England tour of India, 4th ODI: India v England at Bengaluru, Nov 23, 2008
India won by 19 runs (D/L method)
23 November 2008 - day/night match (50-over match)

Hi there! Thanks for tuning into Cricinfo again for coverage of this seven-match limited-overs series between India and England. Today we move to Bangalore for game four at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. Its a pleasure having all of you log in to follow the ball-by-ball commentary. Scoring today's game will be the reliable Binoy George, and I'm Jamie Alter, your commentator.

Enough about me though, lets talk about the weather, which is threatening to play spoilsport here in Bangalore. Showers are forecast for later today, though it did rain yesterday afternoon at around noon. From where I'm sitting the sky looks overcast and the air is still, which doesn't really bode well.

The pitch looks bare. Could be a bit damp given the rain we've had in Bangalore the last couple days. A few cracks. Its a day-night game, so I'm not sure what the captain who wins the toss would want to do. Its overcast.

Time for the toss. Dhoni spins, Pietersen calls heads and wins, and promptly decides that England will bowl. He says the pitch is damp and wants his bowlers to have a shot. He knows that rain is forecast and hopes the Duckworth-Lewis method goes in England's favour. England are unchanged.

Dhoni says he would have fielded first as well. He wants to win the series here to give those who haven't played yet ample exposure to play in the final XI. India have dropped Rohit Sharma as Sachin Tendulkar returns.

India lead the series 3-0. England are really up against it. Ryan Sidebottom has been ruled out of the series. Read the preview by George Binoy (no, not Binoy George, he's on scoring, remember?) as we wait for the match to start. As well as this piece on a Tendulkar's return.

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Gary Kirsten, who turned 41 today, is talking to Ravi Shastri on the boundary line. India's coach is pleased with where the side is heading. He's satisfied with the unity and the momentum the Test and ODI sides have gathered throughout the season, especially since India's tour to Australia. Kirsten believes India can dominate the world game. They don't do any short-term goal setting, he says.

Time to get started. Here come the teams. Tendulkar and Sehwag take their places. England are in the field. Anderson has the ball. He's never finished a limited-overs spell under Pietersen's captaincy. Two slips and a gully. Good crowd at the Chinnaswamy. Here's hoping for a good match.

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Anderson to Sehwag, FOUR, and thats smashed up and over point by Sehwag, freeing his arms and thumping a wide, swinging ball from Anderson, the crowd goes berserk


Anderson to Sehwag, no run, short of a length this time and Sehwag pushes it to point


Anderson to Sehwag, no run, fuller in length with a bit of swing, Sehwag mistimes that shot with zero footwork, driving with too much bottom hand back down the track and it goes nowhere

Pietersen moves cover inside the circle.


Anderson to Sehwag, no run, a bouncer this time, outside off stump, which gets Sehwag up onto his toes and he plays it down in front of point, Anderson runs in and they don't chance a single


Anderson to Sehwag, no run, fine length on this occasion, moving away from Sehwag, who gets tall and thinks about having a flirt but wisely resists as the ball gains and carries to Prior


Anderson to Sehwag, no run, superb area to pitch the ball in, really a perfect length from Anderson, hits the seam and beats Sehwag as he pushes at it with no footwork, good end to the over

End of over 1 (4 runs) India 4/0 (RR: 4.00)

    • V Sehwag 4 (6b 1x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 0 (0b)
    • JM Anderson 1-0-4-0

So we've seen a hint of swing in the first over. Here's Broad now to share the ball. Tendulkar on strike. He's back in the ODI side for the first time since March.


