ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 11th match, Group B

India v England

Match tied

As my former colleague Kanishkaaa would have screamed in office, "ON!" Tendulkar and Sehwag (Shewag?) are in. Sehwag takes guard.

2.25 pm: Circe Magnifica: "Does anyone know why Ian Bell is called "The Sledgehammer of Eternal Justice"? I can find many instances of him being referred to as TSEoJ especially by Zaltzman, but even by Guardian bloggers. Now even Professor Google seems to be unaware of how he acquired that moniker, So I turn my appeals to Professor Cricinfo and her army of walking cricket encyclopaedias. Pray help this knowledge thirsty soul."

Really? I haven't heard it yet. Will ask Andy Zaltzman when I bump into him next. Andy looks even more dangerous in flesh and blood. That hair. .. oh boy that hair .. Neanderthal in its nature.

2.23 pm: The national anthems are on folks.

2.17 pm Thanks Sahil. Hello there. Veera here. Just back from Koshys, a restaurant near the stadium. Buzzing. If you must know, I had Pork Vindaloo and a beer. You don't want the details? So sad. Any way we are all set here. Loverly day so far. Bright and sunny.

Shamshir: "@ Sahil... You are saying "On the face of it, England have no chance against the tournament's favourites." Ah bon... I thought even the minnows have got some chances in an ODI match...!" Ha! never mind Sahil. He is an Englishman. Second or third generation. He likes to "woof" and "reverse woof" his way.

2.10pm Cricinfo's Andy Zaltzman is tweeting from the ground and has this: "Atmosphere possibly electric. Hard to tell. Some soulless muppet has decided to blast low-grade 80s pop music over stadium PA for last hour." Anyway, while you chortle through that I'm going to hand over to Sriram Veera.

2.00pm The captains are out in the middle. Strauss calls heads, it lands tails and the stadium erupts! India have won the toss and will bat. Strauss admits he'd have liked to have batted and confirms Broad is out, replaced by Ajmal Shahzad. Michael Yardy. India, meanwhile have replaced Sreesanth with Chawla.

What do you make of those? You can play with our team selector to work out your best team.

Apparently there are a hoard of Indian fans who have travelled out from England, a quirk on the Barmy Army I suppose. They are being interviewed on Indian TV at the moment, much to their delight. With that Broad news you might want to get updating your Fantasy team, I know I need to.

Team news: Stuart Broad is out with illness: "Good luck lads, gutted im not there. Will be watching from the bed ive not left for 2 days.... Never felt worse." Goodness, that's a huge blow. He was England's best defence against the Sehwag typhoon. Rumours are that James Tredwell was being congratulated in the team huddle. Not sure if it was by the Indian batsmen.

1.45pm Afternoon all. On the face of it, this is just another group game. On the face of it, both sides will go through whatever happens. On the face of it, England have no chance against the tournament's favourites. But, spitting under the surface is a colonial history, Norman Tebbit, hundreds of fans and a lathi charge and cricket's old, unaccountable, belligerent superpower against its new. I'm Sahil Dutta and I'm very excited.

0.1

Anderson to Sehwag, FOUR, Dropped Oh dear! Ladies and gentleman, Graeme Swann has dropped Virender Sehwag. FIrst ball. It curved away from the off-stump line, Sehwag pushed away from the body, bat well stretched out and got a thick edge. Swann lunged to his right at second slip but the ball burst off the palms. Very tough chance. Collingwood might perhaps have taken it. Or Richie Richardson

0.2

Anderson to Sehwag, no run, gets forward, gets behind the line to defend

0.3

Anderson to Sehwag, 2 runs, Almost another catch! What is happening out there? Anderson on fire. This one straightens on the leg and middle stump line, Sehwag thought it was going to drift down and shaped to flick it to square-leg. Shock. The ball straightens, flies off the leading edge and balloons over extra cover where Ian Bell dives back but it cleared him

0.4

Anderson to Sehwag, no run, Sharp lifter! Sehwag arches back, drops his wrists, gets the bat down as he sways away from the line of trouble

0.5

Anderson to Sehwag, 1 wide, sprays this wide down the leg side. Crowd roar

0.5

Anderson to Sehwag, 1 run, Whoa! Hello Hello! Sehwag is flirting with danger here. Almost another catch. Again, the outswinger on the middle and leg line, again Sehwag thinks he can push it to the leg side. Mistake. The ball curves away, catches the leading edge and pops over a leaping Anderson. Phew. What a start

0.6

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, Tendulkar presents the full bat-face in defense here. The ball rolls back down the track.

End of over 1 (8 runs) India 8/0 (RR: 8.00)
SR Tendulkar    0* (1b)      JM Anderson    1-0-8-0
V Sehwag    7* (5b 1x4)     

1.1

Shahzad to Sehwag, FOUR, Crowd roar! A full delivery well outside off stump, Sehwag doesn't quite move across, just leans his upper body across and drives through extra cover.

1.2

Shahzad to Sehwag, no run, short in length, moves in towards off stump, Sehwag pushes it back to the bowler

1.3

Shahzad to Sehwag, no run, in the zone outside off stump, the bowler thinks he has hit the zone, Sehwag, as ever, sees it as a width and throws his arms at it. The ball whooshes past the off stump

1.4

Shahzad to Sehwag, FOUR, No violence this time. Pure timing, It was just outside off stump, back of length, Sehwag opened the bat-face and timed it through point.

Rishi: "Sehwag....living on the edge." Yeah, but the thing is none of the three iffy shots were attacking hits. The first was a waft, the second was a clip, and the third was a gentle push

1.5

Shahzad to Sehwag, no run, moves his front foot forward and across, gets behind the line of the good-length delivery around off and pushes it to cover

1.6

Shahzad to Sehwag, no run, Good delivery. It cut in towards the middle and leg line, cramped Sehwag, who tried to dab it to the on side but was struck high on the pad.

End of over 2 (8 runs) India 16/0 (RR: 8.00)
V Sehwag    15* (11b 3x4)      A Shahzad    1-0-8-0
SR Tendulkar    0* (1b)      JM Anderson    1-0-8-0

Jordan from OZ: "Ian Bell the "The Sledgehammer of Eternal Justice"?! More like the "Feather Duster of Eternal Justice"."

2.1

Anderson to Tendulkar, 2 runs, Crunchy! It was the short-of-length delivery just outside off, Tendulkar stood on his toes and punched it through extra cover. Like he has done all through his career.

2.2

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, gets forward, behind the line of the delivery coming in with the angle and defends to the off side

2.3

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, lovely delivery! It just about straightened outside off stump, Tendulkar almost stumbles out and pokes at it. The ball rushes past the edge. Anderson stares, Tendulkar taps the pitch

2.4

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, on the middle and off line, it looked to come in a bit but not as much as Tendulkar anticipated; he shaped to work it towards mid-on and the ball wobbled away to the off side

2.5

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, kicks up from short of length outside off, Tendulkar rides the bounce to push it to the off

2.6

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, stays at his crease, crouches a little, opens the bat-face and steers the ball out to point.

End of over 3 (2 runs) India 18/0 (RR: 6.00)
SR Tendulkar    2* (7b)      JM Anderson    2-0-10-0
V Sehwag    15* (11b 3x4)      A Shahzad    1-0-8-0

3.1

Shahzad to Sehwag, 1 run, flickity flick! It was a good-length delivery on the middle and leg and Sehwag flicks it up and over midwicket. A fielder at deep, placed for the short ball, cuts it off

3.2

Shahzad to Tendulkar, no run, short in length, moves in towards middle and off, Tendulkar stays back, works his wrists and sends the ball to right of short midwicket who makes a tumbling save to his right

short midwicket, short extra cover. No slip in .

