NatWest Series [India in England] - 5th ODI

England v India

England won by 6 wickets (with 10 balls remaining) (D/L method)

Munaf Patel will start things off for India. No, it's Vinay Kumar. Craig Kieswetter and Alastair Cook are ready. Two slips

7.28pm: Time for the resumption. The rain has relented. The first Powerplay will be eight overs, and the other two four each. Five bowlers can bowl a maximum of eight overs.

7.07pm: According to SKY, play will resume at 7.30pm. So we're in store for more revisions. The target has been revised to 270 in 40 overs. So there we go.

7.00pm: The game should have started by now. Another delay.

6.57pm The rain has returned so 7pm might be a conservative estimate.

6.49pm The update is that play will resume at 7pm. The second innings has been reduced to 47 overs and the target for England is 295. The first Powerplay is 10 overs, the second five and third four. Two bowlers can bowl a full quota of 10 overs.

6.40pm We might have a delayed start to the chase since the covers are still on. The players are warming up. The resumption time was 6.45pm, but it may take a little longer than that.

0.1

Vinay Kumar to Cook, 1 run, pushed him back with that short of a good length delivery, Cook rocked back to play it wide of square leg, nipped back in a bit

0.2

Vinay Kumar to Kieswetter, no run, goodish length outside off, moving away and Kieswetter leaves it alone

There's still some rain in the air

0.3

Vinay Kumar to Kieswetter, no run, short of a good length on middle, defended from the crease towards midwicket

0.4

Vinay Kumar to Kieswetter, FOUR, nicely done, slightly short on leg stump and Kieswetter turns it down really fine to beat fine leg to the ropes

0.5

Vinay Kumar to Kieswetter, no run, pushed it fuller on the off stump, a hint of away movement, Kieswetter tried to push it through the line, got a thick outside edge to point

0.6

Vinay Kumar to Kieswetter, 3 runs, nicely timed, too straight from Vinay, pushed away sweetly between midwicket and mid-on for a couple, in fact three

End of over 1 (8 runs) England 8/0 (297 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 8.00, RRR: 6.06)
C Kieswetter    7* (5b 1x4)      R Vinay Kumar    1-0-8-0
AN Cook    1* (1b)     

RP Singh to bowl from the other end

1.1

Singh to Kieswetter, FOUR, poor start by RP, a full delivery on the pads, swinging in and Kieswetter accepts the gift, clipping it away past short fine leg for four more

A slip comes off

1.2

Singh to Kieswetter, no run, shortish on middle, keeps a little low and he plays it down to short midwicket

No Slip now

1.3

Singh to Kieswetter, no run, short of a good length on the off, nips back in and he defends it solidly

1.4

Singh to Kieswetter, FOUR, Bad start for RP, full and wide, in the slot for Kieswetter and he lunges forward to caress that through cover and point

A gully in place now

1.5

Singh to Kieswetter, no run, appeal for lbw, looked really close, nipped back in from middle and struck the back pad as he tried to defend that off the back foot, would have been going high says Hawk-eye

1.6

Singh to Kieswetter, no run, slightly short on middle, is solidly behind this one, defending it back to the bowler

End of over 2 (8 runs) England 16/0 (289 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 8.00, RRR: 6.02)
C Kieswetter    15* (11b 3x4)      RP Singh    1-0-8-0
AN Cook    1* (1b)      R Vinay Kumar    1-0-8-0

A decent start for England here

2.1

Vinay Kumar to Cook, no run, slightly short on the off, played out into the off side back towards the bowler

2.2

Vinay Kumar to Cook, 1 run, there is a short point in place, short and wide and it's struck fiercely towards Raina at short point, he gets a hand to it and takes a lot of pace off it to keep them to just one

2.3

Vinay Kumar to Kieswetter, FOUR, another gift for Kieswetter, meaty delivery on the pads and it's driven elegantly through midwicket for an easy boundary

2.4

Vinay Kumar to Kieswetter, no run, moves across to work that shortish delivery into the leg side, misses and is struck on the thigh, would have gone over again

2.5

Vinay Kumar to Kieswetter, 1 run, gets across and dabs it in front of mid-on to complete a quick single

2.6

Vinay Kumar to Cook, no run, short of a good length, punched straight to Raina at cover

End of over 3 (6 runs) England 22/0 (283 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 7.33, RRR: 6.02)
AN Cook    2* (4b)      R Vinay Kumar    2-0-14-0
C Kieswetter    20* (14b 4x4)      RP Singh    1-0-8-0

3.1

Singh to Kieswetter, no run, shortish on middle, getting it to dart back in, defended solidly towards mid-on

3.2

Singh to Kieswetter, 1 run, slightly short outside off, eased it past cover for a single

3.3

Singh to Cook, no run, beaten, in the channel outside off with a bit of away movement, Cook was tempted into playing the drive but was almost done in by the movement

A slip and a short midwicket

3.4

Singh to Cook, FOUR, plenty of room for Cook this time and on a length, gets forward and cracks it between cover and point for a boundary

3.5

Singh to Cook, no run, short of a good length outside off, a touch too close to cut, Cook was looking to chop it into the off side but got an inside edge just past the stumps

3.6

Singh to Cook, no run, better this time, slightly short on middle, moving away and he presses it to point

End of over 4 (5 runs) England 27/0 (278 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 6.75, RRR: 6.04)
AN Cook    6* (8b 1x4)      RP Singh    2-0-13-0
C Kieswetter    21* (16b 4x4)      R Vinay Kumar    2-0-14-0

4.1

Vinay Kumar to Kieswetter, OUT, Kieswetter's livid, Vinay's ecstatic, kept a little low, landed on middle and leg and Kieswetter moved well across to work that square leg and missed, early indications are that it would have gone on to hit leg but we need another replay to confirm. The umpire Nigel Llong, however, had no doubt and raised his finger immediately

