England in India ODI Series - 3rd ODI

India v England

India won by 5 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)

Steven Finn will bowl the opening over ahead of Tim Bresnan...

Welcome back for the second half of this match. India have a tough chase ahead of them, but are certainly capable of knocking off the runs. For England, it's a last chance to keep the series alive.

0.1

Finn to Patel, no run, starts full, searching for some movement, Patel comes onto the front foot and defends to the covers

Two slips in place. They must hold their chances tonight

0.2

Finn to Patel, no run, full outside off, driven square into the off side

0.3

Finn to Patel, 2 runs, good delivery on off stump, squares up Patel a little and the outside edge scoots wide of second slip down to third man where Samit makes an excellent save

0.4

Finn to Patel, no run, back of a length, good carry through to Kieswetter who can't collected cleanly

0.5

Finn to Patel, FOUR, lovely shot, leans into a half volley outside off stump and slots it through cover with very little effort

0.6

Finn to Patel, no run, drags his length back a fraction this time and Patel shoulders arms

End of over 1 (6 runs) India 6/0 (293 runs required from 49 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 5.97)
PA Patel    6* (6b 1x4)      ST Finn    1-0-6-0
AM Rahane    0* (0b)     

Tim Bresnan takes the second new ball

1.1

Bresnan to Rahane, no run, excellent start, short of a length outside off and it beats Rahane as he spars at it without any footwork

1.2

Bresnan to Rahane, (no ball) 1 run, that's a rarity from England as Bresnan oversteps and Rahane works a single to the leg side so won't be able to take advantage

Time for a free hit and the field can change because there's a left-hander on strike

1.2

Bresnan to Patel, 2 runs, banged in back of a length, carved through the off side from the back foot but it wasn't timed cleanly

1.3

Bresnan to Patel, no run, outside off and left alone

1.4

Bresnan to Patel, no run, this one doesn't bounce as much outside off and it's jabbed into the covers

1.5

Bresnan to Patel, no run, on the back foot, defended into the off side

1.6

Bresnan to Patel, no run, nice timing as he punches off the back foot but Bopara is in the way at cover

This will be the second-highest successful chase at the ground if India make it tonight

End of over 2 (4 runs) India 10/0 (289 runs required from 48 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 6.02)
PA Patel    8* (11b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    1-0-4-0
AM Rahane    1* (2b)      ST Finn    1-0-6-0

2.1

Finn to Rahane, no run, good length on off stump, Rahane stays back and defends

2.2

Finn to Rahane, 2 runs, a hint of width which allows Rahane to cut strongly behind point but Bresnan does well at third man as he slides around the boundary

2.3

Finn to Rahane, no run, tucked off the stumps to square leg

Finn is again working up a good head of steam

2.4

Finn to Rahane, no run, back of a length on off stump and it's defended back to the bowler

2.5

Finn to Rahane, 1 run, works a straight delivery down to long leg and leaves Finn with hands on head

2.6

Finn to Patel, no run, nips back off the seam and takes Patel on the thigh pad while Finn follows through quite a long way

End of over 3 (3 runs) India 13/0 (286 runs required from 47 overs, RR: 4.33, RRR: 6.08)
PA Patel    8* (12b 1x4)      ST Finn    2-0-9-0
AM Rahane    4* (7b)      TT Bresnan    1-0-4-0

3.1

Bresnan to Rahane, no run, a beauty! Zips away off the seam outside off and beats the edge

3.2

Bresnan to Rahane, 1 wide, then he spoils it by firing one way down the leg side

3.2

Bresnan to Rahane, FOUR, a lovely piece of timing, flicked this from around middle stump and beat square leg

3.3

Bresnan to Rahane, no run, better line from Bresnan as he's back on off stump and Rahane defends

3.4

Bresnan to Rahane, no run, touch wider outside off and it's pushed square into the covers

3.5

Bresnan to Rahane, 2 runs, wrong line again, on leg stump, and it's flicked almost straight to long leg but some excellent running makes a second out of it

3.6

Bresnan to Rahane, 3 runs, he's certainly it well this evening, opens the face and finds a gap in the covers. England's attempt at some relay fielding then goes a little wrong which allows a third

End of over 4 (10 runs) India 23/0 (276 runs required from 46 overs, RR: 5.75, RRR: 6.00)
AM Rahane    13* (13b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    2-0-14-0
PA Patel    8* (12b 1x4)      ST Finn    2-0-9-0

4.1

Finn to Rahane, no run, back of a length, hops into line and defends

4.2

Finn to Rahane, no run, on off stump and defended into the covers

4.3

Finn to Rahane, 1 run, short of a length and drifting towards leg stump, easily worked off the hip down to long leg

4.4

Finn to Patel, no run, tighter line around middle and off, Patel defends to the off side and Finn pounces on it in his follow through

4.5

Finn to Patel, 1 run, goes for a drive against some width outside off, it goes the air but comfortably wide of the slips down to third man

4.6

Finn to Rahane, no run, worked off the body to square leg

End of over 5 (2 runs) India 25/0 (274 runs required from 45 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 6.08)
AM Rahane    14* (17b 1x4)      ST Finn    3-0-11-0
PA Patel    9* (14b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    2-0-14-0

5.1

Bresnan to Patel, no run, full outside off and driven firmly to mid-off

5.2

Bresnan to Patel, FOUR, top shot! All timing from Patel. He just lent on this good-length delivery and it rocketed straight down the ground

5.3

Bresnan to Patel, 2 runs, now he gets a little bit of luck, goes for a pull and gets a big top edge over the slips but Finn pulls off a brilliant diving save on the third-man boundary...outstanding for a fast bowler, but he may have hurt himself. Gets up a bit slowly

5.4

Bresnan to Patel, no run, close! Strong cut shot and it lands just in front of Bairstow at backward point

5.5

Bresnan to Patel, 1 run, huge appeal for lbw, an action-packed over, it was around off stump and Patel trapped it as he played forward...looks pad first, but not coming back enough

5.6

Bresnan to Rahane, no run, outside off and left alone...a rare calm moment to end the over

A steady start for India

End of over 6 (7 runs) India 32/0 (267 runs required from 44 overs, RR: 5.33, RRR: 6.06)
AM Rahane    14* (18b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    3-0-21-0
PA Patel    16* (19b 2x4)      ST Finn    3-0-11-0

6.1

Finn to Patel, 1 run, plays forward and gets a leading edge but it goes along the ground into the covers

6.2

Finn to Rahane, no run, good length around off stump, defended into the off side

6.3

Finn to Rahane, FOUR, goes up-and-over the slips, using Finn's pace and bounce, then it beats third man despite the efforts of Bresnan

6.4

Finn to Rahane, no run, worked off the stumps to square leg

You just sense things could start ticking again soon from England

6.5

Finn to Rahane, no run, on off stump, played straight back to the bowler

6.6

Finn to Rahane, no run, tries to find a gap in the off side, starts to come for a run but is quickly - and sensibly - sent back as cover was in swiftly

End of over 7 (5 runs) India 37/0 (262 runs required from 43 overs, RR: 5.28, RRR: 6.09)
AM Rahane    18* (23b 2x4)      ST Finn    4-0-16-0
PA Patel    17* (20b 2x4)      TT Bresnan    3-0-21-0

