England in India ODI Series - 1st ODI

India v England

England won by 9 runs

Right, out come the teams, India have a quick cuddle huddle. Cook and Ian Bell are the England openers... Buvneshwar Kumar has the first new white ball

11.55am: So, just to recap on England's recent record in India: in their last three ODI series, they've won one, lost 15. Basically, they travel worse than a suitcase made of strawberry blancmange. In 2008, they began the series in Rajkot (at the old Madhav Rao Scindia ground) and got well and truly Yuvraj-ed, his 138 setting up a 158-run win. Doing better than that will be England's first goal this time around.

11.45am: The reviews are coming in...

"First blunder from Dhoni today," says Bajwah. "Excluding Shami Ahmed and including Dinda. He played a major part in India's win and now he is out. Wooww."

And here's Nitish Kumar: "Unfair with Pujara, he had just returned with a triple ton in Ranji and still isn't in the team."

Sindha, however, is backing one of Dhoni's selections: "I agree with you Navin. But in ODIs Gambhir's form is excellent in every home or abroad series. He had an excellent last year in ODIs in terms of average not centuries."

11.35am: Ah, here we go, so England have included Root at the expense of a bowler, with Samit Patel batting at No. 7. They will probably share a few overs of spin between them. Kevin Pietersen returns for his first ODI in almost a year, batting at No. 3. Anyone recall his last couple of appearances in pajamas?

England 1 Alastair Cook (capt), 2 Ian Bell, 3 Kevin Pietersen, 4 Joe Root, 5 Eoin Morgan, 6 Craig Kieswetter (wk), 7 Samit Patel, 8 Tim Bresnan, 9 James Tredwell, 10 Jade Dernbach, 11 Steven Finn.

11.30am: England have won the toss and will bat - Alastair Cook has a broad smile on his face. Joe Root will come into the side at No. 4, it seems, but we'll get you the full line-up in a mo ... India have made just one change to the team that beat Pakistan last week, bringing in Ashok Dinda for Shami Ahmed.

India 1 Gautam Gambhir, 2 Ajinkya Rahane, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Yuvraj Singh, 5 Suresh Raina, 6 MS Dhoni (capt & wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 10 Ishant Sharma, 11 Ashok Dinda.

11.25am: Will Pujara join Root in making his ODI bow today? His captain said it was "unlikely" yesterday, though he's been making an outstanding case recently, rattling his way to double- and triple-hundreds in the Ranji Trophy.

But will that decision hurt India? Navin thinks so: "India should leave Gambhir and take Pujara. He has been the only batsmen who has looked comfortable...Plzz dont do the same bizarre selection..."

11.20am: A few glimpses of the pitch appear to reveal a hard, dry surface, one or two cracks but looks good for batting, as is the way in these parts - known to Chesteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja as 300sville.

Word from the ground, meanwhile, suggests that Joe Root will be in the England team - he's been handed his cap. Presume he'll slot into the middle order, as he did for that memorable Test debut in Nagpur. We'll get confirmation at the toss, shortly.

11.15am: Good morning, happy new year and congratulations - you're looking great today. I'm Alan Gardner, welcoming you to live, finger tip-tapping coverage of the first of five ODIs between India and England. The action today is taking place in Rajkot, at the boxfresh Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium - you can read about the pillar-free stands and Lord's-bubble-a-like media centre in Abhishek Purohit's piece. Abhishek is also responsible for our match preview, while England's finest, George Dobell, has written about the challenge facing new limited-overs coach, Ashley Giles. Can the Wheelie Bin help England unexpectedly clean up?

0.1

Kumar to Cook, no run, good length, slanted across the left-handed Cook, who lets it go a foot or so outside off

0.2

Kumar to Cook, no run, touch shorter, angling away from Cook off the surface, gets behind it and punches towards point

0.3

Kumar to Cook, 1 run, Cook gets forward, opens the face and steers a length ball through backward point to get off the mark

0.4

Kumar to Bell, no run, fullish, tight line on off, Bell waits on it and chops defensively into the ground from the crease

0.5

Kumar to Bell, no run, good pace, seaming back in from outside off, steps out and shoulders arms to allow the ball through

0.6

Kumar to Bell, 1 run, angling in, Bell gets across his stumps and works one behind square on the leg side

Here's Akshay B Jajoo: "It's getting increasingly annoying coming here and reading criticism, sheer criticism, not even constructive criticism for Dhoni. Everything he does, the man seems doomed. After a point, you just have to feel sorry cause all he has ever done is won the World Cup." And had really good hair. Don't forget that, Akshay.

End of over 1 (2 runs) England 2/0 (RR: 2.00)
IR Bell    1* (3b)      B Kumar    1-0-2-0
AN Cook    1* (3b)     

From the other end it will be Ishant Sharma (another blessed barnet, by the way)

1.1

Sharma to Bell, no run, length ball wide of the off stump, doesn't get up that much and Bell lets it go

1.2

Sharma to Bell, no run, stays back and defends into the leg side

1.3

Sharma to Bell, FOUR, good delivery from Ishant, bit of bounce and it rises outside off, surprising Bell, who does well to keep it down from high on the bat, it skids wide of second slip and runs for the first boundary

1.4

Sharma to Bell, no run, length delivery outside off, left alone

1.5

Sharma to Bell, 5 runs, pitched up and turned short on the leg side, Bell is home as the throw come in ... and it's a direct hit that flies away after hitting the stumps and runs for four overthrows out towards deep extra-cover! Quick outfield, then

1.6

Sharma to Cook, no run, over the wicket to Cook, still two slips in place, defended on the back foot

End of over 2 (9 runs) England 11/0 (RR: 5.50)
AN Cook    1* (4b)      I Sharma    1-0-9-0
IR Bell    10* (8b 1x4)      B Kumar    1-0-2-0

2.1

Kumar to Bell, no run, line and length outside off from Buvneshwar, Bell leaves it alone

Just the one slip for Bell now

2.2

Kumar to Bell, no run, pitched up and coming in towards middle and off, turned towards midwicket

2.3

Kumar to Bell, FOUR, bit of width and Bell pings this through backward point, that came right out of the middle, giving third man no chance to get round. Lovely timing

2.4

Kumar to Bell, 1 run, goes back and squirts the ball behind point again, it's fielded but they get one

2.5

Kumar to Cook, no run, on the stumps, back of a length and worked off the legs

2.6

Kumar to Cook, no run, short and angled across this time, Cook opens the face but can only pick out the fielder in the gully

End of over 3 (5 runs) England 16/0 (RR: 5.33)
AN Cook    1* (6b)      B Kumar    2-0-7-0
IR Bell    15* (12b 2x4)      I Sharma    1-0-9-0

"Looks like Yuvraj will have to take all the wickets and Dhoni will have to score all the runs, AGAIN!" It's only been three overs, Hardeep Singh. I'd wait until at least five before starting to worry

3.1

Sharma to Bell, no run, back of a length outside the line of off, defended

3.2

Sharma to Bell, no run, gets across and behind the line to block in front of off stump

3.3

Sharma to Bell, no run, banged in and this doesn't get up as much as Bell expects, he drops his bat on it and pushes into the off side

3.4

Sharma to Bell, no run, oof, Bell gets an inside edge right on to his box - though that's what they're there for. The ball dropped safely on the off side

3.5

Sharma to Bell, no run, length and beginning to duck back in, blocked coming forward

