England v India, 3rd ODI, The Oval

Anderson's second string, India's Crazy Desis

ESPNcricinfo's Plays of the Day from the third ODI between England and India at The Oval

Andrew Miller

September 9, 2011

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James Anderson is congratulated after running Rahul Dravid out, England v India, 3rd ODI, The Oval, September 9 2011
James Anderson added a direct-hit run out of Rahul Dravid to three wickets in his opening spell © Getty Images
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Shy of the day
Under brooding skies and against a tentative opposition, James Anderson made the new ball talk and was responsible for each of the first four wickets to fall. Three of them were regulation victims of his line, length, seam and swing, but one of them - Rahul Dravid - succumbed to Anderson's not-insubstantial second string. There aren't many fast bowlers, and certainly none on the Indian team, who can match Anderson's mobility as a fielder, and when Dravid was slow to respond to a push to mid-off, a dead-eyed pick-up-and-shy caught him six inches from the crease.

Shy of the day Mk 2
MS Dhoni has tried everything to keep India afloat on this tour. He's scored runs (eventually), he's kept wicket (with intermittent lapses), he's even bowled some very tidy overs of swing. And today he resorted to being an outfielder, to haul India back into a contest that had tilted England's way after a break for rain had drawn the sting of India's spin attack. A tidy delivery from Suresh Raina had cannoned off Ian Bell's pad and away into space on the leg side, and the batsman contemplated running a single. However, he hadn't reckoned on Dhoni haring round from behind the stumps, picking up with one hand and shying off-balance before Bell could regain his ground.

Shot(s) of the day
Graeme Swann had a theory as to why Raina has been such a transformed character in the one-day leg of India's tour. Perhaps, Swann suggested, his 42-ball pair on this ground during the fourth Test had caused him to think "sod it, let's have a swing". If that's the case, then Raina's new philosophy was both friend and foe on this occasion. First, in the 13th over, with India floundering on 30 for 4, he got himself right underneath a length ball from Anderson and battered it with eye-popping force over midwicket for six. But five overs (and seven runs) later, he tried the same kitchen-sink approach against Stuart Broad, and feathered a thin edge through to Kieswetter.

Support of the day
On Mike Atherton's disastrous Ashes tour of 1994-95, the term "Barmy Army" was first coined by the Australian press to describe the delirious optimism of the travelling English support. These die-hard fans kept turning up to every single game, regardless of their team's humiliations, and cheered every pyrrhic victory with an enthusiasm that was at once heroic and baffling. Something of the same could be said of the massed ranks of Indian fans who made up at least a third of the Oval support on Friday evening. One supporter on Twitter suggested that he and his fellow countrymen should be known as the "Crazy Desis", which had a ring to it, especially at 58 for 5. But from the moment Dhoni's fifty gave them something tangible to cheer, the decibel levels had only one way to go. It was stirring stuff.

Spectator of the day
Not so long ago, Lalit Modi was the public face of the Indian cricket board, these days his profile is somewhat subdued. So much so that his surprise appearance at The Oval today was his first at an India match since he was shunted out of office in April 2010. He turned up as a guest of the Fire in Babylon producer Ben Goldsmith, tweeted a (very bad) photo of Graeme Swann bowling, then left during the rain break bemoaning the soggy end to what had promised to be a thrilling finale. Turns out he should have hung around, but then again, anything more than 20 overs was never really his bag.

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Posted by zain29 on (September 12, 2011, 8:55 GMT)

Although I have limited exposure to Indian cricket, from what I have seen is that in the early part of their careers, most Indian Fast bowlers have shown potential to develop into genuinely good speedsters. Irfan Pathan, Munaf, Ishant & RP are various examples that come to mind. Instead of strait-jacketing them into the usual line & length types, let them loose. We did that with Waqar Younus & Shoaib Akhter and the results have not been that bad!!! (For reference see Waqar in the under-19 series (India vs Pak) played in 1988).