First change of bowling and it's Jade Dernbach. He's not a great series so far

7.1

Dernbach to Patel, no run, good start, full on off stump, defended into the covers

7.2

Dernbach to Patel, no run, back of a length, pushed into the on side

7.3

Dernbach to Patel, 3 runs, wrong line, on leg stump and work away through square leg

7.4

Dernbach to Rahane, no run, played into the off side

7.5

Dernbach to Rahane, FOUR, finds the edge but it's well controlled by Rahane who plays with soft hands and gets it fine enough to beat third man

7.6

Dernbach to Rahane, 2 runs, too straight again, flicked nicely through square leg and another expensive start for Dernbach

End of over 8 (9 runs) India 46/0 (253 runs required from 42 overs, RR: 5.75, RRR: 6.02)
AM Rahane    24* (26b 3x4)      JW Dernbach    1-0-9-0
PA Patel    20* (23b 2x4)      ST Finn    4-0-16-0

8.1

Finn to Patel, no run, defended from the back foot square into the off side

8.2

Finn to Patel, 1 run, back of a length, opens the face and plays a controlled dab down to third man

8.3

Finn to Rahane, 1 run, goes back in the crease and works comfortably off his body down to long leg...that line is just too straight

8.4

Finn to Patel, 1 run, more runs into the leg side, whipped away from a middle-stump line through square leg

8.5

Finn to Rahane, no run, beaten! Flashes and misses outside off as Finn gets his line right. It really zipped through to Kieswetter

8.6

Finn to Rahane, 1 run, nearly for Finn! Plays the upper cut again and it lands just in front of Bresnan at third man who raced in and then did well to stop the boundary

End of over 9 (4 runs) India 50/0 (249 runs required from 41 overs, RR: 5.55, RRR: 6.07)
AM Rahane    26* (29b 3x4)      ST Finn    5-0-20-0
PA Patel    22* (26b 2x4)      JW Dernbach    1-0-9-0

9.1

Dernbach to Rahane, 1 wide, has a dart at a very wide delivery outside off

9.1

Dernbach to Rahane, 1 run, jumps back in the crease and rides this delivery into the leg side even though it was outside off

9.2

Dernbach to Patel, no run, good length on off stump and forced into the leg side

9.3

Dernbach to Patel, 1 wide, down the leg side and that's another extra

By-and-large this has been pretty poor from England's quicks with Finn the occasional exception

9.3

Dernbach to Patel, no run, back outside off, a better line, and pushed into the off side

9.4

Dernbach to Patel, no run, there's the slower ball, it's full on middle and defended to the off side

9.5

Dernbach to Patel, FOUR, that's flown to the boundary. Full outside off and it's driven square past a diving backward point. Went in the air

9.6

Dernbach to Patel, no run, well-timed again, cut hard off the back foot but this time Bairstow can intercept at backward point

End of over 10 (7 runs) India 57/0 (242 runs required from 40 overs, RR: 5.70, RRR: 6.05)
PA Patel    26* (31b 3x4)      JW Dernbach    2-0-16-0
AM Rahane    27* (30b 3x4)      ST Finn    5-0-20-0

Change of bowling and a change of pace with the Powerplay finished. Samit Patel comes into the attack. He has a slip in place

10.1

Patel to Rahane, no run, round the wicket, defended off the back foot into the covers

10.2

Patel to Rahane, 1 run, plays forward and gets a very easy single into the off side

10.3

Patel to Patel, 1 run, goes back, the ball is quite shot, and pushes down to long on

10.4

Patel to Rahane, 1 run, angling towards leg stump and easily pushed down the ground

10.5

Patel to Patel, 1 run, fuller outside off but it's very simple for Patel to work it down to long on

10.6

Patel to Rahane, 1 run, opens the face to find the gap square in the off side

End of over 11 (5 runs) India 62/0 (237 runs required from 39 overs, RR: 5.63, RRR: 6.07)
AM Rahane    30* (34b 3x4)      SR Patel    1-0-5-0
PA Patel    28* (33b 3x4)      JW Dernbach    2-0-16-0

11.1

Dernbach to Rahane, 1 run, stays back and he has plenty of time to open the face down to third man

11.2

Dernbach to Patel, 1 run, full outside off and it's run down to third man

11.3

Dernbach to Rahane, no run, good length around off stump, defended back towards the bowler

11.4

Dernbach to Rahane, no run, sends down a bouncer which Rahane is happy to leave alone

11.5

Dernbach to Rahane, no run, a slower ball, full outside off and left alone

11.6

Dernbach to Rahane, 2 runs, tucked off the back foot into square leg and that's excellent running

End of over 12 (4 runs) India 66/0 (233 runs required from 38 overs, RR: 5.50, RRR: 6.13)
AM Rahane    33* (39b 3x4)      JW Dernbach    3-0-20-0
PA Patel    29* (34b 3x4)      SR Patel    1-0-5-0

12.1

Patel to Patel, 1 run, swept from outside off stump to deep backward square

12.2

Patel to Rahane, no run, goes back and opens the face but this time can't find the gap

12.3

Patel to Rahane, 1 run, drifts too straight which allows an easy dab into midwicket

12.4

Patel to Patel, 1 run, pushed down the ground to long on

12.5

Patel to Rahane, no run, fired in at the batsman's feet and dug out back to Patel

12.6

Patel to Rahane, no run, driven off the back foot straight to cover

End of over 13 (3 runs) India 69/0 (230 runs required from 37 overs, RR: 5.30, RRR: 6.21)
AM Rahane    34* (43b 3x4)      SR Patel    2-0-8-0
PA Patel    31* (36b 3x4)      JW Dernbach    3-0-20-0

Graeme Swann comes into the attack. England really need a wicket (or two)

13.1

Swann to Patel, no run, what's going on there? It's a cracking ball that spins past a lunging edge and Kieswetter whips off the bails which leads to a huge appeal but Patel's foot is firmly planted behind the line

13.2

Swann to Patel, 1 run, pushed away from off stump out to deep cover

That first ball as a good sign for Swann. We've not seen much turn so far

13.3

Swann to Rahane, no run, another appeal. Again, mainly from Kieswetter. The ball spins down the leg side and they go up for a catch

13.4

Swann to Rahane, 1 run, well, have England missed a run out? Was pushed into the covers and the under-arm from Bopara is wide of the stumps and Kieswetter then demolishes the stumps. The batsman was probably safe

13.5

Swann to Patel, no run, more turn and this one also stops a little which means it's pushed in the air short of cover

13.6

Swann to Patel, 2 runs, very delicate as he paddles this fine from outside off

End of over 14 (4 runs) India 73/0 (226 runs required from 36 overs, RR: 5.21, RRR: 6.27)
PA Patel    34* (40b 3x4)      GP Swann    1-0-4-0
AM Rahane    35* (45b 3x4)      SR Patel    2-0-8-0

14.1

Patel to Rahane, no run, pushed into the leg side

14.2

Patel to Rahane, 1 run, worked off leg stump behind square

14.3

Patel to Patel, no run, flicked from outside off stump to short fine leg

14.4

Patel to Patel, no run, very full and pushed back to the bowler

14.5

Patel to Patel, 1 run, neatly worked out to deep midwicket

14.6

Patel to Rahane, no run, flicked from off stump to midwicket...tight over from Patel but India comfortable

On that note it's back to Liam

End of over 15 (2 runs) India 75/0 (224 runs required from 35 overs, RR: 5.00, RRR: 6.40)
AM Rahane    36* (48b 3x4)      SR Patel    3-0-10-0
PA Patel    35* (43b 3x4)      GP Swann    1-0-4-0

Thanks Andrew. Unsurprisingly, England have taken the bowling powerplay straight away. Bresnan to continue.

