India tour of England, 3rd ODI: England v India at The Oval, Sep 9, 2011
England won by 3 wickets (with 7 balls remaining) (D/L method)
9 September 2011 - day/night match (50-over match)

Welcome back everyone. We're just about set for the start of England's pursuit of 235 - a total that is perhaps a little under par, but one that will still be very tough to chase under lights this evening. Praveen Kumar will take the new ball for India, and should be a handful with the new ball in these conditions. Two slips in place. Here we go ...


Kumar to Cook, 1 wide, predictably, there's prodigious movement for Praveen from the start, but rather more surprisingly he's shot this one down way outside off and it's called wide


Kumar to Cook, no run, a better line, closer to Cook. Some appreciable wobble takes the ball away from him as he leaves alone


Kumar to Cook, no run, and again, Cook letting an away swinger pass him unhindered outside off


Kumar to Cook, 2 runs, Cook sets England's chase on its course with a neat little punch through the gap at cover. It's a cautious shot, without much power in it, but they're still back for the second


Kumar to Cook, no run, Cook has another look at one that leaves him through the air, letting it go


Kumar to Cook, no run, a good, probing line from Praveen, who zones in on off stump. The length was good too, nice and full but not quite there for the drive as Cook came forward to defend


Kumar to Cook, no run, beaten outside off! Great line from Praveen, and Cook can't help but have a little fiddle outside off. Past the edge

End of over 1 (3 runs) England 3/0 (232 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 3.00, RRR: 4.73)

    • AN Cook 2 (6b)
    • C Kieswetter 0 (0b)
    • P Kumar 1-0-3-0

RP Singh will share the new ball, and he'll start with just one solitary wide slip to Craig Kieswetter.


Singh to Kieswetter, 1 run, movement straight away, the ball curving back in through the air. Kieswetter is equal to it, however, pressing forward and collecting a single past mid-off

A second slip comes back in for Cook.


Singh to Cook, no run, punched firmly to extra cover off the back foot

Beefy and Bumble are discussing Varun Aaron's absence on the television commentary. It is a little mystifying.


Singh to Cook, no run, RP searches for swing, floating one right up to Cook who leans into a crunchy drive


Singh to Cook, no run, RP finds a tempting line with a length delivery outside off, but Cook doesn't take the bait, leaving alone


Singh to Cook, no run, past the edge! Cook didn't want to let a second one pass him. This one was a little wider, swinging away once more, and he aimed a full-blooded cut at it, only for the ball to zip past the outside edge


Singh to Cook, FOUR, Cook collects the first boundary of the chase, leaning into a square drive on the up and threading the gap between the point and cover fielders. It wasn't the most authoritative shot, the ball coming off the outer half of the bat, but its the runs that count

End of over 2 (5 runs) England 8/0 (227 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 4.72)

    • AN Cook 6 (11b 1x4)
    • C Kieswetter 1 (1b)
    • RP Singh 1-0-5-0
    • P Kumar 1-0-3-0

Kumar to Kieswetter, 1 leg bye, has this gone too far? Praveen launches into an appeal as Kieswetter - who had shuffled right across to off - is struck on the pad by an inswinger. The umpire says no, and that could well have been heading down the leg side. Not too far off though


Kumar to Cook, no run, nicely full from Praveen, drawing Cook forward to drive to mid-off


Kumar to Cook, no run, the off side was reinforced after Cook's boundary in the last over, and that seems a good decision as he drives well square but picks out the extra man in front of point


Kumar to Cook, 1 run, fetched from outside off with plent of wrist. Mid-on cuts it off, but can't stop the single


Kumar to Kieswetter, no run, well, he's only just nudging 80mph but that is a brute of a delivery from Praveen, the ball lifting and jagging away from Kieswetter off the surface. Extravagant movement, too much to catch the edge


Kumar to Kieswetter, no run, Praveen hits a good length outside off, and after the last delivery Kieswetter is happy to let this one go

End of over 3 (2 runs) England 10/0 (225 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 3.33, RRR: 4.78)

    • C Kieswetter 1 (4b)
    • AN Cook 7 (14b 1x4)
    • P Kumar 2-0-4-0
    • RP Singh 1-0-5-0

RP has a heavy offside field set, just two men on the leg side at mid-on and deep backward square. He'll have to stick to a disciplined line. Still two slip for Cook, which is good to see.


Singh to Cook, 1 run, and there might have been a wicket if there was a third! Cook pushes away from his body at one that leaves him through the air, the thick edge flying down to third man


Singh to Kieswetter, no run, Kieswetter stays deep in his crease to defend


Singh to Kieswetter, 2 runs, shot! And good fielding too. Kieswetter stretches his left leg down the wicket and drives hard to extra cover, where the fielder gets a hand to it and saves two runs


Singh to Kieswetter, FOUR, Kieswetter on the charge! He steps down the track to RP, whipping the ball powerfully over midwicket for his first boundary


Singh to Kieswetter, no run, nice riposte from RP, who gets this one to straighten away from Kieswetter's poking bat outside off. Beaten


Singh to Kieswetter, no run, on a length, and snaking in through the air as Kieswetter keeps it out with a slightly cramped defence

End of over 4 (7 runs) England 17/0 (218 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 4.25, RRR: 4.73)

    • C Kieswetter 7 (9b 1x4)
    • AN Cook 8 (15b 1x4)
    • RP Singh 2-0-12-0
    • P Kumar 2-0-4-0

Kumar to Cook, no run, Praveen goes past the edge again! He's done that a few times to Cook already, who is beaten trying to cut one that swings prodigiously away from him


Kumar to Cook, no run, fuller and straighter from Praveen, Cook propping half forward to nudge it back down the track

There appears to be some sort of issue with the ball. Praveen isn't happy with it, and neither is umpire Nigel Llong. Umpire Marais Erasmus also responds with a grimace when presented with the ball, but after inspecting it for a while they don't ask for a new one. Yet.


