England in India ODI Series - 2nd ODI

India v England

India won by 127 runs

11.55 am The roar is deafening as the umpires walk out to the middle. England run out now, and begin to get into the huddle, to discuss the best route to the nearby backwaters get a pep talk from captain Cook. Gautam Gambhir and Ajinkya Rahane walk out now. Big man Finn to run in, and Rahane already has a small problem with the sightscreen.

This is a monster of a ground really. A monster maze, I am told by someone who just got lost trying to find the way around. Vishnu Udayan: "Agree on that. That ground is a puzzle! I remember I lost my brother when we went to see the Ind-Pak match! All those alphabetical plus numerical gates are sure to give a headache to the guards as well."

George: "Kochi Hot..??Today..?? Its the most moderate temperature we had in more than month..Finally we are getting a taste of Winter too..:)" Strange winter, this, stranger than what passes for winter in Mumbai

Archana: "I think Raina is a good pick actually - fields well, bowls well and bats well. I got a lot of points from him for my fantasy team! :)"

JKB: "No Pujara .... really the team is being selected on the basis of (ill conceived) reputation than form what has Virat done to be in the team??????" Now come on, you've already forgotten the unbelievable run he's had recently? How many centuries does the fellow have in ODIs already, 41 or something?

1st Rant: "Ah! So recognition for the decisive spell that Ishant bowled in the first ODI." Got to like the username, unless you turn it into a flood of them today

Gareth: "Why Raina retains his spot over Pujara, I'll never know. Raina will definitely make a big contribution to the Indian side over the next few years, but at the moment Pujara is the man in form, and his omission is amazing!" Don't think the team management sees Pujara as a viable No.5 or No. 6 option in ODIs. Oh, and Raina bowls as well, that trait Dhoni loves to have in a batsman.

11.30 am MS Dhoni wins the toss and India will bat

Dhoni: "It will slow down slightly. The reason being the climate also, it will test the fitness. The pitch looks very different, it won't have the same kind of bounce and the black soil has a tendency of slowing down." Shami Ahmed in for Ashok Dinda. No Cheteshwar Pujara yet. Probably they are saving him for the bowler-friendly conditions up north

Cook: "Incredible atmosphere here. This is the reason you want to play cricket, great crowds and great atmosphere." Forced change for England. Tim Bresnan has a niggle and is not playing today. Chris Woakes fills in

11.25 am Winter? Fog? Nah. We are in the extreme south of the country. "Bloody hot in the middle," says Ravi Shastri, standing along side the pitch, which looks flat, but Wasim Akram says it is quite dry underneath. Akram believes it will turn immediately, and the turn will only increase in the second innings. Bat first, says both Shastri and Akram

11.15 am: Kochi is the largest cricket venue in India. Approximately 70,000 spectators expected, so it is bound to get a bit noisy here. This from our ground profile: "Architecturally the stadium is distinctive, with giant convex floodlight pylons arching over the ground, over stands consisting of several tiers, making for a furnace-like effect ."

On top of that, this match is likely to be a run-fest (Here is Kanishkaa's preview). Welcome to our coverage of the second ODI between India and England. England are looking to stretch the lead after winning the high-scorer in Rajkot against the home side who look as vulnerable as ever. Ian Bell says he is loving the football premier league-type atmosphere at the ground.

0.1

Finn to Rahane, 1 run, bounce, back of a length, inward seam too, but it came off slowly, already, and is tucked to the leg side off the toes

Two slips, square leg, no midwicket

0.2

Finn to Gambhir, no run, pitched up, around the off stump, slowish off the pitch once again, Gambhir gets front foot out and pats it away

0.3

Finn to Gambhir, no run, left alone outside the off stump now as it bounces across the left-hander

0.4

Finn to Gambhir, 1 run, outside edge as he is slightly squared up with a length ball around off, away to third man

0.5

Finn to Rahane, no run, away movement after pitching on a good length, but too far outside off, and left alone

0.6

Finn to Rahane, no run, Finn shouts for lbw, but that length ball took a huge inside edge first before travelling sideways to hit pad as Rahane pushed half-forward

End of over 1 (2 runs) India 2/0 (RR: 2.00)
AM Rahane    1* (3b)      ST Finn    1-0-2-0
G Gambhir    1* (3b)     

Jade Dernbach has the second new ball

1.1

Dernbach to Gambhir, no run, there is some carry here from short of a good length, Gambhir on his toes to bring it down

1.2

Dernbach to Gambhir, no run, similar length, but he gets some width to steer it towards point, who goes flying to his right to deny them the run

1.3

Dernbach to Gambhir, 5 wides, in swing now, down the leg side, and the crowd goes nuts as it bounces in front of the keeper and runs to the boundary

1.3

Dernbach to Gambhir, no run, better line, much better, defended down the pitch

1.4

Dernbach to Gambhir, 1 run, Dernbach on the leg stump again, carrying on from Rajkot, Gambhir helping it to fine leg

Santy: "Kochi ODI's always brings "Sachin-the bowler" to my mind, He destroyed both Aussie and Pak with 5-for's...!!! Miss him in blues :("

1.5

Dernbach to Rahane, 1 run, straightening from a good length around off, he waits and runs it to third man

A gentleman chooses this moment to scamper across the sightscreen, holding up play

1.6

Dernbach to Gambhir, 1 run, loud, bent-knee, imploring appeal for lbw from Dernbach, but the inswinging delivery was going down the leg side, looks much closer on impact than real time on replay, which also show it pitching outside leg

End of over 2 (8 runs) India 10/0 (RR: 5.00)
G Gambhir    3* (8b)      JW Dernbach    1-0-8-0
AM Rahane    2* (4b)      ST Finn    1-0-2-0

2.1

Finn to Gambhir, no run, right on middle stump, England sticking to largely back of a length stuff, defended

2.2

Finn to Gambhir, 1 run, and then he bowls a full toss on the pads, but Gambhir works it straight to fine leg

2.3

Finn to Rahane, no run, pitched up, around off, he takes a step out and eases it to mid off

2.4

Finn to Rahane, no run, angled in, middle and leg, Rahane works it away nicely, but square leg is in the way

2.5

Finn to Rahane, 1 run, well bowled, straightens and lifts from short of a length, Rahane handles it well too, steering it past slip to third man

2.6

Finn to Gambhir, no run, looks straight, looks a fine appeal this, Gambhir caught on the pad stretching far forward on the defence, good length ball, did it pitch outside leg, umpire Kulkarni unmoved? replays awaited, seems to be a thin inside edge, also marginal call whether it pitched in line with leg

End of over 3 (2 runs) India 12/0 (RR: 4.00)
G Gambhir    4* (11b)      ST Finn    2-0-4-0
AM Rahane    3* (7b)      JW Dernbach    1-0-8-0

3.1

Dernbach to Rahane, no run, punched to cover from the crease

3.2

Dernbach to Rahane, 1 wide, dropped, thick chunk of an edge is put down by a diving keeper in front of first slip, but England's immediate cause of dismay is that umpire Davis calls it a wide, has to be the decibel level

3.2

Dernbach to Rahane, no run, steered to point off the back foot

3.3

Dernbach to Rahane, no run

3.4

Dernbach to Rahane, 1 run, goes after a widish length ball, drives it over backward point