15.1

Bresnan to Patel, 1 run, pulled in the air! But dropping well short of the fielder at long leg

15.2

Bresnan to Rahane, 1 run, neatly angled down to third man for an easy single

James talks England spinners: "I think if England are going to play 2 spinners, their second spinner needs to be a front-line bowler. Samit Patel should be challenging for a place as a batsman who bowls rather than a bowling allrounder. James Tredwell has been unlucky not to get picked, as has Adil Rashid, who was the leading spinner in this year's CB40, while Scott Borthwick's List A career average is 46. I think Borthwick and Rashid have been selected and ignored for this ODI tour based on their First-class seasons instead."

15.3

Bresnan to Patel, 2 runs, another aggressive pull flies in the air out to deep midwicket, but a committed piece of fielding from a tumbling Kevin Pietersen out near the boundary saves runs

15.4

Bresnan to Patel, OUT, Bresnan strikes! There's not been a great deal of swing out there this evening, but this one swung back in to the left-hander through the air, striking Parthiv on the pad as he poked from the crease. The umpire quickly upholds the lbw appeal, but on second viewing this was actually quite marginal. It's a borderline call as to whether it landed inside the line of leg

PA Patel lbw b Bresnan 38 (67m 46b 3x4 0x6) SR: 82.60

15.5

Bresnan to Gambhir, FOUR, that is quite a start from Gambhir. The ball was there to be hit, a long hop sitting up meekly outside off, but the execution of the cut shot was perfect. Welcome to the crease, Gautam

15.6

Bresnan to Gambhir, no run, that's better from Bresnan, who pitches up and aims for the channel outside off, beating the outside edge of Gambhir's forward press

End of over 16 (8 runs) India 83/1 (216 runs required from 34 overs, RR: 5.18, RRR: 6.35)
G Gambhir    4* (2b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    4-0-29-1
AM Rahane    37* (49b 3x4)      SR Patel    3-0-10-0

Dernbach replaces Patel.

16.1

Dernbach to Rahane, 1 run, he starts with a leg-stump half-volley that is firmly flicked through square leg

A solitary wide slip comes in for Gambhir.

16.2

Dernbach to Gambhir, no run, Dernbach keeps the left-hander deep in his crease with a rising length delivery on middle and off

16.3

Dernbach to Gambhir, no run, cutting away off the pitch off a good length. Gambhir hops at the crease and opens the face of the blade, but can't pick the gap at gully

16.4

Dernbach to Gambhir, 2 runs, too short from Dernbach and Gambhir is onto the pull in a flash, cracking the ball well in front of square. There's a man out, however, and he runs round to cut it off at wide long on

16.5

Dernbach to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir walks at the bowler and bottom-edges an attempted cut into the ground and back to Kieswetter

16.6

Dernbach to Gambhir, 1 run, slower ball from Dernbach, and Gambhir finds a single behind point with a delicate late cut

Gambhir played that shot so many times the other night.

End of over 17 (4 runs) India 87/1 (212 runs required from 33 overs, RR: 5.11, RRR: 6.42)
G Gambhir    7* (7b 1x4)      JW Dernbach    4-0-24-0
AM Rahane    38* (50b 3x4)      TT Bresnan    4-0-29-1

17.1

Bresnan to Gambhir, 2 runs, Gambhir skips down the track and gets nicely to the pitch, driving through extra cover with a shot that is part rapier, part shovel

17.2

Bresnan to Gambhir, 1 run, Bresnan responds by pulling his length back, making it very easy for Gambhir to work that single down to third man

17.3

Bresnan to Rahane, 1 run, short once more from Bresnan, and Rahane steps back to pull to deep midwicket

17.4

Bresnan to Gambhir, 1 run, Bresnan's line slips outside leg, and he's glanced down to fine leg

17.5

Bresnan to Rahane, 1 wide, Bresnan spots Rahane's intentions to come down the pitch and digs the ball in really short. It's called wide as it loops high over the batsman's head, Kieswetter leaping to take it

17.5

Bresnan to Rahane, 4 runs, over-throws! Whose fault was this? It's Jonny Bairstow at backward point. The ball was tapped to his left and Rahane thought about the single, but was sent back. The shy was in vain as the batsman would have been home, and there was no-one backing up

17.6

Bresnan to Rahane, FOUR, another boundary! This one must be credited to the batsman. Rahane got back in good time and chopped down at the ball at the last moment to cut it very fine down to third man. The 100 comes up

End of over 18 (14 runs) India 101/1 (198 runs required from 32 overs, RR: 5.61, RRR: 6.18)
AM Rahane    47* (53b 4x4)      TT Bresnan    5-0-43-1
G Gambhir    11* (10b 1x4)      JW Dernbach    4-0-24-0

Dernbach is removed from the attack, replaced by Finn who will have one slip in place.

18.1

Finn to Gambhir, no run, he's full on off stump to start, Gambhir defendind to cover point

18.2

Finn to Gambhir, 1 run, great awareness by the batsmen. Gambhir defended the ball straight down at his feet but Rahane called immediately, sprinting across before Finn could get to the ball

18.3

Finn to Rahane, no run, good take from Kieswetter! He's saved multiple runs here. Finn slipped one down leg, the ball kissing the pad. It looked like a definite four leg byes, but Kieswetter made a valiant leap to his left to stop it

18.4

Finn to Rahane, no run, pitched right up on off stump, Rahane coming forward to drive back down the pitch

18.5

Finn to Rahane, no run, good, accurate seam bowling from Finn. He lands this one on an off stump line and Rahane has to defend

18.6

Finn to Rahane, 1 run, a rising delivery outside off is defended to point, and that ends a good over

End of over 19 (2 runs) India 103/1 (196 runs required from 31 overs, RR: 5.42, RRR: 6.32)
AM Rahane    48* (57b 4x4)      ST Finn    6-0-22-0
G Gambhir    12* (12b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    5-0-43-1

Graeme Swann is now brought back.

19.1

Swann to Rahane, 1 run, eased down to long on for the single

19.2

Swann to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir looks to upset Swann's rhythm straight away, coming down the track, but he pings the cover fielder

19.3

Swann to Gambhir, no run, a sliced late cut goes to Finn at short third man, on the bounce, and there's no time for a single

19.4

Swann to Gambhir, 1 run, a tip-and-run single is taken to cover point. Cook's not happy with his fielders for allowing that

19.5

Swann to Rahane, 1 run, fifty for Rahane! His second in international cricket, both knocks coming - of course - against England. He went to the landmark with a watchful nudge behind square on the leg side

19.6

Swann to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir has a fiddle outside off and is beaten

End of over 20 (3 runs) India 106/1 (193 runs required from 30 overs, RR: 5.30, RRR: 6.43)
G Gambhir    13* (16b 1x4)      GP Swann    2-0-7-0
AM Rahane    50* (59b 4x4)      ST Finn    6-0-22-0

Spin from both ends, here's Patel.

