India have somehow won a match that neither team seemed interested in winning! Umesh Yadav has slammed a four down the ground. What epic timing for a No. 11! Sammy pitched it up on the stumps, Umesh gets the front foot across and on-drives with a strong bottom hand. The field is in, it easily passes mid-on and rolls down the ground in slow motion before popping over the ropes. Umesh was beaming wildly as he ran across, he knew it immediately. He joins Aaron, the man who was shielding him from the strike sometime back, in a mid-pitch embrace. The tear-aways from India have somehow pulled their side home in a classic.
That brings an end to another madcap game between these two sides. If they keep producing games like this, we might have a collective outbreak of missing nails among cricket fans by the time the series is over. Here's hoping for more of these close finishes, though some good cricket to boot won't be bad either. On behalf of the gang at Cricinfo, this is Nitin Sundar signing off. On your way out, do check Sid Ravi's report as it gets updated here. Cheers and bye!
Rohit is the Man of the Match. A really good innings from him, despite the untimely dismissal. "The idea was to play through out the innings, but unfortunately I wasn't able to finish it. But it doesn't matter now, we won the game. I needed support from Jadeja at that stage, we played to a plan and he batted brilliantly. Even Vinay Kumar batted really well. I didn't have much cricket after my injury, but luckily did well in the Ranji games. I am glad I got an opportunity under pressure and managed to pull it through."
Sehwag: "I was sitting in the same place and not moving! Good to win another nail-biter. Whatever you tell No. 10 or No. 11, they always do what they want to do. I just told them to play till the end and whatever happens is fine. Rohit and Jadeja batted really well in that partnership and we should have won it easily from there, but still good to end up winning. Hope to learn from our batting mistakes in the coming games."
As @Crownish points out, the whole of Orissa seems to be out there on the dais for the presentation.
Sammy: "Everytime you lose it is quite disappointing. We just didn't have the last spark to take us past the finish line. The opening bowlers did well to give us a start and we fought all the way to the end, but it wasn't enough. We could have done things differently, we even bowled 23 extras, but I would like to commend the boys."
Rohit leaps and releases his pent-up tension with an expletive that isn't good news for someone's sister. We have had two great finishes, but do spare a thought for my poor colleague Sid Ravindran who is just about starting on his final match report! He was on report duties for the Wankhede Test as well. A great finish, brought about by some hideously poor cricket from both sides. Only Sammy knows why he was bowling this over. Russell has been the better bowler today, and he should have been the first-choice. Sammy conceded two fours to the worst batsmen in the India side. Game over.
"True buddies.. Aaron and Yadav.. same number of wkts and same runs," says Bhushan.
Sitanshu: "Take that Graeme Swann! And you want ODIs to be abandoned?" There's a reason for that Sitanshu. See where England are in the Test and T20 ratings? And where they are in the one-day ratings? Easy choice for Swanny really.
Is Courtney Walsh watching? Umesh lets one go outside off, and it reminds me of Walsh's superb leave against Gillespie in that epic Lara Test from 1999. Full length, just outside off, and he lets it go without chasing it.
he's got away another run! Aaron hangs back and opens the face and steers in front of point for a single. There might have been a second too, but he slipped while turning. Dujon calls it a "Speed wobble". What a legend!
Aaron does his mighty best to make up for some hare-brained batting and running until now. What a time to get a boundary. Short and wide outside off, Aaron cracks it away behind square for four. The Indian team is delighted, Rohit can't bear the tension.
Umesh gets the single again, gets the front foot across perilously and then manages to work it to the leg side for a single.
full ball to end the over, Aaron plays it back to the bowler. Martin picks it up and makes as if to throw, Aaron is in his crease. Pressure on the youngsters!
Run out appeal, but Aaron is in. Umesh props his front foot across and makes himself prone for the lbw, but manages to get bat on it and work it down to fine leg. This time Aaron runs, and even wants a second. Umesh refused rightly, and Aaron just about managed to beat the direct hit.
Umesh has a word with him. "So will we run this time?"
Aaron gets the single, jumps out and drives down to long-off for one.
Slip and short leg in place. 15 balls gone without a run, and two wickets have gone.
stays back and steers a length ball straight to point. No single yet. Rohit looks distraught in the sidelines.
tossed up on off, Aaron leans out and defends compactly.
full ball on off stump, Aaron manages to play it to cover and wants the single first ball, after refusing one off the 5th off the last over. Straight to the fielder, so no run this time.
"Here we miss Kumble like anything. His couple of inside edge boundry always helped India achieving total. What a Legend," says Harik. Anthony Marin comes on for some more sliders. Slip stays in place. 11 off 18.
another full ball aimed at the pads, Umesh keeps it out to the leg side. Over to the senior batsman now.
attempts to take a single as he works a ball to fine leg. Aaron refuses the single! This is ridiculous! He can't bat. Umesh can't bat. And he turns down a single! The dressing room looks furious.
Umesh keeps out a full ball to the leg side.
Can't draw this one if India are bowled out ...
back of a length and angling in, Umesh hops and defends to the leg side.
his technique doesn't look very promising. Keeps the front pad planted and pokes out to defend to the off side.
What a change! India's last wicket needs to make 11 runs. Umesh Yadav is in.
brainfreeze! Vinay has thrown it away. Is this his Srinath moment? Full length ball outside off, he decides to take matters into his own hand and tries to launch this over the off side. He can't quite get under it, and scoops it to mid-off who tumbles and pouches. Vinay looks gutted. The other fast bowler from Karnataka used to play such madcap shots too.
maiden wicket at this time of the day! Aaron defends a full ball cautiously.
he nearly does a Rohit now, but manages to stop the ball before it goes onto the stumps.
Slip and leg slip in place.
fuller this time, Aaron leans out and plays with more calm.