England tour of India, 2008/09 / Commentary

England in India ODI Series - 4th ODI

India v England

India won by 19 runs (D/L method)

7.6

Broad to Gambhir, FOUR, some swing there, but Gambhir counters with a lovely flick for four

India 42/1   G Gambhir 4* (1b 1x4)

8.3

Flintoff to Gambhir, FOUR, and thats poor, full and down the pads, there's movement but off the mark, Gambhir gets faint tickle on it and the ball swings wide of a diving Prior

8.4

Flintoff to Gambhir, no run, swing again, but its on the pads, Gambhir mistimes to square leg

8.5

Flintoff to Gambhir, 1 wide, thats a wide, down Gambhir's leg stump, Prior collects

8.5

Flintoff to Gambhir, no run, much better as Flintoff finds his radar, pitching on off stump, Gambhir gets forward and smothers it to the off side

8.6

Flintoff to Gambhir, 1 run, pitches on a length, Gambhir gets forward and taps it to the off side, calling for the run and his old mate Sehwag responds brilliantly .. hang on a second, replays show Sehwag was hopping in the air with his bat off the ground as well when the ball disturbed the stumps, the bat got stuck and he went forward with the momentum, thats out! But there's no appeal or word from any of the umpires ....

India 49/1   G Gambhir 9* (5b 2x4)

9.1

Broad to Gambhir, no run, full and wide, he square drives but cannot beat the off-side field

9.2

Broad to Gambhir, FOUR, again he drives, this time getting an inside edge wide of leg stump

9.3

Broad to Gambhir, no run, too wide outside the off stump and Gambhir leaves it be

9.4

Broad to Gambhir, FOUR, pitches full and straightens, Gambhir works it with the swing, pushing it between mid-on and midwicket and the timing is rather excellent, lovely shot

9.5

Broad to Gambhir, FOUR, glorious stroke, Gambhir just leans into width and square-drives imperiously through the off side, a shot of a man in great form ... did India err by opening with Tendulkar?

9.6

Broad to Gambhir, no run, change of pace, pitches on a length just outside off stump, Gambhir gets across and checks his shot to midwicket

India 61/1   G Gambhir 21* (11b 5x4)

10.4

Flintoff to Gambhir, no run, angles across Gambhir and goes away, he leaves it be patiently

10.5

Flintoff to Gambhir, no run, good line, gets Gambhir defending off the front foot to point

10.6

Flintoff to Gambhir, no run, good end to a good over, pitching on a length, Gambhir defends

India 62/1   G Gambhir 21* (14b 5x4)

12.1

Flintoff to Gambhir, no run, full and wide, he drives but cannot beat Anderson at mid-off

12.2

Flintoff to Gambhir, no run, pitches on a length and goes away, Prior collects

12.3

Flintoff to Gambhir, 1 run, short ball, Gambhir gets up and drops it in front of point, calls for the manic single, Collingwood swoops in from backward point and flings the ball, Sehwag is gone for all money but Collingwood's throw cannot make contact

12.6

Flintoff to Gambhir, no run, thats the over, finally, Flintoff pitches on a length and Gambhir squirts the ball towards Collingwood at backward point

India 79/1   G Gambhir 22* (18b 5x4)

13.2

Patel to Gambhir, 1 run, flatter delivery, leg stump, Gambhir shuffles and flicks it away

13.4

Patel to Gambhir, no run, gets across and whips this one across to midwicket

13.5

Patel to Gambhir, no run, again, gets across and turns this one straight to midwicket

13.6

Patel to Gambhir, no run, once more, Gambhir shuffles but cannot beat midwicket

India 82/1   G Gambhir 23* (22b 5x4)

14.2

Flintoff to Gambhir, FOUR, smartly edged for four wide of slips and a vacant gully, Flintoff pitches on a length and Gambhir gets a thick edge that races away to third man

14.3

Flintoff to Gambhir, 1 run, short into his ribs, tucked fine and they sprint across again, raising the fifty-run partnership from 44 balls, Gambhir's contribution being 28

India 88/1   G Gambhir 28* (24b 6x4)

15.3

Broad to Gambhir, 1 run, short of a length and its steered down to third man

India 91/1   G Gambhir 29* (25b 6x4)

16.1

Flintoff to Gambhir, 1 run, short of a length, Gambhir opens the face and dabs wide of gully

16.5

Flintoff to Gambhir, no run, comes forward and pushes the ball to the off side, he calls, then theres confusion as Collingwood slides into view and cuts off the ball, he throws at the nonstrikers end and misses, the ball goes further away, Sehwag calls Gambhir, Pietersen gives chase ... its all happening

16.6

Flintoff to Gambhir, 1 wide, and what would this over be without a wide, pitched well outside off?

16.6

Flintoff to Gambhir, no run, lands on a length and Gambhir eases the ball to cover

India 106/1   G Gambhir 30* (28b 6x4)

17.3

Patel to Gambhir, 2 runs, skips down, collects on the full and hits it out past mid-on, Bell fumbles in the deep and allows the second

17.4

Patel to Gambhir, no run, 102ks, fired in flat on leg stump, Gambhir clips it to midwicket

17.5

Patel to Gambhir, 1 run, quick again, into the blockhole nearly, Gambhir slogs to mid-on

India 116/1   G Gambhir 33* (31b 6x4)

18.2

Swann to Gambhir, FOUR, ah, what a shot! Gambhir uses his feet and drills this one smack past Swann, who dare not get a hand on that beast of a shot, which bisects two fielders in the deep

18.3

Swann to Gambhir, 1 run, fired in full, he comes out and drives down the ground

18.5

Swann to Gambhir, 1 leg bye, shuffles around, Swann sees him and fires it down the leg side, then Gambhir goes back and shapes to tickle it fine, thats a leg bye down to square leg

India 124/2   G Gambhir 38* (34b 7x4)

19.1

Pietersen to Gambhir, 1 run, short and a touch wide, he gets across and cuts to deep point

19.4

Pietersen to Gambhir, 1 run, comes out, making room to go inside-out, Pietersen keeps it full and flat and it draws an inside-edge from a booming drive, beating leg stump and Prior

India 134/2   G Gambhir 40* (36b 7x4)

20.2

Swann to Gambhir, OUT, Swann gets another, and well bowled! Gambhir skips out, makes room, Swann holds back the length and turns the ball away from Gambhir, who ends up smacking it over the infield and down to Anderson near the ropes, who takes his second easy catch of the evening

G Gambhir c Anderson b Swann 40 (70m 37b 7x4 0x6) SR: 108.10

India 142/3   G Gambhir 40 (37b 7x4)
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Match cancelled without a ball bowled
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Match cancelled without a ball bowled
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Nov 23, 2008

Yuvraj Singh shows his delight after India claim the series, India v England, 4th ODI, Bangalore, November 23, 2008

Yuvraj Singh shows his delight after India claim the series

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Nov 23, 2008

Ishant Sharma celebrates the key wicket of Andrew Flintoff, India v England, 4th ODI, Bangalore, November 23, 2008

Ishant Sharma celebrates the key wicket of Andrew Flintoff

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