ICC World Twenty20, 21st Match, Group E: England v India at Durban, Sep 19, 2007
ICC World Twenty20 - 21st match, Group E
India won by 18 runs
Played at Kingsmead, Durban (neutral venue)
19 September 2007 - night match (20-over match)

Hello everyone, Jennifer here. Got your breath back? That was literally massive from Yuvraj, which is great for India's hopes of staying in this tournament. Can England match that? Let's find out. The obligatory huddle from an already radiant India, and here come Maddy and Solanki who have their pick-axes and crampons ready for the mountain. It will be Sreesanth to bowl the first over.


Sreesanth to Maddy, no run, nearly starts with a wicket - pitching on a great length, nipping away from the right hander and almost kissing the edge

Two slips in


Sreesanth to Maddy, no run, movement away again, wider this time, Maddy cuts tamely at it - with no footwork


Sreesanth to Maddy, 1 run, straighter, drops his hands down on it and they run through a single

England immediately behind the run rate


Sreesanth to Solanki, no run, straight as you like, forcing the defensive

Sreesanth snatches up the ball and marches back to his run-up mark - he's up for this and can't wait to run in again. Here he comes...


Sreesanth to Solanki, 1 run, on middle, short enough to be worked into midwicket for a single


Sreesanth to Maddy, 1 run, speared in full, on leg, nibbled out to short cover for a quick strike-stealing single

England, of course, are going to need more than singles to event make a dent in this total

End of over 1 (3 runs) England 3/0 (216 runs required from 19 overs, RR: 3.00, RRR: 11.36)

    • DL Maddy 2 (4b)
    • VS Solanki 1 (2b)
    • S Sreesanth 1-0-3-0

Here's RP Singh


Singh to Maddy, 2 runs, swing in the air, up and over, but safe, landing just inside the cow-corner boundary


Singh to Maddy, 1 leg bye, scrambled single to leg this time

Flintoff's looking bemused in the dugout; he still can't believe what he witnessed... neither can the rest of the crowd


Singh to Solanki, FOUR, cut off the back foot just in front of point


Singh to Solanki, no run, movement away, Solanki comes over, takes a sniff and watches the ball fly harmlessly through


Singh to Solanki, no run, short and straight, pulled in front of square for a quick single which Singh collects


Singh to Solanki, 1 run, short and a rising delivery, cut in front of point for another single

End of over 2 (8 runs) England 11/0 (208 runs required from 18 overs, RR: 5.50, RRR: 11.55)

    • VS Solanki 6 (6b 1x4)
    • DL Maddy 4 (6b)
    • RP Singh 1-0-7-0
    • S Sreesanth 1-0-3-0

Sreesanth to Solanki, no run, straight, and there was no room to hide and only one thing to do: defend


Sreesanth to Solanki, 1 run, driven out to a straight mid-on for a quick single


Sreesanth to Maddy, FOUR, outside off, width, and he cuts forcefully through point, puncturing some of the pressure... but only until the next ball


Sreesanth to Maddy, 1 run, slower delivery, low full toss, driven to mid-on, thrown back in - but they were through

You could say the batsman missed out there, but it was at an awkward height (not that Yuvraj had trouble with similar earlier)


Sreesanth to Solanki, 1 run, more width, Solanki waits and cuts down to third man


Sreesanth to Maddy, 1 run, on off, pushed down to third man off the back foot and he steals the strike

End of over 3 (8 runs) England 19/0 (200 runs required from 17 overs, RR: 6.33, RRR: 11.76)

    • DL Maddy 10 (9b 1x4)
    • VS Solanki 8 (9b 1x4)
    • S Sreesanth 2-0-11-0
    • RP Singh 1-0-7-0

RP to continue


Singh to Maddy, FOUR, stays over for the right hander, pushes it across him, a touch of room, and it's helped on its way courtesy of an outside edge off a back-foot cut


Singh to Maddy, 1 run, a well-run single into midwicket

Matt Prior's in the dug-out, his broken thumb not stopping him doing a Peter Crouch-like robot dance with an air bat


Singh to Solanki, FOUR, short and Solanki was into position quickly, pulling the ball over midwicket