3.5

Dernbach to Gambhir, FOUR, this might be called the Gambhir guided-dab in years to come, wonder how he ends up playing the shot every time as if on auto pilot, moving away from good length, and he hangs out an angled bat at it, ball squeezes into the gap between first slip and a wider slip

3.6

Dernbach to Gambhir, OUT, outstanding stuff from Dernbach, the previous one zipped away, this one comes in slightly after pitching on a good length on off, Gambhir driving at the original angle, enough of a gap between bat and pad for the stumps to take a blow

G Gambhir b Dernbach 8 (19m 13b 1x4 0x6) SR: 61.53

End of over 4 (6 runs) India 18/1 (RR: 4.50)
     JW Dernbach    2-0-14-1
AM Rahane    4* (11b)      ST Finn    2-0-4-0

Virat Kohli in

4.1

Finn to Rahane, no run, there is some seam serious movement going on out there, this one comes screaming in from way outside off as Rahane leaves it seeing the original line, wasn't too far from off in the end

4.2

Finn to Rahane, no run, and now this one moves away from the right hander, does not get up too much, too many variables, Rahane beaten totally on the cut

4.3

Finn to Rahane, OUT, bowled 'em, inswing accompanied with seam this time, Rahane has been tentative to get forward, and it has caused his downfall, goes across a bit in the crease to a good length delivery outside off, and defends far away from the body, ball swings in late, and disturbs another set of stumps through the wide-open gate

AM Rahane b Finn 4 (23m 14b 0x4 0x6) SR: 28.57

4.4

Finn to Yuvraj Singh, no run, Yuvraj, hanging the bat outside off Gambhir fashion, but withdraws it late as this one angles across

4.5

Finn to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, worked to square leg

4.6

Finn to Kohli, no run, left alone outside off

End of over 5 (1 run) India 19/2 (RR: 3.80)
V Kohli    0* (1b)      ST Finn    3-0-5-1
Yuvraj Singh    1* (2b)      JW Dernbach    2-0-14-1

5.1

Dernbach to Yuvraj Singh, no run, slight, slight away shape, the kind that takes outside edges, Yuvraj fortunate enough to be beaten as he pushes around off

5.2

Dernbach to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, worked through square leg

There was supposed to be some moisture in the surface, but it wasn't supposed to last very long in the heat. Long is entirely subjective, of course

5.3

Dernbach to Kohli, no run, kicks outside off, Kohli shoulders arms

5.4

Dernbach to Kohli, no run, lovely once more, angled in a bit, holding its line, not that far from off stump, left alone again

5.5

Dernbach to Kohli, FOUR, the attempted cuts have looked quite dangerous, for the batsmen, Kohli almost playing on as he goes for the stroke, gets a boundary fine down the leg side

5.6

Dernbach to Kohli, no run, Kohli moving across steadily now, covering the line of off, allowing a straightening delivery to go past outside off, that is a start, as far as survival goes

End of over 6 (5 runs) India 24/2 (RR: 4.00)
V Kohli    4* (5b 1x4)      JW Dernbach    3-0-19-1
Yuvraj Singh    2* (4b)      ST Finn    3-0-5-1

Pradeep: "I'm a Keralite and want to say something about this pitch. The early swing will help the bowler's a bit. Both the batsmen need to keep their cool mind to stick there in the middle at least for 10 overs. That's the nature of the improved Kochi pitch."

6.1

Finn to Yuvraj Singh, no run, and then there's the lack of bounce as well, good length delivery dying in front of the keeper as it is angled across widish outside off

tucked to the leg side from the crease, but it won't count, Finn has broken the wrong set of stumps with the wrong equipment, his knees, again

6.2

Finn to Yuvraj Singh, no run, played out towards midwicket

6.3

Finn to Yuvraj Singh, 1 leg bye, banged in short, Yuvraj wanting to pull, but early into the shot, and is hit on the body, the ball scoots behind point, variable bounce, slow bounce, seam, swing, bat-first pitch?

6.4

Finn to Kohli, no run, right on middle stump, pitched-up, pushed to mid on

6.5

Finn to Kohli, no run, short of a length, comes slowly off the pitch, Kohli on his toes to block

6.6

Finn to Kohli, no run, good length, uses the angle to work it away, but straight to square leg

End of over 7 (1 run, maiden) India 25/2 (RR: 3.57)
V Kohli    4* (8b 1x4)      ST Finn    4-1-5-1
Yuvraj Singh    2* (7b)      JW Dernbach    3-0-19-1

achettup: "I'm half a Keralite. I think the swing is over-hyped, the ball hardly ever swings in Kerala. The batsmen have been done in by pace, poor technique compounded by poor form. Where is Che? Open with Kohli, play Che at 3."

Yuvraj getting some treatment after being hit on the left elbow in the previous over, as he missed that pull

7.1

Dernbach to Yuvraj Singh, no run, extravagant seam movement across the left-hander, like a fast offbreak

7.2

Dernbach to Yuvraj Singh, 1 leg bye, now one that holds its line on leg stump, short of a length, worked behind square

7.3

Dernbach to Kohli, 1 run, worked away wide of midwicket

7.4

Dernbach to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, Yuvraj giving the crowd reason to roar, wide away moving back of a length ball, punched on the toes crisply through covers

7.5

Dernbach to Yuvraj Singh, 3 runs, on middle, tucked off the pads now, in front of square leg, stopped inches before the rope

7.6

Dernbach to Kohli, 1 run, opens the face to a widish length ball and runs it to square third man, the crowd has almost brought the roof down, already

End of over 8 (10 runs) India 35/2 (RR: 4.37)
V Kohli    6* (10b 1x4)      JW Dernbach    4-0-28-1
Yuvraj Singh    9* (11b 1x4)      ST Finn    4-1-5-1

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8.1

Finn to Kohli, 1 run, length ball around off and middle, tucked through midwicket calmly

8.2

Finn to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, thick inside edge as he defends one going across on a good length, Kohli hurries across, Yuvraj gets going ultimately too

8.3

Finn to Kohli, no run, almost guided it to the keeper, Kohli trying to find the single to third man, ball just misses the outside edge

8.4

Finn to Kohli, 1 run, leg side, fullish, flicked to fine leg

8.5

Finn to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, not quite off the middle of the bat, but a swivelling Yuvraj will get four past square leg for his pull

8.6

Finn to Yuvraj Singh, no run, beaten, Finn gets the line right off the last ball of the over, leaving Yuvraj from a good length around off

End of over 9 (7 runs) India 42/2 (RR: 4.66)
Yuvraj Singh    14* (14b 2x4)      ST Finn    5-1-12-1
V Kohli    8* (13b 1x4)      JW Dernbach    4-0-28-1

Woakes to bowl

9.1

Woakes to Kohli, 1 wide, starts too far wide outside off for the away movement to bother Kohli

9.1

Woakes to Kohli, no run, another attempted cut, another thick inside edge, and closer to hitting the stumps this time than Kohli's previous attempt, ball wasn't wide enough for the shot

9.2

Woakes to Kohli, no run, Woakes settling in already, angled in, good length, around off, and leaving Kohli, whose attempt to fiddle with it does not produce an edge

9.3

Woakes to Kohli, no run, pitched up, front foot goes out, and he drives it solidly to the bowler

9.4

Woakes to Kohli, 1 run, handles the lift from short of a length and steers it to third man

9.5

Woakes to Yuvraj Singh, no run, a back-foot punch but not timed well enough to beat the bowler

9.6

Woakes to Yuvraj Singh, no run, full, on the pads, stylish flick straight to Cook at short midwicket, almost carried, almost

End of over 10 (2 runs) India 44/2 (RR: 4.40)
Yuvraj Singh    14* (16b 2x4)      CR Woakes    1-0-2-0
V Kohli    9* (17b 1x4)      ST Finn    5-1-12-1

Darshan: "Come on guys, have a look at NZ scorecard and cheer up, we may be very close to that but we are not the worst batting side at the moment."

