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

Toss: Mahendra Singh Dhoni has won the toss and the Indians will bowl.

India: 1 Gautam Gambhir, 2 Robin Uthappa, 3 Sourav Ganguly, 4 Yuvraj Singh, 5 Rohit Sharma, 6 MS Dhoni (capt, wk), 7 Piyush Chawla, 8 Ramesh Powar, 9 Ajit Agarkar, 10 Zaheer Khan, 11 Munaf Patel

England Lions: 1 Solanki (capt) 2 Bopara, 3 Darren Maddy, 4 Shah, 5 Bell, 6 Luke Wright, 7 Bresnen, 8 Nixon, 9 Schofield, 10 Jon Lewis, 11 James Kirtley

Hello and welcome to Cricinfo's continuing live coverage of India's tour of England. The action now shifts to Northampton for the warm-up match between the Indians and England Lions. This is Kanishkaa Balachandran, your commentator for the day, well, at least most of it.

0.1

Khan to Solanki, 3 runs, drifting on the pads and Solanki just flicks it past square leg

0.2

Khan to Maddy, no run, left alone outside the off stump

0.3

Khan to Maddy, no run, over pitched, driven forcefully off the front foot and Rohit Sharma does brilliantly at short cover to cut it off

0.4

Khan to Maddy, no run, Zaheer gets his line and length bang on target, draws the batsman forward and is beaten

0.5

Khan to Maddy, no run, left alone outside the off stump

0.6

Khan to Maddy, no run, safely negotiated, left alone outside off again

End of over 1 (3 runs) England Lions 3/0
DL Maddy    0* (5b)      Z Khan    1-0-3-0
VS Solanki    3* (1b)     

Quick update on the weather. Showers are expected later in the afternoon. Let's not worry too much about that now! Agarkar runs in

1.1

Agarkar to Solanki, 2 runs, loosener around the off stump, Solanki gets on the backfoot and punches it just wide of cover

1.2

Agarkar to Solanki, no run, gets it to pitch outside off, plenty of seam movement, left alone

1.3

Agarkar to Solanki, no run, outside off stump again, not as much movement this time, left alone

1.4

Agarkar to Solanki, no run, Agarkar gets the line closer to Solanki, he gets on the backfoot and punches it to the on side

1.5

Agarkar to Solanki, no run, well the first false stroke from Solanki, outside off, he has a feel for it in the last second, beaten

1.6

Agarkar to Solanki, no run, pitches around the off stump, this time Solanki gets right behind it and defends

End of over 2 (2 runs) England Lions 5/0
VS Solanki    5* (7b)      AB Agarkar    1-0-2-0
DL Maddy    0* (5b)     

2.1

Khan to Maddy, 2 runs, thudded on leg stump, Maddy flicks it to fine leg, not enough to reach the boundary, 2 runs taken

2.2

Khan to Maddy, FOUR, full in length, on the pads and Maddy flicks it with confidence and the ball races to the square leg boundary

2.3

Khan to Maddy, no run, Zaheer holds the length back a little on leg stump, Maddy gets in position to flick again, finds the fielder on the on side

2.4

Khan to Maddy, no run, Beaten: outside off, good length, shapes away just a touch, Maddy can;t help but have a feel for it, good comeback by Zaheer

2.5

Khan to Maddy, no run, outside off and Maddy isnt interested this time

2.6

Khan to Maddy, no run, slightly fuller outside off, Maddy gets his front foot across and drives straight to cover

End of over 3 (6 runs) England Lions 11/0
DL Maddy    6* (11b 1x4)      Z Khan    2-0-9-0
VS Solanki    5* (7b)     

3.1

Agarkar to Solanki, no run, on off stump, at a good pace, Agarkar gets his line right, defended back to the bowler

3.2

Agarkar to Solanki, no run, good line again on off stump, Solanki is a picture of confidence with that solid defensive stroke on the front foot

3.3

Agarkar to Solanki, 1 run, the line drifts outside off, Solanki gets forward, opens the face of the bat and glides it to third man

3.4

Agarkar to Maddy, no run, outside off, lacking in pace, Maddy leaves it

3.5

Agarkar to Maddy, no run, Agarkar gets it to pitch on off and middle, Maddy defends on the front-foot

3.6

Agarkar to Maddy, OUT, Maddy loses his patience a little, pitches on middle and leg, Maddy shapes to loft it over the on side, plays too early and ends up spooning it to Munaf at mid-on who dives forward and plucks it

DL Maddy c Patel b Agarkar 6 (14b 1x4 0x6) SR: 42.85

The Indians have got the prize wicket of Maddy, who's been in sparking form in the county circuit

End of over 4 (1 run) England Lions 12/1
     AB Agarkar    2-0-3-1
VS Solanki    6* (10b)     

Luke Wright walks in

4.1

Khan to Solanki, no run, ouch! thudded short, the ball kicks, Solanki shapes to take evasive action but isnt quick enough, the ball hits the visor, Solanki's dazed

4.2

Khan to Solanki, no run, just outside off, defended on the backfoot

4.3

Khan to Solanki, 1 run, outside off and pushed just wide of cover

4.4

Khan to Wright, FOUR, smashing start for Wright! half volley outside off which had 'smash me' written all over it, Wright bashes that on the frontfoot past the covers

4.5

Khan to Wright, 1 no ball, Zaheer oversteps, Wright leaves it alone

4.5

Khan to Wright, no run, it's all hapenning! Wright drives it firmly to Zaheer who picks it up and flings it back in flash, one small problem, Wright wasn;t quick enough to sway away and the ball hit him hard on the back, apologies follow

4.6

Khan to Wright, FOUR, short and pulled, the ball skies over the keeper and reaches the boundary

End of over 5 (11 runs) England Lions 23/1
LJ Wright    8* (4b 2x4)      Z Khan    3-0-20-0
VS Solanki    7* (13b)     

