England tour of India, 1st ODI: India v England at Rajkot, Nov 14, 2008
India won by 158 runs
14 November 2008 (50-over match)

Hi there. Welcome to the first ODI between India and England.

Pitch Nick Knight, the former England player, believes there is a bit of grass and it should offer something for the bowlers early on.

Toss: Pietersen has called correctly and England will bowl first. "We won the last four ODIs convincingly. But it's always tough to tour India."

Dhoni:"I would have also bowled first. Grass and the early morning start."On adjusting to ODIs after a Test series: "It's tough but we are professionals, we got to do it whether we have three day, four day or fifteen days. Obviously if we have more time, it would be better but we are up to it. England are a good bowling side."

Javagal Srinath in the Neo Cricket studio:"Don't worry about the grass. It's just a sprinkle. But it's the moisture content that will help the pacers. This pitch always helps the seamers and later on the spinners."

Have you joined the India-England fantasy cricket yet? Please do. It's loads of fun. Hope you cobble together a good team that can you win some thing.

Teams:

India: 1 Gautam Gambhir, 2 Virender Sehwag, 3 Suresh Raina, 4 Yuvraj Singh, 5 Mahendra Singh Dhoni (capt/wk), 6 Rohit Sharma, 7 Yusuf Pathan, 8 Zaheer Khan, 9 Harbhajan Singh, 10 Munaf Patel, 11 RP Singh.

England: 1 Ian Bell, 2 Matt Prior (wk), 3 Owais Shah, 4 Kevin Pietersen (capt), 5 Andrew Flintoff, 6 Paul Collingwood, 7 Samit Patel, 8 Ravi Bopara, 9 Stuart Broad, 10 Steve Harmison, 11 James Anderson.

Players are out there. Gautam Gambhir and Virender Sehwag. As ever, it would be Gautam on strike.

0.1

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, Two slips watch as Anderson swings the ball into the pads and it rolls away to the on side.

0.2

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, short in length and off the pad to the leg side ... If he can hurl it on a fuller length and swing it into Gautam it could get interesting

0.3

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, fuller, on a good length, coming in from the off stump line and Gambhir moves back to defend. Little more full James!

0.4

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, fuller and it swings into to hit the pad but it pitched just outside leg stump.

0.5

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, back of length and this one moves towards middle from the leg stump line and Gambhir is squared up trying to turn it to the on side and edges it to backward point. So there is swing and movement out there

0.6

Anderson to Gambhir, 1 wide, ah.. pushes it way wide outside off stump.

0.6

Anderson to Gambhir, 2 runs, on the leg and middle and flicked to right of Bopara at long leg for couple of runs.

End of over 1 (3 runs) India 3/0 (RR: 3.00)

    • G Gambhir 2 (6b)
    • V Sehwag 0 (0b)
    • JM Anderson 1-0-3-0

I am Sriram Veera, your commentator for this game, and Binoy George is on the scoring desk today.

1.1

Broad to Sehwag, no run, 136.4 kmph full in length and around the off and middle line and Sehwag gets forward to defend.

1.2

Broad to Sehwag, FOUR, Sehwag is up and away. He was helped by the fact that the ball was on the leg and middle, hip high and Sehwag wristed it away front of square

1.3

Broad to Sehwag, 1 run, 138.5 kmph fuller, straighter, on the middle, turned to the on side for a single

1.4

Broad to Gambhir, no run, around the off stump line, on a length and Gambhir pushes it out to the off side. Two slips in place.

1.5

Broad to Gambhir, no run, in the outside-off channel and Gambhir lets Prior earn his money

1.6

Broad to Gambhir, no run, around the middle and leg, Gambhir is wary of the movement across him and so, doesn't wrist it through the on side as he would have done on a flat trick and just taps it to the leg side

End of over 2 (5 runs) India 8/0 (RR: 4.00)

    • G Gambhir 2 (9b)
    • V Sehwag 5 (3b 1x4)
    • SCJ Broad 1-0-5-0
    • JM Anderson 1-0-3-0
2.1

Anderson to Sehwag, no run, bounces almost chest high and Sehwag hops to defend it down to the on side

2.2

Anderson to Sehwag, FOUR, Criminal. Full and on the legs and Sehwag flicks it away to deep square leg boundary.

2.3

Anderson to Sehwag, no run, lovely delivery, around 139 kmph, in the zone just outside off stump and Sehwag covers his off stump and lets Prior gather

2.4

Anderson to Sehwag, FOUR, Shot. Fierce. It was a touch short in length and just outside off stump and Sehwag went back and flashed it past backward point. Bat swing. Whir. Blink. The ball is picked from the boundary. Sehwag special.

2.5

Anderson to Sehwag, no run, gets forward to defend a length delivery

2.6

Anderson to Sehwag, 1 wide, hurls across a high bouncer outside off stump. Mr Tiffin extends his arms.

2.6

Anderson to Sehwag, no run, from slightly wide of the crease, 142.7 kmph full delivery on the middle and off line, Sehwag goes hard into his drive and edges it to square leg.

End of over 3 (9 runs) India 17/0 (RR: 5.66)

    • V Sehwag 13 (9b 3x4)
    • G Gambhir 2 (9b)
    • JM Anderson 2-0-12-0
    • SCJ Broad 1-0-5-0
3.1

Broad to Gambhir, 1 wide, 139.4 kmph down the leg side. Gambhir fails to connect with the flick.

3.1

Broad to Gambhir, no run, 138.3 kmph full delivery around middle and off line and Gambhir pushes it back to the bowler.

3.2

Broad to Gambhir, no run, gets well forward to drive to mid-on.

3.3

Broad to Gambhir, no run, moves into the line and works it straight to square leg

The average team total batting first in the last five games here is 281

3.4

Broad to Gambhir, no run, full and straight, 140.9 kmph delivery, on driven straight to mid-on

3.5

Broad to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir, already standing outside the crease, walks down the wicket and guides to point

3.6

Broad to Gambhir, 1 run, drives to wide mid-off, the bottom-hand coming off the handle and he takes the single.

End of over 4 (2 runs) India 19/0 (RR: 4.75)

    • G Gambhir 3 (15b)
    • V Sehwag 13 (9b 3x4)
    • SCJ Broad 2-0-7-0
    • JM Anderson 2-0-12-0
4.1

Anderson to Gambhir, FOUR, Gambhir walks and picks the ball from the off stump line and lifts the ball just over mid-on, who is standing pretty close.

4.2

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, from wide of the crease, angling away from short of length and Gambhir cuts but is stopped by the diving backward point

4.3

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, good delivery this. It kicked up from back of length and squared up Gambhir. Prior collected chest high.

4.4

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, around 140 kmph delivery and Gambhir shoulders arms

4.5

Anderson to Gambhir, 1 run, on the middle stump line, jabbed behind square leg for a single. The run rate is around five. Remember, England won the toss and chose to field.

4.6

Anderson to Sehwag, no run, 138.3 kmph, back of length delivery that bounced and Sehwag gets on top of the bounce to defend it to the off side of the pitch.

