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

Overs 1-50  | Overs 51-100

Righto, Zaheer Khan to take the new ball. Strauss to take strike, Denly at the other end.

Toss: Andrew Strauss has won the toss and England Lions will bat first.

Line-ups: England Lions: 1 Andrew Strauss (capt), 2 Joe Denly, 3 Owais Shah, 4 Jonathan Trott, 5 Ravinder Bopara, 6 Tim Ambrose (wk), 7 Tim Bresnan, 8 Adil Rashid, 9 Chris Tremlett, 10 Stuart Broad, 11 Graham Onions

Indians: 1 Wasim Jaffer, 2 Dinesh Karthik, 3 VVS Laxman, 4 Sachin Tendulkar (capt), 5 Sourav Ganguly, 6 Yuvraj Singh, 7 Mahendra Singh Dhoni (wk), 8 Ramesh Powar, 9 Zaheer Khan, 10 Sreesanth, 11 Ishant Sharma

Sachin Tendulkar at the toss said that he too would have batted first. Rahul Dravid has been rested, owing to his calf strain. Sreesanth, Zaheer Khan and Ishant Sharma will play, as will Ramesh Powar, in for Anil Kumble.

England Lions have quite a few of their one-day specialists.

Pitch: According to Graham Gooch, the legendary England and Essex batsman, the pitch will be a batsman's paradise, particularly from the second day onwards. The Indians are lucky to have first use of the pitch and it's upto Zaheer and gang to exploit the early moisture.

Hello and welcome to Cricinfo's live coverage of the tour match between England Lions and Indians at Chelmsford. I, Kanishkaa Balachandran will be your commentator for the day.

The news from the middle is that there is a slight drizzle but the umpires are confident of starting on time.

0.1

Khan to Strauss, no run, gentle awayswinger to begin with, Strauss lets it go through, not much to tell from that, just a warm up delivery

0.2

Khan to Strauss, no run, sliding on the pads, Strauss tries to flick it to the on side, the ball strikes the pads and rolls to the on side

0.3

Khan to Strauss, no run, full outside off stump, Strauss lets it go

0.4

Khan to Strauss, no run, beaten: Zaheer works up some pace, bowls on the channel outside off, Strauss has a feel for it and the ball just about beats him

0.5

Khan to Strauss, no run, bat meets ball for the first time, pitched on middle, Strauss gets forward and defends

0.6

Khan to Strauss, no run, Strauss defends back to Zaheer, maiden to start with

End of over 1 (maiden) England Lions 0/0
AJ Strauss    0* (6b)      Z Khan    1-1-0-0
JL Denly    0* (0b)     

Denly from kent takes strike

1.1

Sreesanth to Denly, no run, works up some good pace, pitches outside off stump, no seam movement, Denly shoulders arms

1.2

Sreesanth to Denly, no run, Sreesanth gets this one to shape away just a touch, Denly watchfully lets it go

Dhoni takes that above waist height

1.3

Sreesanth to Denly, 1 run, on middle stump, Denly shuffles across and works it to the on side, England Lions off the mark

1.4

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, just a touch wide outside off, pitches on a good length, Strauss stays rooted to the crease and lets it go

1.5

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, Sreesanth adjusts the line closer to off, gets it to shape away, Strauss again isn't interested

1.6

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, good length just outside off, no away movement, left alone

End of over 2 (1 run) England Lions 1/0
AJ Strauss    0* (9b)      S Sreesanth    1-0-1-0
JL Denly    1* (3b)     

2.1

Khan to Denly, 2 runs, the first signs of aggression, Zaheer digs it in short on middle and leg, Denly takes his time to swivel and hook, not well timed, the ball falls short of the boundary and fine leg runs across and picks it up

2.2

Khan to Denly, no run, good length outside off, angling away, left alone

2.3

Khan to Denly, FOUR, overpitched outside off, Denly gets forward and the ball races away past mid-off, Lions are underway

2.4

Khan to Denly, FOUR, anag again, overpitched, Denly plays it a lot straighter and the ball speeds away past this quick outfield

2.5

Khan to Denly, no run, good length on middlle, pushed back to Zaheer

2.6

Khan to Denly, 2 runs, pitches on middle and leg, comes in after pitching, Denly gets his pads across and works it past the vacant region near square leg

End of over 3 (12 runs) England Lions 13/0
JL Denly    13* (9b 2x4)      Z Khan    2-1-12-0
AJ Strauss    0* (9b)     

3.1

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, Sresanth strives for that extra yard of pace and bowls it wide outside off, Strauss leaves it

3.2

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, down leg this time, a little too wide for Strauss to flick it towards fine leg

3.3

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, Appeal, on the corridor outside off, Strauss pokes at it, the ball just misses the outside edge, Dhoni and the slips were confident, Sreesanth too, the umpire isnt convinced

3.4

Sreesanth to Strauss, no run, Strauss pushes it back to Sreesanth

3.5

Sreesanth to Strauss, 1 run, sliding on the pads, Strauss waits on it and works it down to fine leg

3.6

Sreesanth to Denly, no run, good length on off stump, Denly gets well forward, places it to gully off the open face of the bat

Confident start by Denly

End of over 4 (1 run) England Lions 14/0
JL Denly    13* (10b 2x4)      S Sreesanth    2-0-2-0
AJ Strauss    1* (14b)     

4.1

Khan to Strauss, no run, beaten, on the channel outside off, Strauss still isnt sure of his off stump

4.2

Khan to Strauss, no run, fuller in length, Strauss tries to work it to the on side, gets a leading edge and the bal rolls toweards the slips

4.3

Khan to Strauss, OUT, cracker! full delivery, angling in, Strauss, still not sure of his off stump leans onto the drive too early, misses it completely and the off stump goes for a run, back a few yards