Samit Patel is brought on, a slip in

10.1

Patel to Kohli, no run, stays low from a good length, middle stump line, pushed back to the bowler

10.2

Patel to Kohli, 1 run, thick outside edge past the slip, short third man goes sprawling across the turf to keep them to one

10.3

Patel to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, was eyeing the slog sweep initially, but then saw it fuller outside off, and drove it to covers

10.4

Patel to Kohli, 1 run, almost popped it to extra cover, Kohli driving in the air, it hung limply in space for some time, but fielder could not get to it

10.5

Patel to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run

10.6

Patel to Kohli, no run, defended off the front foot

End of over 11 (4 runs) India 48/2 (RR: 4.36)
V Kohli    11* (21b 1x4)      SR Patel    1-0-4-0
Yuvraj Singh    16* (18b 2x4)      CR Woakes    1-0-2-0

11.1

Woakes to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, back of a length, on leg stump, Yuvraj played this shot well in Rajkot too, one leg in the air as he swings it wristily behind square leg

11.2

Woakes to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, similar delivery, pulled through square leg this time

11.3

Woakes to Kohli, 1 run, pitch easing out now, pitched up delivery angling in to the batsman, tucked square to leg

11.4

Woakes to Yuvraj Singh, no run, beaten, Yuvraj not comfortable with that line leaving him outside off stump from a good length, tries to steer it, cannot connect

11.5

Woakes to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, leg side again with the line and an easy single to square leg

11.6

Woakes to Kohli, no run, stays balanced and defends a pitched up delivery around off stump

End of over 12 (7 runs) India 55/2 (RR: 4.58)
V Kohli    12* (23b 1x4)      CR Woakes    2-0-9-0
Yuvraj Singh    22* (22b 3x4)      SR Patel    1-0-4-0

12.1

Patel to Yuvraj Singh, no run, turning in to the pads from over the wicket, nudged to short fine

12.2

Patel to Yuvraj Singh, no run, Yuvraj lunges down for the sweep, misses the line as it spins in, hit on the pad but that was headed comfortably down leg

12.3

Patel to Yuvraj Singh, no run, misses again, charges out now, has a swing but hit on the body

12.4

Patel to Yuvraj Singh, no run, better from Yuvraj, moves forward in solid defence

12.5

Patel to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, flat, wide, straight and put away off the back foot through point

12.6

Patel to Yuvraj Singh, no run, played out down the pitch

End of over 13 (4 runs) India 59/2 (RR: 4.53)
Yuvraj Singh    26* (28b 4x4)      SR Patel    2-0-8-0
V Kohli    12* (23b 1x4)      CR Woakes    2-0-9-0

Nauzad: "Against a team like RSA I would not be surprised if we break NZ's record..."

13.1

Woakes to Kohli, 1 run, flicked with the incoming angle to fine leg

13.2

Woakes to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, Yuvraj playing some lovely strokes now, slowness of the pitch allows him to stay on the crease to a good length ball and punch it down the ground, too much in the end for the chasing mid off

13.3

Woakes to Yuvraj Singh, no run, and then he is beaten immediately outside off stump, as this one jags away from a good length, England put in half an appeal, umpire Davis shakes his head, was that an edge? The on-air commentator Laxman Sivaramakrishnan thinks it was, a very faint one, impossible to hear that with this crowd, if it was one

13.4

Woakes to Yuvraj Singh, no run, left alone with the angle outside off now

13.5

Woakes to Yuvraj Singh, no run, walks down the pitch now, runs the length ball towards point

13.6

Woakes to Yuvraj Singh, no run, front foot out towards the line of one leaving him, and lifts the bat out of the line

End of over 14 (5 runs) India 64/2 (RR: 4.57)
Yuvraj Singh    30* (33b 5x4)      CR Woakes    3-0-14-0
V Kohli    13* (24b 1x4)      SR Patel    2-0-8-0

14.1

Patel to Kohli, 1 run, pushed off the front foot towards short third

14.2

Patel to Yuvraj Singh, 2 wides, angled in, and spins in further down leg as Yuvraj misses the nudge

14.2

Patel to Kohli, no run, tossed up, full, squeezed out to extra cover

14.3

Patel to Kohli, 1 run, angled in slower, nudged to square leg

Fifty of the stand is up

14.4

Patel to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, worked behind square leg

14.5

Patel to Kohli, 1 run, goes back in the crease to a length ball hurrying in, brings bat down in time and takes a run to square leg

14.6

Patel to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, slog swept powerfully, but deep square leg will get to it

End of over 15 (7 runs) India 71/2 (RR: 4.73)
Yuvraj Singh    32* (35b 5x4)      SR Patel    3-0-15-0
V Kohli    16* (28b 1x4)      CR Woakes    3-0-14-0

Tredwell, with 4 for 44 in Rajkot, to bowl now. More issues with the sightscreen, Yuvraj again

15.1

Tredwell to Yuvraj Singh, no run, tossed up from round the stumps, defended off the front foot

15.2

Tredwell to Yuvraj Singh, OUT, given leg-before this time, Yuvraj not looking particularly happy, he has a few words to say as he walks back, the source of his dismay is that he gloved the attempted sweep onto the pad, although he was struck in front of the stumps

Yuvraj Singh lbw b Tredwell 32 (47m 37b 5x4 0x6) SR: 86.48

Suresh Raina in now

15.3

Tredwell to Raina, 2 runs, thick outside edge as he stretches forward to one straightening outside off, pulled back inside the third man rope

15.4

Tredwell to Raina, no run, bowling a lovely line on off stump, flighted full, blocked

15.5

Tredwell to Raina, no run, whoa, Raina moving to the leg side a bit, the flighted ball stays in the air long enough for him to do a rethink, and just stab it away even as it hurries for the stumps

15.6

Tredwell to Raina, no run, much quicker now on the stumps, defended off the front foot

End of over 16 (2 runs) India 73/3 (RR: 4.56)
SK Raina    2* (4b)      JC Tredwell    1-0-2-1
V Kohli    16* (28b 1x4)      SR Patel    3-0-15-0

16.1

Patel to Kohli, no run, played out to point off the front foot

16.2

Patel to Kohli, 1 run, the wristy whip-drive making an appearance after some time, straight to wide long off

16.3

Patel to Raina, no run, spins in from outside off stump, Raina misses as he looks to work it to leg

16.4

Patel to Raina, no run, Raina succeeds in nudging with the spin now, but square leg is there

