Result
1st ODI, Delhi, Mar 28 2006, England tour of India
(38.1/50 ov, target 204)
164
India won by 39 runs
Player Of The Match
Match centre 
Scorecard summary
India203(46.4 overs)
England164(38.1 overs)

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

38.1
w
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 from 11.5ov
James Anderson12 (17)
Liam Plunkett14 (30)
Yuvraj Singh10-2-32-2
Irfan Pathan7-1-21-2
37.6
Yuvraj Singh to Anderson, no run
on the pads, worked fine but to the fielder there
37.5
Yuvraj Singh to Anderson, no run
turn and bounce - the doosra - as it beats the bat, very good ball from Yuvraj
37.4
1
Yuvraj Singh to Plunkett, 1 run
tossed up and easily driven to long-off for a single

41 needed now from 75 balls

37.3
1
Yuvraj Singh to Anderson, 1 run
one run
37.2
Yuvraj Singh to Anderson, no run
shorter and he misses the cut, that was close to the stumps
37.1
Yuvraj Singh to Anderson, no run
tossed up, well forward in defense
end of over 373 runs
ENG: 162/9CRR: 4.37 • RRR: 3.23 • Need 42 from 11.5ov
James Anderson11 (12)
Liam Plunkett13 (29)
Irfan Pathan7-1-21-2
Yuvraj Singh9-2-30-2
36.6
1lb
Pathan to Anderson, 1 leg bye
full on the pads, ball clips the boot and trickles fine for a single
36.5
Pathan to Anderson, no run
full and swinging in, raps his pads, Pathan appeals but ther was some noise there, inside edge perhaps as the umpire says no
36.4
1
Pathan to Plunkett, 1 run
full on off, pokes at it and gets an edge down to third man
36.3
Pathan to Plunkett, no run
better length on off, defended back to Pathan
36.2
1
Pathan to Anderson, 1 run
full on off, pushed through covers
36.1
Pathan to Anderson, no run
outside off, beaten in the cut, low bounce to Dhoni

Pathan back on

end of over 364 runs
ENG: 159/9CRR: 4.41 • RRR: 3.21 • Need 45 from 11.5ov
Liam Plunkett12 (27)
James Anderson10 (8)
Yuvraj Singh9-2-30-2
Virender Sehwag2-0-5-0
35.6
Yuvraj Singh to Plunkett, no run
no run
35.5
4
Yuvraj Singh to Plunkett, FOUR runs
taken from outside off and swept through the onside for four
35.4
Yuvraj Singh to Plunkett, no run
beaten in the flight, that was tossed up deceivingly on off
35.3
Yuvraj Singh to Plunkett, no run
no run
35.2
Yuvraj Singh to Plunkett, no run
full on off, pushed to cover-point
Best performances - batsmen
KP Pietersen
46 runs (49)
9 fours
0 sixes
Control78%
Productive shot
on side drive on front foot
12 runs
2 fours
0 sixes
0213155515
A Flintoff
41 runs (37)
4 fours
2 sixes
Control86%
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
17 runs
2 fours
1 sixes
102481079
Best performances - bowlers
Harbhajan Singh
O
10
M
2
R
31
W
5
Eco
3.10
Kabir Ali
O
8.4
M
1
R
45
W
4
Eco
5.19
Match details
Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi
TossEngland , elected to field first
SeriesEngland tour of India
Player Of The Match
Harbhajan Singh
Series resultIndia led the 7-match series 1-0
Match numberODI no. 2357
Season2005/06
Match days28 March 2006 (50-over match)
Umpires
Asad Rauf
Arani Jayaprakash
TV Umpire
Krishna Hariharan
Match Referee
Roshan Mahanama