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)

Buckled up? England are opening with Bopara and Bell. Zaheer Khan has the ball. The Powerplays are in blocks of four, two and two.

0.1

Khan to Bopara, no run, ah, beaten by a gem, pitching on short of a length and wobbling away off the seam, Bopara stands up and tries to steer it fine and misses

0.2

Khan to Bopara, no run, short of a length on off stump and Bopara plays it to cover

0.3

Khan to Bopara, no run, gets onto the front foot this time and drives straight to short cover

0.4

Khan to Bopara, no run, four dot balls, would you believe? England need nine and over and Zaheer is keeping it very tight, pitching on a length and then collecting a straight drive back from Bopara ... talk about keeping it tight, eh?

0.5

Khan to Bopara, 1 run, strides forward and drives hard, too much bottom hand, to mid-off

0.6

Khan to Bell, no run, beaten off the seam, Zaheer hits a great length and moves the ball across Bell, who tries to present a front foot defence of off all shots and nearly edges

Brilliant over from Zaheer first up. Just a single.

End of over 1 (1 run) England 1/0 (198 runs required from 21 overs, RR: 1.00, RRR: 9.42)
IR Bell    0* (1b)      Z Khan    1-0-1-0
RS Bopara    1* (5b)     

Here's Munaf Patel from over the stumps

1.1

Patel to Bopara, no run, flashy drive from Bopara, backing away and looking to square drive very hard, except he's failed to make any contact whatsoever

1.2

Patel to Bopara, OUT, oh well held, Ishant! The hair cut has worked wonders for the tall, lanky fast bowler! Munaf drops on a length and Bopara pulls across the line, looks to be hit okay but suddenly Ishant throws himself around full stretch to his right at mid-off, going parallel, and clutches onto a beauty to send Bopara back ... a fabulous start from India and England are 1 for 1 in the second over

RS Bopara c Sharma b Patel 1 (5m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 14.28

Owais Shah walks out.

1.3

Patel to Shah, no run, pitches on a full length and Shah drives textbook straight to cover, thinks about the single but Bell sends him back as the fielder swoops in

1.4

Patel to Shah, no run, fullish again and this time he heaves it to Sehwag at midwicket

1.5

Patel to Shah, 1 leg bye, closes his eyes and swings across the line, succeeding in inside-edging back onto his midriff, the ball parries down towards backward point, leg bye is the call from the umpire

1.6

Patel to Bell, no run, superb line and length and Bell can only defend to backward point

India are all over England. Tight line and length so far.

End of over 2 (1 run, wicket maiden) England 2/1 (197 runs required from 20 overs, RR: 1.00, RRR: 9.85)
IR Bell    0* (2b)      MM Patel    1-1-0-1
OA Shah    0* (3b)      Z Khan    1-0-1-0

2.1

Khan to Shah, FOUR, there's the first boundary courtesy a proper straight drive, Shah takes toll on the full delivery and plays it back past mid-off and mid-on, beating Harbahajan's chase

Tendulkar gets in at short mid-off

2.2

Khan to Shah, no run, back of a length, Shah drives towards point, Yuvraj runs around and dives

2.3

Khan to Shah, no run, doesn't move his feet, swings, and misses all ends up

2.4

Khan to Shah, no run, back of a length on middle and leg, worked straight to midwicket

Not sure what England's game plan is. Zaheer is keeping it very tidy.

2.5

Khan to Shah, FOUR, overpitched and Shah clips that superbly past midwicket for four

Zaheer changes the angle by coming around the stumps. Tendulkar moves across too.

2.6

Khan to Shah, no run, onto the front foot, pushing the ball neatly to the man at cover

After three overs England are 10 for 1.

End of over 3 (8 runs) England 10/1 (189 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 3.33, RRR: 9.94)
OA Shah    8* (9b 2x4)      Z Khan    2-0-9-0
IR Bell    0* (2b)      MM Patel    1-1-0-1

Munaf continues after starting off with a maiden.

