India tour of England, Only T20I: England v India at Manchester, Aug 31, 2011
England won by 6 wickets (with 3 balls remaining)
31 August 2011 - night match (20-over match)

Bresnan to Rahane, 1 leg bye, this one nips into Rahane from back of a length, and it dribbles off the pad to the off side. Parthiv is alert to the single and India pinch a leg-bye. Young blood in the legs!

India 7/0   AM Rahane 0* (1b)

Dernbach to Rahane, no run, ooh, Parthiv had to hurry back after running halfway down. Rahane forced it off the back foot to point, but it went straight to the fielder who had a shy and missed.


Dernbach to Rahane, FOUR, not a bad way to get your first runs for India! Rahane stands up, opens the wrists and hoists a back of length ball majestically over cover-point,. Solid wrist work there.


Dernbach to Rahane, 1 run, short of a length outside off, Rahane drops it into the covers for a single.


Dernbach to Rahane, 1 run, they get there eventually. Rahane steers softly to the left of point, Parthiv was always coming and Rahane eventually responded by the time Morgan tumbled, collected and threw.

India 14/0   AM Rahane 6* (5b 1x4)

Bresnan to Rahane, no run, whoa, that's not how Rahane got that first-class average in the mid 60s. Short of a length outside off and not there for the drive, but he just looks to dropkick it on the up over long-off. Doesn't succeed, he misses it by some distance.


Bresnan to Rahane, FOUR, hooka! An Indian batsman who plays the hook. Short ball going down the leg side, Rahane goes up and over, almost all the way over fine leg. A touch of top edge in that, but he picked up the gap well.


Bresnan to Rahane, 1 run, and the single straight away. Again he eases a back of length ball into the covers for one.

India 19/0   AM Rahane 11* (8b 2x4)

Broad to Rahane, 2 runs, over-pitched on the pads, Rahane flicks without a fuss through midwicket for two.


Broad to Rahane, FOUR, take that! Broad tries a bit of old-school enforcing. Short and aimed at the head, but it was going down the leg side. Rahane pounces on it with another very good-looking pull. It lands just short of the fence at deep backward square leg.


Broad to Rahane, no run, Rahane escapes a run out chance now. He tried to nudge a short of length ball into the leg side and steal a single, but the ball went no where and Broad was on to it immediately on his follow through. Rahane was caught a few yards out of the crease as Broad sprawled ahead and shied under-hand. And he misses!


Broad to Rahane, FOUR, Broad needs a reworking of the lines here. Another one on the pads, and Rahane is putting on display a flick that has class written all over it. This could be one of the defining strokes in Indian cricket in the coming years.


Broad to Rahane, 1 run, back of a length on off stump, Rahane once again shows good awareness, tapping into the off side for a single.

India 34/0   AM Rahane 22* (13b 4x4)

Dernbach to Rahane, FOUR, The Indians have arrived. Four Tests late, but finally they might just be here. Rahane sets himself up, eyes a short ball from Dernbach and slams it mighty over midwicket.


Dernbach to Rahane, no run, a gem of a slower ball that, came out of the back of the hand, floated for an eternity in the air and landed full on middle and off. Rahane barely spotted it and played it to the leg side.


Dernbach to Rahane, 1 run, another slower one, Rahane picks it this time and works it to the leg side for one.

India 39/0   AM Rahane 27* (16b 5x4)

Broad to Rahane, no run, 145.6 kph, short and fast, but Rahane still goes for the pull. He mistimes it though, and it goes to mid-on. Good over this for England, so far.


Broad to Rahane, FOUR, this time he latches on. He's going after these fastish short balls and getting away with them. Pulled away high and easy over square leg.


Broad to Rahane, FOUR, Ok, not a good over for England any more! Rahane is taking them on here. He marches out of the crease this time and scythes Broad on the up over the covers.

India 49/1   AM Rahane 35* (19b 7x4)

Patel to Rahane, 1 run, back of a length to Rahane who dabs another single to long-on.


Patel to Rahane, 2 runs, innovative from Rahane, he hangs back in the crease to a short ball and chips it intentionally over the covers for a couple.


Patel to Rahane, 1 run, another chip shot, he goes over mid-on this time and gets a single to retain strike.

India 55/1   AM Rahane 39* (22b 7x4)

Swann to Rahane, 1 run, tossed up on middle and leg, Rahane drives to long-on for one.


Swann to Rahane, FOUR, the Rahane exhibition continues. India's got talent. He skips out again, gets close to the pitch and then does some subcontinental magic with the wrists to send the ball packing through the covers.


Swann to Rahane, 2 runs, even better, he hangs back this time as Swann shortens the length and dabs him late through third man. Fine shot, in more ways than one.


Swann to Rahane, 1 run, tosses up again, Rahane drives down the ground for a single.

India 64/1   AM Rahane 47* (26b 8x4)

Patel to Rahane, no run, lands on leg and turns across sharply, Rahane is beaten by the extra turn ...


Patel to Rahane, 1 run, short of a length on the pads, he nudges through square leg for one.


Patel to Rahane, 2 runs, A fifty on debut! Rahane has looked majestic today. He hangs back and works against the spin through midwicket and charges back like a man possessed for the second.


Patel to Rahane, 1 run, fuller from Samit, Rahane clips through midwicket for another single

India 71/1   AM Rahane 51* (30b 8x4)

Swann to Rahane, 2 runs, Rahane jumps out again, and slams Swann down the ground. Monster work from the man at long-off to cut off the boundary.


Swann to Rahane, 1 run, he's toying with Swann's lengths here. hangs back and steers through third man with the latest of dabs for a single.


Swann to Rahane, 2 runs, short and wide, Rahane places the cut superbly to pick up a couple to the right of third-man.


Swann to Rahane, 1 run, Rahane nudges a ball on middle and off with the spin through the leg side.

India 78/1   AM Rahane 57* (34b 8x4)

Patel to Rahane, 1 run, Rahane skips out and drives down the ground for one.

India 81/1   AM Rahane 58* (35b 8x4)

Bopara to Rahane, 2 runs, Rahane is running almost as well as he is hitting them. Length ball on the stumps, he nudges through midwicket and prances back for the second.


Bopara to Rahane, 1 run, Rahane opens up the off side and scythes into the covers for a single.

India 104/1   AM Rahane 61* (37b 8x4)

Broad to Rahane, no run, slower ball at 119.9 kph, Rahane treats it with respect, driving it back solidly to the bowler.


Broad to Rahane, OUT, one debutant goes, and the other follows. Rahane's little fairytale is over. It wasn't really short, as Rahane backed away to the leg side and looked to create room to boom it over the covers. He was still cramped and ended up upper cutting it into third man's hands. Well played young man!

AM Rahane c Dernbach b Broad 61 (49m 39b 8x4 0x6) SR: 156.41

India 106/3   AM Rahane 61 (39b 8x4)





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