India tour of Ireland, England and Scotland, 6th ODI: England v India at The Oval, Sep 5, 2007
India won by 2 wickets (with 2 balls remaining)
5 September 2007 (50-over match)

10.15am The pitch hasn't got the growth you'd expect at the Oval at this time of year, a bit less grass, though the outfield is quick as ever. The pitch, then, is hard - it will probably be at his quickest now - and the ball will go through. A very good toss to win.

The players are coming out just as Sid jumps into his chair. "The strike is off," he says between breaths, "but the trains are still not running all over, so I was very delayed. Just about half-full at The Oval at the mo. Slowly they're pouring in ... but the station is packed. Indian fans are beating drums madly outside .. the toss is gone but the celebration has begun already."

10.10am Paul Collingwood has won the toss and England will bat. "It's very firm, and a used pitch as well."

Wright is batting down the order, a change of role from where he usually bats for Sussex. "Our batting so far this series has been pretty good," Collingwood continued. "It's a well-balanced line-up and he fits in well." "It's been a busy week on the injury front, we will stay focussed and look forward to the challenge."

Rahul Dravid said: "We would have liked to have batted first, but it doesn't really matter. We've just got to bowl well and hopefully restrict them." And here's what he had to say about Robin Uthappa, who has been brought in today. "Robin, he's batting very well in the nets, he looks good and very keen. Just a bit of freshness to get him in. He will bring freshness, he's a positive young man. It's great the series has gone to the wire, you've got to be up for it and you can see the lads are."

10.00am The teams are: England 1 Alastair Cook, 2 Matt Prior (wk), 3 Ian Bell, 4 Kevin Pietersen, 5 Paul Collingwood (capt), 6 Owais Shah, 7 Luke Wright, 8 Dimitri Mascarenhas, 9 Stuart Broad, 10 Monty Panesar, 11 James Anderson.

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

9.45am England team news just in: Andrew Flintoff misses out - no great surprise, but certainly a blow. There will be a debut for Wright, after all. More on him here.

Our splendid colleague Siddhartha Vaidyanathan (Sid V when typing hungover, though not today of course) will be providing colour for us... if and when he ever battles his way in along the Tube. The strike's off, but it's still rush hour (or rush three hours as every day) - so it will be interesting to see how many spectators - including our competition winner Sanjay Kapoor - are in their seats at kick-off.

Just noted in today's Metro newspaper that Darren Gough is hitting out at Duncan Fletcher for shortening his England career. "Michael Vaughan is given the option to aid the management of his knee injury and if I had been afforded the same privilege maybe I could have played international cricket for longer. Duncan Fletcher's mantra was 'If you don't practise, you don't play'. But Peter Moores is a bit more pragmatic." Very interesting indeed.

9.30am Good morning all and welcome to the sixth one-dayer between England and India, which is at The Oval. India are on a tightrope (not literally - they'll be on the pitch soon) knowing that one false step and they're out of the series. It didn't look like they were too troubled on Sunday, mind, as they piled up the runs at Headingley to pull it back to 3-2. Which brings us to today's game.

Chris Tremlett and Ravi Bopara are out injured, while Andrew Flintoff will undergo a last-minute assessment on his weak ankle. Ryan Sidebottom, however, is set for a return. Yet all eyes will be on seeing whether Luke Wright, the Sussex batsman, makes his debut.

For India, the final spot is between RP Singh and Dinesh Karthik, with the left-arm seamer likely to get the nod.

That's about all we know so far, apart from that it's a bit nip down in south London, so I hope the spectators have wrapped up - though the forecast is fairing up later. I'll bring you more when I have it, I being Jenny Thompson, hello, and I will be joined later by Will Luke and Andrew McGlashan.

0.1

Khan to Cook, no run, pushed off the legs to square

0.2

Khan to Cook, OUT, gone! Nipped off the pitch, a hint of swing, an outside edge and Dhoni does the rest.

AN Cook c †Dhoni b Khan 0 (1m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

What a start for Zaheer, a terrific delivery early.

0.3

Khan to Bell, FOUR, stays over the wicket, but pitches wide trying to adjust for his first delivery to the right-hander - plenty of width and Bell simply leans into a Vaughanesque cover-drive

0.4

Khan to Bell, 1 run, tighter delivery, pushed forward this time

0.5

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

0.6

Khan to Prior, no run, vicious swing, doing all sorts as somehow Bell's uncertain prod fails to connect

A super opening over from Zaheer, with a just reward to boot. Ajit Agarkar opening at the Pavilion End now

End of over 1 (5 runs) England 5/1 (RR: 5.00)

    • MJ Prior 0 (2b)
    • IR Bell 5 (2b 1x4)
    • Z Khan 1-0-5-1
1.1

Agarkar to Bell, no run, driven to cover, Bell's nose up, trying to sniff a run; there wasn't one on

1.2

Agarkar to Bell, FOUR, too much width outside off, and Bell cuts away off the back foot through cover

He wouldn't have forgiven himself for missing out - that was a real gimme ball

1.3

Agarkar to Bell, no run, straighter, pushing Bell on to the back foot this time and he defends down

1.4

Agarkar to Bell, no run, another tight delivery, defended well enough

"That's the most eventful first over of the series," notes Sid, with reason

1.5

Agarkar to Bell, no run, opens the face, and sends a thick edge which drops just short of second slip

1.6

Agarkar to Bell, 1 run, driven straight for a quick strike-stealing single

Bell gears up to face Zaheer again. What will this over hold? Cook's looking glum on the balcony, really frustrated with himself.

End of over 2 (5 runs) England 10/1 (RR: 5.00)

    • IR Bell 10 (8b 2x4)
    • MJ Prior 0 (2b)
    • AB Agarkar 1-0-5-0
    • Z Khan 1-0-5-1
2.1

Khan to Bell, FOUR, strays down leg and Bell helps it on his way with a flick off the hips

Bell's eye has been in from the get-go today

2.2

Khan to Bell, no run, straight, threatening to rise up from a fuller delivery, defended back down

2.3

Khan to Bell, no run, worked off his legs to short midwicket

Two slips in, by the way

2.4

Khan to Bell, no run, shoulders arms, lets it go past him at chest height, outside off

2.5

Khan to Bell, no run, that one seemed to have extra zip, and the swing was none-too-easy to deal with either - Bell offering his bat, away from his body, defensively and did well not to get an edge

Bell nods in agreement that that was, indeed, a super delivery

2.6

Khan to Bell, no run, more of the same - too good, too good

Another electric over from Zaheer, and he's enjoying himself out there

End of over 3 (4 runs) England 14/1 (RR: 4.66)

    • IR Bell 14 (14b 3x4)
    • MJ Prior 0 (2b)
    • Z Khan 2-0-9-1
    • AB Agarkar 1-0-5-0
3.1

Agarkar to Prior, FOUR, bangs it in too wide and too short, Prior waits, moves on to his back foot and crashes the ball in front of point with a wristy, quick movement

3.2

Agarkar to Prior, 2 runs, Agarkar tries to correct the line, but overdoes it, and Prior eases the ball off his legs just behind square

3.3

Agarkar to Prior, OUT, but he's on the button this time - very straight, Prior was a long way across his stumps when the ball rapped him. Now then, height could be a factor, and Hawk-Eye has it going over by an inch or so. Nevertheless, he's on his way

MJ Prior lbw b Agarkar 6 (13m 5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 120.00

England in some early trouble, then. Pietersen to the crease now

"Pietersen's average could go below fifty for the first time," notes Statto McGlashan in the corner. Good spotting

3.4

Agarkar to Pietersen, 1 run, works off his legs and he's off the mark straight away

3.5

Agarkar to Bell, no run, some tidy work from Uthappa in the covers, diving at full stretch to cut off a clip from Bell - and an enthusiastic crowd buzz at his efforts

3.6

Agarkar to Bell, no run, defended on the back foot, Bell realising that he ought to be a little circumspect just now

Pietersen digs out his guard for his first ball from Zaheer...