3.1

Patel to Bell, 1 run, pitches on a length, Bell drives into the covers for a single

3.2

Patel to Shah, no run, slower ball gets Shah in a mess, he was shaping to hit it over midwicket but ended up having to adjust the shot and playing it back to Munaf

3.3

Patel to Shah, no run, so close! Munaf hits a length, Shah drives it back down the track, Munaf falls down as he tries to stop the shot, the ball flicks his fingers and ricochets into the nonstriker's stumps with a diving Bell just back inside ... that was touch and go

3.4

Patel to Shah, no run, bouncer, 134ks and over the stumps, Shah ducks and the ball skims his shoulder blade, getting Munaf all excited but Dhoni doesn't react, rightly so

3.5

Patel to Shah, no run, the good work continues as Munaf pitches on a length, Shah again thinks about whipping it to the leg side but the length is not on and midwicket fields

3.6

Patel to Shah, FOUR, in the slot and he has a clean swing over midwicket for four

Munaf has been good so far. Just five runs from two overs, and a wicket.

End of over 4 (5 runs) England 15/1 (184 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 3.75, RRR: 10.22)
OA Shah    12* (14b 3x4)      MM Patel    2-1-5-1
IR Bell    1* (3b)      Z Khan    2-0-9-0

Ishant, new haircut et all, comes into the attack.

4.1

Sharma to Bell, no run, beats Bell first ball, pitching just back of a length outside off stump, a leaden-footed Bell reaches out to cut but is undone by that delivery

4.2

Sharma to Bell, no run, now he charges Ishant, who beats him again, this time with a length delivery at 140ks that swings down past leg stump, Dhoni does the collecting

4.3

Sharma to Bell, 2 runs, the attempted slower ball slips up a full toss on top of off stump, Bell backs away and has to adjust in time, opening the face and steering the offcutter to third man

4.4

Sharma to Bell, 1 run, makes room and clips a full ball with the swing to deep square leg

4.5

Sharma to Shah, 1 run, short ball, Shah goes for the pull and inside-edges to square leg

4.6

Sharma to Bell, no run, the chaos continues for England! Bell again backs away, comes out, drives to the off side and inside edges down past leg stump, sets off, and gets sent back as Dhoni runs in, collects and fires back onto the stumps, Bell dives and just makes it

End of over 5 (4 runs) England 19/1 (180 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 3.80, RRR: 10.58)
IR Bell    4* (8b)      I Sharma    1-0-4-0
OA Shah    13* (15b 3x4)      MM Patel    2-1-5-1

England's required rate has crossed 10.50. The second Powerplay has been taken.

5.1

Khan to Shah, no run, pitches on a length and Shah drives uppishly to deep mid-on

5.2

Khan to Shah, 1 run, short of a length, cramps him for room, he awkwardly cuts to point

Zaheer moves around the stumps

5.3

Khan to Bell, no run, sees Bell coming down and drops it short, 140ks, the ball angles into Bell, who flays the bat at it near his face and again misses out completely

5.4

Khan to Bell, 1 run, a run now, thanks to an inside edge as Bell once more makes room and drives hard, the ball skims the edge and rolls down towards square leg

5.5

Khan to Shah, no run, a low full toss on about off stump, which Shah pats back to Zaheer

5.6

Khan to Shah, no run, well bowled, thats a yorker into the block hole, which Shah digs out

End of over 6 (2 runs) England 21/1 (178 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 3.50, RRR: 11.12)
OA Shah    14* (19b 3x4)      Z Khan    3-0-11-0
IR Bell    5* (10b)      I Sharma    1-0-4-0

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6.1

Pathan to Bell, 1 run, Bell gets room and cuts just wide of backward point for one

6.2

Pathan to Shah, 1 run, gets down and swings, inside-edging down to fine leg

6.3

Pathan to Bell, 1 run, uses his feet, Yusuf sees it and keeps it flat, Bell drives to midwicket