Coming round the wicket now, as Solanki waves at a cameraman... not in an "I'm on TV, hello mum!" way, but because said cameraman was in the way


Singh to Solanki, 1 run, driven out to a straight long-off for a comfortable single


Singh to Maddy, 1 run, short and almost checked off the hips really, with a push in front of square

The camera pans onto the dug-out and Prior can't resist flashing his fingers above Shah's head. He's such a wag


Singh to Solanki, no run, splayed behind square this time

A change of bowling, Joginder Sharma now

End of over 4 (11 runs) England 30/0 (189 runs required from 16 overs, RR: 7.50, RRR: 11.81)

    • VS Solanki 13 (12b 2x4)
    • DL Maddy 16 (12b 2x4)
    • RP Singh 2-0-18-0
    • S Sreesanth 2-0-11-0

Joginder Sharma to Maddy, no run, swivels in his medium pace and beats him, the ball jumping over his bat


Joginder Sharma to Maddy, FOUR, a touch of width and cut behind point


Joginder Sharma to Maddy, no run, tighter line, and a good delivery now - play and a miss through to the keeper


Joginder Sharma to Maddy, 1 run, driven out to mid-on and the strike's rotated again


Joginder Sharma to Solanki, FOUR, calamity. RP Singh trips at third man on his way to trying to catch a huge top edge. He can only make a fumbling, desperate grope at the ball as it rejects his advances to fly on its merry way through. RP checks his studs afterwards


Joginder Sharma to Solanki, SIX, over wide long-on

End of over 5 (15 runs) England 45/0 (174 runs required from 15 overs, RR: 9.00, RRR: 11.60)

    • VS Solanki 23 (14b 3x4 1x6)
    • DL Maddy 21 (16b 3x4)
    • Joginder Sharma 1-0-15-0
    • RP Singh 2-0-18-0

Change of bowler again


Pathan to Maddy, no run, angling across him from a wide angle, and he slashes and burns a chance for runs, completely missing


Pathan to Maddy, SIX, short outside off, Maddy rocks back on to one leg and heaves that, sweetly enough, through midwicket


Pathan to Maddy, 2 runs, up and over long-on this time

"For Voyager Miles, call Stuart Broad on 666 666," reads a hastily scribbled banner in the crowd. Very droll


Pathan to Maddy, OUT, goes now - holing out to mid-on, who runs in from long-on to a straightforward chance

DL Maddy c Gambhir b Pathan 29 (22m 20b 3x4 1x6) SR: 145.00

And Maddy's gone. It will be Kevin Pietersen now - who receives plenty of boos as he walks in


Pathan to Solanki, no run, staying over, wideish, and pushed forward


Pathan to Solanki, FOUR, drags it a touch short, but room enough for Solanki to cut away off the back foot for a well-hit four in front of point

End of over 6 (12 runs) England 57/1 (162 runs required from 14 overs, RR: 9.50, RRR: 11.57)

    • VS Solanki 27 (16b 4x4 1x6)
    • KP Pietersen 0 (0b)
    • IK Pathan 1-0-12-1
    • Joginder Sharma 1-0-15-0

Screams of adoration as Harbhajan Singh comes into the attack


Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, on off, wrists it behind leg for a quick single


Harbhajan Singh to Solanki, 1 run, on off again, pulled away in front of square


Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, on leg, flapped round through the 45


Harbhajan Singh to Solanki, 2 leg byes, on leg, swept very fine to a straight long leg


Harbhajan Singh to Solanki, 1 run, uses his feet and meets the ball at what becomes half-volley length, driving it out straight to long-on


Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 2 runs, full toss, Pietersen's turn to come down the track and drive to mid-on

End of over 7 (8 runs) England 65/1 (154 runs required from 13 overs, RR: 9.28, RRR: 11.84)

    • KP Pietersen 4 (3b)
    • VS Solanki 29 (19b 4x4 1x6)
    • Harbhajan Singh 1-0-6-0
    • IK Pathan 1-0-12-1

Joginder Sharma to Solanki, no run, innocent delivery, outside off, Solanki tries the cut, is nowhere near it and a dot results


Joginder Sharma to Solanki, 2 runs, low full toss and RP Singh's studs don't give out this time as he does well to meet the straight swipe at long-on


Joginder Sharma to Solanki, 1 run, dropped. Easy chance to Yuvraj at gully off the back foot

As easy as they come, or maybe Yuvraj is just trying to make a game of it...


