India tour of England, 4th ODI: England v India at Lord's, Sep 11, 2011
Match tied (D/L method)
Played at Lord's, London
11 September 2011 (50-over match)

Whew. That was some stand. Finally something fitting from the ODI world champions. Touch late on the tour but India will take it. Dhoni is back with the keeping gloves after that whirlwind of a knock. PK has the new ball, Cook is on strike


Kumar to Cook, 2 runs, gentle length delivery on middle to start off, Cook tickled it wide of midwicket, mid on fumbles with the dive and they take two


Kumar to Cook, no run, moves away sharply from just around back of a length, Cook stays in the crease and pushes to point


Kumar to Cook, no run, PK is on target this time, floating it up for the drive fullish outside off, Cook pushes at it without moving his feet, and is beaten as the ball moves away a shade


Kumar to Cook, no run, more away movement from the left-hander, this time Cook is ready and lets it go


Kumar to Cook, no run, tight line, ending just outside off, Cook gets forward and pushes to extra cover


Kumar to Cook, no run, well left, PK has settled on a probing line outside that off stump, finding some away shape with the new ball, Cook is wise to it and flags it through

End of over 1 (2 runs) England 2/0 (279 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 2.00, RRR: 5.69)

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

Arunkrsna: "Debacle started and ended in same venue? I mean, India started very poorly in Lord's and will they end that in Lord's by winning this match?"

RP from the other end


Singh to Kieswetter, no run, finds lots of bounce from a length, not far from off stump, good judgement from Kieswetter as he lets it go


Singh to Kieswetter, no run, more bounce, this time with the angle going across the right hander outside off, left alone


Singh to Kieswetter, 3 runs, starts to come in after pitching back of a length, he went at it with an angled blade and the inside edge went backward of square leg

Shankar: "Is it too early to call? Or Am I right in feeling that Ashwin should replace Bhajji in the Indian squad (in all formats of the game, n truly he deserves a test chance)?"

Two slips wait


Singh to Cook, no run, just short of a length on off, punched to extra cover


Singh to Cook, 2 wides, RP goes horribly wrong with the line, and sends it way down leg giving Dhoni some grief as it bounds off the glove


Singh to Kieswetter, 1 run, right on off stump, they take on extra cover and just make it in the end, Virat dived forward and lobbed the ball, direct hit would have been close


Singh to Cook, no run, Virat saves some runs with a dive to his left at extra cover, Cook had middled this away going length ball off the front foot

End of over 2 (6 runs) England 8/0 (273 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 4.00, RRR: 5.68)

    • AN Cook 2 (8b)
    • C Kieswetter 4 (4b)
    • RP Singh 1-0-6-0
    • P Kumar 1-0-2-0

Widish slip in place


Kumar to Kieswetter, 1 run, back of a length on the stumps, tucked away through square leg

senna: "why nowadays players hug, cry, laugh, pull shirt, pull hair, prostrate...after a wicket falls unlike two-three decades ago when only high fives were given which is much cooler." Blame the cameras


Kumar to Cook, FOUR, this one sits up outside off, Cook sees width and latches on to it, hammering it off the back foot past cover


Kumar to Cook, no run, leading edge, falls short of backward point, Cook looking to tuck one off the pads on the leg side, it moved to take the edge


Kumar to Cook, no run, straightish one played towards midwicket


Kumar to Cook, no run, very full on the stumps at 130.1 kph, Cook tries to clip it but finds midwicket again


Kumar to Cook, no run, nothing to work with on this one, ending just outside off on a length, Cook tries to force it down the ground, mistimes it

End of over 3 (5 runs) England 13/0 (268 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 4.33, RRR: 5.70)

    • AN Cook 6 (13b 1x4)
    • C Kieswetter 5 (5b)
    • P Kumar 2-0-7-0
    • RP Singh 1-0-6-0

Vaishal: "No matter what happened in the past or is going to happen in future, if Indian team wants to be at the top, it has to have 10 more players like M S Dhoni... No matter how tired he is, how sore his hands are, no matter how much pressure he handles, he plays every match with superb commitment."


Singh to Kieswetter, 3 runs, uses the angle going across him, gets forward and pushes in the gap between extra cover and mid off, Jadeja stops it with the slide, it trickles away, he puts in another one to haul it back in


Singh to Cook, no run, tight line angled in to Cook who forces it back down the track


Singh to Cook, 1 run, now Cook uses the angle in to him, gets across and whips in front of square leg


Singh to Kieswetter, FOUR, this one will go, on the pads, there is a man at widish leg slip, no one at long leg, and once the flick beats that man, there is no stopping the boundary


Singh to Kieswetter, no run, 138 kph length ball from RP on the stumps, forces him to play a tight forward defensive


Singh to Kieswetter, OUT, India have got Kieswetter, he comes down the track looking for the big carve over mid off, the ball bounces a touch more as RP bangs it short of a length and he gets it off the outer half high in the air over the infield, gravity took an age in working over it but Jadeja runs back from extra cover and settles under it very well

C Kieswetter c Jadeja b Singh 12 (16m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 133.33

End of over 4 (8 runs) England 21/1 (260 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 5.25, RRR: 5.65)

    • AN Cook 7 (15b 1x4)
    • RP Singh 2-0-14-1
    • P Kumar 2-0-7-0

Trott in at No 3, this will be a test for him


Kumar to Trott, no run, length ball around off stump pushed down the track


Kumar to Trott, no run, straight delivery outside off and he lets it go

surya: "I was just about to say that India should introduce a spinner against keiswetter replacing the hopeless seamers and RP strikes.No wonder my friends are afraid of watching a game with me."


Kumar to Trott, no run, Trott punches without much power or timing and mid on cuts it off


Kumar to Trott, 1 run, off the mark with a work between mid on and midwicket

short cover in place, short extra cover as well


Kumar to Cook, FOUR, fuller length outside off, not much width but Cook goes after it, and times it past those men close-in and it beats the chasing extra cover

This is queer, there is a gully, and there is a man behind him as well, deep gully?


Kumar to Cook, 1 run, punched away wide of extra cover but there is a man sweeping on the boundary

End of over 5 (6 runs) England 27/1 (254 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 5.40, RRR: 5.64)

    • AN Cook 12 (17b 2x4)
    • IJL Trott 1 (4b)
    • P Kumar 3-0-13-0
    • RP Singh 2-0-14-1

Singh to Cook, OUT, oh dear me, Cook has hit this one straight to extra cover, he won't like to see that replay, length ball sitting up, some extra bounce but nothing alarming, Cook goes at it a touch half-heartedly and spoons it to extra cover, RP takes off, he is delighted

AN Cook c Kohli b Singh 12 (24m 18b 2x4 0x6) SR: 66.66


Singh to Bell, 1 run, stays in the crease and chops an angled delivery to third man

Rishabh: "@Survya - If that is so, then you should now say that our seamers are not capable of triggering a collapse like what spinners did in last game. Watch how the magic happens then."


Singh to Trott, no run, gets across to one going across, a bit too much, and mistimes the off drive back to RP

Nishith: "If it starts raining now, I swear i will start believing in God and also know that he doesn't like Indian Cricket Team too much..."


Singh to Trott, FOUR, there is still no long leg, and the inside edge has raced fine to that boundary, Trott going nowhere with the feet and looking to push one slanted across


Singh to Trott, FOUR, well done, Trott shuffles and whips a back of a length ball off middle, gets it in front of square leg in the air, that's enough


Singh to Trott, no run, beaten on the cut as RP drags this one across him widish outside off

End of over 6 (9 runs) England 36/2 (245 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 5.56)

    • IJL Trott 9 (8b 2x4)
    • IR Bell 1 (1b)
    • RP Singh 3-0-23-2
    • P Kumar 3-0-13-0

Praveen: "India are ahead.. rain?? earthquake?? apocalypse??"


Kumar to Bell, no run, pushes solidly from the crease to short extra cover


Kumar to Bell, no run, testing line close to off as always from PK, pushed away towards short extra cover


Kumar to Bell, no run, walks down the track, PK sees that and drops it a touch short, it moves away as well, Bell opens the face and runs it to backward point


Kumar to Bell, no run, can't get it away, punches off the back foot straight to extra cover, PK not offering any width


Kumar to Bell, 2 runs, ending on the pads with the angle and Bell works it wide of long leg for a couple


Kumar to Bell, no run, moving away from short of a length, he punches without much timing to cover

End of over 7 (2 runs) England 38/2 (243 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 5.42, RRR: 5.65)

    • IR Bell 3 (7b)
    • IJL Trott 9 (8b 2x4)
    • P Kumar 4-0-15-0
    • RP Singh 3-0-23-2

Munaf will have a bowl now


MM Patel to Trott, no run, starts off on a length outside off, pushed away off the front foot to extra cover


MM Patel to Trott, 1 run, steady line outside off stump, pushed past short cover for a single


MM Patel to Bell, no run, lovely delivery, Munaf bangs it short of a length, gets it to shape away and beats the push from Bell


MM Patel to Bell, no run, walks down the track and outside off, Munaf gets it to rise from short of a length, Bell has to defend


MM Patel to Bell, FOUR, gets hold of it now, and splits the gap between cover and extra cover with an on the up slap-drive, just some width and he capitalised


MM Patel to Bell, no run, goes fullish on the stumps, he mistimes the drive down the ground towards mid on

End of over 8 (5 runs) England 43/2 (238 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 5.37, RRR: 5.66)

    • IR Bell 7 (11b 1x4)
    • IJL Trott 10 (10b 2x4)
    • MM Patel 1-0-5-0
    • P Kumar 4-0-15-0

Kumar to Trott, no run, this is fine bowling, some away shape from outside off, he goes after it with an angled bat and is beaten


Kumar to Trott, no run, now he walks down the track to work PK on the leg side, is hit high on the pad, PK thinks that it is worth an appeal


Kumar to Trott, no run, solid forward defence towards cover to one inches from off stump


Kumar to Trott, no run, straightish one on middle and off, but he cannot put it away, whips it straight to midwicket


Kumar to Trott, no run, this could have gone away as well, width from a length outside off, but Trott slaps it to extra cover


Kumar to Trott, 1 run, well bowled, nipping in late from just outside off, he manages to push it in front of mid on and they get through for the run

End of over 9 (1 run) England 44/2 (237 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 4.88, RRR: 5.78)

    • IJL Trott 11 (16b 2x4)
    • IR Bell 7 (11b 1x4)
    • P Kumar 5-0-16-0
    • MM Patel 1-0-5-0

MM Patel to Trott, 1 run, bounce for Munaf just outside off, but he has played this well, staying beside the line and chopping it late to third man


MM Patel to Bell, no run, Munaf has started off well in this over, nipping away late from a fullish length, he blocks it tightly


MM Patel to Bell, 1 run, just past the man at shortish midwicket, Bell chipping down the track, Munaf getting it to bounce, and the nudge flew just past the fielder


MM Patel to Trott, FOUR, that has raced to the third man boundary, Trott going after a widish one outside off, there is a wide slip in place, he is much too wide to be near this one though as it flies between him and the keeper


MM Patel to Trott, no run, tighter delivery, on the stumps, pushed back down the track


MM Patel to Trott, no run, solid push off the front foot but that off side infield is swarming with men, cover gets behind this one

End of over 10 (6 runs) England 50/2 (231 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 5.77)

    • IJL Trott 16 (20b 3x4)
    • IR Bell 8 (13b 1x4)
    • MM Patel 2-0-11-0
    • P Kumar 5-0-16-0

bowling Powerplay has been taken


Kumar to Bell, 1 run, short delivery and Bell goes for the pull, does not quite get hold if it and squirts it over midwicket, seemed to stop on him a touch


Kumar to Trott, no run, some bounce now for PK, punched off the back foot towards mid off


Kumar to Trott, FOUR, dispatched with disdain, sitting up from back of a length, Trott winds up and whips it in powerfully front of square leg


Kumar to Trott, 1 run, well played, this one took off from a length, he was surprised and even as he arched back he managed to steer it to third man


Kumar to Bell, no run, tries to make some room and open the face, but cannot time it wide of point


Kumar to Bell, 1 run, on the pads and happily clipped through midwicket

End of over 11 (7 runs) England 57/2 (224 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 5.18, RRR: 5.74)

    • IR Bell 10 (16b 1x4)
    • IJL Trott 21 (23b 4x4)
    • P Kumar 6-0-23-0
    • MM Patel 2-0-11-0

MM Patel to Bell, no run, opens the face and steers from close to the body despite the sharp bounce, but Rahul is there at widish slip and puts in the dive to stop it


MM Patel to Bell, 1 run, lots of width this time as he walks across and outside the crease, steered to third man


MM Patel to Trott, 1 run, takes on midwicket with a nudge, Rahane gets quickly to the ball with a dive and lets go of it, but quite weakly in the end and no harm done


MM Patel to Bell, 1 run, runs down this length ball outside off to third man, some rhythm returning to the England innings now


MM Patel to Trott, no run, pitched up delivery, he drives neatly off the front foot but finds mid off in the way


MM Patel to Trott, 1 run, smartly done, plants front foot across, gets bat down in front and works it in front of square leg

End of over 12 (4 runs) England 61/2 (220 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 5.08, RRR: 5.78)

    • IJL Trott 23 (26b 4x4)
    • IR Bell 12 (19b 1x4)
    • MM Patel 3-0-15-0
    • P Kumar 6-0-23-0

Prateek cannot believe it: "Trott has got a total of 9 international hundreds??? And here I was, thinking he must be having much more in tests alone!!"


Kumar to Trott, OUT, Trott is gone, PK gets some reward for being around that off stump always, Trott trying to create some pace on the pull, the length was not at all short, and the inside edge has done the damage as it clatters in to the stumps

IJL Trott b Kumar 23 (35m 27b 4x4 0x6) SR: 85.18

That's wonderful timing for the jinx, Prateek

Bopara is in at No 5


Kumar to Bopara, 2 runs, off the mark with a whiplash guide past point, third man has some work to do


Kumar to Bopara, no run, solidly forward in defence to a length ball close to off stump


Kumar to Bopara, no run, drawing him forward with a fullish length outside off and leaving him as he has a push inside the line


Kumar to Bopara, no run, still better, bangs it in back of a length, and gets it to zip away sharply, the line was on off this time and Bopara had to push at it, beaten again


Kumar to Bopara, FOUR, no long leg, PK goes on the pads, and the clip is worked wide enough of Munaf running around from deep square leg

End of over 13 (6 runs) England 67/3 (214 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 5.15, RRR: 5.78)

    • RS Bopara 6 (5b 1x4)
    • IR Bell 12 (19b 1x4)
    • P Kumar 7-0-29-1
    • MM Patel 3-0-15-0

MM Patel to Bell, no run, they are getting in to some bother outside off stump, now Bell is beaten as he tries to cut one that is not short enough, and also bounces too much


MM Patel to Bell, no run, well done, bowled much fuller and right on off stump, pushed towards mid on


MM Patel to Bell, no run, down the track now, and Munaf drops it short, so Bell can only jab it away on the off side


MM Patel to Bell, 1 run, some width this time and he smacks it off the front foot to sweeper cover


MM Patel to Bopara, no run, Bopara brings out the pull now to a shortish one, does not time it well enough and it rolls to midwicket


MM Patel to Bopara, no run, jeez, another play-and-miss outside the off stump, Bopara looking to blaze through cover off the back foot, Munaf getting some extra bounce and beats him

End of over 14 (1 run) England 68/3 (213 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 4.85, RRR: 5.91)

    • RS Bopara 6 (7b 1x4)
    • IR Bell 13 (23b 1x4)
    • MM Patel 4-0-16-0
    • P Kumar 7-0-29-1

HD Stout: "A peculiar thing about this English team is they always keep up the run rate. That is how they won the last match."


Kumar to Bell, no run, that should have gone, but Bell was a touch late forward to a length ball sitting up, and extra cover got to to the push-drive with a dive


Kumar to Bell, 1 run, tucked in front of square leg for a single


Kumar to Bopara, no run, right on that off stump, tightly blocked towards extra cover


Kumar to Bopara, no run, leading edge as he walks down the track, the ball rolls towards point


Kumar to Bopara, 1 run, gets the single this time


Kumar to Bell, no run, gets on top of the bounce and solidly pushes off the back foot but straight to extra cover

End of over 15 (2 runs) England 70/3 (211 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 4.66, RRR: 6.02)

    • IR Bell 14 (26b 1x4)
    • RS Bopara 7 (10b 1x4)
    • P Kumar 8-0-31-1
    • MM Patel 4-0-16-0

Ashwin comes on for some off spin, this will be interesting


Ashwin to Bopara, no run, tossed up fullish on off, turned to short midwicket


Ashwin to Bopara, 2 runs, plays from the crease, this one turns in and he nudges it behind square leg, gets back for the second


Ashwin to Bopara, no run, not much turn but some bounce on off stump, pushed back to the bowler


Ashwin to Bopara, 1 run, pushed with the turn wide of midwicket off the front foot


Ashwin to Bell, no run, sharp turn and bounce, but down the leg side as he misses the nudge


Ashwin to Bell, 1 run, works a straightish one through square leg

That's drinks, the time is ripe for a switch in commentary, here comes Liam Brickhill.

End of over 16 (4 runs) England 74/3 (207 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 4.62, RRR: 6.08)

    • IR Bell 15 (28b 1x4)
    • RS Bopara 10 (14b 1x4)
    • R Ashwin 1-0-4-0
    • P Kumar 8-0-31-1

Thanks Abhishek. England are wobbling a touch here, India may finally have some joy. Plenty still to be done.


Kumar to Bell, 1 run, slapped hard out to deep cover point


Kumar to Bopara, 1 run, slower ball from Praveen, Bopara drops it practically at his own feet and somehow they manage a single. Good running


Kumar to Bell, no run, Praveen hits a length on off stump, the ball wobbling away through the air, and Bell defends to cover


Kumar to Bell, no run, Bell looks for the drop-and-run to cover once again, but the fielder is too quickly onto the ball


Kumar to Bell, no run, Praveen continues to keep it tight, nothing for Bell to work with - not even any pace - and he can only tap it back down the wicket


Kumar to Bell, 2 runs, Praveen loses his line a little with the final delivery, Bell chopping him down to third man for a couple

End of over 17 (4 runs) England 78/3 (203 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 4.58, RRR: 6.15)

    • IR Bell 18 (33b 1x4)
    • RS Bopara 11 (15b 1x4)
    • P Kumar 9-0-35-1
    • R Ashwin 1-0-4-0

Ashwin to Bopara, no run, looped up on off stump, Bopara nudging the ball back down the track


Ashwin to Bopara, 1 run, Bopara bends right down into a premeditated paddle sweep, picking up a single for his troubles


Ashwin to Bell, 1 run, flatter through the air from Ashwin, but a little short and Bell works with the spin to get the ball through square leg


Ashwin to Bopara, 2 runs, a loopy flighted delivery is driven out to wide long off, Bopara finding enough space in the outfield to come back for the second


Ashwin to Bopara, FOUR, that is loose from Ashwin, and rightfully put away by Bopara, who cuts a short, wide ball to backward point


Ashwin to Bopara, no run, flicked off the pads, but stopped at midwicket

End of over 18 (8 runs) England 86/3 (195 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 4.77, RRR: 6.09)

    • RS Bopara 18 (20b 2x4)
    • IR Bell 19 (34b 1x4)
    • R Ashwin 2-0-12-0
    • P Kumar 9-0-35-1

And back comes RP Singh. No slip in place, but men catching on the drive on both sides of the wicket.


Singh to Bell, 1 run, RP is full to start, and is driven out to the cover sweeper


Singh to Bopara, 1 run, shot! But good fielding too. Bopara punched it very hard through cover off the back foot, but Raina sprinted round the boundary in a flash to cut it off and get the ball back in to the keeper

With that, RP switches to round the wicket.


Singh to Bell, 1 run, on a length outside off, Bell is content to knock it away for a single


Singh to Bopara, no run, RP offers width outside off, but Bopara's cut finds point


Singh to Bopara, 1 run, just short of a good length outside off, and Bopara angles his bat for a single to third man


Singh to Bell, 1 run, and Bell follows suit, jabbing down quite late to send the ball bouncing down to third man

End of over 19 (5 runs) England 91/3 (190 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 4.78, RRR: 6.12)

    • IR Bell 22 (37b 1x4)
    • RS Bopara 20 (23b 2x4)
    • RP Singh 4-0-28-2
    • R Ashwin 2-0-12-0

Ravindra Jadeja is brought on for his first spell of the match.


Jadeja to Bell, 1 run, he's a little short to start, and is easily cracked away by Bell


Jadeja to Bopara, FOUR, Jadeja gets excited as he spears one at the pads and Bopara bends to sweep, but that's hit the middle of the bat and racing down to fine leg for four


Jadeja to Bopara, 1 run, eased down to long-off


Jadeja to Bell, 1 run, whipped down to long on, Bell staying deep in his crease


Jadeja to Bopara, 1 run, pitched up outside off, Bopara drives and a single is taken as the ball goes to long-off


Jadeja to Bell, no run, a little flatter through the air from Jadeja, and Bell is cramped for room as he looks to force it through the off side

End of over 20 (8 runs) England 99/3 (182 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 4.95, RRR: 6.06)

    • IR Bell 24 (40b 1x4)
    • RS Bopara 26 (26b 3x4)
    • RA Jadeja 1-0-8-0
    • RP Singh 4-0-28-2

Singh to Bopara, no run, RP stays round the wicket to Bopara, who opens the face of the bat as he drives on the up, the ball going to point


Singh to Bopara, no run, slower one from RP, and Bopara is a little too early into his defensive poke


Singh to Bopara, 1 run, Bopara brings up England's 100 by stepping across and pushing a single to wide midwicket. A ripple of applause is heard around the ground


Singh to Bell, 2 runs, chopped down through gully, the fielder is a little tardy getting round and they're back for the second


Singh to Bell, 1 run, nicely played by Bell, but he still gets only one for it as a late dab goes to third man

Balakrishnan: "Bopara and Bell have started doing what Raina and Dhoni did for India. Warning signs for India?"