5.1

Agarkar to Solanki, no run, good length on off stump, pushed back to the bowler

5.2

Agarkar to Solanki, no run, defended confidently off the full face of the bat to mid-off

5.3

Agarkar to Solanki, no run, same line, around the off stumnp, pushed to mid-off

5.4

Agarkar to Solanki, no run, short of a length and pulled fiercely, Chawla at square leg throws himself to his right and saves ac certain boundary, good commitment

5.5

Agarkar to Solanki, no run, slower ball, Solanki steps down the track and misses it completely, good deception from Agarkar

5.6

Agarkar to Solanki, 2 runs, outside off, shaping away, Solanki waits on it and punches it just wide of cover

End of over 6 (2 runs) England Lions 25/1
VS Solanki    9* (19b)      AB Agarkar    3-0-5-1
LJ Wright    8* (4b 2x4)     

6.1

Khan to Wright, no run, good length on off stump, pushed to the off side

6.2

Khan to Wright, no run, good length on middle and leg, Wright drives uppishly, cries of 'catch it' the ball goes on the bounce to Powar

6.3

Khan to Wright, no run, oustide off stump and pushed to the off side

6.4

Khan to Wright, FOUR, short and just a touch wide, Wright rocks on the backfoot and cuts hard, Yuvraj at point gets a bad bounce and the ball rockets away to the boundary

6.5

Khan to Wright, no run, false stroke, Zaheer holds the pace back, gets it outside the off stump, Wright shows his bat at it and misses it

6.6

Khan to Wright, 1 run, overpitched on off stump, Wright bashes it on the front foot, cant beat mid-off who dives to his left

End of over 7 (4 runs) England Lions 29/1
LJ Wright    13* (10b 3x4)      Z Khan    4-0-25-0
VS Solanki    9* (19b)     

Leg slip in place

7.1

Agarkar to Wright, no run, Agarkar drifts on the leg stump, Wright tries to flick it, doesnt get the desired timing and leg slip picks it up

7.2

Agarkar to Wright, 1 run, Wright tries to distract Agarkar by taking a few paces forward, he heaves it to the on side and deep square leg saves the runs

7.3

Agarkar to Solanki, no run, punched off the backfoot to mid-off

7.4

Agarkar to Solanki, 2 runs, overpitched and punished off the front foot, not quite, Gambhir flings himself to his right and cuts off another boundary

7.5

Agarkar to Solanki, no run, punched to the off side

7.6

Agarkar to Solanki, 3 runs, on middle and leg, Solanki stands and delivers, lofts over mid-on but doesnt quite time it as well, the ball stops before the rope

End of over 8 (6 runs) England Lions 35/1
VS Solanki    14* (23b)      AB Agarkar    4-0-11-1
LJ Wright    14* (12b 3x4)     

8.1

Khan to Solanki, no run, good length on off stump, defended off the backfoot

8.2

Khan to Solanki, FOUR, short of a length on off stump, Solanki reads the length early and whips it past mid-on

8.3

Khan to Solanki, 1 run, outside off, not much pace, Solanki waits on it and glides it past third slip

Sussex star Luke Wright seems to be treating this as a Twenty20 game

8.4

Khan to Wright, 2 runs, Wright walks across his stumps and flicks it to square leg, trying out different things here

8.5

Khan to Wright, no run, outside off and Wright doesnt pick the slower ball, almost falls over it, Dhoni picks it up

8.6

Khan to Wright, FOUR, whoops! the ball slips out of Zaheer's hands and a full toss follows, Wright throws his bat at it and the ball sails over point

End of over 9 (11 runs) England Lions 46/1
LJ Wright    20* (15b 4x4)      Z Khan    5-0-36-0
VS Solanki    19* (26b 1x4)     

First change. Munaf replaces Agarkar

9.1

Patel to Solanki, no run, good length on off stump, defended on the front foot

9.2

Patel to Solanki, 1 run, Solanki takes a couple of paces forward, tries to flat-bat it past mid-off, placement wasnt quite perfect enough as mid-off runs across and stops it

9.3

Patel to Wright, FOUR, on middle and leg, Wright stands and lofts it high over mid-on, the ball just reaches the fence

9.4

Patel to Wright, FOUR, more convincing this time, Wright backs away and drives it past the covers

9.5

Patel to Wright, FOUR, crisp! overpitched on off stump, Wright gets forward and times it to perfection past cover

9.6

Patel to Wright, no run, Munaf loses his direction and drifts down leg, wide called

9.6

Patel to Wright, 2 runs, Wright goes for his trademark loft again, the ball sails over the bowler;s head, mid-on runs backwards to catch it but the ball beats him he just cuts it off before the boundary

End of over 10 (16 runs) England Lions 62/1
LJ Wright    34* (19b 7x4)      MM Patel    1-0-16-0
VS Solanki    20* (28b 1x4)     

Agarkar returns

10.1

Agarkar to Solanki, 1 run, stump-to-stump line, defended to the on side

10.2

Agarkar to Wright, no run, pacy delivery outside off, no seam movement., Wright gets on the backfoot and punches it to point

10.3

Agarkar to Wright, 1 run, short of a length, Wright picks the length and swings across the line to the fielder in the deep, more protection for him there

10.4

Agarkar to Solanki, no run, slower ball, off the back of the hand, Solanki just about keeps it out, pushes it back to the bowler

10.5

Agarkar to Solanki, no run

10.6

Agarkar to Solanki, 1 run, short of a length,Wright's eyes light up, he pulls and the ball just lands on the bounce to deep square leg

End of over 11 (3 runs) England Lions 65/1
VS Solanki    22* (32b 1x4)      AB Agarkar    5-0-14-1
LJ Wright    35* (21b 7x4)     

11.1

Patel to Solanki, no run, Munaf runs in and lands this on a good length on off stump, defended on the backfoot