End of over 5 (5 runs) India 24/0 (RR: 4.80)

    • V Sehwag 13 (10b 3x4)
    • G Gambhir 8 (20b 1x4)
    • JM Anderson 3-0-17-0
    • SCJ Broad 2-0-7-0
5.1

Broad to Gambhir, FOUR, Slap. Gambhir charges down the track and flat-bats a short-of-length delivery to the left of mid-off. Again, he has moved down the track in the first ball of the over. England have to watch out. He does it repeatedly.

5.2

Broad to Gambhir, no run, in the zone outside off stump, left alone

5.3

Broad to Gambhir, FOUR, fuller and outside off stump, Gambhir moves into the line, opens the bat face and guides it past the solitary slip. Steered deliberately. 2000 ODI runs.

5.4

Broad to Gambhir, no run, moves into line to drive to covers

5.5

Broad to Gambhir, no run, 139.4 kmph full in length on the middle and off line, Gambhir steers it to point

5.6

Broad to Gambhir, FOUR, Fab. Again that walk down the wicket. Broad pitches it short of length and on the middle but Gambhir had walked towards off, got outside the line and flicked it up and over square leg.

End of over 6 (12 runs) India 36/0 (RR: 6.00)

    • G Gambhir 20 (26b 4x4)
    • V Sehwag 13 (10b 3x4)
    • SCJ Broad 3-0-19-0
    • JM Anderson 3-0-17-0
6.1

Anderson to Sehwag, 2 runs, on the legs and he should consider himself lucky to get away with just two runs.

6.2

Anderson to Sehwag, no run, shifts his line to outside off, a touch short in length, Sehwag tries to punch it on the up through the off side but edges it down the wicket.

6.3

Anderson to Sehwag, no run, 138.4 kmph length delivery around off stump and Sehwag fists it to mid-off

6.4

Anderson to Sehwag, 1 run, on the off and middle line, Sehwag stays back to work it towards wide mid-on for a single

slip and short cover in

6.5

Anderson to Gambhir, no run, on the middle and leg, turned to midwicket

6.6

Anderson to Gambhir, FOUR, walk walk walk. Flick flick flick. Four four four. Sorry about that. It was so predictable from Gambhir. He should feature in the Johny Walker ad. He just walked down and across and flicked it over square leg.

End of over 7 (7 runs) India 43/0 (RR: 6.14)

    • G Gambhir 24 (28b 5x4)
    • V Sehwag 16 (14b 3x4)
    • JM Anderson 4-0-24-0
    • SCJ Broad 3-0-19-0
7.1

Flintoff to Sehwag, no run, Immediately Fred gets extra bounce and Sehwag has to get his bottom-hand out of the handle to keep it down and guides to backward point

7.2

Flintoff to Sehwag, no run, cutting in with bounce and Sehwag taps it close on the off side, Gambhir wants a single, Sehwag says no no no

7.3

Flintoff to Sehwag, no run, lovely teasing probing delivery that landed around the off stump and curved away. Sehwag went back and ended up pushing inside the line

7.4

Flintoff to Sehwag, no run, a touch short in length and outside off stump, Sehwag went back and across, got too close to the ball, cramped himself and chopped it to backward point

7.5

Flintoff to Sehwag, 1 run, moves forward to tap a full length delivery close on the leg side for a quick single

7.6

Flintoff to Gambhir, no run, 141.5 kmph back-of-length delivery, angling away from Gambhir who shoulders arms

End of over 8 (1 run) India 44/0 (RR: 5.50)

    • G Gambhir 24 (29b 5x4)
    • V Sehwag 17 (19b 3x4)
    • A Flintoff 1-0-1-0
    • JM Anderson 4-0-24-0

Steve Harmison comes on to bowl.

8.1

Harmison to Sehwag, 1 run, drifts to the pads, worked behind square leg for a single

8.2

Harmison to Gambhir, no run, 135.1 kmph length delivery moving in from the leg stump line, defended on the front foot

8.3

Harmison to Gambhir, no run, Gambhir walks. Harmison digs it shorter and gets bounce and it flies past the outside edge. Gambhir was looking to defend.

8.4

Harmison to Gambhir, no run, Even better delivery. It screamed from a length and bounced past Gambhir who was opened up completely

8.5

Harmison to Gambhir, no run, guided to backward point

As per the new ICC rules, the batting team will decide when to introduce either the second or the third Powerplay during their innings

8.6

Harmison to Gambhir, 1 run, works the short-of-length delivery to midwicket for a single

End of over 9 (2 runs) India 46/0 (RR: 5.11)

    • G Gambhir 25 (34b 5x4)
    • V Sehwag 18 (20b 3x4)
    • SJ Harmison 1-0-2-0
    • A Flintoff 1-0-1-0
9.1

Flintoff to Gambhir, no run, the tall bowlers are banging it short of length and trying to trouble the batsmen with the bounce. Gambhir hops to defend this one to defend

9.2

Flintoff to Gambhir, FOUR, walks outside leg stump and carves a length delivery on off and middle over cover point. Delicious whack.

9.3

Flintoff to Gambhir, 1 run, bounces this one into the rib cage and Gambhir wrists it behind square leg

9.4

Flintoff to Sehwag, 1 run, coming into Sehwag who turns it behind square for a single

9.5

Flintoff to Gambhir, 1 run, taps it close and they rush across for a quick single.

9.6

Flintoff to Sehwag, no run, leans forward to defend to the off side

As per the new ICC rules, the batting team will decide when to introduce either the second or the third Powerplay during their innings Please refer to this story for the new rules

End of over 10 (7 runs) India 53/0 (RR: 5.30)

    • V Sehwag 19 (22b 3x4)
    • G Gambhir 31 (38b 6x4)
    • A Flintoff 2-0-8-0
    • SJ Harmison 1-0-2-0

England have taken the Powerplay 2. That means India can choose when they want to take the third powerplay. It used to be a simple little game. Now every one has to be Brearley or Dhoni or KP to play this game.

10.1

Harmison to Gambhir, 1 run, on a length, around middle and leg, turned to the leg side for a single.

10.2

Harmison to Sehwag, no run, 139 kmph full length delivery around off stump, defended to covers

10.3

Harmison to Sehwag, 1 run, banged in short around the off stump and Sehwag plays the pull. The front leg is lifted in the air and the bat came down horizontally and the ball flies to deep square leg for a single

10.4

Harmison to Gambhir, FOUR, Botham drawls, "That's too wide and too full." Indeed. Gambhir eased it through covers.

10.5

Harmison to Gambhir, no run, in the zone outside off, angling away, left alone

10.6

Harmison to Gambhir, no run, leans forward to steer a back-of-length delivery to point

End of over 11 (6 runs) India 59/0 (RR: 5.36)

    • G Gambhir 36 (42b 7x4)
    • V Sehwag 20 (24b 3x4)
    • SJ Harmison 2-0-8-0
    • A Flintoff 2-0-8-0
11.1

Flintoff to Sehwag, no run, length delivery on the middle stump line, defended

11.2

Flintoff to Sehwag, no run, full in length, coming in a bit from just outside off stump, Sehwag stayed adjacent to the line and dabbed it to point

11.3

Flintoff to Sehwag, 1 run, similar delivery, taps it close on the off side and by the time Collingwood swoops on the ball, the batsmen rush across

11.4

Flintoff to Gambhir, 1 run, Superb running between the wickets. Almost an yorker, dropped in front and off they go.