3.3

Shahzad to Tendulkar, no run, gets forward, rolls his wrist to get over the top of this cutter and taps it to short midwicket

3.4

Shahzad to Tendulkar, no run, the bouncer arrives, on the leg stump line and Tendulkar ducks.

3.5

Shahzad to Tendulkar, 2 runs, Lands around off, kicks up towards the rib cage but Tendulkar side steps towards middle, and works the ball through backward square-leg region

3.6

Shahzad to Tendulkar, no run, slightly short in length outside off or so Tendulkar makes it appear as he gets back to punch it hard but straight to point

End of over 4 (3 runs) India 21/0 (RR: 5.25)
SR Tendulkar    4* (12b)      A Shahzad    2-0-11-0
V Sehwag    16* (12b 3x4)      JM Anderson    2-0-10-0

Ahmed is watching very closely. "Ajmal Shehzad walks back to his mark as if walking on a ramp." Hmmm

4.1

Anderson to Sehwag, 1 run, shortish delivery outside off, steered up and over, down to third man.. no slips in

Two men close on the off side. Short cover point and short extra cover. The ball is stopping a touch on this track

4.2

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, stifled appeal for lbw as the bowler and keeper realize there was some inside edge on it. It was very full, Tendulkar was back, perhaps in anticipation of something shorter. He wafts at it and gets a thick inside edge

4.3

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, Curvaceous! Lovely stuff from Jimmy today. It landed on a good length just outside off and straightened. Tendulkar is beaten, pushing inside the line. No slip.

Two short covers in. Not much of a gap between them

4.4

Anderson to Tendulkar, 1 run, Almost caught at short midwicket! Tendulkar whipped a full delivery but it fell short of a diving short midwicket. Anderson holds his head.

4.5

Anderson to Sehwag, FOUR, Carved! It was a short of length just outside off, I repeat just outside off but Sehwag stayed comp[completely beside the line and carved it past backward point. Great skills.

4.6

Anderson to Sehwag, 1 run, again, he opens the bat-face, stays adjacent to the line and steers this one to third man

End of over 5 (7 runs) India 28/0 (RR: 5.60)
V Sehwag    22* (15b 4x4)      JM Anderson    3-0-17-0
SR Tendulkar    5* (15b)      A Shahzad    2-0-11-0

5.1

Shahzad to Sehwag, 1 run, Full delivery on the middle and off, curving away a little, Sehwag fetches it from there and hits it uppishly to right of mid-on where Trott moves quickly to make a tumbling stop

5.2

Shahzad to Tendulkar, 2 runs, Now Kevin Peitersen goes tumbling down the ground. Tendulkar had whipped this full delivery on the pads to deep backward square-leg region where Kevin makes an excellent diving stop

5.3

Shahzad to Tendulkar, no run, full in length again, Tendulkar gets forward to defend it to the off

5.4

Shahzad to Tendulkar, no run, High bouncer outside off and Tendulkar was caught in two minds: Whether to sway away or play the upper cut. He first started to sway away, saw the ball was rising slowly, held his balance and tried to upper cut it over vacant slips but no wood on leather

5.5

Shahzad to Tendulkar, 2 runs, fullish delivery outside off, Tendulkar reaches across to slice it past backward point

5.6

Shahzad to Tendulkar, no run, full in length, moving in towards middle and off, like a typical Abdul Razzaq delivery, Tendulkar shapes to drive it straight but the ball rolls off the inner half of the bat to the on side

End of over 6 (5 runs) India 33/0 (RR: 5.50)
SR Tendulkar    9* (20b)      A Shahzad    3-0-16-0
V Sehwag    23* (16b 4x4)      JM Anderson    3-0-17-0

6.1

Anderson to Sehwag, FOUR, Whipped! It;s a short of length delivery on the middle, perhaps middle and leg, Sehwag stayed back and clipped it to deep square-leg region. Shehzad gets across in time but slips as his foot gets struck on the damp outfield and the ball rolls through his grasp.

6.2

Anderson to Sehwag, no run, pushes this to the off side

6.3

Anderson to Sehwag, 1 run, straying on the pads, flicked away to Shahzad for a single

6.4

Anderson to Tendulkar, 1 run, full in length around off, Tendulkar taps it towards mid-on and calls for a single. Sehwag responds this time. Mike Atherton remembers the Dhaka run out on air.

6.5

Anderson to Sehwag, FOUR, Flat-batted whack! The slow pitch played its part in shot selection. It rose from short of length outside off, slower, and Sehwag waited. And waited. He then decided to shelve the cut shot and go for a forehand cross court. He whacked it up and over mid-on

6.6

Anderson to Sehwag, 1 run, fuller and it has been flicked away for a single

End of over 7 (11 runs) India 44/0 (RR: 6.28)
V Sehwag    33* (21b 6x4)      JM Anderson    4-0-28-0
SR Tendulkar    10* (21b)      A Shahzad    3-0-16-0

7.1

Bresnan to Sehwag, no run, on a length around the off stump line, Sehwag gets forward and across to defend.

7.2

Bresnan to Sehwag, no run, And again. Very compact. The front foot moved forward and across, towards the line of the ball and the head was over the ball as he defended. WAtch out for the next ball!

7.3

Bresnan to Sehwag, 2 runs, Bresnan pushes this to the pads, not a great choice, clipped through front of square., Kevin moves across to his left in the deep to mop it up

7.4

Bresnan to Sehwag, no run, gets back and across, completely behind the line of the delivery this time and pushes it gently back down the track

7.5

Bresnan to Sehwag, OUT, Bresnan takes out Sehwag, with a little bit of help from Prior. It was a back of length delivery outside off, it came pretty slowly off the track, Sehwag thought ok then, I see some width, let me steer it through the vacant slips. Mistake. The ball wobbled off the face of the bat to right of Matt Prior who dived to take a good one-handed catch. Sehwag tucks the bat under his arm and walks off. The crowd... you know what they would have done, don't you...

V Sehwag c †Prior b Bresnan 35 (34m 26b 6x4 0x6) SR: 134.61

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.

End of over 8 (2 runs) India 46/1 (RR: 5.75)
G Gambhir    0* (1b)      TT Bresnan    1-0-2-1
SR Tendulkar    10* (21b)      JM Anderson    4-0-28-0

8.1

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, full in length around the off stump, Tendulkar gets forward and defends. The full bat face and all that jazz

8.2

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, just outside off stump, Tendulkar pushes it to short extra cover

8.3

Anderson to Tendulkar, FOUR, Whippy! Full and on the middle and leg and Tendulkar whipped it away through front of square.

SMGavaskar murmurs on air: "It's surprising that out of 46 hundreds, Tendulkar has got just one hundred against England"

8.4

Anderson to Tendulkar, FOUR, This is even more skillfully played. It was on the middle and there was a backward square-leg in place. Tendulkar played it late, got his wrists working overtime and glided the ball to the right of that fielder.

