India tour of Ireland, England and Scotland, 2007 / Commentary

NatWest Series [India in England] - 1st ODI

England v India

England won by 104 runs

2.28pm Mark Benson and Billy Doctrove are today's umpires. The Indians are in a huddle on the field. Out come Alastair Cook and Matt Prior, England's openers.

Zaheer Khan will open the attack, bowling from over the wicket with two slips in place. It's a chilly day in Southampton and we're ready for the cricket ...

2.20 pm The light is not very good and the floodlights are already being switched on. "It's strange .. because the ground is only half full .. and yet people are taking an age to get in," reports Sid.

2.15 pm The lights at The Rose Bowl will remind the Indians of Mohali in Chandigarh, says Sid. There are six towers and they aren't very tall. "Quite a beautiful ground this," approves Sid.

Toss, 2.00pm Dravid has won the toss and India will bowl.

Paul Collingwood says he's not disappointed at all with batting first. He says that Hampshire has been batting first in most of their games at The Rose Bowl.

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1.50 pm Word is that Owais Shah has been left out of the England XI. Shah was incidentally England's highest scorer in the ODI series against West Indies with 138 runs in three games at an average of 46. This is the line up ...

England 1 Alastair Cook, 2 Matt Prior, 3 Ian Bell, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Paul Collingwood (capt), 6 Andrew Flintoff, 7 Ravi Bopara, 8 Dimitri Mascarenhas, 9 Stuart Broad, 10 James Anderson, 11 Monty Panesar.

India have left out Ramesh Powar and Robin Uthappa. They've picked the XI I thought they would, says Sid, before adding that he messed up his England prediction.

India 1 Sachin Tendulkar, 2 Sourav Ganguly, 3 Gautam Gambhir, 4 Yuvraj Singh, 5 Rahul Dravid (capt), 6 Dinesh Karthik, 7 Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), 8 Piyush Chawla, 9 Ajit Agarkar, 10 Zaheer Khan, 11 RP Singh.

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1.30 pm Hello everybody and welcome to Cricinfo's live coverage of the first match of the seven-ODI series between England and India at Southampton. It's George Binoy at the keyboard and I'll be joined by Jenny Thompson and Andrew McGlashan, though not necessarily in that order.

Siddhartha Vaidyanathan, Cricinfo's globetrotter who's at The Rose Bowl, had said that the weather was windy, chilly and there were chances of rain later in the day. The light wasn't the best either but the floodlights will take care of that. The ground is steadily filling up ...

0.1

Khan to Cook, no run, good length delivery angling into Cook who pushes forward and defends straight past Zaheer, the ball hits the stumps at the bowler's end

0.2

Khan to Cook, no run, defended on the back foot towards Zaheer, he isn't up to full speed as yet, warming up in the cold conditions

0.3

Khan to Cook, 1 run, strays on to the pads and Cook gets off the mark by flicking the ball down to fine leg

Matt Prior will face his first ball. Two slips for him as well. Spectators are still filtering into the ground, slowly. "'Security measures' is what I'm told," says Siddhartha, "and I hear that everyone should be in very soon."

0.4

Khan to Prior, no run, good length delivery pitches on off and angles across the right-hander, defended towards cover on the front foot

0.5

Khan to Prior, no run, defended to mid-off on the front foot

0.6

Khan to Prior, 2 runs, short of a length on leg stump, Prior moves across and tucks the ball off his hips towards fine leg, he gets off the mark with a double

End of over 1 (3 runs) England 3/0 (RR: 3.00)
MJ Prior    2* (3b)      Z Khan    1-0-3-0
AN Cook    1* (3b)     

Ajit Agarkar, one of India's several one-day specialists, will share the new ball. He's bowling from over the wicket with a short run-up.

"Lights gradually turning to full intensity, says Sid. "More SuperBowl than Rose Bowl."

1.1

Agarkar to Cook, no run, full ball on middle and off stump, Cook leans forward and defends towards cover point

1.2

Agarkar to Cook, no run, good length delivery on middle stump, Cook comes on to the front foot and defends solidly back to Agarkar

1.3

Agarkar to Cook, no run, good length once again on middle and off stump, Cook waits on the back foot and defends towards point

1.4

Agarkar to Cook, no run, good length delivery outside off, Cook gets on to the back foot and lets the ball go through to Dhoni

1.5

Agarkar to Cook, no run, slightly fuller in length on off stump, Cook strides forward and drives firmly to Tendulkar at mid-off

1.6

Agarkar to Cook, 3 runs, short of a length on leg stump, Cook whips it off his pads in front of square, Piyush Chawla gives chase and pulls it in just inside the boundary

End of over 2 (3 runs) England 6/0 (RR: 3.00)
AN Cook    4* (9b)      AB Agarkar    1-0-3-0
MJ Prior    2* (3b)      Z Khan    1-0-3-0

2.1

Khan to Cook, no run, good length delivery on off and middle stump, defended on the back foot towards Zaheer

2.2

Khan to Cook, no run, defended on the back foot towards Zaheer once again

2.3

Khan to Cook, no run, fuller ball on off stump, Cook defends on the front foot towards mid-on, sedate start by England, nothing's really happened yet

2.4

Khan to Cook, no run, tight line and length around off stump, Cook pushes the ball towards cover

2.5

Khan to Cook, 1 run, short of a length outside off, Cook plays it with soft hands in front of cover and scampers through for a single

2.6

Khan to Prior, 3 runs, short of a length outside off stump, Prior waits for it on the back foot and drives into the gap at cover, he didn't hit that hard, just timed it well, Yuvraj gives chase and keeps the batsmen down to three

End of over 3 (4 runs) England 10/0 (RR: 3.33)
MJ Prior    5* (4b)      Z Khan    2-0-7-0
AN Cook    5* (14b)      AB Agarkar    1-0-3-0

3.1

Agarkar to Prior, 1 run, short ball outside off stump, Prior gets under it and cuts it down to third man

3.2

Agarkar to Cook, FOUR, width offered outside the off stump, Cook stands on the back foot and drives through cover for four, nicely timed and the placement was perfect, the pitch is doing nothing, very benign

3.3

Agarkar to Cook, no run, defended on the back foot towards midwicket

3.4

Agarkar to Cook, no run, full toss on off stump, Cook leans forward and drives to mid-off

The second catcher has gone from slip to short midwicket.