End of over 4 (7 runs) England 21/2 (RR: 5.25)

    • IR Bell 14 (16b 3x4)
    • KP Pietersen 1 (1b)
    • AB Agarkar 2-0-12-1
    • Z Khan 2-0-9-1
4.1

Khan to Pietersen, no run, ...which is a dot, the ball climbing and Pietersen squaring into it, playing it back down without too much fuss in the end

4.2

Khan to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen creeps across his stumps before clambering into a wall-like defence, getting his whole bat and his body right behind that one

4.3

Khan to Pietersen, no run, an orthodox leave to a ball which jinks down off

4.4

Khan to Pietersen, no run, pushed across him again, and once more Pietersen leaves outside off

4.5

Khan to Pietersen, 1 run, on off, worked back towards leg, Pietersen happy, as usual, to take balls from outside off and work them square

4.6

Khan to Bell, no run, fuller delivery, dug out with a sturdy defence - the batsmen consider for a split second a single, before realising that wouldn't be sensible

The Oval filling up now, but still many will have missed the early wickets, arriving to find India well in charge of the early proceedings

End of over 5 (1 run) England 22/2 (RR: 4.40)

    • IR Bell 14 (17b 3x4)
    • KP Pietersen 2 (6b)
    • Z Khan 3-0-10-1
    • AB Agarkar 2-0-12-1
5.1

Agarkar to Pietersen, no run, pushed up there, defended on the back foot with a delicate scoop - like ladling soup at an upper-class dinner party - back into the covers

5.2

Agarkar to Pietersen, FOUR, this is more like KP - clipping one which comes in at him through midwicket - aggressive and with a good eye

5.3

Agarkar to Pietersen, FOUR, angling in at him again, allowing him to whip that with a firm drive in front of midwicket. Quick hands, good stuff

5.4

Agarkar to Pietersen, no run, a better line from Agarkar down the corridor; near enough to ask the question, but Pietersen answers with a well-judged leave on the back foot

5.5

Agarkar to Pietersen, no run, slightly wider down off this time, curling away from him at the last minute, but easily left

5.6

Agarkar to Pietersen, no run, swing in the air - both bowlers finding movement in these overcast conditions - but again it's wide enough not to prompt any interest

End of over 6 (8 runs) England 30/2 (RR: 5.00)

    • KP Pietersen 10 (12b 2x4)
    • IR Bell 14 (17b 3x4)
    • AB Agarkar 3-0-20-1
    • Z Khan 3-0-10-1
6.1

Khan to Bell, FOUR, on leg, clipped with some superb timing through square

6.2

Khan to Bell, no run, defended on the back foot

6.3

Khan to Bell, 1 run, on off, worked away down to third man for an easy single (but an impossible two)

Brian May is in the crowd today. Brian May, Brian May! He's not an invisible man, we can see him.

6.4

Khan to Pietersen, 1 run, another quick single

6.5

Khan to Bell, no run, defended into the covers

6.6

Khan to Bell, no run, jumps over his bat, moved away from the right-hander

Gnasher and Will are now wondering if Brian's related to an Aussie spinner at all... Oh, and it's not Brian May of Queensland fame, but of Queen fame. Anyway.

End of over 7 (6 runs) England 36/2 (RR: 5.14)

    • IR Bell 19 (22b 4x4)
    • KP Pietersen 11 (13b 2x4)
    • Z Khan 4-0-16-1
    • AB Agarkar 3-0-20-1
7.1

Agarkar to Pietersen, 1 run, Powar slides to cut off the ball - surprisingly athletically

7.2

Agarkar to Bell, no run, Bell cuts hard but the ball is well stopped

7.3

Agarkar to Bell, no run, outside off, driven off the back foot into the covers, but again he can find no way through the pouncing ring

7.4

Agarkar to Bell, no run, on off, driven back forward and it's picked up easily again

7.5

Agarkar to Bell, no run, tight, angling in outside off, and that's a piece of exquisite judgement in leaving

7.6

Agarkar to Bell, no run, worked to point off the back foot

End of over 8 (1 run) England 37/2 (RR: 4.62)

    • IR Bell 19 (27b 4x4)
    • KP Pietersen 12 (14b 2x4)
    • AB Agarkar 4-0-21-1
    • Z Khan 4-0-16-1
8.1

Khan to Pietersen, no run, on leg, a huge shout as he goes across Pietersen and raps him on the pads. It pitched outside leg, mind - a good decision by Peter "JR" Hartley

8.2

Khan to Pietersen, no run, on middle-and-leg, driven back straightish on the on-side

8.3

Khan to Pietersen, no run, an extravagant lunge of a leave outside off

Still some vacant seats around on this sell-out day

8.4

Khan to Pietersen, 1 run, straight and rising, worked back down off the back foot with a dink into the covers and a quick single results

Bell's just confirming there are two balls left in the over as he prepares to take strike

8.5

Khan to Bell, 1 run, angles across him before pitching on off, rising, and being worked out to gully off the back foot

8.6

Khan to Pietersen, no run, came back in, and a big shout is turned down on height. Another good decision. Ah, and it pitched outside leg anyway

End of over 9 (2 runs) England 39/2 (RR: 4.33)

    • KP Pietersen 13 (19b 2x4)
    • IR Bell 20 (28b 4x4)
    • Z Khan 5-0-18-1
    • AB Agarkar 4-0-21-1
9.1

Agarkar to Bell, no run, on off, driven out to mid-on, and picked up easily

9.2

Agarkar to Bell, FOUR, very wide, cut wide in the air behind point and that raced away

9.3

Agarkar to Bell, no run, driven off the back foot into the covers

9.4

Agarkar to Bell, FOUR, on leg, driven in front of midwicket and that one goes all the way

9.5

Agarkar to Bell, no run, on off, played off the back foot into the covers

9.6

Agarkar to Bell, no run, outside off, played safely into the gully

Ten overs gone, and I'm off now too as, sliding seamlessly into the commentary chair for the first time today, it's William Luke.

End of over 10 (8 runs) England 47/2 (RR: 4.70)

    • IR Bell 28 (34b 6x4)
    • KP Pietersen 13 (19b 2x4)
    • AB Agarkar 5-0-29-1
    • Z Khan 5-0-18-1

Thanks Jennifer. Greetings, readers. England recovering nicely here, though not without regular alarm. My old English teacher once outlawed the use of "nice" or its adverb, but fortunately he won't be reading. Hello Mr Edgington if you are reading, though.

