England v India, 5th ODI, Cardiff September 16, 2011

Dravid's last, Trott's first

ESPNcricinfo presents the plays of the day from the final one-day international in Cardiff

Cloudburst of the day
As bum notes go, this one could not have been more of a raspberry. At the start of every England home international, the PA belts out the hymn Jerusalem, the most distinctive line of which refers to "England's green and pleasant land". As is often overlooked in cricketing circles, however, Cardiff is in Wales, not England, and at the precise moment the final chord was being struck, the heavens delivered a very personal verdict on the whole sentiment. A vile and blustery squall of rain blew in from the West, and the start of play was held up for 40 minutes.

Cloudburst of the day Mk 2
To give the weather its due, it did choose its moments to get involved with the action, with the first actual break in play not arriving until the tenth over of England's run-chase. The most impressive involvement, however, came moments after the conclusion of India's innings. MS Dhoni brought up a 26-ball fifty from the last delivery of the innings, whereupon the teams were chased from the field by another violent deluge. However, this one was so brief that, seconds later, a glorious rainbow appeared in the outfield, forming an arc in roughly the direction that his final six, off Jade Dernbach had just travelled.

Departure of the day
Rahul Dravid had assumed he'd played his final ODI at the Champions Trophy in Johannesburg back in September 2009. However, India's injury crisis on this tour, coupled with his effortless negotiation of English conditions, persuaded the selectors to recall him for one last hurrah - one that even included a Twenty20 debut at the age of 38. His last innings in coloured clothing was typically important yet understated, as he helped guide India past 300 for the first time in the series with 69 from 79 balls. When he was eventually bowled through the gate by Graeme Swann, the entire England team rushed up to shake his hand, and bid farewell to a legend who has amassed more than 10,000 runs in two forms of the game. He'll be around a while longer in Test cricket, but he's not going to be batting in England (or Wales) in a hurry.

Six of the day
On Monday night at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Jonathan Trott was unveiled as the new ICC Cricketer of the Year, after a stellar 12 months of run-harvesting that had included more than 1000 runs in both Tests and ODIs. Until this evening, however, he had never scored more than four runs in any one shot in the two longer formats of the game - his three sixes in seven Twenty20 appearances hadn't been enough to spare him the axe from that version of the game. But, with a duty to keep the run-rate ticking, he waltzed down the track to smash Munaf Patel back down towards the River Taff.

Flurry of the day
Virat Kohli's first over was eventful, to say the least. From his third delivery, Alastair Cook dabbed his leg-rollers exquisitely through third man with a well-timed reverse sweep, to bring up his fifty from 52 balls. One ball later, and emboldened by this sudden onset of subtlety, Cook dropped to his knees again to attempt a paddle over his shoulder, and so flummoxed Rahul Dravid at short backward square that he made a complete hash of a routine catch, and then missed the run-out opportunity with a follow-up shy. But next ball later, Kohli had his man, as Cook reverted to a mow across the line, and lost his middle stump.

Andrew Miller is UK editor of ESPNcricinfo

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  • Cricinfouser on September 19, 2011, 15:54 GMT

    @Kritika Prasad- sorry, what do you mean "instead of slogging they have to play aggressively"?! Makes no sense. And here you go again with the excuses "your batsmen know our bowlers aren't good enough"- silly me, how terribly unfair that the Indian bowlers were no good, and how very unsporting of the English batsmen to take advantage! Seriously though about D/L: of course I realize that the increased run rate is meant to compensate for the fact that in fewer overs there are fewer chances for the bowlers to take wickets. And inevitably some will argue that in one case ir another it seemed slightly n favor of one team or another- no system can be perfect. But for people to say that it *always* favours the batting side is just nonsense. I think on the whole it's pretty fair.

  • Dummy4 on September 19, 2011, 5:57 GMT

    @Garibaldi.. Dude.. Don't you get the simple fact that England were well aware of the fact that instead of slogging, they have to play aggressively as in 20-20 cricket. They went for a flurry of boundaries during the fielding restrictions. SO it wasn't difficult to score (and that too when your batsmen knew that are bowlers aren't good enough!). Mark my words, if we would have batted second in any match, no score would have been be unachievable. Cricinfo publish.

