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January 27, 2013


17:03  Bell's century lifts England to victory:   - Scorecard

ENGLAND WIN BY 7 WICKETS!!!


England 227-3 (47.2 overs) vs India 226

Jadeja will have a bowl now. Bell drives it through the covers for a boundary and scampers a quick single off the next to take England to victory.

Bell finishes unbeaten on a wonderful knock of 113 from 143 balls, having hit 13 fours and a six, while Morgan stroked 40 from as many balls.

The duo put on 84 runs in 11.4 overs to help England score the consolation victory with the series ending 3-2 in favour of India.
17:00  - Scorecard

England 222-3 (47 overs) vs India 226

Bell flicks a full delivery through midwicket for another delightful as England continue to inch towards the victory to ensure they end on a high despite the series loss.

Six runs from the Ishant over as England now need five runs from three overs for victory.
16:55  Bell's century takes England close to win:  - Scorecard

England 216-3 (46 overs) vs India 226

Morgan continues to find the big hits as he lofts Ahmed over long-off for another big six. Three balls later Ahmed tries a bouncer at Morgan but the left-hander deposits it high into the stands over square leg for another six.

16 runs from that over as England now need 11 runs from four overs for victory.
16:53  - Scorecard

England 200-3 (45 overs) vs India 226

England look to lift the tempo as Morgan lofts Ashwin over midwicket for a six to bring up the 50-run partnership for the fourth wicket.

A couple of singles each to the two batsmen as England reach 200 for three after 45 overs, with 27 needed from five overs for victory.
16:49  - Scorecard

England 192-3 (44 overs) vs India 226

Now Ahmed is off after just one over and Ishant replaces him. Bell hits the first ball to Jadeja at covers, who can't resist a hit at the stumps at the non-striker's end and ends up giving an overthrow.

Three more singles before Bell flicks a full toss through midwicket for a boundary to bring up his century in fine style, from 133 balls. The right-hander has also completed 4000 runs in ODIs.
16:44  - Scorecard

England 184-3 (43 overs) vs India 226

Bell reverse sweeps Ashwin for a boundary through the thirdman region before he gets one from the next ball.

Morgan takes one on the leg side and Bell flicks it to deep square leg for a couple followed by a wide from Ashwin.

Bell takes a single from the last ball to make it 10 runs from the over.

England are 184 for three in 43 overs, with 43 needed from seven overs for victory.
16:42  - Scorecard

England 174-3 (42 overs) vs India 226

Dhoni continues to mix his bowlers as Ahmed comes back now. England take singles from the first three balls before Bell plays two dot balls and gets one from the last ball.
16:35  England need 57 from 9 overs for victory:  - Scorecard

England 170-3 (41 overs) vs India 226

England scored 25 runs for the loss of one wicket in the Batting Powerplay.

Ashwin replaces Ishant and he starts with two dot balls before Morgan gets one. Bell is beaten as Ashwin, bowling from round the wicket, slants one across the right-hander before singles from the last two balls.
16:32  - Scorecard

England 167-3 (40 overs) vs India 226

Morgan turns the first ball from Jadeja to deep midwicket for one and Bell taps it to the covers for another single.

Two dot balls before Jadeja loses his direction and bowls a wide down the leg side before ending the over with a single.

England gets four runs from that over to reach 167 for three after 40 overs and need 60 runs from 10 overs for victory.

Bell is holding the innings with 84 from 120 balls and Morgan on 10 from 10 balls.
16:29  - Scorecard

England 163-3 (39 overs) vs India 226

Morgan drives a full delivery Ishant through the covers for two runs but again he follows it up with two dot balls. Morgan then gets one as Raina makes a good save in the covers before Bell lofts it over mid-off for a boundary to keep his team in touch with the asking rate.
16:25  - Scorecard

England 156-3 (38 overs) vs India 226

England are doing it sensibly against Jadeja as they pick five singles from his sixth over to keep the scoreboard ticking.

England are 156 for three after 38 overs with 71 needed from 12 overs.
16:21  - Scorecard

England 151-3 (37 overs) vs India 226

Ishant has been called back into the attack after just one over from Kumar. Bell drives the first ball down the ground where the fielder at mid-on stops it for just one.

Morgan looks to force it through the off-side but it bounces just short of the fielder in the covers. Three more dot balls before he takes one to give the strike to Bell, who glances the last ball past the short fine leg fielder for a four.
16:15  Jadeja strikes, Root out for 31:   - Scorecard

England 145-3 (36 overs) vs India 226

The five overs of Batting Powerplay will come into effect now but England seem in no rush with 85 needed from 90 deliveries for victory.

Jadeja will bowl the first over of Powerplay. He starts with two dot balls before Bell gets a single from the third ball.

With the pressure mounting Root tries to break the shackles as he attempts the slog sweep but misses and is bowled for 31.

WICKET: Root b Jadeja 31 (49b, 4x4)


So India take a wicket in the very first over of Powerplay and this will help them pile on more pressure on the batsmen.