10.1

Khan to Pietersen, no run, on his pads, Pietersen shuffles to the off side before nudging it off his legs - straight to short midwicket, though

10.2

Khan to Pietersen, 1 run, on the front foot, Pietersen turns it with good timing straight to mid-on, who is dozing, and they scamper an easy single

10.3

Khan to Bell, no run, angled across the batsman who leaves it alone

10.4

Khan to Bell, no run, again, a neat tempter which cuts across Bell but he leaves this alone

First warning for Zaheer who's been running on the pitch. And the umpire has quite simply had enough

10.5

Khan to Bell, 1 run, a confident punch out to cover, and Robin Uthappa dives to his right to prevent more than one

Excellent fielding there, and the crowd applaud the dive. Though perhaps they were just in shock

10.6

Khan to Pietersen, 1 run, angled to gully

End of over 11 (3 runs) England 50/2 (RR: 4.54)

    • KP Pietersen 15 (22b 2x4)
    • IR Bell 29 (37b 6x4)
    • Z Khan 6-0-21-1
    • AB Agarkar 5-0-29-1

Ah, here's Ganguly into the attack. Now then...there hasn't been an awful lot of swing this morning but, if anyone can extract some wobble, Ganguly can. Here he comes

11.1

Ganguly to Pietersen, no run, ooh nasty, Pietersen's struck in the unmentionables. Ouch. He seems to find it quite amusing though

Jenny's just heard this from Ask-Steven Lynch. "Just listening to TMS - Phil Tufnell has just admitted he spent last night at Tara Palmer-Tomkinson's book launch..."

11.2

Ganguly to Pietersen, 1 run, drifting down the leg side, Pietersen helps it on its way for a single

11.3

Ganguly to Bell, 1 run, again the wrong line from Ganguly, drifting down leg and it's easily worked for another single

11.4

Ganguly to Pietersen, no run, a beauty! Ganguly finally corrects his line - and it holds its line outside off, drawing Pietersen into a defensive poke...and he misses

11.5

Ganguly to Pietersen, no run, whipped to midwicket from outside the off stump, but no run is on offer there

11.6

Ganguly to Pietersen, no run, and that's a good end to the over, almost squaring Pietersen up here but he punches it back to the bowler

Pretty good start there from Ganguly once he'd rectified his line

End of over 12 (2 runs) England 52/2 (RR: 4.33)

    • KP Pietersen 16 (27b 2x4)
    • IR Bell 30 (38b 6x4)
    • SC Ganguly 1-0-2-0
    • Z Khan 6-0-21-1

Zaheer to continue

12.1

Khan to Bell, FOUR, inside edge for four! Another belting delivery from Zaheer, cutting this back into Bell who rocks back to defend but gets a thick inside edge - thick enough to evade Dhoni's dive to his left, and it races away for four

12.2

Khan to Bell, no run, wide, well wide of the off stump

12.3

Khan to Bell, FOUR, that is a fantastic stroke from Bell. Certainly not a half volley from Zaheer - in fact, it was very well bowled, pitching it up on off stump. But Bell threw his hands at it, opened the blade and it shot through the covers for four. Class

12.4

Khan to Bell, no run, punched to cover. Bell roars no

12.5

Khan to Bell, 1 run, elegantly punched to a deep mid-off and Bell takes a single who throws down the stumps...but he took an age to wind himself up and let go of the ball

12.6

Khan to Pietersen, 1 wide, wide, down the leg side. Very wide and rightly wided

12.6

Khan to Pietersen, 2 leg byes, again down the leg side - time Zaheer had a rest I reckon - and flicked to Powar at fine-leg. And Pietersen comes back for two, quite easily too

End of over 13 (12 runs) England 64/2 (RR: 4.92)

    • KP Pietersen 16 (28b 2x4)
    • IR Bell 39 (43b 8x4)
    • Z Khan 7-0-31-1
    • SC Ganguly 1-0-2-0

Ganguly to continue

13.1

Ganguly to Bell, 1 run, Bell takes this from outside the off stump, and turns it to a short fine-leg. Excellent running

13.2

Ganguly to Pietersen, 1 leg bye, a touch too straight again, and it wobbles off his pads for an easily run leg-bye

13.3

Ganguly to Bell, 1 bye, so close! Wide of the off stump but it spears back into Bell, who is back in his crease and trying to cut...and it practically shaves his off stump

Ganguly is a tad frustrated. Sadly, I don't speak any Hindi otherwise I'd translate his frustrations for you

13.4

Ganguly to Pietersen, no run, on his legs but Pietersen can't get this away

13.5

Ganguly to Pietersen, no run, punched back to the bowler; Ganguly just gets a fingertip on it, deflecting it onto the non-striker's stumps

13.6

Ganguly to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen tries to clump this into the covers but can only splodge it back to the bowler. Excellent length again from Ganguly

End of over 14 (3 runs) England 67/2 (RR: 4.78)

    • KP Pietersen 16 (32b 2x4)
    • IR Bell 40 (45b 8x4)
    • SC Ganguly 2-0-3-0
    • Z Khan 7-0-31-1

Here's Piyush

Chris Read has been announced as Nottinghamshire's new captain, incidentally. Just thought you'd like to know. Ah, more interestingly, there's John Major in the crowd, the former Prime Minister. And with him Trevor McDonald, the incumbent.

14.1

Chawla to Bell, no run, what a ball, on leg stump and turning away off his pads

14.2

Chawla to Bell, no run, on leg stump again and Bell pushes it back to him

14.3

Chawla to Bell, FOUR, but a poor delivery here - a waste - outside Bell's leg stump and he clips it freely and elegantly over midwicket for four

And there's the 50 partnership off 66 balls

14.4

Chawla to Bell, no run, yet again down the leg side, and Bell can't get a bat on it

14.5

Chawla to Bell, no run, tossed up on leg stump. Bell tries to clip it to leg but can't time it

14.6

Chawla to Bell, no run, on middle stump for the first time this over, and Bell comes forward to defend

End of over 15 (4 runs) England 71/2 (RR: 4.73)

    • IR Bell 44 (51b 9x4)
    • KP Pietersen 16 (32b 2x4)
    • PP Chawla 1-0-4-0
    • SC Ganguly 2-0-3-0
15.1

Ganguly to Pietersen, 1 run, a very firm punch to cover. Pietersen wants a single - this could be a disaster, but they scrape home

There really should not have been a single there

15.2

Ganguly to Bell, no run, good line and length outside Bell's off stump and he angles it defensively to the off side

15.3

Ganguly to Bell, FOUR, beautifully played - the balance and feet movement were key here. Too short, Bell was very quick to rock back onto his stumps and he cuts it powerfully in front of square for four

15.4

Ganguly to Bell, 1 run, stroked down the ground but the deep mid-off dives to prevent two

15.5

Ganguly to Pietersen, 1 run, down the leg side, Pietersen clips it off his toes but straight to the man at deep square leg

Bell on 49, approaching another fifty

15.6

Ganguly to Bell, no run, excellent stop from Powar moving to his left at mid-off

End of over 16 (7 runs) England 78/2 (RR: 4.87)

    • IR Bell 49 (55b 10x4)
    • KP Pietersen 18 (34b 2x4)
    • SC Ganguly 3-0-10-0
    • PP Chawla 1-0-4-0
16.1

Chawla to Pietersen, 1 run, on middle stump, Pietersen comes forward to defend. It bobbles out to midwicket and they scamper through for a single

16.2

Chawla to Bell, no run, on middle-and-off, well flighted and it's defended

16.3

Chawla to Bell, no run, beautifully flighted again and Bell rather loosely tries to defend and gets a thick inside edge which nearly takes out his leg stump

16.4

Chawla to Bell, no run, punched out to cover

16.5

Chawla to Bell, OUT, he's bowled him! The topper from Piyush and Bell is completely outfoxed. Down on one knee, he tries to smash him over the top but is clean bowled