C Kieswetter lbw b Vinay Kumar 21 (18m 17b 4x4 0x6) SR: 123.52

A relief for India after a poor start by both opening bowlers. Jonathan Trott walks in. Hawk-eye says the ball would have in fact missed leg, by a decent distance

4.2

Vinay Kumar to Trott, no run, a good bouncer from Vinay, banged in short outside off and trott sways out of the way

4.3

Vinay Kumar to Trott, no run, shortish on the off, defended towards point from the crease

4.4

Vinay Kumar to Trott, no run, stands tall to that shortish delivery and punches it towards extra cover

4.5

Vinay Kumar to Trott, 1 run, in the channel outside off, guides it down to third man for a single

4.6

Vinay Kumar to Cook, 1 run, back of a length outside off, punched towards extra cover from the crease

End of over 5 (2 runs) England 29/1 (276 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 5.80, RRR: 6.13)
AN Cook    7* (9b 1x4)      R Vinay Kumar    3-0-16-1
IJL Trott    1* (4b)      RP Singh    2-0-13-0

Mark Kidger: "People have been sinking their hooks into Kieswetter but, in this series, he has been giving England the fast starts that they have been lacking for years. An attacking player will though fail sometimes: even Sehwag occasionally fails to make a big score!"

5.1

Singh to Cook, no run, RP angles that in towards Cook, bowls it a little full, Cook pushes it firmly to mid-off

5.2

Singh to Cook, no run, slides that one on the pads and Cook will feel he missed out, was targeting square leg but couldn't make contact and was struck on the pads

5.3

Singh to Cook, 1 run, short outside off, slashes hard, gets a thick outside edge towards third man for a single

5.4

Singh to Trott, FOUR, full outside off, there is a slip in place for Trott but it goes past him, drawing him into playing a drive and he pushes hard at it but gets a thick edge to beat third man to the boundary

5.5

Singh to Trott, no run, much closer to the stumps this time, Trott moves across and defends him towards point

5.6

Singh to Trott, no run, slightly short on the off, punched towards point from the crease

End of over 6 (5 runs) England 34/1 (271 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 5.66, RRR: 6.15)
IJL Trott    5* (7b 1x4)      RP Singh    3-0-18-0
AN Cook    8* (12b 1x4)      R Vinay Kumar    3-0-16-1

6.1

Vinay Kumar to Cook, no run, short of a good length on the off, punched from the crease to mid-off

6.2

Vinay Kumar to Cook, 1 run, gets across does Cook and whips that past a diving midwicket, just the single as the fielder got a hand to that one

The media has adjudged MS Dhoni as the Player of the Series

6.3

Vinay Kumar to Trott, 1 run, stylishly done by Trott, drove that hard on the up but Raina at short extra cover saves a boundary, diving to his right and palming the ball towards mid-off

6.4

Vinay Kumar to Cook, 1 run, short outside off, cut towards point but there's a misfield this time that allows them a single

Two midwickets in place now

6.5

Vinay Kumar to Trott, no run, short outside off, trying to test him there after placing those two midwickets, not very short, pullable but Trott opts out of it

6.6

Vinay Kumar to Trott, no run, good length on the off, pushed it firmly off the front foot to extra cover

The factors that went in Dhoni's favour are consistency through this series, and good performances in tricky situations

End of over 7 (3 runs) England 37/1 (268 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 5.28, RRR: 6.23)
IJL Trott    6* (10b 1x4)      R Vinay Kumar    4-0-19-1
AN Cook    10* (15b 1x4)      RP Singh    3-0-18-0

7.1

Singh to Cook, 1 run, width, pitched up and he mistimes a drive, gets it past a diving point, just the single

7.2

Singh to Trott, 1 run, easily done, knocks it down into the off side and races through for a single

7.3

Singh to Cook, FOUR, lucky, is Cook, tries to drive that through the line after it landed on a good length, it nipped in and almost bowled him through the gate, got an inside edge to the fine-leg boundary

7.4

Singh to Cook, no run, short ball, cut hard into the ground but it can't beat Raina at point

7.5

Singh to Cook, no run, appeal for lbw, Cook moved well towards off stump there, tried to flick it fine, was probably struck outside the line

7.6

Singh to Cook, 1 run, pitched full on the off, digs it out wide of mid-off for a single to keep strike

Over now to Liam Brickhill for the remainder of the game. Cheers

End of over 8 (7 runs) England 44/1 (261 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 5.50, RRR: 6.21)
AN Cook    16* (20b 2x4)      RP Singh    4-0-25-0
IJL Trott    7* (11b 1x4)      R Vinay Kumar    4-0-19-1

Thanks Talya. Unsurprisingly, India have opted for the bowling powerplay straight away.

8.1

MM Patel to Cook, no run, perhaps a little short of a good length, but Cook doesn't look to do to much, tapping to midwicket

8.2

MM Patel to Cook, 1 run, there's the shot! Again too short from Munaf, this time Cook seizes on it to hammer a pull out to the man at deep midwicket

8.3

MM Patel to Trott, SIX, smashed down the ground! That's the first six of Trott's ODI career, and a good way to get it too. He skipped down at a slower ball, picking it and sending it arcing high over Munaf's head with a full swing of the blade

8.4

MM Patel to Trott, no run, nudged off a length to midwicket ... they look for the single but the fielder is across too quickly

8.5

MM Patel to Trott, no run, Munaf sticks to a fairly disciplined line after the boundary, Trott manoeuvring the ball into the off side this time

8.6

MM Patel to Trott, 1 run, Trott finds a single to long leg with that trademark clip off the hip of his

There is rain falling in Cardiff. There's barely anything at all on the satellite imagery of the region, but the water is coming from somewhere!

End of over 9 (8 runs) England 52/1 (253 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 5.77, RRR: 6.17)
IJL Trott    14* (15b 1x4 1x6)      MM Patel    1-0-8-0
AN Cook    17* (22b 2x4)      RP Singh    4-0-25-0

9.1

Vinay Kumar to Trott, 1 run, full from Vinay, Trott comes forward and threads a drive through cover for one

8.40pm And on that note, we'll finally have some cricket again!