20.1

Patel to Rahane, no run, speared in from round the stumps, Rahane missing with the glance

20.2

Patel to Rahane, 1 run, firmly driven down to long on

20.3

Patel to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir stays deep in the crease and punches to extra cover off the back foot

20.4

Patel to Gambhir, 1 run, a shimmy down the wicket gets Gambhir to the pitch, and he taps to long on for one

20.5

Patel to Rahane, 1 run, another ambled single is taken as the ball rolls to long on

20.6

Patel to Gambhir, 2 runs, Gambhir gets his right foot out across to off and turns the bat over the ball to get it down to fine leg, and they hurry back for the second

End of over 21 (5 runs) India 111/1 (188 runs required from 29 overs, RR: 5.28, RRR: 6.48)
G Gambhir    16* (19b 1x4)      SR Patel    4-0-15-0
AM Rahane    52* (62b 4x4)      GP Swann    2-0-7-0

21.1

Swann to Rahane, no run, Rahane lunges forward and clips to square leg, playing with the spin

21.2

Swann to Rahane, no run, a yelped lbw appeal is quickly stifled! This one spun in sharply and struck Rahane on the pad. But was it doing too much? It may have gone down leg

21.3

Swann to Rahane, no run, Rahane uses his feet but can't get to the pitch, driving to mid off

21.4

Swann to Rahane, 1 run, placed through the covers for one

21.5

Swann to Gambhir, 1 run, a good shot for one run! Gambhir jumps out and away to leg and nails a drive through extra cover and out to the sweeper

21.6

Swann to Rahane, FOUR, shot! Rahane finds the boundary with an elegant late cut. Snatched out of the keeper's gloves and dispatched to third man

End of over 22 (6 runs) India 117/1 (182 runs required from 28 overs, RR: 5.31, RRR: 6.50)
AM Rahane    57* (67b 5x4)      GP Swann    3-0-13-0
G Gambhir    17* (20b 1x4)      SR Patel    4-0-15-0

22.1

Patel to Gambhir, no run, was this a drop? Yes indeed, Gambhir has been dropped by Kieswetter. He had come forward to drive but the ball rushed straight on, taking a thin edge

22.2

Patel to Gambhir, no run, defended more solidly into the off side

22.3

Patel to Gambhir, no run, cracked to cover point

22.4

Patel to Gambhir, 1 run, a late glide brings a single to short third man

22.5

Patel to Rahane, 1 run, whipped down to long on with plenty of wrist

22.6

Patel to Gambhir, 2 runs, too short from Samit Patel, who drags the quicker ball down and is firmly cut out to deep cover point. Fortunately for him, there's a man out there

End of over 23 (4 runs) India 121/1 (178 runs required from 27 overs, RR: 5.26, RRR: 6.59)
G Gambhir    20* (25b 1x4)      SR Patel    5-0-19-0
AM Rahane    58* (68b 5x4)      GP Swann    3-0-13-0

Kevin Pietersen is leaving the field, and walking quite gingerly. Not sure what the problem is. He's replaced by Jos Buttler.

23.1

Swann to Rahane, 1 run, worked with the spin into the leg side for one

23.2

Swann to Gambhir, 1 run, Gambhir jumps out at the bowler and sends the ball out to deep midwicket with a toe-ended hoick

23.3

Swann to Rahane, 1 run, Rahane stays deep in the crease, forcing the ball to deep cover with a firm punch

23.4

Swann to Gambhir, 1 run, chipped up and over extra cover, a controlled shot and it brings one

23.5

Swann to Rahane, 1 run, Rahane gets a touch on a sharply turning offspinner to pick up a single to short fine leg

23.6

Swann to Gambhir, 1 run, late cut almost straight to the man at short third man, but there's still time for them to take a single. Surely the fielders are too deep?

End of over 24 (6 runs) India 127/1 (172 runs required from 26 overs, RR: 5.29, RRR: 6.61)
G Gambhir    23* (28b 1x4)      GP Swann    4-0-19-0
AM Rahane    61* (71b 5x4)      SR Patel    5-0-19-0

24.1

Patel to Gambhir, 1 run, a very full delivery is dug out down to long on

24.2

Patel to Rahane, 1 run, Rahane moves swiftly down the pitch to drive to long on, another single to the total

24.3

Patel to Gambhir, 1 run, a premeditated paddle-sweep sends the ball bouncing down to fine leg

24.4

Patel to Rahane, 1 run, a slightly short delivery sits up tamely and is hammered out to deep cover

24.5

Patel to Gambhir, FOUR, one bounce to wide long on! This one slipped out of Patel's hand as Gambhir came down the track at him, and the resultant full toss was clobbered in the air out into the deep

24.6

Patel to Gambhir, 1 run, chopped down into the off side, a single following the boundary

End of over 25 (9 runs) India 136/1 (163 runs required from 25 overs, RR: 5.44, RRR: 6.52)
G Gambhir    30* (32b 2x4)      SR Patel    6-0-28-0
AM Rahane    63* (73b 5x4)      GP Swann    4-0-19-0

25.1

Swann to Gambhir, 3 runs, this is a cheeky shot from Gambhir. He hung back and at the very last moment angled the bat on a ball that was heading for the top of middle, beating a diving Finn at short third man

25.2

Swann to Rahane, no run, flicked with the spin to midwicket

25.3

Swann to Rahane, no run, and again, Swann keeps things tight on middle and off and Rahane hits the fielder

25.4

Swann to Rahane, 2 runs, sharp spin! This really fizzed off the wicket, but it was too short and so Rahane had committed himself to the pull. Samit Patel does well to save runs in the deep

25.5

Swann to Rahane, FOUR, intelligent batting! Rahane goes on the attack but doesn't over-hit the ball, just getting to the pitch and chipping a drive to wide long off

25.6

Swann to Rahane, 2 runs, and now a cute little dab brings a couple more runs to third man

End of over 26 (11 runs) India 147/1 (152 runs required from 24 overs, RR: 5.65, RRR: 6.33)
AM Rahane    71* (78b 6x4)      GP Swann    5-0-30-0
G Gambhir    33* (33b 2x4)      SR Patel    6-0-28-0

"RE Pietersen leaving the field. Could it be that he is sick of chasing leather?!" Quite possibly, Doc. With the game meandering, Cook has brought Jade Dernbach back into the attack. He's got a defensive field in place

26.1

Dernbach to Gambhir, no run, sharp bouncer first up! Dernbach buzzes a short one past Gambhir's grille

26.2

Dernbach to Gambhir, 1 leg bye, Gambhir is beaten by pace and seam movement, and struck on the upper thigh, but the ball rolls towards cover and Rahane seizes the chance for a quick single

High praise from Sagar: "Gambhir has turned in to a fine accumulator. Rotates strike with the odd boundary and ticks at run-a-ball without much fuss. He makes it look easy.... with Kohli and Gambhir, you can rest easy when chasing any kind of target... compared to past Indian teams that always put the heart in your mouth..."