11.5

Flintoff to Sehwag, no run, 143.7 kmph, length delivery, homing in to the off stump, guided to backward point.

KP screams, "C'mon boys, let's build some pressure here"

11.6

Flintoff to Sehwag, FOUR, And Sehwag responds with a four. It was full, it was on the middle, tilting in and Sehwag whipped it through midwicket.

End of over 12 (6 runs) India 65/0 (RR: 5.41)

    • V Sehwag 25 (29b 4x4)
    • G Gambhir 37 (43b 7x4)
    • A Flintoff 3-0-14-0
    • SJ Harmison 2-0-8-0
12.1

Harmison to Gambhir, no run, tries to tap it to third man but can't beat backward point

12.2

Harmison to Gambhir, no run, 138.2 kmph back-of-length delivery whizzing past the off stump, left alone by Gambhir

12.3

Harmison to Gambhir, 1 run, walks down the track, Harmison pings his rib cage, Gambhir takes his bottom-hand off the bat handle and works the ball to fine leg

12.4

Harmison to Sehwag, 1 run, another one at the body, Sehwag fends it to short fine-leg region

12.5

Harmison to Gambhir, 1 run, lets the ball come to him, drops it to the off side, towards gully and they scamper across for yet another excellent single

12.6

Harmison to Sehwag, FOUR, another four in the last ball of the over. This one was on the hips and Sehwag moved inside to clip it to fine-leg boundary. The bowler want to fire it into the rib cage but was off target.

End of over 13 (7 runs) India 72/0 (RR: 5.53)

    • V Sehwag 30 (31b 5x4)
    • G Gambhir 39 (47b 7x4)
    • SJ Harmison 3-0-15-0
    • A Flintoff 3-0-14-0

Spin in the form of Samit Patel. This should be interesting.

13.1

Patel to Gambhir, 1 run, the left-arm spinner starts from over the stumps, turns it in from the off stump line, tapped to midwicket region for a single.

Long on, long off and deep midwicket are the three men manning the ropes

13.2

Patel to Sehwag, no run, Sehwag gets forward to defend.

13.3

Patel to Sehwag, no run, backs away a bit to make room and square drives to point. He is looking to go inside-out over covers. Watch out.

13.4

Patel to Sehwag, FOUR, There he goes. Moves outside leg and lifts the ball from the leg stump line up and over covers

Long on is in the circle and deep cover in place!

13.5

Patel to Sehwag, 1 run, Sehwag comes down the track, Samit fires it in, pushed wide of mid-on for a single

13.6

Patel to Gambhir, no run, full and on the leg and middle, turned straight to midwicket

End of over 14 (6 runs) India 78/0 (RR: 5.57)

    • G Gambhir 40 (49b 7x4)
    • V Sehwag 35 (35b 6x4)
    • SR Patel 1-0-6-0
    • SJ Harmison 3-0-15-0

Broad replaces Harmison

14.1

Broad to Sehwag, 4 leg byes, full and slipping on to the pads, Sehwag misses the flick but it runs away off the pad to the boundary. Wrong line.

14.2

Broad to Sehwag, 1 wide, Even more down leg and Prior collects.

14.2

Broad to Sehwag, 1 run, hmm again on the legs, tickled to right of Flintoff at fine-leg region

14.3

Broad to Gambhir, 1 run, on the hips, tucked to fine-leg region. Broad is attacking the bum. He can find better places to fire his balls. Huh! I am really sorry.

14.4

Broad to Sehwag, 1 run, banged in short, chest high and Sehwag hops across to tap it to the on side

14.5

Broad to Gambhir, no run, length delivery around the off stump, tapped close on the off side, think about a single but change their minds

14.6

Broad to Gambhir, FOUR, Banged in short but that doesn't help. Gambhir swivels to pull it over midwicket.

End of over 15 (12 runs) India 90/0 (RR: 6.00)

    • G Gambhir 45 (52b 8x4)
    • V Sehwag 37 (38b 6x4)
    • SCJ Broad 4-0-27-0
    • SR Patel 1-0-6-0
15.1

Patel to Sehwag, 1 run, on the off stump line , pushed to cover point for a quick single.

Neither side have taken the third Powerplay

15.2

Patel to Gambhir, 1 run, leans forward to drive to long-on for a single

15.3

Patel to Sehwag, no run, floated from round the stumps, Sehwag went for the slog sweep, missed it and hit the pad

15.4

Patel to Sehwag, no run, leans forward to drive it back to the bowler

15.5

Patel to Sehwag, 1 run, down the track, Samit drags back the length and sehwag flat-bats it to Bopara at sweeper cover

15.6

Patel to Gambhir, no run, down the track and Samit shortens the length without sacrificing the flight and Gambhir pushes it to midwicket

Drinks break.

End of over 16 (3 runs) India 93/0 (RR: 5.81)

    • G Gambhir 46 (54b 8x4)
    • V Sehwag 39 (42b 6x4)
    • SR Patel 2-0-9-0
    • SCJ Broad 4-0-27-0

Pietersen turns to Collingwood immediately after the interval. This is his 150th ODI. Sehwag takes strike.

16.1

Collingwood to Sehwag, SIX, oh, hello, Sehwag greets him with a slog over mid-off for six, its all going terribly wrong for England this morning! Sehwag just clears the leg and swings, fab shot

16.2

Collingwood to Sehwag, SIX, carnage! And thats the 100 stand, and Sehwag's fifty with six more, this one disdainfully slogged over midwicket, what a batsman he is

Pietersen switches his men around. The umpires inspect the ball. Poor Collingwood. Its his 150th match, and he's craned his neck as the first two balls went into the stands. Ho hum. The field is deep.

16.3

Collingwood to Sehwag, 1 run, clears the front leg, eying the midwicket region, but adjusts and slaps a cut shot out to the sweeper in the deep, just getting a single to rotate strike

Matt Prior stands up to the stumps.

16.4

Collingwood to Gambhir, 4 leg byes, full down the leg side and tickled down to fine leg for leg byes

What an over for Collingwood. Sheesh.

16.5

Collingwood to Gambhir, no run, full on middle and leg and pushed to Collingwood's left side

16.6

Collingwood to Gambhir, 2 runs, easily turned from leg stump wide of square leg and sprints hard

Yes yes .. as several nerds among you have slapped me, only India can take the third powerplay.