11.2

Patel to Solanki, FOUR, thwack! short of a length on off stump, Solanki as if waiting his entire life for it rocks on the backfoot and pulls it over midwicket, one bounce and four

11.3

Patel to Solanki, no run, better length outside off, Solanki has a feel for it but lets it go

11.4

Patel to Solanki, 1 run, the line drifts outside off, Solanki cuts it uppishly past the gully region

11.5

Patel to Wright, no run, Munaf;s best delivery so far, steep bounce on middle and leg, forces Wright to cut down his antics and instead push it back rather awkwardly to Munaf

11.6

Patel to Wright, no run, cut away to cover

End of over 12 (5 runs) England Lions 70/1
LJ Wright    35* (23b 7x4)      MM Patel    2-0-21-0
VS Solanki    27* (36b 2x4)     

12.1

Agarkar to Solanki, 1 run, attempted yorker, turns into a low full toss, turned off the pads for a single

12.2

Agarkar to Wright, no run, pushed to the off side

12.3

Agarkar to Wright, SIX, the first of the day, banged in short, Wright picks the bouncer and hooks, the ball just lands over the rope at fine-leg

12.4

Agarkar to Wright, 2 runs, good length on off stump, glided to third-man, Munaf picks it up and rather nonchalantly under-arms it to the keeper

12.5

Agarkar to Wright, no run, defended to the off side, keeps him quiet there

12.6

Agarkar to Wright, 1 run, pushed to the off side for a single

End of over 13 (10 runs) England Lions 80/1
LJ Wright    44* (28b 7x4 1x6)      AB Agarkar    6-0-24-1
VS Solanki    28* (37b 2x4)     

Over to spin now and Piyush Chawla

13.1

Chawla to Wright, no run

13.2

Chawla to Wright, no run

13.3

Chawla to Wright, no run, pitching on leg, Wright gets caught on the front-pad, confident appeal turned down

13.4

Chawla to Wright, 1 run, drifting on the pads, turned to the on side

13.5

Chawla to Solanki, no run, Solanki defends and the ball stops near his boot

13.6

Chawla to Solanki, 2 runs, overpitched outside off, driven past the covers

End of over 14 (3 runs) England Lions 83/1
VS Solanki    30* (39b 2x4)      PP Chawla    1-0-3-0
LJ Wright    45* (32b 7x4 1x6)     

Another chance for Munaf here

14.1

Patel to Wright, 1 run, protection in the deep on the off side for the batsman and Wright places it there

14.2

Patel to Solanki, 2 runs, outside the off stump, glided towards third-man, the batsmen set off in a flash and pick up a couple

14.3

Patel to Solanki, no run, on off stump, Solanki pushes it to cover, single denied

14.4

Patel to Solanki, no run, pushed towards cover again and Solanki yet again bellows 'NO'

14.5

Patel to Solanki, FOUR, not enough pace on the ball, Solanki gets back and across, whips it confidently over midwicket on one foot

14.6

Patel to Solanki, no run, better length, on middle, gets it to kick, Solanki plays it back to Munaf

End of over 15 (7 runs) England Lions 90/1
VS Solanki    36* (44b 3x4)      MM Patel    3-0-28-0
LJ Wright    46* (33b 7x4 1x6)     

15.1

Chawla to Wright, FOUR, high full toss, turns even higher as Wright steps forward and deposits it to the midwicket boundary

50 off 34 balls fto Wright.

15.2

Chawla to Wright, 1 run, overpitched and driven hard to extra cover

15.3

Chawla to Solanki, 1 run, driven hard again, this time to mid-off

15.4

Chawla to Wright, 1 run, Wright backs away and drives hard to long-off, cant quite find the gap

15.5

Chawla to Solanki, no run, pushed to the off side

15.6

Chawla to Solanki, 2 runs, overpitched on off stump, Solanki tries to beat extra cover, Ganguly does well to fling himself to his right and cut off 2 runs

End of over 16 (9 runs) England Lions 99/1
VS Solanki    39* (47b 3x4)      PP Chawla    2-0-12-0
LJ Wright    52* (36b 8x4 1x6)     

16.1

Patel to Wright, 1 run, short of a length and pulled, deep square leg picks it up

16.2

Patel to Solanki, 1 run, short of a length on middle, Solanki hops and flicks it stylishly towards square leg

16.3

Patel to Wright, 2 runs, on off stump, cut away past point, Powar runs across and picks it up

16.4

Patel to Wright, 1 run, not much pace, allows the batsman to get back and across and place it past the vacant cover region, Powar called upon again

16.5

Patel to Solanki, 2 runs, flicked away off the backfoot towards deep midwicket

16.6

Patel to Solanki, 1 run, short of a length on middle, pulled past square leg, fine leg runs across and saves it

The Lions are going along at over 6 an over, thanks largely to Wright's enterprising strokeplay. Munaf's clearly struggling here

End of over 17 (8 runs) England Lions 107/1
VS Solanki    43* (50b 3x4)      MM Patel    4-0-36-0
LJ Wright    56* (39b 8x4 1x6)     

Powar gets the ball

17.1

Powar to Solanki, 1 run, tossed up on off stump, driven to long-off

17.2

Powar to Wright, OUT, Powar strikes immediately! flighted on middle and leg, hardly any pace on that one, Wright tries to flick it off his pads, plays at it too early, the ball lobs off the face of the bat to Dhoni takes in with one hand and appeals confidently, the umpire waits a while, Wright doesn't wait and he just walks off

LJ Wright c †Dhoni b Powar 56 (40b 8x4 1x6) SR: 140.00

Good entertianment from Wright, sadly it comes to an end

Ian Bell walks in

17.3

Powar to Bell, 1 run, driven to mid-on

17.4

Powar to Solanki, 1 run, Solanki takes a few paces forward and pushes it to long-on