AJ Strauss b Khan 1 (17m 17b 0x4 0x6) SR: 5.88

Shah comes in

4.4

Khan to Shah, no run, tests him out with a incoming delivery outside off, left alone

4.5

Khan to Shah, FOUR, drifting on the pads,Shah works it off his hips and the ball races to the fine leg fence, the fielder was a little too square

4.6

Khan to Shah, no run, massive away movement, pitches outside off and the ball shoots away, Dhoni stretches to his right to take that one

End of over 5 (4 runs) England Lions 18/1
OA Shah    4* (3b 1x4)      Z Khan    3-1-16-1
JL Denly    13* (10b 2x4)     

5.1

Sreesanth to Denly, no run, outside off stump, Denly isn't interested

5.2

Sreesanth to Denly, FOUR, another confident stroke, Sreesanth gives him a little too much width outside off, Denly moves his front foot across right to the pitch of the ball and creams it past the covers

5.3

Sreesanth to Denly, 2 runs, drfiting on the hips and is tucked across past square leg

5.4

Sreesanth to Denly, no run, beaten, Sreesanth gets it to pitch in line with off stump, move away and the batsman was forced to play at it

5.5

Sreesanth to Denly, no run, just a touch wider outside off, left alone

5.6

Sreesanth to Denly, 2 runs, good length on off stump, Denly gets across, closes the face of the bat and works it past midwicket

End of over 6 (8 runs) England Lions 26/1
JL Denly    21* (16b 3x4)      S Sreesanth    3-0-10-0
OA Shah    4* (3b 1x4)     

6.1

Khan to Shah, no run, Zaheer digs it in short, the ball sails above Shah who ducks under it

6.2

Khan to Shah, FOUR, unconventional but it helps, short, angling across the stumps, Shah picks it from outside off and flat-bats it to the on side past midwicket

6.3

Khan to Shah, no run, drifting across the stumps, left alone

6.4

Khan to Shah, no run, Zaheer gets the length closer to the off stump, Shah shoulders arms

6.5

Khan to Shah, no run, big away movement again, Zaheer delivers from slightly wide of the crease, Shah leaves it

6.6

Khan to Shah, no run, fired in with a lot more pace, Shah leaves it, Dhoni has to jump a little to gather that, wake up call for him

End of over 7 (4 runs) England Lions 30/1
OA Shah    8* (9b 2x4)      Z Khan    4-1-20-1
JL Denly    21* (16b 3x4)     

7.1

Sreesanth to Denly, no run, good length on off stump, solid defensive stroke off the full face of the bat

7.2

Sreesanth to Denly, no run, beaten, Sreesanth makes him play, the ball just moves away after pitching, batsman was squared up

7.3

Sreesanth to Denly, no run, fuller and Denly gets some bat on it, times it well but places it straight to cover

7.4

Sreesanth to Denly, 2 runs, on off stump, Denly turns his wrists like a subcontinental batsman and tucks it away to midwicket

He seems to favour that on side region

7.5

Sreesanth to Denly, 1 leg bye, on leg stump, Denly shuffles and the ball strikes him high on the thigh pad and rolls behind square

7.6

Sreesanth to Shah, no run, good pace, outside off and angling across, Shah, as if mindful of the away movement, chooses to leave it

End of over 8 (3 runs) England Lions 33/1
OA Shah    8* (10b 2x4)      S Sreesanth    4-0-12-0
JL Denly    23* (21b 3x4)     

8.1

Khan to Denly, no run, full in length, outside off stump, left alone, Zaheer settling into a good rhythm

8.2

Khan to Denly, FOUR, pitched up, on the pads, Denly drives on the up, the ball just about falls short of zaheer and speeds away past mid-on

8.3

Khan to Denly, FOUR, pitched up, Zaheer gets his line and length wrong, Denly leans onto it and creams it past mid-off this time

Zaheer switches to round the wicket

8.4

Khan to Denly, FOUR, doesn't help I'm afraid, the ball drifts in on middle and leg, overpitched, Denly just pushes it with little effort past the non striker and it speeds away

8.5

Khan to Denly, FOUR, and again, this time Denly opens the face of the bat and glides it past the umbrella field behind him, no third man

8.6

Khan to Denly, 1 no ball, some respite, but it's a no ball, left alone

8.6

Khan to Denly, FOUR, pitched up, edged and the ball flies past gully and straight to the third man fence

Five fours! Lights, camera and action

End of over 9 (21 runs) England Lions 54/1
JL Denly    43* (28b 8x4)      Z Khan    5-1-41-1
OA Shah    8* (10b 2x4)     

9.1

Sreesanth to Shah, 4 byes, luck doesn't seem to change for India, Sreesanth digs it in with intent, Shah lets it go, Dhoni was caught unawares and the ball brushes his glove and races away behind him

9.2

Sreesanth to Shah, no run, pushed to the off side this

9.3

Sreesanth to Shah, 1 run, on the hips and Shah gets across and tucks it away behind square

9.4

Sreesanth to Denly, no run, Sreesanth gets it to pitch outside off stump, the ball carries through at a good height to Dhoni

9.5

Sreesanth to Denly, no run, more pace, but just a touch wide outside off, Denly lets it go

9.6

Sreesanth to Denly, no run, slower delivery, closer to the pads, worked away to the on side

Denly looks rather solid. Rollicking start for the young Kent batsman

End of over 10 (5 runs) England Lions 59/1
JL Denly    43* (31b 8x4)      S Sreesanth    5-0-13-0
OA Shah    9* (13b 2x4)     

Ganguly replaces Zaheer who had a nightmare of a last over

10.1

Ganguly to Shah, no run, gentle away swinger from Ganguly, left alone

10.2

Ganguly to Shah, no run, hint on inswing, defended with soft hands, the ball rolls behind square and gets a little close to the stumps, close

