1st ODI, Delhi, Mar 28 2006, England tour of India
(38.1/50 ov, target 204)
India won by 39 runs
Player Of The Match
ENG Innings
Full commentary

Well, India victors by 39 runs

They will be pleased as punch with this performance

Their batting never really took off in the face of some good bowling by England's seamers, some rash strokes were responsible for wickets at regular intervals, only Harbhajan with a spirited 37 lifted them to 203

In the end though it was too much for England, who also got off to a horrible start as Pathan nabbed out to early wickets

Flintoff and Pietersen led a fightback but Dravid backed his spinners, and Harbhajan finished with a career-best 5 for 31, what a match he had

Yuvraj chipped in with two wickets as well

India take a 1-0 lead in the series

Harbhajan is the righful Man-of-the-Match for his 37 and 5-31 later in the day, a great allround performance from him

"It feels great to be back in the wickets...its been a while and it really is special...i was confident of getting back and God was kind to me today, I bounced back with five wickets...thanks to all who kept faith in me"

Flintoff hopefull of bouncing back in the next game

Dravid: "i dont think we batted well at all, 203 was not enough...but harbhajan bowled brilliantly...and Irfan bowled some very good first overs for us....once you put people under pressure strange things happen....harbhajan did excellently well today, he also scored those 37 vital runs...

Thats all from the presentation ceremony, hope youve enjoyed this match

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This is Jamie Alter saying cheers and goodbye

Pathan to Plunkett, OUT
all over! Pathan wraps it up! Pushes one fast on off, Plunkett pokes at it and Dhoni glady takes the edge, England all out for 164, India win by 39 runs! What a match, a complete cracker, wickets, runs, catches, it was all here at the Kotla! India fought back tremendously with the ball to script a great win, England just lacked the fight after Pietersen and Flintoff fell
LE Plunkett c †Dhoni b Pathan 14 (36m 31b 2x4 0x6) SR: 45.16
end of over 382 runs
ENG: 164/9CRR: 4.31 • RRR: 3.33 • Need 40 runs from 11 overs
James Anderson12 (17)
Liam Plunkett14 (30)
Yuvraj Singh10-2-32-2
Irfan Pathan7-1-21-2
Yuvraj Singh to Anderson, no run
on the pads, worked fine but to the fielder there
Yuvraj Singh to Anderson, no run
turn and bounce - the doosra - as it beats the bat, very good ball from Yuvraj
Yuvraj Singh to Plunkett, 1 run
tossed up and easily driven to long-off for a single

41 needed now from 75 balls

Yuvraj Singh to Anderson, 1 run
one run
Yuvraj Singh to Anderson, no run
shorter and he misses the cut, that was close to the stumps
Yuvraj Singh to Anderson, no run
tossed up, well forward in defense