turned past short leg
6.55 pm "The Indians have just walked past me on a lap of honour. Flags flying, flashes blazing, fists pumping," says Andrew Miller. "The Bharat Army are going bonkers in the stand below me, and the whole team has just posed for a photo for the fans. Forget the tactics and remember the result. This is a hugely impressive victory." Well said indeed.
Well the Test series is done and dusted. Seven one-day internationals remain and before that India travel to Glasgow to play Scotland on Thursday. We'll be covering that game and the England-India ODIs that follow. Thank you for following the Tests with us, it's been fun. On behalf of Martin Williamson, Andrew McGlashan, Jenny Thompson, this is George Binoy signing off. See you soon.
6.40 pm The match referee Rajan Madugalle, the umpires Steve Bucknor and Ian Howell and the other match officials stroll up to receieve their medals.
Anil Kumble is the Man of the Match for his century in the first innings - his first Test hundred in his 151st Test innings. He took five wickets in the match as well. "It's definitely going to be my last Test in England and it's good to go back with a victory," says Kumble. "It's been special."
England's Man of the Series is James anderson for his 14 wickets in three Tests. He beat Vaughan and Pietersen to the prize. "It's been disappointing for the team," says Anderson. But he's bowled rather well through it, he was exceptional at Lord's and recovered from a poor Test at Trent Bridge to bowl well at The Oval.
India's Man of the Series is also a fast bowler, Zaheer Khan. he's taken 18 wickets at about 20 apiece. He started the series with a wayward spell on the first day at Lord's but since then he's been outstanding. His nine wickets at Trent Bridge won the match for India. "Our fast bowling attack has picked up over the last few years and hopefully we can build for the future," says Zaheer.
The England team go up to get their medals. Michael Vaughan says "I think we played a good game at Lord's but didn't over the line there. Rahul and his boys played really well over the next two Tests and they deserved to win. I'm happy with the performance today. We couldn't win the game so we tried to save it and I'm very happy that we did."
The Indians go up to get their medals and are given loud cheers by the crowd. "It makes me feel proud that I've captained this team," says Dravid. "Everyone's contributed to the victory."
And about the follow-on "My bowlers were tired and I thought that was it was the best decision. I can understand that the fans were disappointed sitting in their living rooms ... but we've won the series and that's all that matters."
He goes up to receive the trophy and the champagne is sprayed liberally (what a waste). The Indians are a perfect picture, laughing and celebrating a historic win, their first in England since 1986.
6.30 pm Thank you Martin, I'll try and keep the excitement within reasonable limits. It seems like ages ago since the rain came to India's aid on the fifth day at Lord's but since then they've come back well and dominated the next two Tests to take the series 1-0.
And because he's our guest and is rather happy, George Binoy will guide you through the presentations ...
Drawn And that's it, India celebrate as well they might, congratulating each other and then after a brief huddle in the middle, they start dancing with delight. England's players come down to the edge of the pitch to shake hands with the Indians ... lots of hugs and high fives between players and back-room staff.
pad thrust forward, no shot but Bucknor won't give those at this stage
too full and clipped defensively behind on the leg side
That could be it but Dravid is keeping them out there ...
back and turns into the leg side
forward and dead-bats
googly which Prior offers not shot to but it bounced far too much ... an appeal and Bucknor just grins
England need 131 to win, India need four wicket ... last over. What a finish ...
full toss which he pats into the leg side, and two runs as batsmen and fielder amble through the motions
flatter and again aimed down the leg side, blocked
blocked off the front foot with the bat this time
And Hawk-Eye backs him ...
big appeal as Sidebottom plays with his bat behind his pad ... drifting down the leg according to Mr Howell
offspinner which Sidebottom reads and leaves
Tendulkar demands more men round the bat ...
"What a waste giving Tendulkar this over," says George
drifting down the leg side and it takes the pad
Two overs remaining.
googly which he easily blocks
pushed to short mid-on, Prior thought about the one and almost sold his partner down the river but Sidebottom got back
full toss steered into the off side, Sidebottom turns down the run but then there's an overthrow as RP Singh lobs the return over everyone's ead
too full and easily dealt with
Why are there still mid-off and mid-on saving the one?
off the back foot this time
Safe as the Bank of England, our Ryan
forward he steps and blocks
short but pushed through, he steps back and guides the ball into the leg side but cannot get the single to pinch the strike
up in the blockhole and dug out into the off side
|Kennington Oval, London|
|Toss||India, elected to bat first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Player Of The Series|
|Series result||India won the 3-match series 1-0|
|Match number||Test no. 1842|
|Hours of play (local time)||11am start, Lunch 1.00-1.40pm, Tea 3.40-4.00pm, Close 6.00pm|
|Match days||9,10,11,12,13 August 2007 - day (5-day match)|