ICC Cricket World Cup, 2010/11 / Commentary

ICC Cricket World Cup - 11th match, Group B

India v England

Match tied

Thanks Sahil. Veera here. Let's start with a few stats from our Stats Editor, S Rajesh: "A few stats from the Indian innings: It's the fourth-highest Indian score in World Cups, and the sixth time they've topped 300; it's the second-highest ODI score in Bangalore, after Australia's 347 for 2 against India in November 2003; the highest 2nd-innings score here is 321 for 5 by India v New Zealand in December last year."

KP and Andrew Strauss walk out. The captain to take strike.

0.1

Khan to Strauss, FOUR, Two slips in. Full delivery on the pads and Strauss starts off with a nice flick shot.

Rajesh again: "And a nugget on Anderson: he has conceded 90-plus runs twice in a month, after never having done it in his career before. This performance equals Anderson's most expensive bowling figures in ODIs - he had conceded 91 against Australia at the SCG on Feb 2. "

0.2

Khan to Strauss, no run, full again, looking for swing, there is none, Strauss on drives to mid-on

0.3

Khan to Strauss, no run, And so draws back the length to a good length and gets it to seam away a bit outside off, left alone

0.4

Khan to Strauss, no run, full in length, around the off stump line, driven to cover

0.5

Khan to Strauss, no run, ooh a gem: It landed on a good length around off and held its line. Strauss stabbed at thin air. Dhoni collects

0.6

Khan to Strauss, FOUR, Fine response from the English skipper. It was a back of a length delivery and there was some width on it, Strauss loves these square shots and he punches this one through point

End of over 1 (8 runs) England 8/0 (331 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 8.00, RRR: 6.75)
AJ Strauss    8* (6b 2x4)      Z Khan    1-0-8-0
KP Pietersen    0* (0b)     

Rakesh: "340 is not a miracle in modern day cricket. Of course sreesanth will be sorely missed, but England can go step by step. Target 65/0 in 10 overs. 130/1 in 20 overs, 180/3 in 30 overs. 260/5 in 40 overs. 60 balls 80 runs 5 wickets in hand. Looks a very reasonable way to get your target."

1.1

Patel to Pietersen, no run, what a start from Munaf. a loud shout for a catch behind. Or was it for the lbw? It landed on a good length around off stump and cut away, a leg cutter, moved past the defensive poke and hit the back thigh, outside the off stump, and went to Dhoni.

1.2

Patel to Pietersen, FOUR, Same story as last over. A four after being beaten. KP leaned forward and clipped a length delivery off his pads to the backward square-leg boundary. nicely done

1.3

Patel to Pietersen, 1 wide, Munaf pushes this one as well outside leg. KP, already standing outside the crease, took a big stride forward and across

1.3

Patel to Pietersen, no run, Munaf returns to what he did in the first ball: He gets this to burst through from a good length in the zone outside off and KP is beaten, pushing inside the line

1.4

Patel to Pietersen, 1 run, gets forward to drive the full-length to the left of Munaf, who deflects it wide of mid-off

1.5

Patel to Strauss, FOUR, Lovely timing. Similar to the four he hit off Zaheer. He glided back and punched it sweetly through point.

1.6

Patel to Strauss, 1 run, full in length, just outside off, run down to third man

End of over 2 (11 runs) England 19/0 (320 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 9.50, RRR: 6.66)
AJ Strauss    13* (8b 3x4)      MM Patel    1-0-11-0
KP Pietersen    5* (4b 1x4)      Z Khan    1-0-8-0

2.1

Khan to Strauss, no run, in the channel outside off stump and it curved away, left alone

2.2

Khan to Strauss, no run, around the off stump line, Strauss tries to work it to the on side and mistimes it ..

2.3

Khan to Strauss, no run, A slower one, full in length just outside off and Strauss pushed at it and the ball ran off the edge but fell well short of Sehwag, the lone slip fielder

2.4

Khan to Strauss, 2 runs, shorter in length, on the middle and that length allows Strauss to whip it through midwicket

2.5

Khan to Strauss, 2 runs, on the pads, clipped to backward square-leg where Piyush makes a diving half-stop. the ball rolls away from him and by the time he recovers, they come back for the second

2.6

Khan to Strauss, no run, rushes down the track for the big drive through off but Zaheer dragged back the length and got it to move past the bat. Dhoni collects. Tv comms reckon there was a noise and an edge there. Dhoni thought about appealing but wasn't sure. No snicko or hot spot of course

End of over 3 (4 runs) England 23/0 (316 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 7.66, RRR: 6.72)
AJ Strauss    17* (14b 3x4)      Z Khan    2-0-12-0
KP Pietersen    5* (4b 1x4)      MM Patel    1-0-11-0

3.1

Patel to Pietersen, 1 run, moves in to roll off the pad

Last ball of the previous over Tv comms reckon there was a noise and an edge when Strauss went down the track at Zaheer. Dhoni thought about appealing but wasn't sure. No snicko or hot spot of course

3.2

Patel to Strauss, no run

3.3

Patel to Strauss, no run, tries to go down the track again but edges the intended big hit to the leg side

3.4

Patel to Strauss, no run, around the off stump line, dabbed to backward point

3.5

Patel to Strauss, no run, He was batting so well with the conventional methods. Suddenly he is trying to rush down the track and slog and its not working. He again moved down the pitch and tried to heave to the leg side but edges it to his body

3.6

Patel to Strauss, 1 run, around the off stump, from a good length, pushed out to mid-off

End of over 4 (2 runs) England 25/0 (314 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 6.25, RRR: 6.82)
AJ Strauss    18* (19b 3x4)      MM Patel    2-0-13-0
KP Pietersen    6* (5b 1x4)      Z Khan    2-0-12-0

Krishna Prabhu: "as of this 300+ score, now India equals with Australia with 61 times [S Rajesh says it's 62 times apiece for Aus and Ind] 300+ totals by a team in ODIs. Follows by Pakistan 53 times South Africa 43 times and Srilanka 36 times and the England 26 times and West Indies 24 times. "

4.1

Khan to Strauss, 1 run, Yet another big hit attempted but mistimes the pull shot and ends up dragging it to square-leg

4.2

Khan to Pietersen, no run, around the off stump line, defended back to Zaheer. Another one on the good length

Nish: "@ Rakesh: And whoz going to take England from 180/3 to 260/5 in 10 overs?? Boycott's mum??"

4.3

Khan to Pietersen, 1 run, gets forward to push the good-length delivery past the bowler for a single

4.4

Khan to Strauss, 1 run, shorter in length, around the off stump, mistimes yet another pull but will get a single through to Tendulkar at deep midwicket

4.5

Khan to Pietersen, no run, just outside off stump, was it slightly slow? perhaps it kept a touch lower than what KP thought... and he ended up edging and jabbing it to the off

4.6

Khan to Pietersen, no run, kicks up from a good length and angles away from KP who goes hard at it, trying to pierce the off-side field but gets no wood on leather.

End of over 5 (3 runs) England 28/0 (311 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 5.60, RRR: 6.91)
KP Pietersen    7* (9b 1x4)      Z Khan    3-0-15-0
AJ Strauss    20* (21b 3x4)      MM Patel    2-0-13-0

Some debate between Billy and DHoni on where Zaheer Khan, one of the two catchers, should stand. He is at short fine-leg. Billy wants him to move up, Dhoni wonders why. Both have a chat and Zaheer moves one step forward! Brillarious!