10.3

Ganguly to Shah, no run

10.4

Ganguly to Shah, no run

10.5

Ganguly to Shah, no run

10.6

Ganguly to Shah, no run

End of over 11 (maiden) England Lions 59/1
OA Shah    9* (19b 2x4)      SC Ganguly    1-1-0-0
JL Denly    43* (31b 8x4)     

11.1

Sreesanth to Denly, no run, good length on off stump, defended to the off side

11.2

Sreesanth to Denly, 1 run

11.3

Sreesanth to Shah, 2 runs

11.4

Sreesanth to Shah, no run

11.5

Sreesanth to Shah, OUT, short ball from Sreesanth and Shah is sucked into the hook shot, top-edge flies high to fine leg where Zaheer pulls off a good running catch

OA Shah c Khan b Sreesanth 11 (33m 22b 2x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

11.6

Sreesanth to Denly, no run

End of over 12 (3 runs) England Lions 62/2
JL Denly    44* (34b 8x4)      S Sreesanth    6-0-16-1
IJL Trott    0* (0b)     

12.1

Sharma to Trott, 1 no ball

12.1

Sharma to Trott, no run

12.2

Sharma to Trott, (no ball) 1 run

12.2

Sharma to Denly, no run

12.3

Sharma to Denly, FOUR

12.4

Sharma to Denly, no run

12.5

Sharma to Denly, no run

12.6

Sharma to Denly, 1 no ball

12.6

Sharma to Denly, no run

End of over 13 (8 runs) England Lions 70/2
JL Denly    48* (40b 9x4)      I Sharma    1-0-8-0
IJL Trott    1* (3b)     

13.1

Sreesanth to Trott, no run, good length on off stump, Trott pushes it back to the on side

13.2

Sreesanth to Trott, no run, thudded in on off stump, Trott defends back to Sreesanth, the bowler has a wry smile

13.3

Sreesanth to Trott, no run, Sreesanth tries to confuse Trott by running towards the stumps and then away, delivers from wide of the crease, Trott isn't bothered as he pushes it to the of side

13.4

Sreesanth to Trott, 2 runs, drifting in on the pads, Trott tries to work it to the on side, plays an inside out stroke as the ball lands up just wide of mid off, Powar cuts it off

13.5

Sreesanth to Trott, FOUR, overpitched and driven gloriously on the front foot past mid-on, no chance of anyone cutting that off

13.6

Sreesanth to Trott, no run, drifting down leg, perhaps the boundary threw Sreesanth off guard, Trott shoulders arms

Confident start by the Lions despite the 2 wickets

End of over 14 (6 runs) England Lions 76/2
IJL Trott    7* (9b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    7-0-22-1
JL Denly    48* (40b 9x4)     

14.1

Sharma to Denly, 1 run, just a touch too full, Denly gets on the front foot , tries to beat mid-off, doesn't quite the desired placement, takes off quickly for the run

14.2

Sharma to Trott, no run, Sharma holds the length back, Trott defends on the front foot to the off side

14.3

Sharma to Trott, 1 no ball, Sharma oversteps, Trott plays it to point

14.3

Sharma to Trott, no run, good length outside off, Trott defends to gully

14.4

Sharma to Trott, no run, Sharma fires that in with more pace, gets it on the channel outside off stump, Trott shoulders arms

14.5

Sharma to Trott, 1 no ball, Sharma oversteps yet again, this is a bit concerning, Trott defends to the on side

14.5

Sharma to Trott, no run, much better, Sharma fires that in on a good length outside off, left alone, the ball kicks up after pitching and Dhoni leaps up to gather it

14.6

Sharma to Trott, no run, Sharma maintains his control, left alone outside the off stump

End of over 15 (3 runs) England Lions 79/2
IJL Trott    7* (16b 1x4)      I Sharma    2-0-11-0
JL Denly    49* (41b 9x4)     

Zaheer returns after his 21-run over a while back

15.1

Khan to Denly, no run, nice comeback, thuds it in outside off, tests Denly with a lifter who withdraws his bat at the right moment

15.2

Khan to Denly, no run, Denly gets some bat on it and pushes it to the on side

15.3

Khan to Denly, no run, beaten, good length on off stump, angles across, Denly gets across and tries to play at it, the late away movement saves him

15.4

Khan to Denly, no run, Denly gets across again and gets some bat on it, pushes to the off side

15.5

Khan to Denly, no run, in and around the off stump again, Denly opens the face and glides it towards point

15.6

Khan to Denly, no run, wider outside off stump, Denly gauges the movement and lets it go

Good comeback by Zaheer

End of over 16 (maiden) England Lions 79/2
JL Denly    49* (47b 9x4)      Z Khan    6-2-41-1
IJL Trott    7* (16b 1x4)     

16.1

Sharma to Trott, 1 no ball, Sharma again oversteps, his sixth no-ball, pushed back to the bowler

16.1

Sharma to Trott, 1 run, keeps his foot behind the line for a change (at last), Denly shuffles, turns his wrists and works it to the on side

16.2

Sharma to Denly, no run, Sharma fires that outside off, Denly respects the bowler and leaves it

16.3

Sharma to Denly, FOUR, on the body, Denly reaches his fifty with a gentle flick past midwicket, no chance of anyone stopping that

16.4

Sharma to Denly, no run, fired in on a good length outside off, left alone

16.5

Sharma to Denly, no run, worked on the front foot towards gully, Yuvraj throws himself forward, gathers it and flings it back at the stumps, Denly sets off, Trott yells 'wait there, wait there', Denly just manages to get back to the crease, no direct hit

16.6

Sharma to Denly, no run, fired in on off stump again, the ball kicks and Denly lets it go

