Player of the Match
Player of the Match
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    75.3 gone! slightly short and turning away, Strauss looking to drive off the back-foot is beaten by the extra bounce, faint edge and Dhoni takes it on the second attempt, change of angle works for Harbhajan - England two down. 230/2
    20.4 finally the breakthrough! good length delivery, bit wide outside the off stump, had four written all over it but Bell ends up slicing it straight to Harbhajan Singh placed behind point 52/1
    127.3 that's a stunner! flat delivery outside the off stump, turning in, Shah drives on the back-foot and the ball flies off the outside edge, Dravid at first slip dives across to his right and takes it at full stretch, England nine down 385/9
    80.3 got'm! good length delivery outside the off stump, came in a touch with the angle, probably bit of reverse swing, Pietersen goes hard at it away from his body and the edge goes straight to Dhoni behind the stuimps, that's a crucial breakthrough! 242/3
    108.1 Sreesanth strikes again! slightly short, right in the channel and this one shaped away a touch after drifting in and Collingwood tamely nicks it straight to Dhoni behind the stumps, finally a catch is held and that's a crucial breakthrough for India 326/4
    109.2 gone! tossed up on the middle and off stump line, Flintoff hits against the break and the ball sails down to deep midwicket, Tendulkar in the deep covers a lot of ground and takes it cleanly, Kumble gets one to his name - England five down 328/5
    112.1 another one bites the dust and it's that man Sreesanth again! good length delivery outside the off stump, bit of extra bounce and a hint of away movement, Jones drives away from his body and the edge goes straight to Kumble at gully 333/6
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    118.5 good length delivery, this one nipped back in sharply, Udal plays down the wrong line and is trapped plumb in front, Umpire Taufel had a good long look and in the end adjudicated in favour of the bowler, Patel finally gets one to his name! 356/7
    118.6 make that two! another ripper, perfect line and length, hint of reverse swing and Hoggard is beaten comprehensively, leg stumps goes for a walk and Patel is on a hat-trick here! 356/8
    133.4 doosra does the trick, Anderson defends on the front-foot, inside edge onto the pad and the ball pops up straight to Yuvraj at short leg, England end up with 400 on the board. 400/10
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    18 (b 5, lb 7, nb 3, w 3)
    TOTAL
    400 all out (133.4 Overs, RR: 2.99, 599 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-52 (IR Bell, 20.4 ov), 1-158 (OA Shah, 53.6 ov), 2-230 (AJ Strauss, 75.3 ov), 3-242 (KP Pietersen, 80.3 ov), 4-326 (PD Collingwood, 108.1 ov), 5-328 (A Flintoff, 109.2 ov), 6-333 (GO Jones, 112.1 ov), 7-356 (SD Udal, 118.5 ov), 8-356 (MJ Hoggard, 118.6 ov), 9-385 (OA Shah, 127.3 ov), 10-400 (JM Anderson, 133.4 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    IK Pathan1746403.7600
    S Sreesanth2257043.1820
    MM Patel2948122.7911
    A Kumble3978412.1500
    Harbhajan Singh26.448933.3302
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    11.2 Hoggard strikes! and once again it's the short rising delivery that gets him a wicket - this one was angling down the leg side, Jaffer shoulders arms, trying to get out of the way but the ball rises just the extra bit and clips the glove, Jones moves across to his left and and takes it comfortably 24/2
    6.1 first strike! short rising delivery, pitched outside the off stump and coming in with the angle, too good a delivery for Sehwag, who fends at it awkwardly, ball clips the shoulder of the bat and goes straight to Shah at first slip, that's big wicket - India in trouble here! 9/1
    54.1 and they get through the wall! good length delivery, drifting down the leg side, Dravid flicks eyeing the fine leg fence but the shot is not timed well enough and the ball goes behind after clipping the edge, Jones covers lot of ground and takes it diving full length to his left, amazing catch! 142/5
    18.1 got'm! straight delivery outside the off stump, bit too wide, Tendulkar drives away from his body, ball clips the toe end of the bat and goes straight Jones behind the stumps, poor shot from the little master and he pays the price! Anderson rewarded for some good bowling. 28/3
    38.6 end of the beginning! short and wide outside the off stump, Yuvraj needlessly follows it and the ends up with a thick edge, it was so far outside the off stump that the ball clipped the toe end of the bat, Jones dives across to his left and takes a good catch, Flintoff strikes early, India four down! 94/4
