England v India, 4th ODI, Lord's September 11, 2011

Raina, Bopara star in dramatic tie

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India 280 for 5 (Raina 84, Dhoni 78*) tied with England 270 for 8 in 48.5 overs (Bopara 96, Bell 54) (D/L method)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

In a frantic finish at Lord's, the fourth one-day international was tied under the Duckworth/Lewis method to give England the series as rain swept across the ground moments after Ravi Bopara had been caught at deep midwicket for a career-best 96. Before James Anderson could join Steven Finn at the crease, the players went off and although the rain did stop there was no time to resume the game. India were left searching for their first win against England on this tour and, once again, cursing the weather, which has done them no favours throughout the series.

England were on course for victory as Bopara, with one of his best international innings, and Swann added 50 for the seventh wicket in 6.3 overs. Swann, who batted at No. 8 because of an injury to Stuart Broad, was brilliantly run out by Munaf Patel during his follow through. Bopara then tried to clear the midwicket boundary next ball but only found Ravindra Jadeja, bringing England level with the D/L par score, when they had just been ahead of it.

As it transpired, with no further deliveries available, if Bopara had blocked that ball England would have won by one run. It was a difficult situation for Bopara and should not detract from an excellent innings that could prove a significant moment in a stop-start career.

There had been two brief rain stoppages previously. The first when India were marginally ahead of the D/L par score. The second an over later, after England had moved in front of the par score during the 45th over, as Swann guided a boundary to third man. On both occasions the side behind was, unsurprisingly, reluctant to leave the field and India's players remained on the outfield at one point, waiting for the rain to stop. The final decision that the game was tied was tough on the visitors because, with Finn and Anderson to face RP Singh, the odds were probably in India's favour despite a wet ball.

That England were chasing 281 was down to a partnership of 169 between Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni as 140 runs came off the last 14 overs. England's chase was always a nip-and-tuck affair after they slipped to 61 for 3 and was rebuilt by a 98-run stand between Bopara and Ian Bell, two batsmen with plenty to prove in the one-day team. Their partnership wasn't adventurous but it kept the asking-rate within range. Bell eventually chipped a catch to long-off for 54.

Ben Stokes continued to struggle against spin and chipped back to R Ashwin, the dismissal leaving the bowling allrounders to accompany Bopara, who had moved to 50 off 62 balls. Both Tim Bresnan and Swann had shown composure at The Oval two days ago and produced vital innings again. Bresnan made a brisk 27 in a stand of 47 with Bopara to take the requirement down to 60 off eight overs with a batting Powerplay to come. RP Singh, however, produced his best display of the tour and knocked back off stump to make India favourites again.

Swann played calmly between all the interruptions and calculations. He and Bopara found boundaries when they were needed, although England were in the tricky position of having one eye on the D/L target but also not letting the overall figure be forgotten in case the game went the distance.

For India, the finish summed up their series. Rain impacted each match and on three occasions at least it hasn't favoured the visitors. There will be a growing feeling that they are not meant to earn a victory on this tour, especially after they had produced one of their performances to turn the innings around from a sticky 110 for 4.

Broad had struck twice in his first two overs to remove the openers and then Swann claimed a brace in five balls, when Virat Kohli was caught behind and Rahul Dravid got a leading edge back to the bowler. For a period between the 22nd and 36th over India added only 55, but Dhoni and Raina were setting themselves for a strong assault in the closing overs. Raina, who has scored at comfortably more than a run-a-ball in the series, broke the shackles and Dhoni followed soon. Raina would have been run out on 26 if Anderson's back-hand flick from mid-off had hit the stumps.

In the second over of the batting Powerplay, Raina cut loose. Anderson was hit into the stands on the leg side after Dhoni had already taken consecutive boundaries. Broad received similar punishment, when Raina targeted the midwicket stands, and Alastair Cook was given another tough job trying to stem an onslaught. India scored 58 during the batting Powerplay and there was plenty of room for improvement in England's bowling and their captain's tactics.

In the end it still wasn't enough for India. They can take consolation that the margins of defeat are shrinking but at Cardiff there is only pride to play for.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on September 14, 2011, 19:27 GMT

    at @@@ blastu india almost lost against zim in 83 and against england they won coz of umpire!!!go and check the records

  • Chandra_koundinya on September 14, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    All the Best England for Next World Cup atleast now they should focus on winning World cup for the sake of their Fans growing expectations.

  • on September 14, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    @ blatsu india beat kenya in the 2003 world cup semi finals.................

  • bobmartin on September 14, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    @ blastu... What are you giving us a history lesson for. What has happened in the past has no bearing whatsoever on what is happening now, nor what might happen in the future.. That's your problem... you either live in the past or you try to predict the future...both of which are futile. You may well have been the number one test team... but you're now number three. I don't know if you've ever been the number one ODI team, but you're number four at present. Those are the facts. So dream on... because at this point in time dreams are all you have left.

  • blastu on September 14, 2011, 9:51 GMT

    India is capable of beating any team in the world in there home ground. The best example is india beat england in england at 1983 worldcup semi finals & they won the worldcup, not only that india beat england in worldcup semifinal at south africa(2003) went to the finals. How many times england won the worldcup. India were no 1 in test team for the past 2 years, england recently become no 1 by beating injured indian team & saying england is the best team in the world what a silly. come to india we will trash with fully recovered indian team.SRT is the great, is record will speak no one can compare the god of cricket with cook r trott,just check the record & speak, at the age of 38 he is doing. India trashed england 5-0 series win at india in 2008(flintoff,strauss,threscothick,vaughan,hoggard & harmison are in the team)is it a injured team .Indian team as played far better then england, just one bad series will never put india at bottom.

  • blastu on September 14, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    India is capable of beating any team in the world in there home ground. The best example is india beat england in england at 1983 worldcup semi finals & they won the worldcup, not only that india beat england in worldcup semifinal at south africa(2003) went to the finals. How many times england won the worldcup. India were no 1 in test team for the past 2 years, england recently become no 1 by beating injured indian team & saying england is the best team in the world what a silly. come to india we will trash with fully recovered indian team.SRT is the great, is record will speak no one can compare the god of cricket with cook r trott,just check the record & speak, at the age of 38 he is doing. India trashed england 5-0 series win at india in 2008(flintoff,strauss,threscothick,vaughan,hoggard & harmison are in the team)is it a injured team .Indian team as played far better then england, just one bad series will never put india at bottom.

  • 5wombats on September 13, 2011, 20:20 GMT

    @ABD1; once again - I agree with you. I've been reading this stuff for weeks now and I've come to the conclusion that whatever india "fans" say - in fact, the diametric opposite it true. But one thing does make me laugh; claims about how bad india's "luck" is with the toss. Quite a few have claimed that England have won the toss in every one of the 8 Eng V ind matches so far. LOL. They can't even get that right. For one thing india won the toss twice in the Tests and also in the T20. I make that 3 times india won the toss, not zero. The other funny thing is - there have been 9 matches....

  • Ruthless_aggression on September 13, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    Everyting about England looks right. This is exactly how India had been cruising for last two years. Even rain seems to be with england. I remember there used to times rain used to play spoil sport for england. India OR England neither look convincing like the Australians to stay there at the top for long. piece of advice for england dont be in a hurry to prove yourself in the subcontinent. Else your stint will not even last as long as the Indians did.

  • RohanMarkJay on September 13, 2011, 18:59 GMT

    Ravi Bopara should be a regular for England for every one day international match. He is a terrific one day cricketer. He is exactly the type of one day cricketer England has been looking for. Can't believe he has been around since the 2007 world cup. I remember in the Caribbean 2007 world cup he almost single handedly won a world cup game for England. I hope now he has finally cemented himself in the England one day squad until the end of his career. A superb one day international innings from him at Lord's. Great Stuff. I salute you Ravi Bopara a top cricketer.

  • Basil90 on September 13, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    this was gonna happen....i knew it.....india are world champions in their own dusty and dry pitches...unlike aus eng sa and pak....

  • on September 14, 2011, 19:27 GMT

    at @@@ blastu india almost lost against zim in 83 and against england they won coz of umpire!!!go and check the records

  • Chandra_koundinya on September 14, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    All the Best England for Next World Cup atleast now they should focus on winning World cup for the sake of their Fans growing expectations.

  • on September 14, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    @ blatsu india beat kenya in the 2003 world cup semi finals.................

  • bobmartin on September 14, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    @ blastu... What are you giving us a history lesson for. What has happened in the past has no bearing whatsoever on what is happening now, nor what might happen in the future.. That's your problem... you either live in the past or you try to predict the future...both of which are futile. You may well have been the number one test team... but you're now number three. I don't know if you've ever been the number one ODI team, but you're number four at present. Those are the facts. So dream on... because at this point in time dreams are all you have left.

  • blastu on September 14, 2011, 9:51 GMT

    India is capable of beating any team in the world in there home ground. The best example is india beat england in england at 1983 worldcup semi finals & they won the worldcup, not only that india beat england in worldcup semifinal at south africa(2003) went to the finals. How many times england won the worldcup. India were no 1 in test team for the past 2 years, england recently become no 1 by beating injured indian team & saying england is the best team in the world what a silly. come to india we will trash with fully recovered indian team.SRT is the great, is record will speak no one can compare the god of cricket with cook r trott,just check the record & speak, at the age of 38 he is doing. India trashed england 5-0 series win at india in 2008(flintoff,strauss,threscothick,vaughan,hoggard & harmison are in the team)is it a injured team .Indian team as played far better then england, just one bad series will never put india at bottom.

  • blastu on September 14, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    India is capable of beating any team in the world in there home ground. The best example is india beat england in england at 1983 worldcup semi finals & they won the worldcup, not only that india beat england in worldcup semifinal at south africa(2003) went to the finals. How many times england won the worldcup. India were no 1 in test team for the past 2 years, england recently become no 1 by beating injured indian team & saying england is the best team in the world what a silly. come to india we will trash with fully recovered indian team.SRT is the great, is record will speak no one can compare the god of cricket with cook r trott,just check the record & speak, at the age of 38 he is doing. India trashed england 5-0 series win at india in 2008(flintoff,strauss,threscothick,vaughan,hoggard & harmison are in the team)is it a injured team .Indian team as played far better then england, just one bad series will never put india at bottom.