Kumar to Cook, no run, good nip from Praveen as this one hits the seam and jags back in to Cook, beating his swishing bat and striking him above the waist


Kumar to Cook, 1 run, whipped out to deep square on the leg side


Kumar to Kieswetter, no run, there's not much swing on this one but it does hit the seam, coming in to Kieswetter, who flicks it to the man at short fine leg


Kumar to Kieswetter, SIX, boom! Kieswetter has had enough of nudging and pushing, dancing down the wicket to smite a hapless Praveen high over wide long-on

End of over 5 (7 runs) England 24/0 (211 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 4.80, RRR: 4.68)

    • C Kieswetter 13 (11b 1x4 1x6)
    • AN Cook 9 (19b 1x4)
    • P Kumar 3-0-11-0
    • RP Singh 2-0-12-0

Singh to Cook, 2 runs, decent pace from RP, but the length is just a little short of perfect and Cook hops back to nurdle a couple through the leg side. I say nurdle, but he got a pretty good connection on that and it took some good fielding to stop runs


Singh to Cook, no run, Cook steps forward to cream a drive to extra cover, but picks out the fielder with precision. That'll sting the hands.


Singh to Cook, no run, Cook hasn't quite been his fluent self on the cut today - at least not yet - and now he's bottom-edged another attempt at the shot, the ball bouncing through to Dhoni

Just a solitary wide slip in place for Cook now.


Singh to Cook, no run, the England captain stays deep in his crease to force this to cover, but again he can't beat the field


Singh to Cook, 1 run, punched back past the bowler, who bends in his follow through but can't get a hand to it. Mid-on sprints round to keep them to one


Singh to Kieswetter, 1 wide, wild ball, wild shot! Short, wide and ballooning up outside off from RP. Kieswetter responds with a flailing uppercut. Umpire Erasmus isn't impressed at either of them, turning to signal wide with minimal emotion


Singh to Kieswetter, FOUR, a gift from RP, with this field. There's no-one down at fine leg, and Kieswetter has helped the ball down to the boundary there with a one-legged paddle-pull

End of over 6 (8 runs) England 32/0 (203 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 5.33, RRR: 4.61)

    • C Kieswetter 17 (12b 2x4 1x6)
    • AN Cook 12 (24b 1x4)
    • RP Singh 3-0-20-0
    • P Kumar 3-0-11-0

Kumar to Cook, 1 run, nice, attacking length from Praveen, right up to the bat. Cook responds with a straight-batted push down the ground

The umpire had a word with RP for running on the pitch at the end of that last over. I don't think there's been any official warning yet though.

And Dhoni is up to the stumps for Kieswetter, who used his feet to good effect in the last over.


Kumar to Kieswetter, no run, Kieswetter presses forward to aim a defensive push to cover


Kumar to Kieswetter, 1 run, flicked off the pads


Kumar to Cook, 1 run, a gentle punch just straight of mid-off brings a scampered single


Kumar to Kieswetter, no run, Praveen gets excited as another probing delivery is defended by Kieswetter. Nice direction from the bowler


Kumar to Kieswetter, SIX, well, that had been such a good over until this point. Praveen loses his line, floating this one down leg, and Kieswetter bends into an explosive pick-up over fine leg, a spectator beyond the boundary spilling the chance

End of over 7 (9 runs) England 41/0 (194 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 5.85, RRR: 4.51)

    • C Kieswetter 24 (16b 2x4 2x6)
    • AN Cook 14 (26b 1x4)
    • P Kumar 4-0-20-0
    • RP Singh 3-0-20-0

We have our first change of the innings, Munaf Patel replacing RP Singh.


MM Patel to Cook, no run, decent enough start from Munaf, immediately pinging a full length to get Cook defending


MM Patel to Cook, no run, well bowled once more, full and straight and Cook offers a vertical defensive bat


MM Patel to Cook, no run, a hint of width offered this time, and Cook leans forward to crack the ball on the up to extra cover


MM Patel to Cook, no run, good wheels from Munaf, who once again zones in on a good line as Cook defends


MM Patel to Cook, FOUR, slapped through cover! Too full, too wide, and on this pitch Cook wasn't going to miss out.


MM Patel to Cook, FOUR, another four, another good over ruined. Munaf over-corrected after the last ball and was whipped to midwicket, the fielder chasing the ball all the way to the boundary

End of over 8 (8 runs) England 49/0 (186 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 6.12, RRR: 4.42)

    • AN Cook 22 (32b 3x4)
    • C Kieswetter 24 (16b 2x4 2x6)
    • MM Patel 1-0-8-0
    • P Kumar 4-0-20-0

Aha, it's actually a change of ends for RP. There are orthodox slips in place, but there's a leg slip and a man close at midwicket.


Singh to Kieswetter, no run, slanted across the right-hander, who raises his bat to leave


Singh to Kieswetter, no run, pushed across Kieswetter once more, who shoulders arms yet again


Singh to Kieswetter, no run, Kieswetter skips out and away to leg, attempting to thrash the ball through - or over - cover. The ball hits the toe-end of the bat, however, and is easily stopped


Singh to Kieswetter, 1 run, a low, dipping full toss is tapped to cover in slightly ungainly fashion, but enough space is found for a quick single that brings up England's fifty


Singh to Cook, 1 run, nudged between mid-on and midwicket, and there's a slightly late call for a single. No major alarms


Singh to Kieswetter, 1 run, pitched right up to the bat again, Kieswetter digging the ball out towards mid-on and immediately setting off for a sprinted single

End of over 9 (3 runs) England 52/0 (183 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 5.77, RRR: 4.46)

    • C Kieswetter 26 (21b 2x4 2x6)
    • AN Cook 23 (33b 3x4)
    • RP Singh 4-0-23-0
    • MM Patel 1-0-8-0

MM Patel to Kieswetter, no run, perhaps just short of a good length from Munaf, but he offers no width whatsoever and Kieswetter steps back to defend under the eyes


MM Patel to Kieswetter, 2 runs, Kieswetter picks up two runs with an utterly agricultural hack to leg, the ball taking the bottom edge and dribbling behind square on the leg side


MM Patel to Kieswetter, SIX, scooped up and over cover for six! It's that trademark Kieswetter shot, the batsman stepping out and giving himself acres of room in which to free his arms and murder the ball over the off side


MM Patel to Kieswetter, no run, and he follows that up with watchful defence


MM Patel to Kieswetter, 3 runs, in the air, but in the gap and well timed from Kieswetter as he chips to wide long-on. Rahane hauls it in just before the rope


MM Patel to Cook, OUT, that is absolutely plumb! Cook leaned over too far and had to play around his front pad as Munaf aimed full and straight. The appeal was immediate and vociferous, and Marais Erasmus' finger quickly shot up. Well, that takes the gloss off what had been an excellent start from England, and the breakthrough should raise India's spirits

AN Cook lbw b MM Patel 23 (42m 34b 3x4 0x6) SR: 67.64

This appears to be an opportune time to hand over to Sahil Dutta.