Posted by   on (September 11, 2011, 3:01 GMT)

I read in the report "..vindicated Rahul Dravid's decision to retire...." is that why he was recalled to ODI in England while all the other Indian players failed in the test matches? I thought Dravid had signed out of ODI but in England cricket pitch where other players did not perform and a few young players called injury breaks Dravid played in Test and was called to play 20-20, ODI which he played.

Posted by 5wombats on (September 10, 2011, 19:26 GMT)

@Anshuman Ganguly; calling England a "third rate ODI side" is ridiculous. This "third rate side" was a team india could not beat in the WC recently, and this "third rate team" is currently thrashing india. By my reckoning that makes india a fourth rate side. cricinfo please publish.

Posted by   on (September 10, 2011, 13:55 GMT)

@phoenixsteve and landl47 : How can India add 100 more runs..England is the best odi team in the world???isnt it???Then Australia should be no.5 who defeated u 6-1 after Ashes debacle..from 58-5 to 234-7 England lacked killer instict n they still struggle against good spin bowling.Now the reality is : India are ranked 4th and England are ranked 5th in the Odis..I see the current odi series as a battle for 4th Odi ranking spot n may be even 3rd and once this series is over,the battle for the same spot will begin in India...If you are saying India are WC champs n tht should satisfy your winning,then u r acknowledging that India actually won it by skill whether at home or not and not by fluke...To add,England has the best batting lineup in the world...wonder y they never bat first with such mighty batting line up...Bell or Pietersen(had he playled) would have scored another 200 in Odis and England would have crossed 400 for the 1st tym..

Posted by OliverWebber on (September 10, 2011, 12:40 GMT)

@Anshuman Ganguly: what ABD1 was doing was pointing out the stupidity of trying to make "certain" predictions in cricket! For example, in the washed out game, yes, India had a small advantage, but no-one can say they definitely would have won. Think back to Edgbaston, where England were 124-8 - who would have predicted a victory by over 300 runs then? That's the beauty of cricket. As for the D/L reduction: OK, so England faced fewer overs of spin as a result, but the target wasn't reduced as much as you might expect (17 runs for 7 overs), so that compensates for it.

Posted by cricketizgood on (September 10, 2011, 12:16 GMT)

@Lmaotsetung- Come on man you are talking about your 2 best odi batsman not playing, India is not playing Sachin, Sehwag, Gambhir and Youraj all 4 top class batsman. But I am not crying that who is playing and who is not. I am also saying that England is a superior team right now than India. What I am doing is that I am trying to compare both the team one on one and to me it still seams that the only difference is bowling attack. Guys I know England is on top but try to fly low because you never know when a team crumbles down like India did. Moreover I would like to see England playing against a good bowling attack team.

Posted by   on (September 10, 2011, 11:22 GMT)

The Indian team is going to receive similar support in Australia at end of the year. Many fans like me have already booked our tickets to all the Sydney games n they r selling faster than even WC tickets. We know deep down this team has shown great character despite such a horror tour. Just because the results have been on the wrong side doesn't mean we are a bad team. Without 4 of their regular top 5 batsmen and 3 of their regular 4 bowlers this team has taken each of the ODI right till the end. We are proud of even yesterday's performance where the team bounced back from 58/5 in 19 overs to actually bat out the 50 overs. All the Indian team haters this is your golden opportunity to have a go at us but your mouths will be shut very soon.