I think Rajendra has had a few too many late nights in this series: "ICC SHOULD BE RULE for ENGLAND Series Especially for Rain interuption. If rain interupts thrice during second innning,batting side should declared winner. It will save alot resources,time and mainly nobody need to be awake until late nights. A lot of saving and players can catch first flight to go back to INDIA as well in morning."

8.35pm England will have 1.5 overs of bowling powerplay when they return, the batting powerplay later will be three overs long. For India, four bowlers can bowl a maximum of seven overs, one can bowl six.

"The retirement of the great Rahul Dravid from ODI has made me a bit emotional. I am wondering how it will be when the great Little Master Sachin Tendulkar retires. For me it will personally the saddest day ever since I have been following cricket." I know how you feel, Sagar. I haven't been the same since the great Guy Whittall called it a day.

David Gower is having a full-on rant on Sky's coverage. He's as frustrated as anyone with this delay. "It's not raining!" he's said about 10 times. And it isn't. In fact, they're rolling the covers off and word is we'll have an 8.40pm re-start. Their Duckworth/Lewis target will be 241 in 34 overs.

There might be one or two holes in your argument here Siva. How does the weather affect the morality or otherwise of a result? "Test series England played exceptionally well and they deserved the results. But one day series...rain own the series for them. Abandoned first match and tied 4th matches are in India's favor when the matches halted due to rain. I agree that Englad own 2nd and 3rd matches even though they also effected by rain. So morally India won the ODI series 3-2 with this match."

8.20pm The umpires are still on the outfield, as is Munaf Patel. They appear to have shared a joke as they're all having a giggle in the mizzle now.

Your name is 'simple', but your thoughts are deep: "How does the D/L method account for powerplay overs? Shouldn't Dhoni have avoided the bowling powerplay and then try and be ahead of D/L just in case rain comes in after it becomes a valid match." I think that may be complicating things a bit too much though.

There's just a hint of paranoid conspiracy in this from Sam: "I told you so...All the English grounds have a rain switch....They turn it on n off whenever they need it."

"Flash Flash : India's badluck is in liquid form," writes Vijay. "This answers the somewhere part." Indeed. And it's raining even more heavily now, as the square is covered and the Indians and the umpires drag themselves off.

8.15pm And with that, they're going off. Out come the covers. Munaf is giving Trott an earbashing for exiting the field so quickly, but Trott is having none of it, and marches directly off the field even as the rain eases off. The entire Indian team, and the umpires, have stayed in the middle. The hover cover has arrived in the centre, but it's barely even spitting now. Just a couple of umbrellas up in the crowd.

9.2

Vinay Kumar to Cook, no run, Vinay is bang on target to start, aiming for the top of off. Cook defends back down the track

9.3

Vinay Kumar to Cook, no run, Cook appears to have realised very quickly that he can't afford to play himself in again, he's got to find fluency quickly. To that end, he gives himself some room second ball, but can't get it away!

9.4

Vinay Kumar to Cook, FOUR, that's been put away! Again Cook looked to open up the off side, this time the ball was a little fuller and skidded in to the bat off the surface. He threaded the gap at cover, and the sweeper had no chance

9.5

Vinay Kumar to Cook, no run, Vinay pulls his length back to negate the drive, and Cook's clip goes to midwicket

9.6

Vinay Kumar to Cook, 1 run, Vinay is a little too straight to finish, and is neatly worked into the wide space on the leg side for a single

A suggestion from Ikrana: "Why not bowl spinners now and blaze through the overs? It's not like Cook and Trott are going to score at 8-an-over. Get to the infernal 20 over mark, then at least the match won't be abandoned."

End of over 10 (6 runs) England 58/1 (247 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 5.80, RRR: 6.17)
AN Cook    22* (27b 3x4)      R Vinay Kumar    5-0-25-1
IJL Trott    15* (16b 1x4 1x6)      MM Patel    1-0-8-0

10.1

MM Patel to Cook, 1 run, shovelled into the leg side by Cook, who loses his shape whenever he tries to be too aggressive. Still, he gets enough on it for the single

10.2

MM Patel to Trott, 1 run, great yorker! Munaf trundles in and fires one down at Trott's toes. He gets the bat down in time though, and there's a scampered single to be had

Oh dear, it's drizzling again.

10.3

MM Patel to Cook, 1 leg bye, off the hip, and they run another as the ball rolls to leg

10.4

MM Patel to Trott, 1 no ball, Trott is caught off a no-ball! He jumped down the track and tried to drive Munaf over the top, but couldn't get it past Parthiv at mid-off. Parthiv launched into frantic celebrations, flinging the ball high into the night sky, but Munaf has over-stepped! Well, India have no luck. It's official

10.4

MM Patel to Trott, 1 run, the Free Hit is sliced into the covers, and they take a single

10.5

MM Patel to Cook, 1 run, slashed up ... but dropping safe at short third man! There was a fielder nearby but he couldn't get back in time

10.6

MM Patel to Trott, 1 run, full on off, and Trott picks up another run with a drive off the front foot, the ball skidding into the outfield

There is still some sort of precipitation coming down. Somewhere between mist, drizzle and rain.

End of over 11 (7 runs) England 65/1 (176 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 5.90, RRR: 7.65)
IJL Trott    18* (20b 1x4 1x6)      MM Patel    2-0-14-0
AN Cook    24* (30b 3x4)      R Vinay Kumar    5-0-25-1

R Ashwin into the attack. Good move, quite possibly. At the very least, they'll get 20 overs in quite quickly.

11.1

Ashwin to Trott, 1 run, eased down the ground for one to start

11.2

Ashwin to Cook, 2 runs, good running, they push hard for the second as Cook clumps Ashwin out into the deep

11.3

Ashwin to Cook, 1 run, there is some spin on offer for Ashwin, but it's slow off the surface and Cook has plenty of time to rock back and cut through cover point

How badly will this wet outfield affect Ashwin? He's gripped it alright so far.