Singh to Bopara, (no ball) 1 run, RP oversteps with what would've been the final ball of the innings, and Bell will have the chance to have a Free Hit


Singh to Bell, FOUR, and he makes the most of it! A little short from RP and Bell steps back to club a pull in front of square, bisecting the boundary riders

End of over 21 (10 runs) England 109/3 (172 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 5.19, RRR: 5.93)

    • IR Bell 31 (43b 2x4)
    • RS Bopara 28 (30b 3x4)
    • RP Singh 5-0-38-2
    • RA Jadeja 1-0-8-0

Jadeja to Bopara, 1 run, tossed up very high by Jadeja, Bopara waits and waits and finally shovels a single to long-off


Jadeja to Bell, 1 run, this was hardly short but Bell's footwork is lightning quick as he goes back and across to cut off the top of middle stump


Jadeja to Bopara, no run, nicely bowled by Jadeja, Bopara stepping back to defend


Jadeja to Bopara, 1 run, nurdled to midwicket, both keeper and bowler hare after the ball but neither can stop the single


Jadeja to Bell, no run, driven back to the bowler, who fields in his follow through


Jadeja to Bell, no run, Bell over-hits a drive, the ball taking the toe end and bouncing up off the pitch back towards Jadeja

"come on India it has been a good day for the Asian teams," writes Zafar. "It is your best chance today."

End of over 22 (3 runs) England 112/3 (169 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 5.09, RRR: 6.03)

    • IR Bell 32 (46b 2x4)
    • RS Bopara 30 (33b 3x4)
    • RA Jadeja 2-0-11-0
    • RP Singh 5-0-38-2

Singh to Bopara, 1 run, flat-batted out to wide long-on


Singh to Bell, no run, fuller from RP, Bell comes forward to drive to cover


Singh to Bell, 1 run, good running, Bell spotting the chance for a single early and calling Bopara through


Singh to Bopara, 1 run, short and wide outside off, but there's cover out on the boundary so just one run the result


Singh to Bell, 1 run, there's a touch more bounce than Bell was expecting on this one, but his dab into the off side still finds enough room for a single

Things have just gone a little flat lately. Neither team is looking to force the pace, but the longer these two are at the crease the more confident England will feel.


Singh to Bopara, no run, full and quite wide, Bopara bends down low and drives square but picks out the fielder

"Correct me if iam wrong,but i dont remember a single free hit in this odi series so far!! Quite unbelivable actually,not a single no ball bowled in nearly 400 overs of cricket." I think you may be right Mehneez. I don't remember any either!

End of over 23 (4 runs) England 116/3 (165 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 5.04, RRR: 6.11)

    • RS Bopara 32 (36b 3x4)
    • IR Bell 34 (49b 2x4)
    • RP Singh 6-0-42-2
    • RA Jadeja 2-0-11-0

There's a change in the bowling, but it's spin for spin as Ashwin comes back.


Ashwin to Bell, 1 run, eased down to long-on


Ashwin to Bopara, no run, full and straight, Bopara whips off the pads to square leg


Ashwin to Bopara, no run, much quicker and flatter through the air, the ball rushing on with the arm, and Bopara goes back to defend


Ashwin to Bopara, 1 run, good running, Bopara lunging down the track and placing the ball towards cover point with a defensive push


Ashwin to Bell, 1 run, Bell steps onto the front foot to pick up a single to long-on


Ashwin to Bopara, no run, Bopara is a little cramped for room as he plays back, nudging with the spin to midwicket

Biju Joseph Jacob: "@Zafar : You say that like cricket is similar to the stock market.. When other Asian markets do well, Indian markets also excel!"

End of over 24 (3 runs) England 119/3 (162 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 4.95, RRR: 6.23)

    • RS Bopara 33 (40b 3x4)
    • IR Bell 36 (51b 2x4)
    • R Ashwin 3-0-15-0
    • RP Singh 6-0-42-2

In fact it's a double change, Munaf replacing RP.


MM Patel to Bell, 1 run, he starts with a legcutter, which is punched to cover off the back foot


MM Patel to Bopara, FOUR, was he looking to play it this fine? I'm not sure, but four runs are the result. Bopara had set himself to run the ball to third man but it was more edge than face of the bat


MM Patel to Bopara, 1 run, a real slashing windmill of a cut sends the ball skimming down to third man


MM Patel to Bell, no run, Bell walks across to off stump as Munaf delivers, but can't find the angle he was looking for and defends back to the bowler


MM Patel to Bell, no run, craced off the back foot with a high left elbow, and the cover fielder cleans up


MM Patel to Bell, 1 run, dinked to gully, Bopara calling Bell through for a sprinted single

Re: the no-balls (or lack thereof), Karn Mamgain has this: "... and that's how we know that Amit Mishra is yet to get a game."

End of over 25 (7 runs) England 126/3 (155 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 5.04, RRR: 6.20)

    • IR Bell 38 (55b 2x4)
    • RS Bopara 38 (42b 4x4)
    • MM Patel 5-0-23-0
    • R Ashwin 3-0-15-0

Ashwin to Bell, 1 run, tapped away for a single, the batsmen continuing to milk the bowling quite fluently


Ashwin to Bopara, no run, flicked into the leg side


Ashwin to Bopara, no run, again Bopara tries to work with the spin, but can't find space for a single


Ashwin to Bopara, 1 run, driven down to long-on off the front foot


Ashwin to Bell, FOUR, edged! This was a genuine edge, but a thick one and Dhoni can't really be blamed. If there'd been a slip in place, Ashwin would've been in business. As it is, he's given away four runs


Ashwin to Bell, no run, nudged back to the bowler

End of over 26 (6 runs) England 132/3 (149 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 5.07, RRR: 6.20)

    • IR Bell 43 (58b 3x4)
    • RS Bopara 39 (45b 4x4)
    • R Ashwin 4-0-21-0
    • MM Patel 5-0-23-0

A change of ends for Jadeja.


