India v England, first Twenty20 international, Pune, as it happened

India beat England by five wickets with 13 balls to spare in the first of two Twenty20 internationals in Pune.

20 December 2012 Last updated at 17:03 GMT

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    And so, that brings us to our conclusion, ending a day when England danced to the tune of Yuvraj Singh. Join us on Saturday for the second and final T20 and the last live cricket text commentary of 2012. Bye for now.


    India skipper Mahendra Dhoni: "The pressure was on the bowlers the way Hales started so it was important that from the eighth over onwards we brought the team back into game, once the ball became slightly old. Yuvraj was brilliant, he bowled really well at the right pace, and we fielded well, which I wanted the team to do. The start was important and our openers got us off to a very good start, the start we really needed on a wicket like this. And Yuvraj made sure the batsmen coming in after him did not have too much work to do."


    Man of the match Yuvraj Singh: "When it comes to T20, I just want to express myself. I tried to bowl slowly because the ball was coming onto the bat nicely. Chasing was a good idea because the ball comes on better in the second innings. I need to keep hitting the ball straight and backing myself."


    England captain Eoin Morgan: "We lacked a bit of discipline with our batting and ended up 15 or 20 runs short. We didn't get the early wickets, but we have a young side and the guys showed a lot of promise tonight. We have to pick ourselves up for Saturday."


    From AWB, via text on 81111: "Poor, poor team selection! Bairstow can win or turn a match, Bresnan can't!"


    Ben Dunbar on Twitter: "England were 10-15 runs short with the bat and another 10-15 runs short with the ball."

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    When Dhoni hit those winning runs, Virat Kohli was off the bench celebrating with both hands in the air. I think India have enjoyed this win.


    Ben Thapa on Twitter: "Five frontline bowlers picked at obvious cost to the batting, yet Luke Wright has bowled three overs. Confused selection policy?"


    Ed Wyeth on Twitter: "India can have the T20. We've smashed them in their own back yard in the Tests."

    Sunil Gavaskar, BBC Test Match Special

    "India are well aware of how to approach T20, the experience of the IPL means they know when to step on the accelerator and when to step back. Yuvraj bowled much slower than all the other spinners, he really pulled England back."

  11. 17.5 overs: 

    Dhoni is unperturbed by that run out, casually stroking a couple of boundaries then scooping over the covers for a couple to wrap up the five-wicket win. If that all sounds a little underwhelming, it's because it is. India get home with the minimum of fuss with 13 balls to spare. England have been gubbed.

  12. 17.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Raina run out (Morgan) 26 (Ind 148-5)

    Finally England pull off some magic in the field. It's probably too little, too late, but it really is brilliant from Eoin Morgan. With Raina sent back by Dhoni, Morgan slides to intercept and gets the ball away while still on the ground, hitting the stumps at the non-striker's end to leave Raina well short.


    From C Twiss, TMS inbox: "If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, you probably should have parked your helicopter somewhere less crowded."

  14. 17 overs: 
    Ind 148-4

    There's no fireworks needed, but Raina can't resist tucking into a Bresnan long hop, pulling over square leg for six. A scampered two to square leg and a couple of singles take the left-hander to 26 from 19 balls. Just a matter of time now.

    Alistair Bruce-Ball, BBC Test Match Special

    "India are happy with singles here, but I think if the bad ball comes, it will disappear."

  16. 16 overs: 
    Ind 137-4

    When the cricket geeks (myself included) look back on this game in years to come, England's lack of discipline will scream from the scorecard. Luke Wright sends down the 10th wide of the innings - that's compared to one bowled by India. With singles being milked, India need only 21 from the final four overs.

    Sunil Gavaskar, BBC Test Match Special

    "It should be a stroll now for India as they've got fewer runs to score than deliveries to face, they can even afford a couple of dot balls. Dhoni will bide his time as he has tremendous belief in his own power."


    From MP, TMS inbox: "If you can keep your head when all about you are losing theirs, you haven't got a grasp of the situation."

  19. 15 overs: 
    Ind 132-4

    Morgan turns to Jade Dernbach, who will be looking for an improvement on his horror show from earlier. Dernbach's line is better here, but he is let down by a James Tredwell fumble in the deep that lets India scamper two. Dernbach goes through his armoury of slower balls, with six runs coming from the over. Good, but India are surely cruising?