End of over 17 (6 runs) England Lions 85/2
JL Denly    53* (52b 10x4)      I Sharma    3-0-17-0
IJL Trott    8* (18b 1x4)     

17.1

Khan to Trott, no run, left alone outside off

17.2

Khan to Trott, FOUR, Zaheer's line goes astray, fires it on the pads, Trott flicks it past square leg, the ball races away and Jaffer dives, in despair near the fence

17.3

Khan to Trott, no run, better line, outside off, Zaheer keeps him quiet

17.4

Khan to Trott, no run, outside off and Trott leaves it

17.5

Khan to Trott, (no ball) 1 run, Zaheer exerts himself a little too much, fires that on leg stump, Trott tries to work it past midwicket, gets a thick leading edge and the ball lands on the gap between cover and point

17.5

Khan to Denly, no run, defended back to the bowler

17.6

Khan to Denly, FOUR, drifting on the pads, Denly flicks wit conviction past square leg

End of over 18 (10 runs) England Lions 95/2
JL Denly    57* (54b 11x4)      Z Khan    7-2-51-1
IJL Trott    13* (23b 2x4)     

18.1

Sharma to Trott, 2 runs, glided just wide of gully, Karthik tries to cut it off, the ball just beats him and the batsmen go through for a run

18.2

Sharma to Trott, 1 no ball, close, struck in front of the stumps on the front pad, now that would have been a good shout had that been a legitamite delivery

18.2

Sharma to Trott, no run, left alone outside the off stump

18.3

Sharma to Trott, no run, good length outside off, pushed on the front foot towards short cover

18.4

Sharma to Trott, no run, cramped him for room, Trott tried to cut it square, the ball got the under half of the bat and rolled to the keeper

18.5

Sharma to Trott, no run, just short of a driveable length, Trott attemps a cover drive, misses it completely, Sharma should feel pretty good about himself after that ball

18.6

Sharma to Trott, no run, Trott just decides to leave it outside off

End of over 19 (3 runs) England Lions 98/2
IJL Trott    15* (30b 2x4)      I Sharma    4-0-20-0
JL Denly    57* (54b 11x4)     

19.1

Khan to Denly, 3 runs, good length on middle and leg, flick of the wrists, the ball just beats midwicket, not timed well enough to reach the fence

19.2

Khan to Trott, no run, pitched outside leg, Trott plays across the line, the ball strikes the pads, half hearted appeal

19.3

Khan to Trott, no run, Zaheer switches his length to the region of off stump, Trott leaves it

19.4

Khan to Trott, no run, Zaheer pushes it with more pace, Trott leaves it

19.5

Khan to Trott, no run, glided to Ganguly at slip, he falls over trying to stop it, Laxman picks it up, Ganguly in a bit of discomfort

19.6

Khan to Trott, no run, pushed to the off side

End of over 20 (3 runs) England Lions 101/2
IJL Trott    15* (35b 2x4)      Z Khan    8-2-54-1
JL Denly    60* (55b 11x4)     

20.1

Sharma to Denly, no run, Sharma settles into a good rhythm, pitches it outside off, left alone

20.2

Sharma to Denly, no run, angling across the stumps, glanced to gully

20.3

Sharma to Denly, no run, short of a length on middle, punched to mid-on

20.4

Sharma to Denly, no run

20.5

Sharma to Denly, FOUR, glorious! Sharma overpitches on the pads, Denly, turns his wrists and tucks it past square leg, any subcontinental batsman would have been proud of that

20.6

Sharma to Denly, no run, Sharma bowls it outside off, Denly shoulders arms

End of over 21 (4 runs) England Lions 105/2
JL Denly    64* (61b 12x4)      I Sharma    5-0-24-0
IJL Trott    15* (35b 2x4)     

21.1

Khan to Trott, no run, just a touch wide outside off, Trott gets a big stride forward and defends to cover

21.2

Khan to Trott, 1 run, the length switches to the leg stump, Trott works it towards fine leg

21.3

Khan to Denly, no run, now the length is outside off stump, Denly watchfully leaves it

21.4

Khan to Denly, no run, same result, left alone

21.5

Khan to Denly, no run, the length plays musical chairs, this time on leg stump, Denly defends to the on side

21.6

Khan to Denly, FOUR, overpitched and Denly leans onto it and plays a delectable drive past the covers

I must say Denly has been very impressive. Are the selectors watching? We should hope they are

End of over 22 (5 runs) England Lions 110/2
JL Denly    68* (65b 13x4)      Z Khan    9-2-59-1
IJL Trott    16* (37b 2x4)     

22.1

Sharma to Trott, no run, Sharma persists with that line outside off, defended on the front foot

22.2

Sharma to Trott, (no ball) 1 run, oh dear, now he oversteps! swinging in, on the pads on a good length, tucked away behind square

22.2

Sharma to Denly, FOUR, wow! short of a good length, Denly picks the length very early, pulls it over midwicket

22.3

Sharma to Denly, FOUR, take that Sir! Sharma pitches it a touch too full outside off, Denly gets a big stride forward and caresses the ball through the gap between cover and mid-off

22.4

Sharma to Denly, no run, left alone outside off

22.5

Sharma to Denly, no run

22.6

Sharma to Denly, no run, left alone outside the off stump

End of over 23 (10 runs) England Lions 120/2
JL Denly    76* (70b 15x4)      I Sharma    6-0-34-0
IJL Trott    17* (39b 2x4)     

The first signs of spin. Ramesh Powar comes on

23.1

Powar to Trott, 2 runs, tossed up and full, driven on the front foot past gully

23.2

Powar to Trott, 1 run, Powar lands it on a good length on off and middle, worked to the on side

23.3

Powar to Denly, no run, more flight, pushed to the on side, a bit of excitement from Dhoni as the ball beat forward short-leg