6.4

Pathan to Shah, FOUR, tossed up on a length and Shah swats it powerfully from outside off stump, a sort of dragged shot, which beats a diving Yuvraj at midwicket

6.5

Pathan to Shah, SIX, hello, a six now! Yusuf gives Shah length and he slogs it down the ground

6.6

Pathan to Shah, FOUR, good over for England! Yusuf overcompensates for the length ball and drags it short and Shah produces a lovely flat pull, swatted between two fielders

End of over 7 (17 runs) England 38/1 (161 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 5.42, RRR: 10.73)
OA Shah    29* (23b 5x4 1x6)      YK Pathan    1-0-17-0
IR Bell    7* (12b)      Z Khan    3-0-11-0

Harbhajan into the attack now

7.1

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, FOUR, begins with a full toss, which Bell reverse-paddles for four, shot!

Harbhajan mops the ball with a towel. Its gotten slippery.

7.2

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, 1 run, slower, fuller and straighter, Bell digs it out with a flick to leg

7.3

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, 1 run, dropped by Gambhir at midwicket! The ball slips out and ends up a quick full toss, Shah makes a meal of the pull but a diving Gambhir cannot hold on

7.4

Harbhajan Singh to Bell, OUT, goddim! Harbhajan slows the pace, tosses it up on the stumps, Bell gets down and swings, misses, and the ball hits the sticks, simple as that

IR Bell b Harbhajan Singh 12 (36m 15b 1x4 0x6) SR: 80.00

End of a painful innings from Bell. Here's Pietersen. England 44 for 2 in the eighth over.

7.5

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, FOUR, back to full and flat and thats vintage KP, clipping the ball off his pads in front of midwicket, who dives over it and cannot stop it racing to the ropes for four

7.6

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run

End of over 8 (10 runs) England 48/2 (151 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 6.00, RRR: 10.78)
KP Pietersen    4* (2b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-10-1
OA Shah    30* (24b 5x4 1x6)      YK Pathan    1-0-17-0

England have a batting Powerplay in hand.

8.1

Sharma to Shah, no run, top stuff, back of a length on the stumps and Shah defends

8.2

Sharma to Shah, 1 run, squirts a single to backward point, shuffling and playing it gently

8.3

Sharma to Pietersen, 1 no ball, ah, close, but its a no-ball! Ishant drops on a length, Pietersen shuffles and chips the ball in the air and it drops a few feet in front of midwicket ... free hit time

8.3

Sharma to Pietersen, 1 run, smartly pitches full and straight outside off stump, slow delivery too at 114ks, and Pietersen can only slog it to midwicket for a single

8.4

Sharma to Shah, 1 run, Shah drives a length ball down the ground towards long-on

8.5

Sharma to Pietersen, OUT, bowled 'em! Thats a big wicket, Ishant draws a loose stroke from England's captain, upping the pace after the slower ball, Pietersen backs away and shapes to sort of steer that down to third man except the ball is too straight and smashes his stumps flat

KP Pietersen b Sharma 5 (6m 5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00

The new batsman is Flintoff. The required rate is over 11.

8.6

Sharma to Flintoff, 1 run, short and wide and Flintoff cuts out to deep point for a single

End of over 9 (5 runs) England 53/3 (146 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 5.88, RRR: 11.23)
A Flintoff    1* (1b)      I Sharma    2-0-9-1
OA Shah    32* (27b 5x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-10-1

Dhoni brings Yuvraj into the attack, left-arm around the stumps

9.1

Yuvraj Singh to Flintoff, 1 run, tossed up on a length, the ball runs off the outer edge to gully

9.2

Yuvraj Singh to Shah, FOUR, low full toss outside off stump, Shah backs away and swings, getting the toe end of the bat on it and scooping it back over Yuvraj's head, Raina dives at long-off and in one fluent move parries the ball to Gambhir, running in from the opposite end, but misses him completely and gives away four ... Yuvraj starts laughing