Posted by   on (September 10, 2011, 11:08 GMT)


Posted by   on (September 10, 2011, 10:56 GMT)

@ADB1 ur making silly excuses, There was no need for Bell's second run as the run rate was below 6. Ur team panics when they have to achieve a run rate of 5.85 over 15 overs? No wonder you're such a third rate ODI side. And the way Trott, Stokes, Kieswetter, and even Bell etc. were struggling against our spinners, yes, u were surely going to lose this game if u had to face 30 overs of spin(had the match not been reduced)

Posted by only4win on (September 10, 2011, 10:15 GMT)

i want to make an appeal to indian supporters dnt think like that the same thing will happen to england when england will come to india.it may be that the same thing will happen to england but this is not the right way to think,it means its all about the home conditions nothing to do with cricket n criketing talent,then wats is the meaning of competition n lose n win,it means the home team will win,we should not make excuses n sud not wait for the england tour of india,we sud admit that indian team has played v badly n its not all about playing badly its worse than that this team has shown no fighting instinct no try no killing intentions the approach of the team is very hurting, dhoni dsnt want to listen any body, the captain is working like a dictator, he is just gng with his personal thnking he is nthng to do with the team,his adamant nature is posing big negative picture of indian cricket,a team gng with no.1 ranking in test world champ in odi,n comng bck without a single win..

Posted by only4win on (September 10, 2011, 10:01 GMT)

i m saying again guys the bowling attack which india is currently having is just a school team bowling attack of england australia n south africa,and if we hope that india will defend the moderate totals of 240 with this bowling attack, then we r hoping for rain in clear blue sky,these bowler dnt have any pace any variations no aggression at all,this is just easy pace attack,which any international team can tear away with lot of ease, good spinners is always a big problem for team like england n they r exposed again,v well bowled by ashwin n jadeja n specially raina,if indian team wants to do well in future then forget bhajji, zaheer,sachin, n viru,i know many of u will not be agree with me but i have a lot of reason behind this,i can assure to all of u these veterans will not contribute a lot in limited overs game in future for india,the batsman playing in england is the future of indian cricket, this is the core of indian batting in future,bring some pacy bowlers in the team..

Posted by Hawk_Pk on (September 10, 2011, 9:46 GMT)

Full marks to Dhoni and Co. for still comming up with excuses. you guyz rock..

Posted by lvli on (September 10, 2011, 9:44 GMT)

@all..1st of all...yes guys..it wud have been a different story...had 1st one dayer nt been washed out...and also...cud hav been differenthad it nt rained in 3rd one dayer...nw england cant lose th series...lets see india bounce back..???

Posted by Lmaotsetung on (September 10, 2011, 8:29 GMT)

@cricketizgood - geez we're all surprised how England are struggling with their batting even though their 2 best ODI batsmen were not playing and they went with 6 batsmen and 5 bowlers with one of the 6 batsmen being a rookie who has never been to the crease in an ODI.../sarcasm off (in case some did not get it).

Posted by Cric_info_pak on (September 10, 2011, 8:26 GMT)

Alteast india win one game n made them self to banglaseh standard other wise go n play in 3rd division with demark, france , Qatar, japan etc.

Posted by Herath-UK on (September 10, 2011, 8:12 GMT)

Will India lose ODIs too 4/0 now;has it happened ever before by a team losing both Tests & ODIs with a whitewash.Sri Lana's ODI s series was competitive & decided only at the last game.More Indian crowd at the ground because the English have lost the interest. Ranil Herath - Kent

Posted by   on (September 10, 2011, 8:09 GMT)

A question to indian friends, do u have only one bowler(zaheer) in one billion population. no offence. but you are not a good bowling side, did u see Amir Asif Gul bowling last year in England, with their absence we suffered in the WC. its the part of the game players come and go. even we dont have Muhammad Yousif in last four test series and ASif, Salman, AAmir were also not there but we didnt loose a single series. dont give any EXCUSE that tendulker, bhajji, sehwag werent there, because they were in test matches and it made no difference .. so guys simply follow and love cricket, thats the way we should appreciate our teams.... Indian team is better than pakistan now a days(51 - 49), but one thing they should learn from pakistani is not to make excuses ... just go and perform,, thats how we are performing well... our young guns are performing very well. even our debutent took 8 on test debue and three on one day debue and on flat wickets. my suggestion is dont call any team B team