23.4

Powar to Denly, no run, defended on the front foot right to the pitch of the ball

23.5

Powar to Denly, no run, defended back to Powar

23.6

Powar to Denly, no run, the batsman takes a few steps forward, adjusts his stroke and defends back to Powar

End of over 24 (3 runs) England Lions 123/2
JL Denly    76* (74b 15x4)      RR Powar    1-0-3-0
IJL Trott    20* (41b 2x4)     

Ganguly returns., Double bowling change

24.1

Ganguly to Trott, no run, outswinger, left alone outside off stump

24.2

Ganguly to Trott, no run, fuller in length, drifting in, tucked away straight to midwicket

Short cover in place

24.3

Ganguly to Trott, no run, good length on off stump, cramping him for room, punched towards point

24.4

Ganguly to Trott, FOUR, pitched up, not a bad ball but Trott times it sweetly off the middle of the bat, the ball just beats Sharma at mid-off, he gives the chase but the outfield was quicker

24.5

Ganguly to Trott, no run, on middle stump, worked to the on side

24.6

Ganguly to Trott, 1 run, drifting on the hips, Trott shuffles and works it towards fine leg

Match State: Lunch

England Lions have motored along at over five an over. The impact of one-day cricket being felt here. While one would have expected Shah and Strauss to lead the session, it was left to Joe Denly and it's fair to say that he made the entire session his own. Decent deliveries were dispatched and the Indians will have to see him off early after lunch to cave in.

Talking about the pitch, the recent Essex-Nottinghamshire fixture saw both teams rake up over 700. With the playing conditions restricting both teams to 100 overs in the first innings, that's unlikely here. Thankfully!

In the meantime, you may read the bulletin by Siddhartha Vaidyanathan in Chelmsford.

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End of over 25 (5 runs) England Lions 128/2
IJL Trott    25* (47b 3x4)      SC Ganguly    2-1-5-0
JL Denly    76* (74b 15x4)     

Righto, the players are back, Powar to continue

25.1

Powar to Trott, no run, tossed up outside off, full and driven to cover

Sun's out

25.2

Powar to Trott, no run, flighted on off, Trott waits on it and defends

25.3

Powar to Trott, no run, flighted again, Trott defends to forward short leg

25.4

Powar to Trott, no run, floated outside off, Trott drives forcefully, cant beat point

25.5

Powar to Trott, no run, pushed back to Powar

25.6

Powar to Trott, no run, teases him with flight again, Trott is in no mood to attack

End of over 26 (maiden) England Lions 128/2
IJL Trott    25* (53b 3x4)      RR Powar    2-1-3-0
JL Denly    76* (74b 15x4)     

Change of ends for Sreesanth

26.1

Sreesanth to Denly, 1 run, good length on middle stump, not much pace, worked away off the pads to midwicket

26.2

Sreesanth to Trott, 1 run, Sreesanth doesnt challenge him with any pace, shuffled and placed to the fielder at deep midwicket

26.3

Sreesanth to Denly, no run, fuller, on off stump, driven on the front foot towards cover

26.4

Sreesanth to Denly, no run, beaten, bowled from wide of the crease, the ball drifts in, pitches and moves away, nearly induces Denly into the trap

26.5

Sreesanth to Denly, no run, beaten again, this was a touch wide outside off, Denly plays a loose drive without moving his feet

26.6

Sreesanth to Denly, (no ball) 1 run, Sreesanth oversteps after experimenting with his run-up again, Denly tucks it to mid-on, Tendulkar does well to dive and save a few more runs

26.6

Sreesanth to Trott, no run, left alone outside the off stump, the conventional run-up this time!

End of over 27 (4 runs) England Lions 132/2
IJL Trott    26* (55b 3x4)      S Sreesanth    8-0-26-1
JL Denly    78* (79b 15x4)     

27.1

Powar to Denly, no run, defended back to Powar

27.2

Powar to Denly, no run, tossed on middle and leg, tries to tuck it off the pads, the ball strikes the pads instead

27.3

Powar to Denly, 1 run, Denly gets on his knees and sweeps from across the off stump

27.4

Powar to Trott, no run, pushed back to Powar

27.5

Powar to Trott, no run, harmless cricket, tossed up slowly, defended with no fuss

27.6

Powar to Trott, no run, flighted on middle and leg, worked to the on side

End of over 28 (1 run) England Lions 133/2
IJL Trott    26* (58b 3x4)      RR Powar    3-1-4-0
JL Denly    79* (82b 15x4)     

28.1

Sreesanth to Denly, no run, fullish on off stump, the batsman gets forward and defends to the off side

28.2

Sreesanth to Denly, no run, beaten, Sreesanth lands it short of a good length outside off, gets it to nip back in and Denly was sliced in half

28.3

Sreesanth to Denly, no run, strays a little wide outside off, Denly plays it safe and lets it go

28.4

Sreesanth to Denly, no run, outside off and punched to point

28.5

Sreesanth to Denly, FOUR, pitched up outside off, forcing Denly to play at it, he drives on the up and just beats Karthik who dives at gully

28.6

Sreesanth to Denly, no run, fired in on the pads, chance for the batsman to fetch some runs on the on side, fails to do so, Sreesanth runs all the way upto him and mumbles something

Anyone's guess!