26.3

Dernbach to Rahane, 1 run, chopped down to third man

26.4

Dernbach to Gambhir, 1 run, a slower ball from Dernbach, which grips and kicks off the surface. Gambhir does well to ride the extra bounce, taking the bottom hand off the bat and fending to leg

26.5

Dernbach to Rahane, 1 run, another slower ball, but this one is easily picked and worked backward of square on the leg side for one

26.6

Dernbach to Gambhir, 1 run, Dernbach has his hands on his head after a slower legcutter keeps low and looks to be heading for Gambhir's pads ... but is instead glanced to long leg

End of over 27 (5 runs) India 152/1 (147 runs required from 23 overs, RR: 5.62, RRR: 6.39)
G Gambhir    35* (37b 2x4)      JW Dernbach    5-0-28-0
AM Rahane    73* (80b 6x4)      GP Swann    5-0-30-0

27.1

Swann to Gambhir, 2 runs, chipped up and over extra cover. Samit is perhaps a little tardy getting to the ball, and gets an earbashing from Swann

27.2

Swann to Gambhir, 1 wide, speared down the leg side, called wide

27.2

Swann to Gambhir, 1 run, good stop from a diving Finn at short third man, but he's not able to stop the single

27.3

Swann to Rahane, 3 runs, classy shot! Rahane stepped forward to an arm ball, delivered from round the wicket, and glided it very late down to third man. Stopped just inside the rope

27.4

Swann to Gambhir, 2 runs, Gambhir uses his feet again, driving to wide long off for two more. Again Swann's not happy with the fielding

27.5

Swann to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir almost runs past one! He came down the track but ended up almost yorking himself. He gets enough on it to survive

27.6

Swann to Gambhir, 1 run, an uppish drive had the extra cover fielder interested, but it's wide of him. This time just the single as the fielder in the deep comes in quickly

End of over 28 (10 runs) India 162/1 (137 runs required from 22 overs, RR: 5.78, RRR: 6.22)
G Gambhir    41* (42b 2x4)      GP Swann    6-0-40-0
AM Rahane    76* (81b 6x4)      JW Dernbach    5-0-28-0

28.1

Dernbach to Gambhir, 1 run, banged in very short outside off, Gambhir flinging the bat out to cut to third man

"Just 4 dot balls in last 5 overs," points out Hussain.

28.2

Dernbach to Rahane, no run, there's another dot, Rahane driving a full ball to mid on

28.3

Dernbach to Rahane, 1 run, a touch short again from Dernbach, and he's pulled out to deep square. It was the offcutter, but pitched short

28.4

Dernbach to Gambhir, no run, a full, wide delivery is slashed hard to backward point

28.5

Dernbach to Gambhir, no run, again the backward point fielder is in action, this time to stop a controlled cut

28.6

Dernbach to Gambhir, FOUR, slapped over cover for four! Gambhir picked up the back-of-the-hand slower one and didn't bother to keep his drive down, lifting the ball over cover

End of over 29 (6 runs) India 168/1 (131 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 5.79, RRR: 6.23)
G Gambhir    46* (46b 3x4)      JW Dernbach    6-0-34-0
AM Rahane    77* (83b 6x4)      GP Swann    6-0-40-0

An interesting change, Ravi Bopara brought on. A potential partnership breaker?

29.1

Bopara to Rahane, no run, he's on target to start, zoning in on the top of off. Rahane defends to midwicket

"Rahane calmly does the job and piled up 75 runs unnoticed," writes Srikanth.

29.2

Bopara to Rahane, 1 wide, hurled down the leg side, very wide. Oh dear

29.2

Bopara to Rahane, 1 run, full outside off, the drive is hammered out to deep cover

"It's accepted that Cricinfo commentary followers are known for their jinxing skills, but please please leave Gambhir and rest of indians alone," pleads Teja. "They just seem to be enjoying their home."

29.3

Bopara to Gambhir, 1 run, nicely played. Gambhir opens the face at the last moment to send the ball neatly down to third man

29.4

Bopara to Rahane, 1 run, and Rahane follows suit, in mirror image, with a very similar dab

29.5

Bopara to Gambhir, no run, floated up outside off. Gambhir can't time the drive and the ball trickles to cover

29.6

Bopara to Gambhir, 1 run, whipped off the pads down to fine leg

Dinesh K writes: "Sagar - You missed 2 words in your statement - "In India". Agree with everything else you just said."

End of over 30 (5 runs) India 173/1 (126 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 5.76, RRR: 6.30)
G Gambhir    48* (49b 3x4)      RS Bopara    1-0-5-0
AM Rahane    79* (86b 6x4)      JW Dernbach    6-0-34-0

30.1

Swann to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir comes down with bat and pad together, defending towards mid on

30.2

Swann to Gambhir, no run, huge appeal from bowler and wicketkeeper as Gambhir misses a paddle sweep and is struck on the pad! But Billy Bowden is unmoved! That looked like it was hitting leg

30.3

Swann to Gambhir, no run, chopped right off the stumps, but stopped at backward point

30.4

Swann to Gambhir, SIX, a chipped drive has sailed for six! Gambhir skipped down the track and drove in the air, checking the shot but finding power and timing all the same to get the ball over the long off fielder

30.5

Swann to Gambhir, 1 run, punched to cover off the back foot

30.6

Swann to Rahane, 1 run, the bottom hand takes over the shot to get the ball down to long on

And I'll hand back to Andrew McGlashan for a spell.

End of over 31 (8 runs) India 181/1 (118 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 5.83, RRR: 6.21)
AM Rahane    80* (87b 6x4)      GP Swann    7-0-48-0
G Gambhir    55* (54b 3x4 1x6)      RS Bopara    1-0-5-0

Thanks Liam, India cruising this at the moment

31.1

Bopara to Rahane, no run, worked out to midwicket

31.2

Bopara to Rahane, 1 run, short and pulled out to deep square leg

31.3

Bopara to Gambhir, no run, beats the outside edge with a touch of extra bounce as Gambhir cuts

31.4

Bopara to Gambhir, 1 run, angling into the batsman but he just waits then opens the face to play it very late down to third man

31.5

Bopara to Rahane, no run, beats the edge again, this time of Rahane as he tries to guide the ball to third man

31.6

Bopara to Rahane, 1 run, full on off stump, pushed towards mid-off and it's a very easy run

End of over 32 (3 runs) India 184/1 (115 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 5.75, RRR: 6.38)
AM Rahane    82* (91b 6x4)      RS Bopara    2-0-8-0
G Gambhir    56* (56b 3x4 1x6)      GP Swann    7-0-48-0

32.1

Swann to Rahane, 1 run, pushed down to long on

32.2

Swann to Gambhir, no run, tossed up from round the wicket and driven to cover

32.3

Swann to Gambhir, 1 run, goes back and tucks it off his pads to square leg

32.4

Swann to Rahane, 1 run, too short and gives Rahane time to go onto the back foot and flat-bat it to long on

32.5

Swann to Gambhir, 1 run, opens the face as he drives a full delivery to cover

32.6

Swann to Rahane, 1 run, this one runs off the face of the bat square on the off side and India barely broke sweat in that over

The players will take a drink

End of over 33 (5 runs) India 189/1 (110 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 5.72, RRR: 6.47)
AM Rahane    85* (94b 6x4)      GP Swann    8-0-53-0
G Gambhir    58* (59b 3x4 1x6)      RS Bopara    2-0-8-0

After the short break it's Steven Finn into the attack

33.1

Finn to Rahane, 1 run, short and wide outside off, upper cut down to third man

33.2

Finn to Gambhir, OUT, super catch! England have a breakthrough and Finn a deserved wicket. Gambhir tired to go over the covers, the ball came off the splice but still looked like it could clear Pietersen until he leapt backwards and stuck out a left hand. Does that give England a glimmer?