  • 5wombats on September 13, 2011, 20:20 GMT

    @ABD1; once again - I agree with you. I've been reading this stuff for weeks now and I've come to the conclusion that whatever india "fans" say - in fact, the diametric opposite it true. But one thing does make me laugh; claims about how bad india's "luck" is with the toss. Quite a few have claimed that England have won the toss in every one of the 8 Eng V ind matches so far. LOL. They can't even get that right. For one thing india won the toss twice in the Tests and also in the T20. I make that 3 times india won the toss, not zero. The other funny thing is - there have been 9 matches....

  • Ruthless_aggression on September 13, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    Everyting about England looks right. This is exactly how India had been cruising for last two years. Even rain seems to be with england. I remember there used to times rain used to play spoil sport for england. India OR England neither look convincing like the Australians to stay there at the top for long. piece of advice for england dont be in a hurry to prove yourself in the subcontinent. Else your stint will not even last as long as the Indians did.

  • RohanMarkJay on September 13, 2011, 18:59 GMT

    Ravi Bopara should be a regular for England for every one day international match. He is a terrific one day cricketer. He is exactly the type of one day cricketer England has been looking for. Can't believe he has been around since the 2007 world cup. I remember in the Caribbean 2007 world cup he almost single handedly won a world cup game for England. I hope now he has finally cemented himself in the England one day squad until the end of his career. A superb one day international innings from him at Lord's. Great Stuff. I salute you Ravi Bopara a top cricketer.

  • Basil90 on September 13, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    this was gonna happen....i knew it.....india are world champions in their own dusty and dry pitches...unlike aus eng sa and pak....

  • on September 13, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    @Finch88: lol I wasnt saying India will beat England in India..England r a gud one day side..any of the top 8 teams including England can beat any other team any time and at any place in an odi..but the problem wid most of the teams is consistency :)

  • puneet_usa on September 13, 2011, 12:25 GMT

    I AM LOOKING FORWARD TO A BATSMAN BREAKING SACHIN'S RECORD OF 200* in the upcoming series- very much possible- At the rate the runs are scored i can assume scored anywhere close to 300 won't be enough to defend- Plan on scores of 350-450 to have a chance of winning and this is for both Indian and Englaih side- i would so love to see someone overhauling Sachin's 200*..Doesn't matter who does- Whether Engish batsman or Indian Batsman---Its going to be a run feast all the way......!!!!

  • finch88 on September 13, 2011, 11:31 GMT

    Ultimately, we as fans can argue back and forth all day long. Maybe India will beat England in India. There's a good chance of that. But there's zero chance of England turning up as unprepared and unprofessional as India have done on this tour. India may win on their home soil, but they'll know that they've been in a fight with a team that wants to win (and quite possibly will win). It's a shame that India hasn't shown the same commitment and discipline on this tour.

  • gannyboy on September 13, 2011, 10:01 GMT

    @puntertakeson I totally agree with you that Ashwin has all the quality of becoming the best spinner in the world but the question is does India have the guts to drop Harbhajan.

  • on September 13, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    @finch88: rankings to c 4 vat?Ashwin is a new bie and has bowled in only14 matches so far in which he has taken 25 wickets n he hasnt gt chances even with bhajji dipping form while Swann has been thr fr 3-4 years.If you want to compare,ok bt u comment on Swann's recent or last 14 matches.He has taken 23 wickets in 14 matches and out of those 14,1 is against Ireland in which he has taken 3 wickets.If u exclude associates,he has taken 21 wickets in 14 matches.nw his performance in India vs India is nt tht gud to boast of.He has taken 5 wickets frm 4 games vs India in India and he was scored 173 runs in 28 overs he bowled.@finch88: rankings to c 4 vat?Ashwin is a new bie and has bowled in only14 matches so far in which he has taken 25 wickets n he hasnt gt chances even with bhajji dipping form while Swann has been thr fr 3-4 years.If you want to compare,ok bt u comment on Swann's recent or last 14 matches.He has taken 23 wickets in 14 matches and out of those 14,1 is against Ireland in wh

  • puntertakeson on September 13, 2011, 6:05 GMT

    @finch88 just wait and watch for another one years that status will be possessed by Ashwin. He has more variation and turn than Swann. I don't think English batsmen would be comfortable with spinners.

  • kristee on September 13, 2011, 4:54 GMT

    Some people seem to have misunderstood D/L method so badly! A batter's quality or injury is not within its purview. More, cricketing wisdom would have it that if rain managed to put Broad's injury out of the equation, that is best accepted as fair! The opposition could have capitalized on it; but to say that they had no fortune to do so is the absurdest comment you can ever come upon!

  • ADB1 on September 13, 2011, 4:26 GMT

    LOL! And the comments keep coming from India fans! Thre seems to be a theme developing where England fans are accused of bragging and claiming Eng is No. 1 in ODIs. No-one has said that, everyone (that is, the Eng fans still commenting - most of them left after we won the important series, the Tests) realsie Eng is a developing team which still has it's flaws. It is India fans who have done all the bragging - followed by excuses for the losses, and then threats about what will happen in India. You lost the ODI series. Deal with it.

  • Lmaotsetung on September 12, 2011, 21:57 GMT

    Monty is England's 2nd spinner unless something has changed dramatically. There are also a slew of youngsters waiting in the wings. The problem with the ODI squad is that England are also looking for bowlers who can bat. Unfortunately for whatever reasons Adil Rashid has fell of the selector's radar. He would fit in the mold of a Swann or Broad or Bresnan...a bowling all-rounder. I guess at the end of the day because of the one day format, teams are forced to find all-rounders to plug into the team, whether it'd be a batting all-rounder like Samit Patel or a bowling all-rounder Bresnan. Which is why Bopara has had so many chances in ODIs.

  • finch88 on September 12, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    @Rakhil - Have you checked the ODI bowler rankings recently? Ashwin is nowhere to be seen (India only have one bowler in the top ten). And at the top of the list in position number one? Graeme Swann. Your logic is very interesting to say the least!

  • drkrish on September 12, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    Though Duckworth- Lewis favoured India as all the comments suggest,there is a small glitch which actually must have cost England the match.Stuart Broad was injured and officially cannot bat ,so england technically has lost 9 wickets instead of 8 so D/L sysytem must have been rewritten and the revised target would have been 275 istead of 270. So ideally india must have won the match !!!! surprise that no think tank from the dressing rom (including Mr.Duncan Fletcher) thought or suggested this.

  • iNsiDers on September 12, 2011, 19:03 GMT

    @vamshi_teamindia: "England seems to have an edge over india in english conditions but they cant perform outside england.." WHAT? yes, you are right. I will just play around with your own words "India had an edge over rest of the team in recent WC due to their home ground conditions but they cant perform outside India".... you can see the result by yourself. These are Facts, i am making up any story here !!

  • on September 12, 2011, 18:35 GMT

    All the Indians ranting about weather, what would have happened if the next player had hit a six on no-ball!!!! . Then how much the tied match result would have felt sweet????? . I wonder what the Indians fan would have commented about their "champs"........

  • on September 12, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    @Vamshi..... England seem to have an edge over India in English conditions and they can't perform outside England .... you should have also added that India exploited the Indian conditions in the World cup and that they can not perform out side India.... what is the point then?

  • on September 12, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    @gunnerr4life : r u in your senses dude???I was replying to Finch88 comment where he said preparing dustbowls in ODIs in India can backfire 4 India as they have swann the best spinner in the world...and I replied saying that y it would backfire..Indian spinner Ashwin is the highest wicket-taker in english conditions well known to Swann...so on dustbowls dry pitches Ashwin will be more handy than he is in England..plus we have other gud spinners for slow Indian pitces like Jadeja/Yuvi,Bhajji/Ojha which are quite dangerous in Indian conditions..and while England have only Samit Patel as their 2nd option or may be they will take Yardy...the problem for England is 2nd spinner..while India can play 3 gud spinners in its squad..so advantage India...so dude read properly b4 u comment..

  • on September 12, 2011, 17:07 GMT

    No running from the fact that India played the Test series badly and deserved to lose 4-0 but all the English fans that are saying nasty things about India now should look to the fact that how many first choice players (only Kohli, Dhoni, Raina, Praveen are first choice.....Munaf always fight for the 11th spot with Nehra) are there in Indian team atm...especially after the momentum that they got in the Test series they were expected to romp 5-0 in ODIs and even also the Twenty 20 game(ofcourse they are expected to win T20 game easily coz they are world champions but still they struggled) but they have struggled to beat the inexperienced Indian team......I think in my opinion this Indian ODI team would be making Duncan Fletcher something to rejoice....btw still well played both the teams a match to remember....

  • vamshi_teamindia on September 12, 2011, 17:03 GMT

    India is definitely world champion in ODI's! Yes we are the world champs still........England seems to have an edge over india in english conditions but they cant perform outside england. We may win the sries in india agnst england 5-0! India can beat every side in the world with all the players in! India were unlucky in t20 and ODI"S! India will definetely bounce back soon........

  • puneet_usa on September 12, 2011, 16:40 GMT

    I am very pleased with the performance of our youngsters- We look all set for an ideal build up towards next world cup- We will have plenty of groomed talent to defend world cup in Aus-NZ....People just be patient- Fletcher knows what it takes to make a team that will do good in Aus-NZ--Watch out for Varun Aaron to unleash- He will be a genuine find soon once he gets in-As far as the future of the Current Over rated English Team goes- Start looking for covers- Because I am expecting totals in excess of 400 in coming 50 overs series in India- All your Bresnans,Swanns,glamour boy Jimmy, new find-Dernbach specialist ODI bowler,etc etc. They will be left helpless. We shall see a complete 360 degree change of events soon....enjoy the short span of luck...because once you are going to get hammered in India...that will erase all these memories of newly famed English Dream Team...Its gonno be ugly- Send some extra coverage for players because some might simply quit midway with depression.