    83.4 what an anti-climax! after three consecutive fours, Dhoni plays one to the midwicket region and takes off for a suicidal run, Anderson had just the one stump to aim and he scores a direct hit at the bowler's end, third umpire is woken up and the RED light flashes! Dhoni is just out of his crease 212/7
    76.4 gone! tossed up on the stumps, Pathan comes down the track and hits it straight to Hoggard at mid-on, that's a rank bad shot give the situation, India six down 186/6
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    101.4 tossed up on the middle and off stump line, straightened a bit, Kumble sweeps but fails to connect and gets hit on the pad right in line with the off stump, loud appeal and the dreadful finger goes up, Panesar with the breakthrough, end of a gutsy innings and a fine partnership 272/9
    87.2 gone! short of a good length delivery outside the off stump, no real width there but Harbhajan flashes hard at it and the ball flies off the outside edge, Jones dives across high to his right and takes a stunner, Anderson strikes - India eight down 217/8
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    104.1 bowled'm! inswinging yorker, too good a delivery for Patel, the off stump is pegged back and that's Anderson's fourth wicket 279/10
    Extras
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    TOTAL
    279 all out (104.1 Overs, RR: 2.67, 484 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-9 (V Sehwag, 6.1 ov), 2-24 (W Jaffer, 11.2 ov), 3-28 (SR Tendulkar, 18.1 ov), 4-94 (Yuvraj Singh, 38.6 ov), 5-142 (R Dravid, 54.1 ov), 6-186 (IK Pathan, 76.4 ov), 7-212 (MS Dhoni, 83.4 ov), 8-217 (Harbhajan Singh, 87.2 ov), 9-272 (A Kumble, 101.4 ov), 10-279 (MM Patel, 104.1 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    MJ Hoggard2265422.4501
    A Flintoff2146813.2302
    JM Anderson19.184042.0800
    MS Panesar2675312.0300
    SD Udal1625313.3100
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    5.6 there's the wicket for India. this is a full delivery from Munaf Patel outside off, pitches in the rough outside the left handers off stump, Strauss goes for the off-drive, the ball takes the outside edge and just about carries to Dhoni behind the stumps, Umpire Taufel looks at his squareleg partner to confirm if the ball carried, and confirms Strauss has to go 9/1
    10.3 and gone! similar line and length, again shaping away from the right-hander, Bell plays at it with his feet bolted to the ground, thick edge and the ball goes straight to Dhoni behind the stumps, England two down 21/2
    41.4 edged away towards short third man, Shah calls for the single and sprints across, Tendulkar moves across quickly and fires in a nice throw over the stumps, Dhoni quickly whips off the bails and Shah is out by miles, perfect start for India! 85/5
    28.6 pitched up and angling across, Udal drives eyeing the cover region, this time it's an outside edge, Jaffer at third slip dives forward and across and takes a good low catch, Pathan with the breakthrough 61/3
    35.2 got'm! Kumble once again targets the rough outside the leg stump, Pietersen being Pietersen tries to hit against the break and ends up with a leading edge, ball shoots straight back down the track, Kumble dives across to his left and takes a blinder, big wicket this! 73/4
    73.2 flat delivery, turning in from touch outside the off stump, Collingwood comes down the track and ends up driving it in the air and to the left of Harbhajan who dives across full length and takes a one-handed blinder, amazing stuff! 151/6
    90.1 flighted delivery, pitched outside the leg stump and turning across, Flintoff charges down the track, the idea was to get inside the line and loft it away, a zero percentage shot and what happened was inevitable, Flintoff missed it by miles and Dhoni did the rest, Kumble gets one more to his name! 188/9
    81.2 Harbhajan strikes again! this time it's the top-spinner that does the trick, Jones goes for the pull and the ball balloons up off the top edge towards the square leg region, Pathan hurtles across from midwicket and nicely settles under it, England seven down! 157/7
    88.3 gone! good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, genuine leg-break, Hoggard goes for the sweep but fails to connect and the ball hits the pad plumb in front of the stumps, loud appeal and this time umpire Hair adjudicates in favour of the bowler 183/8