5.1

Patel to Strauss, no run, tries to walk down the track but Munaf hits the back of length and keeps it around off, and strauss defends

5.2

Patel to Strauss, 2 runs, drops this fractionally shorter than normal and Strauss, a good puller, drags it to deep midwicket fielder

5.3

Patel to Strauss, no run, full in length, on the middle line, deflected to midwicket

5.4

Patel to Strauss, FOUR, Harbhajan misses a catch Strauss tried to heave this and went aerial to the left of mid-on where Harbhajan moved and for some reason went with one hand. It wasn't too far away from him and he went pretty awkward at it. He then suggests he should have gone with both hands

5.5

Patel to Strauss, 1 run, gets forward to work this around for a single

5.6

Patel to Pietersen, 1 run, moves well forward, pushes this towards mid-on and calls for a quick single. There is a direct hit - an under-arm flick but KP was home

End of over 6 (8 runs) England 36/0 (303 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 6.88)
KP Pietersen    8* (10b 1x4)      MM Patel    3-0-21-0
AJ Strauss    27* (26b 4x4)      Z Khan    3-0-15-0

6.1

Khan to Pietersen, 1 run, pushes this towards Harbhajan at mid-off for a single. The ball rolled slowly off the bat and he had enough time to complete the single

6.2

Khan to Strauss, 1 run, good probing delivery, cutting in from around the off stump from a good length and the ball goes of the edge to the body. The ball rolls to the off and KP calls for a quick single

6.3

Khan to Pietersen, FOUR, Classy! It was a good-length delivery around off stump and KP took a step forward and punched it on the up and between Struass and the umpire. Neatly timed.

6.4

Khan to Pietersen, no run, and follows it up with a messy effort. He went down the track, got outside leg and went hard, too hard perhaps, at a back-of-length delivery and the ball rolls out to cover

6.5

Khan to Pietersen, FOUR, And returns to his imperious best again. Much fun. Full in length, around the off stump and KP drives it gloriously to the left of Zaheer.

long-off in place now

6.6

Khan to Pietersen, 1 wide, tries a slower one but slips down the leg side

6.6

Khan to Pietersen, 2 runs, another slower one, full and on the pads, Kevin Pietersen flicks it away to deep square-leg region. They are on the bike here.

End of over 7 (13 runs) England 49/0 (290 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 6.74)
KP Pietersen    19* (15b 3x4)      Z Khan    4-0-28-0
AJ Strauss    28* (27b 4x4)      MM Patel    3-0-21-0

7.1

Patel to Strauss, no run, a leg gully was in and the ball was on the pads but Strauss clips it straight to that fielder.He looks across at KP and smiles

7.2

Patel to Strauss, no run, gets back to cut this to Yuvraj at backward point. Yuvraj gets the crowd going with a shy at the non-strikers' end

7.3

Patel to Strauss, 1 run, pushes this to cover and there is confusion over the single. KP is late to respond but eventually scampers across . Kohli's throw misses the stumps and KP might have just got in time

7.4

Patel to Pietersen, 1 run, takes couple of steps down the track, the ball kicks up from short of length and KP takes the bottom-hand off the handle as he works the ball to midwicket

7.5

Patel to Strauss, no run, in the zone outside off stump, Strauss waits before punching it to right of backward point where Yuvraj stops

7.6

Patel to Strauss, no run, in the channel again, Full in length, Struass tries to run it down to third man and is beaten. Gambhir must have appreciated the effort

End of over 8 (2 runs) England 51/0 (288 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 6.37, RRR: 6.85)
AJ Strauss    29* (32b 4x4)      MM Patel    4-0-23-0
KP Pietersen    20* (16b 3x4)      Z Khan    4-0-28-0

8.1

Khan to Pietersen, FOUR, Whack! He walked couple of steps down the track, Zaheer bangs it in short around off and KP cuts up and over backward point

Chris: "@Nish, Pietersen if he's still there for starters."

8.2

Khan to Pietersen, no run, slower cutter, on the middle, pushes it back to the bowler

8.3

Khan to Pietersen, FOUR, England keep turning it on in style. He skipped down the track, moved towards off and unfurled a leg glance to a length delivery on the middle and off stump line, past short fine-leg .

8.4

Khan to Pietersen, 1 run, pushes this to Piyush at mid-on for a single

8.5

Khan to Strauss, 1 run, full in length just outside off, driven to right of mid-off for a single

8.6

Khan to Pietersen, 2 runs, slower cutter around off stump, Kevin picks this and eases it gently to left of long-off for couple of runs

Fab start from the opening pair.

End of over 9 (12 runs) England 63/0 (276 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 7.00, RRR: 6.73)
KP Pietersen    31* (21b 5x4)      Z Khan    5-0-40-0
AJ Strauss    30* (33b 4x4)      MM Patel    4-0-23-0

9.1

Patel to Strauss, 4 leg byes, it landed short of length around leg and middle and moved past the prod to hit the back thigh and it rolled away through the vacant slips to the third man boundary

9.2

Patel to Strauss, 1 run, taps this past backward point for a single

9.3

Patel to Pietersen, OUT, Hello Hello! This is a Youtube moment from Munaf. KP had smashed a full delivery back to Munaf, who put his hands out, to catch and more to save his face i reckon, even as he slipped to the ground. The ball popped up of his palm and gravity took it right back to Munaf, now sitting on the ground, who puts his left hand up and pouches it very calmly. KP can't believe it. The crowd love it. And for some reason, Munaf even throws in an appeal!

KP Pietersen c & b Patel 31 (45m 22b 5x4 0x6) SR: 140.90

9.4

Patel to Trott, 3 runs, good crispy extra cover drive from Trott who leaned into this full delivery

9.5

Patel to Strauss, 2 runs, full delivery on the pads, flicked away for couple of runs

9.6

Patel to Strauss, FOUR, drags this short and on the pads, Strauss pulls it past the leg gully fielder. Munaf mutters and cusses as he walks away

End of over 10 (14 runs) England 77/1 (262 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 7.70, RRR: 6.55)
AJ Strauss    37* (37b 5x4)      MM Patel    5-0-33-1
IJL Trott    3* (1b)      Z Khan    5-0-40-0

Bowling Powerplay taken Piyush to bowl

10.1

Chawla to Trott, 1 run, gets back to flick this past square-leg

Adrian: "@chris...shall we credit u with Pietersens wicket?"

Chris: "@Pietersen, sorry for jinxing u buddy..."

10.2

Chawla to Strauss, 1 run, presses back to clip it to square-leg

10.3

Chawla to Trott, 1 run, leg break from the middle stump line, whipped to deep midwicket fielder

10.4

Chawla to Strauss, 1 run, almost a long hop but Strauss drags it to deep square-leg fielder. Strauss gently bangs his helmet with his bat!

10.5

Chawla to Trott, 1 run, fuller and turning away from the off and middle line, pushed out to extra cover

10.6

Chawla to Strauss, 1 run, Another long hop and again, Strauss fails to make full use of it. He pulls it to Yuvraj at deep midwicket

Ahmed: "Andrew Strauss 4000 ODI runs, 4th fastest English batsman." Just one short of it now

End of over 11 (6 runs) England 83/1 (256 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 7.54, RRR: 6.56)
AJ Strauss    40* (40b 5x4)      PP Chawla    1-0-6-0
IJL Trott    6* (4b)      MM Patel    5-0-33-1

Harbhajan to bowl

11.1

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, a slip in place and he is bowling from round the stumps. Strauss lets this one turn away to Dhoni

11.2

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, flighted just outside off, cut to point

11.3

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, 1 run, picks it from middle stump and sweeps to Gambhir at long-leg for a single. 4000 ODI runs for Andrew S. It;s flashed at big screen and the crowd give him a pretty generous applause

11.4

Harbhajan Singh to Trott, 1 run, slip and leg slip in place and Trott eases this flighted delivery to long-on

11.5

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, quicker one, skidding towards off and middle, full in length but Strauss was on the back foot and got his bat down in a hurry to push it to cover

11.6

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, 1 run, unfurls another sweep to retain the strike

End of over 12 (3 runs) England 86/1 (253 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 7.16, RRR: 6.65)
AJ Strauss    42* (45b 5x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-3-0
IJL Trott    7* (5b)      PP Chawla    1-0-6-0

12.1

Chawla to Strauss, 1 run, flighted full on a length on the middle, turned wide of short fine-leg for a single

12.2

Chawla to Trott, no run, around the off stump, holds its line, Trott leans forward to defend

12.3

Chawla to Trott, no run, fuller, on the middle and off, slider, Trott is late to pick it up but eventually moves across in time to push it to the off

12.4

Chawla to Trott, 1 run, teases him with a delivery on a good length outside off, Trott eases it to long-off

12.5

Chawla to Strauss, FOUR, The googly arrives: Strauss goes down the track and is beaten by the googly,. he tries to whip it to the on side and edges it past the slip fielder. It runs down to third man boundary.