G Gambhir c Pietersen b Finn 58 (76m 60b 3x4 1x6) SR: 96.66

33.3

Finn to Rahane, 1 run, the batsmen crossed and Rahane drops this into the leg side

Two slips in place

33.4

Finn to Kohli, no run, back of a length on off stump, defended solidly

33.5

Finn to Kohli, no run, so close! Almost another wicket. It was a full delivery, Kohli went for a drive and got a big inside edge into his pad which looped up but Finn couldn't quite get to it from his follow through. Was a terrific attempt

33.6

Finn to Kohli, 1 run, now he fends outside off stump, some extra bounce and it takes an edge down to third man

Top over from Finn but England need more of it

End of over 34 (3 runs) India 192/2 (107 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 5.64, RRR: 6.68)
V Kohli    1* (3b)      ST Finn    7-0-25-1
AM Rahane    87* (96b 6x4)      GP Swann    8-0-53-0

Samit Patel comes back into the attack

34.1

Patel to Kohli, no run, quick, flat and short outside off but it's driven straight to cover

34.2

Patel to Kohli, no run, that's better, bit of flight on this one and it's played to cover again

34.3

Patel to Kohli, no run, pushed back to the bowler

34.4

Patel to Kohli, 1 run, sliced out to deep cover

34.5

Patel to Rahane, 1 run, neatly worked down the ground from outside off stump

34.6

Patel to Kohli, 2 runs, nicely timed through the covers and there's more frustration among the England fielders as they are able to come back for a second

End of over 35 (4 runs) India 196/2 (103 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 5.60, RRR: 6.86)
V Kohli    4* (8b)      SR Patel    7-0-32-0
AM Rahane    88* (97b 6x4)      ST Finn    7-0-25-1

The batting Powerplay has to be taken now

35.1

Finn to Rahane, 1 run, very full, driven off an outside edge and falls short of first slip where Swann can't stop the single

35.2

Finn to Kohli, no run, not far away...nearly a return catch to Finn as Kohli can't play this short ball down but again it lands short of the bowler in the follow through

35.3

Finn to Kohli, no run, fuller this time and driven neatly to mid-off

35.4

Finn to Kohli, 1 leg bye, goes across the crease, takes the pad into the leg side

35.5

Finn to Rahane, no run, beaten! This is excellent bowling from Finn. Hint of movement and Rahane feels outside off stump without any footwork

35.6

Finn to Rahane, no run, gives himself room outside leg to try and find a gap in the off side but picks out mid-off

End of over 36 (2 runs) India 198/2 (101 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 5.50, RRR: 7.21)
AM Rahane    89* (100b 6x4)      ST Finn    6.1-0-26-1
V Kohli    4* (11b)      SR Patel    7-0-32-0

Jade Dernbach comes back and could be bowling for his place in the team

36.1

Dernbach to Kohli, 1 run, dropped! Would you believe it. Dernbach starts with a bouncer and it takes a big top edge, Kieswetter got it with a jump then couldn't hold on as he hit the ground. Massive miss, poor mistake

Cries of anguish from England players as that went down

36.2

Dernbach to Rahane, 1 run, full on leg stump, timed nicely down to long on

36.3

Dernbach to Kohli, FOUR, wonderful shot. That will have Dernbach spewing. Was a good length delivery and it's just pushed through mid-on with super timing

36.4

Dernbach to Kohli, 1 run, now he works a single to mid-on who is stood in no-man's land

36.5

Dernbach to Rahane, 1 run, slower ball which is too short and it's easily worked off the hip

36.6

Dernbach to Kohli, 1 leg bye, another slower ball, this one grips a little and takes Kohli high on the pad then lobs away for an easy run

End of over 37 (9 runs) India 207/2 (92 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 5.59, RRR: 7.07)
V Kohli    10* (15b 1x4)      JW Dernbach    7-0-42-0
AM Rahane    91* (102b 6x4)      ST Finn    6.1-0-26-1

37.1

Finn to Kohli, FOUR, more exquisite timing, this time through the leg side as Kohli picks off a straight delivery through midwicket

37.2

Finn to Kohli, no run, good length on off stump, defended back to the bowler

37.3

Finn to Kohli, 1 run, hops onto the back foot and whipped out to deep square leg

37.4

Finn to Rahane, no run, backs away and is beaten as he tries to go over the top

37.5

Finn to Rahane, OUT, got him! Finn strikes again and Rahane misses his hundred. It was a full delivery, perhaps a touch slower, that he aimed to play to leg but got a leading edge which carried low to mid-off. A little send-off from Finn, I think

AM Rahane c Cook b Finn 91 (166m 104b 6x4 0x6) SR: 87.50

37.6

Finn to Raina, no run, full outside off, sweetly driven to mid-off

Super from Finn but he only has one over left

End of over 38 (5 runs) India 212/3 (87 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 5.57, RRR: 7.25)
SK Raina    0* (1b)      ST Finn    8-0-31-2
V Kohli    15* (18b 2x4)      JW Dernbach    7-0-42-0

Tim Bresnan comes back into the attack

38.1

Bresnan to Kohli, FOUR, and starts on the wrong line, flicked off the hip and it beats short fine leg

38.2

Bresnan to Kohli, 1 run, uses the natural angle again as he flicks a straight delivery to long leg

38.3

Bresnan to Raina, no run, full on middle and off, pushed firmly to midwicket

38.4

Bresnan to Raina, OUT, gone! Huge wicket. Game on. Raina stands on leg stump, opens his stance, and tries to go over cover but picks out Pietersen

SK Raina c Pietersen b Bresnan 0 (5m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Almost at the last moment England giving themselves a chance of staying in this series. Still need another quick wicket with MS Dhoni at the crease. He's an excellent judge of a chase

38.5

Bresnan to Dhoni, no run, defended to the leg side

38.6

Bresnan to Dhoni, no run, beaten outside off stump and it doesn't carry to the keeper

End of over 39 (5 runs) India 217/4 (82 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 5.56, RRR: 7.45)
MS Dhoni    0* (2b)      TT Bresnan    6-0-48-2
V Kohli    20* (20b 3x4)      ST Finn    8-0-31-2

Alastair Cook saves one of Finn's overs and it's back to Dernbach

39.1

Dernbach to Kohli, no run, starts with a full delivery that moves into Kohli and it's played to backward point

39.2

Dernbach to Kohli, FOUR, oh dear, oh dear. England have been poor in the field and now Bresnan lets this through his legs at short third man

39.3

Dernbach to Kohli, 1 run, another slower ball outside off, Kohli opens the face to short third man and this time Bresnan gets behind it