New batsman Eoin Morgan is off the mark with a single and Bell takes from the last ball.
16:09  - Scorecard

England 142-2 (35 overs) vs India 226

Kumar has two overs up his sleeve and he comes back for a new spell. The first ball is wide and Bell cuts it behind point for a couple before taking one from the next ball.

Kumar has struggled with his length as another short ball is pulled through midwicket by Root for two runs.

England are 142 for two after 35 overs, needing 85 runs in 15 overs for victory.
16:03   - Scorecard

England 137-2 (34 overs) vs India 226

Bell breaks the shackles as he jumps down the track and lifts it down the ground for a six. Ashwin then tries to bowl the quicker delivery but it slips down the leg side for a wide.

11 runs from the Ashwin as England look to step up the momentum.
16:01  - Scorecard

England 126-2 (33 overs) vs India 226

Jadeja does the same off the next over with Bell and Root picking a single each from his over.

Jadeja has conceded nine runs from four overs and Ashwin went for 18 in six overs for combined figures of 27 runs in 10 overs.
15:59  - Scorecard

England 124-2 (32 overs) vs India 226

Ashwin and Jadeja running through the overs looking to build the pressure with some tight overs.

Ashwin concedes just two singles in his third over as England reach 124 for two after 32 overs.

15:55  - Scorecard

England 122-2 (31 overs) vs India 226

Bell hits Jadeja to the midwicket region for a couple and then steers the next ball on the off-side for two more runs.

Both Bell and Root are looking comfortable out in the middle and runs are coming at a good rate now.
15:52  - Scorecard

England 118-2 (30 overs) vs India 226

Ashwin has been called back into the attack after the Yuvraj experiment doesn't give expected results. Ashwin bowls one short and Root pulls it for a boundary through the fine leg region as seven runs come from that over.

England are 118 for two after 30 overs, needing 109 runs from 20 overs for victory.
15:48  - Scorecard

England 111-2 (29 overs) vs India 226

While Yuvraj leaks runs Jadeja has been difficult to score against. Root drives the second ball to the covers for a single and two balls later Bell can only manage a single as two runs come from that over.
15:46  Bell hits patient 50 to lift England:  - Scorecard

England 109-2 (28 overs) vs India 226

Yuvraj will get another over despite being hit for two fours in his previous over. England are getting some easy runs off Yuvraj as Bell and Root take a single each before the former hits it towards midwicket for a couple.

Bell then drives it down the ground for a single to raise his half-century from 88 balls.

Yuvraj has been hit for 15 runs in two overs.
15:44  - Scorecard

England 103-2 (27 overs) vs India 226

And now Jadeja comes on from the other as the two left-arm spinners operate in tandem.

Bell plays five dot balls on the trot as Jadeja keeps it full and on the stumps. He gets an inside edge off the last ball as just a single comes from that over.
15:41  - Scorecard

England 102-2 (26 overs) vs India 226

Dhoni turns to the golden arm of Yuvraj Singh to bowl a few overs of left-arm spin ahead of the in-form Ravindra Jadeja.

The gamble backfires as Yuvraj is hit for two boundaries in his first over. He drops one short as Bell pulls it through midwicket for a four and two balls later Root cut its fine past the first slip fielder for another boundary.

Yuvraj concedes 9 runs in that over as England cross the 100-run mark.
15:38  - Scorecard

England 93-2 (25 overs) vs India 226

Ishant comes back now and he will looking to continue his good start. Bell taps it towards point where Kohli makes a full good to stop a single. Two balls later Bell gets one on the off-side and Root tries to get one through point but Kohli's diving stop saves the single.

England are 93 for two at the halfway stage, needing 134 runs from 25 overs for victory.
15:35  - Scorecard

England 92-2 (24 overs) vs India 226

Bell is content to play the waiting game. He plays Ashwin with the turn on the leg side for one and Root drives it down the ground for one.

Bell taps it to point for another single before Root watchfully plays out the over.
15:26  - Scorecard

England 89-2 (23 overs) vs India 226

Kumar drops short and Root is quick to rock back and cut it past point for a four, the first after 23 deliveries to break the shackles.

Three balls later Root tries to steer it to thirdman but gets a thick outside edge that beats Dhoni and goes for a boundary. Root then flicks it to deep square leg for a couple to get 10 runs from that over.
15:24  - Scorecard

England 79-2 (22 overs) vs India 226

Ashwin gets it to turn as Root misses the flick and it hits the top of his pad and beats Dhoni for a single behind the wicket.

Bell seems to have gone into a shell as he blocks the next three balls before taking a single on the leg side and Root gets one from the last ball.

Just 15 runs scored from the last five overs.
15:22  - Scorecard

England 76-2 (21 overs) vs India 226

Kumar is back into the attack, to bowl his 7th over. Root defends the first ball on the off-side and plays the next on the other side. Four dot balls on the trot before Bell shuffles across but Kumar slips a wide down the leg side.

Just two runs from the over as England reach 76 for two after 21 overs.
15:17  - Scorecard

England 74-2 (20 overs) vs India 226

The young Joe Root is the new batsman. He blocks the first ball before he is beaten by the next as Ashwin gets it to straight. Root then flicks the third ball on the leg side for a single to get off the mark.

