, short again, this time Dhoni drops the hands and guides it through gully for one

33.3

Flintoff to Pathan, no run, goes right through Pathan's forward prod, very good pace there from Flintoff, Jones misfields and they should have run a bye

33.4

Flintoff to Pathan, 1 run, fuller on off, driven past point for one

33.5

Flintoff to Dhoni, no run, full and angling in from off, Dhoni goes forward and pushes back to Flintoff

33.6

Flintoff to Dhoni, 1 run, full on off, driven past point for a single, Dhoni will keep the strike...to face Blackwell? Hmm...interesting....

End of over 34 (3 runs) India 142/6 (RR: 4.17)
MS Dhoni    3* (6b)      A Flintoff    8-0-31-0
IK Pathan    27* (39b 4x4)      ID Blackwell    5-0-8-1

34.1

Blackwell to Dhoni, no run, tossed up on off, prodded to mid-off, no run there

34.2

Blackwell to Dhoni, no run, played off the backfoot to Blackwell

34.3

Blackwell to Dhoni, 1 run, fuller on off, Dhoni well forward and steals a single towards point

34.4

Blackwell to Pathan, no run, flatter trajectory, played back to the bowler

34.5

Blackwell to Pathan, 1 run, full on off, played to point for one

34.6

Blackwell to Dhoni, 2 runs, short on middle and leg, Dhoni rocks back and pushes that past square leg, runs hard and gets the second

End of over 35 (4 runs) India 146/6 (RR: 4.17)
MS Dhoni    6* (10b)      ID Blackwell    6-0-12-1
IK Pathan    28* (41b 4x4)      A Flintoff    8-0-31-0

Anderson back

35.1

Anderson to Pathan, no run, full outside off, swish and miss to Jones behind the stumps

35.2

Anderson to Pathan, OUT, gone! Anderson pitches this one up on middle and off, Pathan tries to chip that done the ground - or somewhere, who knows judging by that weak shot - and the ball flies down towards mid-off where Plunkett dives forward and to his left and takes a very good catch. Not sure what Pathan was thinking there, useless shot really, should have stuck around, but hes gone and England make inroads into the Indian tail!

IK Pathan c Plunkett b Anderson 28 (65m 43b 4x4 0x6) SR: 65.11

Harbhajan Singh walks out 14.3 overs to go in the match Anderson doing very well for his side

35.3

Anderson to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, full on off, Harbhajan forward and drives to covers where Collingwood misfields and allow the single

35.4

Anderson to Dhoni, 1 run, full on middle and leg and worked easily to mid-wicket for a single

35.5

Anderson to Harbhajan Singh, no run, close! Full on off and Harbhajan drives in the air to cover, ball reaches the fielder on the bounce

35.6

Anderson to Harbhajan Singh, no run, angling into Harbhajan and drifting down leg, not called wide

End of over 36 (2 runs) India 148/7 (RR: 4.11)
Harbhajan Singh    1* (3b)      JM Anderson    7-1-27-2
MS Dhoni    7* (11b)      ID Blackwell    6-0-12-1

36.1

Blackwell to Dhoni, 1 run, short on off, Dhoni cuts and finds the hole in the cover region, gets one for that

36.2

Blackwell to Harbhajan Singh, no run, flighted on off, Harbhajan forward in defense, not entirely convincing

36.3

Blackwell to Harbhajan Singh, no run, again tossed up, this time his defense is much better and the crowd shows their appreciation

36.4

Blackwell to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, down leg and he laps that fine for a single

36.5

Blackwell to Dhoni, no run, on the pads, worked around the corner but straight to the fielder who stops brilliantly

36.6

Blackwell to Dhoni, no run, tossed up on middle and leg, Dhoni plays that awkwardly as only he can, ball rolls to the onside, another good over from Blackwell

End of over 37 (2 runs) India 150/7 (RR: 4.05)
MS Dhoni    8* (14b)      ID Blackwell    7-0-14-1
Harbhajan Singh    2* (6b)      JM Anderson    7-1-27-2

Players having drinks again, India will need something extra in theirs... in a shambles here, still 13 overs to go and India are seven down Dhoni is the key here, but he needs support from the tail

37.1

Anderson to Harbhajan Singh, no run

37.1

Anderson to Harbhajan Singh, no run, angling down leg, Jones dives to his left and take a very good take, wide not called

37.2

Anderson to Harbhajan Singh, no run, On middle and leg, pushed to mid-on

37.3

Anderson to Harbhajan Singh, no run, Full on off, pushed back to the bowler

37.4

Anderson to Harbhajan Singh, no run, Full again, inside edge rolls to the offside

37.5

Anderson to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, On the legs, worked to square leg for one

