India tour of England, 2nd ODI: England v India at Southampton, Sep 6, 2011
England won by 7 wickets (with 5 balls remaining)
6 September 2011 - day/night match (50-over match)

6.55pm All but ready to start this game then. Twenty-three overs a side, let me remind you again. Out come Parthiv Patel and Ajinkya Rahane to open the innings. The ground will be slippery, India will do well to come out of with without another injury. Tim Bresnan to bowl. Two slips in

6.45pm We are lucky we had the toss. The rain passed us, the ground drained well, and the ground staff worked well. However, the clouds are about: one more shower, and this game will be over

One last bit of trivia from the fabled 1889 series between England and South Africa. This is from Robert: "The 1889 SA/Eng matches are worth staying with for stats lovers. In the 2nd test, AB Tancred - who opened for SA - carried his bat with the lowest ever test score in so doing: he scored 26 out of SA's 1st innings total of 47. Incidentally, Bowden died after being trampled by his own oxen having fallen from his cart ....."

6.30pm England have won the toss and will, as expected, field. Bopara and S Patel will both play. No Jonathan Trott for them. Alastair Cook says it is pretty much a T20 game. Only one change for India: Manoj Tiwary replaces Rohit Sharma, whose ODI series lasted one ball, and with a broken finger. Tiwary arrived in England only this morning, a bit of a deja vu for him. He made his ODI debut jetlagged and was cleaned up by a Brett Lee yorker for not much

An update on playing conditions: Nine overs of Powerplay, five mandatory and two each for Batting and Bowling sides. Three bowlers can bowl a maximum of five overs each, and two others can bowl four each. We will have just a 10-minute innings break

6.10pm Good news. We will have the toss at 6.30pm, the game will start at 7pm, 23-overs-a-side. That should leave us with 10 overs of Powerplay for each side, five each of which will be mandatory. Not sure how they will break the remaining five up as Batting and Bowling Powerplays

"That beats me..why should they have a half hour break between the toss and the beginning of the game when already so much time has been lost..unless of course if the ground will be ready to play only by 7pm." Nimish, the second half of your email is correct. The rain stopped at 5.30pm, and the ground staff have maintained throughout that they will need 90 dry minutes to get the ground ready. So we are getting through with the toss so that we can have cricket as soon as the ground is ready

6pm As we await the results of the inspection, Nagraj stands exposed. He saw the side strip and got excited. The actual pitch is not that green

5.50pm Meanwhile they have removed the covers at Rose Bowl, and Nagraj Gollapudi has spotted a "green apple" of a pitch. Adrian, however, refuses to move away from the 1889 Eng-SA series. he says, "Fascinating how many interesting titbits that 1889 Eng/SA tour brought up. In the second test (the one in which the previously mentioned Gobo Ashley and Joe McMaster both made their ill-fated debuts), Eng was captained by one Monty Bowden, C Aubrey Smith not being available for some un-mentioned reason. From Cricinfo again: 'Bowden, aged 23 years 144 days became England's youngest captain three years before dying in Umtali Hospital- a glorified mud hut where his body had to be protected from marauding lions prior to being interred in a coffin made from whiskey cases'" Great stuff, Adrian

"NZ batsman Gordon Rowe made a pair in his only test and didn't bowl. He somewhat tarnished his record by taking a catch." Ben, fair to say that Tiger O'Reilly ended his career. This was also the infamous Test where New Zealand scored 42 and 54, and it took them another 27 years to get a proper Test with Australia

5.40pm "Staying with that 1889 Eng/SA series, this is copied directly from Cricinfo (they don't mention that, according to the scorecard at least, his was a golden duck):

Joe McMaster holds a unique place in cricket history in that his only first-class appearance came in a match later designated a Test, in South Africa in 1888-89. He batted at No. 9 and made a duck and was not called on to bowl. His entire first-class career lasted less than two days" In a way that's cruel too, Adrian. And listen folks, if you are finding this a bit nerdish, do listen to Tea with Chucks and Farokh Engineer

Speaking of Farokh Engineer, I am expanding the great-performance-in-his-only-match theme to keepers. Phil Emery: five dismissals in his only Test, but he got to play that match only because Ian Healy was injured. When back, Healy duly took back his place. Emery is also known for having earned nicknames such as Philthy, Slink and Fatty, according to his Cricinfo preview

And if Emery made the mistake of being at his best as the same time as Healy, how about Atiq-uz-Zaman, almost forever kept out by Moin Khan and Rashid Laitf? In his only Test, in 2000, Atiq managed five catches and a boy-on-the-burning-deck 25 even as Pakistan fell 58 short of their chase of 294

5.30pm If it stays dry as it is as the time of tying this, we will have an inspection at 6pm

5.15pm It has pretty much stopped raining. The ground staff is back on the field. So if it doesn't rain any more, we can still have a game. the ground staff are confident they can get the ground ready in an hour and a half of dry spell. That will leave us enough time to play a game about 23 overs a side. That is, if it doesn't rain now

Staying with bowlers with five-fors in their only Test, Aussie Mick Malone took five against England in 1977 immediately joining World Series Cricket where he remained a "peripheral player", according to his Cricinfo profile

Adrian has this: "C Aubrey Smith (later a famed Hollywood actor) captained Eng in one test against SA in 1889 - in fact, this was SA's first ever test. He took 7/61 in the match, including a Michelle in the first innings, giving him a career average of 8.71, i.e. slightly better even than CS Marriott."