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "I think Morgan's just got to bowl his best bowlers, however many overs they've got left. There's no point in saving anyone."


    Jed Gore on Twitter: "Take away the wides and England would be in a much better position here."

  22. 14 overs: 
    Ind 126-4

    Having perhaps been sent to Coventry by his skipper, Raina unfurls the most glorious cover drive off Tredwell, earning four through extra cover. A chop through the off side gets Dhoni a couple. 32 needed from the final 36 balls.

    Prakash Wakankar, BBC Test Match Special

    "We've just noticed some Bollywood presence at the ground, which is very much part of Twenty20 cricket here in India - the actor Shah Rukh Khan [who co-owns the Kolkata Knight Riders IPL franchise] is here."

  24. 13 overs: 
    Ind 115-4

    Huge chance goes begging for England, as the opportunity to run out Dhoni goes begging. The India skipper is sent back by Raina, slipping as he turns. Eoin Morgan throws at the stumps and misses by a mile, allowing Dhoni to scamper back. Morgan would have been better served lobbing the ball to wicketkeeper Jos Buttler, who would have had plenty of time to get to the stumps. I wonder how important that moment will be?

  25. 12.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Kohli b Meaker 21 (Ind 110-4)

    Do England have hope? A shorter delivery from Stuart Meaker is dragged on by Virat Kohli. Another of India's dangermen is back in the hutch, but that only brings MS Dhoni to the crease. Usually a finisher par excellence, the skipper is under a touch of pressure after the Test series.

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "Eoin Morgan has got to pull a rabbit out of a hat here, but I don't know where he's going to look. Meaker, perhaps."

  27. 12 overs: 
    Ind 109-3

    With Yuvraj gone, Virat Kohli decided it's time to flex his muscles. He takes a couple of strides down the track to hammer Luke Wright over extra cover for four. That just eases some of the pressure that England have built in the last over or so. Single, wide, single, single. nine off the over.


    Timothy Revell on Twitter: "You could say Morgan made the Wright move there..."

  29. 11 overs: 
    Ind 100-3

    It's still Tredwell, who fells more comfortable giving the ball some flight now Yuvraj is back in the dugout. New man Suresh Raina is away with a couple of singles, then has to dive to make his ground as India pinch two to long on from the final ball of the over. 58 needed from the last 54 balls.

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "England needed Yuvraj to go quickly, but they've still got a lot to do."

  31. 10 overs: 
    WICKET- Yuvraj c Meaker b Wright 38 (Ind 93-3)

    In times of crisis, turn to Luke Wright. Yes, the Sussex man gets pulled for six, but, from the very next ball, Yuvraj gets a top edge that goes so high the ball comes down with snow on it. Stuart Meaker, the man who dropped the mother of all dollies earlier, sets himself and does very well to cling on at deep square leg. Another twist.


    Oliver Jones on Twitter: "When Yuvraj bats in T20, I feel he has Ace of Spades blaring in his head."

  33. 9 overs: 
    Ind 83-2

    Tredwell isn't going to risk giving the ball any air, but Yuvraj is still able to hammer down the ground with the boundary only denied by some good work at long on. Yuvi has 29 from 16 balls, bets stopped on him being named man of the match. When Tredwell drags one down, Kohli get in on the fun by cutting for four.


    James Ward on Twitter: "Yuvraj taking the game away from England here. Effortless display of boundary hitting. All good fun... but it's not real cricket."

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "That first six was a chastening moment for a spin bowler like Briggs, as he'd not done a lot wrong. It was the right length, it only gave Yuvraj a fraction of width but he's hit it miles. But he tried to get a blockhole ball with that last delivery, it was too full and it's gone for six again. Problems for Eoin Morgan as Yuvraj is hitting with the spin and can clear the field with that pull-drive. Stuart Broad can tell you all about that [when Yuvraj hit him for six sixes in one over at the first World T20]."