3.6

Sharma to Bell, no run, tight line from Ishant, keeps Bell honest with another forward defensive - and that's a maiden

See, Hardeep, I told you it was too early to give this one up

End of over 4 (maiden) England 16/0 (RR: 4.00)
IR Bell    15* (18b 2x4)      I Sharma    2-1-9-0
AN Cook    1* (6b)      B Kumar    2-0-7-0

4.1

Kumar to Cook, 1 run, back of a length, Cook slashes and gets one down to third man

4.2

Kumar to Bell, FOUR, edged ... but it goes straight between keeper and slip! Lovely ball from Buvneshwar, the extra bounce again surprised Bell and this was a genuine edge, but it bisected Dhoni and Ashwin and rattled away for another boundary

4.3

Kumar to Bell, no run, touch short, in the corridor outside off, punched towards extra-cover

4.4

Kumar to Bell, no run, length ball, seaming back in from wide of the stumps, Bell lets it go

4.5

Kumar to Bell, no run, comes back in and raps Bell on the pad, another shout for Buvneshwar but the batsman was probably just outside the line

4.6

Kumar to Bell, no run, zinged through in the channel outside off, Bell watches it through

End of over 5 (5 runs) England 21/0 (RR: 4.20)
IR Bell    19* (23b 3x4)      B Kumar    3-0-12-0
AN Cook    2* (7b)      I Sharma    2-1-9-0

5.1

Sharma to Cook, FOUR, urgh, filthy delivery from Ishant, short and wide, so wide that Cook is bent in half reaching for it, but he swings his forearms hard and thrashes the ball in front of point

5.2

Sharma to Cook, no run, tries to cut again, this it too close to him, stays a bit low, and skids through to Dhoni

5.3

Sharma to Cook, no run, back of a length, leg-stump line and it hits Cook on the glove and rolls square

5.4

Sharma to Cook, FOUR, width again, Cook throws his hands and gets a thick chunk of bat on it, the ball flies in the air but it's well wide of slip and quick enough to beat third man

5.5

Sharma to Cook, no run, stays back and pushes a length ball square on the off side

5.6

Sharma to Cook, FOUR, another four, the best of the lot, as Ishant overpitches outside off and Cook leans out to drill a flowing cover drive to the fence

Okay, Hardeep, now you can start to worry

End of over 6 (12 runs) England 33/0 (RR: 5.50)
AN Cook    14* (13b 3x4)      I Sharma    3-1-21-0
IR Bell    19* (23b 3x4)      B Kumar    3-0-12-0

6.1

Kumar to Bell, no run, gets across to work a length ball towards midwicket with a turn of the wrists

6.2

Kumar to Bell, no run, full and in the channel, leans into a push to extra-cover

6.3

Kumar to Bell, no run, big lbw appeal, the ball jagging back in at Bell, who played all around it - but umpire Steve Davis shakes his head. Height might have been a question, it came back a long way but hit him in line ... looked pretty good to me

6.4

Kumar to Bell, no run, short and outside off, Bell tries to pull but doesn't connect properly and the ball dribbles towards mid-on

6.5

Kumar to Bell, FOUR, more pain for the bowler as Bell slaps a cover drive through the infield, again enjoying his extra life

6.6

Kumar to Bell, no run, pulls his length back a touch and Bell blocks

"Since the last match between India and England in this city, I remember it as YUVRAJKOT," chirps Ashwani Balayan. "I hope India doesn't force me to remember this as RAJCOOK instead."

End of over 7 (4 runs) England 37/0 (RR: 5.28)
IR Bell    23* (29b 4x4)      B Kumar    4-0-16-0
AN Cook    14* (13b 3x4)      I Sharma    3-1-21-0

7.1

Sharma to Cook, no run, slanted across, again inviting Cook to scissor away a cut shot, but he rifles this one straight at point

7.2

Sharma to Cook, no run, tighter line to off stump, Cook gets across and defends

7.3

Sharma to Cook, no run, short and wide again, back cut from deep in the crease but again he picks out the man at point

7.4

Sharma to Cook, no run, round the wicket now, short of a good length and coming back in, Cook plays the ball on to his body

7.5

Sharma to Cook, no run, on the stumps, good length, turned towards midwicket

7.6

Sharma to Cook, no run, pitched up outside off, Cook tries to drive but doesn't get to the pitch, it bounces into the covers and is fielded - improbably, given the first few balls, that's another maiden

End of over 8 (maiden) England 37/0 (RR: 4.62)
AN Cook    14* (19b 3x4)      I Sharma    4-2-21-0
IR Bell    23* (29b 4x4)      B Kumar    4-0-16-0

Buvneshwar continues into his fifth over, he's bowled well so far, though England will be happy to still have all ten wickets intact

8.1

Kumar to Bell, no run, length ball, coming back in, Bell pushes back down the wicket

8.2

Kumar to Bell, no run, touch fuller, gets forward and taps back to mid-off

8.3

Kumar to Bell, 2 runs, short ball, Bell goes across and whips this off his pads past midwicket for a couple

8.4

Kumar to Bell, no run, good length, slightly wide, pushed into the off side walking across

8.5

Kumar to Bell, FOUR, on the walk and crashed back past the bowler, Bell left the crease in pre-meditated fashion, turning the delivery into a half-volley that he drilled past mid-off

8.6

Kumar to Bell, FOUR, shot! Again Bell gets forward, leaning into an effortless, slightly arial cover drive that whistles through the infield and away for another boundary

End of over 9 (10 runs) England 47/0 (RR: 5.22)
IR Bell    33* (35b 6x4)      B Kumar    5-0-26-0
AN Cook    14* (19b 3x4)      I Sharma    4-2-21-0

Well, that's scuffed up Buvneshwar's figures a little. Here's Ashok Dinda in place of Ishant, bowling round the wicket to Cook

9.1

Dinda to Cook, no run, angled in, tight line around off stump, played back down the pitch

9.2

Dinda to Cook, 1 wide, fired down the leg side as Cook move across, can't get anything on it and called wide

9.2

Dinda to Cook, no run, Cook is beaten past his inside edge, he had a big old yahoo at a full ball and completely missed it, a few inches outside off

9.3

Dinda to Cook, 1 wide, there's an appeal for caught behind, might have been a scratch of pad on it, but the umpire is already signalling wide as Dinda's shout dies in his throat

9.3

Dinda to Cook, FOUR, more damage for Dinda, who continues to bowl too straight, allowing Cook to chip the ball off his pads over midwicket

9.4

Dinda to Cook, 1 run, length delivery, angling in, closes the bat face and clips a single to midwicket

9.5

Dinda to Bell, no run, over the wicket now, short and rising on Bell outside the line of off, he shuffles across to block

9.6

Dinda to Bell, no run, tighter line, slightly back of a length and defended

Prabal Goel has Shami Ahmed on his mind: "It takes just 3 deliveries to find out Ashok Dinda's quality as a bowler." Is that three legitimate deliveries, Prabal, or are you including wides?

End of over 10 (7 runs) England 54/0 (RR: 5.40)
IR Bell    33* (37b 6x4)      AB Dinda    1-0-7-0
AN Cook    19* (23b 4x4)      B Kumar    5-0-26-0

First sight of spin, and this will be where the real test begins for England. R Ashwin is strolling to the crease...

