ICC World Twenty20, 20th Match, Group E: England v India at Lord's, Jun 14, 2009
ICC World Twenty20 - 20th match, Group E
England won by 3 runs
Played at Lord's, London
14 June 2009 - day/night match (20-over match)

Wright and Bopara head to the middle amid cheers, whoops, clapping and flag-waving. The sun's out, too, making it feel a little less muggy. Right, so here we go

Here come the players and we're nearly ready for the anthems. And the Indians are all in terrific voice. Stern looks on their faces, but they're giving it everything. As are the crowd. England's turn now. There goes Collingwood - Swann's roaring out a fine rendition too, and there's Key, looking confused and cynical at the same time. Wright applauds himself, or someone, and Collingwood applauds the crowd. What an atmosphere it is!

We've about 15 minutes to go until the start, so go and boil the kettle and generally get yourselves organised.

Toss news India win the toss and will bowl first. At least, we think so. "Well, Mahendra Singh hasn't told told me what we're doing yet," says Collingwood. Ian Chappell clears it up. "Ah, well, he said he's chasing. So you're batting." And there we have it. Sidebottom's playing, too, by the way.

India have brought in RP Singh and Ravinder Jadeja in place of Irfan Pathan and Pragyan Ojha, while England have replaced Adil Rashid with Ryan Sidebottom.

Right. A few minutes until the the toss. Stay with us

To remind those reading, if India, the reigning champions, lose today, they will be out of the competition. Today's match is dripping with intrigue. Yuvraj v Pietersen. Yuvraj v Broad. Broad v Yuvraj. Pietersen v Yuvraj.

I don't know if Indians reading will have noticed, but Piyush Chawla, the young leggie, cracked his maiden first-class hundred for Sussex yesterday. More here.

Already some early signs of a huge India crowd. England came out onto the middle and were royally booed; India were cheered. Ergo, expect a fervent atmosphere in a short while. This is going to be big. Sidebottom's warming up, I see - interesting indeed. I wonder if he's going to get a game...

4.50pm A very warm afternoon to you all and welcome to our coverage of this fascinating and crunch match between England and India. I'm Will Luke and will be guiding you through the twists and turns of a match which, rather implausibly, India simply have to win to avoid elimination. England can lose and still reach the semis, but only if they beat West Indies and if South Africa beat India. If you're still not following, and I don't blame you if you aren't, read the preview.

We'll have news of the toss, as well as the all-important anthem-watch, in two shakes of a bee's knee. Don't forget - you can listen to this match, live, online via our live audio. Our series page holds all sorts of things for you to read, or you can keep tabs on your favourite players or teams with our new-fangled RSS feeds. Players such as MS Dhoni.


Khan to Bopara, no run, a huge roar greets him as he reaches the wicket, offering a wideish one which Bopara leaves alone


Khan to Bopara, no run, very good delivery on middle-and-leg, Bopara defends solidly


Khan to Bopara, 1 wide, England are underway with a wide down the leg side

Ah, the atmosphere is electric here! Cheers by England fans, boos by Indians, as they get a wide. All fun and friendly


Khan to Bopara, 1 run, Bopara clamps down on it on the front foot to defend, and Wright calls him through for a single. Excellent, sharp run

Welcome to all 85,000 of you reading. Incredible number, that. Hope you'll enjoy our coverage this afternoon and evening


Khan to Wright, no run, another good, straight delivery on the off stump which Wright, facing his first ball, defends


Khan to Wright, no run, and again he blocks this on the front foot

"India! India! India!" roars around Lord's. This is quite something


Khan to Wright, 1 run, nudged to leg

End of over 1 (3 runs) England 3/0 (RR: 3.00)

    • LJ Wright 1 (3b)
    • RS Bopara 1 (3b)
    • Z Khan 1-0-3-0

RP Singh to bowl now


Singh to Wright, no run, good one - cuts back sharply and hits him on the body. The Indian fans love that


Singh to Wright, no run, calmly guided out to the off side - a good start by RP here

The noise is overwhelming. Lord's is shuddering


Singh to Wright, no run, down the leg side, Dhoni appeals as Wright tries to flick - and about 30,000 Indians also appeal around the ground

There's Sachin Tendulkar on the balcony, chatting to Gary Kirsten. The crowd cheer.