  • Dummy4 on September 19, 2011, 4:44 GMT

    @ Kritika Prasad, Yeah Indian team will rise but ONLY in subcontinent, and also Sachin will get his 100th century....

    And please don't get me wrong with this comment. I have a lot of respect for Sachin. He is the best batsman ever produced by the game of cricket.

  • Andrew on September 18, 2011, 23:26 GMT

    Bad luck India this time. Probably should of won this, would of IF they'd taken more wickets.

  • Dummy4 on September 18, 2011, 10:56 GMT

    @ whoevr saying dat ENG had to chase at highr RR.. plss think ovr again...wen u reduce overs n target, the chances of a team getting bowled out or getng into it's tail ALSO reduces... u cant argue lik this if DL method sets u a target of 90 or 100 for 10 overs.. becoz any team in the world wil go aftr d oppostn bowling as dey hav those 10 wickts in hand! its simple....DL method is rarely unfair(excludng dat SA v/s AUS match), though it's too complicated & diffcult to understand.. becz in d tied match, the par score for ENG b4 dat last ball wickt was 269...and aftr d wicket it increased by just 1 run to 270, whereas in yestrdays match fall of one wicket increased d par score by about 5-6 runs

  • Harry on September 18, 2011, 9:55 GMT

    @garibaldi, D/L always favors 2nd batting team exception being when just 2 or 3 overs r remaining. It reduces required overs thus allows top or middle order play risky shots since lower order won't have to play too many overs even if they got out. Granted it increases rrr but then par score rrr for t20 is always more than that for odi & that for odi more than for tests, since problem for lower order, especially a good one, isn't scoring rate but preserving their wickets. Imagine for a second pressure on lower order to score at more than 6 per over for last10-15 overs in odi, then you will know why captains prefer to bat 2nd when there're chances of D/l being involved.@garibaldi, D/L always favors 2nd batting team exception being when just 2 or 3 overs r remaining. It reduces required overs thus allows top or middle order play risky shots since lower order won't have to play too many overs even if they got out. Granted it increases rrr but then par score rrr for t20 is always more than

  • kalyan on September 18, 2011, 8:21 GMT

    For all those who say england lost just 34 runs from 10 overs, they are removing the mosti mportant factor of dew. with dew, it becomes difficult for any one to hold the ball. if the toss was won by india, india would well have won every game convincingly and then english team wud have said english one-day team is still rising to no.1 but its already no.1 test team. wake up england fans. winning in england doesnt make any team the best. please ask ur english team to win in every continent -both test and one-day series and then tell they are great team. as of now, english have marginally crossed the expectrations of england playing in england though india gave them very tough challenge in every match. depleted india lost 11 players over the tour which full A team and a half B team. so, this is the result of ind-eng tour - eng A team beating ind C team in england .. anything less than that wud have pushed eng below zim or WI in rankings :)

  • Dummy4 on September 17, 2011, 15:39 GMT

    @Mohsin or whatever... Excuses? Listen up.. One series don't give you the right to write off any team. And that too Indian team. Every team has highs and lows and India can only rise from here. In fact it's good lesson for the team and we will overcome them for sure.

  • Cricinfouser on September 17, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    @Empirestrikesagain- sorry, but that is insulting nonsense, please would people stop these absurd accusations! @Kritika Prasad- by the way, do you *really* think the DL adjustment favoured England yesterday?! You've got to be joking, right? !

  • Cricinfouser on September 17, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    @sachbak: no the defeat *shouldn't* haunt India for years if they learn from it. The reason England are a strong team now is that after that Ashes humiliation, instead of moaning about how unfair it was that key players were injured or how conditions favoured Australia, everyone recognised that bad mistakes a d a bad attitude had helped cause a terrible performance, and a plan was quickly put in place to learn from those mistakes. @Kritika Prasad: yes, the stats show the Indian batsmen were very good, especially Dhoni - but that's exactly where India don't seem to get it: cricket is a team game, and they have played like a bunch of individuals. Same as Ashes 2009- Australia had most of the best individual performances, but England were the better team.

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