End of over 17 (19 runs) India 112/0 (RR: 6.58)

    • G Gambhir 48 (57b 8x4)
    • V Sehwag 52 (45b 6x4 2x6)
    • PD Collingwood 1-0-15-0
    • SR Patel 2-0-9-0
17.1

Patel to Sehwag, 1 run, Disdain rulez. Sehwag is down the track and mistimes his drive to long-on

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17.2

Patel to Gambhir, 1 run, Gambhir pings the long-on for a single

17.3

Patel to Sehwag, FOUR, down the leg side, anticipating Sehwag's dash down the track but our hero stays back to paddle it away to fine-leg boundary

17.4

Patel to Sehwag, FOUR, This is some nets session. Sehwag charges, Samit shortens and Sehwag drags it to wide long-on boundary

17.5

Patel to Sehwag, no run, drives inside out but straight to covers

17.6

Patel to Sehwag, 1 run, he is going after every ball. Again another shimmy down the track. Patel this time slows up the pace and shortens the length and sehwag is made to wait and he drives to long-on for a single

End of over 18 (11 runs) India 123/0 (RR: 6.83)

    • V Sehwag 62 (50b 8x4 2x6)
    • G Gambhir 49 (58b 8x4)
    • SR Patel 3-0-20-0
    • PD Collingwood 1-0-15-0
18.1

Flintoff to Sehwag, no run, shout for lbw. Perhaps the first shout of the day. It came in from a length, missed the forward prod and hit above the kneel roll on the leg stump line. Hawk eye suggests it would have clipped the top of the leg stump

18.2

Flintoff to Sehwag, 1 run, gets behind this delivery to defend to the on side

18.3

Flintoff to Gambhir, 1 run, Gambhir reaches his 12th ODI fifty with a dab to third man

18.4

Flintoff to Sehwag, no run, full length delivery, straightening around the off stump, defended with the full face of the bat

18.5

Flintoff to Sehwag, no run, probing line continues. On and around the off and middle, no room nor length to work with and Sehwag goes back to defend to the on side

18.6

Flintoff to Sehwag, no run, very good over this. Again on that middle and off line and Sehwag defends.

End of over 19 (2 runs) India 125/0 (RR: 6.57)

    • V Sehwag 63 (55b 8x4 2x6)
    • G Gambhir 50 (59b 8x4)
    • A Flintoff 4-0-16-0
    • SR Patel 3-0-20-0
19.1

Patel to Gambhir, no run, comes down the track, almost yorks himself in the process and digs it out to the bowler

19.2

Patel to Gambhir, no run, turning into off and middle line, dabbed to backward point

19.3

Patel to Gambhir, 1 run, he is down the track and Patel keeps it full, driven to long-on for a single

19.4

Patel to Sehwag, 1 run, tries to find the blockhole, whipped to deep midwicket

19.5

Patel to Gambhir, OUT, England have got their first wicket. Gambhir came down the track and chipped it to left of long-off. He didn't hit it hard, just sort of chipped it and couldn't find the distance. I didn't notice it but SMG on air says, "Sehwag gave him a mouthful for not hitting it hard!" There you go. Simple policy.

G Gambhir c Shah b Patel 51 (91m 63b 8x4 0x6) SR: 80.95

19.6

Patel to Sehwag, 1 run, retains the strike with a drive down the ground

End of over 20 (3 runs) India 128/1 (RR: 6.40)

    • V Sehwag 65 (57b 8x4 2x6)
    • SK Raina 0 (0b)
    • SR Patel 4-0-23-1
    • A Flintoff 4-0-16-0
20.1

Flintoff to Sehwag, no run, Flintoff continues to probe away. Super bowling considering the carnage going around. This was a length delivery, straightening outside off stump and Sehwag pushes inside the line

20.2

Flintoff to Sehwag, no run, back of length and touch outside off stump, Sehwag cuts but is unable to find any room and ends up chopping it to backward point

20.3

Flintoff to Sehwag, no run, 137.9 kmph length delivery around the off stump, steered to backward point again

20.4

Flintoff to Sehwag, no run, 137.3 kmph banged in short of length and Sehwag hops to defend to the on side of the pitch

20.5

Flintoff to Sehwag, no run, lovely delivery, curving away through the channel and Sehwag lets it go. "Great stuff from Flintoof," coos Gavaskar on air. And rightly so. Fab Fred.

20.6

Flintoff to Sehwag, 1 run, it won't be a maiden over as Sehwag plays the killjoy by tapping it close on the off side for a quick single. Never mind that, though. A really good over from the big man.

End of over 21 (1 run) India 129/1 (RR: 6.14)

    • V Sehwag 66 (63b 8x4 2x6)
    • SK Raina 0 (0b)
    • A Flintoff 5-0-17-0
    • SR Patel 4-0-23-1
21.1

Patel to Sehwag, 1 run, floated on the leg and middle line, Sehwag reverse sweeps it to short third man for a single

21.2

Patel to Raina, 1 run, leans forward to on drive to deep midwicket for a single

21.3

Patel to Sehwag, 1 run, on the middle and leg, drifting in, worked past square leg

21.4

Patel to Raina, 1 run, down the track and driven to long-on for yet another single

21.5

Patel to Sehwag, 1 run, flighted full, really full, whipped to long-on. India move to 134

21.6

Patel to Raina, 1 run, flighted full outside off, Raina retains the strike with a drive to long-on.

End of over 22 (6 runs) India 135/1 (RR: 6.13)

    • SK Raina 3 (3b)
    • V Sehwag 69 (66b 8x4 2x6)
    • SR Patel 5-0-29-1
    • A Flintoff 5-0-17-0
22.1

Flintoff to Raina, 1 run, 137.5 short-of-length delivery angling away from Raina, whp pushes at it, bat away from the body and the ball falls just short of Collingwood at backward point and squirts past him

22.2

Flintoff to Sehwag, no run, Flintoff continues to harass Sehwag with that outside-off line. Sehwag shapes to defend but ends up being beaten by the late movement. Now a slip moves in. We got a contest folks.

22.3

Flintoff to Sehwag, 1 run, Sehwag gets off strike with a defensive dab to the off side.

22.4

Flintoff to Raina, no run, fuller, around the off stump, 143 kmph delivery and Raina pushes it to the off side

22.5

Flintoff to Raina, no run, beaten on the cut. 141.2 kmph back-of-length delivery outside off and Raina tries to force it away off the back foot and misses. KP smiles.

22.6

Flintoff to Raina, no run, superb delivery, fuller and curving in the air across Raina who somehow manages not to get squared up completely and edges to backward point. Another brilliant over from Freddy

End of over 23 (2 runs) India 137/1 (RR: 5.95)

    • SK Raina 4 (7b)
    • V Sehwag 70 (68b 8x4 2x6)
    • A Flintoff 6-0-19-0
    • SR Patel 5-0-29-1
23.1

Patel to Sehwag, SIX, Meanwhile, the attack continues at the other end. Sehwag runs down the track and lifts over long-on. there is a fielder there but he needs to be in the stands to take that. Short boundaries here in Rajkot.

23.2

Patel to Sehwag, 1 run, turned past square leg for a single

23.3

Patel to Raina, 1 run, comes down the track, Patel gets it to dip on him and Raina lunges to push it down to long-off and brings Sehwag back on strike

23.4

Patel to Sehwag, FOUR, Flamboyant inside-out drive. He backed to the leg side and flashed it inside-out over extra cover.

23.5

Patel to Sehwag, FOUR, And the run orgy continues. Sehwag dashes down the track, getting outside leg in the process and pings the long-off boundary.

23.6

Patel to Sehwag, OUT, Bell takes a beauty at midwicket to get rid of the imperious Sehwag. England strike back. Sehwag is down the track but ends up dragging his big heave to the right of midwicket. Bell flung himself to his right and picked the ball inches off the turf. Supremely athletic effort. Great to watch. Entertaining innings comes to an end.

V Sehwag c Bell b Patel 85 (108m 73b 10x4 3x6) SR: 116.43

End of over 24 (16 runs) India 153/2 (RR: 6.37)

    • SK Raina 5 (8b)
    • SR Patel 6-0-45-2
    • A Flintoff 6-0-19-0

KP brings in Harmison. Two new batsmen in.