8.5

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, leans across to punch this to the off side

8.6

Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, in the zone outside off, Tendulkar gets forward and across, covers the off stump and shoulders arms. He then turns and watches the ball sail through to Prior

End of over 9 (8 runs) India 54/1 (RR: 6.00)
SR Tendulkar    18* (27b 2x4)      JM Anderson    5-0-36-0
G Gambhir    0* (1b)      TT Bresnan    1-0-2-1

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

9.4

Bresnan to Tendulkar, 1 run, kicks up outside off, from short of length, Tendulkar gets back, opens the bat-face and steers it to left of backward point. He took couple of steps down the track, stopped as he saw Gambhir looking doubtful about the single but they eventually get across in time

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

End of over 10 (4 runs) India 58/1 (RR: 5.80)
G Gambhir    3* (6b)      TT Bresnan    2-0-6-1
SR Tendulkar    19* (28b 2x4)      JM Anderson    5-0-36-0

Bowling Powerplay taken

10.1

Swann to Tendulkar, no run, leans well forward to defend to the on side

10.2

Swann to Tendulkar, no run, slower, lovely delivery, floated outside off, Tendulkar had to wait on the front foot and deflected it to short midwicket

10.3

Swann to Tendulkar, 1 run, And again. Tendulkar times his forward move to the slower pace and works this ball through to deep midwicket

Swann has a chat with his captain. Slip moves in

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

10.6

Swann to Tendulkar, no run, a tiny step forward, and then a bigger stretch forward and he tries to fetch this ball from outside off and work it to square-leg for a single. The ball turns past the waft and rolls off the pad

End of over 11 (2 runs) India 60/1 (RR: 5.45)
SR Tendulkar    20* (32b 2x4)      GP Swann    1-0-2-0
G Gambhir    4* (8b)      TT Bresnan    2-0-6-1

Vinoth Gnanasekaran: "Tendulkar has not tasted Swann's Delivery. I believe Tendulkar Vs Swann will be a good contest. Like Tendulkar Vs Murali, Tendulkar Vs Warne,...." Thank god, you used "delivery" there.

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 ...

11.5

Bresnan to Tendulkar, no run, banged in short of length, kicks up towards middle, defended back down the track. Tim is mixing things up nicely. At times, he hits the deck, at times he slows em up

11.6

Bresnan to Tendulkar, 1 run, outside off stump and Tendulkar plays the shot that the chairman of Indian selectors used to play a lot: Run down to third man

End of over 12 (6 runs) India 66/1 (RR: 5.50)
SR Tendulkar    21* (34b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    3-0-12-1
G Gambhir    9* (12b 1x4)      GP Swann    1-0-2-0

12.1

Swann to Tendulkar, 1 run, leans forward to ping long-on.

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

12.3

Swann to Tendulkar, 1 run, And another one down to long-on. After trying to work deliveries more square in the last over, it seems Tendulkar has decided to play Swann much straighter

12.4

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

mid-on drops back to long-on.

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

End of over 13 (11 runs) India 77/1 (RR: 5.92)
G Gambhir    18* (16b 3x4)      GP Swann    2-0-13-0
SR Tendulkar    23* (36b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    3-0-12-1

13.1

Bresnan to Tendulkar, no run, just outside off stump, tapped to point

13.2

Bresnan to Tendulkar, no run, short in length, just outside off, punched out to cover

13.3

Bresnan to Tendulkar, no run, gets forward to push to the off side

13.4

Bresnan to Tendulkar, no run, short in length outside off, cut away to backward point

Sajan Nair, my scoring manager, charges across to me and says "Duh! If there was a thin inside edge, how was it stumping? It was a catch" I am blaming that pork vindaloo

13.5

Bresnan to Tendulkar, no run, Another dot ball as Tendulkar pushes it to the off side. Fine tight over so far. What would the final ball be? A bouncer?

13.6

Bresnan to Tendulkar, no run, Nope, he continues with what worked for him through the over. a Good-length delivery on the off stump line, Tendulkar steers to backward point

End of over 14 (maiden) India 77/1 (RR: 5.50)
SR Tendulkar    23* (42b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    4-1-12-1
G Gambhir    18* (16b 3x4)      GP Swann    2-0-13-0

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

14.3

Swann to Tendulkar, 1 run, couple of short steps down the track and works this off break from outside off, with the turn, to square-leg

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

End of over 15 (7 runs) India 84/1 (RR: 5.60)
G Gambhir    23* (21b 4x4)      GP Swann    3-0-20-0
SR Tendulkar    24* (43b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    4-1-12-1

15.1

Bresnan to Tendulkar, 1 run, short in length, outside off, cut away through point

Faisal: "Is Kamran Akmal doing the commentary today? He doesn't know what a stumping is either." Ouch!

15.2

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

15.3

Bresnan to Tendulkar, 1 run, rocks back to punch this back-of-length delivery to sweeper cover

15.4

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

15.5

Bresnan to Tendulkar, no run, banged in short outside off, Tendulkar thinks about the upper cut but doesn't carry through that thought.

Keshto Patel: "Blame it more on BEER than pork vindaloo." Surely, you must be joking, Mr Feynman?! Beer was fine allright. It was that pig. I am turning vegetarian from today.

15.6

Bresnan to Tendulkar, 2 runs, Follows through with that thought this time. He reaches out to upper cut it over backward point

End of over 16 (6 runs) India 90/1 (RR: 5.62)
SR Tendulkar    28* (47b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    5-1-18-1
G Gambhir    25* (23b 4x4)      GP Swann    3-0-20-0

Captain has a word with Swann

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

16.4

Swann to Tendulkar, FOUR, Whackity whack! He rushed down the track and blasted this to the right of the bowler. Swann sort of held his right hand across to suggest he was going for the catch. That flew past him very quickly

16.5

Swann to Tendulkar, no run, gets forward to defend

16.6

Swann to Tendulkar, no run, turns in gently towards middle and off, Tendulkar backs away and tries a late cut but can't get power or placement.. the ball rolls to short third man

End of over 17 (6 runs) India 96/1 (RR: 5.64)
SR Tendulkar    32* (50b 3x4)      GP Swann    4-0-26-0
G Gambhir    26* (26b 4x4)      TT Bresnan    5-1-18-1

Thanks Sriram, India coasting this of late. When will England risk their second 'spinner', Yardy? I say spinner... Ah, well here is another of England's slow-bowlers, cutter-supreme Paul Collingwood.

Drinks break I am handing over the ball by ball to Sahil Dutta. Take it away sir

Swamy: "I see that after 15 overs of play, Tendulkar is on 24 with a strike rate of just about 55. In contrast both Sehwag and Gambhir have strike rates of over 100. No one seems to comment on this. Had it been Dravid at 1 down playing at this strike rate, I am sure there would be many asking for his head!"

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

Collingwood is waving his arms around franticly in preparation for his first ball to Tendulkar....

17.3

Collingwood to Tendulkar, no run, all of which means his plan of bowling straight continues, squeezed out to point

17.4

Collingwood to Tendulkar, SIX, the ball was straight, but the bat much straighter. Tendulkar with one, simple movement has lifted this over the bowler's head and straight into the advertising boards. First six of the match, made to look indecently easy

17.5

Collingwood to Tendulkar, no run, ooh, screams of "catch it, catch it!" as this was guided one-bounce to short third man

17.6

Collingwood to Tendulkar, 1 run, fullish and straightish again from Collingwood, rather than belting it down the ground Tendulkar milks a single to pinch the strike

End of over 18 (8 runs) India 104/1 (RR: 5.77)
SR Tendulkar    39* (54b 3x4 1x6)      PD Collingwood    1-0-8-0
G Gambhir    27* (28b 4x4)      GP Swann    4-0-26-0

Right then, here's Yardy.