Bell clips the last ball through midwicket for two runs as England reach 74 for two after 20 overs.

They need 153 runs from 30 overs for victory.
15:12   - Scorecard

England 71-2 (19 overs) vs India 226

Ahmed strikes with the big wicket of dangerman Pietersen, who pulls a short ball but is brilliantly caught by Jadeja at deep midwicket, who ran a long way to his left to take it.

WICKET: Pietersen c Jadeja b Ahmed 6 (12b, 1x4)

A big breakthrough for India that and they will look to pile on more pressure on the visitors.

Bell flicks the next ball on the leg side for a couple before he glances the next one fine for a boundary.

Ahmed seems to have lost focus after that wicket as he bowls another wide down the leg side to give away seven runs in that over.
15:07  - Scorecard

England 64-1 (18 overs) vs India 226

So finally we have spin as R Ashwin comes on to bowl.

Pietersen drives the ball down to long-on for one. Bell tries to cut the third ball but hits it straight to point before the fielder is sent back to deep point but England can't get a run from the rest of the over.

India building the pressure by drying up the runs.
15:04  - Scorecard

England 63-1 (17 overs) vs India 226

India have not yet brought in their spinners as Ahmed comes on to bowl the 17th over. Bell defends the first ball back down the pitch but lets the next go through to the keeper.

The same pattern for the rest of the over as Ahmed bowls a maiden over.
15:00  - Scorecard

England 63-1 (16 overs) vs India 226

KP gets his first boundary as he smacks Ishant through the covers for a powerful boundary.

England look to play steadily without taking any risks.

They have reached 63 for one in 16 overs, needing 164 from 34 overs for victory.
14:59  - Scorecard

England 58-1 (15 overs) vs India 226

New batsman Kevin Pietersen is off the mark with a single as he pulls a short ball from Ahmed to midwicket where Jadeja makes a good stop on the boundary.

Bell then steers it to thirdman for another single as just two runs come from that over.
14:57  - Scorecard

England 56-1 (14 overs) vs India 226

England looking to be watchful against Ishant, who seems to have got his tail up following the wicket of Cook in his previous over.

Bell plays Ishant cautiously, letting most of the deliveries go before he nearly falls to the bait, throwing his bat at a wide outswinger but it misses the edge.

Back to back maiden overs for Ishant, who has three maidens out of his four overs so far, claiming one for four.


14:55  - Scorecard

England 56-1 (13 overs) vs India 226

Shami Ahmed replaces Kumar, who bowled six overs in his first spell for 29 runs.

Bell goes after a wide delivery and again it is the thick outside edge which flies towards the thirdman region for two runs.

A good comeback over from Shami as India look to keep things tight by bowling in the right channel.
14:53  Cook out for 22, England lose 1st wicket:  - Scorecard

England 53-1 (12 overs) vs India 226

Ishant is rewarded for some good probing bowling with the wicket of Cook. The England captain is first beaten by one that moves away before the next delivery comes in and bowls him through the gate.

WICKET: Cook b Ishant 22 (40b, 5x4)

Cook is bowled for 22 as England lose their first wicket.

Ishant bowls a wicket maiden as his figures now read one for four in three overs.
14:50  - Scorecard

England 53-0 (11 overs) vs India 226

Kumar will continue to bowl, his sixth over of the first spell. Bell steers the second ball to the thirdman region for a single.

Cook then gets another streaky boundary as he tries to cut but gets an edge past the first slip fielder.

Kumar then strays down the leg side and Cook tries to glance it fine but it strike the pads and goes for four leg byes.

11 runs from the over as England continue to prosper.
14:26  - Scorecard

England 42-0 (10 overs) vs India 226

Ishant keeping it full and outside the off-stump to Cook, who tries to cut the second ball but misses.

Cook lets the next three balls go through to the keeper before blocking the last ball as Ishant bowls a maiden over.

England in control at 42 for no loss after 10 overs.

Cook is on 17 from 31 balls and Bell on 23 from 29 balls.
14:22  - Scorecard

England 42-0 (9 overs) vs India 226

Bell getting a lot of runs from the edge of the bat, this time the outside edge as he tries to lash it through the off-side and he gets a boundary through the thirdman region.

But three balls later he gets it off the middle for a cracking boundary through the cover region.

14:21  - Scorecard

England 34-0 (8 overs) vs India 226

Ishant Sharma comes into the attack in place of Ahmed, who gave away 15 runs in his three overs.

Cook is beaten off the first ball and all the Indian players up in appeal for caught behind but umpire Sudhir Asnani is unmoved. Replays confirm the ball had hit the top of the pad before he was caught behind by Dhoni.

Three balls later he crashes a full delivery through the covers for a boundary as England continue to make a good start.
14:19  - Scorecard

England 30-0 (7 overs) vs India 226

Bell getting his timing and looking good with every passing over. He drives Kumar through the covers for a delightful boundary but two balls later tries to force it through the off-side and again gets the inside edge for two runs.


14:09   - Scorecard

England 24-0 (6 overs) vs India 226

Ahmed slips it on the pads and Cook helps himself to a boundary through midwicket. Immediately Ahmed realises his blunder and switches to outside the off-stump, slanting it across the left-hander.