  • gunnerr4life on September 12, 2011, 16:35 GMT

    @Rakhil Pakhetra Comparing Ashwin with Swann is absolutely ridiculous !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • on September 12, 2011, 16:17 GMT

    Whether it is Football, Rugby, Tennis, Cricket or Tiddlywinks, England, their, fans commentators and media are legends in their own minds

  • Chandra_koundinya on September 12, 2011, 16:15 GMT

    for all people out there who thinks that india have lost the series and england have regained any momentum to become number one there are a couple of things people tend to forget especially about the long tours and yes we do Accept the BCCI had its part but England along with oldies started so called sledging process which is a common trend and guess !! they have improved a lot on that. about the number one position yes we deserve it. England after loosing and being whitewashed for years they have now the momentum to be one of the best team and that is only on ENGLISH conditions. we have not seen many good matches from England except for a couple of years they have been playing good cricket after being tormented by almost all Debutants no surprise that they have couple of good matches for their Fans to Cherish. Ofcourse we had less luck with our Bowlers and now England started the row of Injuries as they know better who will be Hammered. All the Best English for indian Tour.

  • stambake on September 12, 2011, 15:14 GMT

    it was close game......... match officials didn't even got time to bowl for 7 balls.. otherwise result was there......

  • on September 12, 2011, 14:51 GMT

    AT LEAST IN ONE DAYERS INDIAN TEAM HAS DISPLAYED SOME RESOLUTENESS AND COURAGE . I THINK WITH LITTLE MORE FAVOUR FROM RAAIN GOD , RESULT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER IN INDIA S WAY .HOWEVER OLD PROVERB PROVES RIGHT THAT FORTUNE FAVOURS BRAVES

  • BravoBravo on September 12, 2011, 14:17 GMT

    ALL THE BLABBER ABOUT that IND is going to bury ENG when ENG will be visiting IND in October 2011 is such a pipedream. The same blabbering was going on before this tour was on, how IND is going to annihilate ENG in their own backyard. And what IND got on this tour: the unprecedented defeats faced by any team in recent decades and 7 losses in a row (must be a record for Champions). It is appaling that after this kind of humiliation faced by IND, excuses and unilateral pipe dream by camp IND never stopped. What a SHAME. But one fact remains undisputed: in 75 years of cricket history IND WIN TO LOSS ratio remains WORST among all the major teams (AUS, ENG, SA, PAK,WI, IND) not just in tests but it is also WORST in ODI and T20 as well. CONCLUSION: Not just ENG but every other team is better than IND whether it is in test or in ODI.

  • on September 12, 2011, 14:07 GMT

    Why selectors are selecting a guy like Munaf Patel. He is a fit for nothing candidate. He may bowl a better ball here and there ,but cannot be considered just for that at the stake of the country image or cannot deceive fans.He cannot gather a ball on the follow through, or for a runout chance, instead of putiing his hand he if showing his legs. What a lethergic cricketer he is.Our captain cool's coolness cannot be applied to such lazy player. Player like Munaf should be ousted first.

  • getsetgopk on September 12, 2011, 13:47 GMT

    Rain saved India once more but still they lost the series with just one game to go on this tour and they are yet to win anything.

  • on September 12, 2011, 13:01 GMT

    what's the age of munaf now?

    he is playing like a 50 years old person.. very emotion when fielders mess with ball in his bowling but when he did the same in ugly way just a calm look as he always look like.:)

  • on September 12, 2011, 12:59 GMT

    rain saved India from going 3-0 in the series......bravo ENG......keep it uppppppppp.Eveyone knows how these so called world champions have become the one.

  • Juiceoftheapple on September 12, 2011, 12:40 GMT

    Every team has injuries, every team must react to the weather, every team must play home and away - but on balance and over a series of games and over a period of time the better team will show itself and this is statistically represented in the ICC stats. England are clearly currently far better than India over 5 days in English conditions, and marginally better at ODI's in English conditions. Ultimately a series doesn't lie. India look a far better ODI side than their test side. Englands ODI team is looking far better than it did. Very impressive knock from Dhoni and Raina, it was a little worrying to see our bowlers lose their heads against their onslaught, but it was the first time this summer, so we'll give them that. Very impressed by Bopara, except for his lack of being able to find the boundary, but he showed great resilience to defend his wicket.

  • ashes61 on September 12, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    One imagines the 5-match ODI series in India next month will be a little closer (although there's no guarantee of that, of course). However, with India having blooded one two younger players successfully, & with home advantage this time, India should be able to close the margin a little, mercifully providing a less one-sided contest. Their fans obviously hope for a series win but what happens if they don't win? What excuses will be dragged up then? These are running out fast, as so many have been used up already. Lack of preparation, unfit players, bad luck with so many injuries, inexperienced replacements, English pitches, English weather, rain breaks always favouring the home side, English gamesmanship, umpiring decision, Duckworth-Lewis, DRS, selectorial blunders, IPL hangovers. When ENG thrashed OZ out of sight a few months ago they took it on the chin. India have lost the main series 4-0 and the pyjama games 1-0 & 2-0 (perhaps 3-0). No excuses can mask this terrific hiding.

  • puneet_usa on September 12, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    ON BEHALF OF ALL INDIAN FANS I CAN SAY THAT WE DON'T MIND LOOSING AS LONG AS INDIAN TEAM SHOWS THE FIGHTING SPIRIT- SECONDLY YES WEATHER GODS HAVE FAVORED THE BRITS ON THIS TOUR AND THEY ARE LUCK TO TAKE THE ODI SERIES BUT VERY GOOD COMEBACK FROM INDIA WITH THEHELP OF SOME ELECTRIC YOUNG GUNS ON THE FIELD- THIS LOOKS LIKE A TOTALLY DIFFERENT UNIT- I AM POSTIVE THAT INDIA IS GOING TO FINSIH THE TRIP WITH A GOOD WIN AND THEN WE WILL SEE HOW ENGLISH TEAM DOES ON THEIR 5 ODI SERIES IN INDIA- AND ONE T-20...A LOT OF PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY BET ON A 5-0 SERIES LOOS FOR ENGLAND....BECAUSE INDIANS ARE GOING TO HIT THEM HARD....WATCH OUT......!!!!

  • annys on September 12, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    first choice ------------- zaheer,ishanth,sreesanth,pk,rp,irfan,munaf,bhajji,amit,aswin

    backup --------- mithun,vinay,arvind,umesh yadav,aaron,unadkat,tyagi,balaji,gony,dinda,ohja,chawla,rahul sharma

    first choice ------------- sehwag,sachin,gauti,yuvi,kohli,dhoni,raina,rohit,dravid,laxman,pujara

    backup --------- manoj,rahane,parthiv,dinesh,uthappa,manish,jaffer,mukund,badri,jadeja

    get these guys ready and fit for Australia and then lets see what happens there :)

  • on September 12, 2011, 10:38 GMT

    @finch88: ur best spinner Swann has taken 5 wickets from 3 games(he dint pla y 1st odi coz of stomach bug) but he never has to bowl wid the wet ball which Ashwin did and has an average of 22.60..the highest wicket-taker in odi series so far is Ashwin(6 wickets) with best odi series average of 21 and Bresnan(6 wickets) at an average of 30...Mind you Ashwin dint bowl a single over in 1st odi due to rain washing out 1st odi and effectively he got 6 wickets in 3 matches while Bresnan got 6 from 4 matches..so who is best in English conditions in this tour u can see...if Ashwin can lead no. of wickets in England he will probably fare much better in India n in India the dry pitches wont backfire often as we may use Ashwin,Yuvi/Jadeja,Ojha/Bhajji and mind you all are very dangerous bowlers on spin tracks..btw who is ur 2nd spin bowler for India tour..that flat buffalo Samit Patel :)

  • on September 12, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    Hi Tatsache, you are very much wrong about Munaf Patel, on many occasions India won the match because of Munaf Patel current team the worst fielder is Parthiv patel not munaf patel

  • on September 12, 2011, 9:48 GMT

    @Sukuma-I hope you wr watching the match. 1st Match. I would say that rain saved the day for India..otherwise the series would have been decided in favor of England in Oval itself. In Oval, rain actually favored India..218 in 43 was stiffer than 235 in 50..aint it? In Lords, again, rain saved India! If it wasn't raining, both Swann & Bopara would have easily romped home. And inspite of Bopara being out, 10 in 7 was within reach for the English. Instead of match that wasn't played due2 rain, focus on the match that were played. @ 281 target, at which point did the Indian bowlers seemed to force a result in favour of India? And the English gave away their wickets once again, it wasn't India that took, deserved or earned them. Till the time India can take wickets at their own insistence set at their own terms, well let India score 350+, they will still lose or tie! Remember the world cup match betwn India-Eng? played in Ind with Zaheer and Harbhajan around, and without rain, did Ind win

  • on September 12, 2011, 9:30 GMT

    @Wunfa517:u keep harping abt tht tie in WC..infact that tie was indeed a loss for England as they tied the match from a good winnable position..same was the case yesterday..they seemed to win until 48th over yesterday when lyk WC match it seemed they have thrown it away with only difference that Rain came to help out England..btw tht Bangalore track at WC was a flat belter.so tht pitch was equal to both Indian and English Batsmen for batting.We hadnt given you a dry dusty turner in the WC to play against our spinners like England who is constantly presenting green top wickets against India or lyk SriLanka that defeated you by 10 wickets in WC quarterfinal on a dry pitch..Now the ball is in BCCI's court..they should stop worrying about TRP and produce dry turning pitches for all 5odis against england in India..offcourse Swann will be benefitted as well...bt England will have only 1 gud spinner while India will field 3 Ashwin,Yuvi,Ojha/Bhajji and these all 3 r dang. in indian conditions

  • on September 12, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    Great to see to battling nations. In the end, no one deserves to win after playing so well. But, I really think that Ravi Bopara has played a wrong shot after plating so well. England showed their class once again.

  • yorkshirematt on September 12, 2011, 9:15 GMT

    @Sukumar_Kantri How do you know India wouldn't have thrown the first match away after being in a good position as well? It looked like you would win this one when Eng were 61-3 but you let them back into it.