12.6

Chawla to Strauss, 1 run, gets forward to push this to right of mid-off for a single

End of over 13 (7 runs) England 93/1 (246 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 7.15, RRR: 6.64)
AJ Strauss    48* (48b 6x4)      PP Chawla    2-0-13-0
IJL Trott    8* (8b)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-3-0

13.1

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, 1 run, from round the stumps, one slip in , turns away from the off stump, Strauss guides it to right of backward point

13.2

Harbhajan Singh to Trott, no run, tossed up outside off, tapped to point

13.3

Harbhajan Singh to Trott, FOUR, Neat! He fetched the full delivery from outside off and dragged it intentionally well to the right of long-on.

13.4

Harbhajan Singh to Trott, 1 run, full and around off, eased to long-on this time

13.5

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, 1 run, flighted just outside off stump, STrauss pushes it to cover for a single. fifty up for him His team-mates and the crowd applaud. Good knock so far. He went too hard couple of times, tried to slog, but settled down quickly.

13.6

Harbhajan Singh to Trott, 1 run, works this past square-leg for a single

End of over 14 (8 runs) England 101/1 (238 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 7.21, RRR: 6.61)
IJL Trott    14* (12b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-11-0
AJ Strauss    50* (50b 6x4)      PP Chawla    2-0-13-0

Nick: "Meanwhile, Trott needs 72 runs to reach 1000! It will happen now. Beware!"

14.1

Chawla to Trott, 1 run, flighted around off stump line and Trott off drives it to long-off

14.2

Chawla to Strauss, no run, on the pads, rolls away to leg slip

14.3

Chawla to Strauss, FOUR, Tendulkar makes a mess at fine-leg. It was swept to left of him, he had reached well in time but went down so slowly with his left hand and just didn't stop it at all. Poor effort says Atherton, "must be tired after his batting effort," says Sunny! Ooh la la!

14.4

Chawla to Strauss, no run, what a ripper of a googly. Andrew doesn't pick it up. It breaks away past his poke, hits the back pad and DHoni takes it

14.5

Chawla to Strauss, 1 run, works this away for a single

14.6

Chawla to Trott, no run, leans across to defend

End of over 15 (6 runs) England 107/1 (232 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 7.13, RRR: 6.62)
IJL Trott    15* (14b 1x4)      PP Chawla    3-0-19-0
AJ Strauss    55* (54b 7x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-11-0

15.1

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, 1 run, flighted outside off stump, skids on almost straight with the arm, Strauss edges the off drive to square-leg

15.2

Harbhajan Singh to Trott, 1 run, works this off break through to deep midwicket

15.3

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, on the leg stump, turns in, Strauss tries to work it to square-leg, misses and is hit on the pad

15.4

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, 1 run, on the pads again, clipped to deep midwicket

15.5

Harbhajan Singh to Trott, no run, the top spinner outside off, Trott stayed back, perhaps picked it off the pitch (my guess from the way he stabbed at it) and pushed it back to the bowler

15.6

Harbhajan Singh to Trott, no run, turns in, worked to midwicket

End of over 16 (3 runs) England 110/1 (229 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 6.87, RRR: 6.73)
IJL Trott    16* (17b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-14-0
AJ Strauss    57* (57b 7x4)      PP Chawla    3-0-19-0

Drinks break. Over to Sahil for a while. Hi all, good hour that for England. Harbhajan will decide all though probably, and England don't look too sure about him.

16.1

Chawla to Strauss, no run, Chawla throws this up and Strauss leans it to midwicket

16.2

Chawla to Strauss, 1 run, more air again but this time Strauss comes down on a sweep, real executioner move and it speeds out to deep square

16.3

Chawla to Trott, no run, ooh, neither batsman picking Chawla here. This googly has Trott hurrying a bat down in a panic

16.4

Chawla to Trott, OUT, Chawla strikes! It was so plump Trott pretty much walked. Went back to play across the line, should have been forward, missed it and India have their second

IJL Trott lbw b Chawla 16 (30m 19b 1x4 0x6) SR: 84.21

Ian Bell is the new man...

16.5

Chawla to Bell, no run, ooh, googly again! Bell didn't read it and was struck on the pad. Spinning too much I guess

16.6

Chawla to Bell, no run, and here's the leggie! What a ripper, spinning past the outside edge. Dhoni screams the bails off. England in a pickle now. Did I say Harbhajan was the man?

End of over 17 (1 run) England 111/2 (228 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 6.52, RRR: 6.90)
IR Bell    0* (2b)      PP Chawla    4-0-20-1
AJ Strauss    58* (59b 7x4)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-14-0

17.1

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, Strauss deep into his crease and very careful in defence

17.2

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, 1 run, little bit short and a little bit wide, gives Strauss the room to unfurl his favourite cut shot

17.3

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, 1 run, Bell is away, pushing down the ground simply enough

17.4

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, FOUR, ah, how has that ended up at the extra cover rope? Looked like Strauss got a leading edge but it raced to the boundary

17.5

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, slightly flatter this time from the bowler, Strauss back on the cut, but there is no room for him

17.6

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, 1 run, quicker and flatter from Harbhajan, spearing it in and Strauss jabs down on it

End of over 18 (7 runs) England 118/2 (221 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 6.55, RRR: 6.90)
AJ Strauss    64* (64b 8x4)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-21-0
IR Bell    1* (3b)      PP Chawla    4-0-20-1

18.1

Chawla to Strauss, 1 run, another googly, too short though and Strauss was sitting back waiting for it, pulled hard but straight to the boundary rider on the leg side

18.2

Chawla to Bell, 1 run, very full face of the bat sends this down to long-off. Bell is a good player of spin

18.3

Chawla to Strauss, 1 run, this is very short indeed and Strauss needs to do more with it. Slugged hard off the back foot but straight to deep square

18.4

Chawla to Bell, 2 runs, very early Bell decided to pop down on one knee and dink this over his head. A swifter fielding side would have kept this to one

18.5

Chawla to Bell, 1 run, short again, as he has been all over really. Bell gets into a good position to pull but can't get any power on the stroke

18.6

Chawla to Strauss, FOUR, poor ball, short and well down the leg side, Strauss didn't have much to do but made sure he took full toll, lapping fine of the leg slip to collect four more

End of over 19 (10 runs) England 128/2 (211 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 6.73, RRR: 6.80)
AJ Strauss    70* (67b 9x4)      PP Chawla    5-0-30-1
IR Bell    5* (6b)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-21-0

19.1

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, 1 run, neatly played this, a simple milk. Bell stretching over to the off side and pushing with the spin down to long-on

19.2

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, ooh, too close for the shot! Strauss trying to cut but there is no room for it

19.3

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, 1 run, first up Strauss wants to sweep, then it's too short for it so stands up to cut, but the initial move meant the cut was bottom edged and it dribbled away

19.4

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, 1 run, this time the single is taken, with the aid of a misfield

19.5

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, Strauss is desperate to cut but the ball is just not there for it and he can't time it

19.6

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, 1 leg bye, Harbhajan was very interested! Long appeal. Nobody else was though, as Strauss missed an attempted sweep and was struck, outside off, on the back pad

End of over 20 (4 runs) England 132/2 (207 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 6.60, RRR: 6.90)
AJ Strauss    71* (71b 9x4)      Harbhajan Singh    5-0-24-0
IR Bell    7* (8b)      PP Chawla    5-0-30-1

Dhoni has had enough of Chawla and it's KP's favourite spinner, Yuvraj.