End of over 29 (4 runs) England Lions 137/2
JL Denly    83* (88b 16x4)      S Sreesanth    9-0-30-1
IJL Trott    26* (58b 3x4)     

29.1

Powar to Trott, FOUR, Trott takes the aerial route, steps down to a flighted ball on off stump and lofts over midwicket

29.2

Powar to Trott, no run, Powar continues to flight it, Trott defends this time

29.3

Powar to Trott, 1 run, Trott steps down and pushes it to long-on, defensive field in place after that boundary

29.4

Powar to Denly, no run, down the leg side, left alone

29.5

Powar to Denly, OUT, rush of blood, Powar gets rewarded for persisting with his flight and loop, Denly steps down, fails to get to the pitch of it, the ball sneaks between bat and pad and Dhoni has an easy stumping

JL Denly st †Dhoni b Powar 83 (137m 90b 16x4 0x6) SR: 92.22

A brisk knock of 83 from Denly comes to an end

29.6

Powar to Bopara, no run, Close, Bopara spoons it back to Powar, Powar flings himself to his right but thr ball doesnt carry, almost two in two

End of over 30 (5 runs) England Lions 142/3
RS Bopara    0* (1b)      RR Powar    4-1-9-1
IJL Trott    31* (61b 4x4)     

30.1

Sreesanth to Trott, 2 runs, dug in short from wide of the crease, Trott works it to fine leg

30.2

Sreesanth to Trott, 1 leg bye

30.3

Sreesanth to Bopara, no run, outside off stump and glided towards cover

30.4

Sreesanth to Bopara, no run, dug in short at a good pace, Bopara leaves it

30.5

Sreesanth to Bopara, no run

30.6

Sreesanth to Bopara, 1 run, drifting on the hips, worked to fine leg

End of over 31 (4 runs) England Lions 146/3
RS Bopara    1* (5b)      S Sreesanth    10-0-33-1
IJL Trott    33* (63b 4x4)     

Powar gets some treatment in his right hand. He's back now

31.1

Powar to Bopara, 1 run, tossed on middle and leg, worked to the on side for an easy single

31.2

Powar to Trott, no run, slow flight and loop outside off, Trott defends

31.3

Powar to Trott, no run, Tries to flick it down fine leg, misses out

31.4

Powar to Trott, 1 run, drifting on the pads, worked to the on side

31.5

Powar to Bopara, no run, fired in faster, defended on the front foot

31.6

Powar to Bopara, FOUR, Powar gives him a bit of width outside off and pays the priced, Bopara transfers his weight to the backfoot and punches it past cover

End of over 32 (6 runs) England Lions 152/3
RS Bopara    6* (8b 1x4)      RR Powar    5-1-15-1
IJL Trott    34* (66b 4x4)     

32.1

Sreesanth to Trott, no run, short of a good length, gets the ball to kick, Trott stays back and defends

32.2

Sreesanth to Trott, no run, Sreesanth bowls this from closer to the stumps, cramps him for room, pushed to the off side

32.3

Sreesanth to Trott, no run, Sreesanth gets this to move away, Trott shoulders arms

32.4

Sreesanth to Trott, no run, Sreesanth teases him with a bit of width outside off, Trott gets his front foot across, leaves it and watches the ball go through

32.5

Sreesanth to Trott, no run, outside the off stump, drifts in after pitching, Trott isn't interested

32.6

Sreesanth to Trott, 1 run, Sreesanth drifts onto the pads and groans, Trott easily turns it to fine leg

End of over 33 (1 run) England Lions 153/3
IJL Trott    35* (72b 4x4)      S Sreesanth    11-0-34-1
RS Bopara    6* (8b 1x4)     

India have pulled things back after the wicket of Denly

33.1

Powar to Trott, 1 run, flighted, really slow, allows Trott to get across his stumps and turn it to the on side

33.2

Powar to Bopara, 1 run, drifting on the leg side, easily worked to the on side again

Ganguly fields at backward short-leg

33.3

Powar to Trott, no run, defended to short leg

33.4

Powar to Trott, 1 run, full, on the leg side and pushed to long-off

33.5

Powar to Bopara, no run, pushed to the on side again

33.6

Powar to Bopara, no run, pushed in flatter, Bopara is quick to get on the backfoot and defend

End of over 34 (3 runs) England Lions 156/3
RS Bopara    7* (11b 1x4)      RR Powar    6-1-18-1
IJL Trott    37* (75b 4x4)     

34.1

Sreesanth to Trott, no run, full, outside off and left alone

34.2

Sreesanth to Trott, FOUR, cuts away after pitching, Trott glides it past gully with a lot of control, no third man

34.3

Sreesanth to Trott, 3 runs, short of a good length on middle, Trott tucks it towards square leg, beats the fielder there, well placed

34.4

Sreesanth to Bopara, no run, good length on off stump, Bopara gets his bat down and defends back to the bowler

34.5

Sreesanth to Bopara, no run, Sreesanth offers a bit of width outside off, Bopara's in no hurry to chase that

34.6

Sreesanth to Bopara, no run, slower ball, outside off, Bopara offers no stroke

End of over 35 (7 runs) England Lions 163/3
RS Bopara    7* (14b 1x4)      S Sreesanth    12-0-41-1
IJL Trott    44* (78b 5x4)     

35.1

Powar to Trott, no run, flighted, inviting the drive, defended in the front foot

35.2

Powar to Trott, 1 run, pushed in faster, Trott glides it towards point with soft hands and sets off

35.3

Powar to Bopara, no run, defended back to Powar

35.4

Powar to Bopara, 1 run, flighted down the leg side, glanced to fine leg

35.5

Powar to Trott, no run, tossed on middle and leg, defended

35.6

Powar to Trott, 1 run, tossed in middle and leg, pushed to long-on

End of over 36 (3 runs) England Lions 166/3
IJL Trott    46* (82b 5x4)      RR Powar    7-1-21-1
RS Bopara    8* (16b 1x4)     

Zaheer returns for his third spell, replaces Sreesanth

36.1

Khan to Trott, 4 byes, poor delivery to start with, down leg, the exaggerated away movement doesn't help, Dhoni dives in vain

36.2

Khan to Trott, no run, slower ball, on off stump and with more control, pushed to mid-off