3.5

Agarkar to Cook, no run, Cook tries to force the drive through cover but mis-times it to mid-on instead

3.6

Agarkar to Cook, no run, another full toss but Cook misses out on an easy scoring chance by hitting it straight to extra cover

End of over 4 (5 runs) England 15/0 (RR: 3.75)
AN Cook    9* (19b 1x4)      AB Agarkar    2-0-8-0
MJ Prior    6* (5b)      Z Khan    2-0-7-0

4.1

Khan to Prior, 1 leg bye, Prior moves across his stumps and tries to flick, he misses and gets hit on the pad, Zaheer appeals but isn't joined by anyone else for the ball pitched outside leg stump

4.2

Khan to Cook, no run, short of a length and that bounced a bit more than Cook expected, he tried to drive the ball through the off side but was cramped for room and got beaten

4.3

Khan to Cook, no run, flicked off the pads to midwicket

4.4

Khan to Cook, no run, defended on the back foot to the off side

4.5

Khan to Cook, no run, good length delivery angling into Cook who waits on the back foot and tries to flick, he misses and gets hit on the pad

4.6

Khan to Cook, no run, Cook misses the flick once again and is hit on the pad, the ball was missing leg stump though

End of over 5 (1 run, maiden) England 16/0 (RR: 3.20)
AN Cook    9* (24b 1x4)      Z Khan    3-1-7-0
MJ Prior    6* (6b)      AB Agarkar    2-0-8-0

5.1

Agarkar to Prior, no run, Prior tries to pull one from outside off stump but the length isn't short enough, he ends up pulling it to mid-on

5.2

Agarkar to Prior, no run, driven to cover off the back foot

5.3

Agarkar to Prior, no run, Prior takes one hand off the handle as he tries to drive the ball through cover, he's been cramped for room

5.4

Agarkar to Prior, no run, width offered this time and Prior cuts it hard at Yuvraj at point who dives forward and tries to catch it, the ball falls short of him and hits him hard on the hand, he's in quite a lot of pain and the cold only makees it worse

5.5

Agarkar to Prior, no run, fuller ball closer to off stump, defended on the front foot

5.6

Agarkar to Prior, no run, Agarkar completes a maiden over by bowling one on a good length outside off, Prior defends towards cover

End of over 6 (maiden) England 16/0 (RR: 2.66)
MJ Prior    6* (12b)      AB Agarkar    3-1-8-0
AN Cook    9* (24b 1x4)      Z Khan    3-1-7-0

6.1

Khan to Cook, no run, full delivery angling into Cook's middle stump, Cook leans forward and closes the face to play the ball to midwicket

6.2

Khan to Cook, no run, defended off the pads to square leg

6.3

Khan to Cook, 3 runs, too straight from Zaheer, Cook waits on the back foot and flicks off his pads to deep midwicket

6.4

Khan to Prior, no run, short of a length on middle and off stump, defended on the back foot to point

6.5

Khan to Prior, 2 runs, played with an open face towards third man, the batsmen run the first hard and put pressure on Agarkar who over-runs the ball and concedes the extra run

6.6

Khan to Prior, no run, defended on the front foot towards mid-off

End of over 7 (5 runs) England 21/0 (RR: 3.00)
MJ Prior    8* (15b)      Z Khan    4-1-12-0
AN Cook    12* (27b 1x4)      AB Agarkar    3-1-8-0

7.1

Agarkar to Cook, FOUR, pitches outside leg stump, that's a poor line, Cook moves across his stumps and flicks the ball to the fine-leg boundary

7.2

Agarkar to Cook, 3 runs, too short and too wide outside off stump, Cook leans forward and drives through the line through cover, three more, excellent start to the over for England

7.3

Agarkar to Prior, 2 runs, Prior moves towards the off side and flicks a delivery that is angling into middle and leg stump towards fine leg

7.4

Agarkar to Prior, no run, good length delivery on middle and off stump, Prior strides forward and defends towards cover

7.5

Agarkar to Prior, 1 run, fuller delivery on middle stump, Prior pushes it wide of the fielder at mid-on for a single

7.6

Agarkar to Cook, no run, pitches outside off stump and moves a fraction away from Cook who tries to cover drive without moving his feet, the ball beats the outside edge, ten runs off the over, the most expensive one of the day

End of over 8 (10 runs) England 31/0 (RR: 3.87)
AN Cook    19* (30b 2x4)      AB Agarkar    4-1-18-0
MJ Prior    11* (18b)      Z Khan    4-1-12-0

8.1

Khan to Prior, no run, good length delivery on off and middle stump, defended on the front foot towards midwicket

8.2

Khan to Prior, no run, good length delivery on off stump, pushed towards point off the back foot

8.3

Khan to Prior, SIX, what a shot! The length wasn't too bad but Prior made room by backing away towards leg side and lofted Zaheer high and far back over his head, massive six

8.4

Khan to Prior, no run, Zaheer comes back well by pitching on off stump and cutting the ball back into Prior and threading the gap between bat and body

8.5

Khan to Prior, no run, defended on the front foot towards midwicket

8.6

Khan to Prior, no run, good length ball on middle stump, Prior leans forward and defends to the leg side

End of over 9 (6 runs) England 37/0 (RR: 4.11)
MJ Prior    17* (24b 1x6)      Z Khan    5-1-18-0
AN Cook    19* (30b 2x4)      AB Agarkar    4-1-18-0

RP Singh replaces Ajit Agarkar. He's bowling from over the wicket. RP's played four games against England and hasn't taken a wicket yet.

9.1

Singh to Cook, no run, good length delivery on off stump, Cook leans forward and defends

9.2

Singh to Cook, 1 wide, RP Singh strays down leg side, that is the first wide of the day

9.2

Singh to Cook, 1 run, strays on to leg stump once again, Cook flicks off his hips down to fine leg

9.3

Singh to Prior, no run, good length delivery pitches on middle and angles across Prior who plays from his crease and defends

9.4

Singh to Prior, no run, Prior begins to step down the track but seeing that the length is good from RP Singh he ends up defending the ball to Uthappa at point

9.5

Singh to Prior, 1 run, flicked off the pads down to fine leg for a single

9.6

Singh to Cook, no run, good length delivery on off stump, Cook strides forward and defends towards cover

India have conceded 40 off the first Powerplay. They will be pleased with that. England will be pleased to have all ten wickets intact. Over to Anderew McGlashan for the next ten overs

End of over 10 (3 runs) England 40/0 (RR: 4.00)
AN Cook    20* (33b 2x4)      RP Singh    1-0-3-0
MJ Prior    18* (27b 1x6)      Z Khan    5-1-18-0

Hello everyone, a sedate start from England...so not much new there, but tidy bowling from India

10.1

Khan to Prior, 1 wide, to far down the leg side, wide called

10.1

Khan to Prior, no run, well bowled, nips across the right hander and Prior pushed at it with static footwork

10.2

Khan to Prior, no run, pushed into the covers, there is confusion over whether they want a single, in the end Cook goes back at the non-striker's end as the throw knocks the bat out of his hand