"Gobo Ashley took 7 for 95 for South Africa in the first innings of his single Test in 1889" Asif that's a great spot because it was also Gobo's first-class debut

And the last one, courtesy me, is Arnold Warren. His Cricinfo profile says he came from "an unfashionable" county, Derbyshire. On Test debut he took 5 for 57 and 1 for 56, including the great Victor Trumper twice, for 8 and 0. Warren never played a Test again

5.10pm "quick question. have the team sheets been submitted yet? if not and play is possible (say 20 overs) what's to stop england changing their line up. e.g dropping trott for bopara, a better T20 player?" Mark Rutland, team sheets will be submitted just before toss. And also a few others asked what the rules will be if we get a 20-over game. The answer is, we will have an ODI over 20 overs. It will differ from T20Is in that there will be three Powerplays: a mandatory one of four overs, and one each for the bowling and batting sides - two overs long each

5pm "i just read that npower will stop sponsoring english tests from this year and apparently the new sponsors will be investec bank. wikipedia tells me that investec started its operations in joburg and began operations in the uk when it was 18 years old LOLOLOL Cant believe the media has failed to pick on this bit of news!" Tyler, this is a gem.

Moving onto best bowling performances in your first and last match, Ned has this: "Best performance in only international appearance? Hard to beat C.S. "Father" Marriott - one Test for England v West Indies in 1933, took 5 for 37 in the first innings and 6 for 59 in the second, England won by an innings and even though he took 11 for 96 (avge 8.72) he never played again!" Shom adds Douglas Carr to the list: five-for on debut, Test career cut short by WW I

"When I read injury update I thought Andrew Miller sprained his shoulder reaching out for the next cake/pudding/pastry." Miller's legend is not wasted on P Satish

"AH HA! BCCI at work again..Morgan will play in the CLT20 book it." Take a bow, Ram

4.55pm Injury update, and this is one of the rare ones because it doesn't involve an Indian. Eoin Morgan has been ruled out of the ODI series because of a shoulder injury. The ECB release says, "Morgan first suffered the injury during England's Ashes tour of Australia earlier this year with the injury flaring up after the recent Twenty20 against India at Old Trafford."

4.50pm It's still raining at Rose Bowl. Chances of a game tonight are getting bleaker by the minute. Steve Howe has this: "Best on debut and never played again? Norman Calloway had a First-Class avaerage of 207 after his only innings, and never played again (due to his being dead)." Staying with the theme, Trinidadian Vic Stollmeyer, brother of the more famous Jeffrey, scored 96 in his only Test innings. And what of the more recent Zulqarnain Haider, who scored 0 and 88 on his debut and then went AWOL before his second?

4.30pm Jeremy has mixed debut and farewell now. This is getting interesting. "Another one for you gurus, please. What are the best perfomances by an international debutant - or debutante - who never played again at that level ?" My guess would be Andy Ganteaume. He scored 112 in his only Test innings, and was not picked later because he slowed down when nearing his century, thus hurting the chance of a West Indies win. When the play on final day was called off, West Indies were 72 for 3 in 16.3 overs, chasing 141. Anyone did better than Andy in his only match? Well, wait, how can I forget the Kiwi Rodney Redmond? Scored a century on debut, got contact lenses, never could adjust to them, struggled during the tour games in England in 1973, and never got a Test again

4.20pm "A bit irrelevant, but another less known cricketer missed his certain test debut because of Bangladesh's war of independence. Raqibul Hasan. It is relevant, Ahsan. Here is an interview with him.

And Asan reminds me, it is Saeed Anwar's birthday today! It is a bit of a relief for me, Asan, because creepily many people have recently died on the same day I discuss them. Pleasantly it's Saeed's birthday today

More from Anuj Rathi: "Their are some more greats whose farewell in ODI cricket is resulted in wash out lyk Greg Chappell,John Edrich,Bruce Yardley,Fred Titmus,Bruce Taylor,,Ray Illingworth and their is a special case Balwinder Sandhu whose last match was called off bcoz Indian PM was assassinated on the match day."

4.05pm More rain at Rose Bowl. It is lashing down

4pm "Saeed Anwar , Wasim ,Waqar were unlucky to have their farewell match to be washed out." Good memory, Anuj Rathi. The said match was their last ODI, also their last match of World Cup 2003. Saeed Anwar was 40 not out when rain arrived, and the Ws didn't get to play any part in the match. Oh, but Waqar did go out and won the toss. It wasn't announced as their farewell, it just turned out to be their last game

3.50pm "Now lets talk about people who could not play their farewell match due to wash out.. I do not want that to happen with RD.." John, RD already has a distinction. He announced his retirement from a format before making his debut

"I remember reading about Roy Park, the Australian player who got out on his first ball. His wife bent down to pick up her knitting and missed her husband's entire Test career." Marginal, but we will make the exception here, Vivek Bhandari. This has to be reduced to washouts, though. And we have now moved farewells being washed out

3.35pm Even before the umpires could come out for the inspection, the rain is back

"I think there can't be anyone more unfortunate than Alan Jones , the fellow who played in just one Test ( England vs World XI ) that was later deemed unofficial." Spot on, Abhishek

"Bit late (sorry), but ... Vince Van Der Bijl was another chosen for the 1971/2 Australian tour. Very fine bowler." Yes, James, he later went onto become an umpires' manager, I think

"re your comment regarding Hylton Ackermann, he actually played for Leicestershire not Northants, please don't rob us of one of our very few good batsmen of the last ten years..." Tony Sansome, we were talking of the old man Hylton Ackerman. Father and son are named the same. Father is no more now, and HD (as the son is known) is a commentator in South Africa

"@Andy Clarke: Worse fate has befallen Connor Williams. Played one test that was derecognised by the ICC." Oh yes Ravi, how could I forget Connor? It happened on India's 2001-02 tour to South Africa