24.1

Harmison to Raina, no run, short of length and kicking up, defended to the off side

24.2

Harmison to Raina, 1 run, stays back to punch a back-of-length delivery to sweeper cover

24.3

Harmison to Yuvraj Singh, no run, 137.8 kmph full delivery angling across Yuvraj who shapes to play it before withdrawing his bat away at the last minute

24.4

Harmison to Yuvraj Singh, no run, shuffles across to jab it to backward point

24.5

Harmison to Yuvraj Singh, no run, fires in a bouncer, Yuvraj drops his wrists and sways away

24.6

Harmison to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, on the hips, Yuvraj gets off the mark with a tickle to fine leg. Patel's throw comes in and goes through midwicket and Bell doesn't back up properly.

End of over 25 (3 runs) India 156/2 (RR: 6.24)

    • Yuvraj Singh 2 (4b)
    • SK Raina 6 (10b)
    • SJ Harmison 4-0-18-0
    • SR Patel 6-0-45-2
25.1

Anderson to Raina, no run, leans well forward to push to the off side

25.2

Anderson to Raina, SIX, That was some shot. It was a length delivery on the off stump line and Raina punched it up and over long-off. Tremendous bottom-hand there.

25.3

Anderson to Raina, no run, leans across to defend the length delivery to the off side

25.4

Anderson to Raina, no run, fuller, outside off stump, driven to covers

25.5

Anderson to Raina, 1 run, from slightly wide of the crease, full and slanted across Raina who pushes it to right of cover

two short covers in place of Yvuraj

25.6

Anderson to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run

End of over 26 (8 runs) India 164/2 (RR: 6.30)

    • Yuvraj Singh 3 (5b)
    • SK Raina 13 (15b 1x6)
    • JM Anderson 5-0-32-0
    • SJ Harmison 4-0-18-0
26.1

Harmison to Yuvraj Singh, 1 wide, down the leg side and they appeal for a caught-down-leg decision and Tiffin says it's a wide.

26.1

Harmison to Yuvraj Singh, no run, angled across Yuvraj who lets it fly past him

26.2

Harmison to Yuvraj Singh, no run, gets forward to defend to covers

26.3

Harmison to Yuvraj Singh, no run, on the middle and off line, jabbed to the off side

26.4

Harmison to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, short delivery, at the body, Yuvraj pulls it away ungainly down to fine leg

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26.5

Harmison to Raina, no run, leans forward to defend to the on side

26.6

Harmison to Raina, no run, 138.5 kmph fullish delivery, around the off stump, Raina drives to covers.

End of over 27 (2 runs) India 166/2 (RR: 6.14)

    • SK Raina 13 (17b 1x6)
    • Yuvraj Singh 4 (9b)
    • SJ Harmison 5-0-20-0
    • JM Anderson 5-0-32-0
27.1

Anderson to Yuvraj Singh, no run, length delivery on the off stump line, Yuvraj squeezes it past square leg

27.2

Anderson to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run

Two short covers in for Raina as well

27.3

Anderson to Raina, 1 run, And he pushes this full length delivery to long-off for a single

27.4

Anderson to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, full pitched delivery and Yuvraj drives well to the right of mid-of where KP makes a fine diving stop. Ian Bell applauds.

27.5

Anderson to Raina, no run, tad short in length, around middle stump line, pushed to covers. He has this habit of punching on the up, two short covers waiting for that.

27.6

Anderson to Raina, no run, hmm goes for the good old slog this time and ends up dragging it to mid-on

End of over 28 (3 runs) India 169/2 (RR: 6.03)

    • SK Raina 14 (20b 1x6)
    • Yuvraj Singh 6 (12b)
    • JM Anderson 6-0-35-0
    • SJ Harmison 5-0-20-0
28.1

Harmison to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, Sharp and well-directed bouncer and Yuvraj takes his eyes off the ball but goes through with the awkward pull and connects.

28.2

Harmison to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, hurls across another bouncer and Yuvraj pulls it to deep backward square leg boundary.

28.3

Harmison to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, the slower one this time and Yuvraj drives to mid-off

28.4

Harmison to Raina, 1 run, comes down the track, moves outside leg and slices the short-of-length delivery angling away to wide third man

28.5

Harmison to Yuvraj Singh, no run, stands tall to punch a back-of-length delivery rather sweetly to mid-off.

28.6

Harmison to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, goes for the yorker, ends up short of the blockhole and just outside off but Yuvraj tackles it really well. He opened the bat-face and guided it past the solitary slip for the third boundary of the over.

End of over 29 (14 runs) India 183/2 (RR: 6.31)

    • Yuvraj Singh 19 (17b 3x4)
    • SK Raina 15 (21b 1x6)
    • SJ Harmison 6-0-34-0
    • JM Anderson 6-0-35-0

Raina changes his bat. Yuvraj comes across for a chat.

29.1

Anderson to Raina, no run, gets back and across to defend a short-of-length delivery to the off side

29.2

Anderson to Raina, no run, fuller, Raina is caught at the crease, lunges forward to push it to the on side of the pitch

29.3

Anderson to Raina, 1 run, short in length, slanted across Raina who punches it to deep point region

29.4

Anderson to Yuvraj Singh, no run, 141.7 kmph fullish delivery, lands outside off stump and Yuvraj taps it to backward point

29.5

Anderson to Yuvraj Singh, no run, 138.3 kmph length delivery, angled across Yuvraj who lets Prior gather that. Good delivery. Keep it there James.

29.6

Anderson to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, straighter and Yuvraj punches it to long-off for a single

End of over 30 (2 runs) India 185/2 (RR: 6.16)

    • Yuvraj Singh 20 (20b 3x4)
    • SK Raina 16 (24b 1x6)
    • JM Anderson 7-0-37-0
    • SJ Harmison 6-0-34-0

Harmison is off the field and Wright comes in as sub

30.1

Pietersen to Yuvraj Singh, no run, floated on the off stump line, defended on the front foot

30.2

Pietersen to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, flatter trajectory, on the leg and middle, tucked past square leg and Yuvraj rushes back for the second run

30.3

Pietersen to Yuvraj Singh, 1 wide, fires this one flat and down leg. Wide.

30.3

Pietersen to Yuvraj Singh, no run, slower, on the middle and leg, defended to the on side

Yuvraj has a back spasm or some thing like that. He is holding his back.

30.4

Pietersen to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, goes back to punch the ball on the leg and middle line to long-on

30.5

Pietersen to Raina, 1 run, Raina works this one to deep square leg for a single

30.6

Pietersen to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, really full in length, around off stump, driven to long-off for a single

End of over 31 (6 runs) India 191/2 (RR: 6.16)

    • Yuvraj Singh 24 (25b 3x4)
    • SK Raina 17 (25b 1x6)
    • KP Pietersen 1-0-6-0
    • JM Anderson 7-0-37-0

Drinks break. Darode: "Easiest way to bring Yuvraj into form: feed him short-pitches deliveries! They did it in Nairobi on his debut, again in T20 world-cup at South Africa, and they are doing it again!"

Stuart Broad is the new bowler. Yuvraj Singh, who is getting some treatment to his back, is on strike. No need to hype up this contest eh.