Broad to Tendulkar, 2 runs, and he's away first ball, shuffling and nudging this one off the stumps and wide of midwicket, rolling the wrists, gets two even as Sehwag drops his bat on the second


Broad to Tendulkar, no run, hits a good length and straightens, Tendulkar shoulders arms


Broad to Tendulkar, no run, onto the front foot, coolly pushing the ball to the man at cover


Broad to Tendulkar, no run, pitches on a good length and Tendulkar leaves it be


Broad to Tendulkar, no run, movement again and Tendulkar calmly shoulders arms


Broad to Tendulkar, FOUR, too straight and thats whipped with the utmost precision and placement, Tendulkar just shuffling and working the wrists to pick the gap between square leg and midwicket to collect his first boundary, a fine shot that

End of over 2 (6 runs) India 10/0 (RR: 5.00)

    • SR Tendulkar 6 (6b 1x4)
    • V Sehwag 4 (6b 1x4)
    • SCJ Broad 1-0-6-0
    • JM Anderson 1-0-4-0

Anderson to Sehwag, no run, a tad full and Sehwag mistimes the drive back to Anderson


Anderson to Sehwag, FOUR, unorthodox shot, but effective! Anderson pitches short, Sehwag turns and swats it straight back down the ground, well wide of mid-on and the ball rolls away


Anderson to Sehwag, FOUR, four more, as Anderson invites him with a short and wide delivery, which Sehwag obliges by reaching out and depositing it between cover and point


Anderson to Sehwag, no run, better length, Sehwag gets back and defends to backward point

Flintoff leaves second slip and has a word with Anderson.


Anderson to Sehwag, no run, 138ks, hits a length and shapes away, Sehwag leaves


Anderson to Sehwag, no run, a touch fuller, straightening outside off, Sehwag shoulders arms

End of over 3 (8 runs) India 18/0 (RR: 6.00)

    • V Sehwag 12 (12b 3x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 6 (6b 1x4)
    • JM Anderson 2-0-12-0
    • SCJ Broad 1-0-6-0

Broad to Tendulkar, no run, hits a length outside off, Tendulkar comes in and leaves it be


Broad to Tendulkar, no run, a touch short and he gets up, crunching it straight to point


Broad to Tendulkar, no run, good shot for nothing, Tendulkar gets back on his toes and drives excellently but cannot pierce the field on the off side

Tendulkar and Sehwag have quite a history. In 83 games together, they have combined for 10 century partnerships and 11 in excess of 50 while averaging 37.93.


Broad to Tendulkar, no run, ah ha, a short one now at good pace, rising outside off the stump and Tendulkar flays the bat it, very narrowly missing out on getting an edge to Prior


Broad to Tendulkar, no run, pitches on about leg stump and hits Tendulkar rather high on the flap as he hops back and tries to defend, Broad again lets out an elongated appeal (which Andy Zaltzman would have liked!) but umpire Saheba isn't convinced ... it was going on over the stumps


Broad to Tendulkar, no run, gets forward and drops it towards the off side but doesn't run

End of over 4 (maiden) India 18/0 (RR: 4.50)

    • SR Tendulkar 6 (12b 1x4)
    • V Sehwag 12 (12b 3x4)
    • SCJ Broad 2-1-6-0
    • JM Anderson 2-0-12-0

That was a maiden from Broad, good effort.


Anderson to Sehwag, no run, good length and swing from Anderson, pitching on a length and Sehwag defends it watchfully to the off side


Anderson to Sehwag, FOUR, swinging into Sehwag's pads and he clips it just wide of midwicket


Anderson to Sehwag, no run, much better length and Sehwag drives it to the man at point


Anderson to Sehwag, no run, beaten by a terrific delivery from Anderson, who pitches short of a length in that channel outside off stump, tempting a leaden-footed Sehwag to push at t


Anderson to Sehwag, no run, good stuff again from Anderson, keeping Sehwag quiet with his length, he again doesn't move his feet and just gets the bat down in time, Collingwood at point fields


Anderson to Sehwag, no run, nips back in to Sehwag, who goes back and defends

Two tidy overs from England. There's some swing out there.

End of over 5 (4 runs) India 22/0 (RR: 4.40)

    • V Sehwag 16 (18b 4x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 6 (12b 1x4)
    • JM Anderson 3-0-16-0
    • SCJ Broad 2-1-6-0

Broad to Tendulkar, no run, lands on a good length and Tendulkar pushes it down past Sehwag, he wants a run but mid-on is sharp to get across and cut off any thoughts of a single


Broad to Tendulkar, 1 bye, change of pace from Broad, pitching short of a length, Tendulkar gets tall and drives from his crease, getting an inside edge as he goes hard at it, it deviates down the leg side and drops well short of a tumbling Prior, then escapes down to fine leg and umpire Saheba blunders by signalling leg byes!