3.15pm If it doesn't rain any more, we are expecting an inspection at 3.45pm. Paul doesn't share our optimism about the game: "Aternoon all at crininfo towers....here in Guernsey, upwind of Southampton, it's grim. Really grim. Lashing with rain and blowing the proverbial hoolie...dont fancy your chances of any play there." Paul, I can assure you where I am working from if far humbler than "towers"

More on unfortunate players: "Regarding an SA cricketer that was selected for the SA tour that never happened I believe that Gary Watson was one of those unfortunate souls. He went to school with my Dad hence me knowing about it," Highveld Hillybilly

"KP Bhaskar is one of the (un)luckiest cricketer who had performed exceedingly well in domestic cricket but never got a chance to play for India except once in a ODI against Kiwis in Jammu. Unfortunately, that game was rained off." Snaju Menon, I also remember he was one good Irani Trophy innings short of selection for one tour in the eighties. He failed in the first innings, the team selected before the second innings didn't feature him. Of course he scored a century in the second. I think that was just before an Australia tour.

Abhijit Mahabal: "JCW MacBryan played only one test (for England, against SA, in 1924), where it rained. He did not bat or bowl, and never played another test."

More on South Arricans who were selected and lost out because of the boycott, courtesy Nick Cowley: "The most famous player that happened to was Clive Rice, who was picked for both the SA tour of England in 1970 and of Australia in 1971/2, but both were cancelled. Rice never played a test, though he captained SA in the 3 'comeback' ODIs vs India in 1991. Hylton Ackerman of Northants fame lost out in the same way, and several others."

And finally, here is Gordon: "SA "nearly" debutants whose tour was cancelled: Arthur Short and "Dassie" Biggs selected for the cancelled tour to England in 1970 I think. They were opening batsmen who played for Eastern Province."

3.00pm A thin drizzle is still on, although it looks brighter at Rose Bowl. Some of the Indian team sit in their balcony. People have managed to throw note books and caps and t-shirts up to Virat Kohli, who is obliging with with autographs. "Are there any instances of cricketers being selected for just the the one ill-fated match and then the match being rained off? Back to the Oblivion!" That would be cruel, Andy Clarke. I know Robin Singh scored his only ODI century in a washed-out game, although that century stands. I wonder if South Africa had picked any prospective debutants for a series just before they were boycotted

2.30pm As we wait for the weather to clear up, the umpires have verified my amateur calculation. We need to start by 7.17pm to get a game in. over start getting reduced after a 55-minute delay. So we are surely going to have a reduced game, if we do at all

2pm It is raining at the Rose Bowl again. It's a drizzle, but that means the ground staff have to stop working

1.40pm For all those who have changes to make to their fantasy teams, Nagraj Gollapudi reckons India will pick Manoj Tiwary, who has barely made it in time. The elements have tried their best, but India are still likely to stick with their formula of seven batsmen and four bowlers

1.30pm Time for some amateur calculation. I am presuming that there is an extension of half hour available beyond the scheduled close of 9.45pm. So to get a 20-over game in, we need 168 minutes (considering 4.2 minutes per over as an ODI innings of 50 overs is supposed to last three-and-a-half hours) for the 40 overs and a minimum 10-minute break. All that means, and I am not confirming it yet, we need to get the game underway not later than 7.17pm. Of course the ground staff is hopeful that the weather will go away at around 4pm and they will need another hour and a half to get the ground ready after that. By the way it's not raining at the moment, and the ground staff are hard at work. Those heavy winds might actually help us get a game tonight

1.10pm It is very windy in Southampton right now and it is raining on and off. It's a 50-50 scenario between a game and a washout. While we wait for the weather to clear up, it's competition time. Win a pair of tickets to the Lord's ODI, courtesy our chums at Kingfisher.

1.00pm Hello and welcome to the live coverage of the second ODI between England and India. The lead-up to this match, though, has been mostly about rains and injuries. The latter, though, is hardly news. And the former seems to have stopped for now. Andrew Miller has just tweeted this: "Enthrallingly, the rain has stopped for now. Still grim, grey, autumnal and utterly vile, but there's a figment of a prospect of a match". Lest you feel too hopeful, let me tell you it has rained since 4am, and the weather is not expected to really clear up before 4pm. If it does become clement, though, this ground drains well, and it shouldn't take too long after that. The groundsman, aptly Nigel Grey for today, has just told Star Cricket that once it stops raining it will take them around 90 minutes of dry spell to get the game started

0.1

Bresnan to PA Patel, no run, immediately outswing for Bresnan. Length ball outside off, shaping in towards Parthiv, defended to leg

0.2

Bresnan to PA Patel, FOUR, nice little gift for Patel, a gentle length ball down the pads, and he has glanced it fine for four

0.3

Bresnan to PA Patel, FOUR, Patel whiplashes those cuts! Short and wide, and he has smashed it between cover and cover-point, he gave it some humpty

0.4

Bresnan to PA Patel, 1 wide, and now the wide down the leg side

0.4

Bresnan to PA Patel, no run, this one seams away a touch, and beats Patel's defensive prod. The in-between length with not much room

0.5

Bresnan to PA Patel, 1 run, and now he steers one to third man for a single

0.6

Bresnan to Rahane, no run, nice swing now, the perfect stuff for the right-hand batsman, pitches middle and off, swings away, Rahane defends from the crease

End of over 1 (10 runs) India 10/0 (RR: 10.00)

    • AM Rahane 0 (1b)
    • PA Patel 9 (5b 2x4)
    • TT Bresnan 1-0-10-0

Anderson will share the new ball. Two slips for him too

1.1

Anderson to PA Patel, no run, swings away from Patel, who chooses to watch it through to the keeper