11.4

Ashwin to Trott, 1 run, full on off stump, driven down to long off

11.5

Ashwin to Cook, no run, almost done in the flight! This was nicely looped up by Ashwin, and Cook very nearly drove over the top of it. He managed to jab down in time, however, and keep it out

11.6

Ashwin to Cook, 1 run, and Ashwin follows that up with a much quicker, flatter one, that rushes straight on and is whipped to midwicket

End of over 12 (6 runs) England 71/1 (170 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 5.91, RRR: 7.72)
AN Cook    28* (34b 3x4)      R Ashwin    1-0-6-0
IJL Trott    20* (22b 1x4 1x6)      MM Patel    2-0-14-0

12.1

MM Patel to Cook, FOUR, clobbered! It was a slower one from Munaf - the legcutter - but Cook saw it early, cleared the left leg a little, and heaved it to wide long on

12.2

MM Patel to Cook, 2 runs, Munaf follows that up with a long, wide half-volley that is driven hard along the ground, but stopped by the sweeper. And there's the 50 partnership, at a-run-ball. Unlikely pair to bat in that fashion, you might think. But there you go

12.3

MM Patel to Cook, 1 run, another slower cutter from Munaf, but it allows Cook some width and he cuts well behind square

12.4

MM Patel to Trott, 1 run, pushed, on the up, into the off side, and they take a single

12.5

MM Patel to Cook, no run, a really-well directed slower-ball yorker from Munaf, and it slips under the bat wide of off

12.6

MM Patel to Cook, 1 run, another slower one, this one isn't quite on target however and is driven down the ground

No follow through at all from Munaf after those slower balls. Is he worried about sliding on this surface?

End of over 13 (9 runs) England 80/1 (161 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 6.15, RRR: 7.66)
AN Cook    36* (39b 4x4)      MM Patel    3-0-23-0
IJL Trott    21* (23b 1x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    1-0-6-0

13.1

Ashwin to Cook, 1 run, looped up really slow by Ashwin, from round the wicket. Cook bends into a flashing square drive

13.2

Ashwin to Trott, no run, nicely flighted once more by the offspinner. Trott plays with the spin to midwicket, finding the fielder directly

13.3

Ashwin to Trott, 2 runs, there's the variation, a quicker arm ball that rushes straight on. Trott was deep in his crease waiting for it, and aims a deft little late cut to third man

13.4

Ashwin to Trott, 1 run, driven away once more, another single

13.5

Ashwin to Cook, 2 runs, Cook is well forward and drives hard through the covers ... Raina is out in the deep but they take on his arm, and are easily back for the second

13.6

Ashwin to Cook, no run, bottom edge! Cook went down on bended knee to sweep but the ball kept low, taking the bottom edge and cannoning off his thigh

End of over 14 (6 runs) England 86/1 (155 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 6.14, RRR: 7.75)
AN Cook    39* (42b 4x4)      R Ashwin    2-0-12-0
IJL Trott    24* (26b 1x4 1x6)      MM Patel    3-0-23-0

14.1

MM Patel to Trott, no run, not quite the yorker, but it's very full and nicely straight and Trott can only drive back to the bowler. Some of the spectators get excited as Munaf catches the ball, but it was clearly a bump ball

14.2

MM Patel to Trott, no run, right up to the bat once more. Trott tried to put him through straight mid-on, but Munaf stretched his right hand out to stop this one too

14.3

MM Patel to Trott, 1 run, this time he does find a single, driving into the off side

Trust the famous Heather to come up with a donut-based solution to the threat of rain: "Everybody who is stressing out about the rain and D/L should really remember the following: Eat a donut a day, and everything's gonna be ooo-o-o-o-o-okay!"

14.4

MM Patel to Cook, 1 run, full and wide, a shovelled drive finds long-off

14.5

MM Patel to Trott, no run, slapped on the up and just behind square, the ball being stopped at backward point

14.6

MM Patel to Trott, 1 run, this time he gets him away, but again it's just the single

End of over 15 (3 runs) England 89/1 (152 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 5.93, RRR: 8.00)
IJL Trott    26* (31b 1x4 1x6)      MM Patel    4-0-26-0
AN Cook    40* (43b 4x4)      R Ashwin    2-0-12-0

15.1

Ashwin to Trott, 1 run, misfield at midwicket! Trott came down the track and flicked to leg, but the fielder couldn't stop it cleanly. It was Raina, so it's safe to assume the wet conditions had something to do with that. Indeed, the ball landed on one of the wet practice wickets and skidded past him

15.2

Ashwin to Cook, 1 run, good use of the feet by Cook, skipping down to take it on the full and easing the ball to long on

15.3

Ashwin to Trott, 1 run, Trott steps right back in his crease to nudge the ball with the spin into the leg side

15.4

Ashwin to Cook, 1 run, ah, the 'pause-and-deliver' ball from Ashwin! Cook had come down the track again and had to pause himself, before driving out to the cover sweeper

15.5

Ashwin to Trott, 1 run, and now the carrom ball from Ashwin, but the variation doesn't matter as Trott is well forwarded and smothers the ball to fine leg with a sweep

15.6

Ashwin to Cook, 1 run, punched down the ground for one

A reply, from Sam: "An apple a day keeps the doctor away....A donut a day works the other way."

End of over 16 (6 runs) England 95/1 (146 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 5.93, RRR: 8.11)
AN Cook    43* (46b 4x4)      R Ashwin    3-0-18-0
IJL Trott    29* (34b 1x4 1x6)      MM Patel    4-0-26-0

Spin from both ends now, here's Jadeja.

16.1

Jadeja to Cook, no run, Cook looks to attack straight away, charging out of his crease, but clips it to midwicket

By the way, with one wicket down, par score for England after 20 overs is 118. So, they need to be 119 for 1 to win.

