England tour of India, 2008/09 / Commentary

England in India ODI Series - 5th ODI

India v England

India won by 6 wickets (with 38 balls remaining)

2.25pm The England openers stride out. The recent Challenger Series in Cuttack attracted big crowds so it's hardly surprising that the stadium is packed today.

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2.00pm Mahendra Singh Dhoni has won the toss and chosen to field because of the dew factor. Two changes to the side: Irfan Pathan in for Munaf Patel, and Rohit Sharma takes Gautam Gambhir's place.

Kevin Pietersen says he's surprised India chose to field, and says he would have definitely batted first. Two changes to the England side as well: Alistair Cook replaces Ian Bell, and Steve Harmison comes in for James Anderson

Teams: India: Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Rohit Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Irfan Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma
England: Alastair Cook, Ravi Bopara, Owais Shah, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood, Andrew Flintoff, Matt Prior, Samit Patel, Stuart Broad, Graeme Swann, Steve Harmison

1.55pm Hello and welcome to Cricinfo's coverage of the fifth one-dayer between India and England in Cuttack. The series may be in the bag early for India but Mahendra Singh Dhoni stressed that there would be no drop in intensity and wants more improvement from his side.

England meanwhile have to figure out a way to make the early overs count while batting. Their scores after 10 overs in the matches so far in this series make for sorry reading: 33 for 2 (chasing 388), 47 for 1 (chasing 293), 44 for 0, and 69 for 3 (chasing 198 in 22 overs).

Another worry for them is James Anderson, who, as Mathew Varghese points out in his preview, has just one wicket in England's previous eight completed games.

The pitch has a lot more grass than the ones used in the previous games in this series and could be a bit two-paced as well.

0.1

IK Pathan to Bopara, no run, Irfan Pathan takes the new ball, starts with a delivery wide outside off

0.2

IK Pathan to Bopara, no run, back of a length, on middle and leg this time, Bopara tries to work it square but misses it

0.3

IK Pathan to Bopara, 4 leg byes, Irfan get the ball to swing back into the batsman, thuds into Bopara's pads and runs away for four between the keeper and leg slip

0.4

IK Pathan to Bopara, no run, short of a length, on off stump this time, watchfully defended by Bopara

0.5

IK Pathan to Bopara, no run, similar delivery from Irfan, Bopara taps it back to the bowler

0.6

IK Pathan to Bopara, 4 leg byes, four more leg byes for England, more swing for Irfan, and that takes the ball towards leg, hits the pad and races away fine

End of over 1 (8 runs, maiden) England 8/0 (RR: 8.00)
RS Bopara    0* (6b)      IK Pathan    1-1-0-0
AN Cook    0* (0b)     

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Zaheer into the attack. Cook faces his first delivery

1.1

Khan to Cook, no run, length ball outside off, Cook shoulders arms to it

1.2

Khan to Cook, 1 wide, another delivery outside off, Cook doesn't offer a shot to that one either

1.2

Khan to Cook, no run, Zaheer getting the ball to shape away from the left-hand batsman here, again Zaheer bowls wide of off and Cook lets it go

1.3

Khan to Cook, no run, slants into Cook's pads this time, stifled appeal for lbw but that sliding down leg

1.4

Khan to Cook, FOUR, a touch shorter and Cook uses the width provided to deflect it to the third man boundary, quick outfield here in Cuttack

1.5

Khan to Cook, 1 wide, and this was too wide outside off for the umpire's liking

1.5

Khan to Cook, no run, length ball on off, Cook gets on the front and works it towards point

1.6

Khan to Cook, 1 run, on a length just outside off, moved in a bit to Cook, big shout for lbw but umpire signals it was high

End of over 2 (7 runs) England 15/0 (RR: 7.50)
AN Cook    5* (6b 1x4)      Z Khan    1-0-7-0
RS Bopara    0* (6b)      IK Pathan    1-1-0-0

2.1

IK Pathan to Cook, 2 runs, length ball moving away from the left-hander, pushed towards point, Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh converge on the ball, neither manage to field it

2.2

IK Pathan to Cook, no run, good line and length from Irfan, defended towards point

2.3

IK Pathan to Cook, 1 run, full and wide, punched towards point

2.4

IK Pathan to Bopara, no run, pitches on off and comes in a touch to Bopara, who defends it cautiously back to the bowler

2.5

IK Pathan to Bopara, 1 leg bye, shorter ball, pitches on middle and comes in a hint, Bopara looks to play it square, misses the ball, massive appeal from Pathan, turned down but Hawkeye says it would have hit

2.6

IK Pathan to Cook, no run, defended into the off side

End of over 3 (4 runs) England 19/0 (RR: 6.33)
AN Cook    8* (10b 1x4)      IK Pathan    2-1-3-0
RS Bopara    0* (8b)      Z Khan    1-0-7-0

3.1

Khan to Bopara, FOUR, length ball just outside off, Bopara punches it down the ground for his first four, England maintaining a good run-rate here

3.2

Khan to Bopara, no run, hit hard towards cover but doesn't beat the field

3.3

Khan to Bopara, 1 run, back of a length, angling across Bopara, gets the inside edge and, fortunately for Bopara, doesn't crash into his stumps

3.4

Khan to Cook, no run, plays a full delivery on off to mid on

3.5

Khan to Cook, 2 runs, short ball outside off, pushed towards Suresh Raina at cover, would have been tight if there had been a direct hit, England pick up an overthrow as well

3.6

Khan to Cook, no run, defended back to the bowler

End of over 4 (7 runs) England 26/0 (RR: 6.50)
AN Cook    10* (13b 1x4)      Z Khan    2-0-14-0
RS Bopara    5* (11b 1x4)      IK Pathan    2-1-3-0

4.1

IK Pathan to Bopara, no run, length ball from Irfan, tapped back to the bowler by Bopara

4.2

IK Pathan to Bopara, no run, similar delivery from Irfan, Bopara gets on the front foot and defends

4.3

IK Pathan to Bopara, no run, on middle and leg this time, Bopara works it wristily but doesn't beat the man at midwicket

4.4

IK Pathan to Bopara, 2 runs, strays on the pads again, glanced to fine leg where Ishant Sharma does well to cut if off

4.5

IK Pathan to Bopara, no run, outside off, short of a length, Bopara smacks it hard towards cover, straight to the fielder

4.6

IK Pathan to Bopara, 1 run, length ball, coming back into Bopara, who pushes it towards mid-off

End of over 5 (3 runs) England 29/0 (RR: 5.80)
RS Bopara    8* (17b 1x4)      IK Pathan    3-1-6-0
AN Cook    10* (13b 1x4)      Z Khan    2-0-14-0