9.3

Yuvraj Singh to Shah, 1 run, full and flat, Shah makes room and drives into the covers

9.4

Yuvraj Singh to Flintoff, FOUR, in the slot and Flintoff biffs that straight back for a lovely boundary

9.5

Yuvraj Singh to Flintoff, 1 run, tries a cheeky late cut but can only dab it to Ishant at short third man

9.6

Yuvraj Singh to Shah, 1 wide, tossed up too wide outside off, Shah holds back on the big hit

9.6

Yuvraj Singh to Shah, FOUR, thats an expensive over, Shah using the length on offer rather well, just teeing off and clubbing that down the ground, a couple bounces and over the ropes

End of over 10 (16 runs) England 69/3 (130 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 6.90, RRR: 10.83)
OA Shah    41* (30b 7x4 1x6)      Yuvraj Singh    1-0-16-0
A Flintoff    7* (4b 1x4)      I Sharma    2-0-9-1

Harbhajan back. Flintoff on strike. The field is spread.

10.1

Harbhajan Singh to Flintoff, 1 run, full and flat on leg stump, Flintoff chips it in the air over midwicket, Sehwag fields on the ropes and returns a good flat throw, Shah sends Flintoff back to his end

10.2

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, no run, slower and wider, Shah waits for turn and chops it to cover

10.3

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, 1 run, quicker ball, fuller and straighter, Shah clips to midwicket and sprints, the fielder collects and throws it in, Shah loses his bat but makes it down to his end safely

10.4

Harbhajan Singh to Flintoff, no run, quick ball slips out and ends up full, Flintoff doesn't pick it and inside-edges down outside off stump, near his boot

10.5

Harbhajan Singh to Flintoff, 1 run, another missed opportunity by Flintoff as Harbhajan gives him another full toss, he can only mistime the big shot down towards deep mid-on

10.6

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, FOUR, but thats cleanly hit! A glorious shot from Shah, teeing off back over the stumps, he's so dangerous when playing down the ground, and he's on 46 now

End of over 11 (7 runs) England 76/3 (123 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 6.90, RRR: 11.18)
OA Shah    46* (33b 8x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-17-1
A Flintoff    9* (7b 1x4)      Yuvraj Singh    1-0-16-0

11.1

Sharma to Flintoff, 1 run, backs away and drives hard to extra cover, Harbhajan dives excellently

11.2

Sharma to Shah, no run, onto the front foot now, splicing it to Yuvraj at backward point

11.3

Sharma to Shah, FOUR, do not give him length! Shah gets to his fifty from 35 balls, cashing in on the room and freeing his arms with a flat-batted pull shot towards cow corner, well played

11.4

Sharma to Shah, 2 runs, throws the bat a full one, spooning it over point, it drops in the deep and Sehwag runs around to slide and cut it off

11.5

Sharma to Shah, 1 run, full on the stumps, Shah defends with an inside-edge to leg

11.6

Sharma to Flintoff, FOUR, with third man just up, Flintoff smartly opens the face and dabs a wide ball past Zaheer and gets four to end the over

End of over 12 (12 runs) England 88/3 (111 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 7.33, RRR: 11.10)
A Flintoff    14* (9b 2x4)      I Sharma    3-0-21-1
OA Shah    53* (37b 9x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-17-1

England have scored 50 in the last five overs. Yuvraj will continue after leaking 16 in an over.

12.1

Yuvraj Singh to Shah, SIX, excellent shot, Shah! With a clean swing, Shah fetches that from outside off stump and dumps it into the deep midwicket stands, Yuvraj is getting tonked here

Yuvraj moves over the stumps. Dhoni calls a man up on the leg side.

