At Kochi, April 6, 2006. India won by four wickets. Toss: England.
With three games to go, India settled the series. They also beat West Indies' record of 14
successful one-day run-chases in a row (from February 1985 to November 1986) thanks to another
display of all-round excellence against increasingly shambolic opposition. England's total of 237
on the best pitch of the series so far was at least fifty below par; once Dravid, throwing caution
to the wind, and Pathan had added 76 for the second wicket, the result was hardly in doubt.
England brought in Batty and Hoggard for Plunkett and Mahmood, but the most significant change
was the return of Pietersen for Shah. Still not 100% fit after his illness, he was top scorer for the
tenth time in his twenty one-day innings for England. But when Dravid finally deployed his second
powerplay, Pietersen top-edged a slog-sweep in its first over and Flintoff dragged Yuvraj Singh to
short midwicket in the next. Though Jones made a thoughtful 49, batting with a runner after
straining his left thigh (Prior took over as keeper), another England position of strength had come
Man of the Match: Yuvraj Singh.
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