Broad to Sehwag, FOUR, ah, another edge and no one moved! Poor Broad, who again drops short and gets Sehwag up on the toes, playing a cramped uppercut, there's a thick edge but Prior didn't move to his right and he and Shah at first slip look on as the ball runs away


Broad to Sehwag, no run, back of a length outside off stump and he leaves this one be


Broad to Sehwag, FOUR, thats four more! Sehwag gets loads of room and chops into the ground in front of backward point, where Collingwood dives to his right and parries the ball away


Broad to Sehwag, 1 run, slower ball, middle and leg, easily turned wide of square leg

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End of over 6 (10 runs) India 32/0 (RR: 5.33)

    • V Sehwag 25 (22b 6x4)
    • SR Tendulkar 6 (14b 1x4)
    • SCJ Broad 3-1-15-0
    • JM Anderson 3-0-16-0

Anderson to Sehwag, no run, slides into Sehwag off a length, who plays it to midwicket

Shah comes out from first slip and moves to a catching midwicket


Anderson to Sehwag, no run, slides into him off a length and Sehwag defends to Shah


Anderson to Sehwag, no run, tidy stuff, short of a length on the stumps and he defends


Anderson to Sehwag, 1 run, a touch too straight and now he breaks the shackles with a single, turned away to the right of Patel on the leg side, who collects and throws it back to Prior


Anderson to Tendulkar, no run, short of a length and he opens the face, guiding it towards gully, Collingwood tumbles around at backward point and saves certain runs, good effort there


Anderson to Tendulkar, 1 run, down the pads and he turns it around the corner for a single

End of over 7 (2 runs) India 34/0 (RR: 4.85)

    • SR Tendulkar 7 (16b 1x4)
    • V Sehwag 26 (26b 6x4)
    • JM Anderson 4-0-18-0
    • SCJ Broad 3-1-15-0

Broad to Tendulkar, no run, beaten on the big shot! Tendulkar heaves at one but the length was no on for that shot, ends up looking rather ugly after the ball narrowly beats bat


Broad to Tendulkar, no run, fuller now and he rolls the wrists, driving it back down the track, Broad dives to his right and takes pace off the ball, well stopped in his follow through


Broad to Tendulkar, no run, another shot across the line, this one was fractionally short outside off stump nut Tendulkar inside-edges back onto his thigh, the ball rolls to the gully

Short midwicket immediately comes in


Broad to Tendulkar, FOUR, now thats a shot! Just short of a length outside off stump and he absolutely murders that off the back foot, smacking it between cover and point for four

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"If you total the number of runs by all players currently playing for England, they are less than what Tendulkar has," emails Ganesh.

A member of the ground staff attends to the footholes. Broad gets attention to an ankle. Tendulkar and Sehwag share a laugh. Now a few more dudes come out with a massive hammer and start pounding the ground near the stumps. They're only breaking up the mess more! You really have to get a look at the size of that hammer. Bell comes in to have a look as well. Okay, now off go the merry hammering men and we can resume the cricket.


Broad to Tendulkar, OUT, would you believe it, Broad's cleaned up Tendulkar first ball after the delay! What scenes! Broad pitches on a really good length, fuller than what he's bowled to far, and gets Tendulkar driving on the up, the ball sneaks back in and disturbs the furniture as Tendulkar shapes to play through the line but the ball cut back in past the gap

SR Tendulkar b Broad 11 (40m 21b 2x4 0x6) SR: 52.38

Here's Gambhir at No. 3.


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

What an over. A delay when a big hammer was brought out, Broad received attention to an ankle, returned first ball to castle Tendulkar, and Gambhir gets off the mark first ball with a gorgeous across-the-line flick to a swinging delivery. Woof! "Bring back the hammer!" cries David Lloyd.