  36. 8 overs: 
    Ind 75-2

    As Vic Marks tells you, Danny Briggs is into the attack. The Hampshire left-armer is around the wicket to the left-handed Yuvraj, who spots one drifting into his arc and gets down on one knee to slog sweep for a maximum. Scenting blood, Yuvi moves down the track to whip over mid-wicket for a one-bounce four and then hammers a full toss to the same place for another maximum. India back on the charge, this is turning into the Yuvraj show.

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "Danny Briggs is coming on to bowl, he did some good things in the World Twenty20 and he might feel this is his home from home as this ground is a bit like [Hampshire's] Rose Bowl."


    Paul Byrne on Twitter: "Since we are sinking perhaps Captain Nemo?"

  39. 7 overs: 
    Ind 57-2

    With the powerplay ended, England turn to the spell of James Tredwell. I'm a hug fan of Tredwell, mainly because he has an excellent belly, as if he's got a cushion stuffed under his shirt. The Kent man starts well, dropping on a good length. Three singles and a Yuvraj two from the over.

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "If Yuvraj stays in, he'll win you the match, but he can be quite vulnerable early on."

  41. 6 overs: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Ind 52-2

    England think the likes of Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh don't fancy short bowling much, so they are employing the extra pace of Meaker to send down some leather-sniffers. Yuvi is lucky when he fences to third man for four, then Meaker, with blonde quiff and stubble, gets carried away with another short ball that's called wide. When Meaker finally bowls full, he raps Yuvraj on the pads and appeals, but it's pitched outside leg stump.

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "Samit gets a bit of stick [for his fielding], he'd not be a great marathon runner but he's quite nippy on his feet and he's got good hands. Remember the run-out he assisted with in Kolkata."

  43. 5 overs: 
    WICKET- Rahane c Patel b Bresnan 19 (Ind 44-2)

    Stuart Meaker, you lucky boy. Just two balls after Meaker drops a dolly at short fine leg to give Rahane a huge let off, the opener falls on his sword by shovelling Bresnan to Samit Patel at mid on. Meaker's drop was comically awful - drop, juggle, hits chest, juggle, down - but he's off the hook. England back in it?

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "That's brilliant field placing, as Hales is one of the tallest in the team at six foot six, and he had to be pretty tall. If that had been Samit Patel, it would have gone for six. And Bresnan has his first international wicket on this tour."

  45. 4.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Gambhir c Hales b Bresnan 16 (Ind 42-1)

    If I was being mean, I would say that a Tim Bresnan wicket is something of a collector's item. The truth is, Bresnan has done well since changing ends and is rewarded when Gautam Gambhir picks out Alex Hales on the deep square-leg boundary. Gambhir might feel aggrieved - a shorter man might not have caught that, but England have the breakthrough.


    Colin McLean on Twitter: "My money's on Captain Mainwaring .. stupid boys!"

  47. 4 overs: 
    Ind 41-0

    Captain Morgan makes the change, but instead of going to spin, he calls on the extra pace of Stuart Meaker. Meaker at least manages to get it on the sticks - good from you, Stuart. Only four singles from the over. Just a modicum of control.


    Stephen Plant on Twitter: "Anybody got any idea why Dernbach still gets anywhere near an England squad. Is it the tats?"

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "If I shouted at every cricketer who'd hit me over the boundary, I'd be a hoarse man, I wouldn't have any voice left. I just saw Kohli leap out of the dug-out and cheer that last six. The obvious problem for Eoin Morgan is that the batsmen haven't had to take a risk to get to 37-0 off three. Dernbach just can't get his line right, he's thrown the ball to Meaker who's not known for his economy as much as for his speed."

  50. 3 overs: 
    Eng 37-0

    If Bresnan in Winnie the Pooh, then Dernbach might be Piglet. Again it's down the leg side, running off Rahane's pads for four leg byes. The next ball is right in the slot, with the right-hander playing a carbon copy of the lofted on drive from the previous over. Six more. England's awfulness with the new ball is compounded when Dernbach yet again gets too straight, with Gambhir whipping for a boundary. This might not take long.


    From Murray in Beirut, TMS inbox: "Re: Tom G in MK [16 overs] - At this rate it'll be Captain Chaos!"

