3rd ODI, Kanpur, Nov 20 2008, England tour of India
(40/40 ov, target 183)198/5
India won by 16 runs (D/L method)
player of the match
end of over 402 runs
INDIA: 198/5CRR: 4.95 RRR: 4.78
MS Dhoni29 (51)
Yusuf Pathan12 (16)
Kevin Pietersen 3-0-14-0
Samit Patel 3-0-18-0

4.39 pm: The par score at the end of the 40th over is 182, so India are 16 runs ahead ... And the umpires have offered the light to the batsmen. Dhoni and Yusuf walk off the ground but Pietersen isn't pleased. He's talking to the umpires, the England players are hanging around ... Pietersen's still talking to the umpires ... and now he walks off looking rather unhappy.

There's virtually no chance of the light improving so that will be the end of the game. I'll bring you the official word as soon as I hear something. I wonder why they didn't shorten the lunch break, or why the captains didn't agree to use the floodlights ...

Here's a rant from Ben: "Unbelievable, what an absolute farce. Why is there seemingly no room for common sense in todays game. 1) Why even attempt to play a match when you know the light will not be good enough all day? 2) What's the point of having flood lights if you can't use them for just this sort of occasion?"

It's official ... the game has been called off and India have won by 16 runs on the D-L method. Dhoni had talked about bad light coming into play at the toss, and it's turned out precisely that way. India have taken a 3-0 lead in the series.

"It is frustrating, it would have been nice to get a full game in today," Pietersen said. "We're getting better though, the games are getting closer. It'd be nice if one of our batters got in and scored a 100. "

"At the end of the day the umpire made decisions and unfortunately we came out bottom," Pietersen said when asked about the light.

"In the morning at the toss I said that D-L would come into play," Dhoni said. "It was bound to happen. I had the sheet in my pocket when I went to bat. We knew if we didn't lose wickets we would get ahead of the equation. the pitch was slower when we batted and the odd ball was turning ... but we had D-L in mind and we got of to a decent start and were always ahead of the equation."

Harbhajan Singh is the Man of the Match for his spell of 3 for 31.

For the rugby fans out there, tune into to see if England can avoid a repeat drubbing by South Africa tomorrow at Twickenham.

That's all we've got for you from today's game. India's taken a 3-0 lead in the series. Thank you for all your emails and do join us on Sunday for the fourth ODI in Bangalore. On behalf of Binoy George, who was scoring, this is George Binoy signing off. Cheers.

Pietersen to Dhoni, 1 run

Dhoni moves forward and nudges the ball off his pads behind square

Pietersen to Dhoni, no run

tossed up on off stump, Dhoni strides forward and blocks

Pietersen to Dhoni, no run

Dhoni moves forward and defends on the off side

Pietersen to Pathan, 1 run

played off the pads behind square for a single

Pietersen to Pathan, no run

Pietersen drifts down leg side, Yusuf comes forward and misses, Prior can't collect and that's a stumping opportunity wasted

Pietersen to Pathan, no run

Yusuf blocks towards midwicket

end of over 392 runs
INDIA: 196/5CRR: 5.02 RRR: 4.50
MS Dhoni28 (48)
Yusuf Pathan11 (13)
Samit Patel 3-0-18-0
Andrew Flintoff 9-0-31-3

The D-L par score at the end of this over is 178. Comedian and satirist, Andy Zaltzman, has come up with a novel solution of beating the slow over-rates. Have a read at his new blog

Patel to Dhoni, no run

defended on the front foot towards the off side

Patel to Pathan, 1 run

Yusuf leans forward and pushes the ball through midwicket for a single

Patel to Pathan, no run

defended on the back foot towards the leg side

Patel to Pathan, no run

the ball keeps low but Yusuf watchfully defends on the off side

Patel to Pathan, no run

defended on the front foot

Patel to Dhoni, 1 run

Dhoni moves back and cuts through the off side

Samit Patel's back into the attack, surely because the light is fading. There are floodlights at Green Park but they can't be used.