End of over 8 (8 runs) India 42/1 (RR: 5.25)

    • G Gambhir 4 (1b 1x4)
    • V Sehwag 26 (26b 6x4)
    • SCJ Broad 4-1-23-1
    • JM Anderson 4-0-18-0

Here's big man Freddie into the attack


Flintoff to Sehwag, no run, good swing there, pitching outside off, Sehwag shoulders arms


Flintoff to Sehwag, 1 run, short, wide, and Sehwag slashes up and over gully for one

Flintoff goes around the stumps


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


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


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


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

Flintoff changes the angle again


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 ....

End of over 9 (7 runs) India 49/1 (RR: 5.44)

    • G Gambhir 9 (5b 2x4)
    • V Sehwag 27 (28b 6x4)
    • A Flintoff 1-0-7-0
    • SCJ Broad 4-1-23-1

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


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


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


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

Broad switches back over the stumps


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?


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

Prosperous over for India, courtesy three lovely boundaries from Gambhir

End of over 10 (12 runs) India 61/1 (RR: 6.10)

    • G Gambhir 21 (11b 5x4)
    • V Sehwag 27 (28b 6x4)
    • SCJ Broad 5-1-35-1
    • A Flintoff 1-0-7-0

England take the second Powerplay. Flintoff continues.


Flintoff to Sehwag, no run, beaten! Sehwag doesn't move his feet at all, playing with an angled bat, trying to steer through gully but the ball hurries on him


Flintoff to Sehwag, no run, well stopped at backward point after Sehwag sees width and brings the angled bat down very hard, cutting on the bounce in front of Collingwood


Flintoff to Sehwag, 1 run, short into the body, Sehwag shuffles and turns it off the ribs, Patel is slow to react from square leg and concedes an easy single to Sehwag


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


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


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

End of over 11 (1 run) India 62/1 (RR: 5.63)

    • G Gambhir 21 (14b 5x4)
    • V Sehwag 28 (31b 6x4)
    • A Flintoff 2-0-8-0
    • SCJ Broad 5-1-35-1

Anderson to Sehwag, no run, short of a length, Sehwag tries to pull but misses completely


Anderson to Sehwag, 1 wide, wide and swinging away further, Sehwag flays but can't connect


Anderson to Sehwag, no run, short of a length and he cuts it well, but cant beat Collingwood


Anderson to Sehwag, FOUR, there she goes! Do not give Sehwag room, he'll punish you ... his feet don't get to the pitch of a half volley but he slams it up and over extra cover for four


Anderson to Sehwag, no run, wide ball again, short too, but Sehwag ends up chopping to cover


Anderson to Sehwag, FOUR, a mistimed pull, but four more, as Anderson drops in very short, allowing Sehwag swat it from outside off stump and he picks the gap just wide of mid-on

Flintoff, Pietersen and Anderson converge to discuss the economic recession.


Anderson to Sehwag, SIX, not sure what they just discussed, but if it results it rubbish like that, India will encourage them to speak six times an over! Anderson repeats another half-tracker and Sehwag swivels and hammers it flat over midwicket for six

End of over 12 (15 runs) India 77/1 (RR: 6.41)

    • V Sehwag 42 (37b 8x4 1x6)
    • G Gambhir 21 (14b 5x4)
    • JM Anderson 5-0-33-0
    • A Flintoff 2-0-8-0

Aye that was a bad over from Anderson. Here's Flintoff, who has been rather good. And whats this? Its hammer time again, as the ground staff come out with the gigantic hammer and begin hitting the foot holes near the stumps. The last time that came out we had a delay and England dismissed Tendulkar first ball on resumption. And look, there's Panesar, Strauss and Vaughan in the crowd. Meanwhile, Sehwag has crossed 6000 ODI runs. What a player!