  • on September 12, 2011, 9:14 GMT

    Won't an Indian win in India be worthless? The argument seems to be the current series shouldn't count as England are in home conditions against an injured team, many of which are "useless" in the current conditions? Surely when a depleted (no Morgan, KP, possibly an injured Broad) and with Anderson (apparently) unable to bowl on flat tracks and our batsmen unable (apparently) to play spin, the tour is a foregone conclusion isn't it? I wonder how many of our team will get sudden injuries that mysteriously clear up just in time for a home tournament. Or have they got more commitment and courage than that......

  • Tatsache on September 12, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    please play 10 players than playing with Munaf... I cant see when he is in the field....he is bottam list fielder in poor fielding list....!

  • Wunfa517 on September 12, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    You Indian guys - lol. Let us put it simply for you. You scored 280 in 50 overs. Very well done, congratulations, pretty batting. You couldn't stop the other team scoring 270 in 48.5 overs: very bad, commiserations, very bad bowling.

    Just one question - India scored 10 runs in their last 6 balls. England needed to score 11 runs in the last 7 balls. What makes that impossible, taking into account that it's always possible that one of the donkeys will gift another 4 in overthrows?

  • fredie on September 12, 2011, 8:38 GMT

    how unlucky india has been on this tour.......firstly india havent won a single toss so far and had to face some of the toughest conditions to bat..... when u win the toss u have won 50 % of match in england due to greenish pitch...... i think eng are scared of india when was the last time u had seen green pitches in odi......come the14th octoberand the tide will turn.......england gonna lose 5-0 to india on some proper one day wicket

  • on September 12, 2011, 8:34 GMT

    Glad to hear England won the series but they would have surely won this match if it wasn't for Raina and DHONI! Dhoni is what I call a real captain.

  • guymanish on September 12, 2011, 8:26 GMT

    Smwhere in the end of the England innings, I felt as if Dhoni has, on purpose, asked Munaf to bowl. Like, as if, he wanted him to bowl and be hit for aplenty. As if to send the selectors a message on the quality of picks (or the lack of it) they are doing. And although Munaf redeemed himself by picking a couple in one over,and might again get a chance to play, but was it really thequality of bowling that saved him or just plain luck, is anyones guess...

  • finch88 on September 12, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    England seem to be receiving a lot of "what if" criticism, as if they're not a good team until they prove it on India's dust tracks. But what does this say about India? It's all very well to criticise England for not being as effective away from home, but they've proven over the last few years to be much more effective than India have proven on this tour! As an England fan, I think it's far too soon to call us world beaters in the One Day game. We have the players to beat anybody on our day, but there's still too much inconsistency. We need somebody to really master the art of bowling at the death, and the second spinner role needs to be nailed down. I hope India realise that preparing dust tracks will play right in to the hands of the best spinner in the game, Mr Swann! Until then, congrats to the English. Beating both SL and India in One Day series shows we're on the right track

  • ian_ghose on September 12, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    Leave aside 'what if the game had been called off 1 ball earlier or later?, I think England blundered tactically, to close the game out at an earlier juncture. They should have taken the batting powerplay while Bopara and Bresnan were in (precisely after Jadeja generously gave away 4 overthrows). They left the batting powerplay on hold for too long. What if the rains had come before the 45th over, and England didn't have the chance to take the powerplay at all? England would have lost the game there. I also feel Stokes should be given another chance, perhaps higher up the order, before Bopara or even Bell. He atleast looks like someone who is willing to go after the spinners, and even though he might have fallen to Ashwin twice, seems to be more decisive when chipping down the track. If he comes off, it'll bode well both for him and England, especially if he gets a few runs under his belt before the spinners come on.

  • Sukumar_Kantri on September 12, 2011, 7:55 GMT

    Its the rain which saved England once again. In 1st match, India was on the way for a fabulous win when rain washed out the game away.. same way, last match Eng won bcos of rain and this match was a tie bcos of rain.. If Eng are brave enough, they should have batted the remaining 7 balls and won the match if they can do it.... No true sportsmanship from Eng team... The way they begged to allow Bell bat again in test match had showed how downgraded they are...

  • on September 12, 2011, 7:36 GMT

    Well done Eng. They deserved the win, with more professionalism than opponents. Apart from Dhoni, no one looked professional in Indian team, I have to admit.

  • sheikh.daneal on September 12, 2011, 7:31 GMT

    The problem with Team India is the contrast of abilities, the batting without doubt is the best in the world (u put Sachin in any batting line-up it becumz the best) the concern for India is their bowlers inability to force errors. Indian bowlers did not get to make the pitch look like a batsmen grave as opposed to the English bowlers did, the reason can attract a million controversial answers but for what its worth Indian bowlers are just not good enough, you cannot expect Zaheer Khan to rip through any batting line up everyday, he is good but if he needs to be like a Wasim then he'd need a partner in crime like Waqar. Indian bowlers Failed them again and its time to take positive action and pick & groom a bowling team capable of picking 20 wickets. The art of winning is by wicket-taking, and the Art of Defense is pilling up runs. Choose to remain a defensive side? Or take on the world and bring it to their knees? Will India ever Decide???

  • banglafan on September 12, 2011, 7:26 GMT

    @HOWIZZAT : U ARE RIGHT. MY NEWLOOK INDIA ODI TEAM WOULD be PARTHIV PATEL, RAHANE, KOHLI, RAINA, YUVRAJ, JADEJA, DHONI AND THE BOWLERS. SINCE ALL PLAYERS WANT TO REMAIN FIT FOR IPL, PARTICIPATION IN TESTS / ODIs SHOULD BE VOLUNTARY, I.E. PLAYERS WILL ANNOUNCE THEIR AVAILABILITY AND BCCI WILL CHOOSE THE TEAMS FROM THE AVAILABLE LOT. NOMINA;L CONTRACTUAL SALARIES, EARN AS U PLAY.

  • on September 12, 2011, 7:18 GMT

    ind did well to comeback in the last few balls but must be disappointed not to register their first win after posing a handsome total.

  • gannyboy on September 12, 2011, 7:14 GMT

    To be honest Stokes does not deserve a place in the side even though the commentators keep praising about him I don't see anything special with his batting may be he is good with the ball but that cant be known till next summer. Another thing is Ashwin has been the best bowler in the series so far he has picked up more wickets than Swann and has had no support from the other end and another advantage for Swann has been it does not rain before he comes to ball.

  • on September 12, 2011, 7:12 GMT

    We Indians now wait to welcome the Englishmen on the Indian shores. All said and done, the ODIs have proved that the English bowlers are no sultans of swing. And in indian conditions, the likes of James Anderson and Tim Bresnan will only look like bunnies (James Anderson has the dubious distinction of the most expensive spell ever in ODIs in WC 2011). Steven Finn is out and out quality and doesnt depend on swing only. And regarding India being unable to defend 280, there's little doubt that we have a poor fast bowling attack. But in the dutbowls of India, spinners wil be the ones to watch out for.

  • JOHNRAJ on September 12, 2011, 6:54 GMT

    I will not agree with that Match result, India deserve a win. If england team is really a better team than india means they should come forward to play the remaining 6 ball to win the match, They have the fear to loss the match thats why they are happy with that result. In the test match serious , Even though india in the backfoot they allow bell to bat again after he was given runout, England team they beg indian captain to allow bell to play again that is the sprite of the game. But see england team they act like a low level team they just want to win the serious by anyway. India not playing with full team but then too england team not winning the match easily we give fight with the young team. If we have the full team then we will win the ODI serious earily.

    England is not better than indian team.

  • cricfanraj on September 12, 2011, 6:52 GMT

    India cannot win even if they score 400 as long as Munaf and RP are in the team. Max you can afford one so Munaf must sit on bench and take a new bolwer You cannot have a person in team who cannot field and bat . ALl that he can do is bowl 6 overs for 40 runs

  • Abagshaw on September 12, 2011, 6:51 GMT

    Watching Bell playing in the middle overs is always painful. He would be a very good opener, which would also save us from having to watch Kieswetter hole out to cover in the first couple of overs half the time. The Indian and Sri Lankan bowling attacks he's done well against lack pace and I doubt he'll last long or score fluently against the new ball when they play South Africa or even Pakistan.

  • Sidharthsavla on September 12, 2011, 6:40 GMT

    hard tough luck for INDIA after playing so well rain messed up everything....but then too i loved the way TEAM INDIA battled love you TEAM INDIA.....don't get nervous hard times is over now its our time n we are still NUMBER ONE TEAM from WC (WORLD CUP)......

  • on September 12, 2011, 6:35 GMT

    Still I'm not understandinf why LAZY Munaf Patel is in team... Dhoni should give chance to pacer Varun Aaron

  • on September 12, 2011, 6:31 GMT

    @ RISHI2016 - if DL was updated, then England would have been ahead of the rate, 11 off 7 with two wickets in hand isnt really a challenge in the modern game. When DL was developed, 5 an over in a 50 over game was exceptional and teams didn't bat down the tail.

  • Gupta.Ankur on September 12, 2011, 6:02 GMT

    Its been really frustrating this series and i think if rain hadn't interrupted in all these matches, India would have been 3-1 ahead....

    You can't really do much as a fielding side if there is a wet outfield.....which rules out spinners doing well........

    On brighter side of things, India with their depleted side have shown that Eng are far from being "dominant" in ODI's for at least foreseeable future...

  • on September 12, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    sir plz tell me when did india won all the test matches of a series ,a nd white washed any country on the entire tour. indian team was almost beaten by nz on home soil. by bad umpiring india benefited mor 3 time schin was plumb lbw not given against broad, morgan given out, on moving ball wat was the record of gambhir plz search. they just hide behinde the injuries. sachin was fit in 2nd and 3rd test wat he did plz tell me. sehwag coulnt see moving ball sa and eng look at his 27 avg in both countries despite a century in sa. everyone was yelling at harbhajan that he should dropped and he was out oh the team now people trying excuse that we were one bowler short. aussi c team won a series in2009 against full strength india including sachin. indian cricket is the sign of colonial game and people accepting that we ars still colony of england. thats why we are lagging behind in our national ga

  • ajayrcs on September 12, 2011, 5:30 GMT

    Steven Finn and Tait conceded runs because of their pace, I am wondering if India had pacers of 150+ kmph how would have India used them. India is more successful with their medium pace swing bowlig attack in India but not in England.So does it mean than India need to have Different squad for different pitches because pace bowling attack (likes of australia) failed in asian condition. England and Australia have produced young speedster likes of Steven Finn and Patrick Cummins. It really will be a battle of pace in Ashes if these two admitted in test squad.