10.3

Khan to Prior, 1 run, comes at the bowler, who drags his length back and Prior can only push the ball towards mid off and scamper a single

10.4

Khan to Cook, 1 run, outside edge, forcing off the back foot and it flies down to third man

10.5

Khan to Prior, OUT, there's the first wicket, Prior trying to whip the ball over the on side and gets a leading edge high towards mid-on, where Dravid takes a comfortable catch

MJ Prior c Dravid b Khan 19 (46m 31b 0x4 1x6) SR: 61.29

The pressure built up by India's bowlers played a part in that wicket as Prior's poor run continues...the batsmen crossed so Cook is on strike

10.6

Khan to Cook, no run, outside off stump and Cook lets it go through...successful over for Zaheer

End of over 11 (3 runs) England 43/1 (RR: 3.90)
AN Cook    21* (35b 2x4)      Z Khan    6-1-21-1
IR Bell    0* (0b)      RP Singh    1-0-3-0

11.1

Singh to Bell, no run, good length, angling across Bell who shoulders arms to his first ball

11.2

Singh to Bell, no run, played from the crease, driven back to RP Singh in his follow-through

11.3

Singh to Bell, no run, pushed off the back foot to backward point

It's fairly quiet at the moment...in the stands and in the middle

11.4

Singh to Bell, 1 run, Bell is away, angled down to third man in typical one-day style

11.5

Singh to Cook, 1 run, back of a length and Cook turns it into the on side as square leg comes around to field, but can't collect the ball cleanly

11.6

Singh to Bell, no run, going across Bell, who tries to cut square through the off side but doesn't make contact

End of over 12 (2 runs) England 45/1 (RR: 3.75)
IR Bell    1* (5b)      RP Singh    2-0-5-0
AN Cook    22* (36b 2x4)      Z Khan    6-1-21-1

12.1

Agarkar to Cook, no run, cramping Cook for room, who pushes back to Agarkar...England not finding it easy, despite good batting conditions

12.2

Agarkar to Cook, no run, flicked off the legs, but picks out square leg

12.3

Agarkar to Cook, no run, on off stump, Cook plays towards the on side but again doesn't find a gap as mid on fields

12.4

Agarkar to Cook, FOUR, nicely punched off the back foot, and with plenty of timing, as it beats mid off and cover and runs over the outfield with the fielder unable to chase it down...just England's third four of the innings

12.5

Agarkar to Cook, no run, in defence this time, into the off side

12.6

Agarkar to Cook, 2 runs, straying onto leg stump and turned through square leg...long leg does the fielding as Cook comes back for two

End of over 13 (6 runs) England 51/1 (RR: 3.92)
AN Cook    28* (42b 3x4)      AB Agarkar    5-1-24-0
IR Bell    1* (5b)      RP Singh    2-0-5-0

13.1

Singh to Bell, 1 run, third man comes into action again as Bell gets off strike

13.2

Singh to Cook, no run, brings Cook onto the front foot and he plays and misses as the ball holds its line outside off stump

13.3

Singh to Cook, 1 leg bye, takes the pad behind square on the leg side

13.4

Singh to Bell, FOUR, top shot, played on the rise through the covers as Bell registers his first boundary...that shot was all about timing and placement

13.5

Singh to Bell, no run, brings his line closer to Bell, who defends back to RP Singh

13.6

Singh to Bell, no run, hint of width, but Bell can't beat Yuvraj at backward point

End of over 14 (6 runs) England 57/1 (RR: 4.07)
IR Bell    6* (9b 1x4)      RP Singh    3-0-10-0
AN Cook    28* (44b 3x4)      AB Agarkar    5-1-24-0

14.1

Agarkar to Cook, 1 run, pushed towards mid-on and it's a well-judged single from Cook

14.2

Agarkar to Bell, 1 run, waits for the ball and uses his wrists to guide it to third man

14.3

Agarkar to Cook, 2 runs, on leg stump and turned past mid-on with enough force for him to come back for a couple

14.4

Agarkar to Cook, no run, better line, on off stump and Cook can only force up to mid-off

14.5

Agarkar to Cook, no run, slightly fuller, Cook comes onto the front foot and again picks out mid-off

14.6

Agarkar to Cook, 1 run, turned into the on side, mid-on has to run to his left so there is time for Cook to pick up a single and keep the strike

With the run rate under control, Dravid has taken the last Powerplay

End of over 15 (5 runs) England 62/1 (RR: 4.13)
AN Cook    32* (49b 3x4)      AB Agarkar    6-1-29-0
IR Bell    7* (10b 1x4)      RP Singh    3-0-10-0

15.1

Singh to Cook, no run, swing and miss from Cook as RP Singh goes slightly wider, successfully tempting the drive

15.2

Singh to Cook, 3 runs, bisects midwicket and square-leg with a well-timed flick which nearly makes it to the boundary

15.3

Singh to Bell, no run, played out to backward point, one bounce to Yuvraj

15.4

Singh to Bell, 1 run, nudged to midwicket, Karthik is a little slow to react and can't prevent the single

15.5

Singh to Cook, no run, outside off stump, Cook middles a drive but hits it straight at extra cover

15.6

Singh to Cook, no run, top delivery, comes back into Cook off the pitch and goes between bat and pad, missing the stumps by a fraction as Dhoni takes very low...and that's drinks

End of over 16 (4 runs) England 66/1 (RR: 4.12)
AN Cook    35* (53b 3x4)      RP Singh    4-0-14-0
IR Bell    8* (12b 1x4)      AB Agarkar    6-1-29-0

Can England push on the remaining Powerplay overs? Here's Sourav Ganguly with Dhoni stood up to the stumps

16.1

Ganguly to Bell, no run, turned to midwicket

16.2

Ganguly to Bell, 2 runs, finds the gap past midwicket this time, but deep square-leg runs around to prevent a boundary

16.3

Ganguly to Bell, 1 run, comes forward, inside edge into the leg side

16.4

Ganguly to Cook, no run, on the stumps, Cook whips it towards mid-on

16.5

Ganguly to Cook, 2 runs, turned off the pads out to deep square-leg, enough time for Cook to make it back for two as his score ticks over, but not at an alarming rate for the Indians

16.6

Ganguly to Cook, no run, pushed into the covers, decent start from Ganguly and England are missing a trick by not attacking more

End of over 17 (5 runs) England 71/1 (RR: 4.17)
AN Cook    37* (56b 3x4)      SC Ganguly    1-0-5-0
IR Bell    11* (15b 1x4)      RP Singh    4-0-14-0

17.1

Singh to Bell, no run, on leg stump, Bell doesn't connect and the ball dribbles into the leg side