But he overpitches the last ball and Cook slaps it through the covers for the second boundary of the over.
14:07  - Scorecard

England 16-0 (5 overs) vs India 226

Bell finally gets it off the middle as he drives Kumar on the up between cover and point for his second boundary to take the score to nine.

A quiet over from Kumar other than the boundary as just four runs come from it.


14:01  - Scorecard

England 12-0 (4 overs) vs India 226

Cook is beaten by Ahmed as the ball moves away enough with the left-hander looking to play inside the line.

The next ball is a bit straight and Cook clips it to the fine leg region for one.

Bell gets another streaky boundary as he plays away from his boundary and again gets an inside edge which goes to the left of Dhoni for another four.

7 runs from that over as England reach 12 for no loss after four overs.
13:59  - Scorecard

England 5-0 (3 overs) vs India 226

Kumar bowls a tight second over and Bell is at his defensive best. The England openers will be looking to play out the opening overs and not lose too many wickets at the start.

Bell is content to play out a maiden over from Kumar.
13:58  - Scorecard

England 5-0 (2 overs) vs India 226

Shami Ahmed to bowl the second over. Ian Bell lets the first ball go as it whizzes very close to the off-stump, a good leave that but too close for comfort. He gets an inside edge off the next ball as he plays without any footwork and he gets one to the fine leg region.

Cook is very watchful for the rest of the over as Ahmed concedes just one in his opening over.
13:57  - Scorecard

England 4-0 (1 over) vs India 226

Bhuvneshwar Kumar to bowl the first over for India with Alastair Cook and Ian Bell opening the innings for England.

The visitors will fancy their chances with a modest 227 to chase in 50 overs in conditions similar to what they encounter back home.

The first ball is on the leg stump but Cook can't get it away and he lets the next ball, outside the off-stump, going through to the keeper.

Cook then decides to throw his bat at the third ball which takes the edge and flies past second slip for a boundary to get England off the mark.

Four runs from the first over.

13:07  - Scorecard

India 226 all out (49.4 overs) vs England

Bresnan was the pick of England's bowlers, taking the first two and last two wickets of the Indian innings, to finish with four for 45 in 9.4 overs.

Finn was the best bowler for the visitors and was unlucky not to end with more wickets to claim two for 28 in 10 overs.

Tredwell once again impressed with two for 25 in 10 overs.

England suffered in the fifth bowler department with Root and Patel bowling 11 overs between them for 80 runs to let India off the hook.
13:04   - Scorecard

India 226 all out (49.4 overs) vs England

Kumar is playing a vital hand with the bat. Bresnan digs it in but Kumar pulls the short ball over mid-on for a boundary.

But Kumar perishes off the next delivery as he tries to loft it down the ground but Finn held a good low catch running in from mid-off.

WICKET: Kumar c Finn b Bresnan 31 (30b, 5x4)

Kumar walks back after a good knock of 31 helping India post a respectable total.

Two balls later he ends the Indian innings with the wicket of Ahmed, who looks to pull a short ball but gets a top edge and Bresnan completes an easy catch.

WICKET: S Ahmed c and b Bresnan 1 (6b)

12:59  - Scorecard

India 221-8 (49 overs) vs England

Finn comes back to finish his spell. Kumar hits the first ball to the point fielder before getting the next past the cover fielder for a couple and then steers it to the thirdman region for a single.

Shami Ahmed throws his bat a full delivery but can't get any timing on it for a single to the covers.

Finn bowls it on Kumar's body to cramp him for room and he hits it to midwicket for one.

Ahmed tries to loft it down the ground but spoons it high on the off-side but Patel running in from the covers put down a simple catch.

Finn is disappointed with that effort as he finishes with top figures of two for 28 in 10 overs.


12:56  - Scorecard

India 216-8 (48 overs) vs England

Kumar turning it on with the bat. He makes room and lofts Bresnan back over his head for a boundary to take his score to 22 and continue India's good progress in the last few overs.

The next ball is a slow bouncer that foxes him completely.

Bresnan then bowls a quick bouncer and Kumar ducks awkwardly before somehow getting his bat on it for a single on the leg side.

He follows it up with another high bouncer as Shami Ahmed misses and he defends the next ball.
12:51  Ashwin out for 19, India lose 8th wicket:   - Scorecard

India 211-8 (47 overs) vs England

Kumar brings up India's 200 in fine style as he jumps down the track to Patel and lofts him over the cover region for a boundary.

He tucks the second ball on the leg side for a single.

Ashwin then jumps down the track and lofts Patel over long-on where Tredwell makes a good effort but can't stop it from going for a six.

He then sweeps it behind square on the leg side for a four.

Patel gets some relief with the wicket of Ashwin off the last ball after he had conceded 15 runs from the first five balls.

WICKET: Ashwin c Finn b Patel 19 (21b, 1x4, 1x6)
12:50   - Scorecard

India 196-7 (46 overs) vs England

Woakes keeping it short not letting the batsmen get under the ball. Ashwin pulls it behind square on the leg side for a couple before stealing a leg bye from the next ball.