Singh to Wright, OUT, got him! The roof's come off at Lord's as Wright tries to pull a delivery a little too full, and top-edges it, and leg slip (leg slip?) makes excellent ground to take a diving catch

LJ Wright c Pathan b Singh 1 (7m 7b 0x4 0x6) SR: 14.28

It's official. Lord's is now exploding with noise. Not because Pietersen is now at the crease, you understand. Odd to see a leg slip in place. Brilliant captaincy or luck?


Singh to Bopara, no run, on his legs - a touch of swing for RP


Singh to Bopara, 1 run, again on his legs, he steals a single

End of over 2 (1 run) England 4/1 (RR: 2.00)

    • RS Bopara 2 (5b)
    • KP Pietersen 0 (0b)
    • RP Singh 1-0-1-1
    • Z Khan 1-0-3-0

Khan to Bopara, FOUR, four to England! Bopara's flicked this very fine, just waiting for it nicely

Bopara's hero, Sachin Tendulkar, is watching from the balcony


Khan to Bopara, no run, a better line this time, and he comes forward to defend solidly


Khan to Bopara, 1 run, clipped neatly off his toes

Don't forget, you can hear the monstrous noise yourselves with our live audio.


Khan to Pietersen, FOUR, no no no - don't bowl there to this man. Clipped for four


Khan to Pietersen, 2 runs, a squirty drive to mid-off, slightly mistimed - but that's a horrid mess by the fielder. In fact, they get two with another misfield!


Khan to Pietersen, no run, timed to mid-on, who fields it cleanly and receives ironic cheers and applause from a crowd almost bubbling over with excitement

Cricket's a flipping wonderful game, isn't it? Lord's packed to the rafters and the sun is shining

End of over 3 (11 runs) England 15/1 (RR: 5.00)

    • KP Pietersen 6 (3b 1x4)
    • RS Bopara 7 (8b 1x4)
    • Z Khan 2-0-14-0
    • RP Singh 1-0-1-1

Singh to Bopara, 1 run, India need to sort their lines out here. Another leg-stump delivery flipped for a single

Leg slip moves squarer to leg gully


Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, this climbs on Pietersen more than he thought, but he remained in control of this strong pull shot, straight to deep square leg


Singh to Bopara, FOUR, short, Bopara pulls it from way wide of the off stump - he did well to reach this, and did very well to time it so well. Quality shot from Bopara, placing it beautifully


Singh to Bopara, no run, clamps forward, defending solidly


Singh to Bopara, no run, plays and misses to one angled across Bopara. I much prefer that line


Singh to Bopara, no run, a big shout by Dhoni and the bowler but it pitched outside leg

End of over 4 (6 runs) England 21/1 (RR: 5.25)

    • RS Bopara 12 (13b 2x4)
    • KP Pietersen 7 (4b 1x4)
    • RP Singh 2-0-7-1
    • Z Khan 2-0-14-0

Sharma into the attack


I Sharma to Pietersen, 2 runs, starts with one just outside off which Pietersen clips to leg. Fullish delivery


I Sharma to Pietersen, FOUR, Pietersen's down the pitch and flicks this powerfully, elegantly for four through midwicket. Fantastic stroke. Stepped across to the off side, too, as is his wont


I Sharma to Pietersen, no run, a firm foot forward, driving to short midwicket


I Sharma to Pietersen, 1 run, steps outside off and flicks to mid-on. They steal a single. Better ball - fuller and straighter

Sharma v Bopara now


I Sharma to Bopara, no run, fabulous, crunching cover-drive but straight to the fielder. He absolutely nailed that!


I Sharma to Bopara, SIX, gone for a pull - he's not quite middled it but it's still good enough to go sailing for six! That's quietened the Indians down in the crowd

I lie. Nothing will quieten them other than a win, you feel

End of over 5 (13 runs) England 34/1 (RR: 6.80)

    • RS Bopara 18 (15b 2x4 1x6)
    • KP Pietersen 14 (8b 2x4)
    • I Sharma 1-0-13-0
    • RP Singh 2-0-7-1

I think the ball might be out of shape here. Slight delay


Singh to Pietersen, no run, pushed, and mistimed, to mid-off


Singh to Pietersen, FOUR, down the pitch - oh yes! That's four more! Pietersen at his best. Charges the bowler, steps outside leg and fairly thwacks him down the ground