  52. 2 overs: 
    Ind 21-0

    In case Eoin Morgan hasn't told his bowlers, I will remind them. In T20s, we play leg-side wides. Now it's Bresnan that begins with a wide. Rahane smells blood and aims a lofted drive over long for the first six of the innings. Massive. When the strike is rotated, Gambhir unfurls a classical cover drive for four. In that over, Bresnan posed all the threat of Winnie the Pooh after too much honey.

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "It'll be interesting to see how England use Danny Briggs's left-arm spin, as he's often opened the bowling, or bowled in the first six. And Tim Bresnan is going through a tricky patch - out second ball in Nagpur, where he failed to take a wicket, and out for a golden duck today. But he could end up taking 4-12 today, who knows."

  54. 1 over: 
    Ind 9-0

    Dernbach does his best to test out the credentials of new keeper Jos Buttler, sending the Somerset man down the leg side twice as the first two balls of the innings are called wide. Both Gambhir and Rahane take singles to get off the mark, but, with the ball swinging into the left-handed Gambhir, Dernbach again gets it wrong. Another wide, then a work off the hip for four. Poor start by England.


    From Ben, TMS inbox: "Re: Tom G in MK [16 overs] - Got to be Captain Hook, of course!"

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    Here we go then, time for the India run-chase. Gautam Gambhir is on strike, Ajinkya Rahane is at the other end. Jade Dernbach, he of the preppy quiff, has the white ball in hand.


    From Paul Hunter, TMS inbox: "What evidence did India show in the Test series that warrants this title which follows around with them of a 'strong batting line-up'? Poor openers, weak middle order, ordinary wicketkeeper, and long tail."


    Rishil Patel on Twitter: "That last over effectively sums up India's lack of ruthlessness that has run right through the entire tour against England."


    Fred Green on Twitter: "Not sure how to call that first innings. Probably should've been 170/180 but taking wickets has a big impact in T20 innings."


    From K.A. Mohamed Iqzas in Chennai, TMS inbox: "If someone else scores a blistering 80 or a 100 in the second innings, people could easily forget this Yuvi's spell. How crucial it has been for India"

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    It's hard to disagree with Sir Sunil. England looked like they might get 180 or more when Wright and Hales were going well, but Yuvraj Singh changed all that. Surely a chase of 158 with be a doddle for India on a flat deck in front of a packed partisan crowd?

    Sunil Gavaskar, BBC Test Match Special

    "With the start that England got, they may think they're 15 runs short, but it was a good recovery and they've given their bowlers some sort of a score to defend against a strong Indian batting line-up."

  63. 20 overs: 
    Eng 157-6

    Parvinder Awana delivers the final over, looking to bowl as full as possible. With fine leg up, Buttler gets his scoop shot out, executing to perfection to get it almost directly over MS Dhoni's head for a maximum. If that was cute, the next ball is raw power, as a slower ball is belted back into the sightscreen for six more. Some good scampering for two means the Somerset man keeps the strike for the final ball, but he can only manage a single down the ground. Buttler finishes on 33 from 21 balls - has he given England half a chance?


    Roddie on Twitter: "When was the last time England went into a match with none of the 11 players from the previous match?"

  65. 18.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Bresnan c Kohli b Dinda 0 (Eng 139-6)

    England are in all sorts of myther now as Bresnan launches his first ball towards long on. It looks like it won't carry to the fielder, but Virat Kohli lurches forward to take a very smart catch just above the turf. Take a bow, Virat. England wobbling more than a weeble.

  66. 18.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Patel c Rahane b Dinda 24 (Eng 138-5)

    Samit's cameo is over, ended as pacer Ashok Dinda returns to the attack. Patel is aiming over long off, but gives Rahane his third catch of the game. Tim Bresnan is England's number seven. Is the tail looking a little long?


    First Line on Twitter: "Surely Captain Saga should be in charge of the 50 Overs wait, that's the Over 50s game..."

    Sunil Gavaskar, BBC Test Match Special

    "It looked at one stage like India would be chasing 160 plus, but now England have lost the top four and they don't have many overs left."