1.2

Anderson to PA Patel, no run, drives at this length ball, and the away swing beats the edge... watching out for the outswinger Parthiv

1.3

Anderson to PA Patel, no run, another inswinger, pitched outside leg, moving towards middle and off, flicked to square leg

1.4

Anderson to PA Patel, 2 runs, short on the pads, pulled away emphatically, along the ground, gets a couple to wide of long leg

1.5

Anderson to PA Patel, no run, good comeback, short of a length, pitches leg, nips away towards off. No room, and Patel can neither pull nor drive this

1.6

Anderson to PA Patel, 1 run, similar length, but slightly further outside off, steered away for a single

End of over 2 (3 runs) India 13/0 (RR: 6.50)

    • PA Patel 12 (11b 2x4)
    • AM Rahane 0 (1b)
    • JM Anderson 1-0-3-0
    • TT Bresnan 1-0-10-0

It's drizzling again, but we will continue playing

2.1

Bresnan to PA Patel, SIX, little dynamo, incredible shot.... he has walked at Bresnan and flicked him for a six! The flick-pull, what wrists. Just charges at Bresnan and gets under this shortish delivery, hits the skirting at the midwicket boundary

Round the wicket

2.2

Bresnan to PA Patel, no run, short of a length, angling in, cramps him up, defended to cover

Fine leg is up now, square leg goes back, second slip comes out

2.3

Bresnan to PA Patel, FOUR, Patel is having a ball here! Steers this short-of-a-length delivery through the vacant second slip region. Delightfully late to open the face here

2.4

Bresnan to PA Patel, no run, good comeback from Bresnan, gets this to move against the angle, beats Patel's second attempt at a late-cut

2.5

Bresnan to PA Patel, SIX, Patel is reading as though the bowlers' intent is written on the big screen. Sits back deep, gets under this bouncer, which doesn't get up mind you, and pulls it up and over the area between deep square leg and deep midwicket

2.6

Bresnan to PA Patel, no run, and he wants to keep the strike! Can't do it, though, as this late-cut can't beat point

End of over 3 (16 runs) India 29/0 (RR: 9.66)

    • PA Patel 28 (17b 3x4 2x6)
    • AM Rahane 0 (1b)
    • TT Bresnan 2-0-26-0
    • JM Anderson 1-0-3-0

Rahane to face only for the second time. The drizzle seems to be gone. Fine leg is up. No slips

3.1

Anderson to Rahane, 1 run, and Rahane has handed over the strike to Patel. Just drops this short-of-a-length delivery towards point, and Patel charges up to the striker's end

3.2

Anderson to PA Patel, OUT, Patel deliberates for a longish time if he should review this. I could lip-read him asking Rahane, "Aawaz aaya?" [Was there a noise?]. After much discussion he walks back. Here is what happened. This was short of a length, wide enough for Patel to try that whiplash cut again. The thin edge was taken, and England were spontaneous in their appeal. Given out. Rightly so. Whoa! HotSpot shows no edge! Snick shows one, though

PA Patel c †Kieswetter b Anderson 28 (15m 18b 3x4 2x6) SR: 155.55

Rahul Dravid is in at No. 3

3.3

Anderson to Dravid, no run, short of a length, no room, he opens the face in an attempt for a single, finds point

3.4

Anderson to Dravid, 1 run, steered wide of the lone slip this time for a single

3.5

Anderson to Rahane, no run, shortish, angling into the pads, wanted to work it away with the angle, but couldn't place it past square leg

Whoa! HotSpot shows no edge! However, there seemed a faint edge

3.6

Anderson to Rahane, no run, short of a length, not much room, pushed back to Anderson. What an over from Anderson to pull things back

End of over 4 (2 runs) India 31/1 (RR: 7.75)

    • AM Rahane 1 (4b)
    • R Dravid 1 (2b)
    • JM Anderson 2-0-5-1
    • TT Bresnan 2-0-26-0

Broad to replace Bresnan. One wide slip in place

4.1

Broad to Dravid, no run, sits back to try and run this to third man, can't beat point

Snicko shows the edge, though, with the Patel dismissal

4.2

Broad to Dravid, no run, cut away powerfully, but Bell makes a diving save to his right, fielding at point

4.3

Broad to Dravid, FOUR, he has adapted to the format really well... tries the orthodox cut twice without any results, and this time he cuts it over the infield. Deliberately under it to clear the infield

4.4

Broad to Dravid, no run, that upper-cut makes Broad pitch the ball up, and immediately, like the Tests, Broad becomes twice as dangerous. Lovely outswinger here beats Dravid's drive

4.5

Broad to Dravid, no run, another outswinger makes Dravid play away from the body, can't beat short cover

4.6

Broad to Dravid, 1 run, plays the off-drive to this outswinger, will get the single to mid-off

End of over 5 (5 runs) India 36/1 (RR: 7.20)

    • R Dravid 6 (8b 1x4)
    • AM Rahane 1 (4b)
    • SCJ Broad 1-0-5-0
    • JM Anderson 2-0-5-1

Bowling Powerplay has been taken

5.1

Anderson to Dravid, 1 run, looks to flick this to leg, gets an inside edge on the pad, through to third man

5.2

Anderson to Rahane, 1 wide, angles this too far down the leg side

5.2

Anderson to Rahane, 1 run, short of a length, around off, opens the face, gets the single to point

We can now see the sun set. Looks clear

5.3

Anderson to Dravid, 1 run, nicely flicked away off the pads for a single to deep square

5.4

Anderson to Rahane, 1 run, another flick off the pads, another single to deep square leg