Dhoni standing up to the stumps to try and counter Pietersen's charging


Singh to Pietersen, no run, cracked square


Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, flicked to leg


Singh to Bopara, no run, pulls and misses - good slower ball


Singh to Bopara, 1 run, fuller delivery, and the big Boppa drives to mid-on

End of over 6 (6 runs) England 40/1 (RR: 6.66)

    • RS Bopara 19 (17b 2x4 1x6)
    • KP Pietersen 19 (12b 3x4)
    • RP Singh 3-0-13-1
    • I Sharma 1-0-13-0

A reasonable start by England after the first Powerplay, but India won't be too worried just yet. Here comes the pie-chucker! Yuvraj v Pietersen but, firstly, Bopara


Yuvraj Singh to Bopara, FOUR, a quality cover-drive - smashed it on the up, inside out for four


Yuvraj Singh to Bopara, no run, Bopara defends

Come on - time to get KP on strike to Yuvraj


Yuvraj Singh to Bopara, 2 runs, goes for a sweep and rather chops down on it, speeding it to fine leg


Yuvraj Singh to Bopara, no run, squeezed out to the off side


Yuvraj Singh to Bopara, 1 run, another sweeping-chip to deep backward square


Yuvraj Singh to Pietersen, FOUR, four - Pietersen 1-0 Yuvraj. Down the leg side and swept powerfully past short fine-leg

End of over 7 (11 runs) England 51/1 (RR: 7.28)

    • KP Pietersen 23 (13b 4x4)
    • RS Bopara 26 (22b 3x4 1x6)
    • Yuvraj Singh 1-0-11-0
    • RP Singh 3-0-13-1

Here's Singh


Harbhajan Singh to Bopara, no run, short, Bopara tries to cut and misses it. Nice take by Dhoni


Harbhajan Singh to Bopara, no run, straight delivery, flat and quick, and it's pushed back to the bowler

Cheers by the Indian fans


Harbhajan Singh to Bopara, 3 runs, edged through the vacant slip and they pick up three

51 from 35 for this pair

Around the wicket to Pietersen


Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, Pietersen stands tall, whipping this without great power

Back over the wicket


Harbhajan Singh to Bopara, no run, Bopara drives to cover. Good stop by Rohit Sharma


Harbhajan Singh to Bopara, 1 run, flicked to leg

End of over 8 (5 runs) England 56/1 (RR: 7.00)

    • RS Bopara 30 (27b 3x4 1x6)
    • KP Pietersen 24 (14b 4x4)
    • Harbhajan Singh 1-0-5-0
    • Yuvraj Singh 1-0-11-0

Here's Yuvraj


Yuvraj Singh to Bopara, 2 runs, Bopara steps to leg, cutting - a very late but forceful cut


Yuvraj Singh to Bopara, 1 run, flighted this time - nice, loopy delivery and they get a single out to deep extra cover

Abhi emails. "I live 200 yards from Lord's and am watching the match in Glorious High Definition. But I still follow on Cricinfo." That's what we like to hear


Yuvraj Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, sweeps this hard to deep square leg but, again, just for a single. India'll be happy with that


Yuvraj Singh to Bopara, 1 leg bye, a dart speared into his pads, and it rebounds out to the off side


Yuvraj Singh to Pietersen, FOUR, flicks this fine past short fine-leg - deep backwards square leg should cut this off. Or not! Oh dear, oh dear - Zaheer's made a complete hash of it. Four more!


Yuvraj Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, clatters it to mid-off - and another misfield, by Raina at mid-off, allows Pietersen through for a single

End of over 9 (10 runs) England 66/1 (RR: 7.33)

    • KP Pietersen 30 (17b 5x4)
    • RS Bopara 33 (30b 3x4 1x6)
    • Yuvraj Singh 2-0-20-0
    • Harbhajan Singh 1-0-5-0

Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, short, wide and cut very hard - really hard indeed, but fortunately for India there's a sweeper on the boundary


Harbhajan Singh to Bopara, no run, that's a good line, just outside off, and Bopara is right behind it in defence

No slip in place...