17.5

Powar to Bell, no run, flighted on off stump, deceives Bell, he defends it awkwardly to the bowler

17.6

Powar to Bell, 1 run, Bell defends on the backfoot to defends, gets an inside edge and the ball rolls to the on side

End of over 18 (4 runs) England Lions 111/2
IR Bell    2* (3b)      RR Powar    1-0-4-1
VS Solanki    45* (52b 3x4)     

18.1

Chawla to Bell, no run, pushed to the off side

18.2

Chawla to Bell, no run, defended confidently off the front foot

18.3

Chawla to Bell, no run, on off stump, Bell waits on it and cuts it straight to cover

18.4

Chawla to Bell, no run, Bell takes a few paces forward, Chawla slips it in faster and flatter, forces Bell to curb his attempted and play it back to Chawla

18.5

Chawla to Bell, 2 runs

18.6

Chawla to Bell, 2 runs, slipped in quicker, the ball gets the outside edge and beats Dhoni, Karthik dives at third man and cuts it off

End of over 19 (4 runs) England Lions 115/2
IR Bell    6* (9b)      PP Chawla    3-0-16-0
VS Solanki    45* (52b 3x4)     

19.1

Powar to Solanki, FOUR, overpitched on off stump, Solanki drives past cover and finds the boundary

19.2

Powar to Solanki, 1 run, chipped uppishly over the region of midwicket, Solanki jogs the single and reaches his 50

19.3

Powar to Bell, FOUR, full toss, Solanki steps forward and pushes it hard past mid-off

19.4

Powar to Bell, no run, pushed to mid-on

19.5

Powar to Bell, 2 runs, tossed up on middle and leg, Bell gets back and pushes it past midwicket

19.6

Powar to Bell, no run, tossed on middle and leg, Bell places it towards mid-on

End of over 20 (11 runs) England Lions 126/2
IR Bell    12* (13b 1x4)      RR Powar    2-0-15-1
VS Solanki    50* (54b 4x4)     

20.1

Chawla to Solanki, no run, flatter and faster, on off stump, Solanki punches it back to Chawla

20.2

Chawla to Solanki, no run, drive hard to Powar at mid-off, Powar flings himself to his right and saves a certain boundary

The Indians have been terrific in the field today

20.3

Chawla to Solanki, no run, pushed towards point, Bell sets off, Solanki says 'NO', Bell runs back and Yuvraj's throw can't hit the stumps

20.4

Chawla to Solanki, FOUR, tossed up on off stump, Solanki reads the spin and the length, steps forward and lofts over mid-off, lovely stroke

20.5

Chawla to Solanki, no run, inside edge, turned to the on side

20.6

Chawla to Solanki, FOUR, outside edge, the ball clips Dhoni's glove but the power on the stroke was enough to send the ball to the third-man boundary

End of over 21 (8 runs) England Lions 134/2
VS Solanki    58* (60b 6x4)      PP Chawla    4-0-24-0
IR Bell    12* (13b 1x4)     

21.1

Powar to Bell, 1 run, turned to the on side, Yuvraj runs across to cut it off but fumbles

21.2

Powar to Solanki, no run, pushed towards cover

21.3

Powar to Solanki, 1 run, overpitched and driven hard again, Gambhir sets another good example on the field and cuts it off at mid-off

21.4

Powar to Bell, FOUR, Bell steps forward and chips it over mid-on

21.5

Powar to Bell, FOUR, tossed up on off and middle, Bell takes a few paces forward and lofts over extra cover this time

21.6

Powar to Bell, OUT, Powar wins this round! tossed up fearlessly on middle and leg, Bell steps forward again and chips it high, can't get the placement right this time and the ball lands down Agarkar's throat at deep midwicket

IR Bell c Agarkar b Powar 21 (17b 3x4 0x6) SR: 123.52

End of over 22 (10 runs) England Lions 144/3
     RR Powar    3-0-25-2
VS Solanki    59* (62b 6x4)     

22.1

Chawla to Shah, no run, left alone by Shah, a rather awkward leave though

22.2

Chawla to Shah, no run, tossed up on off, defended on the front foot

22.3

Chawla to Shah, no run, flighted on off, turned to the on side

22.4

Chawla to Shah, no run, flighted on off, turned to the on side

22.5

Chawla to Shah, no run, flatter delivery on off stump, Shah again turns it to the on side

22.6

Chawla to Shah, 1 run, Shah seems to favour the on side again and this time he picks up a single

End of over 23 (1 run) England Lions 145/3
OA Shah    1* (6b)      PP Chawla    5-0-25-0
VS Solanki    59* (62b 6x4)     

Round the wicket

23.1

Powar to Shah, no run, beaten, no turn, the ball beats the bat, foxes him

23.2

Powar to Shah, no run, turned to the on side again

23.3

Powar to Shah, OUT, a leg before from around the wicket, we don't often see that, tossed up on middle and leg, Shah plants his front foot forward, the ball lands on the base of the pad, in line with the stumps, easy decision for the umpire

OA Shah lbw b Powar 1 (9b 0x4 0x6) SR: 11.11

23.4

Powar to Bopara, no run, pushed in faster on off stump, Bopara defends on the front foot

23.5

Powar to Bopara, no run, flighted on off, turned to the on side

23.6

Powar to Bopara, no run, flighted on off stump, driven to mid-off

End of over 24 (wicket maiden) England Lions 145/4
RS Bopara    0* (3b)      RR Powar    4-1-25-3
VS Solanki    59* (62b 6x4)     

24.1

Chawla to Solanki, no run, quicker delivery on off, starightens, Solanki gets struck on the pads, confident appeal turned down

24.2

Chawla to Solanki, 1 run, pushed to the covers, Yuvraj dives to his right and saves an extra run