20.1

Yuvraj Singh to Strauss, no run, starts well enough with Strauss edging down the wicket to prod into the leg side

20.2

Yuvraj Singh to Strauss, FOUR, finally Strauss makes the most of a short ball. Fetching from off stump and slugging to the midwicket rope

20.3

Yuvraj Singh to Strauss, no run, touch of air on this and Strauss just has to check a drive back to the bowler

20.4

Yuvraj Singh to Strauss, no run, oh dear, nothing shot. Flat-footed poke outside off and luckily for the batsman, he missed it

20.5

Yuvraj Singh to Strauss, 1 run, swept uppishly, with plenty of top edge, one-bounce out to fine leg

20.6

Yuvraj Singh to Bell, 1 run, no such alarm from Bell, helping the ball into the leg side to pinch the strike

End of over 21 (6 runs) England 138/2 (201 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 6.57, RRR: 6.93)
IR Bell    8* (9b)      Yuvraj Singh    1-0-6-0
AJ Strauss    76* (76b 10x4)      Harbhajan Singh    5-0-24-0

Slip and a leg slip still in place, which is great to see really.

21.1

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, no run, ooh, soft hands and outside edge contrive to make this go to slip on the bounce

21.2

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, 1 run, more intent from Bell here, down the wicket and flicking powerfully to deep midwicket

21.3

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, Strauss hanging on the crease and playing this very late defensively

21.4

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, 1 run, bit of a rumpus here as Strauss prods this back to the bowler, Harbhajan has to run around Bell to field, misses an easy stop to give a single, and has a moan at Bell for it

21.5

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, 1 run, Bell is unperturbed by it all and works this with the spin around the corner. England content to sit back against Harbhajan

21.6

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, 1 run, touch short from Harbhajan allows Strauss, who is on the back foot anyway, to cut out to deep cover

End of over 22 (4 runs) England 142/2 (197 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 6.45, RRR: 7.03)
AJ Strauss    78* (79b 10x4)      Harbhajan Singh    6-0-28-0
IR Bell    10* (12b)      Yuvraj Singh    1-0-6-0

22.1

Yuvraj Singh to Strauss, no run, good start to the new over, flattish and straight and nothing Strauss can do

22.2

Yuvraj Singh to Strauss, 1 run, this is dragged down enough for Strauss to cut, should probably have got more of it

22.3

Yuvraj Singh to Bell, no run, Bell offers a picture-perfect forward block, utmost respect for Yuvraj

22.4

Yuvraj Singh to Bell, 1 run, Bell is on one knee here, not out of more respect, instead to dink a sweep to fine leg

22.5

Yuvraj Singh to Strauss, FOUR, wow, Strauss really hit this very hard indeed. Fetched from outside off stump around the corner with a stinging sweep shot

22.6

Yuvraj Singh to Strauss, 1 run, a man in form knows how to keep the strike and Strauss is in form. Pushed down to long-on

End of over 23 (7 runs) England 149/2 (190 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 6.47, RRR: 7.03)
AJ Strauss    84* (83b 11x4)      Yuvraj Singh    2-0-13-0
IR Bell    11* (14b)      Harbhajan Singh    6-0-28-0

Change in bowling, Dhoni wants to keep some Harbhajan overs in the bank so here is Yusuf Pathan.

23.1

Pathan to Strauss, no run, slides on with the arm, no spin for Strauss to work with and he's cramped for room on a cut shot

23.2

Pathan to Strauss, FOUR, ah Strauss! Who said he's not versatile enough for Asia? Reverse sweeping with indecent ease and sending it rushing to the third man rope

23.3

Pathan to Strauss, 1 run, having taken the boundary he can push a single into space. Crowd rather quiet at the moment

23.4

Pathan to Bell, 1 run, Bell this time edges down the pitch and strokes out to long-on

23.5

Pathan to Strauss, no run, hint of spin almost causes alarm but Strauss is careful in defence

23.6

Pathan to Strauss, 1 run, nothing risky here just a full-faced bunt, down the ground to take the strike again

End of over 24 (7 runs) England 156/2 (183 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 6.50, RRR: 7.03)
AJ Strauss    90* (88b 12x4)      YK Pathan    1-0-7-0
IR Bell    12* (15b)      Yuvraj Singh    2-0-13-0

24.1

Yuvraj Singh to Strauss, 1 run, with the field set very deep singles are available all around and Strauss gets deep into his crease to punch one down to long-on

24.2

Yuvraj Singh to Bell, no run, Bell tries to match Strauss but mistimes his drive

24.3

Yuvraj Singh to Bell, 1 run, ooh, Bell down the wicket and aiming an inside-out drive, skews off the edge and loops down one-bounce short of deep cover

24.4

Yuvraj Singh to Strauss, 1 run, Strauss on his favourite cut shot, didn't get all that much of it but scampered a single to third man

24.5

Yuvraj Singh to Bell, FOUR, fine work from Bell, edged forward, Yuvraj dragged down in response and he rocked back to back cut to the deep point boundary behind square. Lovely shot

24.6

Yuvraj Singh to Bell, no run, Bell goes down very early to try and paddle one of those dinked sweep shots, ends up missing and is struck on the pads. Looks gone but Bowden gives it not out. India called for a review. Looks like it's given, all the replays showed it hitting and Bell is walking but NO!? Decision stays not out! Bell, apparently, was so far down the track that it remains up to the umpire

End of over 25 (7 runs) England 163/2 (176 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 6.52, RRR: 7.04)
IR Bell    17* (19b 1x4)      Yuvraj Singh    3-0-20-0
AJ Strauss    92* (90b 12x4)      YK Pathan    1-0-7-0

What a huge, huge moment. Suspect we'll be seeing plenty of it. Amazing, the replay show it hitting off stump half-way up but Bell was a very long way down so it remained Billy's choice.

25.1

Pathan to Strauss, no run, middle and leg, nudged into the leg side

25.2

Pathan to Strauss, 1 run, turned against the spin for a single into the leg side

25.3

Pathan to Bell, no run, quicker ball pushed back to the bowler

25.4

Pathan to Bell, 2 runs, flicked backwards of square for a couple

25.5

Pathan to Bell, no run, pushed gently back to the bowler

25.6

Pathan to Bell, 1 run, clipped around to fine leg, simple work for Bell

End of over 26 (4 runs) England 167/2 (172 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 6.42, RRR: 7.16)
IR Bell    20* (23b 1x4)      YK Pathan    2-0-11-0
AJ Strauss    93* (92b 12x4)      Yuvraj Singh    3-0-20-0

26.1

Yuvraj Singh to Bell, 1 run, well, Bell is happy to keep on paddling, again down early to clip around the corner

26.2

Yuvraj Singh to Strauss, 1 run, Strauss gets deep into his crease, working with the spin out to deep midwicket

26.3

Yuvraj Singh to Bell, 1 run, Bell is a lovely driver of the ball but at the moment is all sweeps, reverse this time. Again doesn't get much of it but tickles a single

26.4

Yuvraj Singh to Strauss, 1 run, Strauss, meanwhile, looks in good order and drives a single hard down the ground

26.5

Yuvraj Singh to Bell, 1 run, why sweep when you can do this? Couple of steps down the track and full-facing a riskless single to long-off

26.6

Yuvraj Singh to Strauss, no run, Strauss tries to be too cute here, gliding to third man, gets an inside edge

Phew. Controversial times. Send your abuse to Liam. Actually don't, I'll do, he needs dinner!

End of over 27 (5 runs) England 172/2 (167 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 6.37, RRR: 7.26)
AJ Strauss    95* (95b 12x4)      Yuvraj Singh    4-0-25-0
IR Bell    23* (26b 1x4)      YK Pathan    2-0-11-0

27.1

Pathan to Bell, 1 run, flicked down to deep square, England collecting singles at will here

27.2

Pathan to Strauss, FOUR, the runs keep flowing and that takes Strauss to 99! Just using the pace on the ball to tickle it fine around the corner and Sehwag can't reach it

27.3

Pathan to Strauss, no run, ooh, Strauss plays and past his outside edge

27.4

Pathan to Strauss, no run, again this is carefully blocked. Waiting on 99....

27.5

Pathan to Strauss, 1 run, that is a sparkling hundred from the England captain! Under huge pressure he's silenced this crowd and put England in with a chance of pulling off something incredible. Gets there by driving firmly out to dee cover to bring up his 100 from 99 balls. Punches the air but is quickly back with game-face on. Plenty more to come he hopes...

