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)

Before Liam, though, it's me, Sahil. With no Morgan of Pietersen, England would do very well to get past India here. Rahane eh? Looked absurdly good. Pity Raina scored all those runs to put it into perspective, really. England's big hitters are Cook and Kieswetter. Cook is of course not in England's Twenty20 team, but clearly is a pivotal member of the Twenty-three23 outfit. Rahane is not on the field, instead RP Singh is. Eeep.


Kumar to Cook, 3 runs, Cook is away straight away. With a nudge of his legs. That's his multi-format shot


Kumar to Kieswetter, no run, Kieswetter plays too early, closing the face and almost popping a leading edge back to the bowler


Kumar to Kieswetter, FOUR, ping! When Kieswetter doesn't try to overhit he's an excellent timer through the off side. Praveen was a touch short and Kieswetter's back-foot punch raced away


Kumar to Kieswetter, no run, straighter from Praveen and that's enough to block Kieswetter's scoring options


Kumar to Kieswetter, no run, without room outside off, Kieswetter has to manufacture scoring options. Often without success, like here as he hares down, slogs, and misses


Kumar to Kieswetter, no run, blocked carefully to point. Kieswetter is not much of a strike-rotater

End of over 1 (7 runs) England 7/0 (181 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 3.69)

    • C Kieswetter 4 (5b 1x4)
    • AN Cook 3 (1b)
    • P Kumar 1-0-7-0

Vinay Kumar to Cook, no run, Cook presents a Test-match straight backfoot defense to Vinay's fist ball


Vinay Kumar to Cook, 1 run, gifted the slightest rumour of width Cook slashes a drive to third man


Vinay Kumar to Kieswetter, 2 runs, inside edge works the treat here as two is picked off into the leg side


Vinay Kumar to Kieswetter, SIX, that's six and a half. Kieswetter skipped down, slogged, and this time smashed it a mile over cow corner into the stands. Didn't lose his shape on the shot


Vinay Kumar to Kieswetter, no run, good return from Vinay, on a length and line. Kieswetter blocks carefully


Vinay Kumar to Kieswetter, 1 run, Kieswetter hared down again looking for a repeat but this time Vinay followed him and he didn't have enough room to free his arms. Bottom edged bobbled away towards fine leg

End of over 2 (10 runs) England 17/0 (171 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 8.50, RRR: 3.56)

    • C Kieswetter 13 (9b 1x4 1x6)
    • AN Cook 4 (3b)
    • R Vinay Kumar 1-0-10-0
    • P Kumar 1-0-7-0

Dhoni up to the sticks now, good move.


Kumar to Kieswetter, 1 run, touch too short from Praveen and that allows Kieswetter to slug it to deep midwicket


Kumar to Cook, no run, Praveen fullish here, straight too. Cook aims a heave towards leg but all seems a touch unnatural


Kumar to Cook, FOUR, neatly done from Cook here. Gets down on one-knee and flips it over his shoulder. Again didn't look perfectly comfortable but got it away effectively


Kumar to Cook, FOUR, ah that's more his area! Short and wide from Praveen and laced past point


Kumar to Cook, 3 runs, seriously brisk start from Cook. Outscoring his big-hitting partner again. Clips this wide of mid-on


Kumar to Kieswetter, FOUR, good over for England that! Kieswetter gave himself room outside leg, Praveen followed him but Kieswetter managed to flick it to the fine-leg boundary

End of over 3 (16 runs) England 33/0 (155 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 11.00, RRR: 3.29)

    • C Kieswetter 18 (11b 2x4 1x6)
    • AN Cook 15 (7b 2x4)
    • P Kumar 2-0-23-0
    • R Vinay Kumar 1-0-10-0

Vinay Kumar to Cook, 1 run, shovelled pull shot isn't timed and it loops up before plopping into space. Probably a touch short from Vinay though


Vinay Kumar to Kieswetter, 1 wide, anything vaguely leg side that the batsman misses is always a wide. As Rob Bailey confirms


Vinay Kumar to Kieswetter, no run, short ball zips through Kieswetter as he aimed a swish after skipping down the wicket