24.3

Chawla to Bopara, no run

24.4

Chawla to Bopara, 2 runs, turned to the on side Gambhir in the deep doesnt hurl the ball back quickly and the batsmen pick up an easy double

24.5

Chawla to Bopara, 1 run, tossed up on off and middle, worked away to midwicket

24.6

Chawla to Solanki, OUT, that was plumb and even Solanki knew it, foxed by the googly, big turn, strikes him in front of middle and leg, Solanki knew he was a goner

VS Solanki lbw b Chawla 60 (65b 6x4 0x6) SR: 92.30

Decisions dont come this easy for umpires! Paul Nixon the wicketkeeper walks in

End of over 25 (4 runs) England Lions 149/5
     PP Chawla    6-0-29-1
RS Bopara    3* (6b)     

25.1

Powar to Bopara, no run, continues from round the wicket, defended to the off side

25.2

Powar to Bopara, 1 run, tossed on leg, flicked to fine leg

25.3

Powar to Nixon, no run, Powar goes over the wicket to Nixon, defended to the off side

25.4

Powar to Nixon, no run, tossed on middle and leg, worked to the on side

25.5

Powar to Nixon, no run, Powar maintains the nagging flight, Nixon defends it with soft hands to the bowler

25.6

Powar to Nixon, no run, pushed in flatter and faster, Nixon sees it well and plays it back to Powar

Lions just losing their way a little to the spinners. Not a little, a lot...

End of over 26 (1 run) England Lions 150/5
PA Nixon    0* (4b)      RR Powar    5-1-26-3
RS Bopara    4* (8b)     

26.1

Chawla to Bopara, no run, defended back to the bowler

26.2

Chawla to Bopara, 1 run, tossed on middle and leg, Bopara turns it to the on side

Dhoni calls for a short fine-leg. Chirps away in Hindi

26.3

Chawla to Nixon, 1 run, Nixon quietly works it away to the on side for a single

26.4

Chawla to Bopara, 3 runs, legbreak, cut away late by Bopara, beats the gap between point and cover, Agarkar runs and cuts it off just before the point boundary

26.5

Chawla to Nixon, FOUR, reverse sweep and Nixon executes it perfectly, we saw this in the World Cup, the ball races away to third-man

26.6

Chawla to Nixon, no run, pushed back to the bowler

End of over 27 (9 runs) England Lions 159/5
PA Nixon    5* (7b 1x4)      PP Chawla    7-0-38-1
RS Bopara    8* (11b)     

27.1

Powar to Bopara, no run, drifting down leg, just misses the wide call, Bopara fails to connect

27.1

Powar to Bopara, 1 run, paddle sweep, Bopara thuds it onto the ground, picks up a single down to fine leg

27.2

Powar to Nixon, no run, defended back to bowler

27.3

Powar to Nixon, 1 run, pushed in flatter and faster outside off, Nixon cuts is towards point

27.4

Powar to Bopara, no run

27.5

Powar to Bopara, 2 runs

27.6

Powar to Bopara, no run

End of over 28 (5 runs) England Lions 164/5
RS Bopara    11* (15b)      RR Powar    6-1-31-3
PA Nixon    6* (9b 1x4)     

28.1

Chawla to Nixon, 1 run, tossed up on middle and off, turned to the on side for a single

28.2

Chawla to Bopara, no run, flighted on off stump, Bopara gets his front foot across and defends

28.3

Chawla to Bopara, 1 run, flighted on off, Bopara pushes it firmly to long-off

28.4

Chawla to Nixon, no run, slightly short of a length on off stump, googly, Nixon leaves it

28.5

Chawla to Nixon, no run, defended back to Chawla

28.6

Chawla to Nixon, 1 run, flighted on middle and leg, pushed to midwicket

End of over 29 (3 runs) England Lions 167/5
PA Nixon    8* (13b 1x4)      PP Chawla    8-0-41-1
RS Bopara    12* (17b)     

29.1

Powar to Nixon, 1 run, turned to the on side for a single

29.2

Powar to Bopara, no run, round the wicket again to Bopara, turned towards square leg

29.3

Powar to Bopara, 1 run, picks the gap on midwicket and sets off for a run

29.4

Powar to Nixon, no run, tossed up on middle and leg, defended back to Powar

29.5

Powar to Nixon, no run, tossed up on middle and off, Nixon cuts but can't find the gap

29.6

Powar to Nixon, FOUR, pushed in faster on off stump, Nixon gets down and sweeps against the turn, finds the gap beautifully near square leg

End of over 30 (6 runs) England Lions 173/5
PA Nixon    13* (17b 2x4)      RR Powar    7-1-37-3
RS Bopara    13* (19b)     

30.1

Chawla to Bopara, FOUR, Bopara this time plays against the turn and he places it beautifully past mid-on

30.2

Chawla to Bopara, no run, played to the off side

30.3

Chawla to Bopara, 1 run, overpitched on off stump, Bopara drives it firmly to the region of deep extra cover

30.4

Chawla to Nixon, 2 runs, tossed up on leg, Nixon gently flicks it to fine leg

30.5

Chawla to Nixon, no run, pushed to the on side

30.6

Chawla to Nixon, 1 run, reverse sweep again, Nixon doesnt time it well and the ball rolls to the off side

End of over 31 (8 runs) England Lions 181/5
PA Nixon    16* (20b 2x4)      PP Chawla    9-0-49-1
RS Bopara    18* (22b 1x4)     

31.1

Powar to Nixon, no run, beaten, outside off and Nixon misses it

31.2

Powar to Nixon, 1 run, sweeps against the turn, gets a top-edge, falls safely, short third man can't get to it

31.3

Powar to Bopara, no run, turned to mid-on, Bopara times it well

31.4

Powar to Bopara, 1 run, turned away to square leg

31.5

Powar to Nixon, 1 run, flighted on leg, Nixon gets his front foot forward and turns it to fine-leg