Harbhajan Singh to Bopara, 1 run, waits and waits for it, sweeping...but just for a single

Drama! Brilliant excitement here as Pietersen goes for a switch hit ... and Singh pulls out of his delivery stride! Laughter and smiles all round


Harbhajan Singh to Pietersen, 1 run, clipped orthodoxly to the leg side

Laughs and jokes between Pietersen and Singh


Harbhajan Singh to Bopara, no run, very, very close to bowling him! Superb ball, spinning back sharply and Bopara went for a cut but missed it...and Dhoni also shelled it behind


Harbhajan Singh to Bopara, 2 runs, sweeps behind square

End of over 10 (5 runs) England 71/1 (RR: 7.10)

    • RS Bopara 36 (34b 3x4 1x6)
    • KP Pietersen 32 (19b 5x4)
    • Harbhajan Singh 2-0-10-0
    • Yuvraj Singh 2-0-20-0

Jadeja to Pietersen, 1 run, flicked to mid-on, who is deep


Jadeja to Bopara, 1 run, driven out to the off side


Jadeja to Pietersen, 1 run, flipped down to long-on


Jadeja to Bopara, no run, goes for a sweep but misses it


Jadeja to Bopara, OUT, bowled him! Bopara stepped to leg but Jadeja saw him coming, fired it in full and fast and that's the end of Bopara

RS Bopara b Jadeja 37 (45m 37b 3x4 1x6) SR: 100.00

Mascarenhas to the crease. Now then, England's so-called one-day saviour. This will be interesting


Jadeja to Mascarenhas, 1 run, driven to long-off

End of over 11 (4 runs) England 75/2 (RR: 6.81)

    • AD Mascarenhas 1 (1b)
    • KP Pietersen 34 (21b 5x4)
    • RA Jadeja 1-0-4-1
    • Harbhajan Singh 2-0-10-0

The atmosphere remains quite electric. A packed house and an excited, anticipatory feel around the ground. Sharma into the attack again


I Sharma to Mascarenhas, no run, leaves this alone outside off

You don't see many leaves in Twenty20 cricket. England: leavers par excellence.


I Sharma to Mascarenhas, 1 run, nudged to leg for a quick single

Right, now then Pietersen. What do you have in store for the last nine overs?


I Sharma to Pietersen, 1 run, back cut past point, well fielded by Gambhir on the boundary


I Sharma to Mascarenhas, 1 run, excellent hook shot, he timed that surprisingly well, but there's a deep midwicket out to prevent four


I Sharma to Pietersen, 2 runs, guided out to the off side

No boundary for three overs


I Sharma to Pietersen, 2 runs, thick outside edge flies down to third man and they get two

End of over 12 (7 runs) England 82/2 (RR: 6.83)

    • KP Pietersen 39 (24b 5x4)
    • AD Mascarenhas 3 (4b)
    • I Sharma 2-0-20-0
    • RA Jadeja 1-0-4-1

Jadeja to Mascarenhas, 1 wide, that's a wide down the leg side


Jadeja to Mascarenhas, 1 run, quicker ball and flicked to leg


Jadeja to Pietersen, 1 run, shorter delivery and Pietersen late cuts


Jadeja to Mascarenhas, no run, fuller delivery and he clips it to leg


Jadeja to Mascarenhas, 1 run, goes for a sweep, paddling it around the corner


Jadeja to Pietersen, SIX, at last! That was absolutely huge. A full toss and Pietersen clumped it over midwicket, high, high in the air and it sails into the Grandstand for a massive six!


Jadeja to Pietersen, OUT, he's gone! Pietersen doesn't like it, but he has to go - he went for another slog but was rapped full on the pads, bang in front

KP Pietersen lbw b Jadeja 46 (45m 27b 5x4 1x6) SR: 170.37

That was utterly, emphatically plumb and very well bowled, deceiving Pietersen with a quicker ball

End of over 13 (10 runs) England 92/3 (RR: 7.07)

    • AD Mascarenhas 5 (7b)
    • RA Jadeja 2-0-14-2
    • I Sharma 2-0-20-0

I Sharma to Mascarenhas, no run, chopped to point - good stop


I Sharma to Mascarenhas, no run, defended out to the off side and he roars "no"


I Sharma to Mascarenhas, 1 run, pulled, and pulled powerfully, but straight to the fielder

I seem to have written those last four words rather a lot today


I Sharma to Shah, 1 run, a bouncer - good thinking by Sharma - and it's nudged off his chest


I Sharma to Mascarenhas, no run, pushed out to the off side

It's quietened down a touch out there. We need fours. We need sixes. I lie - the noise is back. "India! India!" My ears...