IR Bell b Chawla 49 (74m 59b 10x4 0x6) SR: 83.05

Wonderful bowling - that really is a great display of legspin and flight, mixing it up with the odd straighter delivery. Great to watch

Here's Collingwood, and he has a forward short-leg

16.6

Chawla to Collingwood, 3 leg byes, a waste of a delivery down the leg side

End of over 17 (4 runs) England 82/3 (RR: 4.82)

    • PD Collingwood 0 (1b)
    • KP Pietersen 19 (35b 2x4)
    • PP Chawla 2-0-5-1
    • SC Ganguly 3-0-10-0
17.1

Ganguly to Collingwood, no run, stroked out to cover; Powar, as quick as a (rather large) cat scampers across to field

17.2

Ganguly to Collingwood, 1 run, neatly stroked straight back past the bowler, though without really timing it

17.3

Ganguly to Pietersen, OUT, punched out to cover, and they go for a single - this could be a disaster. In comes the throw, Dhoni whips off the bails but the umpires haven't called for a replay. But hold on - drama here - Collingwood, according to the big screen replay, is short of his ground! And after a bit of a delay, and a referral to the TV umpire, Collingwood's given his marching orders by the umpire

PD Collingwood run out 1 (7m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

England aren't quite in a hole, but they're certainly in a bit of a mess

17.4

Ganguly to Shah, FOUR, beautiful shot, stroked through extra cover for four. Not a bad way in which to get off the mark

17.5

Ganguly to Shah, no run, short of a length, Shah extravagantly leaves this alone

17.6

Ganguly to Shah, no run, very wide and Shah again leaves alone

End of over 18 (5 runs) England 87/4 (RR: 4.83)

    • OA Shah 4 (3b 1x4)
    • KP Pietersen 19 (36b 2x4)
    • SC Ganguly 4-0-15-0
    • PP Chawla 2-0-5-1

Collingwood was absolutely spitting nails when he was finally dismissed. And he's pictured in the dressing room debating it with Moores and co. Time for KP to make amends for that rather mad run...

18.1

Chawla to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen takes a big stride down the pitch and pokes it out to off

18.2

Chawla to Pietersen, no run, nicely flighted on middle-and-off, Pietersen chips it back to Piyush

18.3

Chawla to Pietersen, no run, worked into midwicket

18.4

Chawla to Pietersen, 1 run, a touch too short, it's hammered out to cover and a fumble allows them through for a single. A safe single...

18.5

Chawla to Shah, no run, well bowled, but well left! Shah leaves it alone outside off. This could be a fantastic battle

18.6

Chawla to Shah, no run, defended out to cover

I'm loving watching this new young leggie, especially with his changes of flight. Reminds me of Mushtaq, a touch

End of over 19 (1 run) England 88/4 (RR: 4.63)

    • OA Shah 4 (5b 1x4)
    • KP Pietersen 20 (40b 2x4)
    • PP Chawla 3-0-6-1
    • SC Ganguly 4-0-15-0
19.1

Ganguly to Pietersen, no run, a good length from Ganguly, preventing Pietersen from timing it sufficiently. It's clumped to mid-on

19.2

Ganguly to Pietersen, FOUR, down the leg side, Pietersen simply whips it for four. Easy. And made all the more easy since the fine-leg is up

19.3

Ganguly to Pietersen, 1 run, turned off his legs to midwicket who is deep enough to allow them through for an easily run single

19.4

Ganguly to Shah, no run, worked to leg

19.5

Ganguly to Shah, 1 run, a dab down to third man for an easy single

In comes Ganguly...and drops the ball like a winner. Here he comes for another go

19.6

Ganguly to Pietersen, no run, ooh well bowled! He plays and misses outside off to a nice little swinger

Talking of such things, here's Gnasher McGlashan for a ten-over stint

End of over 20 (6 runs) England 94/4 (RR: 4.70)

    • KP Pietersen 25 (44b 3x4)
    • OA Shah 5 (7b 1x4)
    • SC Ganguly 5-0-21-0
    • PP Chawla 3-0-6-1

Hello all, the Powerplays are over and India are on top

20.1

Chawla to Shah, no run, tossed up outside off stump, quite wide but not called

20.2

Chawla to Shah, 1 run, comes forward, again not much turn for Chawla and an inside edge runs backward of square on the leg side

20.3

Chawla to Pietersen, no run, outside off stump, left alone

20.4

Chawla to Pietersen, 3 runs, drifts onto middle and Pietersen goes down and brings out a fine lap-sweep, the ball runs towards the fine-leg boundary, but Powar sprints around (honest) and pulls off a fine diving save

20.5

Chawla to Shah, no run, Shah's attempt at a sweep is more violent, but he doesn't make contact

20.6

Chawla to Shah, 1 run, plays this one finer, behind square on the leg side

End of over 21 (5 runs) England 99/4 (RR: 4.71)

    • OA Shah 7 (11b 1x4)
    • KP Pietersen 28 (46b 3x4)
    • PP Chawla 4-0-11-1
    • SC Ganguly 5-0-21-0
21.1

Ganguly to Shah, FOUR, another handsome, bottom-handed drive past mid-off, no chance for the fielder (it was Powar again) but even a better fielder wouldn't have stopped that

21.2

Ganguly to Shah, 1 wide, down the leg side, sharp take from Dhoni and Shah does well to keep his foot behind the line

21.2

Ganguly to Shah, no run, on off stump, Shah comes forward and defends by his feet

21.3

Ganguly to Shah, 1 run, tucked into the leg side, midwicket can't prevent a single

21.4

Ganguly to Pietersen, no run, played very late by Pietersen, bounces from the pitch into Dhoni's glove

21.5

Ganguly to Pietersen, no run, Ganguly continues to cause problems with his nibbling leg-cutters, outside off stump and Pietersen pokes at it without making contact

21.6

Ganguly to Pietersen, 1 run, driven down to long on, Pietersen keeps the strike

End of over 22 (7 runs) England 106/4 (RR: 4.81)

    • KP Pietersen 29 (49b 3x4)
    • OA Shah 12 (14b 2x4)
    • SC Ganguly 6-0-28-0
    • PP Chawla 4-0-11-1
22.1

Chawla to Pietersen, no run, tossed up on off stump, driven to short extra-cover

22.2

Chawla to Pietersen, no run, hint of turn this time, Pietersen judges well and lets it go

22.3

Chawla to Pietersen, no run, comes forward, bat and pad together

22.4

Chawla to Pietersen, no run, Chawla tempts Pietersen into a drive, goes powerfully on the bounce to cover

22.5

Chawla to Pietersen, no run, googly, but too wide of off stump and Pietersen can still leave alone

22.6

Chawla to Pietersen, no run, another testing over from Chawla, a maiden as Pietersen defends to the leg side

End of over 23 (maiden) England 106/4 (RR: 4.60)

    • KP Pietersen 29 (55b 3x4)
    • OA Shah 12 (14b 2x4)
    • PP Chawla 5-1-11-1
    • SC Ganguly 6-0-28-0

Time for the second spinner, here comes Ramesh Powar and he has a short leg and a slip in

23.1

Powar to Shah, no run, Shah comes carefully forward and defends to the man under the helmet

23.2

Powar to Shah, 1 run, taken off middle with a fine sweep, deep backward square-leg runs round to field