39.4

Dernbach to Dhoni, 1 run, short delivery banged it and pulled out to deep square

39.5

Dernbach to Kohli, 2 runs, very sweetly played, with the swing through midwicket and wide of long on

39.6

Dernbach to Kohli, FOUR, that goes all wrong, Dernbach costly again as he serves up a full toss on leg stump which is flicked past short fine leg. Momentum swings again

End of over 40 (12 runs) India 229/4 (70 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 5.72, RRR: 7.00)
V Kohli    31* (25b 5x4)      JW Dernbach    8-0-54-0
MS Dhoni    1* (3b)      TT Bresnan    6-0-48-2

The Powerplay is done and Samit Patel comes on

40.1

Patel to Dhoni, 1 run, round the wicket, low full toss which is driven down to long off

40.2

Patel to Kohli, no run, very full and driven out to cover on the edge of the ring

40.3

Patel to Kohli, 3 runs, beautiful placement behind square on the off as he waits a fraction longer before driving...deep cover dives and almost concedes a boundary but hauls it in

40.4

Patel to Dhoni, no run, drives with an open face and finds cover

40.5

Patel to Dhoni, no run, very full and pushed back to the bowler

40.6

Patel to Dhoni, no run, ooh, nearly gets through...this one skids on and Dhoni has to jab down quickly. Good end to the over from Patel

Right, that's it from me. To see you to the end it's Liam

End of over 41 (4 runs) India 233/4 (66 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 5.68, RRR: 7.33)
MS Dhoni    2* (7b)      SR Patel    8-0-36-0
V Kohli    34* (27b 5x4)      JW Dernbach    8-0-54-0

Hello everyone. And back into the attack is Graeme Swann. He found appreciable turn in his earlier spell, but struggled to contain the batsmen, leaking runs at more than six an over.

41.1

Swann to Kohli, no run, the ball spins and keeps low, taking the inside edge of a swishing blade and ricocheting off Kohli's pad

41.2

Swann to Kohli, 1 run, flicked with the spin to midwicket, one run taken

41.3

Swann to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni is not quite in position to play the paddle sweep as Swann hurls one down quicker, but lays bat on ball to find a single to short fine leg

41.4

Swann to Kohli, OUT, Swann strikes! Virat Kohli is out, beating by dip and massive spin off the surface. He played from the crease and was struck on the front pad. Did it spin too much? Sudhir Asnani doesn't think so, giving him out quickly. England are giving themselves a chance here

V Kohli lbw b Swann 35 (42m 30b 5x4 0x6) SR: 116.66

A slip comes in for Jadeja.

41.5

Swann to Jadeja, 1 run, he's off the mark straight away, nudging to leg

41.6

Swann to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni shoves his left leg well down the wicket and across to off, changing the angle and working the ball to square leg for one

End of over 42 (4 runs) India 237/5 (62 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 5.64, RRR: 7.75)
MS Dhoni    4* (9b)      GP Swann    9-0-57-1
RA Jadeja    1* (1b)      SR Patel    8-0-36-0

42.1

Patel to Dhoni, 1 run, driven down to long off, an easy single taken

42.2

Patel to Jadeja, 1 run, Jadeja takes the ball on the full toss and drives to long on

42.3

Patel to Dhoni, no run, a drive is drilled hard to cover, but almost straight at the fielder there

42.4

Patel to Dhoni, 2 runs, squirted square of the wicket with plenty of wrist, a diving Bopara at point can't cut off the runs

42.5

Patel to Dhoni, 1 run, a full toss is arrowed in at middle, and Dhoni can only get a single to cover

42.6

Patel to Jadeja, 1 run, Jadeja collects another single with a drive down to long on

End of over 43 (6 runs) India 243/5 (56 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 5.65, RRR: 8.00)
RA Jadeja    3* (3b)      SR Patel    9-0-42-0
MS Dhoni    8* (13b)      GP Swann    9-0-57-1

Graeme Swann to bowl his last over now.

43.1

Swann to Jadeja, no run, chipped just short of the extra cover fielder! Jadeja came forward but couldn't get to the ball

43.2

Swann to Jadeja, no run, turn and bounce, and Jadeja is beaten, poking forward, on the outside edge

43.3

Swann to Jadeja, no run, this one comes on with the arm. Jadeja searches for the single to cover point but there's none to be had. Pressure is building

43.4

Swann to Jadeja, 1 run, Jadeja finds some relief with a single down to long off

43.5

Swann to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni hangs back and clubs a single down to long on

43.6

Swann to Jadeja, no run, Jadeja shuffles forward into a tentative defence to end the over

End of over 44 (2 runs) India 245/5 (54 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 5.56, RRR: 9.00)
RA Jadeja    4* (8b)      GP Swann    10-0-59-1
MS Dhoni    9* (14b)      SR Patel    9-0-42-0

Samit Patel will follow Swann, bowling his last over.

44.1

Patel to Dhoni, 1 run, there's plenty of bottom hand in this shovelled square drive by India's captain

44.2

Patel to Jadeja, no run, Jadeja skips out but Patel spots him coming, pulling his length back and firing it in flat and fast. Padded away by the batsman

44.3

Patel to Jadeja, FOUR, smashed back over the bowler's head! The big shot was coming from Jadeja, and he's picked the right place to hit it - straight

44.4

Patel to Jadeja, 1 run, Patel is flat through the air, and Jadeja finds a single with a bunt to long on

44.5

Patel to Dhoni, no run, tapped softly back to the bowler

44.6

Patel to Dhoni, 2 runs, great running from Dhoni! He's putting the English fielders under real pressure. He turned his wrists over this quicker one to get it to midwicket, and then hared across to complete two runs

End of over 45 (8 runs) India 253/5 (46 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 5.62, RRR: 9.20)
MS Dhoni    12* (17b)      SR Patel    10-0-50-0
RA Jadeja    9* (11b 1x4)      GP Swann    10-0-59-1

Cook brings Dernbach back.

45.1

Dernbach to Jadeja, no run, he starts with a full toss but isn't punished, the ball being tapped to mid on

45.2

Dernbach to Jadeja, 1 run, Dernbach finds some purchase off the surface with the legcutter but a hopping Jadeja can still get it down to third man

45.3

Dernbach to Dhoni, 4 leg byes, a slower ball is hit for four! It was the back-of-the-hand variety, but it looped down the leg side and Dhoni only needed to get a touch on it

45.4

Dernbach to Dhoni, 1 run, another slower one, Dhoni drops it at his own feet and they hustle a scrambled single

45.5

Dernbach to Jadeja, 3 runs, great shot, but superb fielding too! Jadeja appeared to have found the gap as he slashed the slower ball behind point, but Bairstow chased it down and pulled the ball in just inside the rope, winning several appreciative pats on the behind

45.6

Dernbach to Dhoni, 1 run, a full, fast delivery is dug out just wide of mid off

End of over 46 (10 runs) India 263/5 (36 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 5.71, RRR: 9.00)
MS Dhoni    14* (20b)      JW Dernbach    9-0-60-0
RA Jadeja    13* (14b 1x4)      SR Patel    10-0-50-0

46.1

Bresnan to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni has wrists like high-tensile steel. This was as good as in the blockhole, yet he jams down on it and it fairly races down to long on

46.2

Bresnan to Jadeja, 1 run, a hacked drive bounces into the covers, and a single is taken

46.3

Bresnan to Dhoni, 1 run, a slower ball slips out as a full toss, but he's not punished too harshly as it's hit straight to cover. Still a single though

46.4

Bresnan to Jadeja, 1 run, it's cut hard, but Bopara at point dives to his right and gets a palm to the ball to save runs

46.5

Bresnan to Dhoni, 1 run, seaming in off the pitch. Glanced down to fine leg

46.6

Bresnan to Jadeja, 1 run, a low full toss is slapped to long on. That ends a good over for England, just six from it

End of over 47 (6 runs) India 269/5 (30 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 5.72, RRR: 10.00)
RA Jadeja    16* (17b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    7-0-54-2
MS Dhoni    17* (23b)      JW Dernbach    9-0-60-0

Steven Finn comes back to finish his quota of overs.