5.1

Khan to Bopara, no run, back of a length delivery, pitching on middle and going across Bopara, who gets the leading edge towards mid-on as he tries to work it to point

5.2

Khan to Bopara, 1 run, glanced to fine leg for a single

5.3

Khan to Cook, 1 run, pitched up, angling into Cook's pads, Cook flicks it away towards square leg

5.4

Khan to Bopara, 1 run, shorter ball, on middle and leg, thuds into Bopara's gloves and trickles away towards short fine leg

Zaheer having a bit of trouble with is line against this left hand-right hand combination

5.5

Khan to Cook, 1 wide, very wide outside off to Cook, and moving further away

5.5

Khan to Cook, OUT, Cook's gone! a length delivery but wide outside off from Zaheer, Cook chases after it, gets the outside edge, straight to first slip, not a delivery Zaheer would have expected to get a wicket with and he has a bit of a sheepish grin on his face

AN Cook c Tendulkar b Khan 11 (26m 15b 1x4 0x6) SR: 73.33

Pietersen's the new man in

5.6

Khan to Pietersen, no run, length ball, angling across Pietersen, who shoulders arms to it

End of over 6 (4 runs) England 33/1 (RR: 5.50)
KP Pietersen    0* (1b)      Z Khan    3-0-18-1
RS Bopara    10* (20b 1x4)      IK Pathan    3-1-6-0

6.1

IK Pathan to Bopara, FOUR, super shot from Bopara, a short of a length delivery moving back into him, great timing from Bopara as he pushes it through covers

6.2

IK Pathan to Bopara, no run, similar ball, pushed towards cover, straight to the fielder this time

6.3

IK Pathan to Bopara, 1 run, strays onto the pads and an easy single as Bopara glances it to fine leg

6.4

IK Pathan to Pietersen, FOUR, Irfan brings out the bouncer, Pietersen goes for the pull, gets a top edge, gets him a boundary as it flies high over the keeper

6.5

IK Pathan to Pietersen, no run, length ball outside off, mistimed back to the bowler

6.6

IK Pathan to Pietersen, FOUR, another streaky boundary for Pietersen, outside off and he goes for the drive, gets a thick outside edge which flies wide off the slips and races away for four

End of over 7 (13 runs) England 46/1 (RR: 6.57)
KP Pietersen    8* (4b 2x4)      IK Pathan    4-1-19-0
RS Bopara    15* (23b 2x4)      Z Khan    3-0-18-1

7.1

Khan to Bopara, 1 run, pitched up, width provided, and Bopara guides it towards third man

7.2

Khan to Pietersen, no run, nice, tight line from Zaheer, Pietersen moves across his stumps and decides to shoulder arms

7.3

Khan to Pietersen, FOUR, on middle and leg this time, fantastic timing from Kevin Pietersen as he turns it towards midwicket, lightning outfield at this ground

7.4

Khan to Pietersen, no run, the timing isn't as good on that one as he gets on the front foot and pats it down the ground

7.5

Khan to Pietersen, FOUR, pitched up, Pietersen walks cross his stumps and flicks it for four to square leg, slightly dangerous shot that, he's a goner if he misses when he shuffling across

7.6

Khan to Pietersen, no run, gets across the stumps again as he defends a slower delivery from Zaheer

End of over 8 (9 runs) England 55/1 (RR: 6.87)
KP Pietersen    16* (9b 4x4)      Z Khan    4-0-27-1
RS Bopara    16* (24b 2x4)      IK Pathan    4-1-19-0

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8.1

IK Pathan to Bopara, no run, Irfan still getting some movement into the right-hander, length ball and Bopara pushes it towards mid-on

8.2

IK Pathan to Bopara, no run, slower full delivery from Irfan, rolling his fingers across the seam, Bopara blocks it

8.3

IK Pathan to Bopara, 1 run, full and swinging in, driven to mid off

8.4

IK Pathan to Pietersen, FOUR, back of a length, on middle and leg, Pietersen collects another leg-side boundary, glancing it to the left of Ishant at fine leg

8.5

IK Pathan to Pietersen, 1 run, on middle and leg again, Pietersen has no trouble guiding that to fine leg

8.6

IK Pathan to Bopara, 1 run, better line this time, just outside off, Bopara cuts it towards cover point and the batsmen pinch a quick single

End of over 9 (7 runs) England 62/1 (RR: 6.88)
RS Bopara    18* (28b 2x4)      IK Pathan    5-1-26-0
KP Pietersen    21* (11b 5x4)      Z Khan    4-0-27-1

9.1

Khan to Bopara, no run, length ball on off, Bopara gets on the front foot and drives it to extra cover, straight to the fielder

9.2

Khan to Bopara, FOUR, slower ball from Zaheer, pitched up, and Bopara cracks that through extra cover for a boundary

9.3

Khan to Bopara, no run, full ball again, but wide outside off, thwacked by Bopara straight to Sehwag at short cover, would be harsh to call that a chance as it was travelling real fast

9.4

Khan to Bopara, 2 runs, Bopara backs away and steers it behind point

9.5

Khan to Bopara, OUT, Gone this time, the end of Bopara, tried to drive it on the up, goes straight to Yuvraj Singh at backward point, second wicket for Zaheer

RS Bopara c Yuvraj Singh b Khan 24 (46m 33b 3x4 0x6) SR: 72.72

Collingwood is the new man

9.6

Khan to Collingwood, no run, defended off the back foot towards cover point

End of over 10 (6 runs) England 68/2 (RR: 6.80)
PD Collingwood    0* (1b)      Z Khan    5-0-33-2
KP Pietersen    21* (11b 5x4)      IK Pathan    5-1-26-0

Ishant Sharma into the attack, India have taken their Powerplay

10.1

I Sharma to Pietersen, no run, straight with a length ball outside off which Pietersen lets go off watchfully

10.2

I Sharma to Pietersen, FOUR, short of a length ball, Pietersen drives off the front foot, superb placement and timing has it racing away through the covers

10.3

I Sharma to Pietersen, no run, outside off and Pietersen shoulders arms to that one

10.4

I Sharma to Pietersen, no run, back of a length and outside off, Kevin Pietersen offers no shot to that one either

10.5

I Sharma to Pietersen, no run, 140.7 kmh from Ishant, length ball in the channel just outside off, Pietersen isn't interested in that one

10.6

I Sharma to Pietersen, no run, similar line, Pietersen walks across the stumps to work it to midwicket, wanted a single but wisely decides against it

End of over 11 (4 runs) England 72/2 (RR: 6.54)
KP Pietersen    25* (17b 6x4)      I Sharma    1-0-4-0
PD Collingwood    0* (1b)      Z Khan    5-0-33-2