10.1

Ashwin to Cook, 1 run, round the wicket, tossed up on off, worked through the leg side from in front of the pad

10.2

Ashwin to Bell, no run, full length, spinning a touch in, shows it the full face of the bat in defence

10.3

Ashwin to Bell, 1 run, floated up on middle and off, Bell pushes one back past the bowler to long-on

10.4

Ashwin to Cook, 1 run, floated across from round the wicket, drifting towards leg, flicked behind square

10.5

Ashwin to Bell, 1 run, tossed up slower, Bell waits on it and chops one through backward point

10.6

Ashwin to Cook, no run, tossed up on middle and off, leans forward and prods back to the bowler

End of over 11 (4 runs) England 58/0 (RR: 5.27)
AN Cook    21* (26b 4x4)      R Ashwin    1-0-4-0
IR Bell    35* (40b 6x4)      AB Dinda    1-0-7-0

Bhavneet is stroking his chin and frowning: "And new ball bowlers again failed to deliver in initial overs, cause of concern for India." On comes Super Ravi Jadeja for a twirl

11.1

Jadeja to Bell, 1 run, tossed up wide of the stumps, driven back past the bowler

11.2

Jadeja to Cook, 1 run, floated up on the stumps, worked through mid-on for a single

11.3

Jadeja to Bell, 1 run, full and outside the line of off, again Bell ticks the strike over by punching through mid-off

11.4

Jadeja to Cook, no run, fired through a bit quicker outside off, Cook goes for a hack across the line, bottom edges it through his legs and leg slip collects

11.5

Jadeja to Cook, no run, tossed up on off stump, turned short on the leg side

11.6

Jadeja to Cook, no run, pushed through wide of the stumps, chopped off the back foot straight to backward point - decent start from Jadeja

End of over 12 (3 runs) England 61/0 (RR: 5.08)
AN Cook    22* (30b 4x4)      RA Jadeja    1-0-3-0
IR Bell    37* (42b 6x4)      R Ashwin    1-0-4-0

12.1

Ashwin to Bell, no run, tossed up, pushed defensively towards midwicket

12.2

Ashwin to Bell, no run, fired through a bit quicker and dabbed into the leg side

12.3

Ashwin to Bell, no run, halts in his delivery, popping it out at the last second, carrom ball, I think, Bell defends

12.4

Ashwin to Bell, 2 runs, another wrong un, Bell picks it and punches a couple through the covers on the front foot

12.5

Ashwin to Bell, no run, pushed through, played back to the bowler and Ashwin gets down to stop it

12.6

Ashwin to Bell, 1 run, floated up on the leg stump, worked behind square leg for a single

End of over 13 (3 runs) England 64/0 (RR: 4.92)
IR Bell    40* (48b 6x4)      R Ashwin    2-0-7-0
AN Cook    22* (30b 4x4)      RA Jadeja    1-0-3-0

13.1

Jadeja to Bell, SIX, oh, that's a beautiful shot from Bell, gives himself a little room and carves the ball over deep extra-cover, superb timing and that's the first six of the innings

13.2

Jadeja to Bell, no run, flatter and faster, on off stump, blocked

13.3

Jadeja to Bell, no run, pushed through on the line of off, defended again

13.4

Jadeja to Bell, no run, blocked outside the line of off

13.5

Jadeja to Bell, no run, bit of extra bounce and defended into the off side

13.6

Jadeja to Bell, no run, slightly wider, fires the ball in, defended again - good comeback from Jadeja, after that first-ball six

End of over 14 (6 runs) England 70/0 (RR: 5.00)
IR Bell    46* (54b 6x4 1x6)      RA Jadeja    2-0-9-0
AN Cook    22* (30b 4x4)      R Ashwin    2-0-7-0

14.1

Ashwin to Cook, 1 run, pushed through outside off, gets across and clips through square leg

14.2

Ashwin to Bell, no run, on the stumps, played back to Ashwin

14.3

Ashwin to Bell, 1 run, on the stumps, turned through the leg side

14.4

Ashwin to Cook, 1 run, again Ashwin pauses with his arm in the air, Cook waits for the ball and plays a pre-meditated lap, doesn't quite time it but he gets on to short fine leg

14.5

Ashwin to Bell, 1 run, pushed through a bit quicker, on the stumps and worked to leg

14.6

Ashwin to Cook, no run, tossed up, Cook taps defensively towards mid-on

End of over 15 (4 runs) England 74/0 (RR: 4.93)
AN Cook    24* (33b 4x4)      R Ashwin    3-0-11-0
IR Bell    48* (57b 6x4 1x6)      RA Jadeja    2-0-9-0

15.1

Jadeja to Bell, no run, fired through and Bell plays back towards mid-on

15.2

Jadeja to Bell, 1 run, flatter ball, pushed down the ground to long-off

15.3

Jadeja to Cook, 1 run, over the wicket to Cook, angled in and tickled with the turn to fine leg

15.4

Jadeja to Bell, FOUR, lovely stuff from Bell again, reversing the hands and steering the ball past slip, that will run away and the boundary takes him to fifty

He's now batting in a cap and looking all the more jaunty for it. After a 90 and a ton in the warm-ups, Bell looks properly in nick now

15.5

Jadeja to Bell, 2 runs, pushed through a bit quicker outside off, goes back and opens the face to get a couple behind point

15.6

Jadeja to Bell, no run, tossedup and played back to the bowler

End of over 16 (8 runs) England 82/0 (RR: 5.12)
IR Bell    55* (62b 7x4 1x6)      RA Jadeja    3-0-17-0
AN Cook    25* (34b 4x4)      R Ashwin    3-0-11-0

16.1

Ashwin to Cook, 1 wide, full but straying down leg - wide

16.1

Ashwin to Cook, 2 runs, floated up a bit slower, on off stump and Cook sweeps hard down on one knee, doesn't beat the fielder at deep backward square but they pick up another couple

16.2

Ashwin to Cook, no run, tossed up outside off, played back toward mid-on

16.3

Ashwin to Cook, FOUR, length ball, straightening on off stump, again Cook is sweeping and his gets hold of this one, creaming the ball through square leg, giving the man in the deep no chance

16.4

Ashwin to Cook, no run, outside off, gets forward and pushes into the covers

16.5

Ashwin to Cook, 1 run, touch short and wide, Cook throws his hands through a cut shot but picks out the man on the fence

16.6

Ashwin to Bell, 1 run, pushed through, played back for a single to long-on

End of over 17 (9 runs) England 91/0 (RR: 5.35)
IR Bell    56* (63b 7x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    4-0-20-0
AN Cook    32* (39b 5x4)      RA Jadeja    3-0-17-0

17.1

Jadeja to Bell, 1 run, length ball, straightening outside the line of off, steered to third man

17.2

Jadeja to Cook, FOUR, deftly done from Cook, reverse-sweeping a length ball past short third man for four more

17.3

Jadeja to Cook, 1 run, goes back and pulls a flat ball through midwicket

17.4

Jadeja to Bell, no run, tight line, drifting toward middle stump, Bell prods defensively to off

17.5

Jadeja to Bell, no run, Bell almost gets in a tangle, playing late in front of his stumps, the ball bobbles towards short third man and there's no run

17.6

Jadeja to Bell, no run, angled in, gets forward and pushes towards cover

Is Harsh Bafna hallucinating or does he have a point? "When Ian Bell is in full flow, I can't help but notice the similarity between him and Sachin Tendulkar. Similar stature, stance, style of playing the cover drive. I don't know if it's just me. Maybe these are Sachin withdrawal symptoms."