31.6

Powar to Bopara, 1 run, flighted on middle and leg, Bopara turns it to the on side and picks up a single

End of over 32 (4 runs) England Lions 185/5
RS Bopara    20* (25b 1x4)      RR Powar    8-1-41-3
PA Nixon    18* (23b 2x4)     

32.1

Chawla to Bopara, no run, short of a length, turns away, Bopara pushes it to cover

32.2

Chawla to Bopara, 1 run, fuller, on off stump, driven towards point

32.3

Chawla to Nixon, no run, pushed in flatter, Nixon waits on it and defends

32.4

Chawla to Nixon, no run, drifts down the leg side, attempted sweep, Nixon fails to make contact

32.4

Chawla to Nixon, 1 run, outside off, Nixon shapes to cut it square, the ball jags back in, cramps Nixon for room but he still finds the gap

32.5

Chawla to Bopara, no run, turned to the on side

32.6

Chawla to Bopara, no run, played back to the bowler

End of over 33 (3 runs) England Lions 188/5
RS Bopara    21* (29b 1x4)      PP Chawla    10-0-52-1
PA Nixon    19* (25b 2x4)     

33.1

Powar to Nixon, FOUR, short of a length on middle, Nixon goes back, punches it firmly past mid-off

33.2

Powar to Nixon, 1 run, outside off and cut away square

33.3

Powar to Bopara, 1 run, tossed on middle and off, Bopara helps himself to another single on the on side

33.4

Powar to Nixon, 1 run, drifting on leg stump, Nixon sweeps and plays it to fine leg

33.5

Powar to Bopara, no run, turned off the pads to midwicket

33.6

Powar to Bopara, no run, tossed on leg stump, Bopara waits on it and works it fine, cant get a run there

End of over 34 (7 runs) England Lions 195/5
RS Bopara    22* (32b 1x4)      RR Powar    9-1-48-3
PA Nixon    25* (28b 3x4)     

Yuvraj Singh gets the ball

34.1

Yuvraj Singh to Nixon, no run, defended back to the bowler

34.2

Yuvraj Singh to Nixon, 1 run, flighted on middle and leg, Nixon works it across to square leg

34.3

Yuvraj Singh to Bopara, 1 run, pushed in flatter, Bopara quickly gets down on his knees and sweeps

34.4

Yuvraj Singh to Nixon, no run, reverse sweep from Nixon, places it straight to short third-man

34.5

Yuvraj Singh to Nixon, no run, tossed up on leg stump, turned to the on side

34.6

Yuvraj Singh to Nixon, 1 run, Nixon takes a couple of paces forward, pushes it to long-on

End of over 35 (3 runs) England Lions 198/5
PA Nixon    27* (33b 3x4)      Yuvraj Singh    1-0-3-0
RS Bopara    23* (33b 1x4)     

35.1

Powar to Nixon, no run, cut away to point

35.2

Powar to Nixon, 1 run, short of a length on off stump, Nixon cuts and fetches a single

35.3

Powar to Bopara, 1 run, Bopara favours the on side again and gets a run

35.4

Powar to Nixon, no run, Nixon favours the conventional sweep, doesnt connect well, inside edges it onto his pads

35.5

Powar to Nixon, 1 run, Nixon goes on the backfoot and punches it to cover

35.6

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

End of over 36 (4 runs) England Lions 202/5
RS Bopara    25* (35b 1x4)      RR Powar    10-1-52-3
PA Nixon    29* (37b 3x4)     

Munaf Patel returns. These two have added 53 and brought England Lions back into the match

36.1

Patel to Bopara, no run, outside off and Bopara plays at it and misses

36.2

Patel to Bopara, 1 run, punched on the full back to Munaf, opportunity for a caught and bowled, Munaf didnt even put his hand out, the ball strikes the stumps at the non-striker's end

36.3

Patel to Nixon, no run, beaten outside off, good comeback by Munaf

36.4

Patel to Nixon, 1 run, drifting on leg stump, Nixon works it across to fine leg

36.5

Patel to Bopara, 1 run, good length on off stump, Bopara uses his wrists and flicks it towards square leg, picks up a run

36.6

Patel to Nixon, 1 run, Nixon works it across to the on side, sets off for a run, makes his ground before the direct hit

Match State: Drinks

End of over 37 (4 runs) England Lions 206/5
PA Nixon    31* (40b 3x4)      MM Patel    5-0-40-0
RS Bopara    27* (38b 1x4)     

Partnerhship is now worth 57 in 12 overs.

37.1

Yuvraj Singh to Nixon, no run, another Nixon reverse sweep, and again he finds the fielder on the off side

37.2

Yuvraj Singh to Nixon, no run, pushed in faster, Nixon plays it back to the bowler

37.3

Yuvraj Singh to Nixon, 1 run, another reverse sweep, he finds the gap but not the boundary, Munaf runs across and cuts it off in the deep

37.4

Yuvraj Singh to Bopara, 1 run, Bopara flicks this one to midwicket

37.5

Yuvraj Singh to Nixon, 2 runs, reverse sweep again, this time Nixon just manages to get some bat on it and the ball races past Dhoni

37.6

Yuvraj Singh to Nixon, 2 runs, pushed to deep midwicket and another easy double

End of over 38 (6 runs) England Lions 212/5
PA Nixon    36* (45b 3x4)      Yuvraj Singh    2-0-9-0
RS Bopara    28* (39b 1x4)     

38.1

Patel to Bopara, 1 run, short of a length outside off stump, stylishly punched off the backfoot to the off side

38.2

Patel to Nixon, no run, short of a length on leg stump, pushed back to Munaf

38.3

Patel to Nixon, no run, cut away off the backfoot to point, finds the fielder

38.4

Patel to Nixon, 1 run, short of a length outside off again, Nixon cuts and a misfield by Yuvraj allows a single