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11.1

Khan to Collingwood, no run, full and outside off, driven to mid-off

11.2

Khan to Collingwood, no run, back of a length, on off, Collingwood pats it back to the bowler off the back foot

11.3

Khan to Collingwood, no run, fuller ball, some width to free the arms as well, Collingwood goes after it but doesn't beat the fielder at cover

11.4

Khan to Collingwood, no run, angling across Collingwood, and he defends to point

good over so far from Zaheer so far

11.5

Khan to Collingwood, no run, more defence from Collingwood, blocks a off stump delivery

11.6

Khan to Collingwood, no run, driven to mid-off by Collingwood this time, straight to the fielder

End of over 12 (maiden) England 72/2 (RR: 6.00)
PD Collingwood    0* (7b)      Z Khan    6-1-33-2
KP Pietersen    25* (17b 6x4)      I Sharma    1-0-4-0

12.1

I Sharma to Pietersen, no run, length delivery, Pietersen tries to drive it but mistimes it back to the bowler

12.2

I Sharma to Pietersen, no run, well outside off, and left alone by the batsman

12.3

I Sharma to Pietersen, no run, back of a length, Ishant maintains a superb line, just outside off, Pietersen is content to shoulder arms to that one

12.4

I Sharma to Pietersen, 1 run, similar line from Ishant, Pietersen moves across the stumps to flick it to fine leg, a touch risky for a single

12.5

I Sharma to Collingwood, no run, well wide outside off, Collingwood lets that go through to the keeper

12.6

I Sharma to Collingwood, no run, short ball, not enough room to cut but Collingwood attempts to anyway, mistimes the stroke and it dribbles away towards point

End of over 13 (1 run) England 73/2 (RR: 5.61)
PD Collingwood    0* (9b)      I Sharma    2-0-5-0
KP Pietersen    26* (21b 6x4)      Z Khan    6-1-33-2

Irfan back into the attack

13.1

IK Pathan to Pietersen, 1 run, back of a length, on middle and off, Pietersen works it towards mid-on

13.2

IK Pathan to Collingwood, no run, pitched up, Irfan gets it to swing in to Collingwood who taps it to mid-on

Collingwood still on 0 after 10 balls now

13.3

IK Pathan to Collingwood, no run, a touch outside off, Collingwood shuffles across the stumps to play it, only manages to defend it towards cover

13.4

IK Pathan to Collingwood, 1 run, on middle and leg, and Collingwood gets off the mark by glancing that one

13.5

IK Pathan to Pietersen, 1 run, played with soft hands by Pietersen towards cover, batsmen steal a quick single

13.6

IK Pathan to Collingwood, 1 run, another single as Irfan strays onto leg stump, Colliongwood turns it away behind square

End of over 14 (4 runs) England 77/2 (RR: 5.50)
PD Collingwood    2* (13b)      IK Pathan    6-1-30-0
KP Pietersen    28* (23b 6x4)      I Sharma    2-0-5-0

14.1

I Sharma to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood shuffles again to work it through the leg side, only manages an inside edge onto his pads

14.2

I Sharma to Collingwood, no run, well outside off, Collingwood tries to cut that one but doesn't make contact

14.3

I Sharma to Collingwood, no run, length delivery on middle and off, Collingwood defends it cautiously

14.4

I Sharma to Collingwood, no run, length ball outside off, and that kept very low, skids underneath Collingwood's bat, and bounces before reaching the keeper, that was bowled at 138kph

14.5

I Sharma to Collingwood, no run, shorter ball, more width, Collingwood tries to cut again, but the ball goes under his flashing blade

14.6

I Sharma to Collingwood, FOUR, poor ball to end the over, half-volley on middle and leg, and Collingwood helps himself to an easy boundary, turning it towards square leg

England have scored only 13 runs in this Powerplay

End of over 15 (4 runs) England 81/2 (RR: 5.40)
PD Collingwood    6* (19b 1x4)      I Sharma    3-0-9-0
KP Pietersen    28* (23b 6x4)      IK Pathan    6-1-30-0

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Spin for the first time in the match. Harbhajan Singh brought into the attack

15.1

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, Tosses up his first delivery, pitched outside off and turned in, Pietersen gets a big stride in as he tries to defend, hits his pad though

15.2

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, tossed up on middle, clipped to mid wicket

15.3

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, back of a length, outside off, Pietersen pushes it towards cover poitn, thinks of a single but decides against it

15.4

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, straying onto leg, but Pietersen doesn't capitalise as he only manages to push it towards midwicket

15.5

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, down leg again, and Pietersen sweeps him for a single

15.6

Harbhajan Singh to Collingwood, no run, Flighted delivery to end the over, outside off, and Collingwood defends it to point

End of over 16 (1 run) England 82/2 (RR: 5.12)
PD Collingwood    6* (20b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-1-0
KP Pietersen    29* (28b 6x4)      I Sharma    3-0-9-0

Spin from both ends, Yuvraj Singh brought in

16.1

Yuvraj Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, short of a length on off, Pietersen gets a long way across to play it to midwicket for a single

16.2

Yuvraj Singh to Collingwood, 1 run, length ball, on middle and leg, Collingwood drives it to mid-on for a single

16.3

Yuvraj Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, on offstump, Pietersen works it away to square leg

16.4

Yuvraj Singh to Collingwood, 1 run, shorter ball outside off, punched to cover

16.5

Yuvraj Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, outside leg stump from Yuvraj, nudged to fine leg

16.6

Yuvraj Singh to Collingwood, 1 run, maintains that line, and this one is clipped towards square leg for another single

End of over 17 (6 runs) England 88/2 (RR: 5.17)
PD Collingwood    9* (23b 1x4)      Yuvraj Singh    1-0-6-0
KP Pietersen    32* (31b 6x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-1-0

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17.1

Harbhajan Singh to Collingwood, 1 run, length ball outside off, batsman walks across and drives it to mid-on

17.2

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, topspinner from Harbhajan, defended towards cover

17.3

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, lot of turn for Harbhajan, Pietersen misses the ball after coming down the track, gets some pad on it though which saves him

17.4

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, FOUR, full and very wide outside off, Pietersen attempts to sweep, gets the bottom edge and the ball trickles away towards third man

17.5

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, on off, defended watchfully by Pietersen

17.6

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, turns it to short mid wicket

End of over 18 (6 runs) England 94/2 (RR: 5.22)
KP Pietersen    37* (36b 7x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-7-0
PD Collingwood    10* (24b 1x4)      Yuvraj Singh    1-0-6-0

18.1

Yuvraj Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, flat down the pads and another easy, shuffled single to leg