End of over 10 (11 runs) England 63/1 (172 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 6.30, RRR: 4.30)

    • C Kieswetter 37 (26b 2x4 3x6)
    • MM Patel 2-0-19-1
    • RP Singh 4-0-23-0

Thanks Liam. Hello all. RP Singh hasn't got much quicker since the Test, wonder why he's playing.


Singh to Kieswetter, no run, this is accurate enough from him and Kieswetter drops to leg


Singh to Kieswetter, no run, fullish and straightish, Kieswetter is a bundle of energy, pushes to midwicket and scampers up and down the pitch


Singh to Kieswetter, 1 run, clipped firmly down the ground, this time Kieswetter can take the single

Trott on strike. How long until we have the strike-rate debate?


Singh to Trott, no run, quietly defended to cover. Trott then returns to his main job, marking his guard


Singh to Trott, 1 run, neatly done by Trott. Walks over to the off side and flicks a single off his hip. RP Singh holding a decent line


Singh to Kieswetter, no run, Kieswetter tries to give himself some room to open up the off side but his drive finds mid-off

End of over 11 (2 runs) England 65/1 (170 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 5.90, RRR: 4.35)

    • C Kieswetter 38 (30b 2x4 3x6)
    • IJL Trott 1 (2b)
    • RP Singh 5-0-25-0
    • MM Patel 2-0-19-1

MM Patel to Trott, 1 run, fullish on the pads and Trott tucks away behind square


MM Patel to Kieswetter, no run, Kieswetter blocks a fullish delivery back to the bowler


MM Patel to Kieswetter, no run, uppish! Munaf disguised his (even) slower ball well and Kieswetter's punch drive went one-bounce to cover


MM Patel to Kieswetter, 1 run, Kieswetter jumps leg side to ping a cover drive to the sweeper on the rope


MM Patel to Trott, no run, Trott defends a very straight Munaf delivery. You won't get many less fussy players than these two


MM Patel to Trott, no run, quietly pushed to midwicket

End of over 12 (2 runs) England 67/1 (168 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 5.58, RRR: 4.42)

    • IJL Trott 2 (5b)
    • C Kieswetter 39 (33b 2x4 3x6)
    • MM Patel 3-0-21-1
    • RP Singh 5-0-25-0

Ravi Jadeja. Has a slip too. Can he continue his fine, fine day?


Jadeja to Kieswetter, 1 run, decent start around off stump and guided wide of point


Jadeja to Trott, no run, good grief! Where has this guy been all tour!? Spins and bounces past a groping outside edge!


Jadeja to Trott, no run, careful and cagey from Trott. You don't take risks against Jadeja if you value your wicket


Jadeja to Trott, no run, touch shorter, Trott aims a cut but can't connect firmly


Jadeja to Trott, no run, careful defence around off stump


Jadeja to Trott, no run, good opening over then from India's answer to Sobers

End of over 13 (1 run) England 68/1 (167 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 5.23, RRR: 4.51)

    • IJL Trott 2 (10b)
    • C Kieswetter 40 (34b 2x4 3x6)
    • RA Jadeja 1-0-1-0
    • MM Patel 3-0-21-1

MM Patel to Kieswetter, 1 run, Kieswetter has settled well into his knock now and pushes a single to long-off


MM Patel to Trott, no run, Trott presents the straightest of bats to the straightest of balls


MM Patel to Trott, no run, again Trott blocks crisply to mid-on. 2 off 12...


MM Patel to Trott, 1 run, there we go, no need to get all tetchy about Trott. Opens the face and slides to third man

Looks like Munaf has been given an official warning for running on the pitch.


MM Patel to Kieswetter, no run, oh no! Dropped by Munaf. As far as C&Bs go that was a gimme. Kieswetter popped a leading edge back to the bowler ever so gently, Munaf had to move a tiny bit to his right I suppose but he spilled it. On second viewing it was possibly a touch tougher than it first looked but most bowlers would have gobbled it


MM Patel to Kieswetter, FOUR, ah, insult to injury as Kieswetter jumps leg side, Munaf follows and then the ball is flipped past short fine leg away

End of over 14 (6 runs) England 74/1 (161 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 5.28, RRR: 4.47)

    • C Kieswetter 45 (37b 3x4 3x6)
    • IJL Trott 3 (13b)
    • MM Patel 4-0-27-1
    • RA Jadeja 1-0-1-0

Jadeja to Trott, no run, Dhoni thinks he might be on to something as the bails were taken off after Trott defended back to him but Trott's foot was grounded


Jadeja to Trott, 1 run, clumped down the ground firmly


Jadeja to Kieswetter, 1 run, Kieswetter finds a gap square of cover


Jadeja to Trott, 1 run, point is deep, which to Trott is a nonsense, so the buffet single is taken


Jadeja to Kieswetter, 1 run, quietly defended into the off side but the field is set deep, which is understandable to Kieswetter


Jadeja to Trott, 1 run, that deep point again allows Trott a single

End of over 15 (5 runs) England 79/1 (156 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 5.26, RRR: 4.45)

    • IJL Trott 6 (17b)
    • C Kieswetter 47 (39b 3x4 3x6)
    • RA Jadeja 2-0-6-0
    • MM Patel 4-0-27-1

Ashwin to Trott, 1 run, R Ashwin starts on off stump and is pushed neatly towards cover


Ashwin to Kieswetter, 2 runs, Kieswetter gets down on one knee to flip this over his shoulder but the star that is PK hares around from wide fine leg to scrape this inside the line in time


Ashwin to Kieswetter, 1 run, fifty for Kieswetter, and a mighty good one too


Ashwin to Trott, 2 runs, Trott happy to slide this square of the wicket


Ashwin to Trott, no run, more good lines from Ashwin, not much turn for him but he's bowling with lots of overspin


Ashwin to Trott, no run, this time Ashwin does find turn, too much turn as it happens. Trott misses his sweep and looked very much in trouble when he was hit in front but it was actually spinning way past leg

End of over 16 (6 runs) England 85/1 (150 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 5.31, RRR: 4.41)

    • IJL Trott 9 (21b)
    • C Kieswetter 50 (41b 3x4 3x6)
    • R Ashwin 1-0-6-0
    • RA Jadeja 2-0-6-0

Jadeja to Kieswetter, 1 run, knocked into the leg side for a single


Jadeja to Trott, 1 run, Trott gets deep into his crease and nudges behind square on the leg side


Jadeja to Kieswetter, no run, top fielding from Raina in the off-side ring


Jadeja to Kieswetter, no run, big appeal as the arm ball finds the pads, but it was heading down


Jadeja to Kieswetter, no run, wow. After the one that slides on this rips a mile! Kieswetter poked but was nowhere near it. Jadeja eh? Who would have thought it...