Vinay Kumar to Kieswetter, FOUR, looks excellent when he plays this. Kieswetter gives himself a bit of room before easing his hands through the line with a perfectly-timed check drive over mid-off


Vinay Kumar to Kieswetter, 1 run, straighter from Vinay and worked quietly to leg


Vinay Kumar to Cook, no run, the harder Cook swings, the closer the ball stays. Horrid sound of ball on toe-end of bat as Cook's pull shot dribbles to mid-on


Vinay Kumar to Cook, no run, again Cook swings inelegantly and it trickles off the toe-end. This time back to the bowler who flings it back past Cook. The batsman looks back with a sort of pained "but it was 4-0, mate" expression

End of over 4 (7 runs) England 40/0 (148 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 10.00, RRR: 7.78)

    • AN Cook 16 (10b 2x4)
    • C Kieswetter 23 (14b 3x4 1x6)
    • R Vinay Kumar 2-0-17-0
    • P Kumar 2-0-23-0

Ah this is fun. R Ashwin into the attack. Quality of comms may well slide as he races through his overs!


Ashwin to Kieswetter, no run, starts with a filthy short ball shoved down the leg side that Kieswetter will be furious to have missed out on


Ashwin to Kieswetter, no run, Kieswetter jumps a good four feet outside leg but smashes his off-side smite to point


Ashwin to Kieswetter, 1 wide, down the leg side again, perhaps Ashwin thinking Kieswetter would go there again. He didn't, it was wide


Ashwin to Kieswetter, SIX, Ashwin offers a touch of air and Kieswetter cashes in. Backs away and heaves, with all his power, just about over the rope at long-on. Didn't get all of it, but got plenty


Ashwin to Kieswetter, SIX, even better! That's a top shot. Kieswetter down the wicket, gives himself a touch of room and beautifully drives, powerfully into the same region


Ashwin to Kieswetter, no run, worked to leg quietly. Three dots, two sixes and a wide this over

"India are playing like a team that has forgotten how to win cricket games," writes Ismail D. Kigongo. "The year ended at the Wankedhe Stadium after beating SL to win the WC."


Ashwin to Kieswetter, 3 runs, straighter ball is top-edged but it loops towards a gap at fine leg

End of over 5 (16 runs) England 56/0 (132 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 11.20, RRR: 7.33)

    • C Kieswetter 38 (20b 3x4 3x6)
    • AN Cook 16 (10b 2x4)
    • R Ashwin 1-0-16-0
    • R Vinay Kumar 2-0-17-0

Powerplay taken by Dhoni. Here's Munaf. "I saw Munaf Patel on field," chirps Sachin. "If Munaf has body language then I am william shakespeare."


MM Patel to Kieswetter, 1 run, Munaf starts on a tidy length and line and is worked to midwicket


MM Patel to Cook, 2 runs, short and wide from Munaf is a gift for Cook. Cuts to deep cover easily


MM Patel to Cook, no run, better length and no room outside off leaves Cook with nowhere to go. Batsman slugs across the line without connecting


MM Patel to Cook, 1 run, enough width here for Cook to heave his arms at, banging it to long-on


MM Patel to Kieswetter, FOUR, Kieswetter is flying now. Didn't even mean to get four in this direction. Flashes at width and the outside edge hurries to the third man boundary


MM Patel to Kieswetter, 1 run, after the boundary comes good running as Kieswetter flicks to square leg and scampers through

End of over 6 (9 runs) England 65/0 (123 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 10.83, RRR: 7.23)

    • C Kieswetter 44 (23b 4x4 3x6)
    • AN Cook 19 (13b 2x4)
    • MM Patel 1-0-9-0
    • R Ashwin 1-0-16-0

Jayesh writes: "Baffles me to the core that Vinay Kumar is still in the team inspite of his poor performances. May be because it's raining in England and it's pretty cold out there.. Dhoni needed Varun Aaron to warm the benches .."