12.2

Yuvraj Singh to Shah, 1 run, full and flat on leg stump, flicked with an edge to Zaheer at short fine leg

12.3

Yuvraj Singh to Flintoff, 2 runs, exposes the stumps and uses the pace, opening the face and dabbing it through gully, the ball dribbles towards the ropes and the sweeper cuts it off

12.4

Yuvraj Singh to Flintoff, 1 run, flatter on the stumps, Flintoff backs away and gets cramped for room, all he can do is push a single into the covers but it gets the dangerous Shah back on strike

12.5

Yuvraj Singh to Shah, 1 run, shuffles and drives down the ground to Harbhajan at long-on

12.6

Yuvraj Singh to Flintoff, 1 run, makes room and cuts a single out to deep cover sweeper

End of over 13 (12 runs) England 100/3 (99 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 7.69, RRR: 11.00)
A Flintoff    18* (12b 2x4)      Yuvraj Singh    2-0-28-0
OA Shah    61* (40b 9x4 2x6)      I Sharma    3-0-21-1

13.1

Harbhajan Singh to Flintoff, FOUR, thats a quick full toss, which Flintoff finally get a hold of, pulling over midwicket, Yusuf runs around on the ropes and sticks a hand out in vain

13.2

Harbhajan Singh to Flintoff, SIX, going, going, gone! Thats massive! In fact, its onto the roof! Flintoff takes Harbhajan with the turn, heaving him miles into the starry night for six

13.3

Harbhajan Singh to Flintoff, 2 runs, change of pace, full and flat, Flintoff steers a single into the off side, Gambhir fires in a hard throw onto the nonstriker's stumps, Harbhajan gets out of the way and that allows the second, sloppy from India

13.4

Harbhajan Singh to Flintoff, 1 run, tossed up on the stumps, and another driven single to the off side

13.5

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, 1 run, fired in, Shah clips it fine, Tendulkar dives at short fine and saves runs

13.6

Harbhajan Singh to Flintoff, 1 run, another full toss, which Flintoff drives down the ground for one

End of over 14 (15 runs) England 115/3 (84 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 8.21, RRR: 10.50)
A Flintoff    32* (17b 3x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-32-1
OA Shah    62* (41b 9x4 2x6)      Yuvraj Singh    2-0-28-0

This stand is worth 63 in 5.1 overs. Run rate needed is 10.37. Munaf is back into the attack.

14.1

Patel to Flintoff, 1 run, makes room, skips down, drives into the covers for a single

14.2

Patel to Shah, SIX, wow, six more ! Shah walks across and takes that one ever so sweetly, using that bottom hand to excellent effect, taking the length ball and hitting over midwicket

14.3

Patel to Shah, 1 run, a full toss surprises Shah, who pushes it down to mid-on for one

14.4

Patel to Flintoff, 1 run, shuffles across and drives very hard down to Gambhir at long-off

14.5

Patel to Shah, 1 run, makes room and drills a half volley out to deep cover sweeper

14.6

Patel to Flintoff, 1 run, a touch full again, Flintoff keeps strike with a drive to long-off

End of over 15 (11 runs) England 126/3 (73 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 8.40, RRR: 10.42)
A Flintoff    35* (20b 3x4 1x6)      MM Patel    3-1-16-1
OA Shah    70* (44b 9x4 3x6)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-32-1

15.1

Yuvraj Singh to Flintoff, no run, well bowled, keeping it full from over the stumps, a leg-stump line, Flintoff makes room and cannot nudge the ball into the gaps, a dot ball to add the pressure

15.2

Yuvraj Singh to Flintoff, 2 byes, walks outside leg stump and swings, the ball sneaks though and clips his thigh, beats Dhoni and Tendulkar runs after it down to the ropes

15.3

Yuvraj Singh to Flintoff, 1 run, swings hard and mistimes the slog to mid-on for a single

Dhoni and Yuvraj, who is very agitated, have a chat.