23.3

Powar to Pietersen, no run, teasing flight from Powar, Pietersen comes forward

23.4

Powar to Pietersen, 1 run, uses his feet on this occasion, worked into the leg side and there's time for a quick single to midwicket

23.5

Powar to Shah, no run, watchfully defended, Shah not trying anything too expansive at the moment

23.6

Powar to Shah, no run, brings out another sweep, short fine-leg is in and prevents any runs...tidy start from Powar

End of over 24 (2 runs) England 108/4 (RR: 4.50)

    • OA Shah 13 (18b 2x4)
    • KP Pietersen 30 (57b 3x4)
    • RR Powar 1-0-2-0
    • PP Chawla 5-1-11-1
24.1

Chawla to Pietersen, 2 runs, dragged a touch short, Pietersen latches on and cuts out towards deep point, Ganguly comes around and has to get his trousers dirty with a dive

24.2

Chawla to Pietersen, 1 run, flamboyant drive, but it just brings a single down to long off

24.3

Chawla to Shah, no run, tight line, Shah defends into the leg side

24.4

Chawla to Shah, no run, tries to sweep from outside off stump, doesn't make contact and there's a strangled shout from Dhoni but it's quickly aborted

24.5

Chawla to Shah, 1 run, slightly straighter and Shah's sweep makes contact to bring him one to deep square-leg

24.6

Chawla to Pietersen, 1 run, worked against the spin down to long-on

Half-way mark of the innings, England trying to rebuild against the spinners

End of over 25 (5 runs) England 113/4 (RR: 4.52)

    • KP Pietersen 34 (60b 3x4)
    • OA Shah 14 (21b 2x4)
    • PP Chawla 6-1-16-1
    • RR Powar 1-0-2-0
25.1

Powar to Pietersen, 1 run, ah, guess what, another sweep, deep square-leg a busy man

25.2

Powar to Shah, 2 runs, squirted off the face, square on the off side and splits the men at cover and backward point

25.3

Powar to Shah, no run, beautifully bowled, straighter ball from Powar and Shah is beaten as he tries to work to leg

25.4

Powar to Shah, no run, reverts to his release shot of the sweep, but finds short fine-leg

25.5

Powar to Shah, 1 run, punched with a straight bat towards mid-on, who is in the circle, and a direct hit would have found Shah short...England can't afford that

25.6

Powar to Pietersen, no run, swept off the stumps, can't beat the man at 45

End of over 26 (4 runs) England 117/4 (RR: 4.50)

    • KP Pietersen 35 (62b 3x4)
    • OA Shah 17 (25b 2x4)
    • RR Powar 2-0-6-0
    • PP Chawla 6-1-16-1
26.1

Chawla to Shah, no run, googly from Chawla, Shah has to jab down quite late on it and plays into the leg side

26.2

Chawla to Shah, 1 run, not a particularly elegant sweep, goes in front of square and brings Pietersen back onto strike

26.3

Chawla to Pietersen, no run, stifled appeal as Pietersen makes sure he is well outside the line of off stump as he sweeps, but England not finding the spinners easy

26.4

Chawla to Pietersen, no run, and on cue Pietersen is beaten by a legbreak outside off stump

26.5

Chawla to Pietersen, 2 runs, scooped off the front foot, wide of short fine-leg, as Will tries to explain to me with a waft of his hand

26.6

Chawla to Pietersen, 1 run, touch shorter, punched into the covers

End of over 27 (4 runs) England 121/4 (RR: 4.48)

    • KP Pietersen 38 (66b 3x4)
    • OA Shah 18 (27b 2x4)
    • PP Chawla 7-1-20-1
    • RR Powar 2-0-6-0
27.1

Powar to Pietersen, no run, outside off stump, uses his feet and defends

27.2

Powar to Pietersen, 2 runs, well, well, Pietersen trying something very different, he brings out a reverse-hit. He sets himself almost before Powar has let the ball go, but for all the effort the ball trickles into the off side, before a misfield allows a second

27.3

Powar to Pietersen, no run, nearly a leading edge, but safe enough in the end

27.4

Powar to Pietersen, 1 run, worked off the pads through square leg

27.5

Powar to Shah, no run, softly defended under his eyes

27.6

Powar to Shah, no run, nudged into the leg side, the spinners racing through the overs. Good tactics from India

End of over 28 (3 runs) England 124/4 (RR: 4.42)

    • OA Shah 18 (29b 2x4)
    • KP Pietersen 41 (70b 3x4)
    • RR Powar 3-0-9-0
    • PP Chawla 7-1-20-1

Yuvraj Singh takes up the attack with his left-arm darts

28.1

Yuvraj Singh to Pietersen, no run, starts round the wicket and with a slip, Pietersen comes forward and defends

28.2

Yuvraj Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, worked from off stump into the leg side, easy single

28.3

Yuvraj Singh to Shah, no run, defended by Shah, will England try and attack Yuvraj?

28.4

Yuvraj Singh to Shah, 1 run, uses his wrists and places this into the gap at midwicket, rotates the strike

28.5

Yuvraj Singh to Pietersen, no run, another missed sweep from Pietersen, but again gets well outside off stump so no danger

28.6

Yuvraj Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen moves across the stumps, flicks through square leg to the man on the boundary

End of over 29 (3 runs) England 127/4 (RR: 4.37)

    • KP Pietersen 43 (74b 3x4)
    • OA Shah 19 (31b 2x4)
    • Yuvraj Singh 1-0-3-0
    • RR Powar 3-0-9-0

This is comfortably Pietersen's best ODI score of the summer, but he needs to go on from here

29.1

Powar to Pietersen, 2 runs, waits and plays off the back foot with the turn, and notices the chance for a quick two

29.2

Powar to Pietersen, no run, floaty (46mph) on off stump, Pietersen flicks to short fine-leg

29.3

Powar to Pietersen, no run, straighter ball, Pietersen picks it late and can't find a gap

29.4

Powar to Pietersen, FOUR, dragged in short, he was onto that in a flash, and hammered away to the deep midwicket boundary. Welcome boundary for England

29.5

Powar to Pietersen, no run, can't beat the infield on the leg side, quicker ball from Powar

29.6

Powar to Pietersen, 1 run, placed into the off side, easy single and Pietersen gets his first ODI fifty of the season off 80 balls, vital innings

And to see whether he can go on from here, it's over to Jenny. Thanks Andrew, hello again

End of over 30 (7 runs) England 134/4 (RR: 4.46)

    • KP Pietersen 50 (80b 4x4)
    • OA Shah 19 (31b 2x4)
    • RR Powar 4-0-16-0
    • Yuvraj Singh 1-0-3-0
30.1

Yuvraj Singh to Pietersen, 2 runs, knocked to square and some sprinting ensues

30.2

Yuvraj Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, OUT, horrible cricket - Pietersen flaps at a wide ball but doesn't quite get hold of it. He turns for two, but Shah remains rooted to his crease and although Pietersen is stranded nine-tenths of the way towards the other end. An almighty mix-up, but a tidy enough throw

KP Pietersen run out 53 (115m 82b 4x4 0x6) SR: 64.63

Here's Wright now to make his ODI debut and he's got the chance to make a big impression here, all right (oops, unintentional)

30.3

Yuvraj Singh to Shah, no run, defended on the front foot

30.4

Yuvraj Singh to Shah, no run, left alone outside off, patient

30.5

Yuvraj Singh to Shah, 1 run, reaches out to drive to cover

Wright to face his first ball in international cricket now

30.6

Yuvraj Singh to Wright, no run, a nervy start indeed, flashing a cut, but it's too close to his body and he wafts under it