Vinay Kumar to Kieswetter, 2 runs, clumped into space in the off side for a couple


Vinay Kumar to Kieswetter, OUT, Vinay finds a perfect response to Jayesh! Kieswetter has given England a brilliant start but just pushed at the wrong line here and was struck flush on the knee-roll in front of off stump

C Kieswetter lbw b Vinay Kumar 46 (31m 25b 4x4 3x6) SR: 184.00

Ian Bell, another Twenty20 reject, is England's No. 3.


Vinay Kumar to Bell, no run, Bell starts with Dravid-like orthodoxy


Vinay Kumar to Bell, FOUR, Bell is an awfully good player. Given enough of a chance up the order in ODI cricket he'll surely crack it. Lovely back-foot drive pierces the cover ring and skids away to the boundary


Vinay Kumar to Bell, no run, after all that elegance comes a hack as Bell misses out on a short ball


Vinay Kumar to Bell, FOUR, Bell again makes use of the Powerplay overs with textbook batting. Back-foot drive is perfectly timed and screams past point

End of over 7 (10 runs) England 75/1 (113 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 10.71, RRR: 7.06)

    • IR Bell 8 (4b 2x4)
    • AN Cook 19 (13b 2x4)
    • R Vinay Kumar 3-0-27-1
    • MM Patel 1-0-9-0

Change in bowling, Virat Kohli gets a go.


Kohli to Cook, 1 run, Cook works a single off his pads to deep square, who slips as he fields. It's RP Singh too. Still, kept it to a single


Kohli to Bell, 2 runs, RP Singh! Again! Good sliding stop here running round from deep point as Bell crisply swung a drive


Kohli to Bell, 1 run, driven down the ground quietly


Kohli to Cook, FOUR, slower ball is spotted by Cook. He steadied himself and then whacked it straight of midwicket and away for four


Kohli to Cook, 1 run, Kohli's bowling action is a lot like Chris Harris. This is down leg and mowed to midwicket


Kohli to Bell, no run, ooh, dropped! Kohli almost had a blinder here. Bell chipped back a leg cutter low to his right and Kohli got a good palm-full of it but couldn't cling on

End of over 8 (9 runs) England 84/1 (104 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 10.50, RRR: 6.93)

    • IR Bell 11 (7b 2x4)
    • AN Cook 25 (16b 3x4)
    • V Kohli 1-0-9-0
    • R Vinay Kumar 3-0-27-1

Raina to Cook, 1 run, Cook heaves this to the outfield and rejects Bell's offer of a second with a really desperate "nooo"


Raina to Bell, FOUR, nicely done by Bell. Gets early into a reverse-sweep position and helps it through the fine leg/third man region


Raina to Bell, FOUR, high-quality this. Wonderful batting. Gives himself a touch of room outside leg and then creams a drive through cover


Raina to Bell, 2 runs, straighter from Raina and whipped off the pads behind square


Raina to Bell, 1 run, width outside off is chopped firmly to deep point


Raina to Cook, 1 run, Cook manages to shove this to long-on

End of over 9 (13 runs) England 97/1 (91 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 10.77, RRR: 6.50)

    • AN Cook 27 (18b 3x4)
    • IR Bell 22 (11b 4x4)
    • SK Raina 1-0-13-0
    • V Kohli 1-0-9-0

"Virat's fortunes have dipped with India's... 3 months ago he could do no wrong," writes Pradeep. Is he still smarting from being left out of the Test side? Doesn't seem the type.


Kohli to Cook, 2 runs, Cook picks a couple off his legs. I wonder how many times I've written that over the last 12 months


Kohli to Cook, 1 run, Kohli on the pads again and Cook brings up England's 100 by flicking to deep square. They've played very well, as far as short-form cricket goes


Kohli to Bell, no run, good line from the bowler draws respect from Bell


Kohli to Bell, 1 run, Bell would have been disappointed to only get one here as a leg-side delivery with clipped to short fine leg


Kohli to Cook, 1 run, forced neatly down the ground


Kohli to Bell, 1 run, good over from Kohli ends with Bell flicking a sweep to fine leg

Righty, here's Liam.