Jadeja to Bopara, no run, there's a hint of turn, Bopara cutting the ball to point


Jadeja to Bopara, no run, pushed back to the bowler off the back foot


Jadeja to Bopara, 1 run, a touch too much width offered outside off, Bopara steps back and away to slash a cut out into the deep


Jadeja to Bell, 1 run, driven down the ground, another single to Bell's name


Jadeja to Bopara, 2 runs, Bopara was ready and waiting in position for a premeditated paddle sweep as Jadeja delivered, a quicker one being glanced down to fine leg


Jadeja to Bopara, no run, short, wide, and Bopara misses out. His eyes lit up when he spotted this one, but he missed it after perhaps trying to make too much of the opportunity

End of over 27 (4 runs) England 136/3 (145 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 5.03, RRR: 6.30)

    • RS Bopara 42 (50b 4x4)
    • IR Bell 44 (59b 3x4)
    • RA Jadeja 3-0-15-0
    • R Ashwin 4-0-21-0

Ashwin to Bell, 1 run, worked with the spin into the leg side


Ashwin to Bopara, no run, flat and fast from Ashwin, Bopara stepping back and hitting to midwicket


Ashwin to Bopara, 1 run, swept down to fine leg


Ashwin to Bell, no run, tossed up a little higher, Bell's defensive push going to midwicket


Ashwin to Bell, no run, cracked back to the right of the bowler, but Ashwin gets across quickly and gets a palm to the ball to negate the single


Ashwin to Bell, 1 run, Bell unfurls the reverse-paddle to pick the gap behind square on the off side, just the single though

End of over 28 (3 runs) England 139/3 (142 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 4.96, RRR: 6.45)

    • IR Bell 46 (63b 3x4)
    • RS Bopara 43 (52b 4x4)
    • R Ashwin 5-0-24-0
    • RA Jadeja 3-0-15-0

Jadeja to Bell, 1 run, the line on this was good but the length was just a little short. Bell spotted it in a flash, chopping a cut of fthe stumps after giving himself room


Jadeja to Bopara, no run, Bopara flings himself into a full-blooded drive, but hits extra cover


Jadeja to Bopara, no run, again extra cover is in action as he's pinged by another drive


Jadeja to Bopara, no run, three in three! And this time the fielder gets the crowd excited by throwing the ball up in the air. Definitely the bump ball. Raina is the man in that position


Jadeja to Bopara, 1 run, finally he does get the single, into the leg side


Jadeja to Bell, 2 runs, Bell comes down the track and is beaten in the flight but goes through with the shot, chipping to wide long on

End of over 29 (4 runs) England 143/3 (138 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 4.93, RRR: 6.57)

    • IR Bell 49 (65b 3x4)
    • RS Bopara 44 (56b 4x4)
    • RA Jadeja 4-0-19-0
    • R Ashwin 5-0-24-0

Ashwin to Bopara, 1 run, a touch too straight from Ashwin, the spin takes the ball down the leg side and it's helped on its way by Bopara


Ashwin to Bell, 1 run, fifty for Bell! Just the three fours, he's had to do a lot of running today, and fittingly the landmark comes up with a single to long-on


Ashwin to Bopara, 1 leg bye, turned to short fine leg, the ball actually touching the pad rather than the bat


Ashwin to Bell, no run, a whippy flick is stopped by the midwicket fielder


Ashwin to Bell, 1 run, this time Bell does find the single on the leg side


Ashwin to Bopara, 1 run, paddle swept down to the man at fine leg, another one to the total

India are really rattling through their overs here. Bell and Bopara have not really been troubled, but the required rate is edging up towards 7.

End of over 30 (5 runs) England 148/3 (133 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 4.93, RRR: 6.65)

    • RS Bopara 46 (59b 4x4)
    • IR Bell 51 (68b 3x4)
    • R Ashwin 6-0-28-0
    • RA Jadeja 4-0-19-0

Jadeja to Bopara, no run, cracked hard to cover off the back foot


Jadeja to Bopara, 1 run, speared in towards middle, nudged away for a single


Jadeja to Bell, 1 run, Bell gets across to off stump as Jadeja hones in on middle again, changing the angle and finding a single to midwicket


Jadeja to Bopara, FOUR, fifty for Bopara! And it's a superb shot to get him there. He had put himself into a position to play the paddle sweep but Jadeja sent a quick, flat ball down outside off. Bopara reacted well, twirling his wrists round and opening the face of the bat to get the ball to third man instead


Jadeja to Bopara, 1 run, nudged into space on the off side


Jadeja to Bell, no run, and defended by Bell to end the over

End of over 31 (7 runs) England 155/3 (126 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 6.63)

    • IR Bell 52 (70b 3x4)
    • RS Bopara 52 (63b 5x4)
    • RA Jadeja 5-0-26-0
    • R Ashwin 6-0-28-0

Ashwin to Bopara, no run, Ashwin gives Bopara very little to work with, aiming full and straight, and the clip goes to midwicket


Ashwin to Bopara, 1 run, paddle-swept to fine leg


Ashwin to Bell, 1 run, reverse sweep from Bell, who doesn't hit it that well but places it to the left of the short third man fielder


Ashwin to Bopara, 1 run, energetic fielding from Raina, as he saves a couple of runs diving to his right at midwicket


Ashwin to Bell, 1 run, quick and flat outside off, Bell angling the ball away through gully


Ashwin to Bopara, no run, and turned into the leg side to end the over, Raina cleaning up again

End of over 32 (4 runs) England 159/3 (122 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 4.96, RRR: 6.77)

    • RS Bopara 54 (67b 5x4)
    • IR Bell 54 (72b 3x4)
    • R Ashwin 7-0-32-0
    • RA Jadeja 5-0-26-0

Jadeja to Bell, OUT, the partnership is broken! Bell was looking so comfortable but he's just tried to do too much with this one. It was tossed up, on middle and off, and he came down the track and chipped an in-out drive over the covers ... or so it seemed. He actually hit it too well, as the ball carried out to wide long-off, where Manoj Tiwary - on as a sub - sprinted forward and to his left and clung onto a diving catch

IR Bell c sub (MK Tiwary) b Jadeja 54 (97m 73b 3x4 0x6) SR: 73.97


Jadeja to Bopara, 1 run, Bopara just opens his wrists on the drive to place the ball through cover point, picking up a single

There's a slip in place for the new man, Ben Stokes.


Jadeja to Stokes, 1 run, Stokes is off the mark straight away, staying deep in his crease and punching to extra cover


Jadeja to Bopara, no run, flighted outside off, and Bopara's drive is intercepted at extra cover


Jadeja to Bopara, 1 run, for the umpteenth time, Bopara uses the paddle sweep to pick up a single to fine leg


Jadeja to Stokes, no run, a little flatter from Jadeja, again Stokes waits on the back foot and a sliding stop from the midwicket fielder stops the single

End of over 33 (3 runs) England 162/4 (119 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 4.90, RRR: 7.00)

    • BA Stokes 1 (2b)
    • RS Bopara 56 (70b 5x4)
    • RA Jadeja 6-0-29-1
    • R Ashwin 7-0-32-0

Ashwin to Bopara, 2 runs, predictably, the paddle sweep from Bopara and - spotting that it's RP Singh after the ball down there - he calls for the second


Ashwin to Bopara, 1 run, once again a paddle sweep, but RP has now come in much closer so it's just the one


Ashwin to Stokes, no run, flighted on middle, Stokes leans over it and pushes to midwicket


Ashwin to Stokes, no run, good fielding from the bowler, who dives across to his right to stop Stokes from getting off strike


Ashwin to Stokes, no run, Stokes comes forward in defence


Ashwin to Stokes, no run, flat and fast - the arm ball - and all Stokes can do is tap it to the midwicket fielder

"Any idea who is winning on D/L method? if its England, where is the rain?" You do make me chuckle Zahir. Not sure what the D/L par is at the moment unfortunately. There are, however, some ominous looking clouds in the distance.

End of over 34 (3 runs) England 165/4 (116 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 4.85, RRR: 7.25)

    • BA Stokes 1 (6b)
    • RS Bopara 59 (72b 5x4)
    • R Ashwin 8-0-35-0
    • RA Jadeja 6-0-29-1

Suresh Raina into the attack now.


