20 November, 2008

LIVE CRICKET India won by 16 runs (D/L method)

England 240 (48.4/49 ov)
India 198/5 (40.0/40 ov)
India won by 16 runs (D/L method)

India RR 4.95
Last 5 ovs 28/1 RR 5.60
England RR (4.93) 4.89
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Hours of play: 09.00 start, First Session 09.00-12.30 Interval 12.30-13.15, Second Session 13.15-16.45
Current time: 17:52 local, 12:22 GMT

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Batsmen Runs B 4s 6s SR This bowler Last 5 ovs Mat Runs Ave
*MS Dhoni (rhb) 29 51 4 0 56.86 1 (3b) 15 (12b) 123 3876 47.26
YK Pathan (rhb) 12 16 2 0 75.00 1 (3b) 12 (16b) 10 90 22.50

Bowlers O M R W Econ Current spell Mat Wkts Ave
*KP Pietersen (ob) 3.0 0 14 0 4.66 (0nb, 0w) 1-0-2-0 85 5 36.80
SR Patel (sla) 3.0 0 18 0 6.00 (0nb, 0w) 1-0-2-0 9 10 27.20

Recent overs . 4 4 . . . | 1 . . . 1 . | . . 1 . . 1

Current partnership 21 runs, 4.0 overs, RR: 5.25 (Dhoni 8, Pathan 12)

Last bat Yuvraj Singh c Broad b Flintoff 38 (62m 31b 2x4 1x6) SR: 122.58
Fow: 177/5 (35.6 ov); Partnership: 52 runs, 10.4 overs, RR: 4.87 (Dhoni 21, Yuvraj Singh 27)

End of over 40 (2 runs) - India 198/5 (43 runs required)

MS Dhoni 29* (51b 4x4) KP Pietersen 3-0-14-0
YK Pathan 12* (16b 2x4) SR Patel 3-0-18-0
4.39 pm: The par score at the end of the 40th over is 182, so India are 16 runs ahead ... And the umpires have offered the light to the batsmen. Dhoni and Yusuf walk off the ground but Pietersen isn't pleased. He's talking to the umpires, the England players are hanging around ... Pietersen's still talking to the umpires ... and now he walks off looking rather unhappy.

There's virtually no chance of the light improving so that will be the end of the game. I'll bring you the official word as soon as I hear something. I wonder why they didn't shorten the lunch break, or why the captains didn't agree to use the floodlights ...

Here's a rant from Ben: "Unbelievable, what an absolute farce. Why is there seemingly no room for common sense in todays game. 1) Why even attempt to play a match when you know the light will not be good enough all day? 2) What's the point of having flood lights if you can't use them for just this sort of occasion?"

It's official ... the game has been called off and India have won by 16 runs on the D-L method. Dhoni had talked about bad light coming into play at the toss, and it's turned out precisely that way. India have taken a 3-0 lead in the series.

"It is frustrating, it would have been nice to get a full game in today," Pietersen said. "We're getting better though, the games are getting closer. It'd be nice if one of our batters got in and scored a 100. "

"At the end of the day the umpire made decisions and unfortunately we came out bottom," Pietersen said when asked about the light.

"In the morning at the toss I said that D-L would come into play," Dhoni said. "It was bound to happen. I had the sheet in my pocket when I went to bat. We knew if we didn't lose wickets we would get ahead of the equation. the pitch was slower when we batted and the odd ball was turning ... but we had D-L in mind and we got of to a decent start and were always ahead of the equation."

Harbhajan Singh is the Man of the Match for his spell of 3 for 31.

For the rugby fans out there, tune into Scrum.com to see if England can avoid a repeat drubbing by South Africa tomorrow at Twickenham.