End of over 10 (6 runs) England 103/1 (85 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 10.30, RRR: 6.53)

    • IR Bell 24 (14b 4x4)
    • AN Cook 31 (21b 3x4)
    • V Kohli 2-0-15-0
    • SK Raina 1-0-13-0

Thanks, Sahil. Well, after that blazing start England are looking pretty sturdy at the moment. India desperately need a wicket, but it's not apparent which of their bowlers might be able to break through. Let's see what Ashwin can do.


Ashwin to Bell, 1 run, speared down on a middle and leg line, Bell shuffling across to flick to fine leg. There's a man there, so just the one


Ashwin to Cook, no run, Ashwin puts a little loop on this one, and finds some grip off the surface as Cook nudges to midwicket


Ashwin to Cook, 1 run, the merest hint of width offered outside off, and Cook slaps to cover point


Ashwin to Bell, OUT, got him! Ashwin breaks through! A very ambitious drive from Bell picks out the one man close in on the off side - Virat Kohli - and the wicket gives India a glimmer. Bell had looked in fairly serene touch and hadn't had any trouble picking the gaps - until that shot

IR Bell c Kohli b Ashwin 25 (18m 16b 4x4 0x6) SR: 156.25

Ravi Bopara enters, and Sahil's heart is set afluttering.


Ashwin to Bopara, 1 run, he's off the mark straight away, nudging an offspinner towards point


Ashwin to Cook, 1 run, swept hard out to long leg

End of over 11 (4 runs) England 107/2 (81 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 9.72, RRR: 6.75)

    • AN Cook 33 (24b 3x4)
    • RS Bopara 1 (1b)
    • R Ashwin 2-0-20-1
    • V Kohli 2-0-15-0

Kohli to Cook, no run, all sorts going on! Kohli, coming around the wicket, got one to keep very low and thud into Cook's pads, but it was immediately apparent that the ball was slipping down leg. A nervy Bopara had wandered out of his crease, and got back just in time as Kohli picked up and shied in his follow-through


Kohli to Cook, no run, Kohli lands one right in the blockhole, and Cook can only dig it out


Kohli to Cook, 1 run, hacked down the ground, Cook losing what little elegance he has at the crease as he looks to smite the cover off the ball


Kohli to Bopara, 1 run, clipped off the pad, Bopara finding space for a single


Kohli to Cook, 1 run, Cook hammers the pull out to deep midwicket, but picks out the man on the boundary


Kohli to Bopara, FOUR, silky shot! Really classy from Bopara, skipping out to meet the ball on the full and caressing it through the covers. Sahil looks about ready to swoon

End of over 12 (7 runs) England 114/2 (74 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 9.50, RRR: 6.72)

    • RS Bopara 6 (3b 1x4)
    • AN Cook 35 (28b 3x4)
    • V Kohli 3-0-22-0
    • R Ashwin 2-0-20-1

Ashwin to Cook, 1 run, Cook cuts, but doesn't really time the shot, and it's just a single


Ashwin to Bopara, 1 run, Bopara is very nearly run out again! Well, a better throw from Raina at mid-on and he was gone


Ashwin to Cook, 1 leg bye, how close was this? Ashwin went up to appeal straight away, but that looked to have pitched outside leg before scooting past Cook's sweeping bat and striking him on the pad


Ashwin to Bopara, 1 run, Bopara jumps out, and though Ashwin spots him coming and adjusts his length, he manages to find a single to square leg


Ashwin to Cook, SIX, creamed! Cook gets himself right to the pitch of a flighted offspinner and slams it over deep midwicket


Ashwin to Cook, 1 run, slapped away behind point to end a very good over for England

End of over 13 (11 runs) England 125/2 (63 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 9.61, RRR: 6.30)

    • AN Cook 43 (32b 3x4 1x6)
    • RS Bopara 8 (5b 1x4)
    • R Ashwin 3-0-30-1
    • V Kohli 3-0-22-0

Change in the attack as Munaf is brought back.