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


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


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


Flintoff to Sehwag, no run, hits a good length and Sehwag defends it back


Flintoff to Sehwag, 1 run, good shot, getting up and across and flicking a short ball away

Dark clouds gather overhead


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

End of over 13 (2 runs) India 79/1 (RR: 6.07)

    • G Gambhir 22 (18b 5x4)
    • V Sehwag 43 (39b 8x4 1x6)
    • A Flintoff 3-0-10-0
    • JM Anderson 5-0-33-0

Some rain in the air. Pietersen chats with the umpires. Broad was off the field so he has the ball taken away. He has to wait for two overs before he can bowl. Pietersen beckons Patel over and asks him if he can control the carnage during the second Powerplay. Well, I'm guessing its something along those lines. Patel takes the ball and smiles. Sehwag on strike. Interesting ...


Patel to Sehwag, 1 run, tossed up, Sehwag walks out and chips the ball over Patel's head

Its very, very dark out there. And windy. Here comes the rain ...


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


Patel to Sehwag, 1 run, flat on middle and leg, Sehwag drives past midwicket, he wants two but Gambhir correctly says no thanks yaar, one will be enough


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


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

Drizzle, drizzle ... this one's going to fizzle ... fo shizzle ...


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

5.50pm We are finally set for action. Six overs have been deducted. Rain is still forecast. Still a good crowd in at the Chinnaswamy. Sehwag is back on strike. Flintoff has the ball. Ian Botham is fuming that India have been denied a batting Powerplay for no fault of theirs.

5.40pm I've just heard we will have a 44-over innings, with no batting Powerplay.

5.35pm The lights are on. We will resume in 15 minutes. Don't go too far.

5.10pm Nick Knight has the two umpires, Harper and Saheba. There's a ten minute break between innings. Harper says the overs may come down by three. Play will resume at 5.50pm.

5.00pm: Good news. Play is expected to start in 20 minutes.

4.50pm The Supersopper is working hard. Out come the umpires for an inspection.

4.35pm The drizzle has lessened. A couple covers coming off. Maybe an hour's delay.

4.30pm Nothing to report but drizzle. Wet, wet, wet ... like one of those sappy 90s songs about the rain. Milli Vanilli types. I've not heard anything positive about the drainage facilities at the Chinnaswamy. Plenty of puddles about.

4.10pm Still raining here in Bangalore. Nothing we can do but wait.

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3.50pm And its coming down cats and dogs, panthers and llamas, chipmunks and parakeets. Rather glum scenes here. Off go the players while the spectators dive for cover. Oh my its coming down hard. My colleague, Siddhartha Talya, says he loves the smell of fresh earth when it rains. He's lost it.

So as expected, rain has indeed played spoilsport. India scored 82 for 1 in 14 overs for the loss of Tendulkar. Rain has interrupted play. I cannot go anywhere in this rain myself, so will give you updates as and when I get them.

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End of over 14 (3 runs) India 82/1 (RR: 5.85)

    • G Gambhir 23 (22b 5x4)
    • V Sehwag 45 (41b 8x4 1x6)
    • SR Patel 1-0-3-0
    • A Flintoff 3-0-10-0

Flintoff to Sehwag, 1 run, smart running from the two Delhi players, Flintoff starts off short of a length and Sehwag eases it off the bat in front of two fields and sprints off, well done


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


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


Flintoff to Sehwag, no run, slashes at a wide one from his crease, and misses completely


Flintoff to Sehwag, no run, shapes back in off a length and Sehwag chops to Collingwood at backward point


Flintoff to Sehwag, 1 run, short, wide, slashes over gully, its in the air for a while and drops safely, Bopara comes sprinting around from third man to dive and cut it off well on the ropes

End of over 15 (7 runs) India 89/1 (RR: 5.93)

    • V Sehwag 47 (45b 8x4 1x6)
    • G Gambhir 28 (24b 6x4)
    • A Flintoff 4-0-17-0
    • SR Patel 1-0-3-0

Okay some confusion. Its all rather confusing as word keeps coming through from all over the place. I've been told the Powerplays will be broken down into blocks of nine, nine and four overs. Broad back into the attack. This is apparently the third Powerplay. And the drizzle is back. Its very dark.


Broad to Sehwag, no run, pitches on a length and Sehwag mistimes the drive to cover


Broad to Sehwag, 1 run, pitches on middle and Sehwag whips it out to deep square leg

This is ridiculous. India have no choice in the third Powerplay. Now England can choose all three. Very strange. And when England bat, they get the chance to pick the batting Powerplay. Thats just plain stupid logic. What is the ICC doing about such blunders?


