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
• The Bulletin by Jamie Alter

India win by 16 runs in fading light

India made heavy work of an under-par England total in the first evenly-contested match between the two sides, but edged ahead thanks to a superior run-rate

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Scorecard summary
England240/10(48.4 overs)
Ravi Bopara60 (82)
Ian Bell46 (47)
India198/5(40 overs)
end of over 402 runs
INDIA: 198/5CRR: 4.95 RRR: 4.77
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.

end of over 388 runs
INDIA: 194/5CRR: 5.10 RRR: 4.27
Yusuf Pathan10 (9)
MS Dhoni27 (46)
Andrew Flintoff 9-0-31-3
Stuart Broad 9-2-36-1

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Flintoff to Pathan, no run

another super yorker and Yusuf waits for it and drives towards point

Flintoff to Pathan, no run

Flintoff bowls an excellent yorker and Yusuf can't do much but dig it out on the leg side, in fact he did well to dig it out on the leg side

Flintoff to Pathan, no run

full and straight from Flintoff, Yusuf pushes the ball towards midwicket

Flintoff to Pathan, FOUR runs

Flintoff's attempted yorker goes awry and Yusuf clips the full toss off his pads to the deep square leg boundary

Flintoff to Pathan, FOUR runs

that's clever! Flintoff bangs the ball in short and Yusuf merely opens the face and uses the pace to guide the ball to the third man boundary

Flintoff to Pathan, no run

Flintoff bangs the ball in short and angles it into the right-hander, Yusuf nudges towards the leg side, England need wickets to stay in this game

end of over 379 runs
INDIA: 186/5CRR: 5.02 RRR: 4.58
Yusuf Pathan2 (3)
MS Dhoni27 (46)
Stuart Broad 9-2-36-1
Andrew Flintoff 8-0-23-3

The D-L par score for the loss of five wickets after 37 overs is 170.

Broad to Pathan, 1 run

Broad strays on to the pads and Yusuf works the ball towards square leg

Broad to Pathan, no run

Broad slips in a slower ball and beats the bat, Yusuf fends and gets beaten outside off

Best performances - batters
Virender Sehwag portrait
V Sehwag INDIA
68 runs (76)
8 fours
1 six
Productive shot
leg glance
24 runs
3 fours
0 six
Ravi Bopara portrait
RS Bopara ENG
60 runs (82)
8 fours
0 six
Productive shot
off side drive on front foot
11 runs
1 four
0 six
Best performances - bowlers
Harbhajan Singh portrait
Harbhajan Singh INDIA
Andrew Flintoff portrait
A Flintoff ENG
Match details
Green Park, Kanpur
TossEngland, elected to bat first
SeriesEngland tour of India
Player Of The Match
Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan Singh
Series resultIndia led the 7-match series 3-0
Match numberODI no. 2778
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 days20 November 2008 - day (50-over match)
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Amiesh Saheba
Zimbabwe Image
Russell Tiffin
TV Umpire
India Image
Suresh Shastri
Reserve Umpire
India Image
Bhoopinder Bhatti
Match Referee
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Roshan Mahanama