16.5

Patel to Raina, no run, bowls it full and wide of off now, pushed to extra cover

16.6

Patel to Raina, 1 run, that kicked in from outside off, fortunately for Raina he wasn't into a stroke by then, fends it to the leg side from the crease

End of over 17 (2 runs) India 75/3 (RR: 4.41)
SK Raina    3* (8b)      SR Patel    4-0-17-0
V Kohli    17* (30b 1x4)      JC Tredwell    1-0-2-1

17.1

Tredwell to Raina, no run, opens the face and runs it to the off side

17.2

Tredwell to Raina, no run, quicker now, headed for off, bat coming down in time

17.3

Tredwell to Raina, 1 run, worked to square leg

Harish: "Openers fell to moisture, a batsmen fell to Umpire, one batsmen short make life hell for India now"

17.4

Tredwell to Kohli, no run, spins in sharply, and bounces off pad, keeper takes it on the leg side

17.5

Tredwell to Kohli, 1 run, good length, whipped to deep midwicket

17.6

Tredwell to Raina, SIX, Raina with the slog-sweep and the crowd comes alive, it was angled in towards the pads, but a lunging Raina was able to adjust and slam it over deep midwicket

End of over 18 (8 runs) India 83/3 (RR: 4.61)
SK Raina    10* (12b 1x6)      JC Tredwell    2-0-10-1
V Kohli    18* (32b 1x4)      SR Patel    4-0-17-0

18.1

Patel to Kohli, 1 run, driven to sweeper cover

18.2

Patel to Raina, no run, played out to short midwicket

18.3

Patel to Raina, 1 run, low full toss eased to long on

18.4

Patel to Kohli, no run, goes half-forward to smother a quicker one angled in

18.5

Patel to Kohli, no run, appeal for lbw as this one carries in with the arm, but there was some bat too as Kohli pushed at it

18.6

Patel to Kohli, 1 run

End of over 19 (3 runs) India 86/3 (RR: 4.52)
V Kohli    20* (36b 1x4)      SR Patel    5-0-20-0
SK Raina    11* (14b 1x6)      JC Tredwell    2-0-10-1

gav: "Only in India is it never the batsmen's fault."

19.1

Tredwell to Kohli, 1 run, goes deep and opens up to whip it through midwicket

19.2

Tredwell to Raina, no run, flatter one steered to backward point

19.3

Tredwell to Raina, 1 run, stays back as one angles in to middle and leg, punched to the off side

19.4

Tredwell to Kohli, 1 run, fine cut, this time Kohli times the shot, moving back quickly, but sweeper does not have to move much to cut it off, probably key could be to look to play it in front of square on this pitch

19.5

Tredwell to Raina, no run

19.6

Tredwell to Raina, no run, defended tightly from the crease

End of over 20 (3 runs) India 89/3 (RR: 4.45)
SK Raina    12* (18b 1x6)      JC Tredwell    3-0-13-1
V Kohli    22* (38b 1x4)      SR Patel    5-0-20-0

20.1

Patel to Kohli, no run, just survived, just, wanted to pull a length ball that went straight on, and almost took off the bails, about half an inch over them in the end

20.2

Patel to Kohli, no run, wants to bash it out of sight now, mistimed to the bowler

20.3

Patel to Kohli, 1 run, better, drives a full one to long off

20.4

Patel to Raina, no run, leading edge dies down the pitch as he looks to work to leg from off

20.5

Patel to Raina, 1 run, manages to nudge it with the spin, wide of short fine

20.6

Patel to Kohli, no run, looked set to jump out initially, then stayed in the crease, ball stayed a bit low too in the end, stabbed away to the off

End of over 21 (2 runs) India 91/3 (RR: 4.33)
V Kohli    23* (42b 1x4)      SR Patel    6-0-22-0
SK Raina    13* (20b 1x6)      JC Tredwell    3-0-13-1

21.1

Tredwell to Raina, 1 leg bye, Raina steps out, is nowhere to the pitch, and pads it away in the air to the off side

21.2

Tredwell to Kohli, no run, straight to square leg after being nudged with the spin

21.3

Tredwell to Kohli, 1 run, moves forward to the pitch and works it past a diving midwicket to long on

21.4

Tredwell to Raina, no run, quite some turn, jabbed away towards point

21.5

Tredwell to Raina, 1 run, on the pad, to square leg for a single

21.6

Tredwell to Kohli, 2 runs, went back and punched it between the sweeper and long off, adjusted as the ball stayed low

End of over 22 (5 runs) India 96/3 (RR: 4.36)
V Kohli    26* (45b 1x4)      JC Tredwell    4-0-17-1
SK Raina    14* (23b 1x6)      SR Patel    6-0-22-0

22.1

Patel to Raina, 1 run, fine leg not really that fine and Raina has an easy single as he nudges one fine

22.2

Patel to Kohli, 1 run, through midwicket for a single

Kohli asking umpire Kulkarni why a no-ball wan;t singled, saying there were not enough men inside the circle

22.3

Patel to Raina, no run, defended off the front foot

22.4

Patel to Raina, no run, full delivery, he mistimes the push, midwicket cuts it off

22.5

Patel to Raina, 1 run, dabbed very late to third man

22.6

Patel to Kohli, SIX, a charge out and an emphatic lofted shot with the turn over extra cover, timed well enough to go all the way

End of over 23 (9 runs) India 105/3 (RR: 4.56)
V Kohli    33* (47b 1x4 1x6)      SR Patel    7-0-31-0
SK Raina    16* (27b 1x6)      JC Tredwell    4-0-17-1

23.1

Tredwell to Raina, no run, punched to cover-point from the crease, another one staying a bit low

23.2

Tredwell to Raina, 1 run, pushed wide of extra cover

23.3

Tredwell to Kohli, 1 run, lunging forward to get to the pitch and working it in front of square leg

23.4

Tredwell to Raina, no run

23.5

Tredwell to Raina, FOUR, not wide enough for the cut, but Raina watching it closely and opening the face to find the gap between backward point and short third man

23.6

Tredwell to Raina, 1 run, pushed to the sweeper for one

End of over 24 (7 runs) India 112/3 (RR: 4.66)
SK Raina    22* (32b 1x4 1x6)      JC Tredwell    5-0-24-1
V Kohli    34* (48b 1x4 1x6)      SR Patel    7-0-31-0

24.1

Patel to Raina, 1 run, steps down the track, the length is shortened, pushed down to long on

24.2

Patel to Kohli, no run, staying on the crease to a pitched up delivery, opens the face to push it the off

24.3

Patel to Kohli, 1 run, worked to leg for a single

24.4

Patel to Raina, no run, not getting up much, Raina was eyeing the pull initially, but the pushes it back to the bowler

24.5

Patel to Raina, no run, nudged with the spin straight to short fine leg

24.6

Patel to Raina, no run, sharp, sharp turn into Raina, who is surprised as it hits the bat high and has no clue where it's gone, it falls close to him

End of over 25 (2 runs) India 114/3 (RR: 4.56)
SK Raina    23* (36b 1x4 1x6)      SR Patel    8-0-33-0
V Kohli    35* (50b 1x4 1x6)      JC Tredwell    5-0-24-1

25.1

Tredwell to Kohli, 1 run, wrists it to deep midwicket after a big forward stride

25.2

Tredwell to Raina, no run, tossed up, pushed away off the front foot

25.3

Tredwell to Raina, no run, defended off the front foot back to the bowler

25.4

Tredwell to Raina, 2 runs, squared him up, straightens on off stump, outside edge towards third man

25.5

Tredwell to Raina, 1 run, pushed to extra cover

25.6

Tredwell to Kohli, 1 run, opens up and works with the spin to deep midwicket

End of over 26 (5 runs) India 119/3 (RR: 4.57)
V Kohli    37* (52b 1x4 1x6)      JC Tredwell    6-0-29-1
SK Raina    26* (40b 1x4 1x6)      SR Patel    8-0-33-0

Ashish Gupta: "They should display some warning like 'parental guidance is recommended' as soon as Kohli comes on the pitch."

