1st ODI, Delhi, March 28, 2006, England tour of India
(38.1/50 ov, T:204) 164

India won by 39 runs

Player Of The Match
37 (46) & 5/31
India Innings
England Innings
Match Flow
India  (50 ovs maximum)
c †Jones b Ali2527413192.59
c Plunkett b Anderson78121087.50
b Plunkett3450777068.00
b Ali1650016.66
run out (†Jones)49100044.44
c Collingwood b Blackwell2462803038.70
c Plunkett b Anderson2843654065.11
c Collingwood b Plunkett2028552071.42
c Flintoff b Ali3746473180.43
not out 2350066.66
c Pietersen b Ali011000.00
Extras(lb 3, nb 3, w 15)21
TOTAL46.4 Ov (RR: 4.35)203
Fall of wickets: 1-17 (Virender Sehwag, 2.5 ov), 2-56 (Gautam Gambhir, 9.4 ov), 3-58 (Yuvraj Singh, 11.1 ov), 4-68 (Mohammad Kaif, 13.3 ov), 5-80 (Rahul Dravid, 19.5 ov), 6-138 (Suresh Raina, 32.2 ov), 7-146 (Irfan Pathan, 35.2 ov), 8-201 (MS Dhoni, 45.5 ov), 9-203 (Harbhajan Singh, 46.3 ov), 10-203 (Sreesanth, 46.4 ov)
2.5 to V Sehwag, gone! Banged in short, Sehwa just stands there and tries to pull, the ball lobs up in the air and high to mid-on who collects an easy catch! Rash shot, nothing in it really, and England get a vital breakthrough. 17/1
35.2 to IK Pathan, gone! Anderson pitches this one up on middle and off, Pathan tries to chip that done the ground - or somewhere, who knows judging by that weak shot - and the ball flies down towards mid-off where Plunkett dives forward and to his left and takes a very good catch. Not sure what Pathan was thinking there, useless shot really, should have stuck around, but hes gone and England make inroads into the Indian tail!. 146/7
9.4 to G Gambhir, Ali strikes back! Full, swinging away on off, Gambhir pokes at it - perhaps trying to run it down to third man - but succeeds in getting a thin edge through to a diving Jones! Good catch, good ball, unneccessary shot and Ali get a wicket! Gambhir gone after a positive start, India two down. 56/2
11.1 to Yuvraj Singh, Gone! Huge wicket! Ali again! Short of a length outside off, Yuvraj plays a weak push and gets an inside edge onto the stumps! Loose shot and Ali gets another to his name! India slipping after a decent start, theyre three down now. 58/3
46.3 to Harbhajan Singh, and Harbhajan goes too! Full ball outside off and he can drives that hard but straight to Flintoff and extra cover, Ali strikes yet again but Harbhajan played well for his 37, entertaining and vital knock for his side. 203/9
46.4 to S Sreesanth, And thats that! Full and a tad slower outside off, Sreesanth goes for it and can only lob that high in the air to Pietersen at extra cover, India all out for 203!. 203/10
19.5 to R Dravid, Plunkett strikes! Full ball again on off, good line hes maintained all over, but the ball kept low and crashes into the base of middle and off, Dravid looks down and shakes his head as he walks off, sorry youve got to go, Plunkett all smiles, but the bounce has really been uneven all morning...India in disarray!. 80/5
45.5 to MS Dhoni, gone! Short ball outside off and Dhoni can only cut that to Collingwood at backward point, Plunkett gets a wicket and Dhoni's unusual innings comes to an end, India eight down now!. 201/8
32.2 to SK Raina, Blackwell strikes! Tossed up on middle and leg, Raina advances again and tries to chip it over the infield but can only hit it to Collingwood at wide mid-on, poor shot and the spinner is rewarded for a tidy spell, India in further trouble!. 138/6
England  (T: 204 runs from 50 ovs)
c †Dhoni b Pathan031000.00
c Gambhir b Harbhajan Singh2231574070.96
lbw b Pathan43210133.33
c Gambhir b Yuvraj Singh4649859093.87
lbw b Harbhajan Singh41373842110.81
c Kaif b Harbhajan Singh824431033.33
b Harbhajan Singh0106000.00
c Gambhir b Harbhajan Singh1020222050.00
c †Dhoni b Pathan1431362045.16
lbw b Yuvraj Singh064000.00
not out 1217232070.58
Extras(lb 4, nb 2, w 1)7
TOTAL38.1 Ov (RR: 4.29)164
Fall of wickets: 1-0 (Andrew Strauss, 0.3 ov), 2-4 (Owais Shah, 0.6 ov), 3-57 (Matt Prior, 11.5 ov), 4-117 (Kevin Pietersen, 19.5 ov), 5-117 (Andrew Flintoff, 20.4 ov), 6-120 (Geraint Jones, 22.4 ov), 7-137 (Ian Blackwell, 28.5 ov), 8-141 (Paul Collingwood, 30.1 ov), 9-142 (Kabir Ali, 31.2 ov), 10-164 (Liam Plunkett, 38.1 ov)