Posted by OliverWebber on (September 10, 2011, 8:07 GMT)

akdhesi76 - how refreshing to read your honest reaction - thank you! It's been extraordinary to read some of the reactions of Indian fans, making a constant stream of excuses from rain to injuries to umpiring. I remember when England were whitewashed in the Ashes in 2006-7: the reaction from English fans and media was unanimous - they heavily criticised the team for its poor preparation and abject performance. No-one said "it wasn't fair because the pitches were in Australia's favour" or "you wait till we meet in England, we'll show you", or "Vaughan and Trescothick and Jones were injured so it doesn't really count". Then we had an in-depth review which tried to make sure the like never happened again. I hope for the good of world cricket that the Indian players and BCCI will take the test loss seriously and try to root out the problems which led to it. In the meantime it's great to see younger players add a bit of fire to India. I look forward to the last 2 games!

Posted by akdhesi76 on (September 10, 2011, 6:57 GMT)

Firstly, I am UK based India fan. At the end of the day, in years to come the record book will say, India, lost the test series 4-0 and lost at 2 of the 5 ODIs. Why do our fans, keep going on about if this happened, if it rained, if he hadn't done this, if Sachin was playing, his average is this, his average is that.

At the end of the day, we were completely outplayed in the test series, by a better team. Losing 4-0 is quite a margin to lose by. Yes, we had some moments in certain sessions BUT we lost.

In the one-dayers, so far it's been a bit closer and lets see how we get on. These blogs from a certain section of the indian fan base is very disrespectful to the opposition and I thought our Indian culture has brought us up to be better than that. Like Al Pacino said in" Every Given Sunday"..."life is about inches" and compiling all of those inches over the summer we have come up short against a better team. Learn from it Team India and we will come back stronger.

Posted by ADB1 on (September 10, 2011, 6:02 GMT)

@Anshuman Ganguly "so Dhoni was right in what he said. If the rain interruption hadn't happened, England would have probably lost this game, as they would have the 1st ODI". I'm sorry, I didn't realise you were clairvoyant. Two can play this game: "If the run rate hadn't been increased by the D/L method, Ian Bell wouldn't have gone for that extra run and been run out. He would then have definately gone on to make a big hundred and most certainly smashed India all over the park, and the gane would have been won in the 35th over". Easy, isn't it? Problem for you and Dhoni is, you have to deal with what actually happened.

Posted by MANJIT08 on (September 10, 2011, 5:40 GMT)

@ William Samir Kun Wright.... So If U havent noticed we have 7-8 first choice players injured. 7-8 players is almost a whole team. what can you expect from young guns who havent had much experienced to the english conditions.. had sehwag, ghambhir, yuvraj.. Rohit, Zaheer-our strike bowler, bhajji, tendulker be there.. would have ben a different story Mr. Dont worry watch wt happ to this ENGLISH team when they tour us.. hopefully our players are ready to go..

Posted by Noboundary on (September 10, 2011, 4:30 GMT)

This was probably the closest we got to registering a win. Surprisingly if the match was called off anytime England would have always won... they were comfortably ahead at any stage in the game! Varun should have played... in place of Munaf. More than the youngsters in waiting... the team selectors have to learn a lot!

Posted by cricketizgood on (September 10, 2011, 4:24 GMT)

I think England should be worried with their batting. India thrived them with an ordinary pace bowlers who are slow enough to see through. England is on top because of their bowlers and especially all rounders. Anderson, Broad, and Bresnan and their back bone. 1 good bowler like them in Indian side and there will be problems for English Batsman.

Posted by gannyboy on (September 10, 2011, 4:19 GMT)

Even though India lost yesterday for the first time in the tournament we saw some fightback from the Indians. Jadeja and Ashwin almost did everything that could be done in the cricket field and Dhoni's innings yesterday just showed people why he should come up the order before Raina n all.I would drop Munaf from the next game just for his behavior, a guy with such attitude doesn't deserve to play international cricket.