Woakes is back

26.1

Woakes to Kohli, no run, full and angled in, played to mid on

26.2

Woakes to Kohli, OUT, Kohli has holed out, he's thrown away a hard-earned start, stepping out and slicing a full delivery to the man at sweeper cover, he slams the bat into the ground and makes a disappointed-with-himself exit

V Kohli c Bell b Woakes 37 (86m 54b 1x4 1x6) SR: 68.51

Rohit: "With the new fielding restrictions I'd like to see Sehwag batting in the middle order and take on the spinners."

Prasoon: "I think this is the greatest thing that works in the favor of ODI's, it allows even an out of form batsmen to gain rhythm. You can always cover up your slow scoring later in the inning just like MSD does every other time. And the greatest example being Ross Taylor thrashing Akhtar and co. during 2011 world cup. Last 4 overs yielded 90 plus runs. Never witnessed such mayhem.."

MS Dhoni in at No 6

26.3

Woakes to Raina, no run, back of a length, defended

26.4

Woakes to Raina, no run, shortish, played out to point

26.5

Woakes to Raina, 1 run, steered from close to the body to third man

26.6

Woakes to Dhoni, 1 run, away with a single to the sweeper off a widish delivery

End of over 27 (2 runs) India 121/4 (RR: 4.48)
MS Dhoni    1* (1b)      CR Woakes    4-0-16-1
SK Raina    27* (43b 1x4 1x6)      JC Tredwell    6-0-29-1

27.1

Tredwell to Dhoni, no run, front foot across to the line outside off and works it to midwicket

27.2

Tredwell to Dhoni, 1 leg bye, goes across with the front foot again and nudges in the air to square leg

27.3

Tredwell to Raina, 1 run, turned softly to square leg

27.4

Tredwell to Dhoni, 1 run, pushes at a spinning delivery, gets it to cover

27.5

Tredwell to Raina, no run, turn away from off stump, staying a tad low again, pushed to point

27.6

Tredwell to Raina, no run, tries to cut another one that does not get up much, away to point again

End of over 28 (3 runs) India 124/4 (RR: 4.42)
SK Raina    28* (46b 1x4 1x6)      JC Tredwell    7-0-31-1
MS Dhoni    2* (4b)      CR Woakes    4-0-16-1

arun: "If the openers cant survive Kochi, one wonders what will happen in South Africa."

28.1

Woakes to Dhoni, no run, walks across and down the pitch, pushes a length ball to the bowler and hurries back

28.2

Woakes to Dhoni, 2 runs, kicking from short of a length, he slams it off the back foot past extra cover

28.3

Woakes to Dhoni, no run, fine drive from Dhoni, free-flowing followthrough off front foot, extra cover dives and saves runs

28.4

Woakes to Dhoni, 2 runs, into the pads and helped wide of fine leg

28.5

Woakes to Dhoni, no run, caught behind appeal not given, England are absolutely convinced, umpire Kulkarni is not, bowler is running down the pitch in celebration even as he appeals, held its line just enough as Dhoni pushed at it, can't spot a deviation from the replays, sound suggests there was a thin edge, there was a sound definitely as ball passed bat, England denied, can't blame the umpires for failing to pick up faint snicks in so much noise

28.6

Woakes to Dhoni, no run

End of over 29 (4 runs) India 128/4 (RR: 4.41)
MS Dhoni    6* (10b)      CR Woakes    5-0-20-1
SK Raina    28* (46b 1x4 1x6)      JC Tredwell    7-0-31-1

29.1

Tredwell to Raina, no run, defended off the front foot

29.2

Tredwell to Raina, SIX, the Raina slog-sweep makes an appearance, picks it from off stump, and sends the ball deep into the crowd over deep midwicket

29.3

Tredwell to Raina, 1 run, pushed to sweeper cover

29.4

Tredwell to Dhoni, 1 run, spins in, stays low, and is worked to deep midwicket

29.5

Tredwell to Raina, no run, lured out by all the flight, thick inside edge sends the ball to midwicket as he tries to drive through off

29.6

Tredwell to Raina, no run, another thick inside edge, to the bowler as he eyes off again

End of over 30 (8 runs) India 136/4 (RR: 4.53)
SK Raina    35* (51b 1x4 2x6)      JC Tredwell    8-0-39-1
MS Dhoni    7* (11b)      CR Woakes    5-0-20-1

30.1

Woakes to Dhoni, no run, pushes a back of a length ball to covers

30.2

Woakes to Dhoni, 1 run, smacks a furious cut, but sweeper cover scrambles to his left to cut it off

30.3

Woakes to Raina, no run, goes across and pushes a length ball to the bowler

Mark: "Cant imagine Cook would say at the presentation "we had to stay longer on the park thanks to umpiring decisions. We had to take more than 10 wickets""

30.4

Woakes to Raina, 1 run, opens the face and runs the ball to third man

30.5

Woakes to Dhoni, 1 run, steps across and down the pitch and flails a length ball in the air, fortunately it is wide of point

30.6

Woakes to Raina, 1 run, back of a length on the pads, tucked to deep square

End of over 31 (4 runs) India 140/4 (RR: 4.51)
SK Raina    37* (54b 1x4 2x6)      CR Woakes    6-0-24-1
MS Dhoni    9* (14b)      JC Tredwell    8-0-39-1

Dave: "Everytime I look at Dernbach's figures in a ODI I wonder why he is playing. Career economy of over 6 is miles away from being good enough. Just because he has got half a dozen different slower balls, that doesn't mean any of them are any good."

Joe Root will have a bowl

31.1

Root to Raina, 1 run, full and squeezed past the bowler to long off

Santanu: "@ Mark... what about Yuvraj?"