17.2

Singh to Bell, no run, drags this in short, Bell is quickly onto the pull but picks out midwicket

17.3

Singh to Bell, 1 run, tries to cut through the off side, but takes the bottom edge and bounces in front of Dhoni

17.4

Singh to Cook, no run, very full outside off stump, but Cook can't find a gap in a tight ring field set by Dravid

17.5

Singh to Cook, no run, Cook tries to invent this time, coming across his stumps and making the ball a low full toss but finds midwicket

17.6

Singh to Cook, no run, good over from Singh, Cook finds square cover with a drive and England's run rate drops back to four-an-over

End of over 18 (1 run) England 72/1 (RR: 4.00)
AN Cook    37* (59b 3x4)      RP Singh    5-0-15-0
IR Bell    12* (18b 1x4)      SC Ganguly    1-0-5-0

18.1

Ganguly to Bell, no run, short and wide, cut away but straight at Yuvraj

18.2

Ganguly to Bell, 1 run, angled down to third man

18.3

Ganguly to Cook, no run, another dot ball for Cook, turned to midwicket and the pressure is really building

18.4

Ganguly to Cook, 1 run, scores this time, but just a single out to deep square-leg...only five boundaries so far for England

18.5

Ganguly to Bell, FOUR, that's more like it, too short from Ganguly and Bell goes in the air over midwicket, a couple of bounces it crosses the boundary at deep midwicket

18.6

Ganguly to Bell, 1 run, nicely played, dabbed down to third man and Bell keeps the strike

End of over 19 (7 runs) England 79/1 (RR: 4.15)
IR Bell    18* (22b 2x4)      SC Ganguly    2-0-12-0
AN Cook    38* (61b 3x4)      RP Singh    5-0-15-0

Change of ends for RP Singh

19.1

Singh to Bell, no run, defended from middle and leg back to the bowler

19.2

Singh to Bell, no run, pitched up, driven firmly to mid-on

19.3

Singh to Bell, FOUR, looses his line, wide outside off stump and Bell latches onto it with a sweetly time cut shot between backward point and square cover

19.4

Singh to Bell, 1 run, goes for the yorker, Bell digs it out into the off side and takes off for a quick single

19.5

Singh to Cook, no run, turned towards mid-on, Bell is nearly sold a dummy by Cook as he hints at coming for a single but makes it back easily enough

19.6

Singh to Cook, FOUR, that's good from Cook, drifts onto leg stump and put away past mid-on as he moves into the 40s and England end the Powerplays in positive style

For the next 10 overs it's back to George

End of over 20 (9 runs) England 88/1 (RR: 4.40)
AN Cook    42* (63b 4x4)      RP Singh    6-0-24-0
IR Bell    23* (26b 3x4)      SC Ganguly    2-0-12-0

Thanks Andrew. The Powerplays are done with and Dravid can spread out the field if he wishes to do so.

20.1

Ganguly to Bell, 1 run, good length ball on off stump, Bell leans forward and drives towards long-on

20.2

Ganguly to Cook, no run, defended on the front foot towards cover

20.3

Ganguly to Cook, 2 runs, short of a length on leg stump, Cook waits on the back foot and flicks through midwicket for two more

20.4

Ganguly to Cook, no run, driven firmly off the back foot towards cover

20.5

Ganguly to Cook, 1 run, Ganguly strays on to leg stump once again, Cook flicks off his pads towards fine leg

20.6

Ganguly to Bell, no run, good length delivery on off stump, driven uppishly on the front foot towards point

End of over 21 (4 runs) England 92/1 (RR: 4.38)
IR Bell    24* (28b 3x4)      SC Ganguly    3-0-16-0
AN Cook    45* (67b 4x4)      RP Singh    6-0-24-0

Spin for the first time today. Piyush Chawla will bowl his legbreaks from over the wicket.

21.1

Chawla to Cook, no run, starts off with the googly, bowled quicker through the air outside of stump, Cook leans forward in defence and gets beaten

21.2

Chawla to Cook, no run, Cook tries to cut off the back foot and gets beaten once again

21.3

Chawla to Cook, 1 run, that was pre-meditated from Cook but he makes contact with the sweep and gets a single to short fine leg, that brings up the 50-run stand between these two

21.4

Chawla to Bell, no run, Bell moves down the pitch and drives firmly back at the bowler

21.5

Chawla to Bell, 1 run, Bell waits on the back foot and drives in front of point for one more

21.6

Chawla to Cook, 1 run, flatter delivery on off stump, Cook makes room and drives through cover point for a single

End of over 22 (3 runs) England 95/1 (RR: 4.31)
AN Cook    47* (71b 4x4)      PP Chawla    1-0-3-0
IR Bell    25* (30b 3x4)      SC Ganguly    3-0-16-0

Just four men in the circle now, three on the off side and one at midwicket.

22.1

Ganguly to Cook, 1 run, good length ball on middle stump, played off the pads wide of midwicket for a single

22.2

Ganguly to Bell, 1 run, short of a length outside off, Bell waits on the back foot and cuts the ball to third man

22.3

Ganguly to Cook, 1 run, good length delivery but Ganguly's gentle pace allows Cook to moves back and across and flick it from middle stump through midwicket

22.4

Ganguly to Bell, 1 run, nudged down to third man for another single

Cook is on 49.

22.5

Ganguly to Cook, 1 run, he gets his fifty but in not the most convincing fashion, Cook was early on the shot and ends up chipping it uppishly into the vacant mid-on region, well played, that's his maiden ODI fifty

22.6

Ganguly to Bell, no run, defended back to the bowler

End of over 23 (5 runs) England 100/1 (RR: 4.34)
IR Bell    27* (33b 3x4)      SC Ganguly    4-0-21-0
AN Cook    50* (74b 4x4)      PP Chawla    1-0-3-0

23.1

Chawla to Cook, 1 run, pre-meditated once again, Cook moves across his stumps and sweeps Chawla towards fine leg

23.2

Chawla to Bell, no run, quicker delivery on off stump, Bell takes a step down the pitch and drives back at Chawla

23.3

Chawla to Bell, 1 run, driven off the back foot through cover point for a single

23.4

Chawla to Cook, 1 run, flighted delivery on off and middle stump, a bit too full in length and Cook drives the ball firmly to Tendulkar at long-on

23.5

Chawla to Bell, no run, tossed up on off stump, Bell defends on the front foot towards point

23.6

Chawla to Bell, no run, driven back to the bowler on the front foot

End of over 24 (3 runs) England 103/1 (RR: 4.29)
IR Bell    28* (37b 3x4)      PP Chawla    2-0-6-0
AN Cook    52* (76b 4x4)      SC Ganguly    4-0-21-0

Sachin Tendulkar has been given the ball, you could tell from the roar of the crowd.

