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3rd ODI (D/N), Chandigarh, Oct 20 2011, England tour of India
298/4
(49.2/50 ov, target 299)300/5
India won by 5 wickets (with 4 balls remaining)
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• The Report by Andrew Miller

India seal series in stiff run-chase

MS Dhoni was India's matchwinner once again, as he marshalled an asking-rate approaching ten an over to seal an unassailable 3-0 series lead in the third ODI at Mohali

Match centre 
Scorer: Binoy George
Commentator: Liam Brickhill
Scorecard summary
England298/4(50 overs)
India300/5(49.2 overs)
Steven Finn2/44(10)
Tim Bresnan2/62(7.2)

India take a 3-0 series lead with a five-wicket win. The Indian batsmen gave a masterclass on how to time a run-a-ball chase tonight. Rahane and Gambhir set the platform with their 111-run stand, Dhoni and Jadeja closed things off with an unbroken 65 in under eight overs. England were the more flustered team when things started to get tight, and it told at crucial moments. It appeared that Trott and Patel's efforts with the bat had given them a chance of keeping the series alive, but it was not to be. Read all about India's series-sealing win in Andrew Miller's report.

Revanth wants his team to go for the kill: "Anything less than 5-0 the whole country would be very disappointed. Its pay back time right."

"Rahane will probably be the MoM tonight," reckons Dev, "But I feel for Samit."

Sagar, who some believed might have jinxed India earlier, adds this: ".... and therefore, I am not a jinxer. This gives me a license to post positive things about India when it is going good... but I have to admit, I had my heart in the mouth the last few overs."

Arun: "@Sagar: If there's got to be something in your mouth, better heart than foot."

Samit Patel isn't the Man of the Match, but he has somehow won a motorbike for his efforts. He looks more confused than anything.

"It's a tough defeat to take, especially when it's so close," says Alastair Cook. "Our fielding has been slightly below par, which is unusual for us, and today it cost us 20 to 25 runs in the field. Six an over is always a tough chase, but credit to the way MS and Jadeja finished that off."

"I think it was a very good performance," says MS Dhoni. "The upper middle order did the job for us. We gave away a few too many boundaries with the ball. Again, dew was a factor, so it started to come on nicely onto the bat. The way Rahane batted along with Gautam Gambhir was crucial. We lost wickets at the wrong time though, and we had to get another partnership going. We are backing ourselves to chase whatever the opposition scores, and we have been doing that."

Ajinkya Rahane is the Man of the Match. He seems like a thoughtful, well-spoken young man. Well done to him.

That's about all from our coverage of the third ODI. Before you go, be sure to check out our match gallery. Frankly, marvellous. Until next time, goodbye!

49.2
4
Bresnan to Dhoni, FOUR runs

and another! Dhoni shovels a length delivery up and over cover, sealing the game and the series for India

49.1
4
Bresnan to Dhoni, FOUR runs

murdered over extra cover! Floated up full and wide by Bresnan. Dhoni opened up his stance and absolutely hammered the drive in the air. The crowd go wild!

Bresnan will bowl the final over. Dernbach is hobbling off the field after that over, and is replaced by Buttler. Good grief, this is tight. Could we see another tie?

end of over 4910 runs
INDIA: 292/5CRR: 5.95 RRR: 7.00 • Need 7 from 6b
MS Dhoni27 (29)
Ravindra Jadeja26 (24)
Jade Dernbach10-0-69-0
Steven Finn9-0-44-2
48.6
1
Dernbach to Dhoni, 1 run

and yet another slower one to finish, Dhoni nudging it quietly to cover and taking the single to stay on strike

48.5
1lb
Dernbach to Jadeja, 1 leg bye

a slow legcutter takes the pad and they scamper through for a leg bye

48.5
2nb
Dernbach to Dhoni, (no ball) 1 run

oh dear! And now it's the beamer from Dernbach. This was fired down at throat height, but Dhoni kept his eye on it and swung it down to fine leg. Dernbach is struggling with the damp ball, that's got to be it. Dew!