Replays showing Pietersen's demise now: how he didn't hear Shah's bark for "No" - they could have heard it at Lord's - I've no idea

End of over 31 (4 runs) England 138/5 (RR: 4.45)

    • LJ Wright 0 (1b)
    • OA Shah 20 (34b 2x4)
    • Yuvraj Singh 2-0-7-0
    • RR Powar 4-0-16-0
31.1

Powar to Shah, 1 run, driven forward for a quick single

31.2

Powar to Wright, no run, tame drive towards mid-on now

31.3

Powar to Wright, no run, waits and clamps right down on the ball

31.4

Powar to Wright, no run, plenty of loop, tempting Wright, but he defends at the last minute. The better option

31.5

Powar to Wright, no run, a touch fo width outside and there was nearly another run-out there as Shah had to dive back in at the non-striker's end - a direct shy and he would have been a goner

31.6

Powar to Wright, no run, scoops at the ball as it turns from him

India will be happy with the position they've got England in at the moment. It really needs something from the lower order from hereon in to set a competitive total

End of over 32 (1 run) England 139/5 (RR: 4.34)

    • LJ Wright 0 (6b)
    • OA Shah 21 (35b 2x4)
    • RR Powar 5-0-17-0
    • Yuvraj Singh 2-0-7-0
32.1

Yuvraj Singh to Shah, 1 wide, big spin away from the batsman

32.1

Yuvraj Singh to Shah, 1 run, quick hands guide the ball to gully

32.2

Yuvraj Singh to Wright, no run, waits, waits... and defends on the back foot

32.3

Yuvraj Singh to Wright, FOUR, waits again, there's a touch of room and he plays an easy, strong lateish cut behind point

Will reckons Wright reminds him of Slater (who I presume he means Michael and not Kat)

32.4

Yuvraj Singh to Wright, SIX, dragged a touch short on off and Wright waits before confidently planting up and over midwicket

32.5

Yuvraj Singh to Wright, 2 runs, wider outside off, and eased through the covers

32.6

Yuvraj Singh to Wright, no run, plants one foot down and drives to mid-on, eager for a single that's not on, so Shah will be back on strike

Drinks so time for this insight from HRG. "KP's run-out provides the 59th instance of an England batsman dismissed run out against India in ODIs." So now you know. In other news, I've just been chatting to one of Surrey's super press people and she was telling me that the club's waiting for their imminent hearing on plans for the £40m overhaul of the Pavilion End. If permission is granted by the council, the redevelopment is likely to start straight away - so that would be October. First to go would be the Surrey Tavern, which wouldn't be a bad thing at all. In the meantime, a big rebuild job is needed by England...

End of over 33 (14 runs) England 153/5 (RR: 4.63)

    • LJ Wright 12 (11b 1x4 1x6)
    • OA Shah 22 (36b 2x4)
    • Yuvraj Singh 3-0-21-0
    • RR Powar 5-0-17-0
33.1

Powar to Shah, 2 runs, the batsman negotiates the turn to work the ball out on the off-side... Wright losing his footing and stumbling on his way, but very safe

33.2

Powar to Shah, 1 run, swept well to midwicket, getting right over the ball and controlling it well

33.3

Powar to Wright, 1 run, worked to midwicket for a quick single

33.4

Powar to Shah, 1 run, on middle, whipped off the legs behind square for a quick single

Round the wicket now

33.5

Powar to Wright, no run, gosh, great ball - outside off, turning right back in quickly and Wright somehow keeps it out

33.6

Powar to Wright, 1 run, uses his feet to the spin and drives to mid-on

End of over 34 (6 runs) England 159/5 (RR: 4.67)

    • LJ Wright 14 (14b 1x4 1x6)
    • OA Shah 26 (39b 2x4)
    • RR Powar 6-0-23-0
    • Yuvraj Singh 3-0-21-0
34.1

Chawla to Wright, no run, outside off, slight turn away, Wright tries to make room to cut to point

34.2

Chawla to Wright, 1 run, worked to cover for a quick single

34.3

Chawla to Shah, 1 run, reaches out - almost overreaches - to drive to cover

34.4

Chawla to Wright, 1 run, driven out to long-off for an easy single

34.5

Chawla to Shah, no run, on off-and-middle, a half-shout as the ball pops up off the pad. But it was outside the line

34.6

Chawla to Shah, no run, excitement there, as the ball veers up and through - but it rushed up off the pad

End of over 35 (3 runs) England 162/5 (RR: 4.62)

    • OA Shah 27 (42b 2x4)
    • LJ Wright 16 (17b 1x4 1x6)
    • PP Chawla 8-1-23-1
    • RR Powar 6-0-23-0
35.1

Powar to Wright, 1 run, on off but worked out to midwicket for a soft single

35.2

Powar to Shah, no run, on middle, bobbling up off the pad

35.3

Powar to Shah, 1 run, outside off and swept round behind square for an easy run

Peter Moores's frowning forehead sums up England's morning

35.4

Powar to Wright, no run, left alone outside off

35.5

Powar to Wright, no run, worked behind square where it's picked up easily

35.6

Powar to Wright, no run, confused by a slightly straighter one, but gets away with it

End of over 36 (2 runs) England 164/5 (RR: 4.55)

    • LJ Wright 17 (21b 1x4 1x6)
    • OA Shah 28 (44b 2x4)
    • RR Powar 7-0-25-0
    • PP Chawla 8-1-23-1
36.1

Chawla to Shah, no run, over the ball, defended forward

36.2

Chawla to Shah, 1 run, angling down leg, worked out easily to mid-on

36.3

Chawla to Wright, FOUR, outside off, wideish, cut down well through third man, using the pace of the ball

36.4

Chawla to Wright, 1 run, on off, driven uppishly - but safe - to long-off

36.5

Chawla to Shah, no run, on off-and-middle, Shah is over that one and kills it

36.6

Chawla to Shah, 2 runs, googly, but dealt with and there's some tidy running for a second

End of over 37 (8 runs) England 172/5 (RR: 4.64)

    • OA Shah 31 (48b 2x4)
    • LJ Wright 22 (23b 2x4 1x6)
    • PP Chawla 9-1-31-1
    • RR Powar 7-0-25-0
37.1

Powar to Wright, 2 runs, down the track, wristed from off wide of mid-on

37.2

Powar to Wright, 1 run, on off, worked to midwicket

37.3

Powar to Shah, 1 run, on leg, paddled to just behind square

37.4

Powar to Wright, 1 run, outside off, punched squareish - just in front of point

37.5

Powar to Shah, 1 run, loop again, Shah gets over it and controls it well off the front foot to square

37.6

Powar to Wright, FOUR, down the ground and hit hard past mid-on, a four to end the over

England gradually regaining some momentum here. These overs are flashing by

End of over 38 (10 runs) England 182/5 (RR: 4.78)

    • LJ Wright 30 (27b 3x4 1x6)
    • OA Shah 33 (50b 2x4)
    • RR Powar 8-0-35-0
    • PP Chawla 9-1-31-1
38.1

Chawla to Shah, FOUR, makes room to cut hard through cover and that was travelling indeed

38.2

Chawla to Shah, no run, beaten by one which pitches on middle and zips away down off - neat delivery

38.3

Chawla to Shah, 1 run, on leg, worked out in front of square, Dhoni in hot pursuit

That's the fifty partnership, from 49 balls

38.4

Chawla to Wright, FOUR, width and cut away through point: another well-struck shot

Very quick on his feet Wright, and decisive, too

38.5

Chawla to Wright, FOUR, another flashing shot - this time an excellent cover drive, and the placement so good, too

Wright's looked the part, so far - the selectors can have group back-pats right now

38.6

Chawla to Wright, no run, worked into the covers this time

England, then, beginning to cut loose. Agarkar back into the attack.