27.6

Pathan to Bell, FOUR, Bell doing his bit now! India rocking and the crowd is stunned. Nothing more than a flick of the wrists and it flies straight of midwicket to the boundary

End of over 28 (10 runs) England 182/2 (157 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 6.50, RRR: 7.13)
IR Bell    28* (28b 2x4)      YK Pathan    3-0-21-0
AJ Strauss    100* (99b 13x4)      Yuvraj Singh    4-0-25-0

28.1

Yuvraj Singh to Strauss, no run, flat and quick and nudged back to the bowler

28.2

Yuvraj Singh to Strauss, FOUR, oh don't bowl short to Strauss, he loves a cut shot and gets all of this. Screams past cover for four

28.3

Yuvraj Singh to Strauss, 2 runs, short again, runs again! Cut hard out to deep cover

28.4

Yuvraj Singh to Strauss, no run, this is fuller and Strauss is hanging deep in his crease to push back to the bowler

28.5

Yuvraj Singh to Strauss, 2 runs, seems like there are spaces everywhere here, Strauss collects an easy couple by nudging into a vacant midwicket area

28.6

Yuvraj Singh to Strauss, no run, full this time and Strauss is frustrated with himself for picking out the midwicket fielder up in the ring

End of over 29 (8 runs) England 190/2 (149 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 6.55, RRR: 7.09)
AJ Strauss    108* (105b 14x4)      Yuvraj Singh    5-0-33-0
IR Bell    28* (28b 2x4)      YK Pathan    3-0-21-0

"Dhoni needs to change his bowling around. And he needs to do it really soon. The spinners are way too predictable right now." Well, Ankit, you have your wish, here is Zaheer Kahn.

29.1

Khan to Bell, no run, oooh, almost works the trick. Bell down the track and aiming a loose drive. Some away reverse swing beats the edge and Zaheer has a long, long stare at Bell

29.2

Khan to Bell, no run, Bell driving loosely again, gets some bat on this though. Cover collects and the crowd think they have a wicket, first we've heard from them in about 10 overs

29.3

Khan to Bell, no run, good work from Zaheer, three dots now as he hangs the ball around off stump. Bell picking out cover again

29.4

Khan to Bell, 1 run, after three tries Bell manages to time his cover drive. All of which earns just a single as the man on the boundary collects

29.5

Khan to Strauss, 1 run, Strauss stands tall and punches to long-on. No swing on show there

29.6

Khan to Bell, FOUR, just when the over looked like a good one England get a slice of luck. Zaheer finds the edge, which squirts down to the third man rope. India's fielders look disgusted, the crowd sound aghast and the England batsmen punch gloves. Game on!

End of over 30 (6 runs) England 196/2 (143 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 6.53, RRR: 7.15)
IR Bell    33* (33b 3x4)      Z Khan    6-0-46-0
AJ Strauss    109* (106b 14x4)      Yuvraj Singh    5-0-33-0

30.1

Yuvraj Singh to Strauss, 1 run, Strauss flows a drive down to long-off. Touch of air from Yuvraj there

30.2

Yuvraj Singh to Bell, 1 run, Bell picks off a single this time, waiting on the back foot to thread this past point

30.3

Yuvraj Singh to Strauss, 1 run, Strauss confident on the sweep here, coming down hard on the ball and nailing it down to fine leg

30.4

Yuvraj Singh to Bell, no run, Bell absolutely creamed it to cover, who fielded smartly

30.5

Yuvraj Singh to Bell, no run, leading edge this time! Bell down the wicket and lazily turning his wrists against the spin, almost caused him all kinds of bother

30.6

Yuvraj Singh to Bell, 1 run, England 200 up with Bell chipping down to long-off

This is all rather tense, and Liam is ready to tell you more...

End of over 31 (4 runs) England 200/2 (139 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 6.45, RRR: 7.31)
IR Bell    35* (37b 3x4)      Yuvraj Singh    6-0-37-0
AJ Strauss    111* (108b 14x4)      Z Khan    6-0-46-0

31.1

Khan to Bell, 1 run, glided down to third man

31.2

Khan to Strauss, no run, do you remember at the beginning of the innings, when there might have been an edge off Strauss's bat but no-one appealed? Well, looks like it's happened again. Strauss is beaten by one that nips off the seam, and there's a suspiciously woody sound as ball passes bat ...

31.3

Khan to Strauss, 1 run, nudged away for a single, and that's another to his total

31.4

Khan to Bell, FOUR, driven on the up, and up-and-over cover! Extra cover leapt but couldn't get close, and he's found the gap

31.5

Khan to Bell, 1 run, dropped close in, towards backward point. The fielder, Kohli I think it is, was right on the edge of the circle so there's an easy single there - when there shouldn't have been one

31.6

Khan to Strauss, no run, full on off stump, Strauss steps forward and drives hard but straight at mid-off. This time there's no run, Harbhajan charging in quickly to attack the ball

End of over 32 (7 runs) England 207/2 (132 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 6.46, RRR: 7.33)
AJ Strauss    112* (111b 14x4)      Z Khan    7-0-53-0
IR Bell    41* (40b 4x4)      Yuvraj Singh    6-0-37-0

32.1

Yuvraj Singh to Bell, 1 run, paddle-swept down on the leg side, but fine leg is out so there's defence there and it's just the one

32.2

Yuvraj Singh to Strauss, SIX, Strauss brings up the hundred partnership in superb style! Stepping down the track, he gets right to the pitch and lifts the ball miles over wide long-on, 94 metres

32.3

Yuvraj Singh to Strauss, no run, and Yuvraj responds by zipping one on with the arm and past the outside edge

32.4

Yuvraj Singh to Strauss, no run, beaten once again, this time on the cut, as Yuvraj finds a touch of extra bounce

32.5

Yuvraj Singh to Strauss, 1 run, whipped off the pads and out to square leg for a single

32.6

Yuvraj Singh to Bell, 1 run, punted down the ground, long-off runs in as they take a single

End of over 33 (9 runs) England 216/2 (123 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 6.54, RRR: 7.23)
IR Bell    43* (42b 4x4)      Yuvraj Singh    7-0-46-0
AJ Strauss    119* (115b 14x4 1x6)      Z Khan    7-0-53-0

Right, Dhoni needs a wicket and he's turned to the man who's looked most likely to give him one today - Piyush Chawla comes on with a slip in place

33.1

Chawla to Bell, 1 run, a touch too short, Bell steps back and chops to cover point for one

33.2

Chawla to Strauss, 1 run, again the ball isn't close enough to the batsman, the ball spins into the pads as Strauss rocks back and tucks to leg

33.3

Chawla to Bell, no run, fiercely struck by Bell, who's back and pulling, but Yuvraj dives to his left to cut it off and flings the ball at the non-striker's end ... but the throw goes wide and Strauss is home

33.4

Chawla to Bell, SIX, six runs! Bell goes to fifty now, from 45 balls, with a powerful strike over long-on. Hasn't he settled well since that nervous start against Chawla?

33.5

Chawla to Bell, 1 run, nudged to leg, quick single taken

Leg slip in place for Strauss, no orthodox slip though

33.6

Chawla to Strauss, FOUR, now he's picking the wrong 'un! Strauss rocks back and cuts, the ball flying in the air but right into the gap and away to the boundary. England are looking good here, India need some inspiration

And that is drinks. What will Dhoni be saying in the team huddle? They've got to force England into doing something different here, or the match will soon be lost. Bring the field in, put a couple of close catchers in, put a part-timer on ... something!

End of over 34 (13 runs) England 229/2 (110 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 6.73, RRR: 6.87)
AJ Strauss    124* (117b 15x4 1x6)      PP Chawla    6-0-43-1
IR Bell    51* (46b 4x4 1x6)      Yuvraj Singh    7-0-46-0

Munaf Patel comes on after the break

34.1

Patel to Bell, 1 run, loosener, back of a length outside off. Bell rides the bounce and gets the ball down to third man

34.2

Patel to Strauss, FOUR, short, pulled, four. The last couple of overs, the story's been the same - a boundary and the pressure comes off

34.3

Patel to Strauss, 1 run, on the leg stump and rising a touch off a length, Strauss steps across to off stump and glances off the hip

34.4

Patel to Bell, no run, good line from Munaf, in the channel on off stump. Bell defends to cover and lets out a loud "no!"