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


Broad to Sehwag, 2 runs, bounced in short, Sehwag goes for the pull and sends it spiraling up in the air, its up for a while and like the last over, drops safely at fine leg, and thats his fifty, well played


Broad to Sehwag, FOUR, superb shot! Sehwag gets half a dozen, getting up on one leg and whipping another slow bouncer down to deep square leg, the ball drops just short of the ropes and the umpires give it six ... the farce continues ... now Saheba is told via the walkie talkie and he changes his signal to four


Broad to Sehwag, SIX, hammered again! No need to signal four on that bulldozer of a shot! Poor Broad is not learning, still dropping short and he can only crane his neck to see the ball lands rows back over midwicket after Sehwag swats it disdainfully away

What an over ... Sehwag is putting the pedal down in style.

End of over 16 (14 runs) India 103/1 (RR: 6.43)

    • V Sehwag 60 (50b 9x4 2x6)
    • G Gambhir 29 (25b 6x4)
    • SCJ Broad 6-1-49-1
    • A Flintoff 4-0-17-0

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

The rain is getting heavier ...

Sorry for the confusion. Now we're getting word that the Powerplay are nine, four and four. Things really are a mess over at the ground. No one has any idea whats happening. A shame.


Flintoff to Sehwag, no run, goes for a booming drive and gets beaten again


Flintoff to Sehwag, no run, short of a length outside off, again he drives but cannot beat cover


Flintoff to Sehwag, 1 run, short, angling in, Sehwag gets up and plays it softly this time, just dabbing it to the off side and calling Gambhir for the single, thats smart running

For the third time today, its hammer time. The umpires have called for the big hammer to try and sort out the mess in the foothole area. Pietersen is not amused. Some game this has been so far. Rain, hammers, sixes, a wicket, more hammers, confusion over rules ...


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


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


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

End of over 17 (3 runs) India 106/1 (RR: 6.23)

    • G Gambhir 30 (28b 6x4)
    • V Sehwag 61 (53b 9x4 2x6)
    • A Flintoff 5-0-20-0
    • SCJ Broad 6-1-49-1

9.10pm A revised target will be computed for England according to Duckworth/Lewis. If India reach 144 in their 22 overs, England will need 181 in 22 overs to win. That target would not be affected whether India loses one, two, or five wickets in the remaining five overs.

Okay here goes. Samit Patel has the ball. Short third man and backward point in place.Sehwag is on strike. What fun.

9.00pm Umpire Harper said the Powerplays would be in blocks of four, two, and two. We're set for about two hours of cricket. Its basically a Twenty20 game of sorts. Lets see how England cope after the Stanford holiday. Ravi Bopara and Graeme Swann are warming up. India are 108 for 1. They have five overs and nine wickets remaining. A smash-a-thon it is. And there is a decent crowd to view it. At least half the guys are there.

8.45pm The Supersopper is still doing the round of the ground. Thats a crazy machine. I'm still waiting for official confirmation. No sign of Dhoni, though Kirsten is down with the umpires. Pietersen seemed very keen to get some playing time in tonight.

Harper says the ground staff have done an exceptional job and the players have been told it will be a 22-over game. So India will come out and bat for five more overs. The umpires are hopeful of starting in 30 minutes. Thats 9:13 to 11:13pm.

Please hold back on the emails asking about Powerplays and bowler allocations, etc. I have not heard from the ground. Rest assured, the second I hear something, you will be the first to know.

8.30pm Right, time for an inspection, finally. Messrs Harper and Saheba - what a spiffing pair that sounds like, while not in the league of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern - are having a look around the park. The covers are off. Still a good crowd in at the Chinnaswamy. Stay tuned.

England will be keen to play. Pietersen was out in the middle, chatting and having a look-see. The shorter the game, the better for England.

8.15pm We can only wait and watch this fun. At 830 the umpires will be out. Speaking of delays, have you read Ian Chappell's column, titled 'Lame over-rate, lame excuse'?

