ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 11th match, Group B

India v England

Match tied

7.6

Bresnan to Gambhir, no run, lovely delivery first-up. Fine over too. This one angles away from Gautam Gambhir, who tries to play his favourite run down to third man but is beaten. There was a slip in place. Oohs and aahs.

India 46/1   G Gambhir 0* (1b)

9.1

Bresnan to Gambhir, no run, Meanwhile, this try running me down to third man game continues. Bresnan pings the off-stump channel and Gambhir has a poke. The ball rushes past the edge

9.2

Bresnan to Gambhir, no run, he stands outside his crease, leans forward to tap this ball to midwicket

9.3

Bresnan to Gambhir, 1 run, on the middle and leg, worked through backward square-leg region

9.5

Bresnan to Gambhir, 2 runs, clipped away to long-leg where Shahzad fumbles to give an extra run. Atherton murmurs now, "This is the second time he has made a mistake on the field" Or words to that effect

9.6

Bresnan to Gambhir, no run, short in length, angling away from Gautam who plays a weak cut shot to point

India 58/1   G Gambhir 3* (6b)

10.4

Swann to Gambhir, no run, from round the stumps to the lefty, on the middle stump line, Gambhir was covering for the turn, there wasn't any and the ball rolls off the inner half of the bat to the leg side

10.5

Swann to Gambhir, 1 run, skips down the track and drives this flighted delivery to sweeper cover

India 60/1   G Gambhir 4* (8b)

11.1

Bresnan to Gambhir, no run, angling across Gautam who steers to point

11.2

Bresnan to Gambhir, FOUR, The Sourav Ganguly shot! He rushes down the track, backs outside leg and cuts a short ball up and over backward point

11.3

Bresnan to Gambhir, no run, slower, around the off stump, guided to point

11.4

Bresnan to Gambhir, 1 run, slips this outside leg but Gambhir doesn't seize the opportunity. He clips it gently past square-leg for a single. There was a short fine-leg in. Had Gambhir been more alert and aware ...

India 65/1   G Gambhir 9* (12b 1x4)

12.2

Swann to Gambhir, 1 run, from round the stumps, nice off break on the off and middle line, Gambhir reaches out to square drive it through point

12.4

Swann to Gambhir, FOUR, Flamboyant! Gautam sashayed down the track and lofted it to long-on. Up up and over

12.5

Swann to Gambhir, FOUR, Difficult chance missed there was a thin inside edge. Er, in that case, it was a missed catch and not a stumping chance! Swanny holds his head. Watch out for his tweet later. Gambhir moved down the track, got outside the leg stump and Swann drifted it just outside leg. Gambhir tried to lift it inside out over extra cover and got a thin inside edge and Prior couldn't adjust his hands in time.

12.6

Swann to Gambhir, no run, leans forward to block this one

India 77/1   G Gambhir 18* (16b 3x4)

14.1

Swann to Gambhir, FOUR, Fabulous inside-out hit over extra cover! Gautam gets outside leg even as he moves down the track, picks the flighted delivery drifting towards him and lifts it over the off-side field

14.2

Swann to Gambhir, 1 run, leans forward to nudge this to the on side

14.4

Swann to Gambhir, 1 wide, fires this one quicker but in trying to do so, he pushes it down the leg side. Good take from the keeper

14.4

Swann to Gambhir, no run, leans forward to dab this to the on side of the pitch

14.5

Swann to Gambhir, no run, turns towards off stump, from round the stumps, defended to cover

14.6

Swann to Gambhir, no run, on the middle stump line, moves in with the arm, Gambhir seemed to take a long time to decide what to do and the ball kept wobbling in towards middle stump. Towards his pad and towards the middle stump. Suddenly, Gambhir stirred and pushed the ball to cover point

India 84/1   G Gambhir 23* (21b 4x4)

15.2

Bresnan to Gambhir, 1 run, extra bounce on this shortish delivery, steered to third man

15.4

Bresnan to Gambhir, 1 run, lands on the leg stump, good length, moves towards middle, Gambhir clips it behind square-leg

India 88/1   G Gambhir 25* (23b 4x4)

16.1

Swann to Gambhir, no run, flighted up really slowly, it wobbled ever so gently across, almost ala a delivery from Ramesh Powar or like the man himself, Gambhir had to wait an eternity before he tapped it to point

16.2

Swann to Gambhir, 1 wide, pushes this down the leg side,. Prior tries a trick from gully cricket. He appeals for a catch. Nice try sir

16.2

Swann to Gambhir, no run, keeps this one out to the off side

16.3

Swann to Gambhir, 1 run, rocks back to cut through point for a single

India 92/1   G Gambhir 26* (26b 4x4)

17.1

Collingwood to Gambhir, no run, starts straight, on the mark, gentle offcut, no pace. Gambhir prods into the leg side

17.2

Collingwood to Gambhir, 1 run, the line deviates down the leg side a fraction and that's all Gambhir needs to flick a single to fine leg

India 97/1   G Gambhir 27* (28b 4x4)

18.2

Yardy to Gambhir, 1 run, just a touch too short and Gambhir is sitting back and uses the width outside off to punch to deep cover

18.5

Yardy to Gambhir, 1 run, Gambhir walks down the crease and keeps walking through to complete a single after milking to long-on

India 108/1   G Gambhir 29* (30b 4x4)

19.5

Collingwood to Gambhir, no run, plenty of air on this, too much so, in fact, as it reaches Gambhir on the full. But the batsman only prodded it back down the pitch and Collingwood dived smartly to his left