  69. 18 overs: 
    Eng 138-4

    Finally England find the fence as, aided by a Ravi Ashwin long-hop, Buttler belts over cow corner for six. After a single, Our Ashwin delivers another right into the slot for Samit, who clubs a maximum over the leg-side fence. Is this too little, too late?

    Alistair Bruce-Ball, BBC Test Match Special

    "I'm playing India Bingo at the moment, as they didn't give us the numbers of their shirts, so I'm noting them down whenever I see them - Gambhir is number five."

    Vic Marks adds: "I don't think it's as much fun as Boycott Bingo."

  71. 17 overs: 
    Eng 123-4

    To emphasise England's deceleration, they have managed only 28 from the last six overs. You have to credit India's bowlers for that - England were flying on a flat deck, but they have been dramatically pegged back. A single from each ball of Ravi Jadeja's over, but England need boundaries more than Santa needs his reindeer.


    From Tom G in MK, via text on 81111: "Captain Cook, Captain Morgan. Who is Captain of the 50 over dudes. Captain America?"

  73. 16 overs: 
    Eng 117-1

    England still struggling to find the boundary with any regularity as Patel and Buttler only dine on a diet of singles from Chawla's whippy, skiddy leg-breaks. Four from the over.

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "India have enjoyed the last four or five overs - Yuvraj has taken 3-19 from his four overs, and you don't quibble with that in Twenty20. His left-arm spin is not venomous, but he has got presence."

  75. 15 overs: 
    Eng 113-4

    Finally England dish out some treatment to Yuvraj, as Patel plays through the covers for the first boundary since the 10th over. That, however, is the only four Yuvi concedes in his spell. His success has come from the line he has bowled - outside off stump with a packed off-side field. He finishes with 3-19 from his four overs. Game-changing.


    Steve Morris on Twitter: "How quickly it changes; from looking at possibly 200 we're at 100 with the last recognised batsmen on strike."

  77. 14 overs: 
    Eng 106-4

    When Yuvraj came into the attack, England were 76-1 off eight. They begin the 14th over on 101-4. It's left to Samit Patel and Jos Buttler to try to rebuild, and they begin their task by taking five singles from Piyush Chawla's over. Six to go.

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "You do get the chance to rebuild in Twenty20, you just think you don't. The last T20 game I saw was the World Twenty20 final [when West Indies scored 32 in 10 overs but made a winning score of 137]. But this Yuvraj spell is gold dust for Dhoni."

  79. 12.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Morgan c Rahane b Yuvraj 5 (Eng 100-4)

    Are England losing their way? Yes they are. This time it's captain Eoin Morgan, who doesn't get enough when he tries to smash Yuvraj down the ground and is held by Ajinkya Rahane. England losing wickets at the wrong time, but there's no praise high enough for Yuvraj. He has 3-12 from his three overs.

  80. 12.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Hales b Yuvraj 56 (Eng 99-3)

    Are England losing their way here? Hales looks for an expansive drive off Yuvraj, but the ball drifts on with the angle from around the wicket and bowls the right-hander through the gate. Yuvi doing the business.

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "Morgan is still trying to ease himself in here, England are going at eight an over and I think they'll need more than that after 20 overs."

  82. 12 overs: 
    Eng 98-2

    England have lost a little momentum here, with the curly-haired Ravi Jadeja conceding only three singles off the bat. Jadeja has the look of Lionel Ritchie about him. Dancing on the ceiling.


    Rik Andrews on Twitter: "A rope being used to collect dew? I was at a club where we sent a dog into the river to collect the ball. Use what you have!"

  84. 11 overs: 
    Eng 93-2

    The skipper is off the mark with a couple of singles, but it's another good over from Yuvraj. Only four from it, plus the vital wicket of Wright. Yuvi is T20 box office.

  85. 10.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Wright c Rahane b Yuvraj 34 (Eng 89-2)

    The wicket India dearly needed. Wright gives Yuvraj the charge, but doesn't quite get to pitch. He still goes through with his shot, but can only spoon high to Ajinkya Rahane at long off. Some cheer for the massive Pune crowd, here comes Captain Morgan...

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "Wright has the happy knack of not really timing the ball, but it still goes to the boundary. He's not a pretty player, but he knows what he's about. England went into this quite batting-light with quite a long tail, but having got through 10 overs only losing one wicket, it might not be a problem."