18.1

Yardy to Tendulkar, 1 run, starts a touch slower than his normal darts, no spin of course and it's pushed to deep cover

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

18.3

Yardy to Tendulkar, no run, classic Yardy! Low-arm, slung in, no spin, nothing for Tendulkar to work with

18.4

Yardy to Tendulkar, 1 run, this time the line drifts a touch towards the pads and a flick of the wrists picks off a single

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

18.6

Yardy to Tendulkar, 1 run, Tendulkar this time on the walk, edging down and full-facing a middle-overs single to long-off. Decent start from Yardy, not sure Tendulkar would be overly worried though

End of over 19 (5 runs) India 109/1 (RR: 5.73)
SR Tendulkar    42* (58b 3x4 1x6)      MH Yardy    1-0-5-0
G Gambhir    29* (30b 4x4)      PD Collingwood    1-0-8-0

19.1

Collingwood to Tendulkar, no run, good start to the new over, slowish around off stump and pushed back to the bowler

19.2

Collingwood to Tendulkar, no run, "excellent work Collywobble," says Prior. It was as Collingwood dived to field off his own bowling

19.3

Collingwood to Tendulkar, no run, ah, good battle here. Tendulkar edged down, Collingwood fired it wide of off and the batsman had to reach to poke it to point

19.4

Collingwood to Tendulkar, 1 run, another offcutter and it's worked carefully into the midwicket region

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

End of over 20 (2 runs) India 111/1 (RR: 5.55)
G Gambhir    30* (32b 4x4)      PD Collingwood    2-0-10-0
SR Tendulkar    43* (62b 3x4 1x6)      MH Yardy    1-0-5-0

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

20.3

Yardy to Tendulkar, no run, touch of spin here! Actual spin! Tendulkar was as surprised as all of us and got a slight leading edge

20.4

Yardy to Tendulkar, 1 run, down the track comes Tendulkar, Yardy sees him coming and digs it shorter, pushed past cover. Tendulkar wanted two, but Gambhir didn't

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

End of over 21 (5 runs) India 116/1 (RR: 5.52)
G Gambhir    33* (36b 4x4)      MH Yardy    2-0-10-0
SR Tendulkar    44* (64b 3x4 1x6)      PD Collingwood    2-0-10-0

21.1

Collingwood to Tendulkar, 1 run, crowd erupts as Tendulkar edges down menacingly and smashes this, but straight to long-on

21.2

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

21.3

Collingwood to Tendulkar, SIX, Tendulkar likes the look of Collingwood and brings his fifty up in style! Down the track, clears his front leg and eases his big bat through the line, sending it a long way over the midwicket rope

21.4

Collingwood to Tendulkar, 1 run, boundary followed up with an opened-face glide to third man. His strike rate is only going one way now

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

21.6

Collingwood to Tendulkar, no run, ooh, poked towards short third man. Touch uppish and there was almost a mix-up with the running but after all that, no alarm. Apart from for the England players

End of over 22 (10 runs) India 126/1 (RR: 5.72)
SR Tendulkar    52* (68b 3x4 2x6)      PD Collingwood    3-0-20-0
G Gambhir    35* (38b 4x4)      MH Yardy    2-0-10-0

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

22.5

Yardy to Tendulkar, 1 run, Tendulkar eases down the track and pushes this to long-off to jog a single

22.6

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

End of over 23 (5 runs) India 131/1 (RR: 5.69)
G Gambhir    39* (43b 4x4)      MH Yardy    3-0-15-0
SR Tendulkar    53* (69b 3x4 2x6)      PD Collingwood    3-0-20-0

England need a wicket and Strauss has hauled Shahzad into the attack. Whispering a prayer for reverse-swing I think. Gambhir's looking good, pity I dropped him from my Fantasy League.

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

23.6

Shahzad to Tendulkar, no run, quiet over ends with Tendulkar picking out point with a cut shot

End of over 24 (2 runs) India 133/1 (RR: 5.54)
SR Tendulkar    53* (70b 3x4 2x6)      A Shahzad    4-0-18-0
G Gambhir    40* (48b 4x4)      MH Yardy    3-0-15-0

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

24.2

Yardy to Tendulkar, 2 runs, Tendulkar made his mind up to paddle a sweep very early, which means he goes down on one knee and back up again to play a shorter ball. Did it with ridiculous ease

24.3

Yardy to Tendulkar, 1 run, this time a far more straightforward single is worked to leg with a flick of the wrists

24.4

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

24.5

Yardy to Tendulkar, 1 run, Yardy is being milked here, Tendulkar, you feel, could play this anywhere. As it is, he turns it around the corner for one

24.6

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

Right, that's enough of me, here's Zimbabwe's finest, Liam Brickhill.

End of over 25 (7 runs) India 140/1 (RR: 5.60)
G Gambhir    43* (51b 4x4)      MH Yardy    4-0-22-0
SR Tendulkar    57* (73b 3x4 2x6)      A Shahzad    4-0-18-0

Thanks, Sahil. It's great to be here!

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

25.3

Shahzad to Tendulkar, 1 run, short and rising outside off, down to third man. Is he trying to reverse it?

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

25.5

Shahzad to Tendulkar, no run, Sachin makes this shot look regulation, but it'd be a cracker off the bat of any other batsman - on the up and drilled to cover point. Fielder's there to stop it though

25.6

Shahzad to Tendulkar, 1 run, deft touch! Length again, this time he waits until the very last instant and opens the face, sending it down to third man. Not quite fine enough to find the rope

End of over 26 (4 runs) India 144/1 (RR: 5.53)
SR Tendulkar    59* (76b 3x4 2x6)      A Shahzad    5-0-21-0
G Gambhir    44* (54b 4x4)      MH Yardy    4-0-22-0

"You can just sense the calm before the storm. Strap on your seatbelts," writes Karthik. Will Swann be the bowler to bear the brunt? Here he is, back into the attack. The field an even spread

26.1

Swann to Tendulkar, SIX, That. Is. Enormous. Karthik, you called it, Sachin goes after Swann's very first ball, over wide long-on with immense power

26.2

Swann to Tendulkar, SIX, and again! Slog sweep this time, but it's equally big, the ball landing deep in the crowd at midwicket. This stadium is absolutely heaving with noise now

26.3

Swann to Tendulkar, 1 run, it won't be three in three, but it's good batting all the same. After the violence, Sachin just tucks this round the corner for a quick single

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

Well, that was emphatic from Tendulkar! Who does Strauss turn to now?

End of over 27 (15 runs) India 159/1 (RR: 5.88)
G Gambhir    46* (57b 4x4)      GP Swann    5-0-41-0
SR Tendulkar    72* (79b 3x4 4x6)      A Shahzad    5-0-21-0

27.1

Shahzad to Tendulkar, no run, dug in pretty short, Tendulkar buckles his knees to get underneath it and briefly thinks about the upper-cut

Shahzad continues

27.2

Shahzad to Tendulkar, no run, back-of-a-length, Tendulkar is up on his toes and forcing into the covers

Steve has this: "Genius - can you ask Karthik for his stock market tips? Cheque book ready."