37.6

Anderson to Dhoni, no run, full on off, pushed back to the bowler

End of over 38 (1 run) India 151/7 (RR: 3.97)
MS Dhoni    8* (15b)      JM Anderson    8-1-28-2
Harbhajan Singh    3* (11b)      ID Blackwell    7-0-14-1

38.1

Blackwell to Harbhajan Singh, 1 wide, around the wicket not, and wide down leg side

38.1

Blackwell to Harbhajan Singh, no run, full on off, played back to the bowler

38.2

Blackwell to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, tossed up on off and driven to mid-off for a single

38.3

Blackwell to Dhoni, no run, short and Dhoni pulls that through mid-wicket for a single

38.4

Blackwell to Dhoni, 1 run, shorter on off, Harbhajan stands tall and pushes to point

38.5

Blackwell to Harbhajan Singh, no run, Blackwell drops it short and Harbhajan obliges with a slap through covers and point for one, England wont mind as he will retain the strike

38.6

Blackwell to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run

End of over 39 (4 runs) India 155/7 (RR: 3.97)
Harbhajan Singh    5* (15b)      ID Blackwell    8-0-18-1
MS Dhoni    9* (17b)      JM Anderson    8-1-28-2

39.1

Anderson to Harbhajan Singh, no run, full on off, played to the onside somehow

39.2

Anderson to Harbhajan Singh, no run, again full on off and Harbhajan gets forward and defends towards point, tidy stuff from the bowler

39.3

Anderson to Harbhajan Singh, FOUR, wow! that was pitched up in the slot and Harbhajan unleashes a fine drive ALL ALONG THE GROUND and down to long-off for four! Impressive Bhajji!

39.4

Anderson to Harbhajan Singh, no run, slightly shorter but Harbhajan is right behind that and defends off the back foot

39.5

Anderson to Harbhajan Singh, no run, full on middle and leg, worked to the onside

39.6

Anderson to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, short again on off, Harbhajan stands tall and tries to take his bottom hand off it, outside edge runs down to third man, again he will retain strike

End of over 40 (5 runs) India 160/7 (RR: 4.00)
Harbhajan Singh    10* (21b 1x4)      JM Anderson    9-1-33-2
MS Dhoni    9* (17b)      ID Blackwell    8-0-18-1

40.1

Blackwell to Harbhajan Singh, no run, back to over the wicket, tossed up on legs, prodded to the onside

40.2

Blackwell to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, full on middle and off, pushed to the cover-midoff region and calls for the run, just makes it

40.3

Blackwell to Dhoni, 1 run, down leg, gets some bat on it but to the fielder

40.4

Blackwell to Harbhajan Singh, no run, fuller on leg, worked fine for a single

40.5

Blackwell to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, no run

40.6

Blackwell to Dhoni, 1 leg bye, good delivery and turned to backward square leg region

End of over 41 (4 runs) India 164/7 (RR: 4.00)
MS Dhoni    10* (19b)      ID Blackwell    9-0-21-1
Harbhajan Singh    12* (25b 1x4)      JM Anderson    9-1-33-2

Ali back now

41.1

Ali to Dhoni, 2 wides, wide down leg, bad start from Ali, batsmen collect a run too

41.1

Ali to Harbhajan Singh, 2 runs, fuller on off, Harbhajan drives well through cover, Dhoni wants two and they get it comfortably

41.2

Ali to Harbhajan Singh, no run, shorter, angling into him, manages to stand tall and work it the the onside

41.3

Ali to Harbhajan Singh, no run, good length on off, Harbhajan awkwardly plays that to cover

41.4

Ali to Harbhajan Singh, no run, fuller on middle and off, slower ball, not sure if Harbhajan picked it but he pushes to mid-on

41.5

Ali to Harbhajan Singh, 2 runs, full on middle and leg, picked up over short mid-wicket for two

41.6

Ali to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, banged in short and angling down leg, Harbhajan semi-pulls with one hand and the ball runs around the corner, they scamper through for one

End of over 42 (7 runs) India 171/7 (RR: 4.07)
Harbhajan Singh    17* (31b 1x4)      Kabir Ali    8-1-44-2
MS Dhoni    10* (19b)      ID Blackwell    9-0-21-1

42.1

Blackwell to Harbhajan Singh, 2 runs, tossed up on leg, well swept for two

42.2

Blackwell to Harbhajan Singh, no run, tossed up on off, defended

42.3

Blackwell to Harbhajan Singh, no run, similar ball, defended again

42.4

Blackwell to Harbhajan Singh, no run, slower in the air, defended again to covers

42.5

Blackwell to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, fuller on off, pushed to midoff for a single

42.6

Blackwell to Dhoni, no run, not as full, on middle and leg, Dhoni well forward in defense, very good spell from Blackwell, he only went for 25 from his 10, picked up Raina too

End of over 43 (3 runs) India 174/7 (RR: 4.04)
MS Dhoni    10* (20b)      ID Blackwell    10-0-24-1
Harbhajan Singh    20* (36b 1x4)      Kabir Ali    8-1-44-2

43.1

Plunkett to Harbhajan Singh, no run, full on off, played straight to cover

43.2

Plunkett to Harbhajan Singh, SIX, massive! pitched up on middle and off, Harbhajan gets a foot forward and swings that high over long-on for six! Great shot to lift the pressure some!