MM Patel to Cook, 1 run, crunched down the ground, just the one run


MM Patel to Bopara, no run, beaten by the slower one! Munaf found a great line with this slow legcutter, the ball buzzing past Bopara's hopeful poke outside off


MM Patel to Bopara, FOUR, fine response from the batsman! The quicker one from Munaf, but it's on a middling short length and just sits up to be hit, Bopara pinging the leg boundary well in front of square with a powerful pull


MM Patel to Bopara, 1 run, landing very full outside off, and squirted down to third man for one


MM Patel to Cook, 1 run, shovelled into the covers for a single


MM Patel to Bopara, no run, another slower cutter from Munaf and Bopara, perhaps trying to hit the ball a little too hard, toe-ends it back to the bowler

End of over 14 (7 runs) England 132/2 (56 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 9.42, RRR: 6.22)

    • RS Bopara 13 (9b 2x4)
    • AN Cook 45 (34b 3x4 1x6)
    • MM Patel 2-0-16-0
    • R Ashwin 3-0-30-1

Ashwin to Cook, 2 runs, swept in the air out to deep midwicket, Praveen rushes across to cut it off, slipping on the damp outfield but doing enough to keep them to two


Ashwin to Cook, 2 runs, innovation from Cook, stepping down into a reverse paddle to send the ball down to third man


Ashwin to Cook, 2 runs, fifty for Alistair Cook! Ashwin arrowed this one down full, straight and fast, but Cook jabbed down on the ball to send it into the vast open spaces on the leg side for a couple


Ashwin to Cook, no run, was there an edge on this? Apparently not, as there's no excitement from anyone on the field. Play and a miss outside off then


Ashwin to Cook, 1 run, dinked into the off side for one


Ashwin to Bopara, no run, Bopara is a touch squared up by the arm ball, pushing the ball in the air back towards the bowler, but it falls well short

"For those who missed Arsenal's wallopping at the hand of Manchester United, this match will give you an idea how it was." Steady on Ankitraj, it's not nearly that bad.

End of over 15 (7 runs) England 139/2 (49 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 9.26, RRR: 6.12)

    • RS Bopara 13 (10b 2x4)
    • AN Cook 52 (39b 3x4 1x6)
    • R Ashwin 4-0-37-1
    • MM Patel 2-0-16-0

Vinay comes back


Vinay Kumar to Cook, no run, Cook comes forward to slap a hard drive into the covers


Vinay Kumar to Cook, 1 run, hoicked down the ground, Cook didn't get all of it though and so the ball drops well short of long on


Vinay Kumar to Bopara, 1 run, a very slow offcutter from Vinay, and Bopara picks it with ease, rocking back to pull to square leg


Vinay Kumar to Cook, 1 run, Cook clears his front leg as he attempts to attack the leg side boundary, but the ball doesn't come out of the middle and he has to scurry hard to make his ground at the non-striker's end

Third man and fine leg both come up inside the circle for Bopara.


Vinay Kumar to Bopara, 1 run, probing delivery from Vinay, but Bopara does enough to lay bat on ball and pick up a tip-and-run single


Vinay Kumar to Cook, 1 run, another slower one from Vinay, and Cook finds precious little timing as he sends the ball rolling towards long-off

A decent enough comeback over for Vinay, but India will have to string a few of them together to create some pressure.

End of over 16 (5 runs) England 144/2 (44 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 9.00, RRR: 6.28)

    • AN Cook 55 (43b 3x4 1x6)
    • RS Bopara 15 (12b 2x4)
    • R Vinay Kumar 4-0-32-1
    • R Ashwin 4-0-37-1

Kumar to Cook, FOUR, heaved into the leg side! Short of a good length from Praveen, and Cook had more than enough time to pick his spot and play the shot


Kumar to Cook, 1 run, a whip-flick sends the ball rolling out to deep square


Kumar to Bopara, 1 leg bye, Bopara doesn't lay bat on this, but they take a single off the pad to bring up England's 150


Kumar to Cook, 1 run, Praveen comes round the wicket to Cook, aiming for the yorker but over-pitching slightly, the resultant full toss being driven out to long-on with minimum fuss


Kumar to Bopara, FOUR, shot! Too short from Praveen, and aimed harmlessly down leg. Nevertheless, Ravi made the most of the offer, sending the ball sailing down to long leg with a meaty paddle-pull