31.1

Broad to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, stays back to push it to cover point for a single.

31.2

Broad to Raina, 1 run, leans forward to push it to sweeper cover for a single

31.3

Broad to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, rotates the strike with a punchy stroke to long-off

31.4

Broad to Raina, no run, tries to get another single but can't beat backward point

Yuvraj has a big band around his body, supporting his back.

31.5

Broad to Raina, SIX, Raina decides to indulge himself. Enough of tuk tuk cricket. He swung a back-of-length delivery on the middle stump over wide midwicket. He had changed his bat a short while back and has decided to test the new piece of wood.

31.6

Broad to Raina, 1 run, retains the strike with a dab through the off side

End of over 32 (10 runs) India 201/2 (RR: 6.28)

    • SK Raina 25 (29b 2x6)
    • Yuvraj Singh 26 (27b 3x4)
    • SCJ Broad 5-0-37-0
    • KP Pietersen 1-0-6-0
32.1

Pietersen to Raina, 1 run, on the leg stump line, turned behind square for a single

32.2

Pietersen to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, gets forward to drive to long-off

32.3

Pietersen to Raina, 1 run, floated full on the boot, worked past square for a single

32.4

Pietersen to Yuvraj Singh, no run, again lands full outside leg, swept straight to short fine-leg

32.5

Pietersen to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, shifts his line to outside off and Yuvraj drives to long-off. Four men inside the circle

32.6

Pietersen to Raina, SIX, Raina helps himself to his third six of the innings. A dash down the track and a heave over wide long-on.

End of over 33 (10 runs) India 211/2 (RR: 6.39)

    • SK Raina 33 (32b 3x6)
    • Yuvraj Singh 28 (30b 3x4)
    • KP Pietersen 2-0-16-0
    • SCJ Broad 5-0-37-0

Naveen: "KP has missed a trick here but not giving Samit Patel a bowl before Yuvraj got his eye in. Yuvraj has not been in the best of form, he would have been a little edgy playing spin." And quite of a few of you have sent in mails with similar sentiment.

33.1

Broad to Yuvraj Singh, 1 wide, pushes it well outside off and Yuvraj can't reach it

33.1

Broad to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, Yuvraj is struggling with his back. He held his back immediately after punching on the up to long-off

33.2

Broad to Raina, no run, lovely well-directed bouncer on the middle stump and Raina does well to drop his wrists, get his bat down and sway away from the line

33.3

Broad to Raina, 1 run, short-pitched delivery on the middle, tapped close on the off side for a quick single

33.4

Broad to Yuvraj Singh, no run, on the middle and leg, from back of length, turned to midwicket

33.5

Broad to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, gets well behind the line of a length delivery and pushes it past the bowler

Shyam: "Somebody tell Raina there's no ban on hitting fours!"

33.6

Broad to Raina, 1 run, short in length and width offered outside off and Raina cuts but finds the man at sweeper cover

End of over 34 (5 runs) India 216/2 (RR: 6.35)

    • SK Raina 35 (35b 3x6)
    • Yuvraj Singh 30 (33b 3x4)
    • SCJ Broad 6-0-42-0
    • KP Pietersen 2-0-16-0

India have taken the third powerplay now. KP brings in Flintoff

34.1

Flintoff to Raina, 1 run, banged in short, at the hips, tucked to short fine-leg region for a single

34.2

Flintoff to Yuvraj Singh, no run, Beaten by a peach. It kicked up from a length and rushes past the outside edge

34.3

Flintoff to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, goes for the big one but drags it of the inner edge to backward square leg

34.4

Flintoff to Raina, 1 run, times it well but straight to mid-off but it's fumbled there

34.5

Flintoff to Yuvraj Singh, SIX, Big hit. Fuller and Yuvraj lifts it high over long-on. For the first time Flintoff overpitched it a bit and paid for it.

34.6

Flintoff to Yuvraj Singh, no run, driven to the off side

End of over 35 (9 runs) India 225/2 (RR: 6.42)

    • Yuvraj Singh 37 (37b 3x4 1x6)
    • SK Raina 37 (37b 3x6)
    • A Flintoff 7-0-28-0
    • SCJ Broad 6-0-42-0

Yuvraj has asked for the runner - Gambhir is the man

35.1

Harmison to Raina, no run, goes for the big swing across the line but edges it one bounce to Prior

35.2

Harmison to Raina, no run, moves outside leg and Harmison follows him and Raina can only push it to backward point

35.3

Harmison to Raina, 1 run, fires in a yorker now - fab over so far - dug out to the off side

35.4

Harmison to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, feisty square cut. Short in length and a fraction wide, Yuvraj arched back to creat more room and cut it past backward point

35.5

Harmison to Yuvraj Singh, SIX, Wallop! It has landed on the roof. Short boundaries all right but he has cleared it easily. Clean full swing of the bat and the white ball soars over long-on. Ho hum.

35.6

Harmison to Yuvraj Singh, no run, the slower one, full and just outside off stump, Yuvraj tries to run it down to third man but can't connect

End of over 36 (11 runs) India 236/2 (RR: 6.55)

    • Yuvraj Singh 47 (40b 4x4 2x6)
    • SK Raina 38 (40b 3x6)
    • SJ Harmison 7-0-45-0
    • A Flintoff 7-0-28-0
36.1

Flintoff to Raina, 2 runs, full pitched delivery, driven in the air wide of long-off for couple of runs

36.2

Flintoff to Raina, 1 run, backs away and pushes a full toss to cover standing at the edge of the circle

36.3

Flintoff to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, moves outside leg, Flintoff tries to go for the yorker, ends up as a low full toss outside off, Yuvraj reaches out and scoops it to deep cover

36.4

Flintoff to Raina, 2 runs, full pitched on the off and middle line, Raina stays adjacent to the line and drives well to the right of long-off

36.5

Flintoff to Raina, OUT, Caught by the diving Collingwood at backward point. Dipping low full toss outside off, Raina slices it to right of Colly who dives to take it. India have lost their third wicket.

SK Raina c Collingwood b Flintoff 43 (77m 44b 0x4 3x6) SR: 97.72

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36.6

Flintoff to Pathan, no run, fires in a yorker first up, pushed to the off side

End of over 37 (6 runs) India 242/3 (RR: 6.54)

    • YK Pathan 0 (1b)
    • Yuvraj Singh 48 (41b 4x4 2x6)
    • A Flintoff 8-0-34-1
    • SJ Harmison 7-0-45-0
37.1

Harmison to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, Slower one and it disappears at rapid pace to the long-off boundary. He moved outside leg, waited before clearing it down the ground. 50 up for Yuvi. His 38th ODI fifty.

37.2

Harmison to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, runs this one to third man for a single

37.3

Harmison to Pathan, OUT, 141.4 kmph short pitched delivery and YK Pathan pulls it weakly to midwicket. India 247 for 4.