15.4

Yuvraj Singh to Shah, no run, tight stuff, flat on a length and Shah plays it back to Yuvraj

How crucial will this over be?

15.5

Yuvraj Singh to Shah, 1 run, just a single, Shah shuffles and nudges the ball to square leg

15.6

Yuvraj Singh to Flintoff, 1 run, makes room and cuts to extra cover, then sets off, Zaheer collects and returns the ball to Yuvraj, who is fractionally slow to disturb the sticks as a burly Flintoff comes hurtling into frame with a dive

Drinks onto the field. Shah and Flintoff have batted well but that was a good last over for India. The break will give both sides a chance to gauge the situation.

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End of over 16 (5 runs) England 131/3 (68 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 8.18, RRR: 11.33)
A Flintoff    37* (24b 3x4 1x6)      Yuvraj Singh    3-0-31-0
OA Shah    71* (46b 9x4 3x6)      MM Patel    3-1-16-1

The umpires confer after Dhoni has a word with Zaheer. Ishant joins in. They are pointing at something. This is taking some time. Ah, England have taken the batting Powerplay. Its worth two overs. Zaheer will bowl.

16.1

Khan to Flintoff, 1 run, good ball, the attempted yorker, Flintoff can only push it to mid-off

A decisive spell this. Lets see which way it tilts.

16.2

Khan to Shah, 1 run, gets room and drives out to deep cover, Yusuf fields and fires it back

Third man, fine leg, deep midwicket in place

16.3

Khan to Flintoff, no run, wide full toss, asking for trouble, Flintoff slaps it to Tendulkar at point

16.4

Khan to Flintoff, 1 run, excellent bowling, a yorker on off stump, jammed down the ground

Really brilliant over for India so far

16.5

Khan to Shah, OUT, and Zaheer gets Shah, standing and twirling the bat at this one on a length, he absolutely makes a mess of it and Tendulkar takes a simple catch at point

OA Shah c Tendulkar b Khan 72 (82m 48b 9x4 3x6) SR: 150.00

A fine innings comes to an end. Shah started slowly but opened up well. He was always under pressure and handled himself usefully. A very tidy over from Zaheer. India right on top with that wicket. Flintoff is joined by an out of form Collingwood.

16.6

Khan to Flintoff, 1 run, opens the face and steers it to a sliding Yuvraj at point

Make that two good overs on the trot from India. England are struggling. Ishant is back. Fine leg is up. There is a deep square leg. Zaheer adjusts the field for Ishant. Dhoni is cool with it.

End of over 17 (4 runs) England 135/4 (64 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 7.94, RRR: 12.80)
A Flintoff    40* (28b 3x4 1x6)      Z Khan    4-0-15-1
PD Collingwood    0* (0b)      Yuvraj Singh    3-0-31-0

17.1

Sharma to Flintoff, 1 run, very full and straight, Flintoff drills it very hard back to Ishant, who does well to take some pace off the shot, Flintoff scampers a single as mid-off runs in

17.2

Sharma to Collingwood, FOUR, thats four, Collingwood shuffles and paddles it over square leg, the ball lands and spins away from Harbhajan on the ropes, who overruns it

17.3

Sharma to Collingwood, 1 run, gets a half volley and drives to extra cover, where Zaheer releases a sharp throw but Collingwood is such a hare between the wickets

17.4

Sharma to Flintoff, OUT, slower ball does the trick! Flintoff backs away and spoons the ball straight to Zaheer's lap at extra cover and India have taken control of the batting Powerplay emphatically

A Flintoff c Khan b Sharma 41 (53m 30b 3x4 1x6) SR: 136.66

A massive blow for England. In comes Samit Patel. The end is nigh.