I Sharma to Mascarenhas, 2 runs, an ugly shovel. Tried to drive through cover but his bottom hand came off the bat and the ball worked its devilish way through the leg side

End of over 14 (4 runs) England 96/3 (RR: 6.85)

    • AD Mascarenhas 8 (12b)
    • OA Shah 1 (1b)
    • I Sharma 3-0-24-0
    • RA Jadeja 2-0-14-2

Right - time for England to go ballistic I think. All this nudging and nurdling nonsense is good for nothing. Smack the ball, hard.


Jadeja to Shah, no run, a pointless prod to mid-off. Very well bowled, though - not much he could do with that


Jadeja to Shah, 1 run, Shah tries to put the bowler off by standing outside leg, then shuffles across to flick it


Jadeja to Mascarenhas, no run, faster ball on his legs


Jadeja to Mascarenhas, no run, timed out to cover. Cheers greet the zero


Jadeja to Mascarenhas, 1 run, down the pitch, Mascarenhas - whose name I can now spell almost 10 times out of 10 on a good day - flicks it to mid-on


Jadeja to Shah, 2 runs, squeezed out to the off side but, again, it's just four off that over

End of over 15 (4 runs) England 100/3 (RR: 6.66)

    • OA Shah 4 (4b)
    • AD Mascarenhas 9 (15b)
    • RA Jadeja 3-0-18-2
    • I Sharma 3-0-24-0

Five overs to go.


I Sharma to Mascarenhas, 1 leg bye, off his pads, another limp single

Excellent bowling by India. Full and straight is the key on this pitch


I Sharma to Shah, 2 runs, straight ball nudged behind square


I Sharma to Shah, 1 run, shorter delivery outside off which sits up nicely for Shah, but his pull only yields a single


I Sharma to Mascarenhas, FOUR, now that's a bit of humpty from Mascarenhas. Shorter delivery and it's pulled powerfully - seriously powerfully, for four

Pietersen has the hump on in the dug-out. He looks furious


I Sharma to Mascarenhas, 1 run, fuller this time, and pushed to cover


I Sharma to Shah, FOUR, short, and down the leg side, and that's four. Poor by Sharma - mixing some cracking deliveries with some tosh.

End of over 16 (13 runs) England 113/3 (RR: 7.06)

    • OA Shah 11 (7b 1x4)
    • AD Mascarenhas 14 (18b 1x4)
    • I Sharma 4-0-36-0
    • RA Jadeja 3-0-18-2

Jadeja to Mascarenhas, 1 wide, down the leg side and Dhoni whips off the bails. Looks very tight to me...but replays show he's safe


Jadeja to Mascarenhas, 1 run, down the pitch. He doesn't look a natural dancer, Mascarenhas, or a charger-down-the-pitch


Jadeja to Shah, 1 run, tries to sweep but it comes off the pads


Jadeja to Mascarenhas, FOUR, short, wide and he slaps it square for four. Good, crisp stroke and England need several more of those


Jadeja to Mascarenhas, no run, smashed back to the bowler


Jadeja to Mascarenhas, 1 run, flipped to long-on


Jadeja to Shah, no run, very full - excellent delivery and an excellent spell

End of over 17 (8 runs) England 121/3 (RR: 7.11)

    • OA Shah 12 (9b 1x4)
    • AD Mascarenhas 20 (22b 2x4)
    • RA Jadeja 4-0-26-2
    • I Sharma 4-0-36-0

Harbhajan Singh to Mascarenhas, 1 run, flicked to fine leg


Harbhajan Singh to Shah, OUT, he's holed out to deep midwicket! Well, he tried to go for a big slog, but couldn't get it over the fielder

OA Shah c Jadeja b Harbhajan Singh 12 (17m 10b 1x4 0x6) SR: 120.00

Right. This is crunch time for England. They really must set India more than 150


Harbhajan Singh to Mascarenhas, 1 run, crisply swept (or paddled) to fine leg


Harbhajan Singh to Collingwood, no run, a flighty, loopy delivery outside off. Collingwood tries a deft little reverse sweep and utterly, utterly misses it