16.2

Jadeja to Cook, 2 runs, in the air ... and safe! Cook sliced right across this one, the ball went high but down the ground, landing right between long on and long off. And, in fact, it looks like we've got an injury here. Munaf was the man running from long off, and as he slid across the painted outfield he's hurt something. It's his right ankle, and he looks to be in some pain. Yep, the stretcher comes out. Kind of sums up India's tour ... I'm not sure what the delay is now, but this is taking forever. Munaf is just sitting on the outfield. There are now two stretchers near him ... And after all that, he's helped off with a stretcher!

"Please Liam, I beg you: don't write phrases like 'through the COVERS, 'in the COVER', 'brings the COVER into play', and especially 'Extra COVER'. Oh, the mere mention of the word! And If at all a mention is unavoidable, do warn us in advance." I will try, Vj, I will try.

16.3

Jadeja to Cook, 1 run, Jadeja comes round the wicket, and is flicked to midwicket by Cook

16.4

Jadeja to Trott, no run, Jadeja does well to field off his own bowling, zipping across quickly to stop Trott's drive

16.5

Jadeja to Trott, no run, Trott uses his feet once more, but Jadeja holds this one back and he can't quite get to it to drive

16.6

Jadeja to Trott, FOUR, poor ball, good shot! Jadeja fired one down short and wide, Trott stepped back and cut it hard. Importantly, he found perfect placement behind square to find the boundary

End of over 17 (7 runs) England 102/1 (139 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 8.17)
IJL Trott    33* (37b 2x4 1x6)      RA Jadeja    1-0-7-0
AN Cook    46* (49b 4x4)      R Ashwin    3-0-18-0

Virat Kohli is going to have a bowl now. These conditions could really suit his bowling style, taking pace off the ball. Dhoni stays back to start.

17.1

Kohli to Cook, no run, speared down on the pads, but Cook can't get it away

If England lose another wicket, the par score at 20 overs is 122.

17.2

Kohli to Cook, no run, lobbed down without much spite or pace, and Cook charges out, drving to extra cover. Why is Dhoni not up to the stumps?

17.3

Kohli to Cook, FOUR, shot! Cook goes to fifty with a reverse sweep off the medium-pacer, taking the ball on the full and putting it past the fielder at short third man

17.4

Kohli to Cook, no run, dropped Dravid has dropped a sitter at short fine leg. Cook went for the orthodox paddle sweep but didn't connect very well, the ball looped straight to Dravid, but popped out of his hands!

17.5

Kohli to Cook, OUT, gone this time! Kohli celebrates with an excited yelp and some fist-pumping as Cook gives himself room and aims an ungainly heave to leg, only to miss the ball completely and have his stumps re-arranged. Dravid runs straight to Kohli to congratulate him! And well he might, that's Kohli's first ODI wicket

AN Cook b Kohli 50 (82m 54b 5x4 0x6) SR: 92.59

So, par at 20 is now 122. If England lose another, it goes up to 128.

17.6

Kohli to Bell, no run, quicker and just short of a good length to start. Bell stays deep in his crease to defend

End of over 18 (4 runs) England 106/2 (135 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 5.88, RRR: 8.43)
IR Bell    0* (1b)      V Kohli    1-0-4-1
IJL Trott    33* (37b 2x4 1x6)      RA Jadeja    1-0-7-0

18.1

Jadeja to Trott, 1 run, there's acres of room out on the leg side, and Trott stays back to whip the ball out in that direction

18.2

Jadeja to Bell, 1 run, tossed up a little higher and a little fuller by Jadeja, Bell stepping to it to drive to long on

18.3

Jadeja to Trott, 1 run, Trott is forward now, driving hard out to long off

18.4

Jadeja to Bell, no run, good delivery from Jadeja, who delivers from round the wicket and gives Bell no width to work with, the ball driven to extra cover

18.5

Jadeja to Bell, no run, slick stuff once more from Jadeja, who spotted Bell coming down the track and adjusted accordingly to keep him quiet

18.6

Jadeja to Bell, 2 runs, close! Jadeja is quite electric in the field, and this will be tight for Trott. The ball had been tapped towards deep mid on and Jadeja himself set after it, hurling it back to Raina at the non-striker's end ... But replays show the batsman was just home

End of over 19 (5 runs) England 111/2 (130 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 5.84, RRR: 8.66)
IR Bell    3* (5b)      RA Jadeja    2-0-12-0
IJL Trott    35* (39b 2x4 1x6)      V Kohli    1-0-4-1

19.1

Kohli to Trott, 1 run, Kohli continues, and Trott nurdles a slow legcutter out to midwicket

19.2

Kohli to Bell, 1 run, great shot for just the single. Bell bent his front knee and sent the ball flying down to long off with a flowing drive

19.3

Kohli to Trott, 1 run, chopped down behind square on the off side

19.4

Kohli to Bell, no run, Kohli sprints in and aims for the top of off, Bell tapping it back down the track

19.5

Kohli to Bell, 1 run, a low, dipping full toss is driven down to long-off

19.6

Kohli to Trott, 1 run, hacked across the line, the ball dribbling to square leg

End of over 20 (5 runs) England 116/2 (125 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 5.80, RRR: 8.92)
IJL Trott    38* (42b 2x4 1x6)      V Kohli    2-0-9-1
IR Bell    5* (8b)      RA Jadeja    2-0-12-0

20.1

Jadeja to Trott, 1 run, driven down the ground for a single

20.2

Jadeja to Bell, SIX, six runs! Bell jumps out at Jadeja and is utterly free-flowing as he lifts the ball high over long on

20.3

Jadeja to Bell, 1 run, and he follows that by hammering him down the ground. Jadeja stuck a hand out but that was a real stinger

20.4

Jadeja to Trott, SIX, a second ODI six for Trott! It's another good one, the batsman making room and mowing it straight down the ground