34.5

Patel to Bell, 1 run, was that the slower one? The cutter? Or did it just plug in the surface? Whatever the reason, Bell played too early at it, the ball flying in the air through cover point as the bottom hand comes off the handle. No catcher there though

34.6

Patel to Strauss, 1 run, full of length, seaming away from the left-hander and driven hard out to the cover sweeper

End of over 35 (8 runs) England 237/2 (102 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 6.77, RRR: 6.80)
AJ Strauss    130* (120b 16x4 1x6)      MM Patel    6-0-41-1
IR Bell    53* (49b 4x4 1x6)      PP Chawla    6-0-43-1

"Does India really need a 7th batsman?" asks Harry. "Drop Yuvraj or Kohli and bring on an extra bowler." Here's Harbhajan, slip in place

35.1

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, FOUR, spin and bounce outside off, Strauss cuts and the ball flies at a catchable height ... but right into the gap! Down to third man and four, point had no chance

35.2

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, 1 run, fuller and driven this time, again in the air but with this defensive field there are gaps all over the place. Out to the cover sweeper

35.3

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, 1 run, Harbhajan comes round the wicket, landing it on leg stump, and Bell eases him down to long-on for one

35.4

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, 1 run, Strauss has another attempt at the reverse sweep, this time it doesn't come off but it's still a single as the ball trickles into the covers

35.5

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, 1 run, Bell stays deep in the crease and nudges off the pad for a quick single

35.6

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, 1 run, and now Strauss drives down to long-on. Everything going England's way, 9 runs off the over

Diwakar: "@ harry: If at all there was a bowler who can take wickets coming in place of Kohli or Yuvraj. Team India would have picked him in place of a regular bowler."

End of over 36 (9 runs) England 246/2 (93 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 6.83, RRR: 6.64)
AJ Strauss    137* (124b 17x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    7-0-37-0
IR Bell    55* (51b 4x4 1x6)      MM Patel    6-0-41-1

36.1

Patel to Strauss, no run, Strauss eyes the leg-side boundary with a huge swipe off the back foot ... but the ball nips between body and bat and through to the keeper

36.2

Patel to Strauss, 1 run, Strauss takes the safe route this time, tapping another back-of-a-length delivery down to third man

36.3

Patel to Bell, no run, more length from Munaf, it's nice and straight and there's not a whole lot Bell can do with that, pushing it back towards the bowler. The crowd cheer the dot ball, and the fielding effort from the bowler

36.4

Patel to Bell, 2 runs, too short, too wide, and cracked out to deep cover. "Two!" is the immediate call from Bell, and two it is

36.5

Patel to Bell, no run, short again, but straighter this time. Bell rocks back to pull but doesn't find himself in the greatest position - the ball rushing on to him perhaps - and toe-ends it back towards the bowler

36.6

Patel to Bell, 1 run, length, on off stump. Bell lays bat on ball and gets a single for his troubles. Is there anyone in the covers?

"Nothing wrong with the team selection," writes Ragu. "Lets face it this has been a truly professional display by the English batsmen."

End of over 37 (4 runs) England 250/2 (89 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 6.75, RRR: 6.84)
IR Bell    58* (55b 4x4 1x6)      MM Patel    7-0-45-1
AJ Strauss    138* (126b 17x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    7-0-37-0

37.1

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, 1 run, Harbhajan stays round the wicket, he's just a little too full on Bell's toes though and is driven down the ground

37.2

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, 1 run, Strauss aims an aggressive stroke to leg, it doesn't quite come off but he still gets one

37.3

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, 1 run, whipped off the pads, excellent milking of the offspinner

37.4

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, Strauss stands at the crease and drives straight to the cover fielder

37.5

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, 1 run, Strauss bends into a sweep, hitting the ball hard but straight out to the fielder in the deep

37.6

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, 1 run, this is all too easy for England, gaps everywhere and Bell picks up another single to square leg. Still, the good news for India is that there've been no boundaries in the last two overs

Vinod gupte still has hope: "reminds me of the warm-up match between aus and ind. aus was well placed yet lost it. one wicket here and india will be back into the game. just one wicket."

End of over 38 (5 runs) England 255/2 (84 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 6.71, RRR: 7.00)
IR Bell    61* (58b 4x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    8-0-42-0
AJ Strauss    140* (129b 17x4 1x6)      MM Patel    7-0-45-1

"I have to agree with Harsha's tweet," writes Hussain. "Win or lose, India's bowling has been exposed. This may cost them as the tournament proceeds."

38.1

Patel to Bell, 1 run, seaming away from the bat, played down to third man

38.2

Patel to Strauss, 2 runs, fuller, muscled out through the leg side and they're back for the second

38.3

Patel to Strauss, 1 run, cut, and cut well, but out to the fielder

38.4

Patel to Bell, 2 runs, again Munaf has Bell playing much too early! If that's a slower ball it's very canny indeed, if it's the wicket why are none of the other bowlers getting it to do this? The bottom hand comes off again, the ball loops temptingly over point but England's luck continues

38.5

Patel to Bell, 1 run, driven hard but straight to Raina at extra cover ... the misfield allows a run. Sloppy

38.6

Patel to Strauss, 1 run, nudged into the gap at short third man, and they're off for a single before point can get round

End of over 39 (8 runs) England 263/2 (76 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 6.74, RRR: 6.90)
AJ Strauss    144* (132b 17x4 1x6)      MM Patel    8-0-53-1
IR Bell    65* (61b 4x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    8-0-42-0

76 from 66 balls needed, here's Chawla

39.1

Chawla to Strauss, 1 run, turn for Chawla! He lands the legspinner on a great length, the ball rips back in but Strauss is seeing it really well now and steps back to pick up one to cover

So, after this showing who do you think will win the tournament? Our predictor game may help you work it out

39.2

Chawla to Bell, 1 run, turn once again - it's the legspinner - but it starts too wide, and the width allows a cut and a single to cover point

39.3

Chawla to Strauss, 1 run, the googly? It seemed to rush on more than anything, but it was just a little too short, Strauss sits on the back foot and taps to leg

39.4

Chawla to Bell, 1 run, paddle sweep, down to fine leg

39.5

Chawla to Strauss, FOUR, short again, a real long-hop and Strauss puts it away in emphatic fashion! Pulled in the air to wide long-on, easy peasy

39.6

Chawla to Strauss, 1 run, Strauss hangs back once again, this time playing the ball very late off the pad and behind square on the leg side for a single

End of over 40 (9 runs) England 272/2 (67 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 6.80, RRR: 6.70)
AJ Strauss    151* (136b 18x4 1x6)      PP Chawla    7-0-52-1
IR Bell    67* (63b 4x4 1x6)      MM Patel    8-0-53-1

Harbhajan comes back, Dhoni rotating his bowlers

40.1

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, full from round the wicket, Strauss drives it back down the track

40.2

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, 2 runs, Strauss nails a sweep out to square leg, good fielding from a diving Yusuf Pathan saves the boundary

40.3

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, 1 run, too short, cracked out through the covers and that equals Strauss's best score in ODIs

40.4

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, 1 run, Harbhajan stays round the wicket to Bell, who lunges forward and drives down the ground

40.5

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, no run, arm ball from Harbhajan, not sure Strauss picked that but he jabs the bat down in time to keep it out

40.6

Harbhajan Singh to Strauss, 2 runs, punched out to deep cover where the fielder, Gambhir it is, is a little slow off the mark and so they're back for two

End of over 41 (6 runs) England 278/2 (61 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 6.78, RRR: 6.77)
AJ Strauss    156* (141b 18x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    9-0-48-0
IR Bell    68* (64b 4x4 1x6)      PP Chawla    7-0-52-1

Abiran has some advice: "If India want to get anywhere in this world cup they better improve their bowling...its not enough if Shewag or Sachin or DHoni hit big scores and then there are no bowlers to defend to the score"