47.1

Finn to Jadeja, 1 run, he starts with a length delivery on off stump that is punched to extra cover

47.2

Finn to Dhoni, FOUR, that is pulled savagely hard! Finn tried the surprise bouncer but it was no surprise to Dhoni, who stepped back and slapped the ball away to deep square leg

47.3

Finn to Dhoni, 2 runs, a clubbed drive beats the diving fielder in the ring, but long off charges round the boundary to cut it off

47.4

Finn to Dhoni, 1 run, Finn targets the blockhole but isn't quite on target, and Dhoni flaps one down to long on

47.5

Finn to Jadeja, FOUR, edged, four! You can't really fault the bowler here. He fired down a fast yorker outside off, Jadeja swung hard and the ball flew off a thick edge. Third man didn't have a chance, nor did the keeper

47.6

Finn to Jadeja, 1 run, short and rising up towards the ribs, Jadeja rides the bounce and picks up a single to end the over

End of over 48 (13 runs) India 282/5 (17 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 5.87, RRR: 8.50)
RA Jadeja    22* (20b 2x4)      ST Finn    9-0-44-2
MS Dhoni    24* (26b 1x4)      TT Bresnan    7-0-54-2

India now need 17 off 12. That over might have swung things India's way, but this match isn't over yet. Dernbach will bowl the 49th over. Fine leg is inside the circle.

48.1

Dernbach to Jadeja, 2 runs, he starts with a slower ball, but it's picked by Jadeja and chopped down to third man ... they're coming back for the second ... this has got to be run out! Or is it? No! Jadeja was miles out of his ground as the ball was returned to Kieswetter, but he trod on the stumps before he could bring the gloves down. He was standing too close as the throw came in. He's livid with himself, that's a clear chance missed

48.2

Dernbach to Jadeja, 1 run, Jadeja is surprised by a high full toss, the ball taking the leading edge and popping to cover. They take a sharp single. How high was that full toss? Dhoni thinks it should have been a no ball

48.3

Dernbach to Dhoni, 1 run, another slower one. Dhoni swings wildly at it and the ball takes the toe end of the bat, bouncing back towards Kieswetter

48.4

Dernbach to Jadeja, 1 run, another full toss, quick through the air, and it's tapped down to long on

48.5

Dernbach to Dhoni, 1 wide, wide! Dernbach gives away a free run and an extra ball as a slow legcutter goes awry

48.5

Dernbach to Dhoni, (no ball) 1 run, oh dear! And now it's the beamer from Dernbach. This was fired down at throat height, but Dhoni kept his eye on it and swung it down to fine leg. Dernbach is struggling with the damp ball, that's got to be it. Dew!

48.5

Dernbach to Jadeja, 1 leg bye, a slow legcutter takes the pad and they scamper through for a leg bye

48.6

Dernbach to Dhoni, 1 run, and yet another slower one to finish, Dhoni nudging it quietly to cover and taking the single to stay on strike

End of over 49 (10 runs) India 292/5 (7 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 5.95, RRR: 7.00)
MS Dhoni    27* (29b 1x4)      JW Dernbach    10-0-69-0
RA Jadeja    26* (24b 2x4)      ST Finn    9-0-44-2

Bresnan will bowl the final over. Dernbach is hobbling off the field after that over, and is replaced by Buttler. Good grief, this is tight. Could we see another tie?

49.1

Bresnan to Dhoni, FOUR, murdered over extra cover! Floated up full and wide by Bresnan. Dhoni opened up his stance and absolutely hammered the drive in the air. The crowd go wild!

49.2

Bresnan to Dhoni, FOUR, and another! Dhoni shovels a length delivery up and over cover, sealing the game and the series for India

India take a 3-0 series lead with a five-wicket win. The Indian batsmen gave a masterclass on how to time a run-a-ball chase tonight. Rahane and Gambhir set the platform with their 111-run stand, Dhoni and Jadeja closed things off with an unbroken 65 in under eight overs. England were the more flustered team when things started to get tight, and it told at crucial moments. It appeared that Trott and Patel's efforts with the bat had given them a chance of keeping the series alive, but it was not to be. Read all about India's series-sealing win in Andrew Miller's report.

Revanth wants his team to go for the kill: "Anything less than 5-0 the whole country would be very disappointed. Its pay back time right."

"Rahane will probably be the MoM tonight," reckons Dev, "But I feel for Samit."

Sagar, who some believed might have jinxed India earlier, adds this: ".... and therefore, I am not a jinxer. This gives me a license to post positive things about India when it is going good... but I have to admit, I had my heart in the mouth the last few overs."

Arun: "@Sagar: If there's got to be something in your mouth, better heart than foot."

Samit Patel isn't the Man of the Match, but he has somehow won a motorbike for his efforts. He looks more confused than anything.

"It's a tough defeat to take, especially when it's so close," says Alastair Cook. "Our fielding has been slightly below par, which is unusual for us, and today it cost us 20 to 25 runs in the field. Six an over is always a tough chase, but credit to the way MS and Jadeja finished that off."

"I think it was a very good performance," says MS Dhoni. "The upper middle order did the job for us. We gave away a few too many boundaries with the ball. Again, dew was a factor, so it started to come on nicely onto the bat. The way Rahane batted along with Gautam Gambhir was crucial. We lost wickets at the wrong time though, and we had to get another partnership going. We are backing ourselves to chase whatever the opposition scores, and we have been doing that."

Ajinkya Rahane is the Man of the Match. He seems like a thoughtful, well-spoken young man. Well done to him.

That's about all from our coverage of the third ODI. Before you go, be sure to check out our match gallery. Frankly, marvellous. Until next time, goodbye!

Series Results
India v England at Kolkata - Oct 25, 2011
India won by 95 runs
India v England at Mumbai - Oct 23, 2011
India won by 6 wickets (with 59 balls remaining)
India v England at Mohali - Oct 20, 2011
India won by 5 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)
India v England at Delhi - Oct 17, 2011
India won by 8 wickets (with 80 balls remaining)
India v England at Hyderabad (Deccan) - Oct 14, 2011
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Oct 20, 2011

Jade Dernbach endured another difficult match, India v England, 3rd ODI, Mohali, October 20, 2011

Jade Dernbach endured another difficult match

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Oct 20, 2011

MS Dhoni marches off after a job well done, India v England, 3rd ODI, Mohali, October 20, 2011

MS Dhoni marches off after a job well done

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