    92.4 well bowled googly, pitched in line and turning away, Anderson never picked it and the edge goes straight to Dravid at first slip 191/10
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    TOTAL
    191 all out (92.4 Overs, RR: 2.06, 412 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-9 (AJ Strauss, 5.6 ov), 2-21 (IR Bell, 10.3 ov), 3-61 (SD Udal, 28.6 ov), 4-73 (KP Pietersen, 35.2 ov), 5-85 (OA Shah, 41.4 ov), 6-151 (PD Collingwood, 73.2 ov), 7-157 (GO Jones, 81.2 ov), 8-183 (MJ Hoggard, 88.3 ov), 9-188 (A Flintoff, 90.1 ov), 10-191 (JM Anderson, 92.4 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    IK Pathan1322411.8442
    MM Patel1323913.0004
    S Sreesanth1333012.3001
    A Kumble30.4134941.5902
    Harbhajan Singh2394021.7300
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    18.2 Flintoff strikes! Jaffer gets a jaffer and Jaffer is history! this one nipped back in sharply form outside the off stump, Jaffer pushes forward to defend and gets hit on the pad right in front of the stumps, loud appeal and up goes the finger, India three down and in trouble here 33/3
    3.2 first strike! fulltoss outside the off stump, shaping in a touch, Pathan drives eyeing the cover fence, ball clips the inside edge and crashes into the woodwork - just nine more to get! 6/1
    10.3 gone! good length delivery, the one that nips back in, Kumble goes back to defend but fails to connect, ball hits the pad in-line with the stumps and this time umpire Taufel upholds the appeal, Hoggard strikes early on day five - India two down. 21/2
    33.3 and Flintoff strikes straightaway! short of a good length delivery, angled in from wide of the crease, perfect line and length, Dravid is sucked forward and the edge goes straight to Jones behind the stumps, that's a big big wicket! India in deep trouble now. 75/4
    34.3 got'm! tossed up and turning in, Tendulkar stretches forward to defend, ball clips the inside edge, hits the pad and pops on the leg side, Bell at short leg dives across to his left and takes it cleanly, Udal picks up a wicket that he will remember for the rest of his life! 76/5
    47.4 nine down! good length delivery, bowled from round the stumps, drifting in with the arm and reversing away after hitting the deck, perfect delivery to the left-hander and Yuvraj tamely nicks it straight to Collingwood at third slip, Flintoff strikes again 99/9
    39.2 another one bites the dust! good length delivery, pitched close to the off stump line and reversing in, Sehwag is bit late on it and the ball hits the pad plumb in front of the stumps, bowling change works for Flintoff, India six down. 77/6
    44.4 not this time! tossed up, Dhoni comes down the track and swings hard, ball clips the edge and flies down to long-off, this time Panesar judges it to perfection and nicely settles under it, Dhoni throws his gun into the water bucket and rides on - India seven down, England on the verge of a memorable win here 92/7
    46.4 tossed up and turning in, Harbhajan sweeps, ball clips the top-edge and flies down to fine leg, Hoggard in the deep makes no mistake and it's time for Harbhajan to join the procession, Udal gets one more to his name, England need just two more wickets, and one feels that it's a just a matter of time now. 99/8
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    48.2 all over! tossed up and turning in from touch outside the off stump, Patel swings across and the ball flies off the top edge, Hoggard at deep square leg judges it to perfection, Udal ends up with four wickets to his name! 100/10
    Extras
    9 (b 1, lb 4, nb 3, w 1)
    TOTAL
    100 all out (48.2 Overs, RR: 2.06, 232 minutes)
    Fall of wickets: 1-6 (IK Pathan, 3.2 ov), 2-21 (A Kumble, 10.3 ov), 3-33 (W Jaffer, 18.2 ov), 4-75 (R Dravid, 33.3 ov), 5-76 (SR Tendulkar, 34.3 ov), 6-77 (V Sehwag, 39.2 ov), 7-92 (MS Dhoni, 44.4 ov), 8-99 (Harbhajan Singh, 46.4 ov), 9-99 (Yuvraj Singh, 47.4 ov), 10-100 (MM Patel, 48.2 ov)
    BowlingOMRWEconWDNB
    MJ Hoggard1261311.0800
    JM Anderson1223923.2500
    MS Panesar411503.7500
    A Flintoff1141431.2713
    SD Udal9.231441.5000

Close of Play

  • Sat, 18 Mar - day 1 - England 1st innings 272/3 (PD Collingwood 11*, A Flintoff 17*, 89 ov)
  • Sun, 19 Mar - day 2 - India 1st innings 89/3 (R Dravid 37*, Yuvraj Singh 32*, 37 ov)
  • Mon, 20 Mar - day 3 - England 2nd innings 31/2 (OA Shah 15*, SD Udal 2*, 15 ov)
  • Tue, 21 Mar - day 4 - India 2nd innings 18/1 (W Jaffer 4*, A Kumble 8*, 8 ov)
  • Wed, 22 Mar - day 5 - India 2nd innings 100 (48.2 ov) - end of match

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