Raina to Bopara, no run, Bopara is beaten, aiming a slashing, flat-footed cut towards point


Raina to Bopara, 1 run, this time he does find the single, with a less ambitious shot


Raina to Stokes, 1 run, pushed into the off side by Stokes


Raina to Bopara, 1 run, jabbed down to long-on


Raina to Stokes, no run, Stokes exposes all three stumps as Raina hurls down a quicker one, chopping the ball away at the last moment


Raina to Stokes, 1 run, again Stokes makes a little room, this time he finds space for a single

End of over 35 (4 runs) England 169/4 (112 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 4.82, RRR: 7.46)

    • BA Stokes 3 (9b)
    • RS Bopara 61 (75b 5x4)
    • SK Raina 1-0-4-0
    • R Ashwin 8-0-35-0

Ashwin to Stokes, FOUR, a boundary for Ben Stokes! He skipped down the track but was never to the pitch of the delivery. Nevertheless, he went through with the shot and not only hit it really well, but also found ideal placement to beat the cover sweeper


Ashwin to Stokes, OUT, and he's gone next ball! Ashwin followed up with a much, much slower ball that just hung in the air. Stokes stepped forward and tried to work, against the spin, into the leg side, but the ball gripped, spun and took the leading edge, presenting the bowler with a very easy caught-and-bowled chance. India are taking control of this match.

BA Stokes c & b Ashwin 7 (9m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 63.63


Ashwin to Bresnan, no run, Bresnan meets his first ball with a solid forward defence


Ashwin to Bresnan, 2 runs, that's anything but solid! Bresnan pushes forward very loosely, acres of space between bat and pad, and the ball turns in to take the inside edge but flies just past the leg stump


Ashwin to Bresnan, no run, this time bat and pad are closer together as Bresnan defends


Ashwin to Bresnan, no run, pushed to cover, and it's stopped by the fielder

End of over 36 (6 runs) England 175/5 (106 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 4.86, RRR: 7.57)

    • TT Bresnan 2 (4b)
    • RS Bopara 61 (75b 5x4)
    • R Ashwin 9-0-41-1
    • SK Raina 1-0-4-0

Raina to Bopara, 1 run, the ball takes a thick edge of an attempted cut, but is stopped at short third man


Raina to Bresnan, 1 run, driven hard down the ground


Raina to Bopara, FOUR, RP Singh! Bopara must've spotted that he had come in from the long-on boundary, as the batsman skipped down the track and slammed it in the air in that direction. Had RP been back on the rope, Bopara would've been out. Raina isn't happy. To be fair, RP was probably in to try and stop them taking two if the ball was hit along the ground


Raina to Bopara, 1 run, tapped away for one


Raina to Bresnan, 1 run, driven down the ground, another single to the total


Raina to Bopara, 1 run, hints of a helicopter shot as Bopara sends the ball to long-on. Cheers from the crowd as RP fields down there

And that takes us to the final drinks break of the match. I'll hand back to Abhishek Purohit.

End of over 37 (9 runs) England 184/5 (97 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 4.97, RRR: 7.46)

    • RS Bopara 68 (79b 6x4)
    • TT Bresnan 4 (6b)
    • SK Raina 2-0-13-0
    • R Ashwin 9-0-41-1

Thanks Liam. Fine game this has been, the ODI format allows for comebacks, multiple ones at that. England a bit behind the D/L mark of 195 at the moment if the rain does arrive. It has gone pretty dark


Ashwin to Bopara, no run, flight outside off, slow flight, Bopara walks across but cannot get it anywhere apart from back to Ashwin


Ashwin to Bopara, 1 run, the sweep has worked to day for him, gets it down to long leg


Ashwin to Bresnan, no run, pushes firmly but there is nothing to work with, Ashwin fields


Ashwin to Bresnan, 1 run, full on the pads this time, whipped in the air behind square leg


Ashwin to Bopara, 1 run, nudged in front of midwicket for another single


Ashwin to Bresnan, no run, India are running through some tight overrs, BResnan gets behind this one turning in fullish but only pushes it straight back to Ashwin who has finished a controlled spell

End of over 38 (3 runs) England 187/5 (94 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 4.92, RRR: 7.83)

    • TT Bresnan 5 (9b)
    • RS Bopara 70 (82b 6x4)
    • R Ashwin 10-0-44-1
    • SK Raina 2-0-13-0

Munaf has come back


MM Patel to Bopara, no run, stays beside the line to a length ball bouncing outside off but slaps the cut to point

Yaser: "Would be typical of India's summer should Bopara deny them with his highest score.'


MM Patel to Bopara, 1 run, takes a step outside the crease and drops this one in front of point for the single

Slip has come in


MM Patel to Bresnan, 1 run, straightish one on middle and leg, he stays back and nudges towards midwicket, open spaces out there


MM Patel to Bopara, 1 run, Bopara tries to break free, scythes this fullish one over the infield, but it drops short of sweeper cover


MM Patel to Bresnan, 1 run, back of a length and he shuffles to whip it, there is a man in the deep in front of square leg

Scotty: "Very worried for England... no big hitters/finishers to come. Without KP, Morgan and Prior don't think Ravi can do that role. ??"


MM Patel to Bopara, 1 run, tries to line him up for the big shot, but Munaf follows him with the angle on a tight fullish length, squirted out to midwicket who dives and fires in the throw at the non-striker's

End of over 39 (5 runs) England 192/5 (89 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 4.92, RRR: 8.09)

    • RS Bopara 73 (86b 6x4)
    • TT Bresnan 7 (11b)
    • MM Patel 6-0-28-0
    • R Ashwin 10-0-44-1

Jadeja comes on


Jadeja to Bopara, no run, makes room, gets front foot out and slaps a fullish one on the bounce to extra cover


Jadeja to Bopara, 2 runs, gets the paddle sweep wide enough of long leg to come back for the tight second run


Jadeja to Bopara, 1 run, there is no one at midwicket, but Tiwary from the deep has come running in to limit this work off the pads to one


Jadeja to Bresnan, 2 runs, pushes off the front foot wide of PK at sweeper cover, easy two


Jadeja to Bresnan, FOUR, Bresnan smacks the sweep, right off the middle, to the deep square leg boundary, that will do for this over, one ball left


Jadeja to Bresnan, 6 runs, excellent running, and a brain fade from Jadeja gives England six off one ball, Bresnan was beaten in the flight but managed an awkward loft to long off, they took on the throw for the second, and Jadeja let loose towards the striker's end after gathering the throw from the deep

End of over 40 (15 runs) England 207/5 (74 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 5.17, RRR: 7.40)

    • TT Bresnan 19 (14b 1x4)
    • RS Bopara 76 (89b 6x4)
    • RA Jadeja 7-0-44-1
    • MM Patel 6-0-28-0

MM Patel to Bopara, 1 run, slaps a fullish one wide of long off who does well to get to his left to keep them to the single, and no wild throws this time


MM Patel to Bresnan, 1 run, they are throwing all over the place, this time Virat from point has a shy, which goes way over the stumps as they take the single off a soft push

It has started to rain

Munaf runs all the way and loses his run-up


MM Patel to Bopara, no run, agile from Munaf, for once, he gets down quickly low to his right to stop a firm drive


MM Patel to Bopara, 1 run, neatly done, gliding this one from close to the body but Dhoni goes flying to his right to stop the ball