17.5

Sharma to Patel, FOUR, top shot, a glorious on-drive across the stumps through midwicket

17.6

Sharma to Patel, no run, beats him with a slower ball, which starts out a low dipping full toss but somehow sneaks past the bat and Dhoni collects

End of over 18 (10 runs) England 145/5 (54 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 8.05, RRR: 13.50)
SR Patel    4* (2b 1x4)      I Sharma    4-0-31-2
PD Collingwood    5* (2b 1x4)      Z Khan    4-0-15-1

Harbhajan will bowl

18.1

Harbhajan Singh to Collingwood, 1 run, fired in flat and full, Collingwood shuffles and drives to midwicket

18.2

Harbhajan Singh to Patel, 1 run, flatter trajectory, Patel dabs the ball to point for a single

18.3

Harbhajan Singh to Collingwood, 2 runs, unfurls a reverse sweep, Gambhir flings himself around at short third man and saves a couple for his side

18.4

Harbhajan Singh to Collingwood, 1 run, expectedly, full and flat, Collingwood clips one to raise 150

18.5

Harbhajan Singh to Patel, 1 run, low full toss, Patel makes room and slaps it out to deep cover

England need a boundary ...

18.6

Harbhajan Singh to Collingwood, FOUR, and Collingwood gets it! Harbhajan fires it down leg stump and Collingwood escorts it down to deep square leg with an effective little clip, crucial runs

End of over 19 (10 runs) England 155/5 (44 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 8.15, RRR: 14.66)
PD Collingwood    13* (6b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-42-1
SR Patel    6* (4b 1x4)      I Sharma    4-0-31-2

Tension, tension. England need 43 from 18 balls. Bangalore is alive. Zaheer comes back.

19.1

Khan to Patel, 1 run, attempts a yorker, Patel squeezes it out into the covers for one

Third man is in place

19.2

Khan to Collingwood, 1 leg bye, shuffles across and swings, eyes closed, cops it on the thigh and Patel calls Collingwood through for the leg bye

19.3

Khan to Patel, 2 runs, bouncer, Patel takes his eyes off the ball too but connects on his two-stepped pull shot, picks the gap over square leg and pummels back for the second run

19.4

Khan to Patel, 2 runs, full on leg stump and Patel flicks it through midwicket for two more

Zaheer doesn't give you length to work with, crucially ...

19.5

Khan to Patel, no run, makes room and swings, connecting with nuttin' but air

19.6

Khan to Patel, OUT, Gambhir holds onto one! Patel gets back and slaps a low full toss to mid-off, where Gambhir crouches down and takes it, then sees it pop back out, so dives forward and takes it on the second attempt ... his team-mates rush towards him to slap him on the back for holding on

SR Patel c Gambhir b Khan 11 (12m 9b 1x4 0x6) SR: 122.22

You have to say its all over now. Zaheer takes a wicket with his last ball to finish with excellent figures of 2 for 20 in his five overs. Patel goes, Swann enters.

End of over 20 (6 runs) England 161/6 (38 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 8.05, RRR: 19.00)
     Z Khan    5-0-20-2
PD Collingwood    13* (7b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-42-1

Two overs left. England need 37. Ishant has the ball. Collingwood on strike.

20.1

Sharma to Collingwood, 1 run, hammers a full toss down to Raina at long-on, so just a single

20.2

Sharma to Swann, no run, pitches outside off, Swann makes room and cannot connect

20.3

Sharma to Swann, 1 run, slower ball, on a length, Swann backs away and dabs it to point

20.4

Sharma to Collingwood, 1 wide, change of pace again, the cutter pitches and dribbles away from Collingwood's wild swing, but its then called a wide ... wont make a difference anyway

20.4

Sharma to Collingwood, 2 runs, takes a full ball from outside off and heaves to midwicket, Harbhajan collects and needlessly throws the ball at the nonstriker's end, allowing the second run, and Dhoni gives him a piece of his mind

20.5

Sharma to Collingwood, 1 run, swings a full toss out to Sehwag, one bounce at deep midwicket

20.6

Sharma to Swann, FOUR, full and he just manages to jam it wide of backward point for four

End of over 21 (10 runs) England 171/6 (28 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 8.14, RRR: 28.00)
GP Swann    5* (3b 1x4)      I Sharma    5-0-41-2
PD Collingwood    17* (10b 2x4)      Z Khan    5-0-20-2

Right. Last over. England need 27. It will be Munaf to bowl out. Field is spread.