End of over 18 (6 runs) England 97/0 (RR: 5.38)
IR Bell    57* (67b 7x4 1x6)      RA Jadeja    4-0-23-0
AN Cook    37* (41b 6x4)      R Ashwin    4-0-20-0

Dinda returns after a quickfire spell from Ashwin, India still trying to get a lid on the scoring...

18.1

Dinda to Cook, FOUR, and that lid keeps popping up, Cook leaning out to drive and the ball deceiving Rahane's dive at extra-cover, that will run away too, more good timing and a fast outfield

18.2

Dinda to Cook, no run, pitched up and let go outside off stump

18.3

Dinda to Cook, FOUR, width for Cook and he cashes in with one of his favoured shots, larruping a cut through backward point - he's enjoyed batting in India, hasn't he?

18.4

Dinda to Cook, no run, beaten, good comeback from Dinda, tighter line and a little bit of lift, Cook pushing and missing in the corridor

18.5

Dinda to Cook, no run, good length, gets across outside off, played back to the bowler

18.6

Dinda to Cook, no run, length ball, around off stump, Cook rolls his wrists and plays towards mid-on, where a diving stop prevents any further run leakage

Time for drinks out in the middle. England may have been schooled in their two warm-ups but they appear to have learned one or two lessons ... Anyway, here's Gaurav Bhardwaj with the burning question: "So who else is missing SRT???"

End of over 19 (8 runs) England 105/0 (RR: 5.52)
AN Cook    45* (47b 8x4)      AB Dinda    2-0-15-0
IR Bell    57* (67b 7x4 1x6)      RA Jadeja    4-0-23-0

Ashwin changes ends, replacing Jadeja. He's been India's tightest bowler on this batsman-fluffing surface

19.1

Ashwin to Bell, 1 run, length ball, outside off and played with the turn through square leg

19.2

Ashwin to Cook, no run, angled in, straightening on off, defended watchfully

19.3

Ashwin to Cook, FOUR, crikey, that's another sumptuous hit from Cook, gets his front foot out and chips over mid-off, it wasn't greatly overpitched but you can trust this pitch and Cook swung his arms cleanly through the line

19.4

Ashwin to Cook, 1 run, full and flighted, Cook sweeps, gets a top edge and it loops out towards deep backward square, drops short though and that will be fifty for England's captain

19.5

Ashwin to Bell, no run, tossed up nice and slow outside off, worked to leg

19.6

Ashwin to Bell, 1 run, played back to mid-on

End of over 20 (7 runs) England 112/0 (RR: 5.60)
IR Bell    59* (70b 7x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    5-0-27-0
AN Cook    50* (50b 9x4)      AB Dinda    2-0-15-0

Danger Dinda to continue for now...

20.1

Dinda to Bell, no run, length ball in the channel outside off, punched to mid-off

20.2

Dinda to Bell, no run, this gets through, stays a bit low a foot or so outside off and Bell mistimes his attempted nurdle

20.3

Dinda to Bell, 2 runs, wide, another gimme and Bell slashes through point, a good running stop on the boundary by Gambhir prevents four though

20.4

Dinda to Bell, FOUR, ferocious from Bell, he picks the slower ball, waits on it and then crumps aerially over extra-cover, Dinda just can't stop giving away boundaries

20.5

Dinda to Bell, 1 run, pitched up outside the line of off and pushed through the covers

20.6

Dinda to Cook, no run, goes round the wicket, angled in and played towards cover coming forward

End of over 21 (7 runs) England 119/0 (RR: 5.66)
AN Cook    50* (51b 9x4)      AB Dinda    3-0-22-0
IR Bell    66* (75b 8x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    5-0-27-0

21.1

Ashwin to Bell, 1 run, tossed up outside off, clipped back past the bowler for another single

21.2

Ashwin to Cook, 1 run, goes back and steers one behind point

21.3

Ashwin to Bell, no run, length ball, spinning in and a bit of extra bounce, played from deep in the crease

21.4

Ashwin to Bell, 1 run, tossed up and Bell steps across, closes the face and works through square leg

Here's Parag Agrawal: "@Gaurav, we can start missing SRT once Indian innings with the bat start... right now the burning question could be, why was Ahmed replaced with Dinda if he performed well in the last ODI :("

21.5

Ashwin to Cook, 1 run, touch short, spinning away, Cook reaches out to tap a single through point

21.6

Ashwin to Bell, 1 run, floated up on middle stump, Bell sweeps and gets a bit top edge but it drops safely into an untended part of the field behind square leg

End of over 22 (5 runs) England 124/0 (RR: 5.63)
IR Bell    69* (79b 8x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    6-0-32-0
AN Cook    52* (53b 9x4)      AB Dinda    3-0-22-0

"This England side is quite a mystery. In warm-up games they seem to have no clue against weaker oppositions but against the stronger team, they are simply brilliant. Or, are they playing the weaker team now?" Arf arf, Max.

22.1

Dinda to Bell, no run, full and outside the line of off, Bell drives into the off side but can't pierce the infield

22.2

Dinda to Bell, no run, back of a length, coming back in, defended on the back foot in front of the stumps

22.3

Dinda to Bell, 1 run, short ball, outside off, Bell backs away and baseball-bats one back past the bowler, mid-off misses it but mid-on gets round

22.4

Dinda to Cook, 1 run, another shortish ball, angled across, dabbed through the covers to the sweeper

22.5

Dinda to Bell, 1 run, almost a quarter of a half-chance for Dinda, as Bell mistimes his shot, comes off the splice and spoons a couple of feet over the bowler's head

22.6

Dinda to Cook, no run, cuts a short, wide ball to the man at backward point

They've not had a lot of luck today, India. England have been making their own...

End of over 23 (3 runs) England 127/0 (RR: 5.52)
AN Cook    53* (55b 9x4)      AB Dinda    4-0-25-0
IR Bell    71* (83b 8x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    6-0-32-0

23.1

Ashwin to Bell, 1 run, tossed up, gets down, paddles a single to fine leg

23.2

Ashwin to Cook, no run, stutter ball from Ashwin, Cook skips forward and punches his drive along the ground to the cover fielder

23.3

Ashwin to Cook, SIX, holy moly, that's a whack and a half from Cook, again leaving his crease as Ashwin pauses, he gets to the pitch and thumps a lofted drive back down the ground and all the way over long-off!

23.4

Ashwin to Cook, no run, on the stumps, back in the shell and defended

23.5

Ashwin to Cook, FOUR, shot! Another brutal piece of hitting from RoboCook, who has been programmed to ODI destruction mode - he rocks back and batters a pulls over midwicket - that almost went for six too!

23.6

Ashwin to Cook, no run, pushed through outside off and defended into the covers

End of over 24 (11 runs) England 138/0 (RR: 5.75)
AN Cook    63* (60b 10x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    7-0-43-0
IR Bell    72* (84b 8x4 1x6)      AB Dinda    4-0-25-0

24.1

Dinda to Bell, 1 run, length ball outside off, Bell plays it on the up, driven towards mid-off, he runs his bat in as the direct hit uproots a stump

24.2

Dinda to Cook, no run, round the wicket, banged in, prodded toward mid-off from the crease

24.3

Dinda to Cook, no run, touch short of a length, angling in, played off the back foot towards extra-cover

24.4

Dinda to Cook, (no ball) 1 run, full and straight, Cook steps across and whips it over midwicket for one - and Dinda had also overstepped

Front-foot no-ball, so free hit coming up ... and Bell has called for a new bit of timber from the dressing room, specially for the job

24.4

Dinda to Bell, 1 run, good delivery from Dinda, full bunger in the block hole and Bell's new bat can't do much with that, he drills one down the ground to long-on

24.5

Dinda to Cook, (no ball) 2 runs, full and clipped to fine leg for a couple, Dinda had overstepped again ... though it looked a slightly harsh call on the replay, he appeared to have landed a fraction behind the line before sliding over

So another free hit...