0.3 to AJ Strauss, Gone, Pathan strikes witha beauty! Perfectly pitched ball on off, Strauss looks to defend off the back foot but the ball kisses the edge and goes into Dhoni's hands! Big, big breakthrough and India are in this game!. 0/1
0.6 to OA Shah, Another one! Pathan on fire! Pitched on middle and off and shapes in, catches Shah right in front of the stumps and England are 4 for 2! What a start to this innings! Fantastic stuff from Pathan!. 4/2
38.1 to LE Plunkett, 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. 164/10
11.5 to MJ Prior, Bhajji strikes! Tossed up bravely on off again, Prior tries a repeat of that slog-sweep but can only hit it high to deep backward square leg where Gambhir holds his nerve against the glaring sun and hold a fine catch! India are fighting hard and furious! Harbhajan gets a wicket in his first over, good bowling change, great strike. 57/3
20.4 to A Flintoff, Harbhajan! BIG wicket!Tossed up on mddle and off, Flintoff goes for a sweep and fails to make contact, stumps, rapped in front of the stuumpire raises the finger, Freddie gone and India striking back! What a match we have on our hands, its far from over, big, big wicket for Harbhajan! He's having a good match. 117/5
22.4 to GO Jones, Harbhajan you beauty! Tossed up, quicker through the air, ball loops and beats Jones who is caught in all sorts of trouble - couldnt go forward, couldnt get back - and the ball sneaks through bat and pad and disturbs the furniture! Classic offpspinner's dismissa in a tense encounter! England struggling!. 120/6
28.5 to ID Blackwell, gone! Gone! Tossed up again, played that sweep again, high, high in the air and that man Gambhir holds another fantastic catch JUST inside the ropes at deep mid-wicket and Blackwell has to go! What a catch and the home crowd loves it, England slip further. 137/7
30.1 to PD Collingwood, another one bites the dust! Full on middle and leg and he can only turn that to bat-pad where Kaif holds onto a blinder! Harbhajan picks up his fifth wicket! Second time against England, and boy does he love it! He lets out a war cry as the fielders embrace him, England in all sorts of trouble. 141/8
19.5 to KP Pietersen, gone! Full toss on middle and leg, slogged high but right into Gambhir's hands on the deep midwicket ropes, well held and this match is not over yet! Pietersen departs, another big strike for India!. 117/4
31.2 to Kabir Ali, England slip to new lows! Full on off and turns in, raps him plumb in front of the stumps, umpire has no hesitation in saying out, Yuvraj strikes again, India truly on top of this match! Wow!. 142/9
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  • India: 50 runs in 9.2 overs (56 balls), Extras 1
  • India: 100 runs in 23.1 overs (146 balls), Extras 13
  • Drinks: India - 106/5 in 24.0 overs (SK Raina 9, IK Pathan 12)
  • India: 150 runs in 36.4 overs (230 balls), Extras 17
  • Drinks: India - 150/7 in 37.0 overs (MS Dhoni 8, Harbhajan Singh 2)
  • India: 200 runs in 45.4 overs (286 balls), Extras 21
  • 6th Wicket: 50 runs in 70 balls (SK Raina 19, IK Pathan 21, Ex 10)
  • 8th Wicket: 50 runs in 62 balls (MS Dhoni 10, Harbhajan Singh 37, Ex 4)
  • England: 50 runs in 9.4 overs (59 balls), Extras 2
  • Drinks: England - 57/3 in 11.5 overs (MJ Prior 22, KP Pietersen 28)
  • England: 100 runs in 18.2 overs (111 balls), Extras 4
  • Drinks: England - 120/6 in 22.4 overs (PD Collingwood 2, GO Jones 0)
  • England: 150 runs in 31.6 overs (195 balls), Extras 6
  • Drinks: England - 164/9 in 38.0 overs (LE Plunkett 14, JM Anderson 12)
  • 3rd Wicket: 50 runs in 64 balls (MJ Prior 22, KP Pietersen 28, Ex 3)
  • 4th Wicket: 50 runs in 41 balls (KP Pietersen 17, A Flintoff 34, Ex 1)
Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
TossEngland, elected to field first
Player Of The Match
Series resultIndia led the 7-match series 1-0
Match numberODI no. 2357
Match daysday (50-over match)
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