Kumar to Bopara, 1 run, flicked to short fine leg, where the ball is intercepted but not quickly enough to stop the single

End of over 17 (12 runs) England 156/2 (32 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 9.17, RRR: 5.33)

    • RS Bopara 20 (15b 3x4)
    • AN Cook 61 (46b 4x4 1x6)
    • P Kumar 3-0-34-0
    • R Vinay Kumar 4-0-32-1

And now Munaf is brought back, England less than a run a ball. He'll have to wait a while to begin, however, as Bopara asks the umpire to snip a stray thread from his chin strap. Using his standard issue umpire's scissors, no doubt.


MM Patel to Bopara, 1 run, punched down the ground, the batsman taking an easy single


MM Patel to Cook, 1 run, Munaf sends down a gentle low full toss, and Cook eases him down the ground for one more

"I know they have had injuries, but India's bowling performances all tour have been appalling. How on earth did they get to No 1 and win a world cup?" asks Patrick. Combination of some brilliant batting and Zaheer Khan being fit. The depth wasn't there, clearly.


MM Patel to Bopara, 2 runs, Bopara is a little over-enthusiastic on the cut, the ball rolling through cover point off the toe-end as he flashes wildly


MM Patel to Bopara, no run, fuller and straighter from Munaf, Bopara tapping back down the pitch


MM Patel to Bopara, 1 run, Bopara steps forward to drive to deep cover for a single


MM Patel to Cook, 1 run, a whippy flick sends the ball rolling to midwicket, and they sprint through for one

End of over 18 (6 runs) England 162/2 (26 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 9.00, RRR: 5.20)

    • AN Cook 63 (48b 4x4 1x6)
    • RS Bopara 24 (19b 3x4)
    • MM Patel 3-0-22-0
    • P Kumar 3-0-34-0

Nasser Hussain likes the look of the pair out in the middle, suggesting that it proves the famous saying that "a strong Essex leads to a strong England". That draws a chuckle from Athers, who suggests Hussain has just made that up.


Ashwin to Cook, no run, turn and bounce for Ashwin! Cook is clueless as the ball dips and zips past his bat, but manages to keep his back leg grounded


Ashwin to Cook, 2 runs, more spin for Ashwin, but it means the ball ends up wide of off and is cut hard out to deep point


Ashwin to Cook, 1 run, and now Cook sweeps to pick up another single


Ashwin to Bopara, OUT, Ashwin strikes again, but is it too late for India? Bopara jumped out of his crease and set himself to mow down the ground, but couldn't quite get to the pitch, didn't pick the carrom ball, and ended up slicing across the ball to present a swirling chance to Kohli

RS Bopara c Kohli b Ashwin 24 (31m 20b 3x4 0x6) SR: 120.00


Ashwin to Patel, 1 run, Samit Patel is off the mark straight away, driving down the ground


Ashwin to Cook, 1 run, whipped off the toes for a quick single into the leg side

End of over 19 (5 runs) England 167/3 (21 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 8.78, RRR: 5.25)

    • AN Cook 67 (52b 4x4 1x6)
    • SR Patel 1 (1b)
    • R Ashwin 5-0-42-2
    • MM Patel 3-0-22-0

Munaf continues as England take the Batting Powerplay.


MM Patel to Cook, 2 runs, nicely chipped by Cook, who scoops the ball to wide long off for a couple


MM Patel to Cook, 1 run, ah, and this is not as nicely played, Cook losing his shape as he tries to thwack it down the ground

"Noticed how Cook tilts his head backwards slightly when he bats? His helmet comes so low it's almost in front of his eyes. Someone please tell him to get a new one!" Yes indeed Tony Lemony, imagine how many he'd score if he could actually see!