24.5

Dinda to Cook, no run, full and wide, Cook swings and misses - could have actually been called wide, that, but Steve Davis takes pity

24.6

Dinda to Cook, no run, length ball outside off, played back down the track

End of over 25 (7 runs) England 145/0 (RR: 5.80)
AN Cook    66* (66b 10x4 1x6)      AB Dinda    5-0-32-0
IR Bell    74* (86b 8x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    7-0-43-0

Raina into the attack now.

25.1

Raina to Bell, no run, flat on off, played to the leg side, Raina fields.

25.2

Raina to Bell, 1 run, gets the single this time, punched past the bowler.

Round the stumps to Cook.

25.3

Raina to Cook, no run, Cook defends solidly off the front foot. And Raina appeals for something.

25.4

Raina to Cook, 1 run, ah, false shot from Cook. Looks to swing to leg and the top edge flies towards short third man.

25.5

Raina to Bell, 1 run, flat, Cook stays back and punches to mid off.

25.6

Raina to Cook, no run, good start from Raina, rushes off to his right to field as Cook tries to push down the ground.

End of over 26 (3 runs) England 148/0 (RR: 5.69)
AN Cook    67* (69b 10x4 1x6)      SK Raina    1-0-3-0
IR Bell    76* (89b 8x4 1x6)      AB Dinda    5-0-32-0

Rohit Chaturvedi: "So despite having 5 bowlers in the side India goes for 6th bowling option....clearly shows how blunt Indian bowling attack is" Well Rohit, here comes the seventh bowler. Kohli is on.

Prabhash Miri: "Raina into the attack now..! What attack other than heart attack" Ah well.

26.1

Kohli to Bell, 1 run, short, Chris Harrisesque wobbler outside off, chopped away through point.

26.2

Kohli to Cook, 1 run, fired into Cook's pads from round the stumps, worked through square for one.

26.3

Kohli to Bell, no run, angled into Bell from wide of the crease, defended back to the bowler.

26.4

Kohli to Bell, FOUR, terrible ball, lovely stroke! Short and sliding down from Kohli, Bell walks across and laps it clean over short fine leg.

26.5

Kohli to Bell, 2 runs, this was a full metre wide of off stump, but Bell reached out to play it to deep cover-point for one.

26.6

Kohli to Bell, 1 run, looks to slog a length ball on the stumps, it bounces away to deep square leg for one. Pretty average over, that.

End of over 27 (9 runs) England 157/0 (RR: 5.81)
IR Bell    84* (94b 9x4 1x6)      V Kohli    1-0-9-0
AN Cook    68* (70b 10x4 1x6)      SK Raina    1-0-3-0

27.1

Raina to Bell, no run

27.2

Raina to Bell, 1 run, stays back and guides it to the left of midwicket this time for one.

27.3

Raina to Cook, no run, hurled in almost round arm at 96 kph, it kept low on Cook who came down just it time to stab it out of trouble.

27.4

Raina to Cook, OUT, This could be curtains for Bell. Cook tries to nurdle Raina round the corner, and plays it straight to Rahane who is prowling at short fine leg. They go for the single, Rahane lasers in a good throw and Bell is short by a foot. The third umpire sends him on his way.

IR Bell run out 85 (111m 96b 9x4 1x6) SR: 88.54

Kevin Pietersen is the new batsman.

27.5

Raina to Pietersen, 1 run, and he's away with a back-foot punch towards long-on

27.6

Raina to Cook, no run, Cook pushes off the front foot towards the off side but the ball goes to leg off the inside edge

End of over 28 (2 runs) England 159/1 (RR: 5.67)
AN Cook    68* (73b 10x4 1x6)      SK Raina    2-0-5-0
KP Pietersen    1* (1b)      V Kohli    1-0-9-0

Harsha: "With the Sachin Tendulkar of both our batting and bowling(zak) gone...We are bowling Virat Kohli who is to bowling what Chris Martin is to batting!"

Ravindra Jadeja to bowl left-arm darts at KP.

28.1

Jadeja to Pietersen, 1 wide, the first ball is fired down leg side

28.1

Jadeja to Pietersen, no run, KP steps out and taps the ball towards midwicket

28.2

Jadeja to Pietersen, no run, KP stands well outside leg stump as the bowler delivers and defends on the front foot

28.3

Jadeja to Pietersen, no run, driven off the front foot to midwicket

28.4

Jadeja to Pietersen, 1 run, played through square leg for a single

Ramesh: "Jadeja to bowl left arm darts or tarts???"

28.5

Jadeja to Cook, 1 run, Cook moves forward and towards the off side to work the ball through square

28.6

Jadeja to Pietersen, no run, defended on the front foot towards point

End of over 29 (3 runs) England 162/1 (RR: 5.58)
KP Pietersen    2* (6b)      RA Jadeja    5-0-26-0
AN Cook    69* (74b 10x4 1x6)      SK Raina    2-0-5-0

29.1

Raina to Cook, no run, played off the back foot to midwicket

29.2

Raina to Cook, no run, Cook moves forward and pushes into the covers

29.3

Raina to Cook, FOUR, superb, Cook picks his gap on the extra cover boundary and hits the ball into it by moving towards leg and lofting inside out over the infield

29.4

Raina to Cook, 1 wide, Raina responds with a quicker ball but it's down leg side

29.4

Raina to Cook, no run, he's lucky to get away with this, it's short down leg side, Cook swivels and pulls but doesn't beat short fine leg

29.5

Raina to Cook, no run, defended on the leg side

29.6

Raina to Cook, no run, Cook goes back and plays on the leg side

End of over 30 (5 runs) England 167/1 (RR: 5.56)
AN Cook    73* (80b 11x4 1x6)      SK Raina    3-0-10-0
KP Pietersen    2* (6b)      RA Jadeja    5-0-26-0

30.1

Jadeja to Pietersen, no run, KP steps out of his crease, the bowler aims for the pads, and the batsman defends on the leg side

30.2

Jadeja to Pietersen, no run, KP tries to work the ball on the leg side but misses and is hit on the pad

30.3

Jadeja to Pietersen, 1 run, a bit short and KP has enough time to wait and punch past the diving fielder at midwicket

30.4

Jadeja to Cook, 1 run, swept towards deep backward square leg for a single

30.5

Jadeja to Pietersen, 1 run, worked off the pads in front of square for a single

Prasoon: "Ajinkya Rahane.. looks like a seriously good fielder. Always ready to throw his body around. And he can hit the stumps too!! That's very unlike an Indian player."

30.6

Jadeja to Cook, 1 run, Cook gets down on one knee and sweeps the ball in the air, it reaches the fielder at deep square leg on the first bounce

End of over 31 (4 runs) England 171/1 (RR: 5.51)
AN Cook    75* (82b 11x4 1x6)      RA Jadeja    6-0-30-0
KP Pietersen    4* (10b)      SK Raina    3-0-10-0

31.1

Raina to Cook, 1 wide, another short ball wide down leg side, too far away for Cook to connect with the pull

31.1

Raina to Cook, OUT, caught at short fine leg! Cook moves forward to sweep but gets a top edge that lobs tamely to Rahane in the circle. A simple catch and India have dismissed both the openers

AN Cook c Rahane b Raina 75 (125m 83b 11x4 1x6) SR: 90.36

Eoin Morgan is the new batsman.