20.5

Jadeja to Trott, 1 run, good batting. Jadeja really fired this next one in flat and fast, but Trott just waited and tapped it away for one

20.6

Jadeja to Bell, SIX, another one! Bell collects the third six over the over, and it's another massive hit down the ground. England have stormed ahead on D/L now

End of over 21 (21 runs) England 137/2 (104 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 6.52, RRR: 8.00)
IR Bell    18* (11b 2x6)      RA Jadeja    3-0-33-0
IJL Trott    46* (45b 2x4 2x6)      V Kohli    2-0-9-1

21.1

Kohli to Trott, 2 runs, good pressure on the fielder, and the batsmen are back for a second run. The ball had been flashed out into the deep on the off side, but the return throw was underarm and weak

21.2

Kohli to Trott, 1 run, very full and aimed right at middle, Trott stepping forward to drive through mid-off

21.3

Kohli to Bell, no run, close to leg stump! Bell shuffled right across to off stump, looking to target fine leg, and Kohli sent down a length delivery that jumped just over the stumps

21.4

Kohli to Bell, 1 run, nudged away for a single

21.5

Kohli to Trott, 1 run, there's the fifty for Trott! He taps it away for a quiet single on the off side, and England now need 99 to win from 73 balls

21.6

Kohli to Bell, 1 run, a very slow cutter from Jadeja, Bell really having to wait for it, but a single is the result as the ball is turned to midwicket

End of over 22 (6 runs) England 143/2 (98 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 6.50, RRR: 8.16)
IR Bell    20* (14b 2x6)      V Kohli    3-0-15-1
IJL Trott    50* (48b 2x4 2x6)      RA Jadeja    3-0-33-0

India really need a wicket, and to that end Dhoni has turned to RP Singh.

22.1

Singh to Bell, 1 run, he floats one down on a length to start, and Bell swivels back to pull through square leg. Bell probably tried to hit that too hard, and ended up with a pretty weak connection

22.2

Singh to Trott, 1 wide, arrowed down the leg side by RP this time, a clear wide

22.2

Singh to Trott, 1 run, slanting across the right-hander on a good length. Trott stays deep in the crease and drops the ball in front of point for a single

22.3

Singh to Bell, 1 run, sliced down to third man! Bell had come down the track at RP, flashing hard at the ball

22.4

Singh to Trott, no run, full and on the toes, Trott nudges to leg but there's a man inside the circle to stop the single

22.5

Singh to Trott, FOUR, pulled up and over midwicket! Much too short from RP at his pace, and Trott had plenty of time to rock back and hammer the pull out into the deep, the ball bouncing a few times before cross the rope

22.6

Singh to Trott, 2 runs, short and wide on the off side this time. Trott cuts hard but this time there is cover for the shot

Another good over for England, and they're 10 runs ahead of the D/L par.

End of over 23 (10 runs) England 153/2 (88 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 6.65, RRR: 8.00)
IJL Trott    57* (52b 3x4 2x6)      RP Singh    5-0-35-0
IR Bell    22* (16b 2x6)      V Kohli    3-0-15-1

23.1

Kohli to Bell, 1 run, Bell sets himself outside off as Kohli delivers, looking for the cheeky paddle to fine leg, but the ball is not there to be hit and he wears a top edge on the body

23.2

Kohli to Trott, 1 run, nurdled to leg for one

23.3

Kohli to Bell, no run, Bell steps out to drive but finds extra cover

23.4

Kohli to Bell, no run, and again, Bell uses his feet but his drive is intercepted in the covers. Why is Dhoni not up to the stumps I ask you?

23.5

Kohli to Bell, 3 runs, shot. Bell bends down low and squirts a square drive out through point, hard running brings them three

23.6

Kohli to Trott, 2 runs, heaved out into the leg side, two more runs to the total

End of over 24 (7 runs) England 160/2 (81 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 6.66, RRR: 8.10)
IJL Trott    60* (54b 3x4 2x6)      V Kohli    4-0-22-1
IR Bell    26* (20b 2x6)      RP Singh    5-0-35-0

24.1

Singh to Bell, OUT, gone! Bell perishes, caught by the substitite Tiwary at long-off trying to clear the boundary. That's just what India needed. England are still ahead on D/L - by five runs - but India have snapped what was becoming a very cumbersome partnership for them.

IR Bell c sub (MK Tiwary) b Singh 26 (26m 21b 0x4 2x6) SR: 123.80

24.2

Singh to Bopara, 1 run, full, straight, and driven down to long on for a single

24.3

Singh to Trott, no run, Trott drives on the up, opening the face of the bat, but finds the man at gully

24.4

Singh to Trott, 1 run, RP attacks the base of the stumps but Trott is in a good position to dig the ball out into the leg side for one

24.5

Singh to Bopara, 1 run, and Bopara does well to follow suit, rotating the strike

24.6

Singh to Trott, 1 run, RP continues to keep it full, but that allows Trott to drive down to long off for one

End of over 25 (4 runs) England 164/3 (77 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 6.56, RRR: 8.55)
IJL Trott    62* (57b 3x4 2x6)      RP Singh    6-0-39-1
RS Bopara    2* (2b)      V Kohli    4-0-22-1

Jadeja is brought back into the attack. His figures so far - three overs for 33 - have a definite T20 ring to them.

25.1

Jadeja to Trott, no run, good start from him, Jadeja finding grip and spin off the surface from round the wicket to keep Trott quiet

25.2

Jadeja to Trott, 1 run, more spin, but this time the delivery is a little too short and Trott is able to step back and flick to leg

25.3

Jadeja to Bopara, 1 run, fired full and at the pads, Bopara steps forward, leans over the ball, and finds a single at straight midwicket

25.4

Jadeja to Trott, OUT, there goes another one! Trott had set himself well outside leg before Jadeja even delivered, and seemed to think he had been given the length and width he was looking for. He couldn't control the cut, however, and the ball looped easily to the man at point

IJL Trott c Singh b Jadeja 63 (96m 60b 3x4 2x6) SR: 105.00

That wicket puts India ahead, England have now slipped three behind the D/L par. And, it's good to see that a slip is brought in straight away for the new batsman.

