1st ODI, Delhi, Mar 28 2006, England tour of India
(38.1/50 ov, target 204)164
India won by 39 runs
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Scorecard summary
India203/10(46.4 overs)
England164/10(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...

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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

Liam 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
James Anderson12 (17)
Liam Plunkett14 (30)
Yuvraj Singh 10-2-32-2
Irfan Pathan 7-1-21-2
Yuvraj to Anderson, no run

on the pads, worked fine but to the fielder there

Yuvraj to Anderson, no run

turn and bounce - the doosra - as it beats the bat, very good ball from Yuvraj

Yuvraj to Plunkett, 1 run

tossed up and easily driven to long-off for a single

41 needed now from 75 balls

Yuvraj to Anderson, 1 run

one run

Yuvraj to Anderson, no run

shorter and he misses the cut, that was close to the stumps

Yuvraj to Anderson, no run

tossed up, well forward in defense

end of over 373 runs
ENG: 162/9CRR: 4.37 RRR: 3.23
James Anderson11 (12)
Liam Plunkett13 (29)
Irfan Pathan 7-1-21-2
Yuvraj Singh 9-2-30-2
Pathan to Anderson, 1 leg bye

full on the pads, ball clips the boot and trickles fine for a single

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

Pathan to Plunkett, 1 run

full on off, pokes at it and gets an edge down to third man

Pathan to Plunkett, no run

better length on off, defended back to Pathan

Pathan to Anderson, 1 run

full on off, pushed through covers

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
Liam Plunkett12 (27)
James Anderson10 (8)
Yuvraj Singh 9-2-30-2
Virender Sehwag 2-0-5-0
Yuvraj to Plunkett, no run

no run

Yuvraj to Plunkett, FOUR runs

taken from outside off and swept through the onside for four

Yuvraj to Plunkett, no run

beaten in the flight, that was tossed up deceivingly on off

Yuvraj to Plunkett, no run

no run

Yuvraj to Plunkett, no run

full on off, pushed to cover-point

Yuvraj to Plunkett, no run

no run

end of over 354 runs
ENG: 155/9CRR: 4.42 RRR: 3.26
James Anderson10 (8)
Liam Plunkett8 (21)
Virender Sehwag 2-0-5-0
Yuvraj Singh 8-2-26-2
Sehwag to Anderson, no run

no run

Match details
Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
TossEngland, elected to field first
SeriesEngland tour of India
Player Of The Match
Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan Singh
Series resultIndia led the 7-match series 1-0
Match numberODI no. 2357
Match daysday (50-over match)
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Arani Jayaprakash
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Asad Rauf
TV Umpire
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Krishna Hariharan
Match Referee
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Roshan Mahanama