Joginder Sharma to Pietersen, 1 run, driven out to cover for a quick single


Joginder Sharma to Solanki, 1 run, an easy single eased out to mid-off


Joginder Sharma to Pietersen, FOUR, firmly struck in front of midwicket, Pietersen standing tall and delivering

End of over 8 (9 runs) England 74/1 (145 runs required from 12 overs, RR: 9.25, RRR: 12.08)

    • KP Pietersen 9 (5b 1x4)
    • VS Solanki 33 (23b 4x4 1x6)
    • Joginder Sharma 2-0-24-0
    • Harbhajan Singh 1-0-6-0

Harbhajan Singh to Solanki, FOUR, short, outside off, and pulled high and in front of midwicket


Harbhajan Singh to Solanki, 1 run, driven out to cover for an easy single


Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 1 leg bye, huge and close shout as Pietersen shuffles over - big call that, Singh striking on the line and the ball would have perhaps hit leg

Singh's expression indicates that he does not perhaps quite agree with Umpire Taufel


Harbhajan Singh to Solanki, 1 run, driven out to cover now


Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, full delivery, Pietersen waits and digs out a single in front of midwicket


Harbhajan Singh to Solanki, 1 run, doesn't quite come out as Singh was hoping, a leg-side full toss which is missed out on, with a tame flap to deep backward square leg

End of over 9 (9 runs) England 83/1 (136 runs required from 11 overs, RR: 9.22, RRR: 12.36)

    • VS Solanki 40 (27b 5x4 1x6)
    • KP Pietersen 10 (7b 1x4)
    • Harbhajan Singh 2-0-14-0
    • Joginder Sharma 2-0-24-0

Sreesanth back on


Sreesanth to Solanki, 1 run, takes some of the pace off it first up, but Solanki is vigilant, driving back out to deep extra cover

Some of the advertising hasn't rotated fully on the sightscreen, so Pietersen waits until someone manually rotates the three or four columns so it's all black ... then it's all right

Round the wicket


Sreesanth to Pietersen, FOUR, steps back to give himself room to drive strongly through cover

Back over the wicket now


Sreesanth to Pietersen, 2 runs, a huge drive, mid-off scurries round but too late to meet it on the full; the ball plugs and is eventually tidied up


Sreesanth to Pietersen, 2 runs, half-volley outside off and well driven out to long-off, but equally well picked up by Pathan who crashes on to his knees in his efforts


Sreesanth to Pietersen, 1 run, driven out uglily (as uglily as that made-up word) in front of midwicket


Sreesanth to Solanki, 1 run, hit up towards the covers

Time for Andrew Miller. Thanks Jennifer

End of over 10 (11 runs) England 94/1 (125 runs required from 60 balls, RR: 9.40, RRR: 12.50)

    • VS Solanki 42 (29b 5x4 1x6)
    • KP Pietersen 19 (11b 2x4)
    • S Sreesanth 3-0-22-0
    • Harbhajan Singh 2-0-14-0

Pathan to Solanki, 1 run, Solanki makes room and steers into the gap in the covers


Pathan to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen dances at the crease but eventually settles for a measured push into the covers


Pathan to Solanki, OUT, at last, India hold a catch! Solanki made room again, and swished up and over the off side. This time he couldn't get enough bat on it, and mid-off circled for an eternity before clinging onto a comfortable chance

VS Solanki c Sharma b Pathan 43 (41m 31b 5x4 1x6) SR: 138.70

The batsmen had time to cross, KP on strike


Pathan to Pietersen, 1 run, good length on off stump. Defended with caution into the covers


Pathan to Collingwood, 1 run, Collingwood is a self-professed lover of the nurdle off the pads. And it does the trick to get him off the mark


Pathan to Pietersen, 1 run, thumped down the ground but without much timing

Luke Wright is padding up. He's got absolutely nothing to lose when his chance comes

