Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

MS Dhoni
50(72) 4x4 - 1x6
Control %47%
  • Productive Shot
  • on side drive on front foot
  • 8 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
0 0 0 4 2 0 7 2
KP Pietersen
71(96) 6x4 - 1x6
Control %92%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 13 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
0 0 4 0 11 3 5 4

Best performances - Bowlers

RP Singh
O7.0
M0
R40
W2
Eco5.71
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
AD Mascarenhas
O10.0
M2
R23
W3
Eco2.30
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Commentary

So the 2007 NatWest Series is won by England 4-3.

A tightly contested one-day series comes to an end in the home side's favour. A long summer of competitive cricket too comes to a close. England took an early series lead but India did well to level it 3-3 before this game at Lord's. Many expected it to be a cracker but ultimately it was something of a damp fizz, with England knocking India over for just 187 in 47.3 overs and then coasting to a seven-wicket victory in the 37th over.

Kevin Pietersen (71*) and Paul Collingwood (64*) put on 114 superb runs in 20.2 overs to seal the deal. India have been ragged in the field for most of the series and their pace bowling lacked impetus on plenty of occasions. There were runs for the top order, but no Indian was able to cross a hundred.

Ian Bell, incidentally the writers' player of the series, was something of a run machine, with 422 runs at 70.33. The bowling was good, for the most part, and thats a big reason England are victorious today. They will be pleased with this after losing the Test series.

On to the post-match presentation, where the Man of the Match, Pietersen, receives a magnum of champagne. He's unsurprisingly pleased with being part of a first ODI series win in an England uniform. He's also looking forward to the ICC World Twenty20 in South Africa, and believes an exciting England will go into it full of confidence.

Bell is Man of the Series for his pile of runs. He's pleased with his consistency and is glad to contribute in the limited-overs format. Says he's been positive during the middle overs, especially against the spinners, and is happy batting at No. 3. He's not flying to South Africa but wishes England well.

Next in line is Rahul Dravid, undoubtedly disappointed at today's result. Goes through the usual drill of complimenting England for playing "better one-day cricket" and admits India didnt have enough runs with their "backs against the wall." Says there are positives to take from the series and areas to improve upon. Thanks the home side, Michael Vaughan included, and the crowds.

The entire England squad, in batting order, troop up to collect their commemmorative medals. James Anderson tries to slip in ahead of a couple batsmen.

Oddly, Collingwood doesnt come up to have a chat, instead holding the NatWest trophy high above his head as his team-mates spray the bubbly all over the podium.

So thats all I have for you from the post-match ceremony. I thank you all for logging on to Cricinfo and hope you've enjoyed our coverage of this summer's cricket between these two teams.

Do join us for a little something called the ICC World Twenty20 which kicks off on September 11. We'll have all the action for you ...

On behalf of Sriram Veera, my co-commentator for today's match, this is Jamie Alter signing off. Cheers!

36.2
3
Powar to Pietersen, 3 runs, there it is! Powar proposes, Pietersen accepts, dancing down the track and hoisting the ball high over in the air between mid-off and mid-on, its up for a while but drops safely in no mans land and the batsmen complete the three runs required to seal a series victory for England
36.1
4
Powar to Pietersen, FOUR runs, tossed up, he sweeps from outside off stump through square leg and a very, very ordinary attempt - well actually he gave up - allows four

Just seven runs to win for England. Here's Powar. Dravid at slip.

END OF OVER:
36 | 8 Runs | ENG: 181/3

  • KP Pietersen64 (94b)
  • PD Collingwood64 (73b)
  • Z Khan9-1-40-0
  • Yuvraj Singh2-0-11-0
35.6
1
Khan to Pietersen, 1 run, fullish outside leg, flicked past square leg for a single
35.5
3
Khan to Collingwood, 3 runs, short of a length, punched past Powar who heads after it and does well to haul it in just inside the boundary
35.4
0
Khan to Collingwood, no run, back of a length, he shuffles and tries to nudge it to leg but gets a leading-edge that safely falls before Powar in the covers
35.3
4lb
Khan to Collingwood, 4 leg bye, outside leg stump, clips the pad as he tries the flick and evades Dhoni too

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

MS Dhoni
50(72) 4x4 - 1x6
Control %47%
  • Productive Shot
  • on side drive on front foot
  • 8 runs
  • 0x4 - 1x6
0 0 0 4 2 0 7 2
KP Pietersen
71(96) 6x4 - 1x6
Control %92%
  • Productive Shot
  • off side drive on front foot
  • 13 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
0 0 4 0 11 3 5 4

Best performances - Bowlers

RP Singh
O7.0
M0
R40
W2
Eco5.71
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
AD Mascarenhas
O10.0
M2
R23
W3
Eco2.30
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF