angled across Strauss and he leaves
Well, that just about wraps it up from Mohali. India take the series 1-0 and congratulations to them. It caps off a fine year and they move to second in the ICC Test rankings. England now have their long flight home to reach their families in time for Christmas. And that's it for this tour from Cricinfo. Many thanks for joining us and don't forget to tune in for the Boxing Day Test from Melbourne, which should be a cracker. But for now, from Andrew McGlashan, Martin Williamson and Andrew Miller, it's goodbye, Merry Christmas and happy holiday season.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni "We played very well. We needed a big partnership in the first Test and Tendulkar and Yuvraj stood up. Here there was a bit of moisture in the wicket, but there wasn't much in it for the spinners and there was the lost time. When we went into bat we weren't sure about the fog, we started well today and both Gautam and Yuvi deserved their centuries but sadly couldn't get them. We are just concentrating on our plans and are enjoying the cricket we are playing. We'll just to prepare well in the future."
Kevin Pietersen "There's a lot to learn from a tour of India. We've enjoyed comeback for the Tests. We got into a position to win in Chennai but couldn't pull it off. I'm really proud to be captain of a bunch of lads who jumped on a plane back and their concentrated on their cricket. The way they got themselves into a good position last week they can take a lot from."
Zaheer Khan is Man of the Series. That's a pleasing, if slightly surprising, award. It's often the batsmen who get honoured more, but Zaheer has bowled well especially with his reverse swing. "We are working well as a unit. I was hoping to get more wickets. It's been good since I cam back from injury and we all enjoy the success of each other. It's been a great year for Indian cricket."
Gautam Gambhir is Man of the Match. "I'm very honoured," he says. "If someone told me I'd get so many runs I'd have taken it. I've had a hunger for runs and have been in good form. All innings you play for your country are special. It was a good wicket, we should have won 2-0."
Kevin Pietersen collects a commemorative plate, and traps his thumb in the box, ouch
The security men get there awards, they have done a fine job.
Here comes the presentations...boy, there's a long line officials, almost enough to make a cricket team.
Who will be Man of the Match and Man of the Series? Gautam Gambhir looks the frontrunner for both, 179 and 97 in this Test and he is leading scorer in the series. None of the bowlers stand out above anyone else, although Zaheer Khan was impressive with his reverse swing. For England, Andrew Strauss's twin hundreds in Chennai were outstanding as once Pietersen's 144 here.
So that ends the international year for these two teams, one that has brought great success for India but not as much for England. They will travel home tonight with much to ponder ahead of the West Indies tour in January, while India look forward to their tour of New Zealand in March. Stay with us for the presentations in a few moments.
And the handshakes start as the game is put out of its misery. Such a shame this was a short series, and today's play is hardly an advertisement likely to get crowds flocking back to watch Tests in these parts. The match is a draw and the series is India's by virtue of their win at Chennai, and congratulations to them. The two sides line up and shake hands more formally with each other ... It's all very good natured between the teams, and has been throughout, even the banter between Pietersen and Yuvraj.
And this will be the last ball, and he switches to round the wicket,
long hop wide of off stump, cut unattractively to cover
again outside off and Strauss lets it pass
He runs in with a slightly crouching, bustling approach. And all at 78mph.
outside off, slower, and Strauss whips the bat inside the line
Strauss has four balls to avoid a very embarrassing end to the series.
turned into the leg side
It's a decent medium pace and not too bad.
good start, swinging in to Bell's legs and defended
And Dhoni will bowl. All this session needs is a funny hat and a comedy nose and it would be a complete farce. Anyhow, this will be the last over. Laxman keeping wicket in short-leg pads and we have two leg slips.
forward and defended
Strauss might start getting claustrophobia if they get any closer. tendulkar finds it all very funny.
forward, it runs off a thick edge through one of the gaps and he picks up two as Sharma has to chug to third man to field
Harbhajan waving his arms furiously and now we have everyone round the bat.
flatter and defended
forward and defended up the pitch
slightly short, he goes back and turns square on the leg side, Sharma in a sunhat throws the ball to midwicket instead of returning to the keeper
forward, pad then bat
Two overs and counting. Unless one of the captains decides to be very obtuse, which is unlikely.
thinks about coming forward, opts to play back and pushes the ball defensively into the off side
forward, bat well in front of pad, squirted into the off side off a thick edge
almost a yorker played to short backward square leg
cut hard to extra cover who bends stiffly to stop it with one hand
back and worked square on the leg side for an easy single
comes down to meet the ball and kills the spin
The noise of the crowd has increased in proportion to the pointlessness of the final session.
stands tall and defends
good leave, about two inches outside off stump and odd noises of frustration from Harbhajan