  • NairUSA on September 12, 2011, 5:14 GMT

    Time to go home now. There isn't anything that Team India had not tried in this series. The English had a plan and they followed up. The best team emerged as the victors.

    Let us see what we can do in the upcoming months/years!

  • howizzat on September 12, 2011, 5:03 GMT

    TeamIndia should stick to new look team in the process of rebuilding for 2015 WC. Players like Sachin, Sehwag, Dravid, Zaheer and Gambhir should be picked only for tests. Its time now that Dhoni, Yuvraj, Kohli and Raina should take center stage. Dhoni in particularshould bat higher up in the order and concentrate on batting. TeamIndia needs tons of run from him of which he is capable of. Picking four bowlers still remains a million dollar question. Also there comes a question mark on Srikkanth, Erick and Duncan.

  • on September 12, 2011, 4:59 GMT

    Guys..Two months ago you all praised dhoni for his captainship and decision making.but now you all are scolding him that he is not aggressive and hopeless.. bad times always come across a cricketer. Lets encourage him and forget the hard times..lets pay back to England during their visit double the times as they gave... come on india..Its really a great fight from dhoni raina jaddu and ashwin...

  • Hindh on September 12, 2011, 4:37 GMT

    India should think of this series as a jinxed and a cursed one and move on. they are a far better team. Any team with 8 star players injured will suffer. They should thank the heavens that it did not happen in the WC and has happened in an inconsequential series. So india should regroup and come back strong. CHAK DE INDIA........

  • on September 12, 2011, 4:34 GMT

    @tariq...lol whitewashed? do you even know the meaning of whitewashed?

    Inida already cant be white washed as its 2-0 from 4 matches...you got to win every match thats called whitewashed

    go and get some cricketing knowledge

  • banglafan on September 12, 2011, 4:33 GMT

    FIRST. AN ABANDONED MATCH, THEN A TIED MATCH. SEEMS LIKE MURPHY'S FIRST LAW WAS WRITTEN FOR INDIA - IF ANYTHING CAN GO WRONG, IT WILL !

  • naveenpnayak on September 12, 2011, 4:28 GMT

    @Aditya-> Its then, Talk about dis series.. don't predict whats gonna come next.. Even though India beat England in India .. It wouldn't be a whitewash(Or complete clean wash, as I would say) like what has happened in this series.. Yesterday England would have won easily, The Rain was like a boon for the Indians and not England..I still feel Dernback shuld be playing for Finn as well as Pieterson for stokes

  • annys on September 12, 2011, 4:18 GMT

    I think Indian selectors should take some well thought out decisions now and i feel it should be in the following lines:

    1.harbhajan ,zaheer,ishanth should not be brought back until they play domestic cricket and perform there

    2.aswin should play against england in odis

    3. select ten medium/fast bowlers and focus on them

    4. dont pick any youngster who doesnt filed well

    5. make the fitness tests srict and never pick half fit players

    6.adopt rotation policy and ensure players are given enough rest always, i mean in India we have so many cricketers we surely can rotate players

  • RISHI2016 on September 12, 2011, 3:22 GMT

    problem wid duckworth lewis is, that it has been here for years as pointed out by one of fellow reader...but game has changed since then... someone has to take in account powerplays left.. it brings great changes... the only thing that remains in game is duckworth lewis and 22 yards....

  • Sweemust84 on September 12, 2011, 3:18 GMT

    I think we have to improve our bowling side and its really the right time to think abt it.. our fast bowlers shd improve themselves more, then only v can try to keep the name that we are world champion!

  • on September 12, 2011, 2:00 GMT

    Varon arun has no experience at international level.English batsmen will make 75 runs on him if he is given 10 overs.Indian need to make 400 runs to defend with B class bowling attack.Will india any game on English soil or they will be white washed???

  • on September 12, 2011, 1:05 GMT

    England bowling is hopeless. only in the initial overs because of the new ball they bowl well. let them come to india later then they wil not know where to bowl!!!

  • on September 12, 2011, 0:20 GMT

    wast england waste rain.India gonne beat them when they a tour of india...................!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :)

  • on September 12, 2011, 0:16 GMT

    i say tht Dhoni will loose his captaince if the series is whitewashed... :)

  • Wunfa517 on September 12, 2011, 0:07 GMT

    I have some new for our Indian friends: Doesn't matter what you think, or wish, your team is, as of now, officially not very good at all. Couldn't even defent 280 against a team you say is useless? Doesn't say much for the world champions, does it. I seem to remember you didn't beat England the last time your team posted an enormous ODI score - and that was on YOUR turf. Reality is sometimes not very pleasant, but you can't make thing up, shout "FACT" and have them suddenly be true...

  • landl47 on September 11, 2011, 23:17 GMT

    @cool2cool: those are two different things. I think England are on the brink of doing consistently well (after all, they have only lost 2 ODI series since the beginning of 2009 and have beaten India, South Africa, Australia, Sri Lanka and Pakistan in that time) and they just need a little better balance to be one of the top sides. There's really only one major international trophy, the World Cup, and that won't be contested again until 2015. I hope and believe England will be competitive in that, but it's way too far off and unpredictable to say that they (or anyone else) will win it. I do think that England now have a lot of good young players coming through into a team that isn't that old to start with, so my hopes are high.

  • xjunda on September 11, 2011, 23:03 GMT

    It'll really annoy people/fans (I know most of us are already annoyed) if India don't go with varun & without Rahul in dead rubber!

  • NRI- on September 11, 2011, 22:40 GMT

    Fitness is NOT all about flab. England omitted Samit Patel from the world cup because he was flabby but he fields miles better than the anaemic looking skinny Munaf, who has very little energy about him in the field. He cant bat either. He bowls a steady line without bending his back for extra pace, like a bowler coming out of an injury. He calls himself McGrath but only his tight line & length is good enough to match the great one, not the pace, bounce, variation and seam - but Glenn had it all.

  • on September 11, 2011, 22:27 GMT

    india need to play varun aron for rp singh and tiwary/badrinath for dravid/kohli....

  • on September 11, 2011, 22:27 GMT

    Am I missing something here or did RP take three wickets. RP is getting better with match practice. It is Munaf that needs booting out of the team

  • on September 11, 2011, 22:22 GMT

    Well the Indian C team almost beating a full strength England side on a level playing field. And let us face it until now the playing field has not been level. Injuries to key players sapped the moral of the team from the first session of the first test. Zak breaking down led to India operating with three bowlers in that game. Erasmus gifting KP 150 runs, Gambhir breaking down and Sachin's illness leading to a shuffling of the batting order both in the first and last test. Harbajan breaking down at Trent Bridge again reducing India to three bowlers, Yuvraj's injury robbing India of a key player in the ODI set up, Rohit's Injury, Sachin's injury constant rain bad umpires a flawed DRS system the list goes on and on. Bit of sun on their back and England's much vaunted pace attack starts disappearing to all parts. Bit of turn and the number one boys start groping around like novices. With up coming series on the subcontinent it will be interesting to see how long England will be No 1

  • yorkshirematt on September 11, 2011, 22:13 GMT

    @Sandip Raha I think India will do better in Australia than in England. They have already played the no.1 team so it can't get any worse for them ; )

  • on September 11, 2011, 21:43 GMT

    I think India will go on to lose the last ODI as well.

  • englishweather on September 11, 2011, 21:25 GMT

    Todays match was was exciting and had its ups and downs both sides. What I can't understand is those who are saying the rain saved England or that Swan delaying was un-sportsman like. Were we watching the same match? There were three rain breaks. India was ahead in one of them in which Dhoni tried all delaying tactics changing the bowler, field etc and ran indoors as soon as it started raining. At that moment I was thinking that the rain had saved India! The second England was ahead and they bailed. This delaying tactics etc, Its part of the game. It wasn't even as bad as the famous "test played in the dark", the 2000-2001 England in Pakistan tour! I applauded the Umpires then, and I applaud them today too for keeping the match on! For all its worth, they could have stopped just a ball earlier and it would have gone England's way. So can we stop making excuses for all. It was a good match, but It was not a match India was sure to win. It was going to go down to the last ball!

  • Lord_Dravid on September 11, 2011, 21:16 GMT

    i think this game has once again exposed englands inability to play odi games..the fact that raina and dhoni were smashing them around the ground for a 169 wicket stand tells that their bowlers are useless in ODIs and this is just one example of many..the fact that they had to fight really hard againt whats effectively india A says alot about their abilty in shorter formats..all im sayinmg to eng and co is good luck next month in india!

  • pull2open on September 11, 2011, 21:11 GMT

    India may be World ODI Champions, but this result means they still haven't beaten England in ODI cricket since November 26, 2008. So while some may argue that England haven't beaten India in a full 50 over match in this series, it would appear that England are still something of a bogey side for India generally. Sure this record won't last for ever, but for a side who are supposed to be ODI experts this is still a surprising run of "bad luck".

  • on September 11, 2011, 21:11 GMT

    please let me enjoy watchin india bowl and play varun aaron!!!

  • on September 11, 2011, 21:04 GMT

    @Rakhil Pakhetra - err... India haven't won one either.

  • Leggie on September 11, 2011, 20:59 GMT

    Points to ponder for the Indian captain.. 1) Did Dhoni/Raina start the acceleration a little too late. Yes, 2 wickets had fallen in the space of an over, but 10 overs for 24 at that stage seemed playing too too safe. 2) Where has the captain's killer instinct gone. Why are the fields spread out even for the likes of Bresnan/Swann & even before they get off the mark? 3) Is this the best team that India could have fielded? Why isn't still there no place for Varun Aaron in the team?

  • insightfulcricketer on September 11, 2011, 20:58 GMT

    A good game from both sides. Very brave knocks from Bresnan and Swann and mature knock from Bopara.England should be pleased from their performance except maybe the last 10 of their bowling. India is getting hilarious .Sub-standard response at crucial junctures - Jadeja's throw and R P Singh comical lunge showed they are lucky to be playing cricket at eliter level. Dhoni has to continue to look for players with temperament first.