End of over 39 (13 runs) England 195/5 (RR: 5.00)

    • LJ Wright 38 (30b 5x4 1x6)
    • OA Shah 38 (53b 3x4)
    • PP Chawla 10-1-44-1
    • RR Powar 8-0-35-0
39.1

Agarkar to Shah, 1 run, outside off and edged away to third man

39.2

Agarkar to Wright, FOUR, banged in short and pulled away - lots of space for him there

That really was rocketed: Wright easily adjusting to his spot down the order (whereas he normally bats right up there for his county)

39.3

Agarkar to Wright, no run, width outside off, Wright flashes a cut and misses out - and he's annoyed with himself, too

39.4

Agarkar to Wright, 1 run, a thick edge flashed up (and inevitably down) to Tendulkar behind point

39.5

Agarkar to Shah, 1 run, on the money this time, but nibbled down to gully off the back foot

39.6

Agarkar to Wright, no run, outside off and driven to cover

These two could do with staying here for the last ten overs to really boost England. To follow their progress, it's back to Will.

End of over 40 (7 runs) England 202/5 (RR: 5.05)

    • LJ Wright 43 (34b 6x4 1x6)
    • OA Shah 40 (55b 3x4)
    • AB Agarkar 6-0-36-1
    • PP Chawla 10-1-44-1

It'll be Portly Powar, a cricketer I admire immensely. Jokes aside, he's a great bowler to watch

Thanks a lot Jen - hello everyone. Fascinating period of play here. Dravid, Ganguly, Powar and three others are in a conference no doubt discussing where to eat tonight. In fact, they're taking a drink.

40.1

Powar to Shah, no run, tossed up outside the off stump, Shah goes for an expansive (and overly ambitious) sweep. Dhoni collects and attempts a stumping, but it's not out

40.2

Powar to Shah, no run, another sweep, and this time it bobbles off his pads. Well flighted

40.3

Powar to Shah, no run, down the leg side, Shah tries to scoop this over fine leg but misses it...and Dhoni roars an appeal for a catch.

And replays indicate he probably hit that into his boot and into Dhoni's gloves. Though I should stress it indicates that...anyway, he's not out

40.4

Powar to Shah, FOUR, much better. A skip down the pitch and he hammers it down the ground

40.5

Powar to Shah, 1 run, pushed to mid-on

40.6

Powar to Wright, FOUR, a huge hit, but he hasn't got all of this...though he's timed it well enough for it to sail over deep midwicket, and it falls inches short of the boundary rope

End of over 41 (9 runs) England 211/5 (RR: 5.14)

    • LJ Wright 47 (35b 7x4 1x6)
    • OA Shah 45 (60b 4x4)
    • RR Powar 9-0-44-0
    • AB Agarkar 6-0-36-1
41.1

Ganguly to Shah, FOUR, cheeky! Impish shot from Shah, flicking this down to fine-leg; a paddle-cum-sweep for four

41.2

Ganguly to Shah, 1 run, another paddle but just for a single as fine-leg is deep and comes across to field

50 from 62 for Shah. Patient knock

41.3

Ganguly to Wright, 1 run, driven on the up with a flourishing flow of the bat. Powar lands heavily to prevent four

41.4

Ganguly to Shah, SIX, shot! Superb stroke. A full toss, and Shah dispatches him over long-off for six

41.5

Ganguly to Shah, 2 runs, down the leg side, this could be four more as Shah clunks it through midwicket but it's well fielded out on the deep mid-wicket boundary

41.6

Ganguly to Shah, 1 run, slightly ugly stroke from Shah, sweeping this and top-edging it over short midwicket. It lands safely, but could have so easily looped into deep midwicket's hands

End of over 42 (15 runs) England 226/5 (RR: 5.38)

    • OA Shah 59 (65b 5x4 1x6)
    • LJ Wright 48 (36b 7x4 1x6)
    • SC Ganguly 7-0-43-0
    • RR Powar 9-0-44-0
42.1

Khan to Shah, no run, well bowled. He angles this across Shah who plays and misses

42.2

Khan to Shah, no run, and again. Shah tries to pull this but the ball seems to keep a little low

Zaheer is distinctly unamused

42.3

Khan to Shah, no run, well bowled! Full and straight, Shah tries to block this out...and misses

42.4

Khan to Shah, no run, the slower ball, it's nudged back to the bowler

Four dots and the pressure is rising. Can Zaheer keep it up?

42.5

Khan to Shah, 1 run, another excellent delivery, yorker length on off stump but Shah digs it out and at last breaks the shackles with a single to point

42.6

Khan to Wright, 1 run, Wright takes a step down the pitch and tries to moose him over cover, but can only pat it out meekly to the off side.

End of over 43 (2 runs) England 228/5 (RR: 5.30)

    • LJ Wright 49 (37b 7x4 1x6)
    • OA Shah 60 (70b 5x4 1x6)
    • Z Khan 8-0-33-1
    • SC Ganguly 7-0-43-0

Agarkar versus Wright

43.1

Agarkar to Wright, 1 run, slower ball, outside the off stump and he punches this out to cover to bring up his maiden fifty

18th England player to score 50 on debut, from only 38 balls. He can play.

43.2

Agarkar to Shah, 2 runs, an ugly full toss which Shah tries to dispatch into the deep midwicket boundary, but can only spoon it for a couple to the leg side

43.3

Agarkar to Shah, no run, clunked out to cover, played with one hand off the bat

43.4

Agarkar to Shah, FOUR, what a remarkable stroke. A low full toss, which is never easy to pick up - but Shah does just that, punching it over the bowler's head for four. And what timing

43.5

Agarkar to Shah, SIX, outside the off stump, Shah simply swings it over midwicket for six. Pure timing, and innocuous bowling

And there's the hundred stand. A terrific effort from this pair. 104 from 81 balls

43.6

Agarkar to Shah, 1 run, patted out to point

End of over 44 (14 runs) England 242/5 (RR: 5.50)

    • OA Shah 73 (75b 6x4 2x6)
    • LJ Wright 50 (38b 7x4 1x6)
    • AB Agarkar 7-0-50-1
    • Z Khan 8-0-33-1

"Queen's Brian May is watching from the balcony," Siddo, our man at the ground, notes. "Interestingly there's lot of Queen being played from the loudspeaker. Must feel like royalty." Honk.

44.1

Khan to Shah, 1 run, full and straight, as you'd expect, and he can only nudge it out to cover

44.2

Khan to Wright, OUT, punched to mid-on and Wright sets off for a single, but he's timed it very well and mid-on throws down the stumps. The third umpire is called for, and Wright is a few inches short of his ground

LJ Wright run out 50 (52m 39b 7x4 1x6) SR: 128.20

A very fine innings indeed from one of England's bright one-day hopes. The brightest since Pietersen, I'd wager, and he's played a magnificent hand. He might even have given England a chance in this match, too...