31.2

Raina to Morgan, no run, good length angling into the left-hander from round the wicket, Morgan defends to the bowler

31.3

Raina to Morgan, no run, pushed off the front foot to cover

31.4

Raina to Morgan, no run, too close to off stump to play the cut and Morgan is beaten, it was a bit on the fuller side as well

yogi: "All you Dhoni bashers, will you give him credit now for getting raina into the attack ahead of yuvi or call it luck?"

31.5

Raina to Morgan, no run, defended on the off side

31.6

Raina to Morgan, no run, played from the crease towards cover point

End of over 32 (1 run) England 172/2 (RR: 5.37)
EJG Morgan    0* (5b)      SK Raina    4-0-11-1
KP Pietersen    4* (10b)      RA Jadeja    6-0-30-0

32.1

Jadeja to Pietersen, 1 run, punched off the back foot towards long off

32.2

Jadeja to Morgan, no run, Morgan lunges forward and plays a reverse slap but doesn't beat short third man

32.3

Jadeja to Morgan, 1 run, nudged off the front foot on the leg side for a single, Morgan is away

32.4

Jadeja to Pietersen, no run, KP goes back and cuts the ball from off stump to point

32.5

Jadeja to Pietersen, no run, KP moves forward and blocks on the leg side

32.6

Jadeja to Pietersen, FOUR, bowled quick on off and middle stump, KP is ready on the back foot and gives it a crack through covers, he cut that hard and the fielders chasing have no chance on this fast outfield

End of over 33 (6 runs) England 178/2 (RR: 5.39)
KP Pietersen    9* (14b 1x4)      RA Jadeja    7-0-36-0
EJG Morgan    1* (7b)      SK Raina    4-0-11-1

33.1

Raina to Morgan, no run, played off the back foot to the bowler

33.2

Raina to Morgan, 1 run, driven down the ground to long on for a single

33.3

Raina to Pietersen, no run, KP steps out of his crease but isn't to the pitch of the ball, he pushes on the leg side

33.4

Raina to Pietersen, 1 run, worked off the pads towards square leg

33.5

Raina to Morgan, FOUR, too short outside off stump, easy for Morgan, who moves back and cuts through cover point

33.6

Raina to Morgan, 1 run, Morgan pushes the ball off the front foo with soft hands into the covers and runs, Raina has to field the ball himself

End of over 34 (7 runs) England 185/2 (RR: 5.44)
EJG Morgan    7* (11b 1x4)      SK Raina    5-0-18-1
KP Pietersen    10* (16b 1x4)      RA Jadeja    7-0-36-0

34.1

Jadeja to Morgan, no run, defended on the front foot towards the leg side

34.2

Jadeja to Morgan, no run, Morgan tried to play that on the on side but ended up pushing it towards the off

34.3

Jadeja to Morgan, 1 run, driven to long on for a single

34.4

Jadeja to Pietersen, 1 run, flicked through midwicket for a single

34.5

Jadeja to Morgan, 1 run, steps out of his crease and drives to long off for a single

34.6

Jadeja to Pietersen, no run, defended from the crease on the leg side

End of over 35 (3 runs) England 188/2 (RR: 5.37)
KP Pietersen    11* (18b 1x4)      RA Jadeja    8-0-39-0
EJG Morgan    9* (15b 1x4)      SK Raina    5-0-18-1

England will have to take the Powerplay now. Only three fielders outside the circle. Ishant returns, from over the wicket.

35.1

Sharma to Morgan, no run, good length on middle and off, Morgan was beginning to come forward but checked his movement and pushed the ball on the off side

35.2

Sharma to Morgan, no run, he comes out of his crease again but Ishant cramps the batsman for room with his line and length, Morgan has to defend towards the bowler

35.3

Sharma to Morgan, 1 run, a direct hit at the bowler's end could have dismissed Morgan! He pushed the ball towards cover and ran, Rahane moved to his left, collected on the bounce and threw. He missed the stumps though

35.4

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, the short ball and KP decides to sway out of the line and let the ball go

35.5

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, hit off the back foot towards cover, he doesn't pierce the infield

35.6

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, good length angling into off stump, KP moves across his stumps and defends. Only one run off the first Powerplay over.

The players are taking a break for drinks. Omair Ali: "Indian domestic cricket is below par when bowling is considered to International standards, how could we improve our bowling standard? It's about time we get some pacers in the team. Cricket crazy nation and no quality wicket taking bowler upfront!"

Joy Bajaj: "Amidst all the talk of poor bowling atatck of India, Ishant has impressed in the last few games. After having been tagged as an 'unlucky' test bowler, he has been very economical in ODI's although he continues to be 'unlucky' with wickets even in ODI's."

End of over 36 (1 run) England 189/2 (RR: 5.25)
KP Pietersen    11* (21b 1x4)      I Sharma    5-2-22-0
EJG Morgan    10* (18b 1x4)      RA Jadeja    8-0-39-0

Swapnil R: "@Omair: Easy enough to explain Omair - ours is not a cricket crazy nation its a batsmen crazy nation!"

Ashwin's back, to bowl in the Powerplay.

36.1

Ashwin to Morgan, 1 run, Morgan goes back and nudges the ball towards midwicket for one

36.2

Ashwin to Pietersen, 1 run, Ashwin pauses before delivering, KP waits before pushing off his pads through square

36.3

Ashwin to Morgan, no run, Morgan steps out and hits the ball uppishly towards the fielder at wide mid-on, Bhuvneshwar Kumar that was

36.4

Ashwin to Morgan, 1 run, swept firmly towards deep backward square leg

36.5

Ashwin to Pietersen, 1 run, steps out of his crease and nudges into the leg side

36.6

Ashwin to Morgan, 1 run, shorter length and Morgan goes right back and pulls with power along the ground, there's a fielder in the deep

End of over 37 (5 runs) England 194/2 (RR: 5.24)
EJG Morgan    13* (22b 1x4)      R Ashwin    8-0-48-0
KP Pietersen    13* (23b 1x4)      I Sharma    5-2-22-0

37.1

Sharma to Morgan, 1 run, short of a length outside off stump, Morgan plays a flashy cut over the fielder in the circle at point, there's another man in the deep

37.2

Sharma to Pietersen, FOUR, that's cleared mid-on and raced to the boundary, Pietersen simply clubbed a length ball with power over Ashwin's head

37.3

Sharma to Pietersen, no run, a slower ball outside off stump, KP tries to swat through midwicket but is beaten by the change of pace

Supreeth Chakravarthy: "@Joy: Ishant's lack of wickets can be explained by the length he bowls. I don't know how much they pay the bowling coach but if he can't make a talented bowler like Ishant pitch the ball up, it needs to be asked what is the point of having one?"