YK Pathan c Bell b Harmison 0 (4m 2b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

37.4

Harmison to Dhoni, no run, full in length, on the middle, pushed back to the bowler

37.5

Harmison to Dhoni, FOUR, Crashes that through the off side. It was full and outside off stump, that bottom hand drives the square drive and the ball flashes through the off side field

37.6

Harmison to Dhoni, no run, shuffles across, covers the off stump and shoulders arms

End of over 38 (9 runs) India 251/4 (RR: 6.60)

    • MS Dhoni 4 (3b 1x4)
    • Yuvraj Singh 53 (43b 5x4 2x6)
    • SJ Harmison 8-0-54-1
    • A Flintoff 8-0-34-1

Broad to Yuvraj. Powerplay 3 still on.

38.1

Broad to Yuvraj Singh, no run, starts off with a low full toss outside off stump, mistimes the drive back to the bowler

38.2

Broad to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, fullish, outside off stump, squeezed off the outer edge to third man

38.3

Broad to Dhoni, no run, slips in the slower one, full and on the middle and off line, pushed to cover

38.4

Broad to Dhoni, no run, banged in short, Dhoni goes for the pull but bottom edges it in front of him. Tight over so far.

38.5

Broad to Dhoni, 1 run, Another slower one, on a length, around middle and leg, nudged to the on side for a single.

38.6

Broad to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, moves outside leg, Broad, from round the stumps, fires it in short and Yuvraj pulls through wide midwicket

End of over 39 (6 runs) India 257/4 (RR: 6.58)

    • Yuvraj Singh 58 (46b 6x4 2x6)
    • MS Dhoni 5 (6b 1x4)
    • SCJ Broad 7-0-48-0
    • SJ Harmison 8-0-54-1

Rajesh: "Such flat tracks are boring... Even ODI's are interesting only when there is a fair contest between bat & ball. Can't the curators in India make a competitive strip?"

39.1

Patel to Dhoni, 1 run, Samit floats it around off stump, driven to long-off for a single

39.2

Patel to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, gets forward to drive to long-on

39.3

Patel to Dhoni, 1 run, slightly short and Dhoni pulls to deep midwicket region

39.4

Patel to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, skips down the track and whips to left of deep midwicket

39.5

Patel to Dhoni, no run

39.6

Patel to Dhoni, 2 runs, floated full on the middle and leg, driven to left of long-off for couple of runs

End of over 40 (6 runs) India 263/4 (RR: 6.57)

    • MS Dhoni 9 (10b 1x4)
    • Yuvraj Singh 60 (48b 6x4 2x6)
    • SR Patel 7-0-51-2
    • SCJ Broad 7-0-48-0

Shef: "Hmm..30 minutes to bowl the remaining 11 overs...that too with the ball likely to be carted all over the place..no talk about over rates huh??"

40.1

Broad to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, driven to sweeper cover for a single

40.2

Broad to Dhoni, 2 runs, edged past the diving 'keeper. It straightened around the off stump, squarig up Dhoni who pushed at it. And Harmison makes a fine tumbling diving stop near the ropes

40.3

Broad to Dhoni, no run, really full in length outside off stump, Dhoni squeezes it behind the stumps

40.4

Broad to Dhoni, no run, slightly short in length, mistimes the pull to the on side. Broad is mixing things up very well.

40.5

Broad to Dhoni, 1 wide, wide outside off stump, it goes right over the wide line.

40.5

Broad to Dhoni, 1 run, slower one, short in length, Dhoni early into the pull and drags it to short fine-leg

40.6

Broad to Yuvraj Singh, no run, nice. Another slower one from short in length and Yuvraj is early into the pull and misses it completely

End of over 41 (5 runs) India 268/4 (RR: 6.53)

    • Yuvraj Singh 61 (50b 6x4 2x6)
    • MS Dhoni 12 (14b 1x4)
    • SCJ Broad 8-0-53-0
    • SR Patel 7-0-51-2

Harshad: "I agree with Rajesh, such flat tracks are really boring. There is no exciting contest between the bat and tha ball. Indian curators have to start making tracks which will produce abour 200-250 runs if you play well."

41.1

Patel to Dhoni, no run, comes down the track, Patel shortens the length and hit back to him

41.2

Patel to Dhoni, FOUR, bit more air and Dhoni swings it to wide midwicket boundary

41.3

Patel to Dhoni, 2 runs, leans across to square drive it to left of deep point region

41.4

Patel to Dhoni, 1 run, gets Yuvraj on strike with a drive to long-off

41.5

Patel to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, pretty full and around off stump, pushed down to long-off

41.6

Patel to Dhoni, 2 runs, comes down the track, Samit keeps it really full, that bottom-hand comes down and the ball rolls to right of long-off

End of over 42 (10 runs) India 278/4 (RR: 6.61)

    • MS Dhoni 21 (19b 2x4)
    • Yuvraj Singh 62 (51b 6x4 2x6)
    • SR Patel 8-0-61-2
    • SCJ Broad 8-0-53-0
42.1

Broad to Yuvraj Singh, SIX, Six over cover point. Yuvraj walked down the track, Broad, from round the stumps, fired it outside off and Yuvi reached out to slice it over the ropes. Made it look very easy.

42.2

Broad to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, the short-pitched delivery arrives and Yuvraj pulls off the front foot.

42.3

Broad to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, misses out on the third boundary. It was a full toss and he carved it to third man

Johnson: "When England comes in to bat, it will only decide whether this one is a flat pitch or not. Do not conclude yet. India batting well does not neccessarily mean that its a flat track."

42.4

Broad to Dhoni, no run, The slow bouncer is in and Dhoni is early into his pull, gets a glove on it but it falls short of Prior

42.5

Broad to Dhoni, no run, bangs it fast and short, cut to point

42.6

Broad to Dhoni, 1 run, low full toss outside off stump, driven to sweeper cover

End of over 43 (12 runs) India 290/4 (RR: 6.74)

    • MS Dhoni 22 (22b 2x4)
    • Yuvraj Singh 73 (54b 7x4 3x6)
    • SCJ Broad 9-0-65-0
    • SR Patel 8-0-61-2
43.1

Patel to Dhoni, FOUR, Big swing of the bat, despairing dive near the ropes. The story of the day so far. Dhoni comes out to hit a high full toss to deep square leg region where Anderson almost gets a hand to the ball with a dive to his right

43.2

Patel to Dhoni, 1 run, driven hard but straight to long-off

43.3

Patel to Yuvraj Singh, SIX, That lunging slog sweep is out in display. Yuvraj special. Down on one knee and hit cleanly over midwicket boundary. Easy on the eye. 300 up.

43.4

Patel to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, yorker length almost, dug out past the diving bowler, down to long-on

43.5

Patel to Dhoni, 1 run, low full toss and Dhoni drives to left of long-on where Bell makes a diving stop

43.6

Patel to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, threatens to jump out before whipping it high and to the wide midwicket boundary. The run flood continues.

End of over 44 (17 runs) India 307/4 (RR: 6.97)

    • Yuvraj Singh 84 (57b 8x4 4x6)
    • MS Dhoni 28 (25b 3x4)
    • SR Patel 9-0-78-2
    • SCJ Broad 9-0-65-0
44.1

Anderson to Dhoni, 1 run, short in length, straightening outside off, punched to long-off

44.2

Anderson to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, low full toss on the legs, Yuvraj doesn't move his feet, just bends his knee and flicks it over to deep square leg

44.3

Anderson to Dhoni, 1 wide, wide outside off. India 310 for 4.

44.3

Anderson to Dhoni, 1 run, short in length, around the off stump, Dhoni stays back to push it to covers.