  • BravoBravo on September 11, 2011, 20:56 GMT

    Very competitive, and entertaining ODI. I enjoyed every minute of it. MS Dhoni is a real gem, fantastic innings by him. He is one of my favorite after the great RS Dravid in IND team. But rain became once again a spoiler, otherwise it would have been a thriller finish. But in all fairness, ENG would have won it. Joint MoM to RJ and RB is the best thing I have seen in a long time, that is why the cricket is called gentlemen's game. Congrats to ENG and IND for providing such a classic entertainment to the viewers.

  • likeintcricket on September 11, 2011, 20:56 GMT

    Indian fans looks to be very excited with Varun Aarun but his First class record ( check cricketinfo) isn't very impressive. Bowling fast doesn't mean you are a good bowler too. Some of the West Indian and South African bowlers are very fast but they are not as good as Anderson or Broad. Munaf and RP bowled great in this one day but the lady luck is with the English side right now otherwise this could easily be an Indian win.

  • on September 11, 2011, 20:39 GMT

    This english team is looking better everyday, India finally paying the consequences for using ageing stars for too long....cant say the situation will be the same a year from now, but congratulations england.

  • lokphy on September 11, 2011, 20:39 GMT

    bad luck India and also we have to admit that it is not so good defense of strong total of 280. Any team would have put pressure with such a good total... and could have won easily whether rain comes or not... need to look for some better players who can make difference at crucial point of plays.. playing rahul dravid is not good choice.. specially he has retired and also not preforming so good.. could have given a chance to some youngster like manoj tiwari to have some experience in england... and last but not least have some impact bowler who can stop run flow and take wickets at will.... until above conditions are fulfilled this team is not going to rise...

  • Nampally on September 11, 2011, 20:30 GMT

    @ADBI; I said Rain saved England 3 times by disadvantaging them with a wet ball. But in the first test totally with Kumar swinging the ball in an unplayable style. He would have run thru' the side and given England bit of their own in demonstration of accurate swing & swerve. Today's Tie was totally unjust with 2 rain interuptions after the top England batting was gone.England tail still could not have got 10 runs in 7 balls with Kumar bowling his 10th over, averaging 3.3/over in 9 previous overs.So England stole the victory under India's noses thru' rain. When England visit India in October, the home team still will not be at fiull strength due to injuries. But with unlikely rain interuptions, England will have to face India. I predict at least 4-1 Indian sweep. India swept England 5-0, 2 years back under KP.

  • Iddo555 on September 11, 2011, 20:21 GMT

    So the score for this series is still 7-0 and India are still making excuses. LOL, maybe they need to accept that they aren't any good and have been well and truly battered in the test, 20/20 and one day series.

  • cool2cool on September 11, 2011, 20:09 GMT

    @ Dave Rothery, I didn't watched the match live on television, just saw the comment about Swann on live commentry while surfing. If Dhoni was wasting the time, he is also wrong.

  • 200ondebut on September 11, 2011, 20:05 GMT

    Another series win for England. Got to keep feet on the ground though. Great to see Finn hitting 94+ MPH and Ravi making a telling contribution.

  • ADB1 on September 11, 2011, 19:57 GMT

    @Nampally: "Rain saved England in the First test." HAHAHAHAHAHA! You're funny. @ Gupta Ankar: "In my book the series is tied at 2-2 and decider will be played on friday." And in the real world, Gupta, Eng lead 2-0 and have won the series!

  • Pritt32 on September 11, 2011, 19:57 GMT

    Today India played well in patches, as they scored 281 runs when it seemed less likely. Full credit to Raina and Dhoni for rescuing India and putting themselves in charge, but their bowling allowed England to edge closer to the target by milking runs. Bopra and Bell partnership looked threatening and the same old story of India losing when they imposed a big total. Dhoni was too defensive, as he showed no urgency in taking wickets and India in certain patches were wayward with poor fielding and poor bowling. The rain denied India a win, as it ended in a draw due to Duckworth Lewis method. India lost the series as their bowling is a major concern and they lack the ruthless to win matches. The selection needs changing; other dark days loom for Indian cricket. This tour is a disaster and I hope India put this behind them, as nothing went right for them. India cannot afford allow key players to be injured in crucial times as this tour proves.

  • on September 11, 2011, 19:50 GMT

    Well at least India avoided the defeat. Way Indian bowlers and fielders played, aprticularly cavalier fielding and body language of Munaf Patel when ball was thrown at bowling end by fielders says it all. Discipline and purpose has all but disappeared from this Indian Team. I hate to think what this tean will do in Australia this winter. Dhoni's fielding positions which gave England at least 50 singles at the middle of the innings was rather starnge as well.

  • cool2cool on September 11, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    @ landl47, how many years have you given to England to do well consistently in ODIs and win a major international trophy in ODIs?

  • Patchmaster on September 11, 2011, 19:41 GMT

    India keep blaming the weather and acts of God etc, but if they just batted and bowled better, I'm sure they wouldn't be looking for as many excuses. Well done Ravi !

  • zico123 on September 11, 2011, 19:38 GMT

    Dhoni has admitted he has few soar fingers which is affecting his wickeet keeping, in that case shouldn't he be skipping Champions League, so that he can rest his fingers before return tour of England ! but no, he will play CL, and so is Gambhir, Harbhajan !! why are these players so greedy about money! shouldn't they put India ahead of their IPL teams !!

  • nitiinjain on September 11, 2011, 19:38 GMT

    Would surely like to see how England plays a full strength Indian team when they tour India, I am sure it would be a one way traffic like this series has gone so far. England's triumph in World Cup are still fresh (being beaten by Ireland and Bangladesh) let's see what will be the reactions after the series, from these same guys who are calling Indian team "dreadful" , when England tours India later this year.

  • indianfanboybasher on September 11, 2011, 19:37 GMT

    dsk: Are you really questioning the D/L method now because it didn't work in India's favour? They system had been in place for years and works.

    Nampally, yes no doubt India would have won every match on tour had it not rained...

  • on September 11, 2011, 19:34 GMT

    Great Fight Back England.........................................................

  • on September 11, 2011, 19:29 GMT

    So England are yet to win a full 50 over match against India.They have either tied(in Wc) or lost in full 50 over matches.And you dont win a 50 over odi series widout winning a single odi match.

  • Gupta.Ankur on September 11, 2011, 19:25 GMT

    I think luck isn't with India in this series.........as soon as India look poised for a win......the weather comes and saves eng...

    In my book the series is tied at 2-2 and decider will be played on friday........

  • ansram on September 11, 2011, 19:22 GMT

    D/L obviously incorrect here - 11 to get from 7, two wickets in hand. Nine out of ten, this will be a loss. Anway, the WC champs exposed here, they can't win one!!

  • zico123 on September 11, 2011, 19:17 GMT

    i don't understand why Dhoni didn't play Varun again !! whats harm in trying a young fast bowler! atleast give him one game to fail ! somehow i feel Dhoni is trying to protect his soar fingers from further damage against Varun's pace, if so throw wicketkeeping gloves to Partiv ! no excuse Varun must play the last game atleast.

  • on September 11, 2011, 19:17 GMT

    Dhoni is a kinda attitude guy. he lost matches but he insist to go with the same team. we have seen this in T20 in England. Moreover RP Singh is good friend of Dhoni so how can he left out his best friend out of side.....

  • nitiinjain on September 11, 2011, 19:16 GMT

    It was disappointing to see the rains again interrupting what would had been a close finish, the lady luck is surely favoring the English team currently be it saving them in ODI or be it with the close calls going in there favors, but what goes around comes around, its just a forgettable series for Indians, things would turn around when England tours India, lets see how well they do on spinning pitches! & not to forget this is India's second string team, they will be back to full strength when England tours India.

  • on September 11, 2011, 19:15 GMT

    india so called world champions got a white wash hahahahaha thts wat you call for not winning the trophy but actually buying it

  • on September 11, 2011, 19:09 GMT

    i think the rain s artificial :( each time india is on a werge to win rain stsrts :(

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on September 11, 2011, 18:57 GMT

    Everyone seems to agree that England would have won if the match had been allowed to finish. I guess we'll never know. But this series victory is one of England's crowning glorys of the summer: To have beaten the supposed number 1 ODI side in the world seemed impossible to all a few months ago. Despite not being at their best during this One- Day series, England have still won 2 games, which is the sure sign of a very good team, one that has bettered it's opposition in every match.

  • sweetspot on September 11, 2011, 18:54 GMT

    England played well enough to tie this match with a little help from the rain, but the real reason that nobody really pointed out anywhere is that India lost because Dravid and Kohli did not push the scoring along. Between them they played out 45 dot balls! One can understand Kohli being a bit out of form, but Dravid really had no business scoring only 7 runs off 30 balls, if you exclude the fours! Dhoni and Raina counterattacked beautifully, but that kind of positive approach should have been started a bit earlier by Kohli and Dravid.

  • on September 11, 2011, 18:53 GMT

    @Gaukarna Pravin. Thank you for the much needed sympathy. We will endeavour to win the ICC world cup but it is not really top of our list. We will have to settle with being the best team in the world. Truly, good luck against Aus as I fear you will need it. You fared worse than SL in England and they are being thrashed at home.

  • brittop on September 11, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    @WTEH: you really are paranoid! Umpires now making decisions so India lose! Also more sweeping statements about 11 runs off 7 balls being impossible - obvious nonsense. Also Dhoni slowed down setting the field when India were ahead on D/L.

  • cyniket on September 11, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    i was pleased to see finn get a game. he's seriously talented, generating high speed from a good upright classical action, with the added bonus of being very tall. indians looked decidedly uncomfortable against him, even though it was a slow pitch. it's difficult for england at the moment, with all their options, but i hope they look after finn as he may just turn out to be the best of them.

  • on September 11, 2011, 18:50 GMT

    How many times have two team been involved in a tied ODI in a calendar year?

    Is this the first instance of more than one occassion?

  • on September 11, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    Instead of halting the game in such a way, Swann could have just walked off saying we cant win, we dont have the quality to win........