Jadeja to Kieswetter, OUT, gone! Well deserved too! Kieswetter plays outside of the ball, expecting turn that never came and Jadeja's straight one skipped through the gate to peg back middle

C Kieswetter b Jadeja 51 (71m 46b 3x4 3x6) SR: 110.86

End of over 17 (2 runs) England 87/2 (148 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 5.11, RRR: 4.48)

    • IJL Trott 10 (22b)
    • RA Jadeja 3-0-8-1
    • R Ashwin 1-0-6-0

Ian Bell, who, as any preview would tell you, is one to watch, is the new man.


Ashwin to Trott, no run, Trott will love this. Dig in, sit in, grind, and probably win the game for England


Ashwin to Trott, 1 run, worked down the ground with a flick of the wrists


Ashwin to Bell, no run, oooh, nervy start for Bell! Ashwin spins this plenty from outside off. It really spun sharply but hit Bell's pad probably a fraction outside the line


Ashwin to Bell, 1 run, classic Bell paddle sweep dinked for a single


Ashwin to Trott, OUT, Trott has gone! What a delivery! Went the other way after drawing Trott forward, slid past the outside edge and hit off stump! Absolutely wonderful bowling

IJL Trott b Ashwin 11 (30m 25b 0x4 0x6) SR: 44.00

I guess Trott won't win the game for England then!

Right, Ben Stokes has been waiting, waiting for an opportunity and he has more than that now. England are in serious bother!


Ashwin to Stokes, no run, ooh, massive appeal and it would have hit but it struck Stokes outside the line. Was he offering a shot?

End of over 18 (2 runs) England 89/3 (146 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 4.94, RRR: 4.56)

    • BA Stokes 0 (1b)
    • IR Bell 1 (2b)
    • R Ashwin 2-0-8-1
    • RA Jadeja 3-0-8-1

Jadeja to Bell, 1 run, Bell caresses a drive to deep cover


Jadeja to Stokes, 1 run, Stokes is off the mark, which will be a relief for him

"Never believed in the old cliche every dog has its day until today," writes Anjeneya. "Come on Jadeja."


Jadeja to Bell, 1 run, Bell has plenty of responsibility now and pushes this away for one into the off side


Jadeja to Stokes, no run, nervous swiping from Stokes! Just heaved haplessly at the ball but was struck on the pads

"Wasn't there someone questioning Jadeja's worth as an allrounder at the start of the game? Like a 1990's English allrounder "Can't bat, can't bowl, can't field", though I seem to remember his fielding was described as "rather good"." He's certainly doing his darnedest to prove people wrong today Hugo.


Jadeja to Stokes, no run, better, much better from Stokes. Crisply pushed to mid-off


Jadeja to Stokes, 1 run, worked away for one. What a day Jadeja is having

End of over 19 (4 runs) England 93/3 (142 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 4.89, RRR: 4.58)

    • BA Stokes 2 (5b)
    • IR Bell 3 (4b)
    • RA Jadeja 4-0-12-1
    • R Ashwin 2-0-8-1

Ashwin to Stokes, no run, full delivery, yorker almost. The field has come in, couple of slips in place too!

Now all India has to do to win is go through England's B team," adds Sid, "that is Bell, Ben Stokes, Bopara, Bresnan and Broad!"


Ashwin to Stokes, no run, spin! Real turn here, Ashwin looks full of beans. Stokes pokes nervously


Ashwin to Stokes, no run, again defended with no real conviction


Ashwin to Stokes, 1 run, sweep aimed, more desperation than confidence, but a single is the result


Ashwin to Bell, 1 run, Bell quietly works with the turn around the corner


Ashwin to Stokes, no run, Stokes sees out the over. I hate to say this but... rain is lurking

Here's Liam to tell you more.

End of over 20 (2 runs) England 95/3 (140 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 4.75, RRR: 4.66)

    • BA Stokes 3 (10b)
    • IR Bell 4 (5b)
    • R Ashwin 3-0-10-1
    • RA Jadeja 4-0-12-1

Right, the restart is imminent. The players are back out in the middle. Praveen has his arm around Raina. Stokes looks a little nervous.

7.35pm News! England's target is 218 from 43 overs.

Ooh, Venky, you've really landed yourself in it here: "@Venky - Now we know why Jadeja was not a fan for Sid," writes Ven. "Looks like its not that Jadeja was not playing well before."

"First of all i have to admit i am not jinxing. But this is the case "India never won an ODI with the scorecard saying jadeja scores fifty or more and some strange coincidence also happening in oval." Despite your protestations, venky, that comment fairly reeks of jinx.

7.20pm The covers are rapidly being removed, with the Super Sopper hard at work on the outfield. There are no umbrellas up in the crowd. And we've just seen Marais Erasmus talking to England coach Andy Flower, no doubt about overs lost, a revised target and the like. We've just heard that the re-start will be at 7.40pm.

"Two of the wettest places on earth are in test playing nations, Bangladesh(Mawsynram) and India(Cherrapunji). No wonder cricket is the sport most affected by the rain." Good work, Saikrishnan B. Although, Mawsynram is technically in India.

7.15pm Covers coming off!

"There is a barely perceptible drizzle in the air," tweets Andrew Miller. "Most tedious. Once it's gone, there's nothing else following it up."

7.00pm Just to reiterate, for all the people who are still asking, the Duckworth/Lewis par score after 20 overs is 90, with three wickets down. So England are ahead, and will win if there is no more play. That, however, is highly unlikely.

"Hmmm..and my geography teacher taught me that second wettest place on earth is Cherra-Punji...isnt it should be somewhere in UK." What's the wettest Anjeneya?

"My Point is when England is doing great Rain stays away. But when India does anything good, rain intervenes!! So you see, not paranoid. Just smell fishy fishy." But Rishi, have we ruled out coincidence?

"I want all updates from india matches where ever and when ever," demands Deepak. Your comment is a little unexpected, but if that's the case you're in the right place, friend.

7.00pm It's brightening a touch, the rain is easing, but the covers remain firmly in place. It's all a bit grim.

