India tour of Ireland, England and Scotland, 3rd ODI: England v India at Birmingham, Aug 27, 2007
England won by 42 runs
27 August 2007 (50-over match)

Patel to Prior, OUT, Gone! This time Prior plays the big shot to the wrong ball. Munaf pitches one just outside the off stump and it wobbles in the air, not really swinging or shaping one way or the other. It does just enough to beat the bat of Prior who has had an almighty pull across the line. He closes the face of the bat just a touch too early and the ball spears off the edge towards the off side. Piyush Chawla calls for the catch and settles under it, judging it well and holding onto it as he tumbles backwards. That's the first England wicket gone.

MJ Prior c Chawla b Patel 34 (61m 40b 4x4 0x6) SR: 85.00

England 76/1   AN Cook 33* (43b 4x4)   MM Patel 2.4-0-25-1

Powar to Cook, OUT, Another one! Tossed up, looks gentle and inviting, Powar has put some revs on this ball though and it dips late. That's a beautifully flighted ball. Cook instinctively goes for the sweep shot. The ball does just enough to beat the bat and take the leading edge. It balloons straight up in the air for the simplest catch to Yuvraj Singh at short fine-leg. That's a classical offie's dismissal and Powar is over the moon as Cook is sent on his way

AN Cook c Yuvraj Singh b Powar 40 (86m 56b 4x4 0x6) SR: 71.42

England 92/2   IR Bell 6* (17b)   RR Powar 1.1-0-1-1

Chawla to Pietersen, OUT, Here we go again! Piyush Chawls does KP in with the googly. That is a fine piece of bowling from this young legspinner to beat a batsman who plays spin so well. KP jumps down the track plays down the wrong line and is beaten all ends up. This time though the ball is missing the stumps and Mahendra Singh Dhoni pouches the ball cleanly and whips the bails off. That is a tidy bit of work behind the stumps to back up a clever bit of bowling. Big wicket for India!

KP Pietersen st †Dhoni b Chawla 9 (22m 22b 1x4 0x6) SR: 40.90

England 118/3   IR Bell 20* (30b 2x4)   PP Chawla 3-0-12-1

Powar to Collingwood, OUT, Gone! And Collingwood seems determined here to take his chances and this one doesn't come off. He plays the reverse sweep, does not middle the ball. The ball has done just enough to beat the middle of the bat, take the edge and loop up towards short third-man. Robin Uthappa, the substitute fielder is the man on the spot and he has no trouble settling under the catch. End of a good but slightly frenetic innings from England's captain

PD Collingwood c sub (RV Uthappa) b Powar 44 (53m 53b 2x4 1x6) SR: 83.01

England 193/4   IR Bell 50* (65b 2x4 1x6)   RR Powar 8.4-0-37-2

Yuvraj Singh to Shah, OUT, Very fast, very straight, that one is a rocket from Yuvraj Singh. He;s out-thought Shah comepletely here. Shah was moving around in his crease and trying to give himself some room to free his arms and clear the infield. All he ended up doing was giving Yuvraj a good look at the three stumps. Once he had that Yuvraj nailed Shah with a really quick ball that pretty much uprooted the leg stump. That was a clever bit of bowling from the part-time left-arm spinner!

OA Shah b Yuvraj Singh 19 (15m 15b 0x4 1x6) SR: 126.66

England 226/5   IR Bell 64* (78b 2x4 1x6)   Yuvraj Singh 6.2-0-34-1

Singh to Bopara, OUT, Another one bites the dust! Bopara walks across his stumps and tries to play a cute dab to the leg side. It's a risky shot with the left-arm seamer coming around the stumps. The ball pitches, grips the surface a touch and straightens. The leading edge comes into play and the ball pops straight into Rahul Dravid's hands at short cover. Simple catch and yet another failure for Bopara

RS Bopara c Dravid b Singh 10 (7m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 111.11

England 246/6   IR Bell 74* (82b 2x4 2x6)   RP Singh 6.3-1-32-1

Singh to Bell, OUT, fullish and on the stumps, Bell gives himself a bit of room and tries to drive inside out and loft the ball over cover. Unfortunately for Bell, who has played very well here once again, he just cannot get under the ball enough. The elevation is not there and Dinesh Karthik at cover has to move five paces to his right and take the catch. He gets both hands on the ball and tumbles a bit, making the catch look a bit more spectacular than it was. End of a quality knock from Bell, though and England are losing their way a bit here.

IR Bell c Karthik b Singh 79 (140m 89b 2x4 2x6) SR: 88.76

England 255/7   SCJ Broad 4* (5b)   RP Singh 7.3-1-37-2

Singh to Broad, OUT, short of a good length, angled in to the left-handed batsman, Broad has an almighty heave, he can't quite connect cleanly, the bat turns in his hand and one hand comes off the bat as the ball gets plenty of elevation but not nearly enough distance. Yuvraj Singh back-peddles at cover and settles under the swirler. Another England wicket falls as the innigns comes towards a close

SCJ Broad c Yuvraj Singh b Singh 10 (19m 11b 1x4 0x6) SR: 90.90

England 273/8   CT Tremlett 11* (6b 1x6)   RP Singh 8.3-1-47-3





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