5.5

Anderson to Dravid, 1 run, bowls the bouncer with men in the deep on the on side, he pulls this from in front of his face, all along the ground

5.6

Anderson to Rahane, no run, on the length now, no room at all, defended from the crease

End of over 6 (6 runs) India 42/1 (RR: 7.00)

    • AM Rahane 3 (7b)
    • R Dravid 9 (11b 1x4)
    • JM Anderson 3-0-11-1
    • SCJ Broad 1-0-5-0
6.1

Broad to Dravid, no run, length ball, into the pads, pushed to mid-on

6.2

Broad to Dravid, no run, bouncer, shapes to pull, sways out in the end, border-line case for height, called one bouncer for the over

6.3

Broad to Dravid, 1 run, this doesn't quite come up and he has absolutely missile-pulled this, but straight to deep square for a single

6.4

Broad to Rahane, SIX, after bowling some lovely outswingers last over, Broad goes back to bowling short! Rahane has absolutely launched it rows into the crowd behind deep square. That's a proper dismissal of a short ball

6.5

Broad to Rahane, 1 run, comes down the track, Broad bowls full, is pushed between cover and extra for a single

6.6

Broad to Dravid, no run, Dravid gives him the charge too, but makes too much room to end up missing this length ball outside off

End of over 7 (8 runs) India 50/1 (RR: 7.14)

    • R Dravid 10 (15b 1x4)
    • AM Rahane 10 (9b 1x6)
    • SCJ Broad 2-0-13-0
    • JM Anderson 3-0-11-1

"He is back! he is back! wake up all! get on the tannoy! he is back! the ENFORCER is back in town...." Ankit has not forgotten the pre-series e-word. Dernbach is here with his army of various slower balls

7.1

Dernbach to Rahane, no run, starts with a normal quick delivery, on the length, on off, defended from the crease

"At what point is it going to dawn on the England bowlers that you can't bowl short in this form of cricket? It's not rocket science- although the ball is disappearing like a rocket when they drag it down short." John Muir is fuming

7.2

Dernbach to Rahane, no run, short, not too wide, but he cuts this. Can't beat point

"For once it's the English moaning about the short ball. Didn't think I'd be saying that for a long time." Oscar Wood sees the irony

7.3

Dernbach to Rahane, no run, Rahane jumps out of the crease, Dernbach digs this one in short, beats Rahane's attempt at the cut

7.4

Dernbach to Rahane, 1 run, short of a length, just outside off, steered to third man for one

7.5

Dernbach to Dravid, 1 run, short again, Dravid has pulled this with massive force, but only gets a single to deep midwicket

7.6

Dernbach to Rahane, 1 run, the slower short ball, the legcutter, recovers well to work this to short fine leg for a quick single

End of over 8 (3 runs) India 53/1 (RR: 6.62)

    • AM Rahane 12 (14b 1x6)
    • R Dravid 11 (16b 1x4)
    • JW Dernbach 1-0-3-0
    • SCJ Broad 2-0-13-0

Time for some Ravinder Singh Bopara with the wicketkeeper up

8.1

Bopara to Rahane, no run, driven to the left of Bopara who dives full length to deflect to a straight extra cover. One run saved

8.2

Bopara to Rahane, 1 run, straying down the pads, worked away for a single to short fine

8.3

Bopara to Dravid, 1 run, opens the stance a bit to make room and punch this through cover for a single

8.4

Bopara to Rahane, 2 runs, slower ball, but too short and straight, and this has been pulled to the right of deep square for a couple

8.5

Bopara to Rahane, 1 run, slower ball, pitches on a length, middle and leg, pushed to long-off for a single

8.6

Bopara to Dravid, 2 runs, slower full toss, hit powerfully but not too far of Dernbach at deep square leg. A wayward loopy throw from Dernbach lets Dravid come back for second. He looked dead for 80% of that second run. The throw let him off. Was that the slower throw from Jade?

End of over 9 (7 runs) India 60/1 (RR: 6.66)

    • R Dravid 14 (18b 1x4)
    • AM Rahane 16 (18b 1x6)
    • RS Bopara 1-0-7-0
    • JW Dernbach 1-0-3-0
9.1

Dernbach to Rahane, no run, he is accurate with the ball, though. Short of a length, no room whatsoever, Rahane can't get it past point

9.2

Dernbach to Rahane, FOUR, anticipates another short-of-a-length delivery, and is waiting with the slog-pull. Nothing wrong with the delivery, but it's gone flying over midwicket

9.3

Dernbach to Rahane, no run, comes back with a good slower-ball offcutter outside off, Rahane is beaten on the late-cut

9.4

Dernbach to Rahane, FOUR, he has absolutely smashed a few here, but this is nurdled for four! The slower legcutter here, but too straight, and he has played this late, just to the left of the diving keeper

9.5

Dernbach to Rahane, 1 run, dabs this to third man for a single

9.6

Dernbach to Dravid, 1 run, Dravid is feeling the heat a bit here. Trying bit shots every ball. This time the bottom hand comes off as he looks to hit this over cover. Doesn't carry to the fielder in the deep, and he will get the single

End of over 10 (10 runs) India 70/1 (RR: 7.00)

    • R Dravid 15 (19b 1x4)
    • AM Rahane 25 (23b 2x4 1x6)
    • JW Dernbach 2-0-13-0
    • RS Bopara 1-0-7-0

Swann to bowl now

10.1

Swann to Dravid, 1 run, and he is swept first ball, powerful shot too, but Dravid has found deep backward square again

10.2

Swann to Rahane, 1 run, straighter one outside off, pushed wide of point for a single