24.1

Tendulkar to Cook, 1 run, width offered outside off stump, Cook cuts to the fielder on the point boundary

24.2

Tendulkar to Bell, 2 wides, good length but the line is down leg side, Bell tries to pull it away but misses

Tendulkar's bowling seamers by the way.

24.2

Tendulkar to Cook, 1 run, driven off the back foot to long-off for a single

24.3

Tendulkar to Bell, 1 leg bye, Bell tries to play a half-flick, half-pull, he didn't make contact but the impact on the pad indicated that the ball would have missed leg stump

24.4

Tendulkar to Cook, no run

24.5

Tendulkar to Cook, no run, defended back to the bowler on the front foot

24.6

Tendulkar to Cook, no run, quicker delivery outside off to finish the over, Cook cuts towards point

End of over 25 (5 runs) England 108/1 (RR: 4.32)
AN Cook    54* (81b 4x4)      SR Tendulkar    1-0-4-0
IR Bell    28* (38b 3x4)      PP Chawla    2-0-6-0

25.1

Chawla to Bell, no run, Bell tries to cut a short and wide ball through point but misses

25.2

Chawla to Bell, 1 run, chipped in the air but wide of midwicket for a single

25.3

Chawla to Cook, no run, flatter through the air on middle stump, Cook waits on the back foot and defends to midwicket

25.4

Chawla to Cook, FOUR, Cook takes on Chawla with success, the line was on off stump but Cook knelt down on one knee and slog-swept Chawla over midwicket

25.5

Chawla to Cook, 1 run, swepte behidn square for one more

25.6

Chawla to Bell, 1 run, Bell makes room by backing away and drives through extra cover off the back foot

End of over 26 (7 runs) England 115/1 (RR: 4.42)
IR Bell    30* (41b 3x4)      PP Chawla    3-0-13-0
AN Cook    59* (84b 5x4)      SR Tendulkar    1-0-4-0

26.1

Tendulkar to Bell, FOUR, too short and on middle and leg stump as well, Bell swivels and lofts it down to the deep backward square leg boundary, that was easy

26.2

Tendulkar to Bell, 1 run, quicker delivery on off and middle, Bell drives to long-on off the back foot

26.3

Tendulkar to Cook, 1 run, too short on leg once again, Cook moves on to the back foot and flicks to deep midwicket

26.4

Tendulkar to Bell, no run, Bell waits on the back foot and cuts to the fielder at short third man

26.5

Tendulkar to Bell, no run, defended on the back foot to midwicket

26.6

Tendulkar to Bell, 1 run, Bell leans forward and drives a fullish delivery to long-on for the seventh run of the over

End of over 27 (7 runs) England 122/1 (RR: 4.51)
IR Bell    36* (46b 4x4)      SR Tendulkar    2-0-11-0
AN Cook    60* (85b 5x4)      PP Chawla    3-0-13-0

27.1

Chawla to Bell, 1 run, tossed up on off and middle stump, Bell moves back and drives to long-on

27.2

Chawla to Cook, 1 run, Cook leans forward, defends with soft hands towards point and calls for the single

27.3

Chawla to Bell, SIX, lovely shot, Bell nimbly skips down the track, gets to the pitch of the ball and with a full swing of the amrs, sends the ball soaring over the straight boundary, that was beautiful to watch

27.4

Chawla to Bell, 2 runs, driven off the back foot through covers for a single, that was the googly but a bit too short

27.5

Chawla to Bell, no run, defended on the back foot towards Karthik at midwicket

27.6

Chawla to Bell, no run, Bell waits on the back foot and cuts to short third man

End of over 28 (10 runs) England 132/1 (RR: 4.71)
IR Bell    45* (51b 4x4 1x6)      PP Chawla    4-0-23-0
AN Cook    61* (86b 5x4)      SR Tendulkar    2-0-11-0

28.1

Tendulkar to Cook, 2 runs, a fraction short and Cook tries to pull it away, he didn't time it well but will get two runs towards midwicket

28.2

Tendulkar to Cook, 1 run, driven on the back foot to long-on

28.3

Tendulkar to Bell, 2 runs, too short outside the off stump, Bell waits for the ball to come to him and cuts to deep point

28.4

Tendulkar to Bell, no run, a fraction too short on off once again, Bell opens the face to guide the ball to short third man

28.5

Tendulkar to Bell, FOUR, poor line on leg stump, fine leg is on the circle and you can't afford to bowl such a line, Bell reaches his fifty off just 54 balls by flicking of his pads to the long-leg boundary

28.6

Tendulkar to Bell, no run, defended to midwicket on the front foot

End of over 29 (9 runs) England 141/1 (RR: 4.86)
IR Bell    51* (55b 5x4 1x6)      SR Tendulkar    3-0-20-0
AN Cook    64* (88b 5x4)      PP Chawla    4-0-23-0

29.1

Chawla to Cook, 1 run, full ball on middle stump, flicked off the pads through square leg

29.2

Chawla to Bell, no run, cut off the back foot towards backward point

29.3

Chawla to Bell, 1 run, Bell come sdown the track and chips the ball high in the air, the fielder at long-on runs in but the ball falls short of him

29.4

Chawla to Cook, no run, defended towards the leg side

29.5

Chawla to Cook, 1 run, defended on the front foot towards midwicket

29.6

Chawla to Bell, 2 runs, strays on to middle and leg stump, flicked off the pads to deep midwicket

It's back to Andrew for the next ten overs.

End of over 30 (5 runs) England 146/1 (RR: 4.86)
IR Bell    54* (58b 5x4 1x6)      PP Chawla    5-0-28-0
AN Cook    66* (91b 5x4)      SR Tendulkar    3-0-20-0

Great to be back, more spin options now with Yuvraj Singh...England have a good base here for their middle-order hitters

30.1

Yuvraj Singh to Cook, 1 run, round the wicket, tucked into the leg side

30.2

Yuvraj Singh to Bell, 1 run, skids through a little as Bell works into the vacant leg side area and Yuvraj has to do the chasing to midwicket

30.3

Yuvraj Singh to Cook, 3 runs, tickled very fine past the wicketkeeper, short fine-leg races after it as the batsmen come back for three

30.4

Yuvraj Singh to Bell, 1 run, cut off the back foot through the covers, the sweeper does the fielding

30.5

Yuvraj Singh to Cook, 1 run, flat outside off stump, Cook carves out to deep cover

30.6

Yuvraj Singh to Bell, 2 runs, again worked through the leg side, no one inside the ring in front of the batsmen and good running brings two