27.3

Shahzad to Tendulkar, FOUR, placement! Third man was very fine - perhaps moving there after Tendulkar's late cut in the last over - and as Shahzad digs another one in he's cut up and over gully and square of third man

27.4

Shahzad to Tendulkar, 2 runs, too straight, Tendulkar threads the gap at midwicket for a couple

27.5

Shahzad to Tendulkar, no run, slapped very hard indeed, but Collingwood is at backward point and tumbles to his right to cut it off

27.6

Shahzad to Tendulkar, no run, and past the edge to finish the over! Did this hit the seam, or was it the leg cutter? Either way, it's bounced a bit more than expected and also moved away from the bat. Nothing going for England though!

End of over 28 (6 runs) India 165/1 (RR: 5.89)
SR Tendulkar    78* (85b 4x4 4x6)      A Shahzad    6-0-27-0
G Gambhir    46* (57b 4x4)      GP Swann    5-0-41-0

"Screw the stock markets," writes Cameron, "I want to know Karthik's Fantasy picks!" And Swann's introduction is short-lived - he's replaced by Anderson

28.1

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

28.2

Anderson to Tendulkar, FOUR, sumptuous driving from Tendulkar, on the up and through the covers! Technically just about as perfect as you can get, and it even gets past KP's dive on the ropes

28.3

Anderson to Tendulkar, FOUR, and again, this time Anderson offers up a gift wide of off stump and is duly thrashed square of the wicket

28.4

Anderson to Tendulkar, 1 run, that's the length and the line he should be bowling, Anderson goes fuller and much straighter and this time it's just the one run

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

End of over 29 (14 runs) India 179/1 (RR: 6.17)
G Gambhir    51* (60b 5x4)      JM Anderson    6-0-50-0
SR Tendulkar    87* (88b 6x4 4x6)      A Shahzad    6-0-27-0

Ah, it's actually a change of ends for Swann as he's back again. And yes, yes people we all remember Swamy's comment. Can we move on? The feedback is a single subject at the moment ...

29.1

Swann to Tendulkar, no run, Swann comes round the wicket, and it's a low full toss but Tendulkar can't get it away as he whips to leg

29.2

Swann to Tendulkar, no run, flicked very fine towards fine leg this time, but the man at 45 scoots across very quickly to cut it off

"Anderson in his last 7 matches in India: 51-0-352-0. economy rate 6.92"

29.3

Swann to Tendulkar, 1 run, full again, Swann sticking with the defensive round-the-wicket line and he's nudged down the ground for one

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

29.5

Swann to Yuvraj Singh, no run, good start to Yuvraj, held back again but the batsman is right behind it in defence

29.6

Swann to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, driven down the ground, Swann dives but it's in vain and Yuvraj is off the mark

End of over 30 (2 runs) India 181/2 (RR: 6.03)
Yuvraj Singh    1* (2b)      GP Swann    6-0-43-1
SR Tendulkar    88* (91b 6x4 4x6)      JM Anderson    6-0-50-0

30.1

Anderson to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, tucked off the legs and down to fine leg, the crowd awaken as it was hit pretty well but there's a fielder down there to cut it off

30.2

Anderson to Tendulkar, 1 run, Anderson pulls the length back but this wicket is slowing up considerably and Tendulkar's got plenty of time to run it down to third man. It helps that he's seeing it like a football

30.3

Anderson to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, again off the hip, and worked down on the leg side

30.4

Anderson to Tendulkar, 1 run, is there a pattern forming here? Back of a length, down to third man. Well, I suppose he's only giving away singles so that's something

30.5

Anderson to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, that has pinged out of the middle of the bat! Anderson was trying to mix things up, perhaps aiming for the yorker, but it's slipped out as a low full toss and Yuvraj brings the bat down quickly to send the ball racing to wide long-on

30.6

Anderson to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, chopped into the covers, and an easy single to end the over

"Yuvraj promoted against his favourite team to regain his touch?" asks Ganesh

End of over 31 (9 runs) India 190/2 (RR: 6.12)
Yuvraj Singh    8* (6b 1x4)      JM Anderson    7-0-59-0
SR Tendulkar    90* (93b 6x4 4x6)      GP Swann    6-0-43-1

31.1

Swann to Yuvraj Singh, no run, looped up on middle, played to mid-on

31.2

Swann to Yuvraj Singh, no run, good stuff from Swann, again good lines from him and Yuvraj is tucked up as the ball grips on the surface

31.3

Swann to Yuvraj Singh, no run, Yuvraj wants a single from somewhere, he drops this towards cover but there's a man prowling there

31.4

Swann to Yuvraj Singh, no run, appeal from Swann as ball strikes pad, but that didn't straighten nearly enough, slipping down leg. The appeal was short-lived

31.5

Swann to Yuvraj Singh, no run, flighted outside off, Yuvraj stretches forward into a drive but picks the man at extra cover once again

31.6

Swann to Yuvraj Singh, no run, flicked to short fine leg this time, and though there aren't that many men populating the inner ring - I can count three or maybe four - he can't find the gap just yet. A maiden

And that's drinks. They've earned it on this hot, steamy afternoon

End of over 32 (maiden) India 190/2 (RR: 5.93)
Yuvraj Singh    8* (12b 1x4)      GP Swann    7-1-43-1
SR Tendulkar    90* (93b 6x4 4x6)      JM Anderson    7-0-59-0

Yardy back into the attack after the break

32.1

Yardy to Tendulkar, FOUR, speared in first ball, but that's angling down the leg side and Tendulkar just needs to lay bat on it to get in down to the fine leg boundary. He's 94 now, one hit away from a second ODI ton against England

32.2

Yardy to Tendulkar, 1 run, again Yardy is just a touch too straight, nudged into the gap square on the leg side for one

32.3

Yardy to Yuvraj Singh, no run, quick, slightly short of length but crunched straight back to the bowler

32.4

Yardy to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, gripping and spinning a touch into the pads, off the inner half of the bat and the ball rolls into the leg side. Tendulkar calls for one

32.5

Yardy to Tendulkar, no run, again held back by Yardy, a hint of turn and Tendulkar plays it with due caution

32.6

Yardy to Tendulkar, 1 run, slightly off line and Tendulkar pats him into the covers for one - he's got 96 now and he's also got the strike for the next over

End of over 33 (7 runs) India 197/2 (RR: 5.96)
SR Tendulkar    96* (97b 7x4 4x6)      MH Yardy    5-0-29-0
Yuvraj Singh    9* (14b 1x4)      GP Swann    7-1-43-1

33.1

Swann to Tendulkar, no run, Swann's round the wicket, quick and on the pads. Tendulkar can't get it away, and is struck on the pad. The appeal dies in Swann's throat as he realises its pitched outside leg

33.2

Swann to Tendulkar, 1 run, Tendulkar steps forward, working across the front pad for an easy single

33.3

Swann to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, on Yuvraj's pads this time, and it's clipped to leg

The crowd noise picks up every time Tendulkar's on strike

33.4

Swann to Tendulkar, no run, looking for the dab down to third man, but the fielder is round in a flash to cut it off

33.5

Swann to Tendulkar, no run, fuller, pushed back to the bowler

33.6

Swann to Tendulkar, 1 run, again the single comes from the last ball of the over, landing on a leg stump line and the ball is nudged through midwicket

End of over 34 (3 runs) India 200/2 (RR: 5.88)
SR Tendulkar    98* (102b 7x4 4x6)      GP Swann    8-1-46-1
Yuvraj Singh    10* (15b 1x4)      MH Yardy    5-0-29-0