18.2

Yuvraj Singh to Collingwood, no run, slows the pace, tosses it on off stump, defended to point

18.3

Yuvraj Singh to Collingwood, 1 run, flat on the stumps and whipped away to midwicket for one

18.4

Yuvraj Singh to Pietersen, no run, tossed up on the stumps and KP defends

18.5

Yuvraj Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, flat on the stumps, turned away for one

18.6

Yuvraj Singh to Collingwood, 1 run, shuffles and works another easy single

End of over 19 (4 runs) England 98/2 (RR: 5.15)
PD Collingwood    12* (27b 1x4)      Yuvraj Singh    2-0-10-0
KP Pietersen    39* (39b 7x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-7-0

19.1

Harbhajan Singh to Collingwood, 1 wide, very flat and wide down the pads, Dhoni collects

19.1

Harbhajan Singh to Collingwood, 1 run, flat on the stumps, worked for a single

19.2

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, outside off, well wide, tries to sweep and mistimes it

19.3

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, tossed up and defended baclk

19.4

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, gets across and works this ball to square leg for one

19.5

Harbhajan Singh to Collingwood, no run, big turn down the pads, he mistimes the attempted nudge

19.6

Harbhajan Singh to Collingwood, FOUR, poor fielding by Sehwag! Collingwood skips down and clips the ball over mid-on, it lands in the deep and rolls towards the ropes, two fielders converge, Sehwag gets there first and stops it, then stumbles and lets the ball dribble into the ropes

End of over 20 (7 runs) England 105/2 (RR: 5.25)
PD Collingwood    17* (30b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-14-0
KP Pietersen    40* (42b 7x4)      Yuvraj Singh    2-0-10-0

20.1

Yuvraj Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, walks down and drills this very hard and flat down past the stumps, Sharma dives at deep mid-on and does well to take some pace off that shot

20.2

Yuvraj Singh to Collingwood, no run, tossed up and Collingwood defends it back to Yuvraj

20.3

Yuvraj Singh to Collingwood, 1 run, slower through the air, a tad full, and driven into the covers

20.4

Yuvraj Singh to Pietersen, no run, turns this one to short fine leg, Collingwood sends him back

20.5

Yuvraj Singh to Pietersen, no run, quicker arm ball, KP mistimes the shot to backward point

20.6

Yuvraj Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, comes out and takes it on the full, driving to midwicket for one

End of over 21 (3 runs) England 108/2 (RR: 5.14)
KP Pietersen    42* (46b 7x4)      Yuvraj Singh    3-0-13-0
PD Collingwood    18* (32b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-14-0

21.1

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, walks across his stumps and turns it to square leg

21.2

Harbhajan Singh to Collingwood, no run, flatter ball on middle and off, Collingwood defends

21.3

Harbhajan Singh to Collingwood, 1 run, sweeps it from off stump down to Kohli at deep square

21.4

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, tossed up wide, KP waits for it and steers past point for one

21.5

Harbhajan Singh to Collingwood, 1 run, comes out and chips it over midwicket, falls safe, Sehwag fields

21.6

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, shorter, flatter, and defended to backward point

End of over 22 (4 runs) England 112/2 (RR: 5.09)
KP Pietersen    44* (49b 7x4)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-18-0
PD Collingwood    20* (35b 2x4)      Yuvraj Singh    3-0-13-0

22.1

Yuvraj Singh to Collingwood, no run, tossed up from Yuvraj, length ball on off, Collingwood blocks it back to the bowler

22.2

Yuvraj Singh to Collingwood, no run, nudged to square leg

22.3

Yuvraj Singh to Collingwood, no run, defended off the front foot to the off side

22.4

Yuvraj Singh to Collingwood, no run, tries to drive it firmly down the ground, mistimes it back to the bowler

22.5

Yuvraj Singh to Collingwood, 1 run, gets a single this time, driven to long-off

22.6

Yuvraj Singh to Pietersen, no run, arm ball to end the over, Pietersen attempts the late cut but misses

End of over 23 (1 run) England 113/2 (RR: 4.91)
KP Pietersen    44* (50b 7x4)      Yuvraj Singh    4-0-14-0
PD Collingwood    21* (40b 2x4)      Harbhajan Singh    4-0-18-0

23.1

Harbhajan Singh to Collingwood, 1 run, back of a length outside off, punched down to long-off

23.2

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, fuller this time, but a similar stroke from the batsman gets another single to long-off

23.3

Harbhajan Singh to Collingwood, no run, defended off the front foot to the off side

23.4

Harbhajan Singh to Collingwood, no run, fullish and outside off, Collingwood goes for the sweep but is rapped on his back pad, there's appeal but it struck him outside off

23.5

Harbhajan Singh to Collingwood, 1 run, on middle and leg, fullish delivery, pushed down to long-on

23.6

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, flighted and held the length back a bit, defended watchfully off the front foot to the bowler

End of over 24 (3 runs) England 116/2 (RR: 4.83)
KP Pietersen    45* (52b 7x4)      Harbhajan Singh    5-0-21-0
PD Collingwood    23* (44b 2x4)      Yuvraj Singh    4-0-14-0

England's run-rate is at 4.83 now

24.1

Yuvraj Singh to Collingwood, FOUR, pitched up, outside off, Collingwood's slog sweep just about clears the man at deep midwicket and lands just within the boundary, several replays needed to determine whether that was a four or a six

24.2

Yuvraj Singh to Collingwood, 1 run, quicker ball, on middle and leg, Collingwood punches it down the ground

24.3

Yuvraj Singh to Pietersen, no run, big stride in as Pietersen defends, gets the inside edge and dribbless towards midwwicket

24.4

Yuvraj Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, turned to the leg side

24.5

Yuvraj Singh to Collingwood, 1 run, driven to wide long-on for an easy single

24.6

Yuvraj Singh to Pietersen, no run, on a length, outside off, Collingwood taps it towards cover point

End of over 25 (7 runs) England 123/2 (RR: 4.92)
KP Pietersen    46* (55b 7x4)      Yuvraj Singh    5-0-21-0
PD Collingwood    29* (47b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    5-0-21-0

25.1

Harbhajan Singh to Collingwood, no run

25.2

Harbhajan Singh to Collingwood, 1 run, strays onto leg again, another easy single to mid-on

25.3

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 2 runs, uses his feet as works it to midwicket, nice placement there give him enough time to take two

25.4

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, length ball on off, swept powerfully by Pietersen towards fine leg

25.5

Harbhajan Singh to Collingwood, no run, just outside off, Collingwood defends that off the front foot

25.6

Harbhajan Singh to Collingwood, no run, stepped down, nearly beaten by the topspinner, but managed to get some bat on it