End of over 31 (9 runs) England 155/1 (RR: 5.00)
IR Bell    58* (61b 5x4 1x6)      Yuvraj Singh    1-0-9-0
AN Cook    71* (94b 5x4)      PP Chawla    5-0-28-0

31.1

Chawla to Cook, 1 run, leans forward and drives down to long off

31.2

Chawla to Bell, 1 run, touch short, stays in the crease and pushed down to long on

31.3

Chawla to Cook, no run, tries to go through the leg side, doesn't connect and takes the pad

31.4

Chawla to Cook, no run, floated up under Cook's eyes, dug out into the off side

31.5

Chawla to Cook, 1 run, flatter ball, outside off and chopped through the covers

31.6

Chawla to Bell, FOUR, quicker ball, Bell picks it and rocks onto the back foot to powerfully pull the ball over midwicket and Karthik can't stop the boundary

End of over 32 (7 runs) England 162/1 (RR: 5.06)
IR Bell    63* (63b 6x4 1x6)      PP Chawla    6-0-35-0
AN Cook    73* (98b 5x4)      Yuvraj Singh    1-0-9-0

32.1

Yuvraj Singh to Cook, 1 run, turned with the wrists through midwicket

32.2

Yuvraj Singh to Bell, no run, goes for the reverse sweep, an appeal but Doctrove isn't interested

32.3

Yuvraj Singh to Bell, 1 run, chopped to short third man

32.4

Yuvraj Singh to Cook, no run, punched back to the bowler

32.5

Yuvraj Singh to Cook, 1 run, Cook waits for this and places it out to deep cover

32.6

Yuvraj Singh to Bell, no run, can't beat midwicket, just three runs off the over, better for India

End of over 33 (3 runs) England 165/1 (RR: 5.00)
IR Bell    64* (66b 6x4 1x6)      Yuvraj Singh    2-0-12-0
AN Cook    75* (101b 5x4)      PP Chawla    6-0-35-0

33.1

Chawla to Cook, 1 run, very full and Cook plays an ungainly swing down to long on

33.2

Chawla to Bell, no run, inside edge to short fine-leg

33.3

Chawla to Bell, 1 run, big full toss outside off stump, Bell swings hard through the on side but straight to long-on, he missed out there

33.4

Chawla to Cook, 1 run, cut to deep cover

33.5

Chawla to Bell, 2 runs, goes with the turn, cuts quite straight and cover gets a hand on it

33.6

Chawla to Bell, 2 runs, uses his feet, makes it into a near-yorker as Bell drives out to deep cover...Zaheer is slow to the ball and Bell is quick with the running

End of over 34 (7 runs) England 172/1 (RR: 5.05)
IR Bell    69* (70b 6x4 1x6)      PP Chawla    7-0-42-0
AN Cook    77* (103b 5x4)      Yuvraj Singh    2-0-12-0

34.1

Yuvraj Singh to Cook, no run, can't beat Yuvraj off his own bowling

34.2

Yuvraj Singh to Cook, 1 run, pitched outside leg stump and Cook works towards square leg

34.3

Yuvraj Singh to Bell, 1 run, outside leg stump now to the right-hander, Bell picks out deep square-leg

34.4

Yuvraj Singh to Cook, FOUR, quicker and flatter from Yuvraj, cuts it past short third-man and there's enough pace on the ball to reach the boundary...welcome boundary for Cook

34.5

Yuvraj Singh to Cook, 1 run, turned off the pad out to deep square-leg, Cook is kept to a single

34.6

Yuvraj Singh to Bell, 1 run, reverse sweep from Bell - not sure why - goes square on the off side for a single, less effort would have brought equal reward straight down the ground. That's drinks

End of over 35 (8 runs) England 180/1 (RR: 5.14)
IR Bell    71* (72b 6x4 1x6)      Yuvraj Singh    3-0-20-0
AN Cook    83* (107b 6x4)      PP Chawla    7-0-42-0

Fifteen overs to go and England have a fantastic platform to explode with nine wickets in hand. Pietersen and Flintoff are still to bat. Zaheer Khan is back

35.1

Khan to Bell, 1 run, cut through the covers off the back foot

35.2

Khan to Cook, no run, a leave from Cook, in the 36th over, outside off stump

35.3

Khan to Cook, no run, driven firmly towards Zaheer, who gets a hand on it and mid-off picks up

35.4

Khan to Cook, no run, forced to backward point

35.5

Khan to Cook, 2 runs, down the pitch, good intent, and pull through midwicket...Robin Uthappa on the fence doesn't pick up cleanly

35.6

Khan to Cook, 2 runs, cut down to third man, placed well enough for another couple

End of over 36 (5 runs) England 185/1 (RR: 5.13)
AN Cook    87* (112b 6x4)      Z Khan    7-1-26-1
IR Bell    72* (73b 6x4 1x6)      Yuvraj Singh    3-0-20-0

36.1

Yuvraj Singh to Bell, no run, punched firmly back to Yuvraj

36.2

Yuvraj Singh to Bell, 1 run, turned through square leg

36.3

Yuvraj Singh to Cook, 1 run, very full on the pads, turned wide of short fine-leg

36.4

Yuvraj Singh to Bell, 2 runs, uses his feet, frees his arms and goes over cover, long-off keeps them to two

36.5

Yuvraj Singh to Bell, 1 run, into the leg side, ticking the score over but they can start expanding their stroke play now

36.6

Yuvraj Singh to Cook, 1 run, pushed down to long on

End of over 37 (6 runs) England 191/1 (RR: 5.16)
AN Cook    89* (114b 6x4)      Yuvraj Singh    4-0-26-0
IR Bell    76* (77b 6x4 1x6)      Z Khan    7-1-26-1

Zaheer with the minimum four men inside the circle

37.1

Khan to Cook, no run, played to backward point

37.2

Khan to Cook, no run, tight line from Zaheer, on off stump and Cook can only defend straight down the pitch

37.3

Khan to Cook, FOUR, top shot, low full toss from Zaheer and Cook times it superbly through midwicket and it's timed too well for long-on to get around

37.4

Khan to Cook, no run, uses his feet again, but works straight to midwicket this time

37.5

Khan to Cook, 1 run, worked off his pads down to fine leg

37.6

Khan to Bell, 2 runs, deft shot, good use of the wrists to guide the ball from outside off stump past Dhoni and down to third man

End of over 38 (7 runs) England 198/1 (RR: 5.21)
IR Bell    78* (78b 6x4 1x6)      Z Khan    8-1-33-1
AN Cook    94* (119b 7x4)      Yuvraj Singh    4-0-26-0

38.1

Yuvraj Singh to Cook, 1 run, round the wicket, squirted off a thick outside edge through point

