Result
1st Test, Nagpur, Mar 1-5 2006, England tour of India
393 & 297/3d
(78.2 ov, target 368)
323 & 260/6
Match drawn
Player Of The Match
1y
• The Bulletin by Andrew Miller

Cook's debut century drives England

Alastair Cook cut Harbhajan Singh past point for four to go to a brilliant maiden Test century, as England's lead extended past the 350-mark at Nagpur

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Scorecard summary
England393(127.5 overs)1st Innings
India323(136.5 overs)1st Innings
Mohammad Kaif91 (263)
Wasim Jaffer81 (184)
England297/3d(87 overs)2nd Innings
India260/6(78.2 overs)2nd Innings
Wasim Jaffer100 (198)
Rahul Dravid71 (187)

Laxman walks in and the first thing he does is prod the umpire for light, after a small chat the light is offered that's the end of the Test match! Handshakes all around and the players walk back to the Pavilion.

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Man of the Match - Matthew Hoggard.

We'll be back on March 9th for the second Test at Mohali, until then this is Sajan Nair signing off - cheers!

78.2
w
Harmison to Harbhajan Singh, OUT
and Harmison strikes back! yorker on the stumps, Harbhajan plays all over it and the ball crashes into the woodwork, India six down
Harbhajan Singh b Harmison 7 (8m 7b 1x4 0x6) SR: 100.00
78.1
4
Harmison to Harbhajan Singh, FOUR runs
and it seems they are still going for a win, good length delivery outside the off stump, Harbhajan swings across and connects well and the ball flies away to the midwicket fence
end of over 783 runs
INDIA: 256/5CRR: 3.28 
Sachin Tendulkar28 (19)
Harbhajan Singh3 (5)
Andrew Flintoff17-2-79-2
Steve Harmison17-4-44-1
77.6
Flintoff to Tendulkar, no run
good length delivery on the middle and off stump line, watchfully played down to mid-on, is the chase over?
77.5
1
Flintoff to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run
on the pads, Harbhajan stays back and chips it away to deep midwicket
77.4
1
Flintoff to Tendulkar, 1 run
good length delivery outside the off stump, Tendulkar opens the face of the bat and drives it through cover point
77.3
Flintoff to Tendulkar, no run
another probing delivery, played straight to the fielder at midwicket, probably came off the inner half of the bat
77.2
Flintoff to Tendulkar, no run
good length delivery, tight delivery, defended on the back-foot
77.1
1
Flintoff to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run
short of a good length delivery, coming in with the angle, punched down to long-on, easy single
end of over 771 runs • 1 wicket
INDIA: 253/5CRR: 3.28 
Harbhajan Singh1 (3)
Sachin Tendulkar27 (15)
Steve Harmison17-4-44-1
Ian Blackwell12-2-43-0
76.6
1
Harmison to Harbhajan Singh, 1 run
good length delivery outside the off stump, driven away well wide of the cover fielder, easy single to end the over
76.5
Harmison to Harbhajan Singh, no run
pitched up and Harbhajan drives it straight back, Harmison kicks it up with his boot and threatens to throw it back
76.4
Harmison to Harbhajan Singh, no run
defended outside the off stump

Surprise! surprise! Harbhajan Singh walks in

76.3
w
Harmison to Dhoni, OUT
short of a good length delivery outside the off stump and Dhoni flat bats it straight to Strauss at long-off, hit it too well and the ball carried all the way to the fielder in the deep, Harmison with the much needed breakthrough
MS Dhoni c Strauss b Harmison 16 (44m 21b 1x4 0x6) SR: 76.19
76.2
Harmison to Dhoni, no run
another short delivery outside the off stump, cut away behind point, Collingwood moves across quickly and cuts off the single, excellent piece of fielding that
76.1
Harmison to Dhoni, no run
short of a good length delivery, close to the off stump line, Dhoni swings hard but makes no contact
end of over 7616 runs
INDIA: 252/4CRR: 3.31 
Sachin Tendulkar27 (15)
MS Dhoni16 (18)
Ian Blackwell12-2-43-0
Andrew Flintoff16-2-76-2

India require another 116 runs from 84 balls, can they pull off the impossible?!

75.6
4
Blackwell to Tendulkar, FOUR runs
take that! tossed up outside the leg stump, turning across the right-hander, Tendulkar dances down the track, gets well inside the line and plunders it over the cover fielder, can't set a field for that! 250 comes up for India
75.5
1
Blackwell to Dhoni, 1 run
full and drifting down the leg side, Dhoni stays back and dabs it down to short fine leg, quick single taken
75.4
2lb
Blackwell to Dhoni, 2 leg byes
drifting down the leg side, Dhoni makes no contact, ball clips the pad and rolls away fine, two more added to the total
75.3
1
Blackwell to Tendulkar, 1 run
makes room, gets well inside the line and turns it away through square leg for a single
Best performances - batsmen
PD Collingwood
134 runs (252)
13 fours
4 sixes
Control88%
Productive shot
on side drive on front foot
59 runs
6 fours
3 sixes
6325131283433
AN Cook
104 runs (243)
12 fours
0 sixes
Control80%
Productive shot
leg glance
28 runs
0 fours
0 sixes
592216106927
Best performances - bowlers
MJ Hoggard
O
30.5
M
13
R
57
W
6
Eco
1.84
S Sreesanth
O
28.5
M
6
R
95
W
4
Eco
3.29
Match details
Vidarbha C.A. Ground, Nagpur
TossEngland , elected to bat first
SeriesEngland tour of India
Player Of The Match
Matthew Hoggard
Series result3-match series level 0-0
Match numberTest no. 1785
Season2005/06
Match days1,2,3,4,5 March 2006 (5-day match)
Test debut
Sreesanth
Sir Alastair Cook
Ian Blackwell
Monty Panesar
Umpires
Aleem Dar
Ian Howell
TV Umpire
Ivaturi Shivram
Match Referee
Ranjan Madugalle