44.4

Anderson to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, Slam bang crash wallop continues. Stand and deliver. Full toss outside off stump, thrashed to cover boundary.

44.5

Anderson to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, the slower one. Yuvraj is beaten, checks his pull and it bobs up of the edge but lands safely in the mid-on region

44.6

Anderson to Dhoni, SIX, full in length and Dhoni brings his bottom-hand into play. That unique twirl of the bat and the ball flies over long-off.

End of over 45 (15 runs) India 322/4 (RR: 7.15)

    • MS Dhoni 36 (28b 3x4 1x6)
    • Yuvraj Singh 90 (60b 9x4 4x6)
    • JM Anderson 8-0-52-0
    • SR Patel 9-0-78-2
45.1

Harmison to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, Full in length, whipped over to deep midwicket. Yuvraj needs six from the next ball to equal Azhar's fastest Indian ton record.

45.2

Harmison to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, Azhar can't be beaten. Not today at least. Just a single down to deep midwicket

45.3

Harmison to Dhoni, 1 run, attempted yorker, dug out towards long-on

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45.4

Harmison to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, very skilful shot to get to 99. It was on the length around middle and leg stump line, Yuvraj stayed adjacent to the line and flicked it over backward squareleg

45.5

Harmison to Yuvraj Singh, 1 wide, short in length, just outside leg, Yuvraj shuffles to short-arm pull it but misses

45.5

Harmison to Yuvraj Singh, 2 runs, 100 for Yuvi with a drive to long-on. The dressing room celebrates as Yuvraj pumps his fist and roars. Dhoni is across to congratulate. What an entertaining knock this has been. Good clean swings of the bat. Dazzling stuff. It's the second fastest hundred by an Indian. This is the fastest hundred against England beating Jayasuriya's 72- ball effort

45.6

Harmison to Yuvraj Singh, 1 bye, the bouncer and Yuvraj can't connect with his pull shot

End of over 46 (14 runs) India 336/4 (RR: 7.30)

    • Yuvraj Singh 101 (65b 11x4 4x6)
    • MS Dhoni 37 (29b 3x4 1x6)
    • SJ Harmison 9-0-67-1
    • JM Anderson 8-0-52-0
46.1

Flintoff to Yuvraj Singh, SIX, Rubbish delivery. Full toss at a comfortable height and Yuvraj knives it over wide long-on

Yuvraj's ton was the fastest against England beating Jayasuriya's 72- ball effort

46.2

Flintoff to Yuvraj Singh, 1 leg bye, good comeback delivery. Banged in short, beats the pull and thuds into groin.

46.3

Flintoff to Dhoni, 1 run, dug out to the on side

46.4

Flintoff to Yuvraj Singh, SIX, What a shot. Stunning. It was full and outside off and Yuvraj brought his bat down and sort of chipped it like you do in golf. And the ball kept flying. Sucked by the crowd at long-off.

46.5

Flintoff to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, gets off strike with a push through the off side

46.6

Flintoff to Dhoni, 1 run, goes for the yorker, low full toss results, Dhoni edges it behind square leg

End of over 47 (16 runs) India 352/4 (RR: 7.48)

    • MS Dhoni 39 (31b 3x4 1x6)
    • Yuvraj Singh 114 (69b 11x4 6x6)
    • A Flintoff 9-0-49-1
    • SJ Harmison 9-0-67-1
47.1

Harmison to Dhoni, OUT, cleaned up. Full, straight, on the middle, Dhoni shapes to whip it across the line, misses and the middle stump is knocked back.

MS Dhoni b Harmison 39 (46m 32b 3x4 1x6) SR: 121.87

47.2

Harmison to Sharma, 1 run, driven through covers for a single

Vikram: "Am I watching highlights or is it a live match?" Crazy, isn't it Vikram? It's a slaughter house out there or as the GRE guys would have said, "Abattoir".

47.3

Harmison to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, full and on the middle and leg, flicks it sweetly to deep square leg. He is timing them really sweetly

47.4

Harmison to Sharma, 1 run, on the middle stump line, driven down to long-on

47.5

Harmison to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, With the fine leg up in the circle, he bowls it full, on the legs - come-hit-me type delivery and Yuvraj flicks it up and over the leg side

47.6

Harmison to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, ends his spell with a fine delivery: yorker on the middle and off, dug out to the off side

End of over 48 (8 runs) India 360/5 (RR: 7.50)

    • Yuvraj Singh 120 (72b 12x4 6x6)
    • RG Sharma 2 (2b)
    • SJ Harmison 10-0-75-2
    • A Flintoff 9-0-49-1
48.1

Flintoff to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, Highlights continue. Adjectives are out of stock here. Short in length and Yuvraj rocks back to play an nonchalant pull to wide midwicket.

48.2

Flintoff to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, Fuller, outside off stump, Yuvraj tries to clear long-on and edges it through the vacant slip region.

48.3

Flintoff to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, slips in the yorker this time and Yuvraj brings his bat down in a hurry to nudge it to third man

48.4

Flintoff to Sharma, FOUR, Delicious inside-out drive. Rohit backed away and unfurled an elegant extra-cover drive

48.5

Flintoff to Sharma, 1 run, driven down to long-off for a single

139 is Yuvraj's highest ODI score

48.6

Flintoff to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, Outrageous. That Golf shot again. He brings his bat down and just chips it. And the ball flies low and hard to long-on boundary.

End of over 49 (18 runs) India 378/5 (RR: 7.71)

    • Yuvraj Singh 133 (76b 15x4 6x6)
    • RG Sharma 7 (4b 1x4)
    • A Flintoff 10-0-67-1
    • SJ Harmison 10-0-75-2
49.1

Broad to Sharma, no run, slower one, full and outside off, driven to covers, Gambhir, the runner for Yuvraj, wanted the single but Rohit doesn't respond

49.2

Broad to Sharma, 1 run, banged in short, pulled for a single

49.3

Broad to Yuvraj Singh, FOUR, really full delivery outside off, Yuvraj tries to steer it to third man and gets a thickish top edge and past diving Prior.

49.4

Broad to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, the slower short-of-length delivery, checks his pull shot and they will get a single to right of deep midwicket

49.5

Broad to Sharma, 2 runs, moves outside leg, low full toss outside off, Rohit reaches out to dab it to right of wide third man where Anderson makes a diving stop

49.6

Broad to Sharma, 1 run, the slower ball and Rohit runs it to third man for a single. End of the Indian innings. 387 for 5.

Yuvraj is congratulated by the English fielders. 138 from 78 balls and Yuvraj made it look ridiculously easy out there. There were several stunning hits but the golf-type shot that went over long-off would stay in mind. Permanently etched. Hopefully catch it on Youtube some time soon.

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Shankar: "With this score, India is now closing the gap on the most 300 plus scores in ODI history. India is on 48 now. They are 1 behind Pakistan (49) and 6 behind Australia (54). The next one closest to India is South Africa, with 33. Well done India."

End of over 50 (9 runs) India 387/5

    • RG Sharma 11 (8b 1x4)
    • Yuvraj Singh 138 (78b 16x4 6x6)
    • SCJ Broad 10-0-74-0
    • A Flintoff 10-0-67-1
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