Posted by   on (September 10, 2011, 4:03 GMT)


Posted by   on (September 10, 2011, 3:47 GMT)

@Rohail, they may be the holders of the 50over world cup, but they are and have at no point been by any means world champions like the Aussies were.

Posted by   on (September 10, 2011, 3:29 GMT)

Where is Aaroon??? Their attack is one dimensional. And that's as polite as i can put it. They need someone to rough up the english and make them think over their plans

Posted by   on (September 10, 2011, 2:56 GMT)

no matter how bad india played, they still are world champions and will stay as world champions til 2015 :)

Posted by johnathonjosephs on (September 10, 2011, 2:36 GMT)

India and Sri Lanka, the two finalists in the World Cup, are getting beat down badly by Aus and England, 2 quarterfinalists that were defeated by India/Sri Lanka

Posted by   on (September 10, 2011, 2:34 GMT)

where is yousuf pathan!!! he can bowl and bat really well! India should have include him in this series! A perfect allrounder. I think he is the only savior who can show India glimpse of WIN.

Posted by Kaze on (September 10, 2011, 2:24 GMT)

Enjoying watching India get thrashed :)

Posted by phoenixsteve on (September 10, 2011, 2:09 GMT)

Another England win despite not really being that good today? I thought they let India get 100 or so more runs than they should have.... Having them 55 for 5 they should have finished them off with a ruthlessness typical of past WI or Aussie teams. Maybe they have grown complacent and are finding it too easy to beat this very poor Indian side? The weather nearly saved India and the irony of the revised DL target didn't go un-noticed! It served to toughen the Englnd resolve and in the end it was all too easy. Good showing from Jadeja and from MSD but WHY did PK only get to bowl 4 overs? Strange - but I guess MSD knew that another thrashing was on the near horizon? The Lords game looks like being a wash out and maybe India can salvage something from Cardiff - perhaps they could play Glamorgan instead? These Indians are really getting scalped...... COME ON ENGLAND!!!

Posted by NRI- on (September 10, 2011, 1:36 GMT)

TRAM - dont forget that Ashwin and Jadeja ALSO did well with the bat. I am glad Jadeja has done well with both bat & ball. This guy should be a permanent fixture at no7 in ODI's and he should be tried eventually at no 6 in test cricket - he would do no worse than Yuvraj or Raina in tests with the bat and he is a genuine fifth bowler, which India needs in their test team. The good thing about these injuries is that it has allowed Rahane and Jadeja to showcase their talent. Unfortunately the other class act, Rohit Sharma, has yet to debut in test cricket - he, along with Rahane, has a better first class batting average than Dravid, Tendulkar, Kohli, Yuvraj, Raina or Murali Vijay - of course that is not to suggest that either could be the next SRT or Dravid but just that they deserve to get a series or two as a trial since lesser batsmen like Murali and Raina has received many chances. Please play Aaron now instead of RP or Munaf.

Posted by bumsonseats on (September 10, 2011, 0:38 GMT)

most wickets similar to this oval pitch will take spin. its funny in a test match here on the 1st day spinners can do this. i think its the moisture that oval wickets have, needs a day to flatten out before before you get the usual oval wicket.i think india need to win the lords game because the welsh wicket will suit them. dpk

Posted by landl47 on (September 10, 2011, 0:29 GMT)

England have a bit too much in all departments for this Indian team, but Jadejar, Ashwin and Dhoni played very well. Unfortunately, the other 8 didn't. Great start for England and, as I suggested might be the case, Rahane showed he is vulnerable to the ball outside the off stump moving away. Cook still hasn't really got the bowling changes right, to my way of thinking; Anderson should have been brought back at about 35 overs and bowled out. Dernbach needs to step up his accuracy and while I know the England camp is high on him, Stokes doesn't look ready yet. Patel is a better bet, especially with the subcontinental tours coming up. Bresnan looks better with every game and Swann bowled, batted and fielded really well. Only Trott was out for under 20 in the England innings, a good team effort. So India won't win the ODIs, contrary to their fans' claims; now we'll see if they can save the series with two wins in the last two games.