  • on September 11, 2011, 18:39 GMT

    well varun aaron must play the last game, after all india have nothing to lose. however in the return series. the line up should read, SEHWAG, RAHANE, GAMBHIR, KHOLI, YUVRAJ (IF FIT), DHONI, RAINA, ASHWIN, KUMAR, HARBHAJAN, NEHRA

    tendulkar should now retire or make this his last ODI series and carry on playing TESTS

  • on September 11, 2011, 18:38 GMT

    how is india world champion he did,nt save 280 without kp , morgan shame india shame haaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaa

    indiaian team only home soil champion haaaaaaaaaaaaaahaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

  • on September 11, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    WTEH and cool2cool - its not like Dhoni was slow with his field placement when India was ahead and it was starting to rain was it? And the bowler pulled put of his run up during the first powerplay over as well.

    At least you didn't lose. Again lol!

  • ramzi1985 on September 11, 2011, 18:30 GMT

    The poor Indians :D still can't find a way to win one international game for the whole tour & they are the world champs too Don't lose heart my Indian friends, there's one more game left. Maybe they will just hope it rains the whole day so that they wouldn't lose another game :D

  • JustIPL on September 11, 2011, 18:26 GMT

    India were winning D/L when first rain interruption came but Dhoni had delayed over change and God did not like this negative tactics so now it is tied. Psychological dent is that Bopara came good. This answers the call that england rely on players from SA and Ireland as now the players of Indian origin are also coming in the Indian way.

  • Nampally on September 11, 2011, 18:25 GMT

    Well done India - Injuries & Luck are against you. Rain saved England in the First test. Rain interuppted play when India was on top with Jadeja & Ashwin in 3rd ODI. The shaky batsmen suddenly came to life when the Indian spinners could not grip the wet ball. Nevertheless India lost narrowly. Today again the rain interupted twice causeing India to bowl with a wet ball. This enabled Swann & Bopara to put on 50 runs in 8 overs before both were dismissed. Unfortunately, the rain finished off another Indian attempt to win causing a Tie.The way Raina & Dhoni plundered the English pace bowlers in the last 10 over, clearly showed that the Englands pace bowlers are at best average. Even Swan looked ordinary. Imagine a fit Sehwag & Tendulkar opening against these pace bowlers in this ODI series.It would have been a batting feast.l Luck hit India twice - first with injuries + crucial untimely rain rescuing England. Full Indian team will beat England in India in October ODI's - No rain rescues!.

  • dsk2853 on September 11, 2011, 18:23 GMT

    who is the inventor of D/L method... let it revised first before using... and who understands it.. let him explain on what basis ICC is following....

  • amilag on September 11, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    This series should be named as "most humiliating series of all time". being no.01 in test ranks and world champions of 50 overs game India didn't manage to get a win after 9 matches! what a shame! dhoni should resign from captaincy and at least 5 or 6 players should be dropped from the side.

  • landl47 on September 11, 2011, 18:15 GMT

    @WTEH- so now the umpires are conspiring against India? Don't be so foolish. The first rain break was short because the rain stopped. The second rain break was as short as possible- in a test match they wouldn't have been back out there. Then the umpires kept the players out there while the rain was falling heavily, long enough for India to take two wickets and tie the game. If they'd come off two balls or even one ball earlier, when the rain was pouring down, England would have won. Is there no excuse the Indian fans won't make for their team's failure to win? @cool2cool: it won't be long, 2 years at most, before this is India's A team, and from the way they played today, the sooner the better for India.

  • kumarcoolbuddy on September 11, 2011, 18:12 GMT

    @EmjayKhan104, you said ENG wud have won with 11 of 7 balls despite no other batsmen in the crease. But you again said being neutral India shud have won. You are confusing yourself. By the way Alistair Cook said that "Tie is the fair result". That says he is definitely happy for rain interruption. It is foolishness to think of Game Spirit when we are playing in/with ENG and AUS.

  • indianfanboybasher on September 11, 2011, 18:11 GMT

    Ramesh: Then they should have bowled England out, rather than relying on weather.

  • indianfanboybasher on September 11, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    Sumit Ghai: Lucky for England that you have no good spinners then!

    The more spin you give the pitches, the more useful Swann will become.

    But I wouldn't expect and Indian fan to think logically.

    Satish2256: Since when does pace make you a good bowler? It is not unusual to see most bowlers over 90mph these days, but it doesn't make them world beaters.

    WTEH: Please, if England have gained anything from the experience of playing India this year, it is how to push the boundaries of decency of play. To suggest conspiracy by the umpires just stinks of desperation to find an excuse for your dreadful team. Also, 10 off 7 is hardly impossible.

    EmjayKhan104: I think the humiliation was complete after the test matches. Although England winning the ODI series is a bonus, I don't think many people in England are bothered about the result. Had India won the ODI series, would you argue that the tour spoils were even?

    mohanan: No. He has been an allrounder for years

  • S.Alis on September 11, 2011, 18:04 GMT

    Well played bopara. bad luck for his final shot. if he had showed a bit more patience in that situation, i'm sure he would've get his hundred or at-least england would've get another victory with d/l.

  • on September 11, 2011, 18:00 GMT

    again bad luck for world champs................

  • Wunfa517 on September 11, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    Lets drop the paranoia.

    Indai were just as guilty of wasting time as England - the first rain break. Over 2 minutes between overs when it looked like it was going to rain?

    Be men, not mice, Accept that for all the wham bam batting by India, England were going to win by playing cricket. When the indian tem learn to play a ball on its merits and stroke 4s rather the pre-empting a 6, then then will be respected and start bwinning game

    until them theyre a laughing stock

  • arsil630 on September 11, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    India have a club level bowling attack..

  • on September 11, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    Its funny to see Sachin playing in Champions league leaving England tour.........He deserve Bharath Ratna?

  • Hawk_Pk on September 11, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    @ cool2coo... no actually the spirit of the game was displayed when Mr Dhoni switched the bowlers just to waste time, when rain came down for the first timel

  • kumarcoolbuddy on September 11, 2011, 17:54 GMT

    Probably Bangladesh or ZIM team is feeling that they should have played against this helpless and unlucky Indian team...ENG has grabbed that chance...everyone criticized Dhoni for not performing well in test but what happened now when he performed? Whether India is unlucky or ENG is lucky..India is bound not to win the game or series. Bad bowling performance from Indians but atleast Indian batsmen proved that ENG bowling is good but not great. And accolades to Ravi Bopara.

  • CricFreax on September 11, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    i dont see anything wrong with Umpires calling for the rain as it was raining bit wi\ell when swaan was out and they went for one more ball which had made the tie. Else England would have won.

  • on September 11, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    good show on both sides...witnessed great resistance from both ends....bravo! all hail cricket

  • pb10677 on September 11, 2011, 17:51 GMT

    Bopara - what was he doing? No need at all to play that shot, if he'd knocked it along the ground for 1 or 2, we would have won easily.

    Also a bit worried about England saying they were unsure whether to play for D/L, or for the game. At that stage of the innings, the two things should go hand in hand. Surely? Focussing too much on D/L only ends in trouble - ask SA! And the West Indies for that matter!

  • prannsshu on September 11, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    well payed bopara........................... such a good player......... india shame on myself to consider you as WORLD CHAMPs....

  • cool2cool on September 11, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    @ WTEH, no way Swann can be penalized for that. He may be nominated for the "Spirit of the Game" award during the comimg ICC awards.

  • on September 11, 2011, 17:45 GMT

    Bloody duckworth louis method.. india should win this match..

  • on September 11, 2011, 17:44 GMT

    It was a 3 in 1 match today IND vs ENG IND vs RAIN ENG vs RAIN

    Results - Rain won - IND & ENG tied

  • on September 11, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    It was 3 in 1 match today IND vs ENG IND vs RAIN ENG vs RAIN

    Results - Rain won - IND & ENG tied

  • satish2256 on September 11, 2011, 17:42 GMT

    Why selectors and team management choosed Varun Aaron for this tour, when they do not want a fast bowler having speed 145-150 km/hr to play?? Varun holds Indian record of fastest ball 153 km/hr. RPS, Munaf & Praveen can bowl merely 137 km/hr the fastest and their average speed is 125km. India lost one T20 and 2 ODI because of these ineffective bowlers. Ignorance of a young talent is quite frustating for we fans.

  • WTEH on September 11, 2011, 17:36 GMT

    Interesting rain breaks by Umpires. When India was winning, the break was short. Then when the England gone up, the match was almost called off. Again, when England had no chance of winning (10 runs in 7 balls by the last 2 batters), they wanted to tie the game and called it off. Was it just the weather??? Will Swann be penalized for slowing down the play after getting ahead on D/L.

  • EmjayKhan104 on September 11, 2011, 17:35 GMT

    England would have won had the rains not stopped play. 11 off 7 balls is easily gettable. But being a neutral I wanted India to win this as it would have been a good last game..as it's now a dead rubber. I think the Gods are not on India's side as the first game they might have won and it rained and same here. I don't think England will now put out a weakened team..they will want to win this 3-0 and the humiliation will be complete.

  • cool2cool on September 11, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    India with limited resources (some would say it is India B side) did remarkably well in ODIs against England in England on pitches that favoured more to England than India. It would be tougher (and not impossible) for England to beat India in India on turning tracks (hopefully India prepare tracks to suit their bowling, and not similar to Bengaluru pitch during WC) with most of the injured players coming back.

  • on September 11, 2011, 17:34 GMT

    india played like a champion, england will the luck is just on their side. i like how they prepared green track and send india to bat first, yet india managed a compatative score. wait till india prepares spin friendly track in india, england wont even be able to take a single. their are rubbish against spin.

  • mohanan on September 11, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    Is Swanny turning into an allrounder?

  • on September 11, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    this is THE END, india will go home without wining a single match

  • MaruthuDelft on September 11, 2011, 17:28 GMT

    If I could see it why can't Fletcher? Kohli has changed his technique to such an extent that it has affected his once effortless concentration ability to build a long innings. Could someone tell Kohli to revert back to the way he batted against Kiwis n Aussies in 2010?

  • cool2cool on September 11, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    From live commentry "With the rain coming down, Swann withdraws late from his stance, wasting some time". This is the best example of "Spirit of the Game".