"@Anjaneya- The donkey gate has just ended. And you're starting the dog gate? India is a sensitive country:). Stop animal references!" Let it be known that it was Preshant, not I, who went there.

"I was never a Jadeja fan. Having said that he sure is playing well today. Deserves the man of the match award for his efforts. If he's worked on his game and transformed then good on him. All he has to do now is show consistency and that will go a long wa to proving he belongs in the team + prove me and many others wrong!" I can look past his previous frailties, Sid, but that forearm tattoo is unforgiveable.

"If no more play happens today, Ashwin has to be blamed for rushing into the 20th over." #Ashwinsfault hey, Vijay J? Mind you, without the wicket he took the D/L par score would be even lower.

"Why is it that whenever India siezes any initiative, it rains in UK. I suspect some sort of Energy weapon is being used here that calls the rain at demand..." I dare say you sound a little paranoid Rishi, but the rain hasn't exactly played ball this summer.

6.50pm Looking here, it appears that this shouldn't be a long delay.

6.40pm Well, India have hardly had the best of luck this summer, and this rain has stalled what was turning into an engrossing passage of play, with both Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin spinning webs of mystery and guile around England's batsmen. What's more, England are still ahead on Duckworth/Lewis, the par score being 90 after twenty overs.


Jadeja to Bell, 1 run


Jadeja to Stokes, 1 run


Jadeja to Bell, 1 run


Jadeja to Stokes, no run


Jadeja to Stokes, 1 run


Jadeja to Bell, 1 run

End of over 21 (5 runs) England 100/3 (118 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 4.76, RRR: 5.36)

    • IR Bell 7 (8b)
    • BA Stokes 5 (13b)
    • RA Jadeja 5-0-17-1
    • R Ashwin 3-0-10-1

Ashwin to Bell, 1 run


Ashwin to Stokes, no run, regulation offbreak outside off, left alone


Ashwin to Stokes, no run, tosses this up, draws Stokes out, defended back to him


Ashwin to Stokes, no run, beaten outside off! Stokes backed away to take a swipe and found thin air


Ashwin to Stokes, 1 run, punched down to long-off


Ashwin to Bell, 1 run, a measured clip to midwicket

Apologies for the delay in comms in that over. Our connection burped

End of over 22 (3 runs) England 103/3 (115 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 4.68, RRR: 5.47)

    • IR Bell 9 (10b)
    • BA Stokes 6 (17b)
    • R Ashwin 4-0-13-1
    • RA Jadeja 5-0-17-1

Jadeja to Bell, no run, forward, and driven to covers


Jadeja to Bell, 1 run, Bell makes room to cut, but an excellent diving interception at point


Jadeja to Stokes, 1 run, not such an excellent interception! Mid-on dives over the ball and they run one


Jadeja to Bell, FOUR, too short, and pulled gleefully through midwicket for a welcome boundary


Jadeja to Bell, FOUR, delicate work from Bell! Just opened the face and guided the ball through third man and out of the reach of a valiant but futile dive


Jadeja to Bell, no run, driven straight to short cover, the end of a profitable over

End of over 23 (10 runs) England 113/3 (105 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 4.91, RRR: 5.25)

    • IR Bell 18 (15b 2x4)
    • BA Stokes 7 (18b)
    • RA Jadeja 6-0-27-1
    • R Ashwin 4-0-13-1

Twp slips still for Stokes


Ashwin to Stokes, no run, this is the arm ball, big shout for lbw, but Stokes has got an inside edge on this


Ashwin to Stokes, 2 runs, swept from outside off, keeps this down, wide of deep backward square


Ashwin to Stokes, 2 runs, Stokes is nervous against the spinners here. This is a nothing shot from Stokes, a big hoick from well outside off, aiming for midwicket, gets a thick edge that falls wide of short third


Ashwin to Stokes, 1 run, this is better, worked down the ground, towards long-on


Ashwin to Bell, no run, the carrom ball, Bell watchfully defends this back


Ashwin to Bell, 1 run, slightly short, and he rocks back to cut this away for a single

End of over 24 (6 runs) England 119/3 (99 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 4.95, RRR: 5.21)

    • IR Bell 19 (17b 2x4)
    • BA Stokes 12 (22b)
    • R Ashwin 5-0-19-1
    • RA Jadeja 6-0-27-1

Jadeja to Bell, 1 run, he is jumping back the moment he sees the low trajectory. doesn't matter what length it is. He has cut this length ball from in front of the stumps


Jadeja to Stokes, 1 run, quick and flat again, into the pads, helped away for a single


Jadeja to Bell, no run, beaten on the cut, the late-cut actually. A touch too full for the shot


Jadeja to Bell, no run, defended off the front foot


Jadeja to Bell, 1 run, another short-of-a-length ball, and he cuts this in front of square


Jadeja to Stokes, SIX, Stokes might have looked edgy earlier, but there was nothing edgy about this pick-up shot over long-on, which has gone at least 20 rows back

End of over 25 (9 runs) England 128/3 (90 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 5.12, RRR: 5.00)

    • BA Stokes 19 (24b 1x6)
    • IR Bell 21 (21b 2x4)
    • RA Jadeja 7-0-36-1
    • R Ashwin 5-0-19-1

Ashwin to Bell, 1 run, flicked into the leg side for a quick single


Ashwin to Stokes, 1 run, again Stokes charges down the track, this time he doesn't get a good connection and the ball skims down to long on


Ashwin to Bell, 1 run, Bell shifts his weight back and works with the spin behind square on the leg side, calling for the run as the shot is played


Ashwin to Stokes, no run, Stokes is like a deer on ice as he skips round into a switch hit and then loses his footing, tumbling over but managing to keep himself safely grounded inside the crease


Ashwin to Stokes, no run, cut away with the spin but stopped at point


Ashwin to Stokes, no run, the arm ball almost does for Stokes! He played for turn when there was none, a much quicker ball shooting through the gap between bat and pad and zipping over the top of middle

End of over 26 (3 runs) England 131/3 (87 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 5.03, RRR: 5.11)

    • BA Stokes 20 (28b 1x6)
    • IR Bell 23 (23b 2x4)
    • R Ashwin 6-0-22-1
    • RA Jadeja 7-0-36-1

More spin in the form of Suresh Raina.