43.3

Plunkett to Harbhajan Singh, no run, swining into him, he goes for a sweep and the ball raps the pads, everyone appeals but that was going down leg

43.4

Plunkett to Harbhajan Singh, FOUR, dropped short and Harbhajan jumps in the air and gets bat to it, the ball races down the legside for four!

43.5

Plunkett to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, fuller on middle and leg, easily pushed to mid-on for a single

43.6

Plunkett to Dhoni, no run, good slower ball in the slot, Dhoni can only drive back to Plunkett

End of over 44 (11 runs) India 185/7 (RR: 4.20)
MS Dhoni    10* (21b)      LE Plunkett    7-2-33-1
Harbhajan Singh    31* (41b 2x4 1x6)      ID Blackwell    10-0-24-1

Six overs to go, Anderson to continue from around the wicket, fine leg and deep backward square move finer, long-on moves back a step, third man comes around for the uppercut or chip over gully, three on the offside, what can Harbhajan do now?

44.1

Anderson to Harbhajan Singh, no run, full on off, pushed back to the bowler, the angle from around the wicket working that time

44.2

Anderson to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, perfect delivery, in the blockhole, he manages to dig it out and collect a single as the ball rolls behind him

Back over the wicket to Dhoni

44.3

Anderson to Dhoni, 1 run, slightly short on off, slower too, Dhoni punches towards point for one

44.4

Anderson to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run, full on middle and off from around the stumps, pushed to mid-on for one

44.5

Anderson to Dhoni, 1 run, full on middle and off, chipped past the bowler for a single to mid-on

44.6

Anderson to Harbhajan Singh, FOUR, bad ball down leg, very wide but Harbhajan manages to the finest bit of bat on that and he will get four more to his name! Good little innings this from Harbhajan, when will Dhoni step it up though?

End of over 45 (8 runs) India 193/7 (RR: 4.28)
Harbhajan Singh    37* (45b 3x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    10-1-41-2
MS Dhoni    12* (23b)      LE Plunkett    7-2-33-1

Five overs remaining, Dhoni needs to turn it on sometime now

45.1

Plunkett to Dhoni, no run, very good delivery, in the blockhole, Dhoni digs it out and Plunkett fields

45.2

Plunkett to Dhoni, FOUR, Dhoni comes to the party! Full ball on the legs, Dhoni whips that around the corner for his first boundary, 50-run stand up between these two!

45.3

Plunkett to Dhoni, no run, good ball, change of pace, outside off, very slow, Dhoni gets down to cut but misses

45.4

Plunkett to Dhoni, FOUR, full toss on leg stump, Dhoni gets down and slaps that over square leg for four! Very bad ball and treated with disdain by Dhoni

45.5

Plunkett to Dhoni, OUT, gone! Short ball outside off and Dhoni can only cut that to Collingwood at backward point, Plunkett gets a wicket and Dhoni's unusual innings comes to an end, India eight down now!

MS Dhoni c Collingwood b Plunkett 20 (55m 28b 2x4 0x6) SR: 71.42

RP Singh comes out ahead of Sreesanth

45.6

Plunkett to Singh, 1 run, full ball on middle stump, well driven through covers for a single and off the mark immediately

End of over 46 (9 runs) India 202/8 (RR: 4.39)
RP Singh    1* (1b)      LE Plunkett    8-2-42-2
Harbhajan Singh    37* (45b 3x4 1x6)      JM Anderson    10-1-41-2

Harbhajan the key now, hes played extremely well here Ali back on again, hes got two wickets today Bowling over the wicket

46.1

Ali to Singh, no run, full and in the blockhole, well dug out back to the bowler by RP

46.2

Ali to Singh, 1 run, full toss again on off, drives and gets an outside edge down to third man

46.3

Ali to Harbhajan Singh, OUT, and Harbhajan goes too! Full ball outside off and he can drives that hard but straight to Flintoff and extra cover, Ali strikes yet again but Harbhajan played well for his 37, entertaining and vital knock for his side

Harbhajan Singh c Flintoff b Ali 37 (47m 46b 3x4 1x6) SR: 80.43

Last man in, Sreesanth India in danger of being bowled out inside 50 overs Fine jon this from Engand' s bowlers

46.4

Ali to Sreesanth, OUT, And thats that! Full and a tad slower outside off, Sreesanth goes for it and can only lob that high in the air to Pietersen at extra cover, India all out for 203!

S Sreesanth c Pietersen b Ali 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

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