End of over 11 (5 runs) England 99/2 (120 runs required from 54 balls, RR: 9.00, RRR: 13.33)

    • KP Pietersen 22 (14b 2x4)
    • PD Collingwood 1 (1b)
    • IK Pathan 2-0-17-2
    • S Sreesanth 3-0-22-0

Joginder Sharma to Pietersen, 2 runs, slower ball, and Pietersen doesn't quite pick it. The ball was in the air for an age, but just plopped out of reach of deep cover. A bit of good fortune for England


Joginder Sharma to Pietersen, 1 run, driven firmly but no great power, down to long-on


Joginder Sharma to Collingwood, FOUR, stand and deliver. Collingwood steps inside the line and swats that firmly behind square. Top shot. A fraction too short, and the man drops back at deep midwicket


Joginder Sharma to Collingwood, 1 run, dabbed into the leg-side, and Collingwood threatens to take two. Pietersen isn't so keen


Joginder Sharma to Pietersen, SIX, deposited into the stands! Far too short from Joginder, and KP climbed into it, over midwicket


Joginder Sharma to Pietersen, FOUR, now he's too full, and the umpire is in danger as Pietersen drives hard and straight. Another boundary

End of over 12 (18 runs) England 117/2 (102 runs required from 48 balls, RR: 9.75, RRR: 12.75)

    • KP Pietersen 35 (18b 3x4 1x6)
    • PD Collingwood 6 (3b 1x4)
    • Joginder Sharma 3-0-42-0
    • IK Pathan 2-0-17-2

Pathan to Collingwood, 1 run, pitches outside leg, and Collingwood helps it on its way to midwicket


Pathan to Pietersen, 1 run, thumped into the leg-side again. England are refusing to panic just yet


Pathan to Collingwood, no run, short but straight. Collingwood cuts but can't beat the man at point


Pathan to Collingwood, no run, full, yorker length, and Collingwood misses. Dhoni does well to stop the byes


Pathan to Collingwood, no run, lovely bowling again. Another yorker, outside off stump this time, and a very sharp take from Dhoni who whips off the bails, but Collingwood's foot is anchored


Pathan to Collingwood, 1 run, flapped into the covers, too straight to work with, and that's another cracking over

End of over 13 (3 runs) England 120/2 (99 runs required from 42 balls, RR: 9.23, RRR: 14.14)

    • PD Collingwood 8 (8b 1x4)
    • KP Pietersen 36 (19b 3x4 1x6)
    • IK Pathan 3-0-20-2
    • Joginder Sharma 3-0-42-0

Singh to Collingwood, 1 run, short again. Collingwood was back on his stumps in a pre-meditated move, and couldn't quite time his attempted pull


Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, still not getting the timing. This one bounces out to midwicket


Singh to Collingwood, 1 run, short and slogged out to midwicket. That's not Collingwood's best game. Maybe he should try to dink a few boundaries off his hips


Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen's busy at the crease as well. He too is almost trying to hit it too hard, and in the end they scamper a single off an under-edged swipe


Singh to Collingwood, 1 run, another energetic smear from Collingwood, but it's not coming off for him. One more single to short midwicket

England need 15 an over now. It's a tough ask ...


Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, another single. Great bowling from India. They've found their line and length and aren't letting up

End of over 14 (6 runs) England 126/2 (93 runs required from 36 balls, RR: 9.00, RRR: 15.50)

    • KP Pietersen 39 (22b 3x4 1x6)
    • PD Collingwood 11 (11b 1x4)
    • RP Singh 3-0-24-0
    • IK Pathan 3-0-20-2

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, OUT, that's curtains for England! A rank full-toss and Pietersen clobbered it, but straight back at the bowler. It was self-preservation first and foremost, but a great take in front of his face, and Pietersen is gone!

KP Pietersen c & b Harbhajan Singh 39 (33m 23b 3x4 1x6) SR: 169.56


Harbhajan Singh to Shah, 1 run, Shah's off the mark, but singles ain't enough ...