Raina to Bell, no run, speared down flat and fast on off stump, Bell nudging to midwicket


Raina to Bell, OUT, what's happened here? Another quicker ball from Raina raps Bell on the pad and rolls away to leg. Bell thinks of the single and wanders out of his crease, but a quick-thinking Dhoni sprints, picks up the ball and shies at the stumps all in one movement, a direct hit finding Bell inches short of his ground. Sharp work from India's captain, and he's given his team the early advantage after the re-start

IR Bell run out 23 (31m 25b 2x4 0x6) SR: 92.00


Raina to Bopara, no run, Bopara stays right back to work his first delivery to midwicket


Raina to Bopara, no run, punched to mid on with a high left elbow


Raina to Bopara, no run, pushed the other way this time, to mid off, but still no run to be had


Raina to Bopara, 1 run, turned to fine leg, and Bopara ends a good, tight over with a quick single

End of over 27 (1 run) England 132/4 (86 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 4.88, RRR: 5.37)

    • RS Bopara 1 (4b)
    • BA Stokes 20 (28b 1x6)
    • SK Raina 1-0-1-0
    • R Ashwin 6-0-22-1

There's a slip in place for an under-pressure Bopara.


Ashwin to Bopara, 1 run, looped up by Ashwin, Bopara driving to long off


Ashwin to Stokes, no run, leading edge! Stokes is done in by the spin, but the ball drops short of point. These are really nervy moments for England


Ashwin to Stokes, no run, beaten on the inside edge this time! Speared in quicker by Ashwin, the ball rushing past Stokes' bat to strike him on the thigh


Ashwin to Stokes, OUT, gone! India are taking this game by the scruff of the neck. A fidgety Stokes moved right across to off - too far - as Ashwin hurled one down full and straight, the ball rattling the stumps on the full.

BA Stokes b Ashwin 20 (29m 31b 0x4 1x6) SR: 64.51


Ashwin to Bresnan, 1 run, flicked off the toes behind square, and Bresnan is off the mark straight away


Ashwin to Bopara, FOUR, Timing! Placement! Bopara! Could this be his night? The ball was certainly there to be hit - a looping full toss - but he was spot on with the shot, driving nervelessly through extra cover

End of over 28 (6 runs) England 138/5 (80 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 4.92, RRR: 5.33)

    • RS Bopara 6 (6b 1x4)
    • TT Bresnan 1 (1b)
    • R Ashwin 7-0-28-2
    • SK Raina 1-0-1-0

Raina to Bresnan, no run, a quicker one (aren't they all?) from Raina hurries Bresnan's defence


Raina to Bresnan, no run, punched to cover off the back foot, finding the fielder


Raina to Bresnan, no run, driven to mid on this time. India are really buzzing in the field now, there's a palpable energy in their gameplay


Raina to Bresnan, 1 run, driven away off the front foot, just the single


Raina to Bopara, 2 byes, sharp turn and bounce! Bopara really didn't have much idea about this one, which ragged sharply in off the pitch. Fortunately for him, the bounce took it over the stumps


Raina to Bopara, 1 run, eased down to long off, and they take an ambled single

End of over 29 (4 runs) England 142/5 (76 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 4.89, RRR: 5.42)

    • RS Bopara 7 (8b 1x4)
    • TT Bresnan 2 (5b)
    • SK Raina 2-0-3-0
    • R Ashwin 7-0-28-2

Ashwin to Bopara, 3 runs, a much quicker arm ball from Ashwin, it's nurdled to midwicket and they charge through for a quick single ... Raina was the fielder there and he hurled a shy at the stumps off balance, giving away a couple of overthrows. Pandemonium. Dhoni runs over for a quick word with his fielder


Ashwin to Bresnan, no run, Bresnan follows that up with cautious defence


Ashwin to Bresnan, 1 run, worked to leg, just the single


Ashwin to Bopara, no run, nice and straight from Ashwin, nothing really for Bopara to work with


Ashwin to Bopara, no run, good loop from the bowler, Bopara comes forward and defends with an angled bat


Ashwin to Bopara, no run, good end to the over, Bopara tapping defensively to leg

End of over 30 (4 runs) England 146/5 (72 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 4.86, RRR: 5.53)

    • RS Bopara 10 (12b 1x4)
    • TT Bresnan 3 (7b)
    • R Ashwin 8-0-32-2
    • SK Raina 2-0-3-0

Raina to Bresnan, 1 run, a long half volley is driven to long on with minimal flourish


Raina to Bopara, 2 leg byes, poor line from Raina, arrowing this one down the leg side. It kissed Bopara's pad on the way down, and they take a couple of leg byes as Munaf creaks round to stop the ball


Raina to Bopara, 1 run, turned off the pads for one


Raina to Bresnan, 1 run, not a hint of flight on this from Raina, and Bresnan stays back to force to long on


Raina to Bopara, no run, again Raina slips towards leg, but he's not punished as Bopara's glance finds square leg


Raina to Bopara, no run, cracked straight back to the bowler, India's spinners asphyxiate a little more

End of over 31 (5 runs) England 151/5 (67 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 4.87, RRR: 5.58)

    • RS Bopara 11 (16b 1x4)
    • TT Bresnan 5 (9b)
    • SK Raina 3-0-6-0
    • R Ashwin 8-0-32-2

Munaf Patel is back into the attack. England still have a batting powerplay at their disposal, but it'll only be two overs long.


MM Patel to Bresnan, no run, squirted off the outer half of the bat, and it's stopped at point


MM Patel to Bresnan, 4 runs, they've run four! Well, you can't fault Parthiv for effort. The ball was whipped out to long leg, Parthiv hared after it, diving in front of the boundary to parry it back, getting up again to chase the ball again, and knocking it back once more


MM Patel to Bresnan, FOUR, chipped over cover! Bresnan didn't look in control of this, one hand coming off the bat handle as he played the shot, but the ball pinged out of the middle and found the gap to the right of the cover sweeper


MM Patel to Bresnan, no run, Munaf's legcutter is too good for Bresnan, the batsman groping outside off as the ball fizzes past him


MM Patel to Bresnan, no run, slower one from Munaf, but Bresnan does read this one and taps to cover


MM Patel to Bresnan, 2 runs, Munaf is screaming himself hoarse as two more runs are given away, Bresnan pulling out into the deep. This really wasn't Parthiv's fault though, there's no way he could've kept them to one

End of over 32 (10 runs) England 161/5 (57 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 5.03, RRR: 5.18)

    • TT Bresnan 15 (15b 1x4)
    • RS Bopara 11 (16b 1x4)
    • MM Patel 5-0-37-1
    • SK Raina 3-0-6-0

Raina to Bopara, no run, what fielding from Raina! It looked as though Bopara would find an easy single to long on, but Raina leapt to his right and plucked the ball out of the air in mid-air.