Kumar smashes the fourth ball through the covers for a boundary before hitting the last ball to midwicket for a single.
12:50   - Scorecard

India 188-7 (45 overs) vs England

Patel continues and he bowls four straight dot balls to Kumar, bowling it flat and quick. Kumar somehow manages a single off the fifth ball before Ashwin tries the paddle but gets just one.

Patel has conceded just six runs in his last two overs.
12:42  - Scorecard

India 186-7 (44 overs) vs England

Kumar is beaten off the next ball as he tries to play it through the off-side but manages to successfully play the cut shot past point for a four and then nudges it fine for a single to the thirdman region.

Ashwin jumps down the track looking to play it through the leg side but Woakes drops it short and on the batsman's chest, who can only defend it.

Just five runs from that over.
12:36  - Scorecard

India 181-7 (43 overs) vs England

Patel will continue despite conceding some runs in his last over. This time the batsmen do not take any risks against him with Bhuvneshwar Kumar and R Ashwin taking two singles each for four runs from that over.
12:35  Raina out for 83, India lose 7th wicket:  - Scorecard

India 177-7 (42 overs) vs England

Woakes is back in the attack after just one over from Finn as England juggle their bowlers.

And Woakes provides his team with the important wicket of Raina, who looks to pull a short ball but is caught at midwicket for 83.

WICKET: Raina c Bell b Woakes 83 (98b, 8x4, 2x6)

That was slower in pacer and Raina didn't get hold of the pull shot and ending up hitting it straight to the fielder.

A superb knock from Raina to help India save the blushes, but they would feel he got out at the wrong time.

It will be up to the tailenders now to take India past the 200-run mark and possibly a few more.
12:30  - Scorecard

India 173-6 (41 overs) vs England

England have brought back Patel, possibly inviting India to have a go at him and risk losing their wickets.

Ashwin takes a single from the first ball to hand the strike to Raina, who jumps down the track and hits it through midwicket for a boundary.

He again jumps down the track off the next ball and this time it is again in the gap for another boundary.

The fourth ball is a bit short and Raina pulls it on the leg to deep square leg for one.

Ashwin drives it down to long-on for another single and Raina drives it to sweeper cover for one to take his score to 80 from 95 balls.

Interestingly this is Raina's longest innings (in terms of ball played) in ODI matches played in India, his previous highest was 89 balls (81 runs) against England in Faridabad in March 2006.

12 runs from the Patel over as Cook's gamble backfires.
12:25  - Scorecard

India 161-6 (40 overs) vs England

Finn comes back now to bowl his final two overs as England look to finish off India.

The last over of the Batting Powerplay gets India just four singles as India reach 161 for six after 40 overs.

India managed just 25 runs for the loss of one wicket in the five overs of Batting Powerplay.
12:20  Jadeja out for 39, India lose 6th wicket:  - Scorecard

India 157-6 (39 overs) vs England

Tredwell makes the breakthrough with the wicket of Jadeja, who looks to slog it through midwicket but gets a thick outside edge to be caught at point for 39.

WICKET: Jadeja c Bell b Tredwell 39 (65b, 1x4, 2x6)

Jadeja and Raina put on 78 runs in 17.3 runs to rally India after the top order's failure and give their bowlers something to bowl at.

Another wonderful spell from Tredwell to finish with two for 25 in 10 overs.

He finishes the series with 11 wickets in five matches at an average of 18.18 and an economy rate of 4.27.

He has been the best spinner in the series from both teams.
12:17  - Scorecard

India 155-5 (38 overs) vs England

Bresnan bowls a steady over with India getting four singles from it plus a wide. England must be happy, giving away just 19 runs in the first three overs of the Batting Powerplay.
12:10  - Scorecard

India 150-5 (37 overs) vs England

Raina (63) gets another lifeline as he pulls a short ball but Cook puts down a difficult chance on the leg side. The left-hander is again dropped two balls later as the bowler Tredwell is unable to latch on to a difficult catch on his follow through despite making a full length dive to his right.

Raina living dangerously out in the middle, already has had three difficult chances put down.

Six runs from that over as India reach 150 for five after 37 overs.
12:05  - Scorecard

India 144-5 (36 overs) vs England

The Batting Powerplay comes into effect now and it will be interesting to see if Jadeja and Raina go on the attack straightaway.

Bresnan comes into the attack replacing Root.

India gets singles from the first three balls before Raina smashes a short wide ball past point for a boundary.

Eight runs from the first over of Powerplay.
12:00  - Scorecard

India 136-5 (35 overs) vs England

Raina is the only Indian batsmen to score more than 200 runs in this series, with his tally now reading 249 runs with his fourth consecutive half-century in the series.

Raina tries to slog Patel through midwicket but doesn't get hold of it for just a single.

Jadeja has two dot balls before taking one and Raina defends the last two balls.

Patel concedes just two runs in that over.


11:57  - Scorecard

India 134-5 (34 overs) vs England

India continue the approach of attacking the fifth bowler. This time Jadeja is down the wicket and lofts him over long-on for a six for seven runs in that over.