7.55pm Still waterlogged at the Chinnaswamy. There is no reserve day.

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7.30pm I have received word - the cut-off time is 9:30, which means the umpires would have to decide that it's okay to play by 8:30.

Meanwhile, in Ahmedabad, ICL Bangladesh XI have won the toss and elected to field against ICL World XI. For some actual live cricket, check out the scorecard. No rain there! I mean, Gujarat is a dry state:)

Kurt again: "If the Atlantis Shuttle can be delayed by a few days due to a weather forecast not looking good, why can't they use some technology to predict or gauge what the weather would be at a particular place and then save the fans time and money and ensure a fantastic game? It's really frustrating."

7.20pm The hard-working groundstaff are having a tough time trying to empty the excess H2O from the covers. The problem, it appears, is where to dump the bloody water. This will take some time, I'm afraid.

Big puddles forming on the outfield now. The umpires are squelching around in them, but the rain is still falling so the prognosis is not good at all. What an evening its been. Asprin, paracetamol...JD on the rocks, I'll take anything.

Vishal has come up with this ditty: "Rain rain go away, little Sehwag wanna play, rain rain come again, when England come to bat. (Last line didn't rhyme :P )" Clearly thats not the Vishal of Vishal-Shekhar (the Bollywood composers) fame.

Om from Scotland seems angry: "Is it not possible to build indoor stadium for cricket in the future so that people get to enjoy the full match?"

7.10pm Rain is falling, chama cham cham ... well, its a very slight drizzle.

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6.55pm Still raining. Plenty of emails coming in querying the Powerplay ruling, the weather, the drainage system. Just why India were denied a batting Powerplay while England's remains intact is frankly beyond me. The weather ... well its raining and the forecast isn't too good. As for the drainage at the Chinnaswamy, its not reputed for being fantastic, but the ground staff are working as hard as they can in such conditions.

For non-cricket related queries ... yes, there were a couple from fans who want to be entertained during the rain interruption ... I'm at a loss at the moment. Anyone seen any good movies lately? I've really want to see Tropic Thunder. Death At A Funeral was funny.

Here's an email from Chuck: "Was counting on the commentary to keep me awake while I was gassing out my rural project report. Is anyone from Gobichettipalayam here?" Umm, not me, but if there is someone out there ... go ahead.

Anantha Krishna: "Apparently Slumdog Millionaire is awesome.. just waiting for the full scale theatre release or may be torrents so i can D/L it." Yeah I want to see that.

Kurt emails: "I've only heard of Gobi Manchurian." Hehehe.

Andrew Turk: "Woke up today to snow in London. I wish I was there singing in the rain with you guys." Andrew, no one's actually singing yet. But if this persists ....

6.45pm Yep, it still looks bleak. The rain is spitting down fiercely.

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6.25pm Proper rain now. Does not look good. I don't see this match going further.

6.10pm The rain has increased and off the players go. Its not heavy. Should not be long.


Patel to Sehwag, SIX, and he's away with a six first ball! Sehwag is not mucking around and just smacks Patel across the line and into the midwicket stands


Patel to Sehwag, 1 run, makes room to outside leg stump and whips a fuller, flatter delivery out to Flintoff at deep midwicket for a single this time

The field is spread. Four on the edge of the circle.


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


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


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

The ball is very, very slippery ...


Patel to Sehwag, 1 run, flat, Sehwag clears the leg and slogs on the bounce to long-on

End of over 18 (11 runs) India 117/1 (RR: 6.50)

    • V Sehwag 69 (56b 9x4 3x6)
    • G Gambhir 33 (31b 6x4)
    • SR Patel 2-0-14-0
    • A Flintoff 5-0-20-0

This is like when I play EA Sports on my laptop. Well, almost. Swann into the attack.


Swann to Sehwag, OUT, and gone first ball! Tossed up on the stumps, Sehwag skips down and takes it on the full, except its right up in the air and down long-on's throat, end of an entertaining innings

V Sehwag c Anderson b Swann 69 (102m 57b 9x4 3x6) SR: 121.05


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


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

Here's a man who knows a few things about quick hitting against England - Yuvraj.