25.5

Jadeja to Bairstow, 1 run, young Bairstow begins his international career with minimum fuss, easing down to long on for one

25.6

Jadeja to Bopara, 1 run, driven down the ground, another single to the total

The D/L par after 27 overs, with four wickets down, is 178.

End of over 26 (4 runs) England 168/4 (73 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 6.46, RRR: 9.12)
RS Bopara    4* (4b)      RA Jadeja    4-0-37-1
JM Bairstow    1* (1b)      RP Singh    6-0-39-1

Kohli has done a good job of filling in for Munaf so far, and he continues.

26.1

Kohli to Bopara, 1 run, tapped away quietly for one

26.2

Kohli to Bairstow, 1 run, Bairstow does the right thing by finding another single. Kohli had offered up a relatively quick length delivery, but Bairstown picked up a tip-and-run single to cover

26.3

Kohli to Bopara, 2 runs, good running, pushing the fielder hard. Bopara came forward and drive wide of long on, allowing just enough space for a single

26.4

Kohli to Bopara, 1 run, Bopara charges out to take the ball on the full-toss and drive to long-off

26.5

Kohli to Bairstow, 1 run, sharp running! Bairstow nudged to leg but there was a man there, who immediately swooped. They had committed to the run, and ultimately he was safely home. Not the greatest return to the non-striker's end

26.6

Kohli to Bopara, no run, good ball! Kohli sends down a pinpoint yorker, and Bopara does well just to keep it out

End of over 27 (6 runs) England 174/4 (67 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 6.44, RRR: 9.57)
RS Bopara    8* (8b)      V Kohli    5-0-28-1
JM Bairstow    3* (3b)      RA Jadeja    4-0-37-1

27.1

Jadeja to Bairstow, no run, definite spin for Jadeja! He came round the wicket to Bairstow, and squared up the batsman with turn and bounce

27.2

Jadeja to Bairstow, SIX, that's a response! Bairstow, cool as ice, has smoked this into the night sky. Huge six, the ball flying out of the middle of a slog sweep

27.3

Jadeja to Bairstow, 2 runs, Bairstow stays back and punches into the leg side, they push hard for the second

27.4

Jadeja to Bairstow, FOUR, Bairstow has put England ahead on D/L with another superb shot! After the slog sweep, he unfurls a neat reverse sweep that has the beating of the man at short fine leg

27.5

Jadeja to Bairstow, 2 runs, how have they got two here? Bairstow nudged it softly into the leg side. The ball went into something of a gap but didn't leave the inner circle, somehow they're back for the second

27.6

Jadeja to Bairstow, 1 run, clipped off the toes for another single

End of over 28 (15 runs) England 189/4 (52 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 6.75, RRR: 8.66)
JM Bairstow    18* (9b 1x4 1x6)      RA Jadeja    5-0-52-1
RS Bopara    8* (8b)      V Kohli    5-0-28-1

So, England are now three runs ahead of the D/L par. And what's more, they're going to take the Batting Powerplay. That'll be three overs long, remember. Dhoni brings Vinay Kumar back to bowl the first of those overs.

28.1

Vinay Kumar to Bairstow, 1 run, it's a slower ball to start, but Bairstow only looks for a single to the man on the edge of the circle on the off side

28.2

Vinay Kumar to Bopara, FOUR, another slower one from Vinay, but it's been sliced to the third man boundary! Bopara was originally taken in by the change of pace but recovered well, and found some fortuitous placement

28.3

Vinay Kumar to Bopara, 1 run, quicker this time, and it's chopped off the top of middle stump for a single

28.4

Vinay Kumar to Bairstow, 1 run, another slower length delivery - very nearly the slower bouncer - but it's pulled into the leg side

28.5

Vinay Kumar to Bopara, 1 run, very full, Bopara makes room and absolutely drills it down to long off. This was really slow. The slower slow one

28.6

Vinay Kumar to Bairstow, SIX, Bairstow! This 21-year-old batsman, on debut, has just smoked another slower ball out of the ground and into the River Taff. It was a back-of-the-hand delivery but he just picked it up so cleanly over long on

End of over 29 (14 runs) England 203/4 (38 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 7.00, RRR: 7.60)
JM Bairstow    26* (12b 1x4 2x6)      R Vinay Kumar    6-0-39-1
RS Bopara    14* (11b 1x4)      RA Jadeja    5-0-52-1

RP Singh will share powerplay duties.

29.1

Singh to Bopara, no run, inside edged! Bopara walked out at an RP full toss, getting a thin inside edge on it. The bal went straight back, however, and was easily stopped by Dhoni

29.2

Singh to Bopara, 1 run, hacked into the leg side, just the single

29.3

Singh to Bairstow, no run, intelligent bowling from RP! Bairstow had stepped well away to leg and the bowler fired down a yorker wide of off stump on the other side, the ball slipping under the bat

Third man and fine leg are inside the circle.

29.4

Singh to Bairstow, 1 run, first real mis-hit from Bairstow. It was a full toss and there to be hit, but the ball connected high on the bat and lobbed into space at midwicket

29.5

Singh to Bopara, SIX, a top edge flies for six! Bopara walked into a premeditated paddle with the field set as it is, the ball slipped out as a full toss and he couldn't control the shot, but got enough on it to get it over the short boundary

29.6

Singh to Bopara, FOUR, four more! Again Bopara utilises the paddle to fine leg, this time hitting the ball along the ground and past the fielder inside the circle. RP offers the batsman a few choice words, but it's a bit pointless as the batsman has easily come out on top in this encounter

End of over 30 (12 runs) England 215/4 (26 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 7.16, RRR: 6.50)
RS Bopara    25* (15b 2x4 1x6)      RP Singh    7-0-51-1
JM Bairstow    27* (14b 1x4 2x6)      R Vinay Kumar    6-0-39-1

30.1

Kohli to Bairstow, SIX, that's out of the ground again! Bairstow is a fierce hitter of a cricket ball. This was full and straight and Bairstow - who has shades of Kevin O'Brien (and I don't just mean his hair colour) - just scythed through the line. The ball simply disappeared into the night sky, never to be seen again. Out comes the fourth umpire with a box of balls!