MM Patel to Patel, 1 run, Munaf aims a slow offcutter right at middle stump, but Samit isn't troubled as he clips neatly to leg


MM Patel to Cook, no run, Munaf finds the blockhole, Cook digging the ball out back to the bowler


MM Patel to Cook, FOUR, well, you can't fault Praveen for effort. He charged round from long off as Cook shovelled one powerfully down the ground, diving and getting a hand to the ball inside the rope. Alas, the momentum of both fielder and ball meant the boundary couldn't be saved


MM Patel to Cook, 1 run, Munaf well and truly gets the better of Cook with a slower ball that wasn't picked up, but the luck is entirely with England as a skied drive lands safely

End of over 20 (9 runs) England 176/3 (12 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 8.80, RRR: 4.00)

    • AN Cook 75 (57b 5x4 1x6)
    • SR Patel 2 (2b)
    • MM Patel 4-0-31-0
    • R Ashwin 5-0-42-2

Kumar to Cook, 1 run, Praveen spears down a low, dipping full toss which Cook turns into the leg side


Kumar to Patel, 1 run, driven on the up through cover


Kumar to Cook, 1 run, nicely full from Praveen, and the best Cook can do is dig this out for a single. This would be great bowling if England were chasing a few more runs, but the target is down to single figures now


Kumar to Patel, 1 run, squeezed out behind square on the off side for one more


Kumar to Cook, 1 run, another blockhole full toss, and this time it's pushed to square leg

Ah, a correction. England have not taken the Powerplay. My bad. They'll have to after this over though.


Kumar to Patel, 2 runs, driven down the ground, the batsmen push hard for the second

End of over 21 (7 runs) England 183/3 (5 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 8.71, RRR: 2.50)

    • SR Patel 6 (5b)
    • AN Cook 78 (60b 5x4 1x6)
    • P Kumar 4-0-41-0
    • MM Patel 4-0-31-0

There we go, the Powerplay is now taken.


MM Patel to Cook, no run, driven to cover, but Cook finds the fielder


MM Patel to Cook, 1 run, this time he does find the gap, but there's a sweeper out to stop the shot


MM Patel to Patel, no run, Samit jumps out of his crease but the ball slips beneath the bat and through to Dhoni


MM Patel to Patel, 1 run, full, Samit slams a drive wide of mid-off but Kohli sprints across to keep them to one


MM Patel to Cook, 1 run, full and straight, Cook works him off the pads for a single to deep midwicket


MM Patel to Patel, 1 run, Samit tries to end the match with another big shot into the off side, but he can only bring England level as the cover sweeper cleans up

End of over 22 (4 runs) England 187/3 (1 run required from 6 balls, RR: 8.50, RRR: 1.00)

    • SR Patel 8 (8b)
    • AN Cook 80 (63b 5x4 1x6)
    • MM Patel 5-0-35-0
    • P Kumar 4-0-41-0

Just one needed. Vinay to deliver the last rites.


Vinay Kumar to Patel, 1 run, a full toss is whipped to leg, the fielder gets a hand to it but can't stop the single, and that's the game for England

England go 1-0 up with a cruising, seven-wicket win. India's batsmen, particularly the admirable Ajinkya Rahane and a transformed Suresh Raina, helped to set a stiff target, but India's bowlers were found wanting as Craig Kieswetter launched the chase in spectacular fashion, and Alistair Cook saw his side home with a practically chanceless 63-ball 80. England's successful summer continues, and you can read all about today's game in Abhishek Purohit's report. Stick with us for the match presentations.

"It was a tough day," says a somewhat downcast MS Dhoni. "I think we batted well to put almost 190 on the board. The powerplay overs were really crucial when we were trying to defend. Nothing really went our way. A bit of improvement is needed in the bowling department. We only have our specialist bowlers left, and we're not really comfortable playing without the extra batsman and five bowlers. We're not just going through the motions, but nothing has really worked for us."

England captain Alastair Cook is man of the match, and has this to say: "A really good day. I think we've got to thank the groundstaff for their effort, and the crowd for sticking around. This was one of the best pitches I've played on in a while. Everything suggested it would do a bit, but it skidded onto the bat nicely, especially under the lights. It was very hard fielding in these conditions, but all in all we had a good day in the field."

And that is just about all from your trans-continental commentary team. Thanks for joining us, and do return for the next match of the series, at The Oval on Friday. Before you go, have a look at our gallery, and feel free to have your say on our Facebook page. Goodbye!






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