Swann to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, makes room and slogs a full delivery along the ground to deep mid-on


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


Swann to Yuvraj Singh, no run, fired in quick and flat, Yuvraj shuffles and cannot connect, Swann fields

Thats the end of an excellent over from Swann.

End of over 19 (7 runs) India 124/2 (RR: 6.52)

    • Yuvraj Singh 1 (2b)
    • G Gambhir 38 (34b 7x4)
    • GP Swann 1-0-6-1
    • SR Patel 2-0-14-0

Pietersen brings himself on


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


Pietersen to Yuvraj Singh, SIX, comes down, frees the arms, and hits that straight back for six


Pietersen to Yuvraj Singh, 1 wide, a wide, fired very far from leg stump, well taken by Prior


Pietersen to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, full and flat on leg stump, Yuvraj unwinds but inside-edges to leg


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


Pietersen to Yuvraj Singh, SIX, thats a replay from the highlights reel from the ICC World Twenty! Yuvraj just gets down on bended knee and swings Pietersen across the line, rows back for six


Pietersen to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, moves around and ends up pushing in the air towards cover

Yuvraj is looking to go deep every delivery. Where's Broad?

End of over 20 (17 runs) India 141/2 (RR: 7.05)

    • Yuvraj Singh 15 (6b 2x6)
    • G Gambhir 40 (36b 7x4)
    • KP Pietersen 1-0-17-0
    • GP Swann 1-0-6-1

Swann to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, backs away and mishits a low full toss out to wide long-on


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


Swann to Yuvraj Singh, SIX, massive! Swann keeps it flat and full down leg stump, but Yuvraj kneels down and sweeps him for a flat six to deep fine leg, the crowd is loving it


Swann to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, full on off stump, Yuvraj drives inside-out to Collingwood at point

Plenty of cheer for Dhoni


Swann to Dhoni, SIX, oh good grief, he's spanked the pants off that one! Swann serves up a full toss and Dhoni pulls it miles over midwicket with immense power, thats into Cubbon Park!


Swann to Dhoni, 1 run, skips down and drives hard across the line to midwicket for one

End of over 21 (15 runs) India 156/3 (RR: 7.42)

    • MS Dhoni 7 (2b 1x6)
    • Yuvraj Singh 23 (9b 3x6)
    • GP Swann 2-0-21-2
    • KP Pietersen 1-0-17-0

The final over coming up. Thats six balls. What can this pair do? Patel will bowl.


Patel to Dhoni, 1 run, makes room outside leg stump, Patel smartly fires it in quick, Dhoni plays a shot only he can, some sort of whip that nearly takes out Yuvraj at the other end


Patel to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, well bowled, no room at all, full, flat and straight on leg stump, Yuvraj shapes to hit over midwicket but can only drive it down to mid-on for a single


Patel to Dhoni, 1 run, super bowling, full and flat again, Dhoni backs away and drives to point


Patel to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, just a single, Yuvraj gets down and heaves along the ground to sweeper


Patel to Dhoni, OUT, timber! Patel gets a wicket with his fifth delivery, a full and flat yorker which hits the base of leg stump after Dhoni backs away and plays another of those whips to leg, thats just reward for whats been an excellent final over, a great way to keep these two batsmen quite at the death

MS Dhoni b Patel 9 (5m 5b 0x4 1x6) SR: 180.00


Patel to Pathan, SIX, sweet strike to end the over with a six! Yusuf Pathan! First ball, he gets underneath a slightly more tossed up delivery, backing away, and goes down town for maximum

Well, India have got themselves a great total. Sehwag led the way after the long rain delay and Yuvraj took a cue rather brilliantly. Swann and Patel bowled well given the odds. England will be out shortly to chase. Per the D/L method, they will need 198 to win this match. Geez, thats nine runs an over!

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End of over 22 (10 runs) India 166/4

    • YK Pathan 6 (1b 1x6)
    • Yuvraj Singh 25 (11b 3x6)
    • SR Patel 3-0-24-1
    • GP Swann 2-0-21-2





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