44.3

Khan to Shah, no run, angled out to cover for a single

44.4

Khan to Shah, 1 run, paddled around the corner and, despite some rather lethargic fielding, they opt not to go for two

44.5

Khan to Mascarenhas, no run, full, straight and defended

44.6

Khan to Mascarenhas, 1 run, clipped to mid-on and again the stumps are thrown down but Mascarenhas is safely home

End of over 45 (3 runs) England 245/6 (RR: 5.44)

    • AD Mascarenhas 1 (2b)
    • OA Shah 75 (78b 6x4 2x6)
    • Z Khan 9-0-36-1
    • AB Agarkar 7-0-50-1
45.1

Agarkar to Mascarenhas, 1 run, a full toss, Mascarenhas forces it to long-off without really timing it sufficiently

45.2

Agarkar to Shah, FOUR, marvellous stroke from Shah - pure class here. A slower ball which he paddles over midwicket, evading deep midwicket, and he picks up four

45.3

Agarkar to Shah, FOUR, brilliant batting. Absolutely superb stroke. Yet another full toss, but Shah picks it up with a short-arm flick over midwicket - very nearly for six. He is ticking, now

45.4

Agarkar to Shah, 1 run, patted down to point for a quick single

45.5

Agarkar to Mascarenhas, 1 run, yorker length, he jabs down on it and squirts it out to cover

45.6

Agarkar to Shah, 2 runs, flicked to midwicket, and they scamper for a single. No, in fact they've gone for two - and they get it comfortably

End of over 46 (13 runs) England 258/6 (RR: 5.60)

    • OA Shah 86 (82b 8x4 2x6)
    • AD Mascarenhas 3 (4b)
    • AB Agarkar 8-0-63-1
    • Z Khan 9-0-36-1
46.1

Khan to Mascarenhas, no run, a nasty bouncer, though Mascarenhas plays it well and dabs it out to cover

46.2

Khan to Mascarenhas, 1 run, again short of a length, Mascarenhas gets behind it to nudge it out to cover

46.3

Khan to Shah, FOUR, edged! Or did he play that intentionally? Either way it flies down to third man. Replays show he probably did play it intentionally

46.4

Khan to Shah, 2 runs, another deft piece of batting, almost a squirt down to third man and an excellent piece of fielding saves four

46.5

Khan to Shah, no run, he tries to dab this down to third man again but Dhoni prevents the single

46.6

Khan to Shah, no run, excellent end to a fine 10-over spell from Zaheer, as Shah plays and misses outside off

End of over 47 (7 runs) England 265/6 (RR: 5.63)

    • OA Shah 92 (86b 9x4 2x6)
    • AD Mascarenhas 4 (6b)
    • Z Khan 10-0-43-1
    • AB Agarkar 8-0-63-1

Yuvraj is over the wicket

47.1

Yuvraj Singh to Mascarenhas, 1 leg bye, fired into the leg stump, it's squirted out to cover and they scamper through to get Shah back on strike

47.2

Yuvraj Singh to Shah, 1 wide, down the leg side, well wide and rightly wided

47.2

Yuvraj Singh to Shah, 1 run, neatly turned off his hip to leg

47.3

Yuvraj Singh to Mascarenhas, 1 run, short of a length, Mascarenhas goes back and short-arm-pulls it to long-on but without timing

47.4

Yuvraj Singh to Shah, 1 wide, again wide of the leg stump. Again it's wided

47.4

Yuvraj Singh to Shah, 2 runs, swept with one hand, top-edged and short fine-leg can't cling on. Difficult chance

Highest score by an England No.6 in a one-dayer

47.5

Yuvraj Singh to Shah, no run, on off stump this time, Shah goes for an expansive sweep over midwicket but misses

47.6

Yuvraj Singh to Shah, 1 wide, yet another wide down the leg side. He's not really learning, is he?

47.6

Yuvraj Singh to Shah, 1 run, smacked down the ground but only for a single

End of over 48 (9 runs) England 274/6 (RR: 5.70)

    • OA Shah 96 (90b 9x4 2x6)
    • AD Mascarenhas 5 (8b)
    • Yuvraj Singh 4-0-29-0
    • Z Khan 10-0-43-1
48.1

Tendulkar to Shah, FOUR, full, straight and hammered down the ground for Shah's hundred! A fabulous innings, from 91 balls - rescuing England from a perilous state. Well played

48.2

Tendulkar to Shah, no run, punched back to Tendulkar

48.3

Tendulkar to Shah, 2 runs, cut in front of square for two. Well placed

48.4

Tendulkar to Shah, FOUR, brilliant batting, but poor bowling. It was right in Shah's slot, outside his off stump and a nice-and-juicy length. He just swings it over long-on for four

48.5

Tendulkar to Shah, 1 run, quicker ball which he clumps to midwicket

48.6

Tendulkar to Mascarenhas, 1 run, cut out to cover for a single

End of over 49 (12 runs) England 286/6 (RR: 5.83)

    • AD Mascarenhas 6 (9b)
    • OA Shah 107 (95b 11x4 2x6)
    • SR Tendulkar 1-0-12-0
    • Yuvraj Singh 4-0-29-0
49.1

Yuvraj Singh to Mascarenhas, no run, an ugly and not particularly effective mow

49.2

Yuvraj Singh to Mascarenhas, SIX, and he swings this over midwicket, high and handsome - but Piyush is lurking, and makes excellent ground to take a brilliant catch. However...such was his velocity that he slid into the boundary, and it's six! Tough luck.

49.3

Yuvraj Singh to Mascarenhas, SIX, he takes a step outside leg and smites him for six into the midwicket fence! Bosh!

49.4

Yuvraj Singh to Mascarenhas, SIX, and another one! This is marvellous batting here. Another step outside leg; another six into midwicket

Poor bowling. Yuvraj is firing these, predictably, into his legs and Mascarenhas is picking them off with ease

49.5

Yuvraj Singh to Mascarenhas, SIX, he's done it again! And this has gone even further into the midwicket boundary. A brilliant, crisp, effortless clip for six

Where will he bowl now? Surely not another leg-side dart?

49.6

Yuvraj Singh to Mascarenhas, SIX, make that five sixes in the over! And the biggest of the lot, straight back over the bowler's head! Quite breathless cricket

Welcome back, Andrew here for the start of India's run chase. England have made a testing 316, can India keep the series alive? The players entered to Queen music, "Brian May must be smiling," says Sid. Stuart Broad to start with two slips

Cracking stat from Siddo, our prolific man at the ground, who tells me Mascarenhas' 30 in the final over is the most by an Englishman. Ian Botham once mowed 24, and Andrew Flintoff clobbered 27.

We're in for a cracking game here. Join us in 40 minutes for India's reply

What an effort by England having stumbled to 20 for 2 and 83 for 4. They smashed 114 in the last 10 overs, with Luke Wright ('Luke the Duke' according to Bumble) providing the impetus and urging Owais Shah on to a very fine hundred. But Mascarenhas's hitting at the end - which prompted David Lloyd just now to call him 'dangerhanes' (what a great nickname) - was something else. With each six, his timing seemed to improve and the ball sailed further and deeper into the stands.

End of over 50 (30 runs) England 316/6

    • AD Mascarenhas 36 (15b 5x6)
    • OA Shah 107 (95b 11x4 2x6)
    • Yuvraj Singh 5-0-59-0
    • SR Tendulkar 1-0-12-0
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