Raina strikes first ball. He has some sense of occasion. Pollard is down on his haunches for about five minutes. This is full outside off, he has drilled it down to long-off. Rahane takes a superb catch at the edge of the boundary. A small leap is required, but he makes sure he stays inside the rope. Irfan Pathan comes and shakes Pollard's hand, but Pollard is distraught. Slowly the Indians come to console - well not sure if that is the right emotion - Pollard, whose face is blank
That brings an end to the coverage of India's home season. On behalf of all involved, I, Sidharth Monga, say thanks and so long
Ravi Shastri leads the presentation. He invites Darren Sammy first. Sammy says, "Congratulations to Pollard on his first one-day hundred. It was really good to watch. We have been paying some good cricket, we have been fighting throughout, but unfortunately we are not finishing things off. Everybody expected us to roll over, we didn't. The attitude was good to see. I'd like to congratulate the boys on the effort, the way they supported me in the tough series. We can only move forward from here. Congratulations to Sehwag and his team, we can hold our heads up."
Gautam Gambhir says, "We know what Pollard can do on his day, but credit to the bowlers who stuck to their game. It was a matter of just one ball. Every ball he middled was going out of the ground, but you have to stick to your line and length. Good to see Manoj get the hundred, hopefully he will go on and get many more. We thought 240 would be a good total. Good to see the bench strength available."
Manoj Tiwary is the MoM. I thought Pollard and Tiwary would have shared it. Tiwary says, "I enjoyed it. It wasn't coming onto the bat, it made my game easier. Generally I play spin retty well, so I made sure I took advantage of the loose balls. I have to say that the team management have backed me really well, and made me comfortable in the dressing room. I didn't hydrate enough before the match, that is my mistake. I want to dedicate the award to all the people who died in the Calcutta Hospital tragedy."
Rohit Sharma is the Man of the Series. He says, "I didn't want to think about the past. Whatever has happened has happened. It was a new beginning, I analysed my game, I rectified the mistakes. Hopefully it won't be repeated. It [the injury in England] was frustrating. I was in good form from WI, and wanted to carry on. Hopefully no more injuries. Touch wood, I will be playing for a long long time. I have been watching closely MS Dhoni and Yuvraj bat with the tail and finish matches off, so I have learned from them."
Virender Sehwag says, "Satisfied with the young team. Especially with the young fielding and bowling unit. They were all eager to play. I asked everybody can you take a break, they said no, so I had to take the break. Good to see Manoj come in and score the century. It's a good end to the season. Beating England 5-0 and West Indies 4-1."
A special century from Pollard. His first really big innings against big opposition at international level. India have hung in well. bear in mind they had only two specialist bowlers in the side. India have won the series 4-1, their home season has featured only two losses out of 14 matches. And Gambhir maintains his unbeaten record as captain
"I'd like to see WI win and Chennai give them a standing ovation" Blaze, you can count on that I suppose, but you can never guess how a crowd responds. Here is Raina
the long-on is up so Pollard goes long-off, and retains strike with the single
Long-on comes in. They want to deny him an easy single. The partnership is 19 off 11. Martin is yet to face. Jadeja goes round the stumps
quick, outside leg, turning towards the stumps, defended
Six No. 10. Sensational hitting. Length ball on the pads, and nonchalantly flicks it over wide long-on for yet another
mis-hit as he chips, but clears extra cover, and they come back for two
flat, low trajectory, middle and leg, defended back
The target is under 50
full on off from over the stumps, Pollard turns down the single to long-off
length ball on leg, and he takes the single to retain the strike
the fat lady can sit down for a bit. Pollard hits another sing. Pitches middle, on a length, and he goes across the line for a six over wide long-on. Effortless again
The field doesn't come up
slower through the air, turning towards off, defended to cover
another forward defensive
length ball on the pads, defended to leg
Kohli has dropped a sitter to allow Pollard his hundred. He is one of the safest Indian fielders around. This is drilled to him at long-on. And through it goes his hands. Head high it was. Pollard takes it gleefully, and celebrates the hundred with the cap off
Pollard or nothing now. Will he take the single to get his hundred now?
timber. Jadeja is redeeming himself here. Wickets of Sammy and Roach here. Slower through the air, flighted, dips towards middle and off, turns away slightly, beats the edge. Off stump is taken
length ball, defended watchfully back
flighted on middle and off, defended to extra cover
Round the stumps to Roach
short of a length, stays low, pushed to deep midwicket for one
goes for the sweep, misses out, but it is pitched outside leg
pitches outside leg, turns sharply towards the stumps. No run
"I bow down to Happy baba! Seriously. Cricinfo, please pass on this wonderful thought to angry young cricketers around the world." Yes, Mohit Goyal, we are getting pamphlets printed. Jadeja comes back again. Bold move. Over the wicket
slower short ball, outside off, pushed to point. More than a run a ball required now