37.4

Sharma to Pietersen, FOUR, shot! KP drills the full ball dead straight, forcing the umpire to duck in a hurry, the fielders at long-on and long-off have no chance

37.5

Sharma to Pietersen, 1 run, short of a length at the body, Pietersen stays in his crease and drops the ball close on the off side for a single

37.6

Sharma to Morgan, no run, the slower offcutter, Morgan wasn't in a position to play it and he ended up letting it go outside off stump

End of over 38 (10 runs) England 204/2 (RR: 5.36)
EJG Morgan    14* (24b 1x4)      I Sharma    6-2-32-0
KP Pietersen    22* (27b 3x4)      R Ashwin    8-0-48-0

38.1

Ashwin to Pietersen, FOUR, Pietersen waits as Ashwin pauses before delivering again and then he goes back and cuts the ball hard through cover point

38.2

Ashwin to Pietersen, no run, now he steps out and drives the ball hard back towards the bowler

38.3

Ashwin to Pietersen, 2 runs, swept behind square and a fumble in the deep allows the second run

38.4

Ashwin to Pietersen, SIX, he's smashed it! Pietersen steps out of his crease, makes room by moving outside leg, and frees his arms, carting the ball towards the sightscreen. Ashwin's gimmick of stopping before delivering isn't working against KP

38.5

Ashwin to Pietersen, 1 run, played to extra cover for a single

38.6

Ashwin to Morgan, no run, pushed towards cover from the crease

End of over 39 (13 runs) England 217/2 (RR: 5.56)
EJG Morgan    14* (25b 1x4)      R Ashwin    9-0-61-0
KP Pietersen    35* (32b 4x4 1x6)      I Sharma    6-2-32-0

ABHI: "Have never seen that ashwin's waiting before delivery has delivered anything good .."

39.1

Sharma to Pietersen, 1 run, short of a length and Pietersen pulls from his crease towards deep midwicket

Deepak Naik: "So, did anyone derive the logic for dropping Shami Ahmed after an impressive debut?"

39.2

Sharma to Morgan, FOUR, full ball with width outside off and Morgan flays it through cover with a flowing drive, beating Gambhir in the deep

39.3

Sharma to Morgan, FOUR, that flashing cut, Morgan completes his bat-swing so quickly, slashing the ball to the backward point boundary. Once again too much width from Ishant

39.4

Sharma to Morgan, no run, Ishant goes round the wicket and doesn't give Morgan as much room, he cuts to point off the back foot

39.5

Sharma to Morgan, SIX, that's a length delivery and it's disappeared over cow corner, Morgan simply swung the ball with the angle into him, lofting it off the middle

39.6

Sharma to Morgan, no run, better length on a tight line, Morgan stays back and plays towards point

End of over 40 (15 runs) England 232/2 (RR: 5.80)
EJG Morgan    28* (30b 3x4 1x6)      I Sharma    7-2-47-0
KP Pietersen    36* (33b 4x4 1x6)      R Ashwin    9-0-61-0

England scored 44 off the Powerplay. Jadeja from over the wicket.

40.1

Jadeja to Pietersen, 1 run, KP goes back and drives to long off

40.2

Jadeja to Morgan, no run, played back to the bowler

40.3

Jadeja to Morgan, 1 run, Morgan steps out of his crease to take the ball on the full and drives to long on

40.4

Jadeja to Pietersen, 1 run, a full toss but he's got away with it, Pietersen hits it towards long-on

40.5

Jadeja to Morgan, 1 run, Morgan plays the reverse sweep towards third man, he hit that with a big bat lift

40.6

Jadeja to Pietersen, no run, defended on the front foot

End of over 41 (4 runs) England 236/2 (RR: 5.75)
KP Pietersen    38* (36b 4x4 1x6)      RA Jadeja    9-0-43-0
EJG Morgan    30* (33b 3x4 1x6)      I Sharma    7-2-47-0

Ashok Dinda returns, bowling from round the wicket.

41.1

Dinda to Morgan, SIX, that's a huge six and I thought he had mis-hit it! Dinda bowled a length ball with lots of width, Morgan lunged for it, got under it and carted it over long-off

41.2

Dinda to Morgan, FOUR, the slower ball on the fuller side, Morgan gets under it again and lofts straight, clearing Ishant at mid-off and collecting another boundary

41.3

Dinda to Morgan, 1 run, cut off the back foot towards point

Mahesh Balaji: "@ABHI, Ashwin's 'pause' certainly does alter the batsman's intended timing but now it's becoming too predictable.. Like he does that every third ball he bowls!!"

41.4

Dinda to Pietersen, 1 run, nearly in the blockhole but not quite, Pietersen gets his pads out of the way and drives to long on

41.5

Dinda to Morgan, no run, the slower ball outside off, Morgan heaves towards midwicket but gets an inside edge that rolls towards Dhoni

41.6

Dinda to Morgan, OUT, Has Dinda taken the catch on his follow through? Morgan is waiting and the umpires ask for replays after conferring to check if the catch was clean. Morgan drove away from his body at a good length and slower ball and ended up hitting it back towards Dinda's left. The bowler grabbed at the ball with both hands and the ball lodged in his left. As he fell to the ground Dinda seemed to clutch the ball to his chest. That looks fine and Morgan will have to go.

EJG Morgan c & b Dinda 41 (35m 38b 4x4 2x6) SR: 107.89

End of over 42 (12 runs) England 248/3 (RR: 5.90)
     AB Dinda    6-0-44-1
KP Pietersen    39* (37b 4x4 1x6)      RA Jadeja    9-0-43-0

Craig Kieswetter is the new batsman.

42.1

Jadeja to Pietersen, no run, defended on the leg side

42.2

Jadeja to Pietersen, 1 run, played towards long on for a single

42.3

Jadeja to Kieswetter, 1 run, nudged off the pads towards square leg

42.4

Jadeja to Pietersen, no run, defended from the crease to the bowler

42.5

Jadeja to Pietersen, 1 run, played from the crease in front of square leg

42.6

Jadeja to Kieswetter, no run, Kieswetter stays in his crease and blocks

End of over 43 (3 runs) England 251/3 (RR: 5.83)
C Kieswetter    1* (2b)      RA Jadeja    10-0-46-0
KP Pietersen    41* (41b 4x4 1x6)      AB Dinda    6-0-44-1

43.1

Dinda to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen's hit a full toss to the fielder in the circle at midwicket, he should have put that away

43.2

Dinda to Pietersen, 1 run, in the blockhole this time and Pietersen digs it out towards mid-off

43.3

Dinda to Kieswetter, 1 run, India have missed a run out! Kieswetter cut the ball towards backward point and ran, Jadeja fielded and threw at the bowler's end. He missed with Kieswetter well short

43.4

Dinda to Pietersen, 2 runs, driven off the front foot towards cover where there's a fumble

43.5

Dinda to Pietersen, OUT, caught at long off, that is a huge wicket for India with plenty of overs remaining. Pietersen lofted a full ball off the front foot but didn't hit it far enough. Kohli ran in a little from the boundary and took the catch on the move while diving forward

KP Pietersen c Kohli b Dinda 44 (66m 45b 4x4 1x6) SR: 97.77

Samit Patel takes guard ...

43.6

Dinda to Patel, no run, good length pitching outside off and angling into the right-hander, defended on the off side

End of over 44 (4 runs) England 255/4 (RR: 5.79)
SR Patel    0* (1b)      AB Dinda    7-0-48-2
C Kieswetter    2* (3b)      RA Jadeja    10-0-46-0

Deepak E: "India can very well do without Ashwin in the scheme of things, he is holding on due to his batting abilities lower down the order.Jadeja has been consistence and impressive and doing more than what Ashwin is doing in both aspects, plus he is a stupendous fielder which Ashwin can hardly claim about.Why can't team management include one more all rounder in Irfan Pathan!" Irfan's been injured.