36.3

Khan to Trott, no run, overpitched and driven straight to cover, Zaheer gets away with it

36.4

Khan to Trott, no run, zaheer cuts down on the pace again, pitches outside off, pushed to mid-off

36.5

Khan to Trott, no run, outside off, opportunity to drive again, Trott finds the cover fielder

36.6

Khan to Trott, no run, bit of width outside off, punched to Kartik at gully

End of over 37 (4 runs, maiden) England Lions 170/3
IJL Trott    46* (88b 5x4)      Z Khan    10-3-59-1
RS Bopara    8* (16b 1x4)     

37.1

Powar to Bopara, no run, tries to tuck it behind square, hit high on the pads

37.2

Powar to Bopara, no run, teasing him with flight, Bopara fails to connect, the ball strikes him on the pad

37.3

Powar to Bopara, no run

37.4

Powar to Bopara, no run, flighted on middle and leg, Bopara works it straight to square leg

37.5

Powar to Bopara, FOUR, pushed in flatter and shorter, Bopara, shapes to cut and glances it late down to the third man fence

37.6

Powar to Bopara, no run, pushed back to the bowler

End of over 38 (4 runs) England Lions 174/3
RS Bopara    12* (22b 2x4)      RR Powar    8-1-25-1
IJL Trott    46* (88b 5x4)     

38.1

Khan to Trott, no run, yorker length delivery, catches Trott by surprise, he manages to get his bat down on time and squeeze it out

38.2

Khan to Trott, no run, full and swinging away, Trott has a wild slash and misses it completely

38.3

Khan to Trott, no run, tries to work it to the on side, ends up driving to the off side

38.4

Khan to Trott, OUT, the bowling change works, Zaheer pitches it wide outside off, tempts Trott to drive, Trott plays away from the body and the outside edge flies to Ganguly at first slip who takes it at waist height

IJL Trott c Ganguly b Khan 46 (120m 92b 5x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

Trott misses his half century by just four runs

Warwickshire's Tim Ambrose walks in

38.5

Khan to Ambrose, no run, fired in outside off stump, Ambrose lets it go and sensibly so

38.6

Khan to Ambrose, 1 run, zaheer fires it in faster, gets the ball to kick up, Ambrose has to sway out of the way

End of over 39 (1 run) England Lions 175/4
TR Ambrose    1* (2b)      Z Khan    11-3-60-2
RS Bopara    12* (22b 2x4)     

39.1

Powar to Ambrose, no run, on middle and leg, turned to midwicket

39.2

Powar to Ambrose, no run, drifting down leg, left alone

39.3

Powar to Ambrose, no run, Appeal: flighted on middle, Ambrose tries to push it to square leg, the ball clips the pad and goes to Karthik at forward short-leg, confident appeal for bat-pad turned down

39.4

Powar to Ambrose, no run

39.5

Powar to Ambrose, 1 run, flighted again, steps down and tucks it to midwicket

39.6

Powar to Bopara, 1 run, glanced to fine leg

End of over 40 (2 runs) England Lions 177/4
RS Bopara    13* (23b 2x4)      RR Powar    9-1-27-1
TR Ambrose    2* (7b)     

40.1

Khan to Bopara, no run, fullish, outside off, Bopara isn't interested

40.2

Khan to Bopara, no run, Zaheer holds the length back outside off, bowls it faster, Bopara shoulders arms

40.3

Khan to Bopara, no run, fuller and pushed on the front foot to cover

40.4

Khan to Bopara, no run, the length is closer to off stump, well left by Bopara

40.5

Khan to Bopara, no run, we have a repeat, Bopara decides to leave anything dished out outside off

40.6

Khan to Bopara, no run, patient Bopara lets another one go outside off, he's in no hurry

End of over 41 (maiden) England Lions 177/4
RS Bopara    14* (30b 2x4)      Z Khan    12-4-60-2
TR Ambrose    1* (6b)     

41.1

Powar to Ambrose, no run, glanced to the on side

41.2

Powar to Ambrose, 3 runs, overpitched on off, driven just wide of mid-off, Sreesanth manages to pull it back before the rope

41.3

Powar to Bopara, FOUR, full and Bopara times it well enough past cover

41.4

Powar to Bopara, no run, drive to Sharma at cover

41.5

Powar to Bopara, no run, flighted on middle and leg, turned to midwicket

41.6

Powar to Bopara, no run, attempts to work it behind square, forward short-leg gets a hand to it

End of over 42 (7 runs) England Lions 184/4
RS Bopara    18* (34b 3x4)      RR Powar    10-1-34-1
TR Ambrose    4* (8b)     

42.1

Khan to Ambrose, no run, short of a length outside off, left alone to Dhoni

42.2

Khan to Ambrose, no run, bouncer, Zaheer bangs it in on middle, the ball holds its line and Ambrose has to sway away

42.3

Khan to Ambrose, no run, fuller in length, left alone

Zaheer switches to round the wicket

42.4

Khan to Ambrose, OUT, pitched up outside off stump, Ambrose tries to drive it square, the ball gets the top edge of the bat at the same time as the bat jams the crease, Dhoni appeals confidently and the umpire is convinced

TR Ambrose c †Dhoni b Khan 4 (14m 12b 0x4 0x6) SR: 33.33

42.5

Khan to Rashid, no run, down the leg side, left alone

There was a big deflection in Ambrose's dismissal. No doubt about that

42.6

Khan to Rashid, no run

End of over 43 (wicket maiden) England Lions 184/5
AU Rashid    0* (2b)      Z Khan    13-5-60-3
RS Bopara    18* (34b 3x4)     