21.1

Patel to Collingwood, 1 wide, a really wide delivery, served up outside the stumps

Okay, make it 26 from six balls.

21.1

Patel to Collingwood, FOUR, another loose ball, a big full toss down leg stump, Collingwood shuffles and heaves it through short fine leg and picks the gap ... Munaf is mortified!

That makes it 22 from five balls ... fine leg and deep square leg go back ...

21.2

Patel to Collingwood, 1 run, heaves it to midwicket and bolts off, Tendulkar throws it back to Munaf, who is slow to break the bails and Collingwood is home safe with a big dive

21.3

Patel to Swann, 1 bye, moves away, skips down, swings and misses, Dhoni fumbles

21.4

Patel to Collingwood, OUT, easy as pie, Collingwood pushes a very full ball back to Munaf, Swann takes off and makes for the other end, Collingwood doesn't even react, Munaf collects and effects the easiest run out of his career with both batsmen saying hello to each other at one end

GP Swann run out 5 (12m 4b 1x4 0x6) SR: 125.00

Matt Prior comes out. England need 20 from two balls.

21.5

Patel to Collingwood, OUT, ho hum, Collingwood swings straight to Tendulkar at midwicket

PD Collingwood c Tendulkar b Patel 22 (34m 14b 3x4 0x6) SR: 157.14

This has been one-way traffic since Shah departed. Broad is in. Four slips and a gully.

21.6

Patel to Broad, no run, swing and a miss, and thats the end of that, India win by 19 runs!

Fourth win for the home side, which means they have taken an unassailable series lead at 4-0. England again outclassed by India. The rain interrupted play and eventually forced a 22-overs-a-side match. India blasted themselves to to 166 for 4, then the D/L method left England 198 to get. They only got 178.

Dhoni leads the celebrations on the verge of midnight in Bangalore. Another impressive series win for his team. In 2008, they've won the CB Series, beaten Sri Lanka 3-2, and now England. The only blips were the Kitply and Asia Cup finals. We'll have the post match presentation for you shortly.

Pietersen says its "not nice" to lose 4-0. He credits India for playing hard cricket as well as Shah for his batting, and says England were undone by Sehwag. Pietersen isn't sure what England are going to do in the coming three matches.

Dhoni credits the bowlers for doing so well in slippery conditions. He says Zaheer has been a big help all series. Wants to win all the coming matches.

Sehwag is the Man of the Match. He gets a fat cheque, trophy and a Hero Honda CVZ. Not too shabby. Sehwag enjoyed batting on this track. Says he knew what was coming his way. "If I see the ball, I try and hit it." Wah. Simple mantra.

That's all we have for you tonight. The next game is at Cuttack on November 26 at 14:30 local, 09:00 GMT. Thanks for joining us. On behalf of Binoy George, this is Jamie Alter signing off. Good bye and good luck!

End of over 22 (7 runs) England 178/8 (21 runs required)
SCJ Broad    0* (1b)      MM Patel    4-1-22-2
MJ Prior    0* (0b)      I Sharma    5-0-41-2
Series Results
India v England at Delhi - Dec 2, 2008
Match cancelled without a ball bowled
India v England at Guwahati - Nov 29, 2008
Match cancelled without a ball bowled
India v England at Cuttack - Nov 26, 2008
India won by 6 wickets (with 38 balls remaining)
India v England at Bangalore - Nov 23, 2008
India won by 19 runs (D/L method)
India v England at Kanpur - Nov 20, 2008
India won by 16 runs (D/L method)
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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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