19.6

Collingwood to Gambhir, 1 run, decent over for England ends with Gambhir pushing a single into a gap at cover

India 111/1   G Gambhir 30* (32b 4x4)

20.1

Yardy to Gambhir, no run, Yardy over the wicket to the left-hander, angling onto the pads and the flick finds midwicket

20.2

Yardy to Gambhir, 1 run, this time Gambhir beats midwicket to amble through a single

20.5

Yardy to Gambhir, 2 runs, this time there is two, Gambhir playing late with an open face to fiddle this behind square on the off side

20.6

Yardy to Gambhir, 1 wide, fired down the leg side, the sort of thing umpires don't like

20.6

Yardy to Gambhir, no run, scream from the batsman as he mistimes a leg-side nudge. Decent over, but not much more than that. Neither side is damaged but the India line-up is long

India 116/1   G Gambhir 33* (36b 4x4)

21.2

Collingwood to Gambhir, 1 run, this is picked off into space

21.5

Collingwood to Gambhir, 1 run, Gambhir does all he needs to, which is work a single off the pads. Strauss has called a bowling change by the looks of things, this innings is ticking now

India 126/1   G Gambhir 35* (38b 4x4)

22.1

Yardy to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir misses out here, short and wide but placed his cut shot straight to the man at point

22.2

Yardy to Gambhir, 2 runs, gets another go at the shot and this time collects a couple out to deep cover

22.3

Yardy to Gambhir, no run, cripes, turn and bounce for Yardy. Look out England in the second half of this game! Bottom edged into the off side

22.4

Yardy to Gambhir, 1 run, single worked more solidly this time, using the spin on offer to nudge into the leg side

22.6

Yardy to Gambhir, 1 run, again it's pushed into space, these two looking very comfortable now

India 131/1   G Gambhir 39* (43b 4x4)

23.1

Shahzad to Gambhir, 1 wide, oops, not a great start to the new spell, shoved down the leg side

23.1

Shahzad to Gambhir, no run, much better line here - off stump. The length is good too and catches Gambhir on the crease. The defence wasn't certain but no harm done

23.2

Shahzad to Gambhir, no run, again Shahzad aims for the top of off, sound planning that, Gambhir plays very late as usual

23.3

Shahzad to Gambhir, no run, ooh, looked like an inside edge here but the slower ball died on its way through to Prior. Gambhir trying to work a single with an angled bat

23.4

Shahzad to Gambhir, no run, dug in a bit shorter this time, no great pace off the wicket but the line, into the body, is good enough to prevent Gambhir from doing anything but defend

23.5

Shahzad to Gambhir, 1 run, decent over so far this, Gambhir tucks a single off his hip. No sign of reverse swing though

India 133/1   G Gambhir 40* (48b 4x4)

24.1

Yardy to Gambhir, 1 run, quickish ball from Yardy, not looking for that turn he's found, Gambhir flicks a single to deep midwicket

24.4

Yardy to Gambhir, 1 run, dart, arrowed down short and it sits up but Gambhir content to push to deep cover

24.6

Yardy to Gambhir, 1 run, and Gambhir joins the middle-over fun by jogging a single pushed to long-off

India 140/1   G Gambhir 43* (51b 4x4)

25.1

Shahzad to Gambhir, no run, full, straight, attacking the stumps. Gambhir shapes for the straight drive but taps it straight back

25.2

Shahzad to Gambhir, 1 run, slapped down to third man, that's an easy one

25.4

Shahzad to Gambhir, 1 leg bye, fuller again - that's the length to be bowling on this placid pitch. An wailing, emotive appeal as it strikes the pad but that's very optimistic indeed

India 143/1   G Gambhir 44* (54b 4x4)

26.4

Swann to Gambhir, no run, held back a touch, Gambhir isn't quite to the pitch and taps gently to cover

26.5

Swann to Gambhir, no run, past the edge! Again Swann takes pace off the ball, getting it to grip just a touch and spin past the outside edge of a slightly lazy push

26.6

Swann to Gambhir, 2 runs, on the pads, and he's milked through square leg

India 159/1   G Gambhir 46* (57b 4x4)

28.1

Anderson to Gambhir, 1 run, very full on off stump to start, dug out to mid-off

28.5

Anderson to Gambhir, FOUR, another boundary, but this time it's a lucky one! Full again, Gambhir launches into a drive and a thick inside edge flies down to fine leg past the stumps. That's his fifty too, good work

28.6

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, past the edge! The last couple of overs have all ended this way ... Anderson nibbles one away from the left-hander, who is flat-footed in the drive and easily beaten. The ball dies off the wicket though, dipping on Prior

India 179/1   G Gambhir 51* (60b 5x4)

29.4

Swann to Gambhir, OUT, gone! Against the run of play Swann has got the breakthrough. It was a good ball, biting into the pitch and spinning past what was another very lazy nurdle from Gambhir. It looked like he was trying to get it down to third man, but the feet went nowhere. Poor shot, and it's got England back into the game

G Gambhir b Swann 51 (95m 61b 5x4 0x6) SR: 83.60

India 180/2   G Gambhir 51 (61b 5x4)

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Munaf Patel caught Kevin Pietersen off his own bowling, World Cup, Group B, Bangalore, February 27, 2011

Munaf Patel caught Kevin Pietersen off his own bowling

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Tim Bresnan clobbered a huge six over midwicket, India v England, World Cup, Group B, Bangalore, February 27, 2011

Tim Bresnan clobbered a huge six over midwicket

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