Harbhajan Singh to Collingwood, 1 run, full length, and driven back to the bowler


Harbhajan Singh to Shah, 1 wide, fizzed down the leg-side, Dhoni takes well and pulls off the stumping attempt, but no-one's fooled


Harbhajan Singh to Shah, FOUR, excellent shot from Shah, that's what England need. A pre-meditated sweep from outside off stump, and that races away to fine leg


Harbhajan Singh to Shah, 1 run, another attempted sweep, but faster and flatter this time. Fine leg fields


Harbhajan Singh to Collingwood, 1 run, backs away and pushed into the covers. England's asking rate rises again

End of over 15 (9 runs) England 135/3 (84 runs required from 30 balls, RR: 9.00, RRR: 16.80)

    • PD Collingwood 13 (13b 1x4)
    • OA Shah 6 (3b 1x4)
    • Harbhajan Singh 3-0-23-1
    • RP Singh 3-0-24-0

Sreesanth to Collingwood, SIX, sixes are what England need, and Collingwood delivers! That was clean as a whistle, into the midwicket stand


Sreesanth to Collingwood, FOUR, sweetly timed. Stepped across to clip an off stump full-toss backward of square leg. England are brawling. Sort of


Sreesanth to Collingwood, 1 run, across his stumps again, and thumped into the covers

India were exactly the same score at this stage of the innings. But it's not looking like being close ...


Sreesanth to Shah, 1 wide, Collingwood makes room, but the wide is still called


Sreesanth to Shah, no run, extraordinary shot. His first sweep worked, this one ended up as a bit of a muddle. Too much moving around the crease that time


Sreesanth to Shah, FOUR, he stands still this time, and that's gone straight through deep midwicket. Top shot


Sreesanth to Shah, no run, Shah's dancing again, and drives down the ground. Sreesanth is miffed and feigns a shy at the stumps as he fields in his followthrough

End of over 16 (16 runs) England 151/3 (68 runs required from 24 balls, RR: 9.43, RRR: 17.00)

    • OA Shah 10 (6b 2x4)
    • PD Collingwood 24 (16b 2x4 1x6)
    • S Sreesanth 4-0-38-0
    • Harbhajan Singh 3-0-23-1

Joginder Sharma to Collingwood, 1 run, twirled onto a good length and driven hard into the covers. A quick call as the shy came in, but the throw is a fraction too high to pull off the run-out


Joginder Sharma to Shah, 1 leg bye, full toss and a loud appeal as Shah misses with a cross-batted nurdle, but he's hit outside the line


Joginder Sharma to Collingwood, 3 runs, clumped over extra-cover and picked up in the deep


Joginder Sharma to Shah, SIX, short and pulled ... all the way for a maximum! There's a good catch in the crowd to boot, and England give themselves another lifeline


Joginder Sharma to Shah, FOUR, short-arm jab and that's another six! Joginder has the same glazed look as Stuart Broad, and England have a smidgeon of hope


Joginder Sharma to Shah, 1 run, over midwicket again, but not timed on this occasion

End of over 17 (16 runs) England 167/3 (52 runs required from 18 balls, RR: 9.82, RRR: 17.33)

    • OA Shah 21 (10b 3x4 1x6)
    • PD Collingwood 28 (18b 2x4 1x6)
    • Joginder Sharma 4-0-57-0
    • S Sreesanth 4-0-38-0

Singh to Shah, no run, swing and a miss. That's a valuable dot ball


Singh to Shah, no run, full and very nearly perfect. Yorker length and swings back in, just misses off stump as Shah backs away


Singh to Shah, 3 wides, short, wide, Dhoni can't gather and the batsmen scamper two. That's a handy bonus


Singh to Shah, OUT, short and Shah swings towards his favourite midwicket boundary, but it's high on the bat and plops straight into the hands of the fielder! England lose another well-set batsman, and their predicament just gets worse

OA Shah c Joginder Sharma b Singh 21 (15m 13b 3x4 1x6) SR: 161.53


Singh to Collingwood, no run, moved outside off, went for a massive hoick over square leg, missed


Singh to Collingwood, OUT, moved outside off, went for a massive hoick over square leg, missed again. This time the bowler didn't. And that's comprehensively bowled