End of over 26 (4 runs) England 127/2 (RR: 4.88)
PD Collingwood    30* (51b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    6-0-25-0
KP Pietersen    49* (57b 7x4)      Yuvraj Singh    5-0-21-0

26.1

Yuvraj Singh to Pietersen, no run, blocked back to the bowler

26.2

Yuvraj Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, width provided and Pietersen guides it to third man to bring up his fifty

26.3

Yuvraj Singh to Collingwood, FOUR, tossed up, Collingwood comes down the track to get to the pitch of the ball and smashes that through extra cover for four

26.4

Yuvraj Singh to Collingwood, 1 run, guided towards gully for a single

26.5

Yuvraj Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, on middle and leg, Pietersen pounds it down the ground, Yuvraj dives and sticks his hands out but the ball doesn't stick, very, very tough chance that

26.6

Yuvraj Singh to Collingwood, 1 run

End of over 27 (8 runs) England 135/2 (RR: 5.00)
PD Collingwood    36* (54b 4x4)      Yuvraj Singh    6-0-29-0
KP Pietersen    51* (60b 7x4)      Harbhajan Singh    6-0-25-0

27.1

Harbhajan Singh to Collingwood, no run, watchfully blocked off the front foot

27.2

Harbhajan Singh to Collingwood, 1 run, tries to sweep again, doesn't quite get hold of it, ball rolls away to short fine leg

27.3

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 4 leg byes, a full, quick ball just outside off, Pietersen jumps across the stumps to sweep but it hits hom on the boot and runs away down past the keeper for four

27.4

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, much shorter ball, Pietersen tries to sweep from outside off again, gets a bootom edge towards midwicket

27.5

Harbhajan Singh to Collingwood, 2 runs, Collingwood also shuffles across to nudge the ball towards square leg

27.6

Harbhajan Singh to Collingwood, no run, played with soft hands towards cover point, thought of going for a single but decided against it

End of over 28 (8 runs) England 143/2 (RR: 5.10)
PD Collingwood    39* (58b 4x4)      Harbhajan Singh    7-0-29-0
KP Pietersen    52* (62b 7x4)      Yuvraj Singh    6-0-29-0

28.1

Yuvraj Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, a bit of bounce for Yuvraj, Pietersen backs away and slap it towards cover

28.2

Yuvraj Singh to Collingwood, 1 run, length ball outside off, Collingwood dances down and chips it over mid-off for a single

28.3

Yuvraj Singh to Pietersen, no run, well outside off, Pietersen had already backed away from leg stump and can't get any power into his shot

28.4

Yuvraj Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, outside off again, Pietersen stands his ground and punches it towards cover

28.5

Yuvraj Singh to Collingwood, no run, driven to long off

28.6

Yuvraj Singh to Collingwood, no run, quicker, flatter ball, turned to midwicket

End of over 29 (3 runs) England 146/2 (RR: 5.03)
PD Collingwood    40* (61b 4x4)      Yuvraj Singh    7-0-32-0
KP Pietersen    54* (65b 7x4)      Harbhajan Singh    7-0-29-0

29.1

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, FOUR, on off stump, Pietersen comes down the track and cracks it to the right of long-on for a boundary

29.2

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, SIX, and that's a superb shot to bring up 3000 runs for Pietersen, comes down the track and slogs it over long-on for a six

29.3

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, sweeps from outside off to deep square leg

29.4

Harbhajan Singh to Collingwood, no run, outside off, tries to work it behind point, goes straight to the fielder

29.5

Harbhajan Singh to Collingwood, no run, Collingwood goes for the drive, but only gets a thin inside edge onto his pads

29.6

Harbhajan Singh to Collingwood, OUT, Collingwood's gone! Superb catch from Zaheer, Collingwood stepped out to loft him over long-on, didn't get hold of it, and it flew towards Zaheer and was dying on him but he managed to take a low catch

PD Collingwood c Khan b Harbhajan Singh 40 (71m 64b 4x4 0x6) SR: 62.50

End of over 30 (11 runs) England 157/3 (RR: 5.23)
     Harbhajan Singh    8-0-40-1
KP Pietersen    65* (68b 8x4 1x6)      Yuvraj Singh    7-0-32-0

Ishant brought back into the attack. Flintoff is the new batsman in, he came out with a cap thinking there was spin at both ends and there's a slight delay as he gets a helmet

30.1

I Sharma to Pietersen, 1 run, short of a length, outside off, Pietersen walks down the track and drives it towards long-on

30.2

I Sharma to Flintoff, no run, full ball, well outside off, Flintoff is content to let that go

Just a reminder, England haven't taken their Powerplay yet

30.3

I Sharma to Flintoff, no run, gets on the front foot and drives it to cover, straight to the fielder so there's no run available

30.4

I Sharma to Flintoff, OUT, Flintoff's gone! big wicket for India, pitched up, a bit of width, Flintoff goes for the drive, only gets an outside edge which flies straight to Sachin Tendulkar at slip

A Flintoff c Tendulkar b I Sharma 0 (5m 3b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Owais Shah is in

30.5

I Sharma to Shah, no run, length ball, a touch outside off, Shah lets that go by playing inside the line of that one

30.6

I Sharma to Shah, no run, quick delivery to end the over, 142.7 kmh, just outside off and had Shah feeling for it

End of over 31 (1 run) England 158/4 (RR: 5.09)
OA Shah    0* (2b)      I Sharma    4-0-10-1
KP Pietersen    66* (69b 8x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    8-0-40-1

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31.1

Yuvraj Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, short ball, Pietersen gives himself room to punch that through the covers

31.2

Yuvraj Singh to Shah, 1 run, pitched up, Shah gets a big stride in as he plays it towards cover

31.3

Yuvraj Singh to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen feigns as if he's going to back away, stand his ground, Yuvraj fires it on middle, defended by Pietersen

31.4

Yuvraj Singh to Pietersen, no run, patted into the covers

31.5

Yuvraj Singh to Pietersen, no run, faster ball, worked towards the leg side

31.6

Yuvraj Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, back away to drive a full ball on leg stump to long-on

End of over 32 (3 runs) England 161/4 (RR: 5.03)
KP Pietersen    68* (74b 8x4 1x6)      Yuvraj Singh    8-0-35-0
OA Shah    1* (3b)      I Sharma    4-0-10-1

32.1

I Sharma to Pietersen, no run, full on middle, flicked towards midwicket

32.2

I Sharma to Pietersen, 1 run, q bit of width provided, Pietersen pushes it with soft hands to covers for a single

32.3

I Sharma to Shah, no run, outside off again, Shah cuts it hard but straight to the fielder at cover point