That's all we've got for you from today's game. India's taken a 3-0 lead in the series. Thank you for all your emails and do join us on Sunday for the fourth ODI in Bangalore. On behalf of Binoy George, who was scoring, this is George Binoy signing off. Cheers.
39.6 Pietersen to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni moves forward and nudges the ball off his pads behind square
39.5 Pietersen to Dhoni, no run, tossed up on off stump, Dhoni strides forward and blocks
39.4 Pietersen to Dhoni, no run, Dhoni moves forward and defends on the off side
39.3 Pietersen to Pathan, 1 run, played off the pads behind square for a single
39.2 Pietersen to Pathan, no run, Pietersen drifts down leg side, Yusuf comes forward and misses, Prior can't collect and that's a stumping opportunity wasted
39.1 Pietersen to Pathan, no run, Yusuf blocks towards midwicket
End of over 39 (2 runs) - India 196/5 (45 runs required)

MS Dhoni 28* (48b 4x4) SR Patel 3-0-18-0
YK Pathan 11* (13b 2x4) A Flintoff 9-0-31-3
The D-L par score at the end of this over is 178. Comedian and satirist, Andy Zaltzman, has come up with a novel solution of beating the slow over-rates. Have a read at his new blog
38.6 Patel to Dhoni, no run, defended on the front foot towards the off side
38.5 Patel to Pathan, 1 run, Yusuf leans forward and pushes the ball through midwicket for a single
38.4 Patel to Pathan, no run, defended on the back foot towards the leg side
38.3 Patel to Pathan, no run, the ball keeps low but Yusuf watchfully defends on the off side
38.2 Patel to Pathan, no run, defended on the front foot
38.1 Patel to Dhoni, 1 run, Dhoni moves back and cuts through the off side
Samit Patel's back into the attack, surely because the light is fading. There are floodlights at Green Park but they can't be used.
End of over 38 (8 runs) - India 194/5 (47 runs required)

YK Pathan 10* (9b 2x4) A Flintoff 9-0-31-3
MS Dhoni 27* (46b 4x4) SCJ Broad 9-2-36-1
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37.6 Flintoff to Pathan, no run, another super yorker and Yusuf waits for it and drives towards point
37.5 Flintoff to Pathan, no run, Flintoff bowls an excellent yorker and Yusuf can't do much but dig it out on the leg side, in fact he did well to dig it out on the leg side
37.4 Flintoff to Pathan, no run, full and straight from Flintoff, Yusuf pushes the ball towards midwicket
37.3 Flintoff to Pathan, FOUR, Flintoff's attempted yorker goes awry and Yusuf clips the full toss off his pads to the deep square leg boundary
37.2 Flintoff to Pathan, FOUR, that's clever! Flintoff bangs the ball in short and Yusuf merely opens the face and uses the pace to guide the ball to the third man boundary
37.1 Flintoff to Pathan, no run, Flintoff bangs the ball in short and angles it into the right-hander, Yusuf nudges towards the leg side, England need wickets to stay in this game
End of over 37 (9 runs) - India 186/5 (55 runs required)

YK Pathan 2* (3b) SCJ Broad 9-2-36-1
MS Dhoni 27* (46b 4x4) A Flintoff 8-0-23-3
The D-L par score for the loss of five wickets after 37 overs is 170.
36.6 Broad to Pathan, 1 run, Broad strays on to the pads and Yusuf works the ball towards square leg
36.5 Broad to Pathan, no run, Broad slips in a slower ball and beats the bat, Yusuf fends and gets beaten outside off
36.4 Broad to Dhoni, 1 run, full ball outside off stump, driven off the front foot towards cover
The light's going quickly in Kanpur ...
36.3 Broad to Pathan, 1 run, Broad swings a full ball into the right-hander, Yusuf Pathan mis-times the drive towards mid-off but he's off the mark
36.2 Broad to Dhoni, 1 run, driven down the ground for a single
36.1 Broad to Dhoni, FOUR, the slower short ball, Dhoni waits for it and plays a short arm jab that splits the gap between short fine leg and deep backward square leg

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