31.2

Root to Dhoni, no run, lunges towards the pitch, holding the bat at an angle all the time, wanting the single to the leg side, one of the most aware ODI batsmen ever

31.3

Root to Dhoni, no run, defended from the crease

31.4

Root to Dhoni, no run, turned to midwicket

31.5

Root to Dhoni, 1 run, manages to nudge with the spin to midwicket for one

31.6

Root to Raina, 1 run, pushed off the front foot to leg for a single

End of over 32 (3 runs) India 143/4 (RR: 4.46)
SK Raina    39* (56b 1x4 2x6)      JE Root    1-0-3-0
MS Dhoni    10* (18b)      CR Woakes    6-0-24-1

Rakesh: "did England take the bowling powerplay. I did not see the symbol (p2) in the live tv. Not even cricinfo mentioned it.." It has been killed by the ICC, Rakesh, in the latest assault on the rules of ODI cricket

32.1

Patel to Raina, 1 run, worked behind square leg off the pad

32.2

Patel to Dhoni, 1 leg bye, angled in full, Dhoni manages some wood on it and scampers down as it rolls close to the pitch

32.3

Patel to Raina, no run, gets bat around front pad but cannot get the ball past short fine

32.4

Patel to Raina, 1 run, whipped with the spin down to long on

32.5

Patel to Dhoni, no run, straightens sharply on leg, and Dhoni adjusts to defend it

32.6

Patel to Dhoni, 1 run, stretches forward and pushes it past the non-striker to long on

End of over 33 (4 runs) India 147/4 (RR: 4.45)
MS Dhoni    11* (21b)      SR Patel    9-0-36-0
SK Raina    41* (59b 1x4 2x6)      JE Root    1-0-3-0

33.1

Root to Dhoni, no run, full on middle, Dhoni sends it softly to midwicket

33.2

Root to Dhoni, no run, bends the knee and brings bat around it to tuck it to short fine

33.3

Root to Dhoni, no run, full again, and again Dhoni pats it to midwicket,

33.4

Root to Dhoni, 1 run, goes back and to the leg side, and forces a length ball to long on

33.5

Root to Raina, 1 run, stretching fully forward in defence, ball scurries to leg and the single is on

33.6

Root to Dhoni, no run, shortish, Dhoni having all the time to set himself up for the big punch through off, but finding no timing in the end as it comes slowly into him, thick inside edge to leg

End of over 34 (2 runs) India 149/4 (RR: 4.38)
MS Dhoni    12* (26b)      JE Root    2-0-5-0
SK Raina    42* (60b 1x4 2x6)      SR Patel    9-0-36-0

34.1

Patel to Raina, 2 runs, Raina gets a feather on one headed down the leg side, Cook races after it from short fine and hauls it back

34.2

Patel to Raina, 1 run, full, pushed down to long on

34.3

Patel to Dhoni, 1 run, staying low, Dhoni on the crease and whipping it to long on

Arfak: "I reckon Kochi's crowd will be silent when India is bowling , so that India would get wickets from caught behind!"

34.4

Patel to Raina, no run, digs out a fuller one , bowler cannot stop it with a dive, Morgan gets to it running across from short midwicket

34.5

Patel to Raina, 1 run

34.6

Patel to Dhoni, 2 runs, full and angled in, worked softly to vacant midwicket, and they will take two

End of over 35 (7 runs) India 156/4 (RR: 4.45)
MS Dhoni    15* (28b)      SR Patel    10-0-43-0
SK Raina    46* (64b 1x4 2x6)      JE Root    2-0-5-0

batting Powerplay time after drinks time, as Raina scoots off the field for a break. Raina is back and umpire Davis signals the start of the Powerplay. Finn is back, three men allowed in the deep

35.1

Finn to Raina, no run, and Raina tries to slog the first ball over midwicket, thick inside edge down to short fine

35.2

Finn to Raina, FOUR, fab touch from Raina, just a touch with an open-faced bat sends the ball racing past backward point, that is also 50 for Raina

35.3

Finn to Raina, 1 run, opens the face again, this time the good length ball goes to third man

35.4

Finn to Dhoni, 1 run, back of a length, pushed out to sweeper cover

35.5

Finn to Raina, 1 run, slower one cutting across from back of a length, he hops across and nudges it behind square

Ashish Gupta: "some people were questioning Raina's selection at the start of the match. I would like to talk to them personally."

35.6

Finn to Dhoni, no run, Dhoni trying to cut one too close to the body, and getting beaten

End of over 36 (7 runs) India 163/4 (RR: 4.52)
MS Dhoni    16* (30b)      ST Finn    6-1-19-1
SK Raina    52* (68b 2x4 2x6)      SR Patel    10-0-43-0

Dernbach back as well

36.1

Dernbach to Raina, no run, Dernbach gets away with a short and wide one, Raina bashing it to Morgan at backward point

36.2

Dernbach to Raina, 1 run, good length, tucked off the pads wide of midwicket

Veeru: "I always feel raina is not given the cred he deserves in shorter format. We talk abt Kohlis scoring centuries. but here is a guy produces crucial 50s day in and day out without much fuss and so consistently."

Mid off going back, mid on up

36.3

Dernbach to Dhoni, FOUR, Dhoni slammed Dernbach down long off's throat in Rajkot, this time he's taken one on the full as he walks across and dismisses it to the straight boundary

36.4

Dernbach to Dhoni, no run, goes across and lets a length ball go to the keeper outside off

36.5

Dernbach to Dhoni, no run, and again, he lets a pitched up widish delivery go past him outside off

36.6

Dernbach to Dhoni, no run, slower from Dernbach, Dhoni moving across again but only manages to push it wide of extra cover, who fields and makes Dhoni send a charging Raina back

End of over 37 (5 runs) India 168/4 (RR: 4.54)
MS Dhoni    20* (34b 1x4)      JW Dernbach    5-0-33-1
SK Raina    53* (70b 2x4 2x6)      ST Finn    6-1-19-1

37.1

Finn to Raina, no run, angled wide across the left-hander, Dhoni asking umpire Davis why it wasn't called one, marginal call

37.2

Finn to Raina, no run, slow bouncer now closer to off, Raina misses with the pull

37.3

Finn to Raina, no run, has a flail at one leaving him outside off, misses once more

37.4

Finn to Raina, 1 run, Raina gets width and delays his stroke to try and find the deep backward point rope, but third man denies him

Kapil: "Very strange from Dhoni.. Letting wide balls outside off go? May be he thinks 250 are going to be enough on this track.."

37.5

Finn to Dhoni, 3 runs, walking across and tucking a back of a length ball behind square leg, it is in the gap and almost rolls into the rope before a slide from the running deep square leg

37.6

Finn to Raina, no run, slower one, under 120 kph, Raina can't do anything about it, he tries to run it to third man, misses

End of over 38 (4 runs) India 172/4 (RR: 4.52)
SK Raina    54* (75b 2x4 2x6)      ST Finn    7-1-23-1
MS Dhoni    23* (35b 1x4)      JW Dernbach    5-0-33-1

38.1

Dernbach to Dhoni, no run, tries a sweep from way outside off, misses

38.2

Dernbach to Dhoni, no run, lunges forward, and allows yet another wide one to go away, probably Dhoni thought it was one, but it swung in slightly, and was just about okay in the end

38.3

Dernbach to Dhoni, no run, now he charges out and has a wild swing which does not connect with anything

38.4

Dernbach to Dhoni, no run, India making a mess of the Powerplay, now Dhoni mishits a full toss to mid on

38.5

Dernbach to Dhoni, 1 run, slower one straightening wide outside off, Dhoni can only force it to mid on

Dhoni and Dernbach have a chat, all brotherly love, Dernbach suggesting slightly forcefully that Dhoni was running in the way of the throw, Dhoni putting on his best explanatory face to try and dispel all friction

38.6

Dernbach to Raina, 1 run, full and down to third man

End of over 39 (2 runs) India 174/4 (RR: 4.46)
SK Raina    55* (76b 2x4 2x6)      JW Dernbach    6-0-35-1
MS Dhoni    24* (40b 1x4)      ST Finn    7-1-23-1

18 in four overs off the Powerplay

39.1

Finn to Raina, no run, Raina misses out, length ball down the pads, and flicked into the hands of short fine leg

39.2

Finn to Raina, OUT, nothing powerful about India's batting Powerplay, Raina slogs at a length offcutter from Finn, and inside edging it onto his stumps, Finn has done a pretty good job with the slower one today, Raina gives himself a disappointed send-off, banging the bat on his helmet

SK Raina b Finn 55 (96m 78b 2x4 2x6) SR: 70.51

England terrific in the Powerplay, confounding two set batsmen with slower ones, wide ones, short slower ones, the works. Here is Ravindra Jadeja, the allrounder

Santhosh: "Opening batting, middle order batting, death bowling, seam/swing bowling, fielding.. and recent addition powerplay overs batting.. wondering what the list is all about ? Things that India have managed to mess up recently..!"