30.2

Kohli to Bairstow, 2 runs, drilled down the ground, and they're back for the second

30.3

Kohli to Bairstow, 1 run, nudged away for a quiet single to follow that up

30.4

Kohli to Bopara, FOUR, England are cruising now. Bopara lifts a leg-stump half-volley over wide midwicket ... and just over the fielder there! Four runs

30.5

Kohli to Bopara, 1 run, nudged off the toes for a single

30.6

Kohli to Bairstow, 2 runs, tapped into space on the leg side, and again, how is this two runs?

End of over 31 (16 runs) England 231/4 (10 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 7.45, RRR: 3.33)
JM Bairstow    38* (18b 1x4 3x6)      V Kohli    6-0-44-1
RS Bopara    30* (17b 3x4 1x6)      RP Singh    7-0-51-1

The game has turned completely. It was touch-and-go when the powerplay was taken, but it's all England's now.

31.1

Ashwin to Bopara, 2 runs, a scooped chip rolls out to wide long on

31.2

Ashwin to Bopara, 1 run, Ashwin's white flannel falls out of the top of his trousers as he bowls, but Bopara isn't distracted, cutting the arm ball out to deep point

31.3

Ashwin to Bairstow, 2 runs, two more to the total, more really good running as the ball is simply driven into the leg side

31.4

Ashwin to Bairstow, no run, carrom ball from Ashwin, but Bairstow appears to pick it, playing back and defending to leg

31.5

Ashwin to Bairstow, 1 run, swept down to long leg

31.6

Ashwin to Bopara, 1 run, driven to long on, and England now need just three runs to win

End of over 32 (7 runs) England 238/4 (3 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 7.43, RRR: 1.50)
RS Bopara    34* (20b 3x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    4-0-25-0
JM Bairstow    41* (21b 1x4 3x6)      V Kohli    6-0-44-1

32.1

Vinay Kumar to Bopara, 2 runs, short and hooked by Bopara, the ball flies down to long leg but drops short of the fielder

32.2

Vinay Kumar to Bopara, 1 run, there it is, a low full toss is clipped easily away, and England win

So, England take the one-day series 3-0, and the curtains are drawn on a winless tour for India. With this win, England and India swap positions on the ICC's ODI tables, England taking 4th while the visitors are knocked down to 5th. Alastair Cook and Jonathan Trott did the early work, but Bopara was at hand at the end to see them home - as he just failed to do at Lord's. This run chase will be remembered for Bairstow's stunning debut knock, however, as he showed a calm head and tremendous hitting power in his 21-ball 41.

India had more than held their own with the bat, Virat Kohli's century ensuring his team's highest total of the tour. With this bowling attack, the runs simply weren't enough. Dravid also showed that he remains a classy performer even as he brings his ODI career to an end, and he is fittingly the man to lead the team off the field to appreciative applause. Stick with us for the presentations.

"Finally the nightmare is over," whimpers Pinal.

Debutant Jonny Bairstow is Man of the Match. "I got the call yesterday. To start off like this is a dream come true, really. I just wanted to enjoy it and experience it, and hopefully I can push on from here. My one-day cricket before this year wasn't great, but i've been pleased with how I've gone for Yorkshire this year. With the injuries we've got, there are opportunities in the England team at the moment." What a well-spoken 21-year-old he is.

MS Dhoni is, of course, the Player of the Series. "I think in quite a few games this happened, but we can't control the weather. The big blow tonight was losing Munaf, as he's our bowler at the death. These were difficult condittions, but good exposure [for players like Vinay Kumar]. These are the players who have been playing in the ODI format for the last six months, and many of them are the future. Definitely we need to manage these injuries. We've lost so many players on this tour."

"To remain unbeaten in this one-day series is a fantastic effort by the lads," says a beaming Alastair Cook. "It's all about developing these young players, giving them a chance at international level, and there are some good signs for the future. This is the start of a journey. I know how hungry the lads are, to play as well as we have done to chase that target has been very satisfying. I'm really excited about the challenge of the winter tours." As are we all, Alastair.

And that brings our coverage of the final ODI to a close. If you'd like to catch up with today's action, do have a look at Andrew Miller's report. We've also got a rather flash gallery for your enjoyment. Finally, a big thank you to everyone who's tuned in to our coverage throughout India's tour. It's been thoroughly enjoyable covering the games - despite the machinations of the weather - and great having you along for the ride. Until next time, goodbye.

"Time for some hard decisions perhaps?" asks Ram. "Hopefully, the BCCI does not say everything is ok, we just had one bad series. Hard Luck to India. Kudos England. Rahul Dravid..sigh, as usual hard luck man, thanks for all the great knocks in limited overs."

Series Results
England v India at Cardiff - Sep 16, 2011
England won by 6 wickets (with 10 balls remaining) (D/L method)
England v India at Lord's - Sep 11, 2011
Match tied (D/L method)
England v India at The Oval - Sep 9, 2011
England won by 3 wickets (with 7 balls remaining) (D/L method)
England v India at Southampton - Sep 6, 2011
England won by 7 wickets (with 5 balls remaining)
England v India at Chester-le-Street - Sep 3, 2011
No result
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Sep 16, 2011

England celebrate winning the one-day series, England v India, 5th ODI, Cardiff, September 16, 2011

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Sep 16, 2011

India trudge off after losing the one-day series 0-3, England v India, 5th ODI, Cardiff, September 16, 2011

India trudge off after losing the one-day series 0-3

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