38.2

Yuvraj Singh to Bell, 2 runs, more good footwork, placed in the air through the covers and out to Agarkar on the cover fence to bring up England's 200

38.3

Yuvraj Singh to Bell, no run, driven back to the bowler

38.4

Yuvraj Singh to Bell, no run, charges down the pitch, but can't time a full toss as he picks out cover

38.5

Yuvraj Singh to Bell, no run, goes for the cut but doesn't make contact

38.6

Yuvraj Singh to Bell, no run, can't find the gaps, backward point fields

End of over 39 (3 runs) England 201/1 (RR: 5.15)
IR Bell    80* (83b 6x4 1x6)      Yuvraj Singh    5-0-29-0
AN Cook    95* (120b 7x4)      Z Khan    8-1-33-1

Singh is back

39.1

Singh to Cook, FOUR, what a way to go to 99, flicked over midwicket and away to the boundary...he's played very well

39.2

Singh to Cook, 1 run, there's his century, what a moment, driven through the covers and raises his bat all around The Rose Bowl and takes off his helmet to savour the moment...comes off 122 balls

39.3

Singh to Bell, 1 run, driven down to long off

39.4

Singh to Cook, 1 run, carved through point, Cook can really free his arms now

39.5

Singh to Bell, no run, played off the back foot to backward point

39.6

Singh to Bell, 2 runs, driven towards long-off, the placement is good and Bell comes back for two

So for England's final 10 overs, as they aim for 280-300, here's George

End of over 40 (9 runs) England 210/1 (RR: 5.25)
IR Bell    83* (86b 6x4 1x6)      RP Singh    7-0-33-0
AN Cook    101* (123b 8x4)      Yuvraj Singh    5-0-29-0

Cheers Andrew. This is excellent batting from England but wouldn't the likes of Pietersen and Flintoff be more useful now?

40.1

Agarkar to Cook, 1 run

40.2

Agarkar to Bell, FOUR, the attempted slower ball but it ends up as a full toss on leg stump and Bell gently flicks past the fielder at short fine leg, that was at 66mph, four easy runs

40.3

Agarkar to Bell, no run, short of a length outside off stump, defended on the back foot towards point

40.4

Agarkar to Bell, 1 run, too short and too wide outside off stump, Bell sits on the back foot and cuts through cover point

40.5

Agarkar to Cook, 1 leg bye, full length delivery on leg stump, Cook misses the flick and gets hit on the pad outside leg

40.6

Agarkar to Bell, 1 run, full ball on middle stump, Bell chips it down to long-on for a single

End of over 41 (8 runs) England 218/1 (RR: 5.31)
IR Bell    89* (90b 7x4 1x6)      AB Agarkar    7-1-36-0
AN Cook    102* (125b 8x4)      RP Singh    7-0-33-0

41.1

Singh to Bell, 2 runs, Bell takes two steps down the pitch and drives straight past RP Singh to Zaheer at long-off, Zaheer's throw was hopeless and the batsmen run an overthrow

41.2

Singh to Bell, no run, Bell triees to nudge a slower ball towards third man but misses

41.3

Singh to Bell, 1 run, played with soft hands towards point for a single

41.4

Singh to Cook, OUT, bowled him! Cook tries to heave a full ball from outside off on the leg side but gets an inside edge on to off stump, RP Singh leaps in joy but Cook's batted very well for his maiden ODI hundred

AN Cook b Singh 102 (168m 126b 8x4 0x6) SR: 80.95

India finally have the breakthrough but it's Kevin Pietersen who strides to the middle. He could tee off for England but he doesn't have much time to get his eye in.

41.5

Singh to Pietersen, no run, short of a length outside off stump, Pietersen lets it go

41.6

Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, short of a length outside off stump, Pietersen strides forward and drives through cover for a single to get off the mark

End of over 42 (4 runs) England 222/2 (RR: 5.28)
KP Pietersen    1* (2b)      RP Singh    8-0-37-1
IR Bell    92* (93b 7x4 1x6)      AB Agarkar    7-1-36-0

42.1

Agarkar to Pietersen, FOUR, a half-volley on leg stump, Pietersen flicks firmly through midwicket, he beats the fielder in the infield and he really shouldn't have beaten Gambhir in the deep who makes a poor dive on the boundary

42.2

Agarkar to Pietersen, no run, driven on the front foot to mid-off

42.3

Agarkar to Pietersen, 1 run, short ball on middle and leg, Pietersen gets on top of the bounce and pulls down to fine leg

42.4

Agarkar to Bell, 2 runs, short of a length on off and middle stump, Bell moves back and drives to long-on, Pietersen runs the first hard and sprints through for the second

42.5

Agarkar to Bell, 1 run, punched off the back foot towards cover

42.6

Agarkar to Pietersen, no run, a nice friendly full toss on middle stump, that was either the attempted slower ball or the attempted yorker, Pietersen misses out and hits it straight to midwicket

End of over 43 (8 runs) England 230/2 (RR: 5.34)
KP Pietersen    6* (6b 1x4)      AB Agarkar    8-1-44-0
IR Bell    95* (95b 7x4 1x6)      RP Singh    8-0-37-1

43.1

Singh to Bell, no run, good length delivery cramps Bell for room as he tries to step down the track, he ends up defending it back to the bowler

43.2

Singh to Bell, 1 run, full ball on off stump, Bell leans forward and drives to long-off

43.3

Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, good length delivery on off stump, driven off the back foot to long-off

43.4

Singh to Bell, 1 run, short and wide outside off stump, Bell reaches out for it and cuts but can't get it past Karthik who dives to make the save at point

43.5

Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen steps towards the off side and drives powerfully to Yuvraj who is at long-off

43.6

Singh to Bell, no run, good length on middle and off stump, Bell is caught on the crease and he defends back to the bowler

End of over 44 (4 runs) England 234/2 (RR: 5.31)
IR Bell    97* (99b 7x4 1x6)      RP Singh    9-0-41-1
KP Pietersen    8* (8b 1x4)      AB Agarkar    8-1-44-0

44.1

Agarkar to Pietersen, 1 run, slower ball on off stump, Pietersen leans forward and drives to long-off

Bell is on 97, on the verge of his maiden ODI century.

44.2

Agarkar to Bell, FOUR, he gets there with a flick off the pads to fine leg, 101 off 100 balls and he thrilled, he's paced the innings beautifully

44.3

Agarkar to Bell, 1 run, driven to long-on for a single

44.4

Agarkar to Pietersen, FOUR, that's a golf swing, Pietersen stood in his crease and lofted a full delivery over midwicket, the ball bounces just inside the boundary

44.5

Agarkar to Pietersen, 1 run, full toss flicked behind square for a single

44.6

Agarkar to Bell, 1 run, too full outside off stump, Bell pushes the ball towards mid-off for a single

End of over 45 (12 runs) England 246/2 (RR: 5.46)
IR Bell    103* (102b 8x4 1x6)      AB Agarkar    9-1-56-0
KP Pietersen    14* (11b 2x4)      RP Singh    9-0-41-1

Tendulkar has been given another spell. He could go for plenty if he isn't accurate.