10.3

Swann to Dravid, 2 runs, slightly short, Dravid rocks back and pulls this wide of midwicket for a couple

10.4

Swann to Dravid, no run, looks to seep this, is beaten, Swann appeals, but he has got some glove on this

10.5

Swann to Dravid, 1 run, cuts a length ball this time, gets just the single

10.6

Swann to Rahane, FOUR, top straight drive over Swann's head! Charges down the track and lofts it dead straight

End of over 11 (9 runs) India 79/1 (RR: 7.18)

    • AM Rahane 30 (25b 3x4 1x6)
    • R Dravid 19 (23b 1x4)
    • GP Swann 1-0-9-0
    • JW Dernbach 2-0-13-0

Double spin now. Samit Patel to bowl. Round the stumps

11.1

Patel to Dravid, 2 runs, quick, flat delivery, punched wide of extra cover, he comes back for the second

11.2

Patel to Dravid, 1 run, Dravid finds another fielder! This was a genuine long hop, and he has pulled this straight to deep midwicket. Dravid is really annoyed he has missed

11.3

Patel to Rahane, 2 runs, fuller, into the pads, pushed into the leg side, all men on the on side are deep, and they can come back for two

11.4

Patel to Rahane, no run, straying into the pads, looks to flick, is beaten, and is hit on the pad

11.5

Patel to Rahane, FOUR, superb placement here, this is short of a length, he chips this on the up. It's like driving a long hop. But again dead straight. Gets four more

11.6

Patel to Rahane, 2 runs, flicked away off the pads, but wide enough of long-on to let them come back for the second

End of over 12 (11 runs) India 90/1 (RR: 7.50)

    • AM Rahane 38 (29b 4x4 1x6)
    • R Dravid 22 (25b 1x4)
    • SR Patel 1-0-11-0
    • GP Swann 1-0-9-0
12.1

Swann to Dravid, 1 run, short of a length, punches this offbreak into the leg side for a single

12.2

Swann to Rahane, 1 run, tossed outside off, Rahane covers the turn and then dabs it square for a single

12.3

Swann to Dravid, 2 runs, another powerful shot from Dravid, this time a drive, and much better placement on it, wide of long-on

12.4

Swann to Dravid, 1 run, slightly short, Dravid rocks back to cut this to deep cover for one

12.5

Swann to Rahane, no run, punches this shortish delivery, but the straight extra cover keeps them in their respective creases

12.6

Swann to Rahane, 1 run, short, the straighter one, cuts it away, but gets just the single to deep cover

End of over 13 (6 runs) India 96/1 (RR: 7.38)

    • AM Rahane 40 (32b 4x4 1x6)
    • R Dravid 26 (28b 1x4)
    • GP Swann 2-0-15-0
    • SR Patel 1-0-11-0

Broad comes back now. S Patel got just the one over. There will be a slight delay as they sort the landing area for Broad

13.1

Broad to Rahane, no run, starts with a full toss on off, Rahane misses out, he pushes this to cover

13.2

Broad to Rahane, FOUR, lovely chip over extra cover... goes inside out to a length ball outside off after having given himself room. No power, all timing

Third man comes up in the circle

13.3

Broad to Rahane, 1 wide, and he goes wrong with the slower-ball legcutter, short and wide, cutting further away

13.3

Broad to Rahane, no run, the bouncer over the stumps, Rahane tries to go over short third man, but it bounces over his bat

Fine leg comes up, third man goes back

13.4

Broad to Rahane, 1 run, goes for the yorker, ends up bowling the low full toss, but Rahane gets just the single to long-on

13.5

Broad to Dravid, FOUR, Dravid finds the fence! Finally a well-timed shot is placed just as well. Makes room, gets under the length ball, and drives it inside-out over extra cover. The strike-rate also crosses 100

13.6

Broad to Dravid, 2 runs, slower short ball, pulled powerfully, wide of long-on, gets the second

End of over 14 (12 runs) India 108/1 (RR: 7.71)

    • R Dravid 32 (30b 2x4)
    • AM Rahane 45 (36b 5x4 1x6)
    • SCJ Broad 3-0-25-0
    • GP Swann 2-0-15-0

Round the wicket now

14.1

Swann to Rahane, 1 run, angled across hi, dabbed behind square for a single

14.2

Swann to Dravid, OUT, Superbly timed again, but he finds the fielder again. This time on the full. Dravid clears the front leg and looks to slog-sweep this full delivery, but doesn't get under it. Anderson takes the catch at midwicket

R Dravid c Anderson b Swann 32 (50m 31b 2x4 0x6) SR: 103.22

Over the wicket to the new batsman, Kohli

14.3

Swann to Kohli, 1 run, who flicks this offbreak wide of midwicket for a single

Round the wicket to Rahane

14.4

Swann to Rahane, 1 run, flat and full, flicked to long-on for one

Over the wicket again

14.5

Swann to Kohli, 2 runs, shortish, Kohli punches this away wide of deep cover, they come back for two

14.6

Swann to Kohli, no run, flighted on middle and leg, Kohli flicks this to midwicket

End of over 15 (5 runs) India 113/2 (RR: 7.53)

    • V Kohli 3 (3b)
    • AM Rahane 47 (38b 5x4 1x6)
    • GP Swann 3-0-20-1
    • SCJ Broad 3-0-25-0

Bopara comes back now. The keeper is up again

15.1

Bopara to Rahane, 2 runs, lovely late-cut, almost from inside Kieswetter's gloves. In fact it hits the gloves on the way through, which means it doesn't travel for four