41.1

Chawla to Bell, no run, dropped by Kohli at slip! Bell sliced hard at the ball and the ball flew fast, but that was a regulation chance. It goes begging, and India are really deflated now

41.2

Chawla to Bell, no run, Bell stretches well forward and drives to cover now ... looks like there might be some cramp setting in there

41.3

Chawla to Bell, no run, an ungainly sweep ends in Bell collapsed on a heap next to the wicket ... he's not laid bat on ball but that cramp has really struck now. He's down and in some pain. Out rushes the physio. Definitely cramp I'd say, not an injury

Bell's up again, no sign of a runner

41.4

Chawla to Bell, no run, legspinner, cracked back to the bowler

41.5

Chawla to Bell, 1 run, again he drives, this time it beats a diving Chawla and rolls down to third man

41.6

Chawla to Strauss, 1 run, slider from Chawla, Strauss rocks back and forces out to deep cover

Touch of fatigue setting into my fingers too, here's Sahil Dutta to see you through to the close

End of over 42 (2 runs) England 280/2 (59 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 6.66, RRR: 7.37)
AJ Strauss    157* (142b 18x4 1x6)      PP Chawla    8-0-54-1
IR Bell    69* (69b 4x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    9-0-48-0

Cheers Liam, stunned crowd around the stadium. India's fielders are dragging themselves around and some of the crowd are steaming away. Not sure they should be, plenty left in this. England have taken the batting Powerplay. Worked well for England earlier when India did, and here is Zaheer....

42.1

Khan to Strauss, no run, good start from Zaheer, up and around off stump. Strauss drives to cover, the crowd have woken up a bit now, they know this is India's last chance

42.2

Khan to Strauss, 1 run, Strauss saunters down the wicket, clears his front leg and absolutely nails this... but to the one man out on the midwicket boundary

Zakir laments: "Yet another wasted Tendulkar Ton!" Wait and see Zakir, wwait and see...

42.3

Khan to Bell, no run, plenty of noise from the crowd now, pleading for something. Zaheer goes full and Bell drives hard back at him. Zaheer glares at him

42.4

Khan to Bell, OUT, Powerplays always cause trouble and Bell has gifted his wicket away! Struggling with cramp perhaps, he's tried to clear the field with a real heave, skews it off the edge and it loops to mid-off. Wild celebrations, this is far from over

IR Bell c Kohli b Khan 69 (108m 71b 4x4 1x6) SR: 97.18

42.5

Khan to Strauss, OUT, this match is alive! Zaheer has flipped it on its head again. What a delivery! Searing yorker, swinging in late and it's crashed into Strauss's boot in front of middle. Ends an innings of the highest highest quality but will it be in vain?

AJ Strauss lbw b Khan 158 (188m 145b 18x4 1x6) SR: 108.96

What would England do for Ravi Bopara!? Huge job for Prior. Both batsman on zero, Zaheer on fire, ball swinging, crowd singing. This is epic

42.6

Khan to Prior, no run, Zaheer on a hat-trick, Prior manages to resist by nervously pushing to cover. The whole feeling has changed now!

End of over 43 (1 run) England 281/4 (58 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 6.53, RRR: 8.28)
MJ Prior    0* (1b)      Z Khan    8-0-54-2
PD Collingwood    0* (0b)      PP Chawla    8-0-54-1

The curse of the batting Powerplay eh? That and Bell's cramp has flipped this match. Chawla to bowl...

43.1

Chawla to Collingwood, no run, plenty of turn all of a sudden, zipping away sharply from Collingwood who pokes a defence. Looked nervy, who could blame him

43.2

Chawla to Collingwood, no run, there is that googly, Collingwood didn't pick it. Ended up jabbing hurriedly as he saw it coming in

43.3

Chawla to Collingwood, 1 run, ooh, the pitch suddenly seems a minefield, it's not but pressure does that. Collingwood bunts with his favourite inside edge to mid-on and scampers through

43.4

Chawla to Prior, no run, ooh, Chawla's googlies to new batsmen are venom. Prior was hanging back and almost got done there...

43.5

Chawla to Prior, 1 wide, another wrong 'un, line was wrong as well though and it slipped down the leg side

43.5

Chawla to Prior, no run, short ball sat up asking for trouble, Prior screamed it but straight to cover. The crowd cheering every dot, it's a cauldron again out there

43.6

Chawla to Prior, no run, suddenly the fielding has picked up too! Oh cricket. Prior laces a drive towards cover who dives smartly to pick up cleanly. Just 56 runs? That will feel ten times that for Collingwood and Prior at the moment. Just 5 runs from the last 3 overs...

End of over 44 (2 runs) England 283/4 (56 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 6.43, RRR: 9.33)
MJ Prior    0* (4b)      PP Chawla    9-0-56-1
PD Collingwood    1* (3b)      Z Khan    8-0-54-2

Swing for Zaheer could be what settles this game....

44.1

Khan to Collingwood, 1 leg bye, slower ball here, Collingwood tried to break the shackles with a big heave to leg, through the shot too quickly though and it bobbles off the arm. Prior swiftly called him through for a single

44.2

Khan to Prior, 1 run, this is a good shot for a single, Prior clearing his front leg and crunching this back down the ground, but long-on is out there and the Indian fielders are sprightly again

44.3

Khan to Collingwood, OUT, Zaheer is the man! Collingwood down the track to try and swing to leg but Zaheer slipped it in slower, such smart bowling, gripped off the pitch as well and pegged back off stump. Incredible spell this. India are favourites again! Is there are influential player than Zaheer? Take him out the India attack and it's threadbare. Good luck Michael Yardy...

PD Collingwood b Khan 1 (12m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 20.00

44.4

Khan to Yardy, 1 run, he's a calm fellow Yardy but keeping in control now must be impossible, he does well here though, steering through cover point for a single

Time for some jelly beans?" asks Anand, cheekily. Not sure England will mention it...

44.5

Khan to Prior, 1 run, required rate climbing, Prior nudges this to the leg side and hares off. Even singles seem impossible all of a sudden

44.6

Khan to Yardy, no run, plenty of chat from Zaheer! Probably talking through his three wickets. Another perfect yorker that Yardy can only dig out to cover

End of over 45 (4 runs) England 287/5 (52 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 6.37, RRR: 10.40)
MH Yardy    1* (2b)      Z Khan    9-0-57-3
MJ Prior    2* (6b)      PP Chawla    9-0-56-1

Ankit: "You say what would England do for Ravi Bopara right now? I say what would they do for Eoin Morgan right now. These are the kind of situations when he will be sorely missed." Well indeed, but they had the option for Bopara before this game... Harbhajan on now...

45.1

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, 2 runs, tossed up by Harbhajan, good stuff from him, Prior scythes a drive without timing it all that well out to deep cover

45.2

Harbhajan Singh to Prior, OUT, The crowd erupts! Harbhajan has Prior now, the light fading for England. Prior tried to mow this out of the ground over midwicket, Harbhajan always gets that extra bounce though and it found an edge and soared high in the air for midwicket to pouch

MJ Prior c sub (SK Raina) b Harbhajan Singh 4 (15m 8b 0x4 0x6) SR: 50.00

What a calamitous time England have endured this Powerplay. Bresnan can bat, but he needs something incredible.

45.3

Harbhajan Singh to Yardy, 2 runs, this is very far outside off stump, Yardy starts so wide of leg that he has to really reach to toe end this towards third man

45.4

Harbhajan Singh to Yardy, FOUR, boundary, precious, precious runs. Touch of room outside off stump for Yardy and he slices a cut shot, sliding it past the short third man

45.5

Harbhajan Singh to Yardy, 1 run, fired in flatter and fuller and Yardy jabs it away to cover

45.6

Harbhajan Singh to Bresnan, 1 run, Bresnan edges down the wicket but keeps his head, pushing a single to cover

England will be criticised for taking the Powerplay but at that stage India were on the mat. Bell didn't play a great shot, that created the crack for Zaheer to burst through...