45.1

Tendulkar to Bell, 1 run, starts off with a full toss that Bell gently pushes down the ground for one

45.2

Tendulkar to Pietersen, FOUR, Pietersen backs away towards leg side, Tendulkar follows him but strays too far down, Pietersen uses the pace of the ball and glances it to the fine-leg boundary

45.3

Tendulkar to Pietersen, 2 runs, driven inside out through extra cover for two more

45.4

Tendulkar to Pietersen, 1 run, driven to long-off on the front foot for a single

45.5

Tendulkar to Bell, 1 run, full toss on middle stump, Bell makes room by backing away and drives to long off

45.6

Tendulkar to Pietersen, no run, quicker delivery outside off, Pietersen tries to cut but misses

End of over 46 (9 runs) England 255/2 (RR: 5.54)
KP Pietersen    21* (15b 3x4)      SR Tendulkar    4-0-29-0
IR Bell    105* (104b 8x4 1x6)      AB Agarkar    9-1-56-0

Zaheer Khan returns for a final burst. Can England get 300? They need 45 off the last four overs.

46.1

Khan to Bell, 1 run, Bell moves towards the offside and chips a full ball over midwicket, Pietersen wants the strike and Bell settles for one

46.2

Khan to Pietersen, no run, full delivery on middle and off stump, driven firmly but straight to cover

46.3

Khan to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen backs away towards leg, giving Zaheer full view of the stumps, he drives a good length ball to extra cover for the single

46.4

Khan to Bell, no run, full ball outside off stump, Bell tries to squueze it past point but misses

46.5

Khan to Bell, 2 runs, Bell backs away towards leg and then moves towards the off side once again, he flicks a full ball over midwicket for two more

46.6

Khan to Bell, 2 runs, Bell moves towards off and flicks a ball from outside off stump through square leg, two more to England

End of over 47 (6 runs) England 261/2 (RR: 5.55)
IR Bell    110* (108b 8x4 1x6)      Z Khan    9-1-39-1
KP Pietersen    22* (17b 3x4)      SR Tendulkar    4-0-29-0

RP Singh replaces Tendulkar after a one-over expreiment.

47.1

Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, starts off with the yorker outside off, Pietersen tries to make room and plays it behind point

The ball is being changed with less than three overs to go.

47.2

Singh to Bell, 1 run, Bell backs away and drives a good-length ball to cover, all the fielders are on the edge of the circle and they scurry through for the single

47.3

Singh to Pietersen, 2 runs, Pietersen leans forward and lofts a good length ball down to long-off, Karthik is a little slow in getting to the ball and the batsmen run two

47.4

Singh to Pietersen, 2 runs, Pietersen moves quickly towards the leg side and drives powerfully through cover, Gambhir mops up on the boundary

47.5

Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, tight line and length on middle and off, Pietersen drives to long-off

47.6

Singh to Bell, 1 run, Bell moves his front foot out of the way and swats a fullish delivery to long-on

End of over 48 (8 runs) England 269/2 (RR: 5.60)
IR Bell    112* (110b 8x4 1x6)      RP Singh    10-0-49-1
KP Pietersen    28* (21b 3x4)      Z Khan    9-1-39-1

48.1

Khan to Bell, 1 run, short ball on middle and leg stump, Bell moves towards square leg and pulls for a single

48.2

Khan to Pietersen, 1 run, full toss on middle stump, Pietersen leans forward and flicks through midwicket for a single

48.3

Khan to Bell, no run, Bell backs away towards leg side and Zaheer bowls a yorker outside off stump, intelligent bowling

48.4

Khan to Bell, 2 runs, short ball outside off stump, Bell backs away and plays a tennis-forehand like shot over cover

48.5

Khan to Bell, FOUR, Bell makes room and drives inside out through extra cover for four, he's placed that superbly and with a lot of power as well

48.6

Khan to Bell, 2 runs, slower ball outside off stump, Bell tries to slash it through point but gets an edge down to third man

End of over 49 (10 runs) England 279/2 (RR: 5.69)
IR Bell    121* (115b 9x4 1x6)      Z Khan    10-1-49-1
KP Pietersen    29* (22b 3x4)      RP Singh    10-0-49-1

Last over coming up.

49.1

Agarkar to Pietersen, 2 runs, slower ball and the length is short, Pietersen pulls through midwicket

49.2

Agarkar to Pietersen, 1 run, full toss outside off stump, driven on the front foot to long-off

49.3

Agarkar to Bell, no run, Bell tries to make room to smash it through cover but gets an inside edge past his stumps, Dhoni dives to his left to collect it

49.4

Agarkar to Bell, FOUR, Bell moves towards the offside and scoops a leg-stump ball down to the fine-leg boundary, excellent improvisation

49.5

Agarkar to Bell, 1 run, full toss on middle stump, Bell drives the ball to Yuvraj at long-on

49.6

Agarkar to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen stands his ground and lofts a full ball down Tendulkar at long-off

Welcome back for India's run chase at The Rose Bowl after England reached an impressive 288. India will need to start well, conditions can become tricky under the floodlights. It's Andrew McGlashan for the first 10 overs.

Here come Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly - a decent opening partnership - and they'll provide a stiff challenge for England's bowlers. Stuart Broad will open the bowling with two slips

6.00 pm That's the end of the innings. England will take that - 288 for 2 after being sent it. Alastair Cook and Ian Bell scored superb centuries to set up the imposing total. India will take some relief out of keeping England to below 300. We'll be back in about 40 minutes for the Indian chase.

End of over 50 (9 runs) England 288/2
KP Pietersen    33* (25b 3x4)      AB Agarkar    10-1-65-0
IR Bell    126* (118b 10x4 1x6)      Z Khan    10-1-49-1
Series Results
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England won by 7 wickets (with 82 balls remaining)
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England v India at Leeds - Sep 2, 2007
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England won by 3 wickets (with 12 balls remaining)
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Aug 21, 2007

Ian Bell set up the comprehensive victory with a maiden ton and won the Man-of-the-Match award, England v India, 1st ODI, Southampton, August 21, 2007

Ian Bell set up the comprehensive victory with a maiden ton

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Aug 21, 2007

Rahul Dravid goes down the ground during his 46, England v India, 1st ODI, Southampton, August 21, 2007

Rahul Dravid goes down the ground during his 46

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