Posted by BravoBravo on (September 10, 2011, 0:13 GMT)

I wonder how many teams lost SEVEN matches in a row in recent imes during a single tour. I guess IND is heading towards an unassailable records not worth to be broken. However, I have to give it to MSDhoni, he is prolific player. If SRTs, Sehwags and others could emulate him (instead of getting injured), then team IND could be a good team, not just below average team. I still believe that Jadeja is rightfully the MoM for the 3rd ODI. Undodtedly, it was a close finish.

Posted by CricIsCrazy on (September 9, 2011, 23:59 GMT)

I do not understand why so much hoopla over Irfan pathan. So many people think he should have been selected. Dot you all get we have better SPINNERS?

Posted by shamlaatu on (September 9, 2011, 23:55 GMT)

And the whitewash continues .....

Posted by crick50 on (September 9, 2011, 23:35 GMT)

With Such weak Bowling attack India will loose series 4-0 Bring Back our swing bowler & hard hitter.. Irfan pathan back If R.Jadeja can Why not I.P?

Posted by NairUSA on (September 9, 2011, 23:19 GMT)

Ah! the menacing 'prepared' green wicket strikes again! However, Team India should have negotiated even this 'prepared' pitch if they wanted to really show their grit to the world. Alas, that did not happen again and woe to the Indian supporters. On the bright side, Crazy Desis sounds like a good idea.

Posted by   on (September 9, 2011, 23:14 GMT)

Win / Lose - India gave an excellent fight. except for few occossions fielding was amazing. After long time, never die attitude showed by India. I also liked the way Ashwin spoke after the match. That's how it should be. We can expect a win soon if we continue to play like this.

Posted by BaskiSrini on (September 9, 2011, 22:56 GMT)

Ashwin did a brilliant job in batting too and taking 3 wkts. Hopefully these 2 do a good job. But don't know why Dhoni was giving the ball to Munaf despite him being taken to the ropes? Praveen RP, Ashwin ???

Posted by   on (September 9, 2011, 22:33 GMT)

@ADB1 run rate had nothing to do with it, England would have struggled to survive 30 overs of spin from Raina, Ashwin, and Jadeja..so Dhoni was right in what he said. If the rain interruption hadn't happened, England would have probably lost this game, as they would have the 1st ODI.

Posted by SDHM on (September 9, 2011, 22:31 GMT)

I was disappointed in England today - yes they won the game, but they should have been chasing a much lower total and shouldn't have made it quite such a trudge towards the line. Still, Cook is an inexperienced captain and will learn to keep the pressure on in time. Kieswetter and Bopara played well, although Ravi should probably have seen it through. Still showed a good head under a bit of pressure though. India's sixth string are playing well!

Posted by RohanMarkJay on (September 9, 2011, 22:30 GMT)

Well Played England. Really enjoying your test and one day cricket performances. Keep it up!

Posted by TRAM on (September 9, 2011, 22:26 GMT)

India used to have one spinner called Harbajan who never ever never never ever ever even threatened to get a wicket in England. But these 2 young spinners Ashwin & Jadeja apart from actually taking 5 wkts among them, actually looked like taking a wicket almost every over. While Jadeja depended on the sequence of (pattern of) deliveries to fox the batsmen, Ashwin bowled unplayable deliveries. Well bowled. Finally something to cherish about in Indian bowling.