Root has been hit for 34 runs in his five overs.
11:56  - Scorecard

India 127-5 (33 overs) vs England

While India are attacking the part-time spinners, they have been watchful against Tredwell who has bowled well right through the series.

Jadeja cannot get any runs in the 33rd over to give Tredwell his first maiden of the series.
11:50  Raina hits 50 to lead India's fightback:   - Scorecard

India 127-5 (32 overs) vs England

Raina completes his half-century in style. He plays the inside out lofted shot against Root over the cover fielder to complete his fifty from 71 balls.

A wonderful knock under the circumstances to help bail India out of trouble.

India are 127 for five after 32 overs.
11:47  - Scorecard

India 119-5 (31 overs) vs England

An appeal for stumping against Jadeja as Tredwell beat him with a flighted delivery that dragged him out of the crease but he got his foot back in time.

Jadeja takes a single from the third ball of that over and Raina gets one two balls later for two runs from the over.
11:43   - Scorecard

India 117-5 (30 overs) vs England

Part-timer Samit Patel into the attack now. India milk him for four easy singles from the first four balls before Jadeja steps down and hits a straight six before a single from the last ball.

11 runs from Patel's first over as India look to target the part-timers, first Root and now Patel.

India are 117 for five after 30 overs with Raina on 46 from 66 balls, and Jadeja on 23 from 36 balls.
11:40  - Scorecard

India 106-5 (29 overs) vs England

Tredwell is back into the attack after just three overs from Root, in which he gave away 19 runs.

Raina drives the second ball through the covers for one. Jadeja is unable to read what is being bowled to him and is content to defend before driving the last ball down to long-on for one.

India are 106 for five in 29 overs. A breakdown of how they have gone about their innings: 124 dots, 33 singles, 2 twos, 13 fours, 2 sixes.
11:37  - Scorecard

India 104-5 (28 overs) vs England

Woakes concedes just three runs in his sixth over, including a wide as England continue to dry up the runs.
11:34   - Scorecard

India 101-5 (27 overs) vs England

Raina looks to chip down the track but Root adjusts his length and the left-hander is forced to defend but it hits his pads.

Two singles from the next two balls before Raina jumps down the track and lofts it straight down the ground for another big six to take his score to 41.

The left-hander then strolls across for an easy single to bring up India's 100 in the 27th over.




11:34   - Scorecard

India 91-5 (26 overs) vs England

India content to pick singles at the moment with the England bowlers keeping it tight. Jadeja gets a single from the fourth ball of the new over from Woakes and Raina ends the over with a single.

Just 12 runs from the last five overs.
11:34   - Scorecard

India 89-5 (25 overs) vs England

Jadeja gets his first boundary is streaky fashion as Jadeja edges one and it goes past the first slip fielder for a boundary and takes a single two balls later.

Raina is hits on the pads off the last ball but the huge LBW appeal is turned down.
11:23  - Scorecard

India 84-5 (24 overs) vs England

Finn is off after his two-over burst and he gives way to Woakes, who concedes just a single in his fourth over.

Woakes has been the most expensive bowler for England, giving away 24 runs in four overs.
11:18  - Scorecard

India 83-5 (23 overs) vs England

Tredwell after a superb first spell of one for 13 in five overs has given way to part-timer Joe Root.

Raina sweeps the first ball to fine leg for one before Ravindra Jadeja turns the third ball behind square on the leg side for a couple to get off the mark.

There is an appeal for LBW off the next ball as Jadeja is struck on the pads trying to defend but it is turned down and he takes one from the next ball.

Root gives away four runs in his first over.
11:15  Dhoni out for 15, India continue to slip:   - Scorecard

India 79-5 (22 overs) vs England

Cook's ploy of getting back Finn has worked wonders with the tall pacer picking up the big wicket of the in-form Dhoni.

The Indian captain is trapped leg before wicket for 15 as India continue to slip.

WICKET: MS Dhoni lbw b Finn 15 (23b, 2x4)

Dhoni planted his front foot across and looked to play across but the ball missed completely and was struck in front of the stumps.

As Dhoni walked back, his partner Raina shook his hand and spoke to Dhoni indicating that the ball was sliding down the leg side.

A big wicket for England and they will looking to complete the job by wrapping up the lower order quickly.

A wicket maiden for Finn, who now has figures of two for 20 in eight overs.
11:10  - Scorecard

India 79-4 (21 overs) vs England

Raina defends the first ball from Tredwell who is giving it plenty of air against the left-hander. He takes a single from the fourth ball before Dhoni chips down the track but cannot get hold of it for a single to long-on.
11:07  Dhoni, Raina steady India after poor start:  - Scorecard

India 77-4 (20 overs) vs England

Finn comes back for his second spell as England look to continue with pace at one end. Two singles from the first five balls before Dhoni smacks the last ball through the covers for a boundary.

India are 77 for four after 20 overs.

Raina is on 31 from 45 balls, while Dhoni has made 14 from 20 balls.
11:06   - Scorecard

India 71-4 (19 overs) vs England

Tredwell giving it a lot of air when bowling to the left-handed Raina, who continues to be watchful against the off-spinner.