34 overs gone, and the mandatory ball change brings a change in the attack: Bresnan's back. The crowd chant for Sachin's hundred

34.1

Bresnan to Tendulkar, FOUR, there it is! On the hips, the Little Master gets across and whips it down to the fine leg boundary. The crowd cheer as one! That's his fifth World Cup hundred, his second against England. What a knock it's been, superbly paced

34.2

Bresnan to Tendulkar, no run, chopped slightly awkwardly into the off side, there's no run there

Another record for Tendulkar, no-one has more World Cup hundreds

34.3

Bresnan to Tendulkar, 1 run, pushed into the off side, this time he finds the gap and that's a single

34.4

Bresnan to Yuvraj Singh, no run, dug in very short, Yuvraj ducks well underneath it and immediately looks to the square leg umpire, but that's not a wide

34.5

Bresnan to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, the half pull/half flick off the pads down to fine leg

34.6

Bresnan to Tendulkar, no run, fuller, pushed into the leg side but the man runs round to mid-on to stop the single

End of over 35 (6 runs) India 206/2 (RR: 5.88)
SR Tendulkar    103* (106b 8x4 4x6)      TT Bresnan    6-1-24-1
Yuvraj Singh    11* (17b 1x4)      GP Swann    8-1-46-1

35.1

Swann to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, low full-toss, Yuvraj plays the wristiest of whips to pick the ball up and over a leaping Collingwood at midwicket. Four runs, and will that be the shot to open his innings up?

35.2

Swann to Yuvraj Singh, no run, better from Swann, actually hitting the pitch this time and Yuvraj can't get it away

35.3

Swann to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, full again, Yuvraj lunges well down the wicket and drives down to long-off

35.4

Swann to Tendulkar, SIX, Tendulkar's fifth six! He clears the left leg and murders this over long-on. Flat and hard!

A stat, courtesy of S Rajesh: "Tendulkar's 5th World Cup hundred, which is the most by any batsman. Ganguly, Ponting and Mark Waugh have 4 each."

35.5

Swann to Tendulkar, 1 run, again he looks for the big shot, coming down the wicket. The ball comes off the toe end though, looping over Swann and down to long-off

35.6

Swann to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, this one rushes on with the arm, taking the inside edge of the bat. Hands on heads for both keeper and bowler

End of over 36 (13 runs) India 219/2 (RR: 6.08)
Yuvraj Singh    17* (21b 2x4)      GP Swann    9-1-59-1
SR Tendulkar    110* (108b 8x4 5x6)      TT Bresnan    6-1-24-1

This is interesting, the Batting Powerplay is taken. Right time to take it if you ask me, both batsmen set and looking to play their shots now. Bresnan continues - and will England miss Broad? He's usually their go-to man in the powerplays

36.1

Bresnan to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, crack! Short from Bresnan, Yuvraj rocks back and thrashes a pull to square leg. That's just the start India wanted

36.2

Bresnan to Yuvraj Singh, no run, short again, and spicy! This is much better directed than the last, Yuvraj whips his head out of the way at the very last moment and looks a little rattled too. One for the over, says the umpire

36.3

Bresnan to Yuvraj Singh, 1 leg bye, slower ball, fuller too. Yuvraj sets himself to have an enormous swipe, but perhaps just tries to over-hit it. Off the pad and a leg-bye taken

36.4

Bresnan to Tendulkar, no run, length on off stump, Tendulkar leans forward and drives to cover

Men out on the leg side, close ring on the off. Fine leg is up though

36.5

Bresnan to Tendulkar, FOUR, wrong line, and that's four! Back of a length and Tendulkar swivels into a powerful pull, getting the ball past the man at short fine. Square leg had no chance either, well struck

Square leg comes up, mid-off goes back

36.6

Bresnan to Tendulkar, 1 run, Bresnan aims this one very full, but he can't stop the single as it's tapped out into the leg side. At least it's only a single!

End of over 37 (10 runs) India 229/2 (RR: 6.18)
SR Tendulkar    115* (111b 9x4 5x6)      TT Bresnan    7-1-33-1
Yuvraj Singh    21* (24b 3x4)      GP Swann    9-1-59-1

Yardy from the other end

37.1

Yardy to Tendulkar, 1 run, hurled down very quick from round the wicket, practically medium pace. Nudged towards third man for a quick single

37.2

Yardy to Yuvraj Singh, no run, fast again, and aimed right at the off stump. Yuvraj makes a bit of room and chops down on the ball, but can't beat backward point

37.3

Yardy to Yuvraj Singh, no run, this time he aims to leg, but straight to midwicket. Along the ground

37.4

Yardy to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, fuller, straighter. Yuvraj leans forward and works round the front pad through square leg, this time he does get the one

37.5

Yardy to Tendulkar, 1 leg bye, Tendulkar looks for the lofted paddle over the man at short fine leg, but a quick ball zips past the bat, hitting the pad. Definitely going down leg, not even the hint of an appeal, leg bye taken

37.6

Yardy to Yuvraj Singh, no run, this has been a great Powerplay over from Yardy, again he's speared it in and this time he gets the ball to hold its line outside off, beating the outside edge of Yuvraj's bat

End of over 38 (3 runs) India 232/2 (RR: 6.10)
Yuvraj Singh    22* (28b 3x4)      MH Yardy    6-0-31-0
SR Tendulkar    116* (113b 9x4 5x6)      TT Bresnan    7-1-33-1

Another change for England, Anderson comes back. He's bowled seven overs for 59 today. "He took some almighty pongo from Netherlands, and I reckon he's in for some here too," says Atherton. Third man and fine leg are up.

38.1

Anderson to Tendulkar, FOUR, four runs! Anderson goes full and straight but Sachin steps across to off and whips it with great purpose past the man at short fine leg. How do you stop that? It was the right ball for the field

Long off comes up, square leg goes back

38.2

Anderson to Tendulkar, OUT, Tendulkar falls! He was looking to the leg side once again, but went a touch too early at the ball and a leading edge loops gently to cover. Anderson strikes, no doubt with great relief! What an innings that was for Tendulkar, he's set his team up for a massive total

SR Tendulkar c Yardy b Anderson 120 (170m 115b 10x4 5x6) SR: 104.34

A new batsman comes to the crease, and a new commentator comes in too - here's Sahil Dutta

38.3

Anderson to Yuvraj Singh, no run, ooh, almost a double for Anderson! Yuvraj tries to turn into the leg side, leading edge loops agonisingly short of Anderson

38.4

Anderson to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, banged in short again, doesn't look all that comfortable but still manages to whip a pull shot to fine leg

Dhoni is the new man, won't be hanging around with the guns still in the dressing room.

