the formalities are done! Pitches on middle and leg, he makes room to scoop it straight down the ground but misses, the ball goes through straight and hits middle and leg, Sehwag has three wickets
It was more like Yuvraj v England today. 118 runs and 4 for 28, Yuvraj, take a bow.
India are starting to make it look all too easy. England will have to somehow regroup soon or the series will be just as drab as the one in 2006. If England are to give themselves a chance, they will have to bat first. Pietersen goofed up at the toss in Rajkot and he should be careful not to repeat that if the conditions are good for batting. They might need to rework their batting order and get Bopara up the order. They got bogged down for too long in the middle overs despite having wickets in hand and left too much to do during the third Powerplay. But all credit to India for applying the pressure.
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Here's Pietersen: "We had a chance at 29 for 3. We lost ourselves to Yuvraj. He was fantastic. We improved from the last game. Let's hope we improve more. We need to carry on our good start with the ball. One of the top five should have gone on to a big score. I don't think we missed a specialist spinner. Samit bowled ok. I bowled five overs of rubbish."
Dhoni:" Great performance by Yuvi and Gambhir. You've got to change the target every 5 to 10 overs. As the partnership between them grew we kept raising our target. We are enjoying each other's success. Yusuf was up to the mark, this will help boost his confidence. We'll take it one game at a time."
Yuvraj is the Man of the Match. He gets a bike. Here's what he said: "Been training hard over the last few months and it's paying off. At 29 for 3 I wanted to assess the wicket, spoke to Gambhir a lot about the target. There were some shots you couldn't play on this wicket."
That's it from us. Thanks for your company. Join us for the third ODI in Kanpur (day game) on November 20. Till then, it's goodbye and cheers!
makes room and scoops it past short cover, Raina flings himself to his right to pull off a blinder but the ball beats him
drives on the up and just beats short cover
Anderson gets a skiddy one to start with, just beats the outside edge
No. 10 makes his walk back to the pavilion, Sehwag tempts him to go for the big hit down the ground, he's beaten in flight and Dhoni whips off the bails, the third umpire takes a look, his foot was in the air
tries to heave that from outside off and nearly falls over
slower ball and full in length, he makes room and carves it down to third man
makes room to hoick him across the line but doesn't pick the slower ball, it misses the leg stump
backs away and squeezes out a low full toss to point
makes room and opens the face of the bat and glides it down to third man
makes room and clips a full delivery over mid-on, Pathan times his jump a little late and the ball sails over him
makes room and pushes it back to the bowler
half volley on the pads and he merely clips it over midwicket, the ball shoots to the boundary after crossing the practice pitches
tries to sweep but fails to make contact with the bat
comes down the track and tries to launch him downtown again, Gambhir at deep midwicket juggles with it three times before finally catching it
steps down the track and clubs this one past mid-on, it travelled quickly to the boundary
flighted outside off, he dances down the track and blasts him over long-on, clean strike, England need more of those
tries the same shot but finds the fielder
gets on his knee and paddles it over short fine leg
|Maharani Usharaje Trust Cricket Ground, Indore|
|Toss||India, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Series result||India led the 7-match series 2-0|
|Match number||ODI no. 2777|
|Hours of play (local time)||09.00 start, First Session 09.00-12.30 Interval 12.30-13.15, Second Session 13.15-16.45|
|Match days||17 November 2008 - day (50-over match)|