48.5
1w
Dernbach to Dhoni, 1 wide

wide! Dernbach gives away a free run and an extra ball as a slow legcutter goes awry

48.4
1
Dernbach to Jadeja, 1 run

another full toss, quick through the air, and it's tapped down to long on

48.3
1
Dernbach to Dhoni, 1 run

another slower one. Dhoni swings wildly at it and the ball takes the toe end of the bat, bouncing back towards Kieswetter

48.2
1
Dernbach to Jadeja, 1 run

Jadeja is surprised by a high full toss, the ball taking the leading edge and popping to cover. They take a sharp single. How high was that full toss? Dhoni thinks it should have been a no ball

48.1
2
Dernbach to Jadeja, 2 runs

he starts with a slower ball, but it's picked by Jadeja and chopped down to third man ... they're coming back for the second ... this has got to be run out! Or is it? No! Jadeja was miles out of his ground as the ball was returned to Kieswetter, but he trod on the stumps before he could bring the gloves down. He was standing too close as the throw came in. He's livid with himself, that's a clear chance missed

India now need 17 off 12. That over might have swung things India's way, but this match isn't over yet. Dernbach will bowl the 49th over. Fine leg is inside the circle.

end of over 4813 runs
INDIA: 282/5CRR: 5.87 RRR: 8.50 • Need 17 from 12b
Ravindra Jadeja22 (20)
MS Dhoni24 (26)
Steven Finn9-0-44-2
Tim Bresnan7-0-54-2
47.6
1
Finn to Jadeja, 1 run

short and rising up towards the ribs, Jadeja rides the bounce and picks up a single to end the over

47.5
4
Finn to Jadeja, FOUR runs

edged, four! You can't really fault the bowler here. He fired down a fast yorker outside off, Jadeja swung hard and the ball flew off a thick edge. Third man didn't have a chance, nor did the keeper

47.4
1
Finn to Dhoni, 1 run

Finn targets the blockhole but isn't quite on target, and Dhoni flaps one down to long on

47.3
2
Finn to Dhoni, 2 runs

a clubbed drive beats the diving fielder in the ring, but long off charges round the boundary to cut it off

47.2
4
Finn to Dhoni, FOUR runs

that is pulled savagely hard! Finn tried the surprise bouncer but it was no surprise to Dhoni, who stepped back and slapped the ball away to deep square leg

47.1
1
Finn to Jadeja, 1 run

he starts with a length delivery on off stump that is punched to extra cover

Steven Finn comes back to finish his quota of overs.

end of over 476 runs
INDIA: 269/5CRR: 5.72 RRR: 10.00 • Need 30 from 18b
Ravindra Jadeja16 (17)
MS Dhoni17 (23)
Tim Bresnan7-0-54-2
Jade Dernbach9-0-60-0
46.6
1
Bresnan to Jadeja, 1 run

a low full toss is slapped to long on. That ends a good over for England, just six from it

46.5
1
Bresnan to Dhoni, 1 run

seaming in off the pitch. Glanced down to fine leg

46.4
1
Bresnan to Jadeja, 1 run

it's cut hard, but Bopara at point dives to his right and gets a palm to the ball to save runs

46.3
1
Bresnan to Dhoni, 1 run

a slower ball slips out as a full toss, but he's not punished too harshly as it's hit straight to cover. Still a single though

Best performances - batters
Jonathan Trott portrait
IJL Trott
98 runs (116)
8 fours
0 six
Control82%
Productive shot
leg glance
27 runs
0 four
0 six
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Ajinkya Rahane portrait
AM Rahane
91 runs (104)
6 fours
0 six
Control81%
Productive shot
leg glance
21 runs
1 four
0 six
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Best performances - bowlers
Steven Finn portrait
ST Finn
O
10
M
0
R
44
W
2
ECO
4.4
Tim Bresnan portrait
TT Bresnan
O
7.2
M
0
R
62
W
2
ECO
8.45
Match details
Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh
TossEngland, elected to bat first
SeriesEngland tour of India
Season2011/12
Player Of The Match
Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane
Series resultIndia led the 5-match series 3-0
Match numberODI no. 3205
Hours of play (local time)14.30 start, First Session 14.30-18.00, Interval 18.00-18.45, Second Session 18.45-22.15
Match days20 October 2011 - daynight(50-over match)
Umpires
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Billy Bowden
India Image
Sudhir Asnani
TV Umpire
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Sundaram Ravi
Reserve Umpire
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Vineet Kulkarni
Match Referee
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Roshan Mahanama