44.1

Sharma to Kieswetter, 1 wide, Ishant's back and he starts with a wide down leg side

44.1

Sharma to Kieswetter, 1 wide, Ishant strays down leg side once again

44.1

Sharma to Kieswetter, 1 run, the slower ball on a straighter line, nudged on the leg side for a single

Jordan: "Why give Root a debut and then keep shoving him down the order? Surely that would dent your confidence by basically saying we don't have the faith to send you in now? Especially when they are sending in Patel instead who shouldn't even be in the squad. Play Buttler I say!"

44.2

Sharma to Patel, 1 run, Patel moves back and across and flicks a fuller ball through square leg

44.3

Sharma to Kieswetter, no run, good length and on off and middle, Kieswetter defends towards the bowler

44.4

Sharma to Kieswetter, 1 run, nudged off the front foot in front of square for a single

44.5

Sharma to Patel, 1 run, stays in his crease and opens the face to steer the ball towards third man

44.6

Sharma to Kieswetter, no run, good length on off stump, Kietswetter gets behind the line and defends

End of over 45 (6 runs) England 261/4 (RR: 5.80)
C Kieswetter    4* (7b)      I Sharma    8-2-53-0
SR Patel    2* (3b)      AB Dinda    7-0-48-2

45.1

Dinda to Patel, FOUR, length ball, and Patel simply lofts it over mid-off, who is in the circle, that is a poor length to bowl during the slog

45.2

Dinda to Patel, no run, cut off the back foot to point

45.3

Dinda to Patel, 1 run, good length angling into the pads, played off the back foot through square leg

45.4

Dinda to Kieswetter, no run, Kieswetter steps out of his crease, makes room to cut, but can't beat point

45.5

Dinda to Kieswetter, no run, the slower ball on a good length, defended back to the bowler

Patch: "I think sending Root in now could dent his confidence a bit, a bit of a blot on your record first up to make 5 off 4, then have to work your average up after that."

45.6

Dinda to Kieswetter, no run, Kieswetter tries to cut but misses, that was a skiddy ball outside off

End of over 46 (5 runs) England 266/4 (RR: 5.78)
C Kieswetter    4* (10b)      AB Dinda    8-0-53-2
SR Patel    7* (6b 1x4)      I Sharma    8-2-53-0

46.1

Sharma to Patel, FOUR, that's rubbish length, Patel has plenty of time to pull the short ball to the backward square leg boundary

Ian: "Did Kieswetter not get the memo that it was the last 5 overs and we have wickets in hand?"

46.2

Sharma to Patel, 2 runs, short and wide outside off stump, Patel slaps the ball through cover, giving sweeper a long chase to his right

Nikhita: "Why not give the ball to Bhuvi.. How else is he gonna learn to bowl in the death overs??!!"

46.3

Sharma to Patel, 1 run, lofted towards long-on for a single

Chris: "I don't think we need worry about Root's confidence, anyone watch the test matches? He'll be around for a while however he starts."

46.4

Sharma to Kieswetter, SIX, The slower ball but the length was poor, Kieswetter made room, waited for it and then freed his arms and swung hard, lofting the ball over the cow corner boundary

46.5

Sharma to Kieswetter, no run, that's in the blockhole and it beats Kieswetter

46.6

Sharma to Kieswetter, no run, short of a length and quick, Kieswetter slogs at it but makes no contact

End of over 47 (13 runs) England 279/4 (RR: 5.93)
C Kieswetter    10* (13b 1x6)      I Sharma    9-2-66-0
SR Patel    14* (9b 2x4)      AB Dinda    8-0-53-2

Cris: "Jadeja turns in his third consecutive good bowling performance. He is never going to be an Anil Kumble but at least he's getting the job done as fifth bowler. Maybe it's time for Indian fans to start cutting him some slack.."

Here's Bhuvneshwar Kumar, from over the wicket.

47.1

Kumar to Patel, 2 runs, full ball around off stump, Patel stays in his crease, makes room and carves the ball in front of point

47.2

Kumar to Patel, 1 wide

47.2

Kumar to Patel, 1 run, in the blockhole just outside off, dug out behind point by the batsman

47.3

Kumar to Kieswetter, 1 run, driven to long on for a single

47.4

Kumar to Patel, 1 wide, that's the widest wide I have seen outside off stump, it did not land on the pitch

47.4

Kumar to Patel, 1 run, in the blockhole outside off stump, squeezed out through point

47.5

Kumar to Kieswetter, no run, good length outside off, Kieswetter hits it to cover

47.6

Kumar to Kieswetter, 1 run, a full toss and Kieswetter can only chip it towards long off

End of over 48 (8 runs) England 287/4 (RR: 5.97)
C Kieswetter    12* (16b 1x6)      B Kumar    6-0-34-0
SR Patel    18* (12b 2x4)      I Sharma    9-2-66-0

48.1

Sharma to Kieswetter, FOUR, shot! Makes room by moving outside leg and drills the full ball through extra cover, he hit that from leg stump inside out

48.2

Sharma to Kieswetter, 1 run, in the blockhole, much better length, Kieswetter digs it out

48.3

Sharma to Patel, FOUR, too short this time, Patel pulls into the gap on the midwicket boundary, it was the slower offcutter but the length was poor

48.4

Sharma to Patel, FOUR, Patel backs away and has a thrash at a length ball, he was aiming long off but the ball flew off the outside edge to the third man boundary

Sriram: "@Cris - We expect 200% from our players as we think they are overpaid, overhyped. We want nothging less than a win every morning and we want to beat the crap out of every team. So sorry you have too high expectations."

48.5

Sharma to Patel, 1 run, in the blockhole again but Patel manages to play it towards long on

48.6

Sharma to Kieswetter, SIX, he's launched that over extra cover! Ishant pitches on a length and gives Kieswetter width. The batsman moves towards leg, gets under the ball and drives it far over the boundary

End of over 49 (20 runs) England 307/4 (RR: 6.26)
C Kieswetter    23* (19b 1x4 2x6)      I Sharma    10-2-86-0
SR Patel    27* (15b 4x4)      B Kumar    6-0-34-0

49.1

Kumar to Patel, 1 run, in the blockhole, dug out on the leg side for a single

49.2

Kumar to Kieswetter, 1 run, full ball on middle, Kieswetter moves across and works the ball off his pads through midwicket

49.3

Kumar to Patel, FOUR, short and wide outside off, Patel makes room and slaps the ball over extra cover and into the gap on the boundary

49.4

Kumar to Patel, FOUR, too full this time and Patel hammers it straight past the bowler for another boundary

49.5

Kumar to Patel, SIX, this is carnage, Patel making room by moving towards leg, getting under a length ball and launching in into the stands beyond extra cover

49.6

Kumar to Patel, 2 runs, driven to long off for a single that takes England to 325 for 4, an immense score

This is a flat pitch in Rajkot and England have used it superbly after winning the toss. At no stage were they in discomfort and every one of their batsmen prospered against a tame Indian attack. India used seven bowlers and the four specialists went for plenty. Jadeja and Raina were the most economical. We'll be back in 30 minutes for the chase.

End of over 50 (18 runs) England 325/4
SR Patel    44* (20b 6x4 1x6)      B Kumar    7-0-52-0
C Kieswetter    24* (20b 1x4 2x6)      I Sharma    10-2-86-0
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