43.1

Powar to Bopara, 1 run, pushed to the on side

43.2

Powar to Rashid, no run, flighted on off stump, pushed back to Powar

43.3

Powar to Rashid, OUT, Powar 'earns' another wicket, flighted on off stump, teases Rashid to go for the drive, he plays too early and spoons an easy return catch

AU Rashid c & b Powar 0 (2m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

The wheels are coming off for the Lions and India have done well to claw back

43.4

Powar to Bresnan, no run, overpitched and driven forcefully to cover

43.5

Powar to Bresnan, no run, flighted on leg stump, left alone

43.6

Powar to Bresnan, no run, flighted on leg stump, padded away

End of over 44 (1 run) England Lions 185/6
TT Bresnan    0* (3b)      RR Powar    11-1-36-2
RS Bopara    19* (35b 3x4)     

44.1

Khan to Bopara, 1 run, drifting on the pads, Bopara works it to midwicket

Zaheer switches to over the wicket

44.2

Khan to Bresnan, no run, lands it on middle, straightens, Bresnan gets his bat down nicely on it and defends to the off side

44.3

Khan to Bresnan, no run, down leg, wasted delivery, Bresnan fails to cash in on that as Dhoni collects it to his left

44.4

Khan to Bresnan, no run, on off stump and defended top the off side

44.5

Khan to Bresnan, 1 run, on leg stump, Bresnan plays with soft hands, thinks of a single, Bopara comes charging from the other end, Jaffer runs in from square leg a little slowly, gathers the ball but misses the stumps, Bopara was safe

44.6

Khan to Bopara, 1 run, glanced to fine leg, Sreesanth cuts it off and reduces it to a single

End of over 45 (3 runs) England Lions 188/6
RS Bopara    21* (37b 3x4)      Z Khan    14-5-62-3
TT Bresnan    1* (7b)     

45.1

Powar to Bopara, no run

45.2

Powar to Bopara, 1 run, guided off his legs to square leg

45.3

Powar to Bresnan, no run, flighted ever so slowly down leg, no shot offered

45.4

Powar to Bresnan, FOUR, flighted down leg again, Bresnan gets a feather touch to it and beats backward short-leg

45.5

Powar to Bresnan, 1 run, drifting down leg again, worked away to square leg

45.6

Powar to Bopara, no run, Powar cuts down on the flight for a change, defended to forward short-leg

End of over 46 (6 runs) England Lions 194/6
RS Bopara    22* (40b 3x4)      RR Powar    12-1-42-2
TT Bresnan    6* (10b 1x4)     

46.1

Khan to Bresnan, no run, Zaheer bowls from round the wicket, swings in, left alone

46.2

Khan to Bresnan, no run, slanting towards the body, Brensnan shuffles and works it to the on side

46.3

Khan to Bresnan, 1 no ball, excellent lifter but he oversteps, Bresnan was taken aback at how that shot up

46.3

Khan to Bresnan, 1 run, slanting on the pads again, tucked away in the region of square leg

46.4

Khan to Bopara, no run, fuller in length outside off, tempting him to drive, Bopara lets it go

46.5

Khan to Bopara, no run, outside off, left alone

46.6

Khan to Bopara, FOUR, first false stroke from Bopara, outside off, Bopara decides to chase this, the ball gets the outside edge and just beats gully

End of over 47 (6 runs) England Lions 200/6
RS Bopara    26* (43b 4x4)      Z Khan    15-5-68-3
TT Bresnan    7* (14b 1x4)     

47.1

Powar to Bresnan, no run, pushed back to Powar

47.2

Powar to Bresnan, SIX, flighted, Brensnan stays at the crease, gets his high backlift down on it and lofts over deep midwicket

47.3

Powar to Bresnan, no run

47.4

Powar to Bresnan, no run, turned to the on side, just falls short of backward short leg

47.5

Powar to Bresnan, no run, pushed back to the bowler

47.6

Powar to Bresnan, no run, Bresnan gets down on his knees to sweep, fails to connect

End of over 48 (6 runs) England Lions 206/6
TT Bresnan    13* (20b 1x4 1x6)      RR Powar    13-1-48-2
RS Bopara    26* (43b 4x4)     

48.1

Khan to Bopara, no run, Zaheer digs this in short, catches Bopara high on the ribs as he shuffles and tries to work it to midwicket

48.2

Khan to Bopara, no run, fuller in length, in the spot to drive, Bopara places it straight to mid-off

48.3

Khan to Bopara, no run, overpitched on off stump, Bopara had an opportunity to fetch a boundary, placed it to mid-off again

48.4

Khan to Bopara, no run, short of a length, defended on the backfoot back to the bowler

48.5

Khan to Bopara, no run, defended back to Zaheer

48.6

Khan to Bopara, 1 no ball, switches ton over the wicket, oversteps, Bopara lets it go outside off

48.6

Khan to Bopara, no run, drifting down the leg side, dug in short, tucked to midwicket

End of over 49 (1 run) England Lions 207/6
RS Bopara    26* (50b 4x4)      Z Khan    16-5-69-3
TT Bresnan    13* (20b 1x4 1x6)     

49.1

Powar to Bresnan, 1 run, tossed on middle and leg, pushed to the on side

49.2

Powar to Bopara, no run, tossed on off and middle, defended back to Powar

49.3

Powar to Bopara, 1 run, tossed up and bit too full, allows Bopara to drive through the line to lon-on

49.4

Powar to Bresnan, no run, flatter, gets on the backfoot and works it to the on side

49.5

Powar to Bresnan, no run, slanting down leg, tries to work it fine, the ball just falls short of backward short-leg

49.6

Powar to Bresnan, 1 run, pushed in flater and a little short, pulled off the front foot

End of over 50 (3 runs) England Lions 210/6
TT Bresnan    15* (24b 1x4 1x6)      RR Powar    14-1-51-2
RS Bopara    27* (52b 4x4)     
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