MM Patel to Bresnan, no run, Munaf gets the yorker spot-on, nothing to be done with that, Bresnan calmly digs it out


MM Patel to Bresnan, 1 run, now Munaf gets the left boot in the way of a furious scythe from Bresnan, that could have gone for more than one

End of over 41 (4 runs) England 211/5 (70 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 5.14, RRR: 7.77)

    • TT Bresnan 21 (17b 1x4)
    • RS Bopara 78 (92b 6x4)
    • MM Patel 7-0-32-0
    • RA Jadeja 7-0-44-1

Rohan: "Dear Indian team, it's my birthday in 2 & half hours. For past 2 years, Roger Federer has thrown away match-points and started my birthday in dejection. You please don't throw away the advantage now. I want my victory gift." Two consecutive match points at that! Too much


Jadeja to Bresnan, FOUR, Jadeja concedes the boundary first ball, nice way to start the over for England, shortish and he goes back to punch it well wide of sweeper cover


Jadeja to Bresnan, 1 run, fuller one driven down to long off for a single


Jadeja to Bopara, 2 runs, short again, he has PK at sweeper cover to thank for the effort JAdeja, else this cut was finding the boundary before PK got in the way with a desperate dive


Jadeja to Bopara, 1 run, gettting forward and nudging through midwicket


Jadeja to Bresnan, no run, fires it in full outside off, he squeezes it in the air towards extra cover


Jadeja to Bresnan, 1 run, cramping him for room, but it is a touch short and he can make some by rocking back and cutting to sweeper cover

End of over 42 (9 runs) England 220/5 (61 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 5.23, RRR: 7.62)

    • TT Bresnan 27 (21b 2x4)
    • RS Bopara 81 (94b 6x4)
    • RA Jadeja 8-0-53-1
    • MM Patel 7-0-32-0

RP comes back from round the stumps


Singh to Bresnan, OUT, and does his side a huge favour with rain approaching with a wicket first ball, the angle that worked so well on the last tour of England for him works again, angled in sharply in to the right hander on a length, he is pegged back, tries to run it down belatedly, misses, and RP uproots off stump

TT Bresnan b Singh 27 (26m 22b 2x4 0x6) SR: 122.72

Salman: "Funny moment in a tense game. Praveen fielded that brilliantly but looked like he was trying to get a hive of honey bees off himself!!"


Singh to Swann, 1 run, guides the widish one well but Tiwary at backward point goes leaping to his right to parry it away

Imran: "@Rohan, England are like Djokovic who has forgotten what a loss tastes like."


Singh to Bopara, 2 runs, Bopara walks down the track, and gives it his all, gets the slap wide of sweeper cover for a couple


Singh to Bopara, 1 run, gets the single with a firm push down to long off

raghav: "Still feel England have an upper hand here. Look at their lower order, Swann, Broad and Anderson...they all can bat."


Singh to Swann, no run, Bopara goes screaming up the track in search of the single as Swann nudges to midwicket off the pad, there is no run there and he has to put in a huge dive back as the throw comes in


Singh to Swann, 2 runs, Swann keeps England on track with a squeezed couple between point and third man, the throw is on the stumps but Bopara is back

End of over 43 (6 runs) England 226/6 (55 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 5.25, RRR: 7.85)

    • GP Swann 3 (3b)
    • RS Bopara 84 (96b 6x4)
    • RP Singh 7-0-48-3
    • RA Jadeja 8-0-53-1

Jadeja to Bopara, 1 run, well bowled, slows it up on a full length, he gets the single with a push to point


Jadeja to Swann, 1 run, gets across and whips the one angled in through midwicket which has been vacant for some time


Jadeja to Bopara, 1 run, drives firmly down to long on


Jadeja to Swann, 2 runs, Swann goes nowhere with the attempted chip shot, but that works for England, it falls between extra cover and long off, and they take the second


Jadeja to Swann, 1 run, down the track he comes and pushes in the air, this time long on gets quickly to the ball


Jadeja to Bopara, 1 run, another pushed single in front of cover

End of over 44 (7 runs) England 233/6 (48 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 5.29, RRR: 8.00)

    • RS Bopara 87 (99b 6x4)
    • GP Swann 7 (6b)
    • RA Jadeja 9-0-60-1
    • RP Singh 7-0-48-3

5.25 pm The rain has picked up, umpire Erasmus is having a look. Dhoni takes a lot of time to set his field as the batting Powerplay has been taken. England two behind on D/L as the umpires decide to go back. This could be cruel for England and Bopara. No, the rain has eased off just as the covers were coming on, and the umpires have called the players back. The rain break that wasn't, then. But wait, now MS Dhoni is nowhere to be seen, he has disappeared in the pavilion.

Now they are all out there. Let's get on with this


MM Patel to Bopara, 1 run, slower one from Munaf, on middle and leg, nudged through midwicket


MM Patel to Swann, no run, Swann takes a step down the track and drives, but it was very full from Munaf and he could not get much power on the shot, Munaf gets down and fields


MM Patel to Swann, FOUR, now the short ball, but third man is short too, Swann is walking out and plays a delicate steer past that fielder, precious runs


MM Patel to Swann, 1 run, low full toss, Swann goes for the drive, mid off is around to field


MM Patel to Bopara, 2 runs, slower one from Munaf again, Bopara is chipping down the pitch and turns it softly through vacant midwicket, they will come back for the second and go ahead on D/L


MM Patel to Bopara, 1 run, more midwicket from Bopara, another single with a firm clip off the pads

End of over 45 (9 runs) England 242/6 (39 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 5.37, RRR: 7.80)

    • RS Bopara 91 (102b 6x4)
    • GP Swann 12 (9b 1x4)
    • MM Patel 8-0-41-0
    • RA Jadeja 9-0-60-1

Ravi Bopara walks out on 91 with the bat slung over his shoulder. RP will run in, fine leg is up in the circle, third man is not

Pranav: "I bet Paul the Octopus died coz he was asked to predict English weather."

5.38 pm This has gone beyond hilarious now, the covers are coming off now, to a standing ovation from the crowd. This could be the last straw for India's horror tour, this is as conspiratorial as the rain gods could get. But we hear now that a resumption is not farther than a few minutes. The outfield will be damp now, the ball will get wet, and we have four overs of the batting Powerplay to come. England favourites

Si: "How will England convince India that we don`t control our weather when this kind of thing happens? Seriously - does anyone think we would choose this, if we had any power over it..." You wouldn't?

Half an hour worth of interruption before we start docking off the overs. The Indians are still on the field. Now the rain has decided to pick up, forcing the Indians off the field, very reluctantly

5.32 pm Loud cheer from the crowd as the players go off for rain again, this time Dhoni does not seem to want to go back. But he has to reluctantly trudge off. The Indians have not left the field, the English batsmen have vanished this time. The rain is steady.