15.2

Bopara to Rahane, 1 run, slower short ball, worked around the corner to bring up his maiden ODI fifty. A heart applause form the balcony, and shake of hands with Kohli. Sixty, forty, fifty (give or take) in his first three international innings

15.3

Bopara to Kohli, 1 run, flicked in the air, but all men on the on side are deep

15.4

Bopara to Rahane, 1 run, pushed past the diving Bopara for a single to long-on

15.5

Bopara to Kohli, 1 run, slower short ball, too straight, pulled away to deep square for a single

15.6

Bopara to Rahane, no run, drives this square with an open face, can't beat point

End of over 16 (6 runs) India 119/2 (RR: 7.43)

    • AM Rahane 51 (42b 5x4 1x6)
    • V Kohli 5 (5b)
    • RS Bopara 2-0-13-0
    • GP Swann 3-0-20-1

Swann will continue from round the stumps

16.1

Swann to Kohli, 2 runs, worked away off the pads, slightly wide of deep square, and they hare back for two

16.2

Swann to Kohli, 1 run, slogged away, along the ground, gets a single to long-on

16.3

Swann to Rahane, 1 run, some might call this a drop but Bell has done really well to charge in from long-on, dive in front, and get a hand to this ball swirling in the wind

16.4

Swann to Kohli, 1 run, makes room to dab this to short third for single

16.5

Swann to Rahane, 1 run, cramped up for room with this quick delivery, punches this to long-off for one

16.6

Swann to Kohli, OUT, this is half mis-hit, half hung in the wind. Charges at Swann and hits this into the wind towards long-on, and finds Bell to perfection

V Kohli c Bell b Swann 9 (9m 9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

End of over 17 (6 runs) India 125/3 (RR: 7.35)

    • AM Rahane 53 (44b 5x4 1x6)
    • GP Swann 4-0-26-2
    • RS Bopara 2-0-13-0

In comes Suresh Raina. Six overs to go. Two of them with fielding restrictions whenever India choose them to be. Dernbach comes back

17.1

Dernbach to Raina, no run, regulation pace, low full toss, hit to midwicket

17.2

Dernbach to Raina, 1 run, short of a length, plants the leg outside the line of the ball, and pulls it to deep square leg

17.3

Dernbach to Rahane, 1 leg bye, slower legcutter, Rahane misses out on the flick, but gets a leg-bye

Midwicket goes back, third man comes in. Dernbach goes round the stumps

17.4

Dernbach to Raina, 2 runs, slower legcutter, cramps him up, Raina looks to steer it, Bresnan gets a bad turn at short third, Raina gets the second run too

Third man goes back

17.5

Dernbach to Raina, 2 runs, gets the front leg out of the line and pulls this shortish delivery between deep square and deep midwicket

17.6

Dernbach to Raina, SIX, Aha. Right in Raina's range. Length ball, regulation pace, ripe meat for Raina, who throws the front leg out of the way to heave this over cow corner for six

End of over 18 (12 runs) India 137/3 (RR: 7.61)

    • SK Raina 11 (5b 1x6)
    • AM Rahane 53 (45b 5x4 1x6)
    • JW Dernbach 3-0-24-0
    • GP Swann 4-0-26-2

Rahane is asking for a runner. I am not sure what is wrong. The umpires consult with Cook before allowing him one. Rahane signals for the runner. Now we wait. Kohli comes back to the field. He will run Rahane's run. He is not wearing any thigh pad! Rahane is. Swann to bowl out

18.1

Swann to Rahane, 1 run, flicked off the pads, gets a single to short fine

18.2

Swann to Raina, no run, drifts in towards the pad, Raina is looking for the turn, and can only play it back to Swann

18.3

Swann to Raina, FOUR, lovely shot, charges at Swann, makes room, gets inside the line, and goes over extra cover with a late wristy flick in the end

18.4

Swann to Raina, 1 run, driven down the ground, a diving Swann gets a hand to it, but they get the single

18.5

Swann to Rahane, OUT, Kohli won't be running too many for Rahane. Ajinkya looks for the straight loft that he has played so well so far, but gets too close to the pitch of the ball here, and doesn't get optimum elevation. Swann takes a smart, overhead return catch

AM Rahane c & b Swann 54 (89m 47b 5x4 1x6) SR: 114.89

"Runner only has to wear external equipment." Thanks for clarifying that, Martin. There won't be any runner confusion now

Here is Dhoni

18.6

Swann to Dhoni, 1 run, flighted outside off, driven to long-off

Superb spell from Swann. In a pretty-much T20, he has bowled five overs for 33 runs and three wickets

End of over 19 (7 runs) India 144/4 (RR: 7.57)

    • MS Dhoni 1 (1b)
    • SK Raina 16 (8b 1x4 1x6)
    • GP Swann 5-0-33-3
    • JW Dernbach 3-0-24-0

Dernbach will continue

19.1

Dernbach to Dhoni, 1 wide, full toss well down the leg side with the fine leg up!