Raina to Bopara, no run, turned straight to square leg


Raina to Bopara, 1 run, this time he does find the gap, just the one


Raina to Bresnan, no run, again great fielding by Raina off his own bowling as Bresnan drives powerfully back down the wicket


Raina to Bresnan, no run, flicked to square leg


Raina to Bresnan, no run, dropped by Dhoni! These ones either stick or they don't. Bresnan got a really thick edge as he went back to punch off the back foot, the ball hit Dhoni's gloves and popped out straight away

And here's Sahil Dutta, for his final burst of Cricinfo commentary.

End of over 33 (1 run) England 162/5 (56 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 4.90, RRR: 5.60)

    • TT Bresnan 15 (18b 1x4)
    • RS Bopara 12 (19b 1x4)
    • SK Raina 4-0-7-0
    • MM Patel 5-0-37-1

And it's going to be a rushed one, India are screaming through their overs.


MM Patel to Bopara, 1 run, Bopara lashes at width without much timing but gets a sharp single as Kohli fields smartly


MM Patel to Bresnan, no run, Bresnan has looked cool so far, not too nervy, and defends to leg


MM Patel to Bresnan, 1 run, Munaf slams down a short ball which Bresnan smashes hard to deep midwicket


MM Patel to Bopara, no run, Bopara edges down the wicket but only to guide straight to point. Bopara wanted a single but had to be sent back rapidly


MM Patel to Bopara, no run, touch slower from Munaf and Bopara's punch drive was airy! Just short of cover but pressure building


MM Patel to Bopara, 1 run, with a slightly more open face this time Bopara manages to pierce the off-side field and keep the strike

End of over 34 (3 runs) England 165/5 (53 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 4.85, RRR: 5.88)

    • RS Bopara 14 (23b 1x4)
    • TT Bresnan 16 (20b 1x4)
    • MM Patel 6-0-40-1
    • SK Raina 4-0-7-0

Raina continues. He has done a good job so far. Can Bopara work him around?


Raina to Bopara, 1 run, just about. Touch of outside edge but it ends steered wide of point for a single


Raina to Bresnan, no run, solid block from Bresnan pushing forward


Raina to Bresnan, 2 runs, misfield at cover is followed by some better, desperate stuff from Praveen on the boundary, all of which means Bresnan gets two


Raina to Bresnan, 1 run, pushed away for a single into space


Raina to Bopara, FOUR, ah that will do nicely, Bopara rocks on to his back foot to back-cut past the keeper for a much-needed boundary


Raina to Bopara, 1 run, solidly blocked down to long-on

End of over 35 (9 runs) England 174/5 (44 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 4.97, RRR: 5.50)

    • RS Bopara 20 (26b 2x4)
    • TT Bresnan 19 (23b 1x4)
    • SK Raina 5-0-16-0
    • MM Patel 6-0-40-1

MM Patel to Bopara, 1 run, more conviction on this Bopara drive as Munaf offers a fraction of width outside off stump

Here's the revised Duckworth/Lewis par score after 36 overs: with five wickets down, England need to be 167. So they're still well ahead.


MM Patel to Bresnan, no run, straight from Munaf and straight from Bresnan

By the way, the Powerplay will be two overs when it's taken. Sure Ashwin will bowl one of them.


MM Patel to Bresnan, 1 run, firmly driven out to deep cover, Bresnan has looked rock solid


MM Patel to Bopara, 1 run, hung full and wide of off stump, Bopara had to reach for his drive but kept it down well


MM Patel to Bresnan, 2 runs, Bresnan manages to shove this from around middle behind square on the leg side for a couple more


MM Patel to Bresnan, 1 run, Bresnan makes it six runs off the over by clumping a fuller ball down to long-off

There are two games going on here. Batsmen easy against seam and very nervy against spin.

End of over 36 (6 runs) England 180/5 (38 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 5.00, RRR: 5.42)

    • TT Bresnan 23 (27b 1x4)
    • RS Bopara 22 (28b 2x4)
    • MM Patel 7-0-46-1
    • SK Raina 5-0-16-0

Here is Jadeja, fair to say he's the man of the moment.


Jadeja to Bresnan, no run, spin straight away! Finds an edge too, but Bresnan's hands are soft


Jadeja to Bresnan, 1 run, this time it's short enough for Bresnan to rock back and cut


Jadeja to Bopara, 1 run, touch more air here from the bowler and Bopara works it with the angle to midwicket


Jadeja to Bresnan, no run, wonderful stop from Raina at cover - one-handed dive plucks it out and stops the run


Jadeja to Bresnan, 1 run, hauled into the leg side but just for a single. Brings up an excellent 50 stand though


Jadeja to Bopara, no run, driven hard, but straight to cover. Where's your money?

End of over 37 (3 runs) England 183/5 (35 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 4.94, RRR: 5.83)

    • RS Bopara 23 (30b 2x4)
    • TT Bresnan 25 (31b 1x4)
    • RA Jadeja 8-0-39-1
    • MM Patel 7-0-46-1

Big over here - RP Singh. Dhoni keeping his spinners in the bank.


Singh to Bresnan, 1 run, good start from RP Singh, straight, decent enough pace. Bresnan drops to his feet and is called through for a quick single


Singh to Bopara, no run, Bopara finds the infield with a check-drive as RP locates a good length and line again. Run a ball needed


Singh to Bopara, 1 run, Bopara hops down the wicket and flicks to deep midwicket


Singh to Bresnan, no run, this is excellent stuff from RP Singh. Given how poor he was last time he was at The Oval, this is a mighty big improvement. Yorker blocked out


Singh to Bresnan, 1 run, Bresnan manages to get this away, but only for a single down the ground


Singh to Bopara, FOUR, shot Bopara! That eases the equation slightly! Bopara edged down the wicket, RP Singh dragged it short and Bopara dispatched it to the midwicket boundary

End of over 38 (7 runs) England 190/5 (28 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 5.00, RRR: 5.60)

    • RS Bopara 28 (33b 3x4)
    • TT Bresnan 27 (34b 1x4)
    • RP Singh 6-0-32-0
    • RA Jadeja 8-0-39-1