38.5

Anderson to Dhoni, 1 run, banged in short again from Anderson, doesn't dare go full. Dhoni drags a single to deep square

38.6

Anderson to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, ah, the length wasn't wrong but if you ball short, don't bowl down the leg side, Yuvraj just needed to help it on its way and it raced to the ropes

End of over 39 (10 runs) India 242/3 (RR: 6.20)
Yuvraj Singh    27* (31b 4x4)      JM Anderson    8-0-69-1
MS Dhoni    1* (1b)      MH Yardy    6-0-31-0

39.1

Yardy to Dhoni, FOUR, Yardy is spearing it in, but too short and sits up asking for trouble. Dhoni flashes his hands through it and it's raced to point boundary

39.2

Yardy to Dhoni, no run, ooh, much, much quicker and the angle was perfect, heading to leg stump. Dhoni got into a tangle and missed it

39.3

Yardy to Dhoni, no run, little bit short again and Yardy is lucky to get away with this as Dhoni bangs it to point fielder

39.4

Yardy to Dhoni, no run, again Dhoni has picked out the infielder. Small mercy for England

39.5

Yardy to Dhoni, 1 run, very quick again from the bowler, no room to work with either and Dhoni just about manages to push down the ground

39.6

Yardy to Yuvraj Singh, no run, but for one delivery that was an excellent Yardy over. Takes serious courage to bowl spin to these batsmen in the Powerplay and he's done it well so far

End of over 40 (5 runs) India 247/3 (RR: 6.17)
Yuvraj Singh    27* (32b 4x4)      MH Yardy    7-0-36-0
MS Dhoni    6* (6b 1x4)      JM Anderson    8-0-69-1

Bresnan replaces Anderson, he's been England's best but only three overs left for him.

40.1

Bresnan to Dhoni, 1 run, shoved in short as usual, good delivery because the line is right and Dhoni bobbles a single off a flurry of bat and arm

40.2

Bresnan to Yuvraj Singh, no run, slower bouncer, it was very slow indeed and Yuvraj almost ducked into it. Loped over him very gently

40.3

Bresnan to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, another slow bouncer and Yuvraj could have played three shots before it reached him, as it was he was through a pull too early and top-edged down to fine leg

40.4

Bresnan to Dhoni, 1 run, no pace on the ball and Dhoni is flashing his arms at it to try and generate some, only earns a single though

40.5

Bresnan to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, England sitting back and content to allow singles, which you can hardly blame them for after all the carnage we've seen

40.6

Bresnan to Dhoni, no run, short again, slower again, and it's worked well again. Dhoni desperately trying to hold back on his pull shot before mistiming to mid-on

Good Powerplay for England there, just 32 from it.

End of over 41 (4 runs) India 251/3 (RR: 6.12)
MS Dhoni    8* (9b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    8-1-37-1
Yuvraj Singh    29* (35b 4x4)      MH Yardy    7-0-36-0

41.1

Yardy to Yuvraj Singh, 1 wide, cripes, this is very wide, arrowed down leg and Prior makes a tough take look routine

41.1

Yardy to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, again Yardy has abandoned spin and flight for flat darts, working well too as Yuvraj dinks a single to midwicket

Good mini period for England here but eight overs and a bit is plenty time for India.

41.2

Yardy to Dhoni, 1 run, again Yardy hurls it down very straight and Dhoni can only pick off a single around the corner

41.3

Yardy to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, Yuvraj stands tall to bunt this low-arm sling to long-on

41.4

Yardy to Dhoni, 1 run, bottom-handed whip from Dhoni, just for a single though. No air on the ball, plenty of pace though

The lights are beginning to take effect now. England desperately hoping dew will be a factor later. They'll need all the help they can get.

41.5

Yardy to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, excellent running from Dhoni earns two, Yuvraj pushing wide of long-on and his partner urging him to wheeze a second

41.6

Yardy to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, ah, slight misfield from Swann at short third man ruins a good over. Yuvraj using the pace on the ball to glide it off the bat, beats Swann and it skims along to the boundary

End of over 42 (11 runs) India 262/3 (RR: 6.23)
Yuvraj Singh    37* (39b 5x4)      MH Yardy    8-0-47-0
MS Dhoni    10* (11b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    8-1-37-1

Shahzad into the attack while Dhoni changes his bat for a bigger one, no doubt.

42.1

Shahzad to Dhoni, 1 run, good start from Shahzad, back of a length. Dhoni, with his new bat seems to force with the bottom hand through cover, which only he could do really

Fine leg back, midwicket back, square leg back. Short anyone?

42.2

Shahzad to Yuvraj Singh, 1 wide, goodness, this was less short than it was very, very wide down the leg side. Lucky Yuvraj missed it really

42.2

Shahzad to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, we all know it's going to be short and Yuvraj certainly does too. He sits back waiting for it and a waist-high bouncer was never going to end prettily for the bowler. Thwacked straight of the square leg for four

42.3

Shahzad to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, shortish again but this time it's pushed to cover

42.4

Shahzad to Dhoni, FOUR, short to Dhoni this time, he was waiting for it too and after mistiming a couple he's nailed this. Almost hacking himself off his feet as he swung this to the rope

42.5

Shahzad to Dhoni, FOUR, England bleeding again. Too short, too wide and Dhoni smashes his arms and wrists through the line, pinging it to the cover boundary

42.6

Shahzad to Dhoni, no run, light relief for England as Dhoni pushes down the ground for an easy single that Yuvraj, for no good reason, rejects

End of over 43 (15 runs) India 277/3 (RR: 6.44)
MS Dhoni    19* (15b 3x4)      A Shahzad    7-0-42-0
Yuvraj Singh    42* (41b 6x4)      MH Yardy    8-0-47-0

43.1

Yardy to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, Yardy's low-slung darts continue to do a decent job, Yuvraj whipping a single around the corner

43.2

Yardy to Dhoni, no run, "yes Mickey!" shouts a relieved Prior as Dhoni mistimes it back to the bowler

43.3

Yardy to Dhoni, no run, again there is no room, no air and no spin, Dhoni tries to force it past the bowler but can't beat him

43.4

Yardy to Dhoni, 1 run, cut away, but only for a single. What a good job Yardy is doing here

43.5

Yardy to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, the crowd are getting louder as Yuvraj stands tall and punches a single down the ground

43.6

Yardy to Dhoni, 1 run, excellent over ends with Dhoni collecting a single down the ground. Huge relief for Strauss to have some respite at one end

End of over 44 (4 runs) India 281/3 (RR: 6.38)
MS Dhoni    21* (19b 3x4)      MH Yardy    9-0-51-0
Yuvraj Singh    44* (43b 6x4)      A Shahzad    7-0-42-0

Shahzad was predictable last over, the field was set for short bowling and short is all he bowled. Needs to mix things up a touch...

44.1

Shahzad to Dhoni, 1 run, much better, full and straight and singles are a relief for England as Dhoni squeezes this out to long-off

44.2

Shahzad to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, ah, don't bowl short, don't bowl full. Maybe just don't bowl at all. Yuvraj sees one in his range, leans back and smashes this half-volley to the midwicket boundary

44.3

Shahzad to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, shorter this time, slower too, and it works as Yuvraj misses out on a leg-side hoik

44.4

Shahzad to Dhoni, 1 run, that's better, no room for Dhoni to work with and he forces a drive to cover, who is hanging back on the ring, understandably

44.5

Shahzad to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, fifty for Yuvraj! Finding his touch now. Comes down the wicket a touch before flicking a full ball very delicately, beating short fine leg to collect his eighth boundary

Fine leg goes back, long off comes in, Strauss changing frantically.