But he has had enough of playing with caution as he steps out and lofts Tredwell straight back over his head for the first six of the match. That was as straight as an arrow!


11:06   The Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association stadium in Dharamsala stadium must rank as one of the most beautiful stadiums in the world.

This is the first international match at the venue having hosted a couple of IPL matches last season.

The stadium is the fourth highest ground in the world, located at an altitude of 1,457 m (4,780 ft 2 in) above sea level with the picturesque snow-capped Himalayan mountain ranges in the background.

Here is a picture of the stadium before the start of the fifth ODI.

Photograph courtesy: BCCI
10:59  - Scorecard

India 65-4 (18 overs) vs England

Dhoni takes a single from Bresnan's first ball before yet again another person walks past the sightscreen. This has been a constant distraction today with people freely jaywalking around the sightscreen on both the ends.

Meanwhile, as India opt to play with caution Sunil Gavaskar tries to liven up things on commentary with some tales of the past. And in one of them he mentions how a dog, who strayed on to the field caused him to lose his wicket. Interesting!!

Four singles from the Bresnan over.


10:55  - Scorecard

India 61-4 (17 overs) vs England

Tredwell is racing through his overs. Dhoni and Raina take a single each from the first two balls before Dhoni tries to sweep from the outside the off-stump but misses and is hit on the pads.

He drives the last ball down the ground to long-on for one.

That over hardly took a couple of minutes.
10:53  - Scorecard

India 58-4 (16 overs) vs England

Bresnan bowls a wide down the leg side to Raina. The left-hander is looking to play with caution and watchfully defends the rest of the over from Bresnan, watchfully getting behind the ball or letting it go when it's wide.

After 16 overs, India are 58 for four.

Interestingly, India have a total of 78 dot balls out of the 96 they have received so far.
10:43  Early wickets leave India in trouble:  - Scorecard

India 57-4 (15 overs) vs England

Tredwell to bowl his second over. Raina plays the first ball in the covers for one while Dhoni is content to defend the rest of the over as Tredwell gives it a lot of flight and brings the right-hander forward.

India are 57 for four after 15 overs at the first drinks break.
10:40  - Scorecard

India 56-4 (14 overs) vs England

Bresnan is allowed to bowl now. Dhoni plays a walking cover drive as he takes a few steps down the wicket and slams a full delivery through the off-side for a boundary.

The next ball is full and comes in as Dhoni is hits on the pads but the muted appeal doesn't move the umpire at all.

Six runs from the over.
10:35  Gambhir out for 24, England on top:   - Scorecard

India 50-4 (13 overs) vs England

England make a bowling as Bresnan is called on to replace Finn, but hold on he is not allowed to bowl. He was off the field for a bit and the umpires ask him to spend some time on the field before he can resume bowling.

And Cook is forced to bring on off-spinner James Tredwell. And has been the case through the series, Tredwell is among the wickets straightaway.

Gambhir tries to play the cut shot but his uppish shot is well held by Morgan at point, diving full length to his left.

WICKET: Gambhir c Morgan b Tredwell 24 (42b, 5x4)


Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni off the mark with a single to help India bring p their 50 in the 13th over.

Tredwell then gets one to turn sharply, beating Raina as he looks to play the forward defensive shot. Tredwell getting some spin and bounce early on.
10:30  - Scorecard

India 49-3 (12 overs) vs England

Raina provides the release with three boundaries off Woakes in the 12th over. He flicked the first ball fine on the leg side for a boundary and when Woakes pitched one up, Raina drove it elegantly through the covers for another four.

The fourth ball is again full and on the pads and Raina flicks it on the leg side for two runs to complete 4000 runs in ODIs, in his 159th match.

The last ball is short and wide and Raina cuts it past point for the third boundary of the over.

14 runs from the over as India reach 49 for three after 12 overs.


10:25  - Scorecard

India 35-3 (11 overs) vs England

Gambhir nearly throws his wicket away as he tries to play the cut shot and it falls just short of Morgan at point.

Indian batsmen looking to hit themselves out of trouble but so far it has not worked on a pitch that is doing a bit for the pacers.

Finn, bowling his sixth over, comes up with another tight over to Gambhir for the second maiden on the trot.
10:23  - Scorecard

India 35-3 (10 overs) vs England

Woakes giving Raina some trouble as he gets the ball to move a fair bit. Raina, who is looking at all sea, edges the last ball but Tredwell fails to hold on to a one-handed catch at second slip.

Raina looking to be positive when the need of the hour is to stay at the wicket and play out the fast bowlers. Just like his team-mates before Raina also tried to drive on the up, playing away from the body and got an edge.

A difficult chance for Tredwell but at this level you expect fielders to take such chances.

A good probing over from Woakes as India reach 35 for three after 10 overs.
10:16  - Scorecard

India 35-3 (9 overs) vs England

A good steady from Finn as India pick only two singles from that over. Gambhir turns the second ball to the fine leg region for one and Raina clips the fifth ball to the same region for one.