PD Collingwood b Singh 28 (32m 20b 2x4 1x6) SR: 140.00

Luke Wright and Andrew Flintoff to attempt a miracle for England


Singh to Wright, 1 run, has a mow down the ground, nearly hits Flintoff at the non-striker's end

End of over 18 (4 runs) England 171/5 (48 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 9.50, RRR: 24.00)

    • LJ Wright 1 (1b)
    • A Flintoff 0 (0b)
    • RP Singh 4-0-28-2
    • Joginder Sharma 4-0-57-0

Harbhajan Singh to Wright, no run, down the track to meet a thigh-high leg-side full toss - and misses out


Harbhajan Singh to Wright, 5 wides, wide down leg and the ball scurries away for four. That'll help


Harbhajan Singh to Wright, 1 run, full toss, almost follows Wright as he makes room. Cut to backward point


Harbhajan Singh to Flintoff, 1 run, Flintoff's getting and administering a bit of banter out there. Harbhajan sends down a low full toss, but it's not put away


Harbhajan Singh to Wright, 2 runs, full and straight again, and a near-miss at the non-striker's end. A direct hit would have been out


Harbhajan Singh to Wright, 1 run, makes room again and smeared into the covers, the shy comes in but misses


Harbhajan Singh to Flintoff, 2 runs, another wild swing, but to no great avail

And what do you know. England need 36 in an over! It's been done before ...

End of over 19 (12 runs) England 183/5 (36 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 9.63, RRR: 36.00)

    • A Flintoff 3 (2b)
    • LJ Wright 5 (5b)
    • Harbhajan Singh 4-0-35-1
    • RP Singh 4-0-28-2

Pathan to Wright, 1 run, massive intent, but not enough connection. Midwicket cleans up


Pathan to Flintoff, 1 run, back of a length, and clubbed down to long-off. It's all a bit futile now


Pathan to Wright, 1 wide, way down the leg-side but Dhoni does well to save four byes


Pathan to Wright, FOUR, down on one knee and slapped over the covers. Good, but not good enough


Pathan to Wright, SIX, that must be the lowest-key maximum of the day. Helped over deep midwicket, to a bare ripple of appreciation


Pathan to Wright, OUT, that's an incredible catch from Harbhajan on the long-on boundary! He reached up and back and plucked the six from thin air, inches inside the rope and right in front of the England dug-out! Risked life and limb and came up trumps!

LJ Wright c Harbhajan Singh b Pathan 16 (8m 9b 1x4 1x6) SR: 177.77


Pathan to Flintoff, FOUR, Flintoff finishes with an emphatic thump that Harbhajan this time can't cut off. England reach 200 and save some pride, but it's India who march on

Handshakes all round, most notably between Flintoff and Yuvraj, who had something of a tete-a-tete during India's innings.

Yuvraj was the main man of the day with six sixes in a single over off Stuart Broad, to become the fourth man in senior cricket to achieve the feat, after Garry Sobers, Ravi Shastri and Herschelle Gibbs.

England are out of the World Twenty20, India have a chance to snatch the final semi-final slot, if they can see off South Africa tomorrow.

"I feel sorry for Stuart Broad, but it was only a matter of time before an over like that came around," says England's captain, Paul Collingwood. "It's disappointing to be knocked out, but we'll learn a lot from this."

"What Yuvi did was amazing for the team," says Dhoni. "We got a score that was next to impossible."

And here's what the main man has to say: "I just went in to slog," says Yuvraj. "With two overs to go, I just thought I'd use the crease and timed it well. In England I got hit for five sixes by Dimitri Mascarenhas, so I thought I had to take my chance."

As for his contretemps with Flintoff: "These things happen in international cricket. He's a great allrounder and, off the field, a good friend."

So that's that. India win by 18 runs - or three sixes - after a remarkable evening of batting. We've been Andrew Miller, Martin Williamson and Jenny Thompson. And it's been massive.

End of over 20 (17 runs) England 200/6 (19 runs required)

    • A Flintoff 8 (4b 1x4)
    • AD Mascarenhas 0 (0b)
    • IK Pathan 4-0-37-3
    • Harbhajan Singh 4-0-35-1





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