44.6

Shahzad to Yuvraj Singh, no run, swing and a miss! Shortish and Yuvraj tried to pull into the leg side, didn't get near it. Prior was interested but nobody else was

End of over 45 (11 runs) India 292/3 (RR: 6.48)
Yuvraj Singh    53* (47b 8x4)      A Shahzad    8-0-53-0
MS Dhoni    23* (21b 3x4)      MH Yardy    9-0-51-0

45.1

Yardy to Dhoni, 1 run, ooh, look out Billy Bowden! Dhoni absolutely mullered this back down the pitch, Yardy shoved a hand out to get something on it and Billy dived out the way just in time

45.2

Yardy to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, tuned around the corner, just a single but these two look like they're ready to go

45.3

Yardy to Dhoni, SIX, wow, that has gone a long, long way. It's 12. Touch short and Dhoni rocked back to hack this into the stands at midwicket. Stadium heaving now, England tottering

45.4

Yardy to Dhoni, 1 run, again he thwacks hard against the line, just a single though

45.5

Yardy to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, ah now Yuvraj on the case. Down on one knee and sweeping majestically, pinging it to the midwicket rope

45.6

Yardy to Yuvraj Singh, OUT, and gone. Stadium goes quiet for a moment, just a moment. Short and Yuvraj just got it off the bottom of the bat out to deep midwicket where Bell held a simple catch. No great celebration from England, hardly surprising really. Good work from Yuvraj and crucially for India as the tournament goes on, he's found his form

Yuvraj Singh c Bell b Yardy 58 (76m 50b 9x4 0x6) SR: 116.00

End of over 46 (13 runs) India 305/4 (RR: 6.63)
     MH Yardy    10-0-64-1
MS Dhoni    31* (24b 3x4 1x6)      A Shahzad    8-0-53-0

This ought to cheer England up, just the small matter of Yusuf Pathan swaggering to the crease.

46.1

Bresnan to Dhoni, OUT, Dhoni falls now! Two in two for England. Shortish ball that Dhoni swung hard at but straight to Luke Wright at deep midwicket.

MS Dhoni c sub (LJ Wright) b Bresnan 31 (38m 25b 3x4 1x6) SR: 124.00

46.2

Bresnan to Pathan, 1 run, Yusuf away straight away, working a single into space

Kohli is the new batsman, by the way. They just keep coming.

46.3

Bresnan to Kohli, 1 run, stylish flick of the wrists sends this down to deep square

46.4

Bresnan to Pathan, FOUR, ooh, almost another for England. Short again, Pathan hacking in Wright's direction just like his captain did. This time though Wright didn't quite pick it up and dived in too late, reached him on the bounce and burst through to the ropes

46.5

Bresnan to Pathan, 1 run, horrible hack at this, never looked like timing it and didn't. Single down the ground will do though

46.6

Bresnan to Kohli, 2 runs, falls short again! This time Ian Bell running in from deep midwicket as Kohli slapped it out in his direction without all that much timing

End of over 47 (9 runs) India 314/5 (RR: 6.68)
V Kohli    3* (2b)      TT Bresnan    9-1-46-2
YK Pathan    6* (3b 1x4)      MH Yardy    10-0-64-1

James Anderson has been hauled into the firing line. Good luck!

47.1

Anderson to Pathan, 1 run, slower ball, well disguised and Pathan was half-way through his shot before the ball had arrived. In the end he adjusted well to drag it round to midwicket

47.2

Anderson to Kohli, 1 run, yorker, and it's a good one. Nowhere for Kohli to go but jab a single

47.3

Anderson to Pathan, no run, full slower ball this time, Pathan swung himself off his feet again but was through the shot too quickly

47.4

Anderson to Pathan, SIX, gets this one though! Pathan hanging back, and turns a yorker into a half-volley before smashing the life out of it, down the ground and over the rope

47.5

Anderson to Pathan, 1 run, just a single this time, much to Anderson's relief as the hack is mistimed

47.6

Anderson to Kohli, FOUR, oh dear, England already have too much to chase so this won't help. Swann as made a hash of a very simple stop at short fine leg and allowed it to run through for four. This is India's highest score in ODIs in Bangalore now

End of over 48 (13 runs) India 327/5 (RR: 6.81)
V Kohli    8* (4b 1x4)      JM Anderson    9-0-82-1
YK Pathan    14* (7b 1x4 1x6)      TT Bresnan    9-1-46-2

48.1

Bresnan to Pathan, OUT, Swann gets this one right, Pathan again swinging wildly but the slower ball meant he mistimed it and it looped out to mid-off

YK Pathan c Swann b Bresnan 14 (12m 8b 1x4 1x6) SR: 175.00

48.2

Bresnan to Kohli, OUT, and another! Bresnan getting good reward for being England's best bowler. Yorker length, Kohli gives himself room, too much room in fact and it thuds into the base of off stump. Here comes Zaheer

V Kohli b Bresnan 8 (12m 5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 160.00

Bresnan is on a hat-trick here, which would be some cheer.

48.3

Bresnan to Khan, 1 run, ooh, almost a team hat-trick as Collingwood misses a run out chance from point

48.4

Bresnan to Harbhajan Singh, OUT, Three in four for Bresnan to give him his 5th wicket! Full, swinging in late and striking Harbhajan on the back boot right in front of the stumps. Harbhajan reviewed but it was still very out. That's also Bresnan's career-best ODI figures. England finishing well, just the first 46 overs that cost them

Harbhajan Singh lbw b Bresnan 0 (4m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Chawla can certainly hold a bat and he looks very confident as he busily walks to the middle. His first ODI at home, this.

48.5

Bresnan to Chawla, 1 run, gets a length ball first up that is pushed out to cover

48.6

Bresnan to Khan, no run, flash and miss outside off stump to finish an excellent spell from Bresnan. With carnage happening all around him, he's held his nerve, length and line and finished with 5 for 48. Mighty fine effort

End of over 49 (2 runs) India 329/8 (RR: 6.71)
Z Khan    1* (2b)      TT Bresnan    10-1-48-5
PP Chawla    1* (1b)      JM Anderson    9-0-82-1

Anderson has had a much less productive day, going for 82 from his nine overs so far. He has the duty of finishing off, so it could get much worse, Third man up in the ring...

49.1

Anderson to Chawla, 1 run, length ball around off stump, Chawla just about manages to drag it down to long-on

Third man and fine leg up in the circle. Don't bowl full. Or short. Or wide, actually.

49.2

Anderson to Khan, 2 runs, Anderson indeed doesn't, slower ball too and some smart running means Zaheer gets a couple. Also makes this the most expensive England figures in World Cup history

49.3

Anderson to Khan, 1 run, just a single this time bunted down the ground

49.4

Anderson to Chawla, 5 no balls, oh dear oh dear. This has gone all wrong. No ball, wide outside off. Reached Prior on the bounce, burst through and ran away for four.

49.4

Anderson to Chawla, OUT, free hit ends underwhelmingly as Chawla bunts straight back to Anderson, sets off for a run that would never happen and Anderson takes the bails off

PP Chawla run out 2 (5m 4b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

49.5

Anderson to Khan, OUT, India innings ends with a whimper, but there was plenty of bang for most of it. England ended up bowling India out as Zaheer tries to steal a second after pulling the ball to midwicket. And Munaf Patel has not placed the bat inside the crease during the first run. One short. And hence no runs this ball

Z Khan run out 4 (10m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

England need 339 to win Otherwise known as a miracle. Wonderful century for Tendulkar, constructed perfectly, punished England's two strike bowlers - Swann and Anderson - and left India in complete control. Andrew Miller will tell you all about it in his bulletin. England will need plenty from the top order, KP has to be the man you'd think. If you have to go anywhere, fear not, you can follow it all on our iPhone and Android app. We'll be back in about 20mins when Sriram will be on the comms.

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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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