38.5

Patel to Bopara, 1 run, good length on off stump, pushed to the off side

38.6

Patel to Nixon, 2 runs, Dropped: Nixon chips it over mid-on, Uthappa runs backwards, holds onto it for a second but the ball just slips out of his hand, unfortunate for India

End of over 39 (5 runs) England Lions 217/5
PA Nixon    39* (49b 3x4)      MM Patel    6-0-45-0
RS Bopara    30* (41b 1x4)     

39.1

Yuvraj Singh to Bopara, no run

39.2

Yuvraj Singh to Bopara, FOUR, attempted square cut, the ball gets the outside edge and races away to the third man boundary

39.3

Yuvraj Singh to Bopara, 1 run, turned towards square leg for a single

39.4

Yuvraj Singh to Nixon, OUT, stumped, Nixon attempts another reverse sweep, misses, Dhoni gathers the ball and whips off the bails in a flash, an appeal follows, Nixon walks

PA Nixon st †Dhoni b Yuvraj Singh 39 (50b 3x4 0x6) SR: 78.00

It could have been marginal as replays showed that a part of the foot seemed to be behind the line, at first glance

39.5

Yuvraj Singh to Schofield, 1 run

39.6

Yuvraj Singh to Bopara, no run, tries to work it to the on side, the ball rolls back to the bowler

End of over 40 (6 runs) England Lions 223/6
RS Bopara    35* (45b 2x4)      Yuvraj Singh    3-0-15-1
CP Schofield    1* (1b)     

40.1

Patel to Schofield, no run, good length on middle, punched back to the bowler

40.2

Patel to Schofield, no run, Munaf gets this one to slant across the left-hander, left alone

40.3

Patel to Schofield, no run, low full toss, Schofield drives straight to cover, opportunity missed

40.4

Patel to Schofield, no run, Munaf bowls it on a tight middle stump line, Schofield plays it back to the bowler

40.5

Patel to Schofield, FOUR, over pitched outside off stump, Schofield drives confidently past the covers and fetches his first boundary, he has a Test 50 remember....

40.6

Patel to Schofield, no run, left alone outside off

End of over 41 (4 runs) England Lions 227/6
CP Schofield    5* (7b 1x4)      MM Patel    7-0-49-0
RS Bopara    35* (45b 2x4)     

41.1

Yuvraj Singh to Bopara, 1 run, played to square leg, picks up a single

41.2

Yuvraj Singh to Schofield, no run, pushed back to the bowler

41.3

Yuvraj Singh to Schofield, 3 runs, flighted on off stump, Schofield steps forward and slices it over cover

41.4

Yuvraj Singh to Bopara, 1 run, flighted on middle and leg, pushed to midwicket

41.5

Yuvraj Singh to Schofield, no run, tossed on middle and leg, played back to Yuvraj

41.6

Yuvraj Singh to Schofield, 1 run, drifting on the pads, Schofield gets across and works it to fine leg

End of over 42 (6 runs) England Lions 233/6
CP Schofield    9* (11b 1x4)      Yuvraj Singh    4-0-21-1
RS Bopara    37* (47b 2x4)     

42.1

Patel to Schofield, 1 run, fuller in length on off stump, Schofield gets a stride forward and glides it to third man

42.2

Patel to Bopara, no run, full in length again, Bopara defends instead of driving and gets an inside edge onto his boot

42.3

Patel to Bopara, no run, beaten, Munaf lands it on the corridor outside the off stump, beats Bopara all ends up

42.4

Patel to Bopara, no run, short of a length on middle and off, cramps Bopara for room and he defends back to Munaf

42.5

Patel to Bopara, OUT, Munaf gets his reward! gets the ball to kick on off stump, Bopara tries to work it to the on side, gets the top edge and Robin Uthappa takes the skier easily at point

RS Bopara c Uthappa b Patel 37 (51b 2x4 0x6) SR: 72.54

42.6

Patel to Schofield, no run, wide outside off stump and left alone

End of over 43 (1 run) England Lions 234/7
CP Schofield    10* (13b 1x4)      MM Patel    8-0-50-1
TT Bresnan    0* (0b)     

43.1

Yuvraj Singh to Bresnan, no run, tossed up outside off and left alone

43.2

Yuvraj Singh to Bresnan, no run, pushed in flatter and cut to cover

43.3

Yuvraj Singh to Bresnan, 1 run, pushed in flat again, Bresnan cuts and finds the gap past cover

43.4

Yuvraj Singh to Schofield, no run, tossed up on middle and leg, defended back to the bowler

43.5

Yuvraj Singh to Schofield, 1 run, drifting on the pads, worked to fine leg

43.6

Yuvraj Singh to Bresnan, no run

End of over 44 (2 runs) England Lions 236/7
TT Bresnan    1* (4b)      Yuvraj Singh    5-0-23-1
CP Schofield    11* (15b 1x4)     

44.1

Patel to Schofield, no run, left alone outside off, Schofield moves about a bit at the crease before letting it go

44.2

Patel to Schofield, 1 run, outside off and slashed towards point, Yuvraj dives and does well to cut it off, can;t prevent the single though

44.3

Patel to Bresnan, 2 runs, drifting on the pads and flicked down to fine leg, Chawla cuts it off and shows good commitment yet again

44.4

Patel to Bresnan, no run, short, attempted pull and Bresnan was all at sea, Dhoni collects it

44.5

Patel to Bresnan, FOUR, not this time though! short of a length and Bresnan waits on it and pulls it over midwicket

44.6

Patel to Bresnan, no run, Munaf slides down leg and it's a wide

44.6

Patel to Bresnan, no run, Munaf slides down leg agains and another wide, this one nearly clipped the pad on the way

44.6

Patel to Bresnan, 1 run, full on the pads, worked to the on side

End of over 45 (10 runs) England Lions 246/7
TT Bresnan    8* (8b 1x4)      MM Patel    9-0-60-1
CP Schofield    12* (17b 1x4)     

45.1

Yuvraj Singh to Bresnan, 2 runs, pulled hard to midwicket, misfield allows 2 runs

45.2

Yuvraj Singh to Bresnan, 1 run

45.3

Yuvraj Singh to Schofield, 3 runs, pushed in flat and fast, Schofield waits on it and glides it towards third man, Munaf runs back and cuts it off

45.4

Yuvraj Singh to Bresnan, 1 run, worked to the on side for a single

45.5

Yuvraj Singh to Schofield, FOUR, overpitched on middle and leg, Schofield gets down and swings it over midwicket, solid shot and it was not even a slog

45.6

Yuvraj Singh to Schofield, no run, pushed back to the bowler

End of over 46 (11 runs) England Lions 257/7
CP Schofield    19* (20b 2x4)      Yuvraj Singh    6-0-34-1
TT Bresnan    12* (11b 1x4)     

Zaheer returns

46.1

Khan to Bresnan, no run, outside off stump and played to point

46.2

Khan to Bresnan, no run

46.3

Khan to Bresnan, FOUR, overpitched on middle and leg, Brensan drives it straight, Zaheer tries to get a boot to it but the ball just sped away

46.4

Khan to Bresnan, 2 runs, short of a length outside off, Bresnan cuts it square of the wicket

46.5

Khan to Bresnan, 1 run

46.6

Khan to Schofield, FOUR, low full toss outside off, Schofield opens the face and glides it deftly past Dhoni, Zaheer finishes an expensive over

End of over 47 (11 runs) England Lions 268/7
CP Schofield    23* (21b 3x4)      Z Khan    6-0-46-0
TT Bresnan    19* (16b 2x4)     

47.1

Agarkar to Bresnan, (no ball) 1 run, Agarkar oversteps, Bresnan gets on his knees and sweeps a low full toss to deep square leg

47.1

Agarkar to Schofield, 2 runs, worked away to the on side, Schofield sets off for his first run quickly and that allows them to complete the second

47.2

Agarkar to Schofield, 1 run, played to the off side for a single

47.3

Agarkar to Bresnan, no run, swing and a miss, on leg stump and Bresnan attempts to pull that away

47.4

Agarkar to Bresnan, no run, yorker length outside off stump, Bresnan backs away tries to swing across the line, misses

47.5

Agarkar to Bresnan, 2 runs, good length on middle and off, Bresnan swings across the line to deep midwicket, Uthappa dives to his right and saves a boundary

47.6

Agarkar to Bresnan, FOUR, full toss, Bresnan swings off the middle of the bat and the ball goes one bounce over the long-on fence

End of over 48 (11 runs) England Lions 279/7
TT Bresnan    26* (21b 3x4)      AB Agarkar    7-0-35-1
CP Schofield    26* (23b 3x4)     

48.1

Khan to Schofield, no run, beaten outside the off stump

48.2

Khan to Schofield, 1 run, sliding on the leg side, flicked to square leg for a single

48.3

Khan to Bresnan, no run, fullish outside off, Bresnan goes for a heave and misses

48.4

Khan to Bresnan, 1 run, yorker length on off stump, Bresnan drives forcefully towards cover who dives and cuts it off

48.5

Khan to Schofield, FOUR, low full toss on leg stump, Schofield heaves across the line and finds the gap past deep square leg

48.6

Khan to Schofield, (no ball) FOUR, thudded on leg stump, Schofield improvises well, walks across his stumps and swings, the ball beats short fine-leg

48.6

Khan to Schofield, no run

End of over 49 (11 runs) England Lions 290/7
CP Schofield    35* (28b 5x4)      Z Khan    7-0-57-0
TT Bresnan    27* (23b 3x4)     

49.1

Agarkar to Bresnan, 2 runs, yorker on middle and leg, Bresnan gives room and drives past the bowler, Chawla runs across from long-off and cuts it off with one hand

49.2

Agarkar to Bresnan, 2 runs, yorker length on middle and leg, dug out to midwicket and the batsmen scamper through for a double

49.3

Agarkar to Bresnan, 1 run, short of a length outside off, Bresnan cuts it towards point

49.4

Agarkar to Schofield, no run, yorker length, Bresnan only manages an inside edge onto his pads

49.5

Agarkar to Schofield, OUT, Schofield walks across his stumps again, Agarkar follows his and lands the ball outside off, Schofield tries to flick it fine but ends up chopping the ball onto his off stump

CP Schofield b Agarkar 35 (30b 5x4 0x6) SR: 116.66

49.6

Agarkar to Lewis, 1 run, yorker on middle and leg, Lewis chips it to midwicket, the ball just lands short of the fielder who hurls it to Agarkar, Lewis makes his ground

England Lions have posted a very competitive score of 296 and the Indians will be made to sweat it out. Luke Wright and Vikram Solanki set the pace with some scorching boundaries, while Nixon and Bopara held the innings together in the middle. Chris Schofield and Bresnan added the finishing touches and this promises to be an exciting chase.

The Indians to their credit threw themselves in the field and it was a treat to watch fielders like Powar show so much commitment. Powar also did well to rock the middle order with his offspinners. Join us in a while for India's chase. It does look a little gloomy out there but let's hope the rain stays away.

End of over 50 (6 runs) England Lions 296/8
J Lewis    1* (1b)      AB Agarkar    8-0-41-2
TT Bresnan    32* (26b 3x4)     
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Aug 18, 2007

Vikram Solanki sports a bandage after bruising his cheek from a Zaheer Khan bouncer, England Lions v Indians, ODI warm-up, Northampton, August 18, 2007

Vikram Solanki sports a bandage after bruising his cheek from a Zaheer Khan bouncer

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Sourav Ganguly plays the ball to fine leg

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