32.4

I Sharma to Shah, FOUR, oooh! similar delivery to the one that got Flintoff, Shah's attempted drive results in a thick outside edge which flies wide of Tendulkar at slip

32.5

I Sharma to Shah, no run, much tighter line this time, closer to off, defended by Shah towards cover

32.6

I Sharma to Shah, no run, pitched up, on middle and leg, wonderfully timed drive from Shah, Yusuf Pathan puts in a dive from mid-off to cut that off

End of over 33 (5 runs) England 166/4 (RR: 5.03)
OA Shah    5* (7b 1x4)      I Sharma    5-0-15-1
KP Pietersen    69* (76b 8x4 1x6)      Yuvraj Singh    8-0-35-0

33.1

Yuvraj Singh to Pietersen, no run, short ball, carries on with the angle beyond leg, Pietersen backs away but can't get it away

33.2

Yuvraj Singh to Pietersen, no run, slower in the air, just outside off and Pietersen was groping for that one, gets beaten

33.3

Yuvraj Singh to Pietersen, no run, backs away and punches to cover, straight to the fielder

33.4

Yuvraj Singh to Pietersen, no run, well outside off, Pietersen goes for the sweep, gets a bottom edge on to it

33.5

Yuvraj Singh to Pietersen, no run, much quicker from Yuvraj, 102kmh, Pietersen tries to sweep from outside off, rapped on the pads but outside the line

33.6

Yuvraj Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, this time he connects and the sweep to midwicket fetches him a single

End of over 34 (1 run) England 167/4 (RR: 4.91)
KP Pietersen    70* (82b 8x4 1x6)      Yuvraj Singh    9-0-36-0
OA Shah    5* (7b 1x4)      I Sharma    5-0-15-1

34.1

I Sharma to Pietersen, FOUR, lucky for Pietersen, an attempted off drive gets the inside edge and races away for four to fine leg

34.2

I Sharma to Pietersen, 1 run, moves around in the crease before clipping it to midwicket

34.3

I Sharma to Shah, 1 run, good length, just outside off, played to mid-on for a single

34.4

I Sharma to Pietersen, 1 run, slower ball, pitched up outside off, driven to long-on

34.5

I Sharma to Shah, FOUR, wide outside off, Shah's attempted cut gets a thick top edge, it flies towards Zaheer at third man and is dropping, Zaheer isn't sure whether to charge in for the or hang back and save the runs, doesn't get there in time for the catch, and can't stop it from trickling over the boundary either

34.6

I Sharma to Shah, no run, driven firmly towards cover, straight to the fielder

And that will be drinks.

Saurabh: What is the point of having an allrounder like Yusuf and not giving him a bowl? I think Dhoni needs to change a few things here and get Yusuf on instead of Yuvi.

End of over 35 (11 runs) England 178/4 (RR: 5.08)
OA Shah    10* (10b 2x4)      I Sharma    6-0-26-1
KP Pietersen    76* (85b 9x4 1x6)      Yuvraj Singh    9-0-36-0

35.1

Yuvraj Singh to Pietersen, no run, slow and outside off, went through the sweep shot early and missed it

35.2

Yuvraj Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, a tad quicker dabbed to square leg

35.3

Yuvraj Singh to Shah, 1 run, just outside off, played with soft hands towards cover for a single

35.4

Yuvraj Singh to Pietersen, no run, nudged towards square leg, Dhoni is quickly onto the ball to prevent the single

35.5

Yuvraj Singh to Pietersen, no run, tapped back to the bowler

35.6

Yuvraj Singh to Pietersen, no run, tossed up, on off, defended off the front foot

End of over 36 (2 runs) England 180/4 (RR: 5.00)
KP Pietersen    77* (90b 9x4 1x6)      Yuvraj Singh    10-0-38-0
OA Shah    11* (11b 2x4)      I Sharma    6-0-26-1

36.1

I Sharma to Shah, no run, back of a length, a touch outside off, defended cautiously by Shah off the backfoot

36.2

I Sharma to Shah, no run, nothing cautious about that shot, short ball, well outside off, Shah goes for the cut with little footwork but the ball goes under the bat

36.3

I Sharma to Shah, 1 run, drifts on to the pads, easily glanced for a single by Shah

36.4

I Sharma to Pietersen, 1 run, full ball, on middle and off, firmly driven down to long-on

36.5

I Sharma to Shah, no run, beaten, Shah tried to dab that down to third man, but that ball just moved a touch away from him and he is unable connect with it

36.6

I Sharma to Shah, no run, good, tight line from Ishant, on a length and on off, tapped to mid-off

End of over 37 (2 runs) England 182/4 (RR: 4.91)
OA Shah    12* (16b 2x4)      I Sharma    7-0-28-1
KP Pietersen    78* (91b 9x4 1x6)      Yuvraj Singh    10-0-38-0

Harbhajan back for his second spell

37.1

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, massive appeal for lbw, Pietersen walks across the stumps and tries to sweep, gets hit on the pads but that was well outside the line of off

37.2

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, no run, patted to the leg side by Pietersen

37.3

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, driven down to long-on for a single

37.4

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, no run, tossed up, length ball, Shah pushes it towards mid-on

37.5

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, 1 run, shorter, on middle, and some turn for Harbhajan, Shah plays it to midwicket

37.6

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, on leg stump, Pietersen sweep to midwicket for a single

End of over 38 (3 runs) England 185/4 (RR: 4.86)
KP Pietersen    80* (95b 9x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    9-0-43-1
OA Shah    13* (18b 2x4)      I Sharma    7-0-28-1

Irfan's back for another spell

38.1

IK Pathan to Pietersen, no run, back of a length slower ball on off, Pietersen defends it back to the bowler

38.2

IK Pathan to Pietersen, 1 leg bye, on leg stump, tries to flick it but doesn't connect and the ball dribbles to the leg side off his pad

38.3

IK Pathan to Shah, 1 run, pitched on a length on leg, Shah backs away and tries to power it down the ground, but it was a slower ball and he mistimes it towards mid-on

38.4

IK Pathan to Pietersen, 1 run, a bit of width and pushed it towards cover for a single

38.5

IK Pathan to Shah, no run, well outside off, Shah tries to slog it over midwicket, not the best shot to a ball more than a foot outside off, doesn't make contact

38.6

IK Pathan to Shah, FOUR, that was a much better shot, cracked through mid-off for a boundary, the fielders had no chance of stopping that

End of over 39 (7 runs) England 192/4 (RR: 4.92)
OA Shah    18* (21b 3x4)      IK Pathan    7-1-36-0
KP Pietersen    81* (98b 9x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    9-0-43-1

39.1

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, full, flat and fast on legstump, turned to the legside

39.2

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, no run, slower, flighted delivery, defended off the front foot

39.3

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, no run, outside off, driven down the ground, Harbhajan dives and tips the ball towards the fielder at mid-on

39.4

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, 1 run, opens the face of the bat to place it behind point

39.5

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, backs away and drives down the ground, this time Harbhajan's dive doesn't stop the ball but there is a fielder at long-on

39.6

Harbhajan Singh to Shah, 1 run, well outside leg stump, flicked towards midwicket for a single to end Harbhajan's spell

End of over 40 (4 runs) England 196/4 (RR: 4.90)
OA Shah    20* (25b 3x4)      Harbhajan Singh    10-0-47-1
KP Pietersen    83* (100b 9x4 1x6)      IK Pathan    7-1-36-0

Powerplay has been taken by England. No fine leg but there is a deep midwicket for Zaheer

40.1

Khan to Shah, no run, a touch short, angling across the batsman, who is beaten by that one

40.2

Khan to Shah, no run, full ball, defended back to the bowler

40.3

Khan to Shah, no run, full and outside off, Shah tries to crash that through the off side, Raina was the fielder at extra cover and a direct hit from him could have make things tight for Pietersen who was sent back by Shah

40.4

Khan to Shah, FOUR, Smash! length ball, a golf swing dispatches the ball straight down the ground

40.5

Khan to Shah, 1 run, in the blockhole, on middle and off, Shah just about manage to dig that one out towards mid-off

third man comes up and a very square fine leg is posted at the boundary

40.6

Khan to Pietersen, no run, back of a length, on leg stump, nudged to square leg, straight to the fielder and that means only five runs have come of the first over of this Powerplay

End of over 41 (5 runs) England 201/4 (RR: 4.90)
KP Pietersen    83* (101b 9x4 1x6)      Z Khan    7-1-38-2
OA Shah    25* (30b 4x4)      Harbhajan Singh    10-0-47-1

a conference between Zaheer and Ishant about the field settings

41.1

I Sharma to Shah, 1 run, full and outside off, thrashed down the ground, but just the single as it is cut off by the long-on fielder

third man's up and fine leg's in the deep

41.2

I Sharma to Pietersen, 1 run, low full toss on off, punched towards mid-on

41.3

I Sharma to Shah, 1 run, slower ball, 115kmh, short and outside off, Shah doesn't get the timing right as he tries to slam that to midwicket

41.4

I Sharma to Pietersen, 1 run, full ball outside off, Suresh Raina misfields at extra cover but there's no extra run

41.5

I Sharma to Shah, 1 run, fullish and well outside off, Shah targets the spot wide of mid-on but again doesn't quite get hold of the ball

41.6

I Sharma to Pietersen, 1 run, Ishant keeps it full and outside off, Pietersen pushes it to mid-on for a single

End of over 42 (6 runs) England 207/4 (RR: 4.92)
KP Pietersen    86* (104b 9x4 1x6)      I Sharma    8-0-34-1
OA Shah    28* (33b 4x4)      Z Khan    7-1-38-2

42.1

Khan to Pietersen, 1 run, full toss on offstump, Pietersen shuffles across his stumps and punches it to mid-off

42.2

Khan to Shah, 1 run, shortish ball angling across Shah, he walks across his stumps and turns it to midwicket for a single

42.3

Khan to Pietersen, no run, yorker on off stump, all Pietersen can do is dig it out back to the bowler

42.4

Khan to Pietersen, 2 runs, low full toss on middle this time, Pietersen flicks it to midwicket, great timing on that, fetches him two

42.5

Khan to Pietersen, 2 runs, punched down the ground by Pietersen to collect another two runs

42.6

Khan to Pietersen, 1 run, whipped to the left of mid-on for a single

End of over 43 (7 runs) England 214/4 (RR: 4.97)
KP Pietersen    92* (109b 9x4 1x6)      Z Khan    8-1-45-2
OA Shah    29* (34b 4x4)      I Sharma    8-0-34-1

43.1

I Sharma to Pietersen, 1 run, Ishant keeps it full, slower ball, and Pietersen pats it to the off side for a single

43.2

I Sharma to Shah, FOUR, another slower ball, this time it's dispatched for four through the covers,

43.3

I Sharma to Shah, no run, Shah decides he still wants to swat it over midwicket from more than a foot outside off, doesn't make contact

43.4

I Sharma to Shah, 1 run, outside off again, Shah shuffles across and nudges it towards midwicket

43.5

I Sharma to Pietersen, 1 run, length ball, a lot of width provided again, Pietersen drives it crisply to long-off where Irfan does the fielding

43.6

I Sharma to Shah, 1 run, full ball outside off, Shah again jumps across his stumps to nurdle it towards midwicket

End of over 44 (8 runs) England 222/4 (RR: 5.04)
OA Shah    35* (38b 5x4)      I Sharma    9-0-42-1
KP Pietersen    94* (111b 9x4 1x6)      Z Khan    8-1-45-2

44.1

Khan to Shah, 1 run, shortish ball on leg stump, Shah tries to help it to fine leg but doesn't make contact

44.2

Khan to Pietersen, 1 run, full and outside off, Pietersen squeezes it out towards cover point

44.3

Khan to Shah, 1 run, Zaheer keeps the length full, on middle and off this time, pushed towards mid-off

44.4

Khan to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen plays it gently towards mid-on, batsmen go for a quick single, there's a direct hit from Ishant at the non-striker's end but Pietersen had made his ground

44.5

Khan to Shah, 1 run, full again, driven down to long-off for a single

44.6

Khan to Pietersen, 1 run, a touch shorter, on middle and leg, whipped away towards midwicket

Only 32 runs in this Powerplay, England will be disappointed with that,credit to the Indian quicks for maintaining a great length

End of over 45 (6 runs) England 228/4 (RR: 5.06)
KP Pietersen    97* (114b 9x4 1x6)      Z Khan    9-1-51-2
OA Shah    38* (41b 5x4)      I Sharma    9-0-42-1

Irfan brought back into the attack, Pietersen's on 97

45.1

IK Pathan to Pietersen, no run, Pietersen walks down the track to a slower ball, and his attempted heave gets and edge but it doesn't carry through to the keeper

45.2

IK Pathan to Pietersen, 1 run, shows the full face of the bat as he drives it straight down the ground

45.3

IK Pathan to Shah, 1 run, low, full toss just outside off, slashed through cover for a single

45.4

IK Pathan to Pietersen, 1 run, flicked towards midwicket from just outside off, another single

boundaries are what England need now

45.5

IK Pathan to Shah, 1 run, another single, this time to long-on, where Harbhajan does the fielding