39.3

Finn to Jadeja, 1 run, he goes across and nudges a length ball off middle and leg through square

39.4

Finn to Dhoni, 1 run, moves outside the line and works it to deep square leg, hopping as he does so

39.5

Finn to Jadeja, no run, short, wide, cut straight to backward point

39.6

Finn to Jadeja, 1 run, back of a length, pushed down the pitch to mid off

End of over 40 (3 runs) India 177/5 (RR: 4.42)
RA Jadeja    2* (3b)      ST Finn    8-1-26-2
MS Dhoni    25* (41b 1x4)      JW Dernbach    6-0-35-1

kv is livid: "@ comms: enough with the praise for england's bowling, India's batting is beyond woeful. Bowling at a team this dismal would represent difficulties for associate members, not test playing nations."

40.1

Dernbach to Jadeja, 2 runs, whips a length ball in front of square leg for two

40.2

Dernbach to Jadeja, no run, can't work this one past the bowler, who threatens to throw it back, has a glance at the non-striker and walks back with a smile

40.3

Dernbach to Jadeja, 2 runs, a couple wide of fine leg now with a tuck off the pad

40.4

Dernbach to Jadeja, no run, good length, right on off, defended solidly

40.5

Dernbach to Jadeja, no run, works a short of a length ball away, but straight to midwicket

Local boy S Sreesanth watching the game from the stands

40.6

Dernbach to Jadeja, 1 run, finds midwicket once more, but makes the man run a bit to his right, and the single is on

End of over 41 (5 runs) India 182/5 (RR: 4.43)
RA Jadeja    7* (9b)      JW Dernbach    7-0-40-1
MS Dhoni    25* (41b 1x4)      ST Finn    8-1-26-2

Tredwell back

41.1

Tredwell to Jadeja, no run, straightening on off stump, tight line right away, patted towards point

41.2

Tredwell to Jadeja, 1 run, worked to square leg

James: "Er ... kv, weren't this "woeful" lot crowned world champions less than 2 years ago?"

41.3

Tredwell to Dhoni, 1 run, length ball to Dhoni, who forces it to midwicket and gets across in no time

41.4

Tredwell to Jadeja, 1 run, full, and a nudge past square leg brings another single

41.5

Tredwell to Dhoni, FOUR, Dhoni picks the gap this time, whips with the spin behind square leg, past short fine

41.6

Tredwell to Dhoni, 1 run, looking to charge out, stays back to a flat length ball and keeps strike with a single to covers

End of over 42 (8 runs) India 190/5 (RR: 4.52)
MS Dhoni    31* (44b 2x4)      JC Tredwell    9-0-47-1
RA Jadeja    9* (12b)      JW Dernbach    7-0-40-1

Woakes to bowl again

jackthelad: "kv - India are not a good side, it's true - but they are only batting as well as skilful, well-considered bowling will allow them."

42.1

Woakes to Dhoni, SIX, Dhoni picks the first ball from Woakes from outside off and slams it over deep midwicket

42.2

Woakes to Dhoni, no run, and then he moves towards the line and allows a widish one to go, he's done that a lot today

42.3

Woakes to Dhoni, no run, Dhoni down the pitch, squeezes a low full toss towards the bowler, who goes down quickly to field, and recovers immediately to be prepared to throw it back, sending Dhoni into the crease

42.4

Woakes to Dhoni, 1 run, away to extra cover for one

England' over-rate has slowed down since the last drinks break

42.5

Woakes to Jadeja, FOUR, slow offcutter, mid off is up, Jadeja has a go, beats the infield and the ball bounces once before going over the rope

Long off back now, fine leg up

42.6

Woakes to Jadeja, 1 run, went full now on the stumps, Jadeja looking to go leg side, ends up going off instead with a leading edge

End of over 43 (12 runs) India 202/5 (RR: 4.69)
RA Jadeja    14* (14b 1x4)      CR Woakes    7-0-36-1
MS Dhoni    38* (48b 2x4 1x6)      JC Tredwell    9-0-47-1

Tredwell to bowl out

43.1

Tredwell to Jadeja, no run, Jadeja works a length ball straight to midwicket

43.2

Tredwell to Jadeja, no run, can't get it away, Tredwell extremely accurate, Jadeja pushes off the front foot and sets off, extra cover is around to send him back

43.3

Tredwell to Jadeja, no run, third dot ball in a row in the 44th over as Jadeja cannot pinch a single on the off side, point cuts him off now

43.4

Tredwell to Jadeja, no run, fourth one on the run, without one, Jadeja forces it to the leg side now, to midwicket

43.5

Tredwell to Jadeja, no run, and an excellent front foot defence down the pitch now

43.6

Tredwell to Jadeja, 1 run, a single, just a single off the over, Jadeja pulls in the gap between long on and deep midwicket, but he's neither timed nor powered it

End of over 44 (1 run) India 203/5 (RR: 4.61)
RA Jadeja    15* (20b 1x4)      JC Tredwell    10-0-48-1
MS Dhoni    38* (48b 2x4 1x6)      CR Woakes    7-0-36-1

44.1

Woakes to Jadeja, no run, Jadeja finding it difficult to get off strike now, forces a full one back to the bowler, Dhoni walks up to have a word

44.2

Woakes to Jadeja, SIX, wonder what Dhoni told him, as next ball Jadeja sends one soaring into the stands way over long on, full around off, and he slams it out of sight

44.3

Woakes to Jadeja, no run, hits a full one back to the bowler again now

44.4

Woakes to Jadeja, FOUR, a high full toss, bowled wide too, and Jadeja puts it away through backward point

44.5

Woakes to Jadeja, no run, alternating between hitting a four and finding the bowler, the latter now

44.6

Woakes to Jadeja, FOUR, and next ball, he is back to hitting another four, going at more than a run a ball, full delivery, and Jadeja whips it through midwicket into the gap

End of over 45 (14 runs) India 217/5 (RR: 4.82)
RA Jadeja    29* (26b 3x4 1x6)      CR Woakes    8-0-50-1
MS Dhoni    38* (48b 2x4 1x6)      JC Tredwell    10-0-48-1

SCB: "Jadeja can be classified as an all-rounder now.. needs to do it consistently."