The last ball comes in sharply as Gambhir lets it go and it passes over the stumps. A good leave from Gambhir judging the bounce perfectly.
10:14  Here are some of the views on Twitter on Cheteshwar Pujara not being picked for the fifth ODI.

Shashi Tharoor:
"Outrageous omission of Pujara. If he's seen as Test specialist why not let him play a 5-day Ranji final to get in the groove? Why waste him?

Why does India need four reserves during a home game? Most countries release omitted players4domestic matches. Cricketers should be playing."

Ayaz Memon:
"Dhoni's intnet on winning series 4-1 is admirable and probably explains playing same X1. But Pujara not getting even one game lamentable."
10:11  - Scorecard

India 33-3 (8 overs) vs England

England make their first bowling change with Chris Woakes replacing Bresnan, who has bowled a good first spell of two for 12 in three overs with one maiden.

The first bowl is full and wide as Gambhir tries to drive it but misses. However, he drives the second the ball through the covers and gets a four despite a good effort from Morgan on the boundary. Gambhir is on 22 from 30 balls with the help of five boundaries.

He then takes a single on the leg side to get one.

Suresh Raina gets off the mark with a boundary as he flicks a full delivery on the pads behind square on the leg side. A poor first over from Woakes helping eases off some pressure from the Indians with some wayward bowling. 
10:06  Yuvraj out for 0, India in big trouble:   - Scorecard

India 24-3 (7 overs) vs England

Finn switches to round the wicket hoping to deny Gambhir room outside the off-stump.

The left-hander defends the first ball which comes in and he misses the flick off the next ball and is beaten all ends up by the third ball before taking a single.

India then suffer another big blow as Yuvraj is caught at point off a leading edge for a duck as he looked to turn it on the leg side.

WICKET: Yuvraj c Morgan b Finn 0 (3b)

India in big trouble at 24 for three in the seventh over.

New batsman Suresh Raina is treated to a quick bouncer first up and he tries to get out of the way, taking his eyes off but is struck on the left shoulder.
09:59  - Scorecard

India 23-2 (6 overs) vs England

Bresnan drops it short and offers Gambhir a bit of width too who is happy to crash it through the covers for his third boundary. Two balls later he drives it straight back past the bowler for a cracking boundary to bring some cheer back to the Indian fans.
09:55  - Scorecard

India 14-2 (5 overs) vs England

Finn also looking to slant the ball away from Gambhir, who is content to watch it go through to the wicketkeeper. He plays forward and defends the third ball, while offering no shot to the next two deliveries.

Finn then bowls a quick short ball on his ribs which Gambhir fends on the leg side for a single.


09:50  Bresnan's double strike stuns India:   - Scorecard

India 13-2 (4 overs) vs England

Bresnan makes the first breakthrough for England with the wicket of Rohit. The Indian opener played away from his body and tried to drive a full delivery but got an edge to be caught at second slip for four.

WICKET: Rohit Sharma c Tredwell b Bresnan 4 (9b, 1x4)


New batsman Virat Kohli is dismissed for a golden duck. Kohli plays a careless shot first up trying to drive a full delivery and again the edge is gobbled up by Tredwell  but after he has had four juggles.

WICKET: V Kohli c Tredwell b Bresnan 0 (1b)

Both the batsmen guilty of playing loose shots away from the body on the pitch offering some assistance to the pace bowlers with the new ball.

Bresnan on a hat-trick and facing him will be Yuvraj Singh. He carefully blocks the hat-trick ball before the letting the next ball go.

A double wicket maiden for Bresnan.
09:45  - Scorecard

India 13-0 (3 overs) vs England

Finn continues to trouble Gambhir with the outswinger. The left-hander tries to defend but again the ball does enough and goes past the edge of the bat. The fifth ball is short and Gambhir cuts it over point for a boundary as India continue to get a boundary in every over.
09:44  - Scorecard

India 9-0 (2 overs) vs England

Tim Bresnan will bowl the second over. Rohit Sharma lets the first ball go but is beaten off the next as Bresnan gets the ball to move away.

The right-hander ends the over with a boundary to get off the mark in style as he drives a full delivery through the covers.
09:41  - Scorecard

India 5-0 (1 over) vs England

Steven Finn to open the bowling on a cold morning in Dharamsala while Gautam Gambhir and Rohit Sharma walk out to open the batting for India.

Finn starts with a wide delivery as the ball moves away from Gambhir and keeps going away. Gambhir lets the next ball go through before he is beaten as he tries to defend it. The fourth ball comes in sharply and hits Gambhir on the handle of the bat as he tried to leave it.

Finn then drifts on the batsman's pads and Gambhir is happy to clip it through square leg for the first boundary of the match.

09:38  England elect to bowl vs India in 5th ODI:   England captain Alastair Cook has won the toss and elected to bowl against India in the fifth and final One-Day International in Dharamsala, on Sunday.

India, who have already won the series 3-1, have opted against making any changes thereby denying the in-form Cheteshwar Pujara his debut in ODIs.

Interestingly, the team management also refused to release him to play for Saurashtra in the Ranji Trophy final against Mumbai. A really surprising decision from India.

England made one change bringing in Chris Woakes in place of Jade Dernbach.