The crowd's roaring in anticipation of Pietersen's century

45.6

IK Pathan to Pietersen, no run, Another slower ball from Irfan , angling across Pietersen, who couldn't connect after walking down the track

End of over 46 (4 runs) England 232/4 (RR: 5.04)
KP Pietersen    99* (118b 9x4 1x6)      IK Pathan    8-1-40-0
OA Shah    40* (43b 5x4)      Z Khan    9-1-51-2

46.1

I Sharma to Shah, no run, short of a length and outside off, slogged by Shah to mid-on, no run

46.2

I Sharma to Shah, FOUR, that's better from Shah, backs away a bit to make some room and hammers a length delivery to the mid-on boundary, one-bounce four

46.3

I Sharma to Shah, FOUR, pitched up and outside off, Shah cracks that one through the covers for another boundary

46.4

I Sharma to Shah, 1 run, driven firmly to long-off, placement wasn't good enough to get a boundary

46.5

I Sharma to Pietersen, 1 run, and that's Pietersen's century, a full ball on middle and leg and Pietersen punches it down to long-on, that's his seventh ODI century

46.6

I Sharma to Shah, 2 runs, Another milestone as Shah brings up his fifty by guiding the ball towards third man for two

End of over 47 (12 runs) England 244/4 (RR: 5.19)
OA Shah    51* (48b 7x4)      I Sharma    10-0-54-1
KP Pietersen    100* (119b 9x4 1x6)      IK Pathan    8-1-40-0

47.1

IK Pathan to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen back away and slaps an outside off delivery to cover for a single

47.2

IK Pathan to Shah, FOUR, Shot! length ball on middle and off, and Shah clubs it down the ground, dead straight for a four

47.3

IK Pathan to Shah, 2 runs, slower ball from Irfan, Shah picks it up late but manages ot get it away to square leg, Yusuf Pathan does the fielding, and the third umpire is called for to decide whether Shah has made it back for the second, and he has

47.4

IK Pathan to Shah, 1 run, a touch outside off and that's driven to deep cover

47.5

IK Pathan to Pietersen, 1 run, short ball, on middle and leg, Pietersen charges down the ground and tries to pull it, doesn't time it well and it rolls towards mid-on

47.6

IK Pathan to Shah, no run, slow, full ball outside off, Shah doesn't pick that one up and doesn't offer a shot as it goes through to the keeper

End of over 48 (9 runs) England 253/4 (RR: 5.27)
OA Shah    58* (52b 8x4)      IK Pathan    9-1-49-0
KP Pietersen    102* (121b 9x4 1x6)      I Sharma    10-0-54-1

Zaheer to bowl the penultimate over

48.1

Khan to Pietersen, 1 run, low, full toss on offstump, Pietersen gives himself room as he clubs it to sweeper cover

48.2

Khan to Shah, 1 run, length ball, just outside off, Shah tries to smack that5 out of the ground, gets it high on the bat, and it balloons in the air before landing safely near mid-on

48.3

Khan to Pietersen, 1 run, pulled powerfully by Pietersen, and the fielder at square leg has some fielding to do

48.4

Khan to Shah, 1 run, back of a length delivery, played with soft hands towards gully

48.5

Khan to Pietersen, 1 run, slower full toss, Pietersen slogs it towards square leg, Rohit Sharma does not pick up the ball as it lands a few yards away from him, manages to field it though

48.6

Khan to Shah, FOUR, full toss and that gets the treatment from Shah, swung away wide of the fielder at midwicket

End of over 49 (9 runs) England 262/4 (RR: 5.34)
OA Shah    64* (55b 9x4)      Z Khan    10-1-60-2
KP Pietersen    105* (124b 9x4 1x6)      IK Pathan    9-1-49-0

49.1

IK Pathan to Pietersen, 1 run, driven powerfully down to long-on for a single

49.2

IK Pathan to Shah, 1 run, length ball outside off, Pietersen flatbats it to long-on for a single

49.3

IK Pathan to Pietersen, 1 run, a bit of width and that is pushed towards cover point for a single

49.4

IK Pathan to Shah, 1 run, length ball on off, Shah clubs it down the ground, long-on does the fielding

49.5

IK Pathan to Pietersen, FOUR, pitched up, just outside off, Pietersen cracks that down the down for a straight four

49.6

IK Pathan to Pietersen, no run, short ball from Irfan, completely deceives Pietersen, whose attempt to hack the ball away gets the top edge and lands just wide of the bowler.

So England finish on 270, their highest total of the series and a competitive one as well. India, though, have a long batting line-up with Irfan coming in at No. 8. It remains to be seen how much of a role the dew is going to play. One thing against England is the lights - some of the Indian fielders struggled to pick up the ball towards the end of the innings.

It was a superb partnership from Pietersen and Shah that lifted England after they had lost two quick wickets, those of Paul Collingwood and Andrew Flintoff. Pietersen's century was the first one by an England batsman in India since 2002, but he seemed to get a bit bogged down after getting off to a very quick start. Shah showed his ability to get the quick runs towards the end of the innings, prompting another debate over what his position in the batting order should be.

Darode from India says: "Jimmy Anderson 'could' 'might' 'possibly' have been a dangerous player under lights with the ball swinging!"

There are several differing views over Dhoni's decision to field first among the feedbackers. Kurt from Australia says: "For me personally, I think, India had lost the plot and game eventually, after deciding to bowl first. Even Pietersen was surprised at Dhoni, willing to bowl first. The logic will be more clear after the 15th over of India's innings"

While Sharan from the US thinks: "I think Dhoni chose to field first to challenge the team to prove its worth by chasing under the lights, on what should be harder conditions. If India succeeds with England fighting, I shall be convinced that India has the making of a truly great side."

Prashanth Krishnan from India also thinks "This is a good chance to prove that this new-look team has it in them to successfully chase a big total"

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Jishu from India: "I think Dhoni had a point to bowl first. It is the dew factor and I think he has mentioned that too. I am sure that the English bowlers will struggle in this conditions. It happened in the past. To me it's a great decision from Dhoni."

End of over 50 (8 runs) England 270/4
KP Pietersen    111* (128b 10x4 1x6)      IK Pathan    10-1-57-0
OA Shah    66* (57b 9x4)      Z Khan    10-1-60-2
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Nov 26, 2008

Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina shake hands with Paul Collingwood after India's win, India v England, 5th ODI, Cuttack, November 26, 2008

Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina shake hands with Paul Collingwood after India's win

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Nov 26, 2008

Mahendra Singh Dhoni plays a cut shot during his half-century, India v England, 5th ODI, Cuttack, November 26, 2008

Mahendra Singh Dhoni plays a cut shot during his half-century

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