  • AnkurTyagi on September 11, 2011, 17:19 GMT

    Seem like rain is following US...!! ..LOL we should start playing in some drought affected areas...!! --

  • CricFreax on September 11, 2011, 16:54 GMT

    Though a India and Fan of Raina,as a cricket lover i would be disappointed if England loses. They exactly did what Indians could not do. they were able to extract 5 runs per over between 25 to 40 overs where as India could get only 25 runs. I would not say England batting was better but they exploited the sensless Indian bowling and fielding placement. India was able to hit the English bowlers out of the ground but they were terrible inside the ground and were not able to place the ball in gaps where as English batsmen were able to and the Indian bowling facilitated it rather than stopping. I hope this series would be a eye opener for the India team who were sleeping in the comfort of Home advantage and incompetent IPL

  • cool2cool on September 11, 2011, 16:45 GMT

    During the commentry, the commentator said that Andy Flower asked the curator not to cut the grass on the pitch (seeing the way Englad played the spin in 3rd ODI, specially before the rain). Wasim Akram and Ravi Shastri even said the they had not seen so much of grass on Lords before. India did not complain and scored those runs(these rains may not be enough though). I hope no one would complain when India prepare turning wickets for the home series against England.

  • on September 11, 2011, 16:41 GMT

    Hard Luck for Indians. Raining already.

  • mohanan on September 11, 2011, 15:42 GMT

    India's destroyers are indians themselves (Ravi Bopara for instance). I wonder why the indians can't play test matches like one dayers.

  • on September 11, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    All Effort seems to be going for vain...England seems to hit the target soon...Will it be complete White Wash ???

  • on September 11, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    I agree to most the comments here.. Varun Aaron.. must have played in this match. then what's the point picking him.. if is not getting to play in the pitches which are best suited for his pace..

  • mritunjai on September 11, 2011, 14:56 GMT

    After the horrible test series, I was expecting Raina to have a similar ODI series because his psyche must have been terribly scarred. But looking at this guy and watching him play in ODIs, has been amazing. His technique is rubbish but his attitude is definitely A-class. Same goes for Dhoni also. Both of them have been on tour from the start and have been criticized heavily, but Dhoni is still trying to fight with whatever he has and Raina has always been lively.

  • on September 11, 2011, 13:57 GMT

    It is a very interesting match!!

  • on September 11, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    Indian attack toothless without Zak.... they surely need PACE atleast for the sake of variety!!!!!!!! If u didn't want to play Varun Aaron in the XI, you could have rather left him to play domestic cricket atleast!!

  • on September 11, 2011, 13:30 GMT

    well done Dhoni and Raina

  • Kumar_cricket on September 11, 2011, 13:29 GMT

    Varon Aron should be in the team instead of Munaf Patel.

  • on September 11, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    Dont forgate India won 2 time 50 over world cup but Its sad, cricket is English game but do not have chance to win it yet, I fell sorry for them and I am sure they are not going to win it in future.

  • landl47 on September 11, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    Great partnership from Raina and Dhoni after India looked to be in trouble. It has to be said that Cook's inexperience was exposed; he didn't look to have a plan for his bowlers and the fielders were running around everywhere. He needs to know where his bowlers are going to be putting the ball, set a field for that and if the batsmen are good enough to beat the field, fine. Having no plan just allows the batsmen to choose where to hit the ball. Finn looked very good and was unlucky not to pick up more wickets. I suggested before the start that not having Patel in the side would be a mistake and it was. It's clear that Rahane and Parthiv have no shots to good length balls outside the off stump going away and that's where to bowl at them. Let's hope Broad's injury isn't serious- he tried to keep going after he hurt it earlier and that might have been a mistake. It should be an interesting run chase, as there's not much in the pitch.

  • on September 11, 2011, 13:25 GMT

    Munaf doesn't deserve to be in international outfit. His hilarious fielding and the tantrums that he showed in last match should have shown him the way out but still he's playing. WHY?? Why not give chance to youngster when there is nothing to loose??

  • on September 11, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    All this goes to people who think dhoni should get replaced. Indian winning the world cup was something similar to a handicapped person winning the 100 m olympic , hes a great captain and is going through a bad phase and an injured team. Our team already has a weak bowling attack. So really the criticism is unfair.

  • on September 11, 2011, 13:23 GMT

    about time india showed something that we been missing.now depend on bowelers..

  • kashmniazi on September 11, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    Judging from the comments of indian fans here, i guess Varun Aaron would have torn the English batting line up apart with his sheer 155 kmph+ pace. Well yeah, big mistake not selecting him.

  • Collegefastbowler on September 11, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    Give the youngsters a chance - you have already lost the Test and one day series with the oldsters - at least look to the future and build a younger team and throw away the walking sticks and other baggage!

  • Collegefastbowler on September 11, 2011, 11:36 GMT

    Team selection in terms of bowling firepower leaves a lot to be desired. It is not that you do not have resources to choose from - you do have options but a myopic and shortsighted view of safety first seems to be prevailing - this attitude is not conducive to remaining Word Champions for any format. With this type of myopic selection attitude we would be lucky to win a teacup leave alone the Champion's World Cup. Boycott's grandmother would hit our current attack for sixers each time.

  • Collegefastbowler on September 11, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    Big mistake playing Munaf and RP. The bowling lacks teeth with these trundlers. Bring on Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav - they will make the English batsmen hop at 145+ - what are the selectors waiting for????

  • SRV_india on September 11, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    Despite of losing matches, India is going unchanged. Hats off to the team selection.

    I hope India is planning to set a new record of losing streak without a single win in all formats

  • SRV_india on September 11, 2011, 10:47 GMT

    Seems India wanna a complete whitewash in all formats as team selection in terms of bowling is worse. If they don't wanna play aaron, Why do they picked him? What ever Ind scores, eng can easily chase.

  • on September 11, 2011, 10:33 GMT

    How can someone explain not debuting VARUN AARON? Look at England churning fast bowlers by the minute. What are we waiting for? Are we forced to believe that RP is going to run in at Plus 150K??? CMON.. Give that guy a match and let him loose... Varun, you will get a day man and we all are waiting for that. God bless you.

  • DAHSUT on September 11, 2011, 10:07 GMT

    it is really stupid on the part of dhoni not to play VARUN AARON .What did they take him to england for?????

  • anuAddict on September 11, 2011, 9:33 GMT

    Dhoni might be a captain who can soak pressure well, or even someone who has good man management skills on field, pep talk and all, but he has proven in this series he is pure and simple HOPELESS when it comes to tactical and aggressive decision making. Isn't prepared to spring up surprise, how else can you explain Varun Aaron missing out on green top not once but twice in favor of, hold your breath, RP Singh! A bowler found out with lack of pace. Lets not hush the issue that he hasn't done anything great etc, if he can bowl fast, is match fit and the team is losing as badly as it has been due to lack of fast bowling resources, then I just cannot see how it is a gamble to try him out. I say we watch Dhoni for at most 1 more series and if he continues to be this poor tactically, combined with his rather poor wicket keeping, lets reconsider captaincy.

  • trishool on September 11, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    Big mistake playing Munaf Patel - HUGE MISTAKE

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  • trishool on September 11, 2011, 9:13 GMT

    Big mistake playing Munaf Patel - HUGE MISTAKE

  • anuAddict on September 11, 2011, 9:33 GMT

    Dhoni might be a captain who can soak pressure well, or even someone who has good man management skills on field, pep talk and all, but he has proven in this series he is pure and simple HOPELESS when it comes to tactical and aggressive decision making. Isn't prepared to spring up surprise, how else can you explain Varun Aaron missing out on green top not once but twice in favor of, hold your breath, RP Singh! A bowler found out with lack of pace. Lets not hush the issue that he hasn't done anything great etc, if he can bowl fast, is match fit and the team is losing as badly as it has been due to lack of fast bowling resources, then I just cannot see how it is a gamble to try him out. I say we watch Dhoni for at most 1 more series and if he continues to be this poor tactically, combined with his rather poor wicket keeping, lets reconsider captaincy.

  • DAHSUT on September 11, 2011, 10:07 GMT

    it is really stupid on the part of dhoni not to play VARUN AARON .What did they take him to england for?????

  • on September 11, 2011, 10:33 GMT

    How can someone explain not debuting VARUN AARON? Look at England churning fast bowlers by the minute. What are we waiting for? Are we forced to believe that RP is going to run in at Plus 150K??? CMON.. Give that guy a match and let him loose... Varun, you will get a day man and we all are waiting for that. God bless you.

  • SRV_india on September 11, 2011, 10:47 GMT

    Seems India wanna a complete whitewash in all formats as team selection in terms of bowling is worse. If they don't wanna play aaron, Why do they picked him? What ever Ind scores, eng can easily chase.

  • SRV_india on September 11, 2011, 11:13 GMT

    Despite of losing matches, India is going unchanged. Hats off to the team selection.

    I hope India is planning to set a new record of losing streak without a single win in all formats

  • Collegefastbowler on September 11, 2011, 11:32 GMT

    Big mistake playing Munaf and RP. The bowling lacks teeth with these trundlers. Bring on Varun Aaron and Umesh Yadav - they will make the English batsmen hop at 145+ - what are the selectors waiting for????

  • Collegefastbowler on September 11, 2011, 11:36 GMT

    Team selection in terms of bowling firepower leaves a lot to be desired. It is not that you do not have resources to choose from - you do have options but a myopic and shortsighted view of safety first seems to be prevailing - this attitude is not conducive to remaining Word Champions for any format. With this type of myopic selection attitude we would be lucky to win a teacup leave alone the Champion's World Cup. Boycott's grandmother would hit our current attack for sixers each time.

  • Collegefastbowler on September 11, 2011, 11:45 GMT

    Give the youngsters a chance - you have already lost the Test and one day series with the oldsters - at least look to the future and build a younger team and throw away the walking sticks and other baggage!

  • kashmniazi on September 11, 2011, 12:02 GMT

    Judging from the comments of indian fans here, i guess Varun Aaron would have torn the English batting line up apart with his sheer 155 kmph+ pace. Well yeah, big mistake not selecting him.