45.1

Dernbach to Dhoni, no run, slow, very slow at 112 kph, it is from the back of the hand, and moves away like a legbreak outside off

45.2

Dernbach to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni gets another full and wide one, this time he is not leaving it, but is also not going any further than point

45.3

Dernbach to Jadeja, 1 run, smacks a slow and pitched-up delivery to long on

45.4

Dernbach to Dhoni, SIX, back of the hand slower one, Dhoni steps out, waits for it, and hammers it over long off

45.5

Dernbach to Dhoni, 1 run, full, wide, Dhoni immediately on the knee with a bee-sting of a drive, sweeper cover somehow manages to save the boundary

45.6

Dernbach to Jadeja, FOUR, Jadeja playing a crucial innings here, pitched up, in the left-hander's slot around off, and he has picked it over midwicket

End of over 46 (13 runs) India 230/5 (RR: 5.00)
RA Jadeja    34* (28b 4x4 1x6)      JW Dernbach    8-0-53-1
MS Dhoni    46* (52b 2x4 2x6)      CR Woakes    8-0-50-1

Saad Siddiqui: "Did the ICC also make it illegal to bowl a yorker in its latest update to the rules?" It didn't Saad, but the how to bowl a yorker guide got lost in the heap of manuals on how to bowl a different slower one

England taking an age to set the field

46.1

Finn to Dhoni, no run, hit on the thigh pad as he fails to work a back of a length ball to leg

sirish: "Given the state of our top 4, Jadeja seems to demand a promotion :)"

46.2

Finn to Dhoni, no run, jumps out, but makes no contact as he swings hard

46.3

Finn to Dhoni, 1 run, slow, good length, Dhoni opens up to slap it powerfully, straight to the sweeper though

Mexican Arabian Sea wave in the Kochi stands

46.4

Finn to Jadeja, 1 run, Jadeja taking a step to leg to make room, but Finn negating that with a tight one on the stumps, inside edged to off for a single

46.5

Finn to Dhoni, FOUR, Dhoni, easily one of the greatest ODI batsmen ever, gets to yet another fighting fifty with a pile-driver of a straight helicopter shot along the ground

46.6

Finn to Dhoni, FOUR, and again, through midwicket this time, full into Dhoni, and he dismisses it with that unique deep-in-the-crease batswing of his

End of over 47 (10 runs) India 240/5 (RR: 5.10)
MS Dhoni    55* (57b 4x4 2x6)      ST Finn    9-1-36-2
RA Jadeja    35* (29b 4x4 1x6)      JW Dernbach    8-0-53-1

Ashfaq Desai: "M S Dhoni : Only one man standing and they want to throw him out from captains position. Salute to him, leading from front."

47.1

Woakes to Jadeja, 1 run, low full toss, but Jadeja mistimes a heave out to wide long on

47.2

Woakes to Dhoni, 1 run, full, around the blockhole wide outside off, Dhoni squeezes it out for one

Rohit: "There is no such thing as form in Dhoni's dictionary"

47.3

Woakes to Jadeja, 2 runs, very full again, but Jadeja mistimes again, gets two for the effort through midwicket

47.4

Woakes to Jadeja, FOUR, Jadeja succeeds third time, serious thwack of a connection as the ball flies in the gap between deep midwicket and long on, that's his region

47.5

Woakes to Jadeja, 1 run, angled across, slapped away to the sweeper

47.6

Woakes to Dhoni, 1 run, full, not that bad an over in the end, Dhoni tries to helicopter another boundary down the ground, but this time he will only find long on

End of over 48 (10 runs) India 250/5 (RR: 5.20)
MS Dhoni    57* (59b 4x4 2x6)      CR Woakes    9-0-60-1
RA Jadeja    43* (33b 5x4 1x6)      ST Finn    9-1-36-2

48.1

Finn to Dhoni, FOUR, wide, Dhoni is long past letting them go, he has cut it with everything he has, and he has a lot, the ball has zoomed over backward point

48.2

Finn to Dhoni, no run, missed out, was eyeing deep midwicket as he swung, but missed the length ball angled in

48.3

Finn to Dhoni, 2 runs, helicopter on the off side for want of a better description, on the bounce to wide long off, who barely manages to stop it

48.4

Finn to Dhoni, FOUR, Dhoni, you brutal, battering ram of a beauty, helicopters raining all around Kochi, Finn not missing the blockhole by much, enough for Dhoni to murder it over midwicket

48.5

Finn to Dhoni, 1 run, Finn keeps the nerve to target the blockhole again, hits it, Dhoni's attempt at another helicopter ends at midwicket

48.6

Finn to Jadeja, FOUR, slow, short, Jadeja upto it, drags a pull over square leg in he circle, the Kochi crowd may just end up with a collective bad throat with all that yelling

End of over 49 (15 runs) India 265/5 (RR: 5.40)
RA Jadeja    47* (34b 6x4 1x6)      ST Finn    10-1-51-2
MS Dhoni    68* (64b 6x4 2x6)      CR Woakes    9-0-60-1

Nine short of a 100, the partnership, in under ten overs, Duncan Fletcher has no expression on his face, as always

49.1

Dernbach to Dhoni, FOUR, Dhoni has gone berserk with the helicopter stroke this afternoon, he;s walked to the off side, and swung a full delivery from close to the tramline over midwicket, incredible

49.2

Dernbach to Dhoni, 1 wide, on the outer side of the tramline with the full delivery as Dhoni charges out, and this one will be called a wide

49.2

Dernbach to Dhoni, OUT, Dhoni goes, finally, after one more fighting, counter-attacking, masterly ODI innings, taken at sweeper cover right at the edge of the rope

MS Dhoni c Root b Dernbach 72 (117m 66b 7x4 2x6) SR: 109.09

Ravi: "Indian Fan - Don't know whether to be happy about death batting; or worried about the dealth bowling in the next half."

49.3

Dernbach to Ashwin, 1 run, full and wide, Ashwin's underedge sends it to the keeper, batsmen scamper a single

Jignesh: "Take a bow you milk infused brute of a batsman!"

49.4

Dernbach to Jadeja, FOUR, Jadeja gets to a half-century with another dragging, heaving pull that takes the slow, short delivery wide of short fine leg

49.5

Dernbach to Jadeja, FOUR, Ravindra Jadeja making a stirring case for the No 7 allrounder's position with a flowing pick-up off the pads over backward square leg

49.6

Dernbach to Jadeja, SIX, and another boundary, ballistic, cracking, finish for the Jamnagar boy, length delivery, Jadeja crashes it over deep midwicket as Kochi shouts itself hoarse

Twenty off the final over, 96 in ten between Dhoni and Jadeja, whose ODI batting average is just shy of 30 now. This is close to a matchwinning total if the pitch, already slow and aiding spin, slows down further as expected. Our UK editor David Hopps, still recovering from the Dhoni-and-Jadeja onslaught, will soon have his innings report ready.

From England's perspective, surely someone has to warn Dernbach about the pitfalls of overdoing his overflowing bag of variations

TMS: "Kochi loves Jadeja - the former Kochi Tusker...."

End of over 50 (20 runs) India 285/6
RA Jadeja    61* (37b 8x4 2x6)      JW Dernbach    9-0-73-2
R Ashwin    1* (1b)      ST Finn    10-1-51-2
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R Ashwin helped clean up England's tail, India v England, 2nd ODI, Kochi, January 15, 2013

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