Whack the ball. None of this deft, cute cricket


Harbhajan Singh to Collingwood, 1 run, swept - England have swept a lot today! - and it lands short of deep square leg


Harbhajan Singh to Mascarenhas, 5 wides, runs here. Full toss, he gets bat on it and that's a blight on an otherwise good over from Singh


Harbhajan Singh to Mascarenhas, 2 runs, lines up a slog to long-on and they scramble two - but only just! Impressive dive from Collingwood

End of over 18 (10 runs) England 131/4 (RR: 7.27)

    • AD Mascarenhas 24 (25b 2x4)
    • PD Collingwood 1 (2b)
    • Harbhajan Singh 3-0-20-1
    • RA Jadeja 4-0-26-2

Zaheer comes back. This'll be so tricky for England


Khan to Collingwood, FOUR, but Collingwood's got him away here - a flog, a real shovel to the leg side, as though he was scything grass in a field


Khan to Collingwood, 2 runs, a full toss smudged to long-on and they get two. Good running


Khan to Collingwood, 1 wide, tries to sweep but it's a leg-side wide


Khan to Collingwood, OUT, got him! Not sure what Collingwood was attempting there - a reverse sweep to a very full delivery on middle stump. Ergo, that's about as plumb as you can get

PD Collingwood lbw b Khan 7 (6m 5b 1x4 0x6) SR: 140.00

Right, here's Foster - let's see if he can loft England over 150


Khan to Foster, 2 runs, good start, punching this forcefully down the ground


Khan to Foster, 2 runs, full toss banged to long-on - good running, though, and they grab two. Foster dived a metre or more!


Khan to Foster, 1 run, nice and full and he can only get a single

Good over for England, but not quite as massive or destructive as they'd hope

End of over 19 (12 runs) England 143/5 (RR: 7.52)

    • JS Foster 5 (3b)
    • AD Mascarenhas 24 (25b 2x4)
    • Z Khan 3-0-26-1
    • Harbhajan Singh 3-0-20-1

Harbhajan to bowl the final over. Remember - India must win this match to stay in the competition.


Harbhajan Singh to Foster, 1 run, tries a reverse sweep and he gets a single, dropping the bat in the process - Mascarenhas is finally back on strike


Harbhajan Singh to Mascarenhas, 1 run, smacked to leg but brilliantly fielded by Zaheer at midwicket, flinging out his right hand

Pulls out of his delivery stride. Here he comes again


Harbhajan Singh to Foster, OUT, got him! Short and slow delivery, Foster pulls it but slaps it straight into Harbhajan's hands

JS Foster c & b Harbhajan Singh 6 (1m 5b 0x4 0x6) SR: 120.00

No reaction from Harbhajan. He just turns around and tells his fielders to do the same. Concentration and determination. Three balls to go


Harbhajan Singh to Swann, OUT, tosses this up - another very slow ball - and Swann tries to work it to leg but is bowled!

GP Swann b Harbhajan Singh 0 (1m 1b 0x4 0x6) SR: 0.00

Outstanding from Harbhajan. Straight, accurate spin bowling at its best - and a reaction from Harbhajan this time. On a hat-trick...here he comes...


Harbhajan Singh to Broad, 3 runs, survives the hat-trick and tickles it fine - very fine stroke. He's timed it well, too, but not quite well enough to get four

Mascarenhas gets to face the final ball. Go on, clout it


Harbhajan Singh to Mascarenhas, 5 wides, what's gone wrong here! Singh - down the leg side, and short fine-leg has made a complete hash of things to let through five wides! That was Yuvraj's mess-up at short fine-leg


Harbhajan Singh to Mascarenhas, no run, outside off - oh well bowled! A dot ball with which to finish

Well, England have reached 150 after all - it's a reasonable total. Can India sustain the pressure? They must win today to keep alive in the tournament, and they need 154 to win. Back in 10 minutes to see how they get on

End of over 20 (10 runs) England 153/7

    • AD Mascarenhas 25 (27b 2x4)
    • SCJ Broad 3 (1b)
    • Harbhajan Singh 4-0-30-3
    • Z Khan 3-0-26-1





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