England have sneaked ahead on the D/L by the same margin by which they were behind when the previous interruption came about, two runs. That one over from Munaf could well have decided the game, it went for nine


Singh to Bopara, 1 leg bye, cannot connect but get enough off the pad on it to steal the single towards midwicket, RP hares after the ball and fires the throw, too late


Singh to Swann, 1 leg bye, angled in full on the pads, squirts towards square leg as he comes down the track, RP appeals, going down leg


Singh to Bopara, 1 run, midwicket continues to be productive for Bopara as he flicks for another single


Singh to Swann, FOUR, there is the boundary, Swann has made some room and drilled the full delivery between extra cover and mid off, Munaf chases it all the way to the ropes


Singh to Swann, 2 runs, short ball now but Swann swings it through square leg, the man from deep midwicket bounds across, but slips even as he puts in the slide


Singh to Swann, 1 run, RP goes for the yorker, Swann makes some more room and carves him between cover and point, not much on the shot this time though

End of over 46 (10 runs) England 252/6 (29 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 5.47, RRR: 7.25)

    • GP Swann 19 (13b 2x4)
    • RS Bopara 92 (104b 6x4)
    • RP Singh 8-0-56-3
    • MM Patel 8-0-41-0

29 off 24. Looks like a steal


MM Patel to Swann, 1 run, gets outside leg and scythes the length ball from middle down to long on


MM Patel to Bopara, 1 run, full toss from Munaf now, Bopara turns it through midwicket for a single


MM Patel to Swann, 2 runs, walks down the track, Munaf drops it shorter, slower, Swann chips it softly towards midwicket, soft enough to bring two


MM Patel to Swann, 1 run, makes room again for the big drive, Munaf goes full on the stumps, and Swann manages to squeeze it out to extra cover


MM Patel to Bopara, 1 run, Bopara walks down the track and works a length ball towards midwicket, this time long on charges in to keep him to one


MM Patel to Swann, FOUR, Munaf serves up a low full toss, Swann exposes the stumps and carves him way over extra cover, in to the boundary, England cantering now

End of over 47 (10 runs) England 262/6 (19 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 5.57, RRR: 6.33)

    • GP Swann 27 (17b 3x4)
    • RS Bopara 94 (106b 6x4)
    • MM Patel 9-0-51-0
    • RP Singh 8-0-56-3

sayantan: "at the begining of the match someone had argued in favour of not picking aaron..reasons,can he bowl yorkers,slower etc..bowling fast is not anough...just curious to know how many yorkers and slower ones munaf and RP has bowled so far in this series..."

RP and Munaf are having a discussion. RP from round the stumps


Singh to Bopara, no run, dot ball, oh well, a rarity, RP angles it in just short of a length, Bopara plays all around it and misses


Singh to Bopara, 1 run, too much with the angle on the pads, and tickled square for the single

Shiraz: "I'm not an English fan but I have to admit England seems to have a man for every occasion if it's not Bresnan it's Swann, if it's not Bell it's Bopara one or the other person steps up for every occasion." Ravinder Singh is the man today


Singh to Swann, no run, sharp short ball, right in to Swann, who spots it late and just about gets the head down in time


Singh to Swann, 1 leg bye, in to the pads from a fuller length, Swann lines up to swing it over square leg, misses and it rolls away on the leg side


Singh to Bopara, 1 run, Bopara gets across and outside the crease, flicks a very full delivery, square leg puts in the slide to his right, single already taken


Singh to Swann, 1 run, RP ends a fine over with another short ball in to Swann, who cannot get hold of the pull as he is not in the best of positions for the shot, squirts it infront of square leg

End of over 48 (4 runs) England 266/6 (15 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 5.54, RRR: 7.50)

    • GP Swann 28 (20b 3x4)
    • RS Bopara 96 (109b 6x4)
    • RP Singh 9-0-59-3
    • MM Patel 9-0-51-0

With the rain coming down, Swann withdraws late from his stance, wasting some time


MM Patel to Swann, 2 runs, and then he chips down the track and dinks a fullish one in front of long on, bopara will scamper back for the second, Swann is such a combative presence to have at this moment


MM Patel to Swann, 1 run, pushed in to the off side for a single


MM Patel to Bopara, 1 leg bye, Munaf screams out the appeal, but this ball was headed well down leg as Bopara missed the swing


MM Patel to Swann, OUT, Munaf has run out Swann in pouring rain! drama at Lord's, Swann danced down the track, but could not get hold of this one, it trickled on to the pitch, Munaf charged for it even as England scampered for the run, got to the ball right under Swann's nose, wheeled around and fired in the throw at the non-striker's, he even hit

GP Swann run out 31 (26m 23b 3x4 0x6) SR: 134.78


MM Patel to Bopara, OUT, Munaf does it for India again, and Ravi Bopara falls at the doorstep of glory, it is Ravindra Jadeja who redeems himself at the deep midwicket boundary with a well-judged leaping high take, Bopara had bent the knee and swung Munaf high over midwicket, but found Jadeja, India are rejoicing in the huddle, they have come back from the brink, they had almost fallen off, a dejected Bopara has to walk back, tragic end to a brave innings

RS Bopara c Jadeja b MM Patel 96 (137m 111b 6x4 0x6) SR: 86.48

That's it, it has finally ended, in a stalemate. This is Abhishek Purohit signing off, along with Liam Brickhill, who is having a silent chuckle somewhere in ESPNcricinfo Towers in London. Thanks for all the frenzied feedback folks. Cheers and stay away the rain.

Suresh Raina: "I was batting well but not getting big scores. My game plan is simple, when I get the ball in my areas, I play my game. Disappointing for Ravi to not have got the 100."

Ravi Bopara: "Not an ideal way to clinch the series, with the rain around, we did not know when to accelerate. Should I knock it for ones and twos, or go for the big shots, once Swann got out I thought we should really go for it towards the close. Last couple of games have been nice for me, long way to go ahead."

Joint Men of the Match today, Suresh Raina and Ravi Bopara.

Alastair Cook: "It was touch and go towards the end, we ended up batting for D/L, being more defensive knocking off the singles, not sure when the rain was coming. Tie was a fair result. Great to see Bopara delivering on the big stage to get us a tie. We tried everything earlier but that partnership (between Dhoni and Raina) was fantastic. If we had kept them to 250, we could have got there comfortably. Possibly we missed Dernbach. We will know on Broad in 48 hours."

MS Dhoni: "I will not crib about the tie. Jadeja is doing his job brilliantly. In conditions like these, it is hard for the part-timers. Today when the ball got wet, we had enough resources. We know Raina has fair amount of firepower and if he gets going can destroy any attack in the world. We have not won anything. It has been a long tour, we have one more game, we will give it our best."

Karthik: "@Prateek: Without the catch by Jadeja on the last ball we would have lost."

Abedi: "No body is giving credit to Munaf for his excellent last 5 balls that convert a Loss for India to a Tie at least."

Prateek: "Oh Jadeja! What was that inexcusable, needless throw at the striker's end for?!"

Julia: "Whoa this has been more dramatic than a Bollywood movie."

6.25 pm With the covers firmly on at Lord's, the game has been called off. It is a tie, the second one in the previous five games between England and India. The home team have taken the series with the final game in Cardiff to go. Bit of a letdown actually, what with all the frenetic momentum shifts towards the end.

Rohit: "Did England just do a South Africa?"

The umpires will wait till 6.30 pm before calling the presently-tied game off.

Nauman: "Pardon me for being too judgmental, but seriously. Did england invent the game of cricket? really? Had they, then it would have been an indoor game."

amit: "You may find the indian team being invited to play in some drought affected areas. They seem to attract rain."

And fittingly, it will be a tie if the game is called off here. Just been too much of ebb and flow in this game for both sides

They are going off again for rain, it had been pouring all over the helmets of the batsmen but the umpires had been gritting their teeth and hanging in there, just got too heavy for comfort now






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