End of over 46 (10 runs) England 297/6 (42 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 6.45, RRR: 10.50)
TT Bresnan    1* (1b)      Harbhajan Singh    10-0-58-1
MH Yardy    8* (5b 1x4)      Z Khan    9-0-57-3

Here is Zaheer to finish off. Looks like a matchwinning spell, will it be?

46.1

Khan to Bresnan, 1 run, Bresnan clears his front leg and tries to pierce the offside ring, swings hard but without much timing and can only find a single to mid-off

46.2

Khan to Yardy, 1 run, Yardy needed more from that, really misdirected, fired down the leg side, but Yardy couldn't get much bat on it and it dribbled out to Harbhajan at fine leg

A stunning effort from Yahya Firoze: u knw how i said world cup dreams are dead our bowling is too weak! in need of a miraculous streak, i take it back cuz we still got zak!

46.3

Khan to Bresnan, 2 runs, Bresnan still believes, he's had such a good game. Sees a slower ball and slugs it around the corner, scampering hard for a second

46.4

Khan to Bresnan, 1 leg bye, another slower ball but Bresnan doesn't pick this. Swings again, but too early on the shot and it bobbles off the arm

46.5

Khan to Yardy, 2 runs, Yardy playing this nicely, slicing out to deep point. Hares back for a second but England need boundaries soon

Zaheer Kahn is now trending on Twitter. He's be thrilled I'm sure...

46.6

Khan to Yardy, 1 run, ooh, top fielding at point saves four here. Yardy squeezed out a fullish ball and timed it well but diving fielding prevented damage. What a Powerplay for India, just 25 runs and four, four wickets. Zaheer's work is done.

End of over 47 (8 runs) England 305/6 (34 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 6.48, RRR: 11.33)
MH Yardy    12* (8b 1x4)      Z Khan    10-0-64-3
TT Bresnan    4* (4b)      Harbhajan Singh    10-0-58-1

Munaf now into the attack, he's canny but this has to England's target.

47.1

Patel to Yardy, 1 run, Yardy looking for something expansive but only finds a thickish edge that runs away to third man. Somehow a boundary has got to come

47.2

Patel to Bresnan, 1 run, Munaf is full and straight, you know what you'll get and Dhoni has set the field for it. Try as he did, Bresnan heaving through the line can only earn a single down the ground

47.3

Patel to Yardy, OUT, Yardy is out, and England must be as well now. Strauss has his head in his hand, he deserved more. Yardy tried to flip this over short fine leg but couldn't get enough on the slower ball and it spooned straight to the man

MH Yardy c Sehwag b Patel 13 (17m 10b 1x4 0x6) SR: 130.00

Graeme Swann is the new man. Tough day he's had.

47.4

Patel to Swann, 1 run, more canny work from Munaf, full and straight, Swann times his drive nicely but all along the ground to the long-off fielder

47.5

Patel to Bresnan, 1 run, Bresnan heaving but just can't get the timing or elevation to drag England back into this

47.6

Patel to Swann, 1 run, lovely slower ball from Munaf. Saw Swann advancing, slipped it in slower, Swann ended up pushing back to him and there could well have been a run out but Munaf opted not to shy at the stumps

End of over 48 (5 runs) England 310/7 (29 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 6.45, RRR: 14.50)
GP Swann    2* (2b)      MM Patel    9-0-58-2
TT Bresnan    6* (6b)      Z Khan    10-0-64-3

Righty, Chawla on. Now or never. I suspect the latter.

48.1

Chawla to Swann, no run, big slog sweep attempted, but Swann only finds fresh air

48.2

Chawla to Swann, SIX, absolute silence as Swann is on the sweep again. This time getting all of it and it shoots flat, hard over the midwicket rope!

48.3

Chawla to Swann, 1 run, Swann down the wicket now to try and swing a similar shot, this one skews off the leading edge and looped towards third man on the bounce

48.4

Chawla to Bresnan, 2 runs, ooh, Bresnan trying to match Swann but can't quite time it as well. Pressure on though and a misfield allows him to come back for a second

48.5

Chawla to Bresnan, SIX, Bresnan has nailed this! Not another twist, surely! Down one knee, clearing his front leg and thrashing the life out of it, to send it rocketing over midwicket once more

48.6

Chawla to Bresnan, OUT, Chawla strikes back! One way and another this match is going! Bresnan tried again to to find the boundary, he had to, but it's quicker and flatter and through him onto off stump

TT Bresnan b Chawla 14 (18m 9b 0x4 1x6) SR: 155.55

End of over 49 (15 runs) England 325/8 (14 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 6.63, RRR: 14.00)
     PP Chawla    10-0-71-2
GP Swann    9* (5b 1x6)      MM Patel    9-0-58-2

So, after 99 overs England need 14 to pull off a historic victory. India favourites, Munaf to bowl it...

49.1

Patel to Swann, 2 runs, Swann gives himself room outside off to drive towards cover, doesn't get the boundary he needs but a misfield allows him to keep the strike by scampering back a second

49.2

Patel to Swann, 1 run, wonderful stuff from Munaf, perfect slower ball, nothing for Swann to work with and he can only outside edge to third man. Shahzad hits a long ball though...

49.3

Patel to Shahzad, SIX, Strauss is on his feet, Swann is screaming! What a shot from Shahzad! So clean! Just got his front leg out the way, got the half-volley he wanted and creamed it straight down the ground, over the bowler's head and into the stands for six!

49.4

Patel to Shahzad, 1 bye, Shahzad misses outside off but Swann has called through for a bye! Clever, steely stuff from Munaf, quite how a bowler holds his nerve in a situation like this is beyond me. Oh Shahzad what a strike that was.

49.5

Patel to Swann, 2 runs, Swann miles down the track, wants the boundary to finish it but finds an inside edge by heaving to leg. Manic running and slow fielding have him back for a second. One to tie, but two for a famous, unbelievable win...

49.6

Patel to Swann, 1 run, It's a tie! 100 overs of scintillating ODI cricket and the scores are level! That's what World Cup cricket is about! Swann drives hard as Munaf finds a perfect line and length, hit it cleanly but straight to mid-off who managed to make no fumble and pinned England to a single to seal the tie

Match tied Well well well. If it weren't for Munaf's short run from the last ball of India's innings India would have this game! Incredible match, Strauss's innings must rank as the best England ODI innings after Gooch's World Cup 115 in 1983. Fourth tied game in World Cup history. Breathless stuff, that game has twisted one way and another and again and another before ending up even. Ian Bell's Powerplay shot? India fluffing their last few overs with the bat? Misfields all round, all end up magnified.

What is left to say about it really. India were a bowler short, England a batsmen short and in the end it balanced to a perfect equilibrium. Zaheer's spell with the old ball in the batting Powerplay was remarkable. He is the absolute key to India's World Cup, more than Sachin or Sehwag I would argue. England will be gutted, Strauss led a chase like no other and deserved the win. Also Tim Bresnan, first with five wickets and then 14 runs to hold England together when they were doing their best to fall apart.

"The way they started I definitely am happy with a tie," says Dhoni. "When they were 2 down the way they were going the bowlers were finding it very tough. Zak changed it around for us he is a different bowler if you try and come at him it's very difficult. It could count as a win in the points table at the end."

Yes and no, really," answers Strauss to whether he is happy with the result. "We were in a great position and then had a shocking Powerplay. After that we were lucky and grateful for Swann and Shahzad to getting us to the tie. We're happy and devastated at the same time but privileged to play in a game like this."

Strauss is rightly named man of the match, "it's the best innings I've played." Indeed. Phew, that was immense fun. My nerves, not to mention fingers, are in tatters. Andrew Miller has somehow got to squeeze everything into a bulletin, when it's done it will be well worth a read. Might not get a better game all tournament. Not sure what that's done to the Fantasy standings but you should go and find out. The next game is, er, Canada v Zimbabwe tomorrow. Do join us for it.

End of over 50 (13 runs) England 338/8 (1 run required)
GP Swann    15* (9b 1x6)      MM Patel    10-0-70-2
A Shahzad    6* (2b 1x6)      PP Chawla    10-0-71-2

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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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