19.1

Dernbach to Dhoni, 1 run, slower legcutter, Dhoni delays the shot, clips this into the leg side for one

Batting Powerplay taken

"You said " Kohli comes back to the field. He will run Rahane's run.". And Kohli ran exactly ONE run of Rahane's. What did you eat for lunch?!?" Murali Iyer, I made educated typos

19.2

Dernbach to Raina, no run, slower short ball, 112ks, it's short and wide with all off-side fielders up, but Raina is beaten by the slowness

19.3

Dernbach to Raina, SIX, The regulation pace! The regulation hit! Length ball. Clear the front leg. Heave it over cow corner

19.4

Dernbach to Raina, FOUR, That hitting over the cow corner has got him a four to long-on! His hitting across the line has made sure the long-on is wider than usual, and this mis-hit goes to long-on, to the right of the man. Bell mistimes the dive too

19.5

Dernbach to Raina, FOUR, one wide slower ball too many... the off-side field is all up, and Raina smartly waits for this before lofting this over cover

I am afraid Cook looks a bit short of ideas here

19.6

Dernbach to Raina, no run, another slower ball, this one is closer to off, Raina tries the slog sweep, gets an inside edge through to the keeper. It reaches Kieswetter on the 55th bounce

End of over 20 (16 runs) India 160/4 (RR: 8.00)

    • SK Raina 30 (13b 3x4 2x6)
    • MS Dhoni 2 (2b)
    • JW Dernbach 4-0-40-0
    • GP Swann 5-0-33-3

"Re: Runner Equipment. IJust imagine if the umpire was required to check that the runner was wearing a box." Ben, that's why they have kept the rule limited to external equipment, which is visible from a distance. Bresnan comes back

20.1

Bresnan to Dhoni, no run, and starts with a near-perfect yorker just outside off. Dot

20.2

Bresnan to Dhoni, FOUR, this yorker goes wrong, and Dhoni flicks this low full toss wristily over midwicket

20.3

Bresnan to Dhoni, OUT, Helicopter. Crash-lands in Bell's lap. This is inches short of yorker, Dhoni tries the trademark whiplash flick, is too close to the pitch of it, ends up skying it to long-on

MS Dhoni c Bell b Bresnan 6 (9m 5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 120.00

Manoj Tiwary is the new batsman, but Raina is on strike...

20.4

Bresnan to Raina, SIX, and what striking Raina is indulging in! This is some superb wrists and timing. This is a length ball outside off, he makes room, and then punches this with an open face, over deep point. Lovely hitting

20.5

Bresnan to Raina, 1 run, a mis-hit for a change, as he inside-edges this into his ankle. However, he charges through for one

20.6

Bresnan to Tiwary, 1 run, Tiwary gets a short ball into his ribs as the welcome to England. He manages to pull it to long leg for a single

End of Powerplay overs

End of over 21 (12 runs) India 172/5 (RR: 8.19)

    • MK Tiwary 1 (1b)
    • SK Raina 37 (15b 3x4 3x6)
    • TT Bresnan 3-0-38-1
    • JW Dernbach 4-0-40-0
21.1

Dernbach to Tiwary, 1 run, slower short ball outside off, manages to hit to extra cover for one

Raina back on strike. Round the wicket

21.2

Dernbach to Raina, 1 run, Tiwary is surely jetlagged. He has run straight into Raina as they take a single off the pull. No damage done as they slow down just in time

21.3

Dernbach to Tiwary, 1 run, tries the big pull, can't beat midwicket, gets just the single

21.4

Dernbach to Raina, 2 runs, slower length ball, Raina has nearly cleaned up Tiwary with this club. Bell runs to his right at wide long-on, and makes a sensational dive to keep them down to two

21.5

Dernbach to Raina, 1 leg bye, Missed out. That was a gift. Regulation pace. On a length. Into the pads. With the fine-leg up. Gets only a leg-bye

21.6

Dernbach to Tiwary, FOUR, Dernbach is furious. Slower ball into the pads, Tiwary pulls this backward of square, and Stokes dives over it, conceding four when it should have been two

End of over 22 (10 runs) India 182/5 (RR: 8.27)

    • MK Tiwary 7 (4b 1x4)
    • SK Raina 40 (18b 3x4 3x6)
    • JW Dernbach 5-0-49-0
    • TT Bresnan 3-0-38-1

Last over of the innings. Bresnan to bowl it

22.1

Bresnan to Raina, OUT, Stokes makes amends for that misfield. Raina gets too much under this length ball, trying to clear deep square, but the leading edge seems to have touched the moon and come back. Stokes at deep square keeps his eyes on it, and has to dive forward at last moment to complete the catch. What a cameo from Raina, though

SK Raina c Stokes b Bresnan 40 (30m 19b 3x4 3x6) SR: 210.52

Tiwary on strike

22.2

Bresnan to Tiwary, 2 runs, full toss outside off, and he has agricultured it wide of deep midwicket for a couple

22.3

Bresnan to Tiwary, 2 runs, slower bouncer, he pulls it, mis-times it, but finds the gap wide of long leg for a couple

22.4

Bresnan to Tiwary, OUT, Bell has been absolutely sensational at long-on today! Tiwary clears the front leg and lofts this down the ground. Bell runs to his left making good ground, and then makes the dive in front to finish this ripper of a catch

MK Tiwary c Bell b Bresnan 11 (11m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 157.14

P Kumar is the new man in, but R Ashwin is the new man in

22.5

Bresnan to Ashwin, 1 run, Ashwin tries the scoop over fine leg, but this is wide outside off. The leading edge gets him a single

22.6

Bresnan to Kumar, OUT, slower short ball outside off, Kumar is well early into the shot, they try to sneak in the bye, but Kieswetter runs Ashwin out

R Ashwin run out 1 (4m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

8.55pm Oh dear it doesn't look good. Kumar is holding onto his hamstring. He is down on his haunches. But what can be a good sign for India, he is walking back with a smile and not a grimace. Despite some big hitting from P Patel, Rahane and Raina, the England fielders might have kept them alive here. The over-rate took a beating. This match will go into big-time overtime. Join us for the chase, but I, Sidharth Monga, will big farewell now. Liam should be with you soon.

End of over 23 (5 runs) India 187/8

    • P Kumar 0 (1b)
    • TT Bresnan 4-0-43-3
    • JW Dernbach 5-0-49-0
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