Posted by Trickstar on (September 9, 2011, 22:25 GMT)

Dhoni is really starting to get on my nerves, how didn't the D/L revised total not help India, it was hugely in favor of them, the game was reduced by 7 overs yet only 17 runs got taken off the target. When they announced it, I thought they must had got it wrong, if you take off 7 overs and you required initially about 4.7 rpo that must be a reduction of at least 33 but basically it worked out that England only got 43 overs to chase just about the same total India set in 50 overs. Awsome bowling up front by Jimmy and to a certain extent Bresnan who also bowled really well at the death. Dernbach though was really poor tonight and for some reason was refusing to bowl his yorker until the very last over, which is stupid, he should cut out too much of this slow ball stuff, concentrate on his 90 mph stock bowl and slip in the yorkers at the death. Good innings again from Kieswetter but Bell really is becoming a bit of a conundrum in ODi's, looks a million dollars and then gets himself out.

Posted by ADB1 on (September 9, 2011, 22:22 GMT)

I don't really follow ODIs much, so can someone explain why England always seem to take off a bowler in the middle of a good spell (say, 5 overs for 18) to bowl later on, when he promptly gets carted for eight an over off his next spell of two or three? What's wrong with bowling a guy though if he's on to a good thing? Yeah, it might mean the next bowler has a longer spell while not doing so well, but at least he'll have the benefit of the pressure your on-song bowler has built up. And why do England always seems to have five bowlers with two overs each left with ten overs to go - most of whom, being out of rhythm, go for plenty? And what's all the fuss about Jade Dernbach? To me, he just seems to be another Luke Wright or Yardy (but less of a batsman!?) Yours confusedly, ADB1

Posted by Toon-Harmy on (September 9, 2011, 22:13 GMT)

Can anyone explain how Jadeja is voted man of the match ahead of Jimmy Anderson? As well as Jadeja undeniably played, nevertheless he finished on the losing side. Surely Anderson's early impact did more to shape the eventual outcome of the game and was therefore more deserving of the accolade?

Posted by arunchandar on (September 9, 2011, 21:52 GMT)

INdian supporters made up at least a third of the crowd??? Err did you watch the same match as I did? Indian supporters were about 95% of the crowd once again!1

Posted by HariUSA on (September 9, 2011, 21:50 GMT)

I was wondering why Dhoni bald his head when won the world cup, actually he must do it now; In fact the entire Indian team.

Posted by ADB1 on (September 9, 2011, 21:26 GMT)

I see Dhoni said "the reduced target didn't work in India's favour and the rain break just titled the conditions towards batsmen". So how did losing 17 runs and SEVEN OVERS (RR: 2.42) favour England? Why does this bloke always have to come up with excuses? Really, really poor.

Posted by sermadali on (September 9, 2011, 21:18 GMT)

india--- can you please win one match atleast.......!!!!

Posted by voma on (September 9, 2011, 21:13 GMT)

Well played England , for the first time India decided to contribute to this series . Hmm maybe Bangladesh should be given a 5 ODI series next time , they could perhaps give a better account for themselves

Posted by pom_don on (September 9, 2011, 21:10 GMT)

Well done England (again) they held their nerve well & with this current team it is never over 'till it's over...well fought India some nice bowling from the spinners for a change.

Posted by demon_bowler on (September 9, 2011, 21:06 GMT)

I thought England were unimaginative and a bit lazy after their stirring start, not really trying to get wickets, assuming they could get any score India posted. And so it proved, but I would like to have seen a bit more ruthlessness from Cook with India five down. Well played, Jadeja and Dhoni. Also, Bopara, who all but saw it home again.

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (September 9, 2011, 21:02 GMT)

India lose Again, Old debates settled.

Posted by CricketChat on (September 9, 2011, 21:00 GMT)

I hope selectors and fans realize the folly of playing Dravid in ODIs. No one including RD himself expected to be in. Even if he succeeded a bit, it wouldn't have served anyone any purpose. Don't want to bash a legend, but RD's ODI career was over a while ago. Playing new comers at least would have given them exposure to top level cricket.

Posted by BellCurve on (September 9, 2011, 20:56 GMT)

Dhoni's captaincy record has been destroyed over the last few months. He may look cool. But he clearly doesn't have a clue. A bit like Chris Gale, really.

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