Jadeja to Bresnan, 1 wide, sharp work from Dhoni, collecting down the leg side and whipping the bails off. Wrong line from Jadeja though


Jadeja to Bresnan, 1 run, Jadeja is trying to cramp Bresnan, good plan, but slightly overdoes it and Bresnan can drag it to the leg side


Jadeja to Bopara, 1 run, excellent timing on this drive, all along the ground, but straight to the boundary rider on the off side


Jadeja to Bresnan, no run, firmly blocked back to the bowler


Jadeja to Bresnan, no run, this is fired well outside off stump, Bresnan flays and misses


Jadeja to Bresnan, OUT, that swings it back India's way! Bresnan falls and it's that man Jadeja who works the magic for India. Angled in from around the wicket, slid on with the arm and through an attempted cut to peg back middle. Excellent innings from Bresnan but may not be enough

TT Bresnan b Jadeja 28 (34m 38b 1x4 0x6) SR: 73.68

Stuart Broad and Ravi Bopara. Can they do it again?


Jadeja to Broad, no run, watchful start from Broad, defending carefully. Excellent over from Jadeja, he's made this match

End of over 39 (3 runs) England 193/6 (25 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 4.94, RRR: 6.25)

    • SCJ Broad 0 (1b)
    • RS Bopara 29 (34b 3x4)
    • RA Jadeja 9-0-42-2
    • RP Singh 6-0-32-0

MM Patel to Bopara, 2 runs, touch too straight from Munaf and Bopara flicks behind square for a well-run couple


MM Patel to Bopara, 1 run, full toss but excellent fielding at cover keeps the drive to a single

"Somebody please unleash Ashwin," begs Sam. Surely they must be keeping him for the powerplay overs.


MM Patel to Broad, 1 run, ooh, slower ball is chipped uppishly. Broad was hoodwinked and it went up and looped down short of long-off


MM Patel to Bopara, 1 run, neither of the England batsmen are picking Munaf's slower one. Here Bopara checks his drive at the last moment to send it to long-off


MM Patel to Broad, 1 run, Broad digs out a yorker to steal a single

The Oval, by the way, is heaving! Fantastic atmosphere. India fans have been waiting a long time for a decent showing


MM Patel to Bopara, 2 runs, full toss is clumped hard down towards long-on who runs around well to field. Munaf is disgusted with the effort but it looked a good one to me

End of over 40 (8 runs) England 201/6 (17 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 5.02, RRR: 5.66)

    • RS Bopara 35 (38b 3x4)
    • SCJ Broad 2 (3b)
    • MM Patel 8-0-54-1
    • RA Jadeja 9-0-42-2

Righty! Powerplay taken! R Ashwin to bowl it, it's his last over too. Wickets are the key in this over. Dhoni, as ever, looks utterly cucumber. Long-on, long-off and cow corner are the boundary fielders.


Ashwin to Broad, 1 run, Ashwin starts with a straighter ball that is worked very carefully towards midwicket for a single


Ashwin to Bopara, 1 run, that will do for England, Bopara just blocking firmly to beat the infield and collect a single to long-on


Ashwin to Broad, 1 run, Broad sweep, without perfect timing, and Munaf fields slowly


Ashwin to Bopara, FOUR, lovely work from Bopara. Saw it a touch shorter and hopped back and outside leg to ease a cut shot past cover for four


Ashwin to Bopara, OUT, just as it seemed Bopara was taking England home Ashwin has struck! Wonderful bowling! Touch of air, Bopara was through his shot and it spun back viciously through the gate to dislodge the bail over leg stump. To flight it up after being hit for four is excellent bowling

RS Bopara b Ashwin 40 (52m 41b 4x4 0x6) SR: 97.56

Swann can certainly hold a bat, but Anderson and Dernbach less so.


Ashwin to Swann, 1 run, Swann very careful and tickles a shortish ball for a single to leg

End of over 41 (8 runs) England 209/7 (9 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 5.09, RRR: 4.50)

    • GP Swann 1 (1b)
    • SCJ Broad 4 (5b)
    • R Ashwin 9-0-40-3
    • MM Patel 8-0-54-1

So two overs to go, one over is Powerplay, where will the spin come from? Raina perhaps. Here's Munaf.


MM Patel to Swann, 2 runs, Swann gets two when it looked like he might not even get a single! Dug out to point where Kohli threw down at the bowler's end, Munaf wasn't behind the sticks and it went for an extra run. Munaf is furious but I'm not sure he has a right to be

All sorts of things are happening out there. We've just heard that Virat Kohli was being relentlessly heckled at long off and lost his cool after a while, crossing over the boundary edge and pointing at the troublemaker while exchanging words with him. Apparently the nearby security just sat there glumly and watched events unfold.


MM Patel to Swann, 1 run, again Swann digs out a fuller ball towards cover, this time it is just a single


MM Patel to Broad, 1 run, excellent line and length from the bowler but the equation is in England's favour. Bunted down to long-on for another single


MM Patel to Swann, FOUR, clean strike from Swann and that might be the boundary that breaks the game! Munaf went slower but Swann is always happy driving and crisply struck it past mid-off for four!


MM Patel to Swann, 1 run, that's it! Swann finishes it by stealing a quick single to mid-off. Much, much better game today. Swann punches the air towards the England dressing room

England win by three wickets The big crowd at The Oval has been treated to an excellent game, closer than it seems on the scorecard actually. None the less, it's England who get over the line to make it seven out of seven completed games against India this summer. What's more, they can't lose this series now. First time a team has chased successfully under lights on this ground but it was hard work. Craig Kieswetter got England off to a flier but India roared back with their spinners. Ravi Bopara and Tim Bresnan then built England's recovery before Graeme Swann took them home. There will be all that and plenty more in Monga's report when it is ready. What's more, we have a gallery

MS Dhoni gets a decent cheer from the crowd. He says that things were easier to bat by the time he got out there and that recovering from the start India had was a good effort. He also says the reduced target didn't work in India's favour and the rain break just titled the conditions towards batsmen.

Alastair Cook is predictably pleased with the way England handled the pressure of the chase and reserves particular praise for his Essex colleague Bopara.

Ravindra Jadeja is named man of the match, and rightly so! He has made this into a good contest, only arrived in the country yesterday as well. Good to see a player from the losing team being given the honour as well, his was the best individual showing of the game.

And that's just about it from us for today and me, well, forever! It's been a pleasure. You can join us on Sunday to see if India can break their duck.






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