  87. 10 overs: 
    Eng 89-1

    The headbanded Ashok Dinda comes back into the attack under the Pune night sky. He looks to have two lengths - very full and very short. The short variety is so short that Wright has enough time to pull though wide long-on for four. How many could England get here? How many is too many for this strong India line-up?


    Thomas Ratcliffe on Twitter: "Why did England feel the need to open with Lumb? why not stick with Wright and Hales, which has been working? Like it is now."

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "If Pune Warriors are looking for another player for the IPL, they might look at Alex Hales, as he may be available for the full monty."

  90. 9 overs: 
    50 FOR ALEX HALES- Eng 81-1

    Come in, spinner number four. Yuvraj Singh tries his luck after a rope is taken around the outfield to collect the dew. A couple of singles take Hales to a half-century from only 26 balls, it's been very impressive so far from the tall Notts right-hander. Also impressive is that Yuvraj over, just five singles from it.

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "England are putting the Indian bowlers under pressure here - only Ashwin has shown control, and he's bowled three of his four overs. Perhaps Dhoni will take his pads off - he bowls about as well as Kohli, perhaps a bit quicker."


    James Ward โ€on Twitter: "England are doing well here. Impressed with Hales. Great platform for a defendable score. So much for Xmas shopping."

  93. 8 overs: 
    Eng 76-1

    Now then, this is slightly curious. Virat Kohli is going to wobble a few of his medium pacers down. Perhaps befuddled by Kohli's bowl-off-the-wrong-foot action, Wright and Hales get into a tangle, which would have left Hales short of his ground had the throw from point hit direct. It misses. Normal service is resumed as Wright swings like a lumberjack with an axe for a straight six. Wright is 25 off 14, Hales 48 off 24.

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "It's stating the obvious, but Chawla has bowled too short there, giving the batsmen the chance to cut."

  95. 7 overs: 
    Eng 66-1

    Oh ye of little faith, Eddie. Spinner number three Piysuh Chawla comes into the attack, with Luke Wright rocking back to late cut, then square cut for boundaries. When Chawla again drops short, he gets the treatment from Hales. Four more. England all over India like a cheap suit.


    From Eddie, TMS inbox: "Uh-oh, limited overs stuff. Time for England to make Ashwin look like Murali on a day 5 snake pit!"

  97. 6 overs: 
    Eng 51-1

    Is an England batsman supposed to play like this in a T20 on the subcontinent? This time Hales dishes out the treatment to Ashwin, who must be thoroughly sick of the site of England openers. A huge straight six, with a full toss then bunted through the covers for four.

    Sunil Gavaskar, BBC Test Match Special

    "Jadeja can be a bit predictable as he bowls the same line and length. This is a very good start by England - Hales has hit a six, Wright looks busy and we know how well he batted in the World Twenty20."

  99. 5 overs: 
    Eng 39-1

    Yep, pace withdrawn, the left-arm spin of Ravi Jadeja introduced. Not that this matters to Alex Hales, who takes a couple of paces down the track to thwack high over long on for the first maximum of the day. That was given the longest of long handles, with Hales following up with a swiping sweep for four. He's on to 31 from only 16 balls.

    Sunil Gavaskar, BBC Test Match Special

    "Luke Wright has got his bat speed right, I don't think he's faced too many spinners in the Big Bash so he needs to adjust, but he's looking good, and England have a fair bit of batting to come."

  101. 4 overs: 
    Eng 27-1

    Luke Wright is the new man. He exchanges singles with Hales, then works a couple of twos to fine leg. Got to think that spin is the way to go for India here.

  102. 3.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Lumb lbw b Ashwin 1 (Eng 21-1)

    Had to happen. In the last over, Ashwin was toying with Lumb like a cat pawing at a ball of string. Now, Lumb goes for a big sweep first ball, misses and is plumb in front. Just one from 10 balls - he may well be happy to be out of his misery.


    From Tom in Newcastle, TMS inbox: "Office party last night. A colleague got far too drunk, and spectacularly tripped and fell head first into a nearby plant, right in front of our new boss. She was unimpressed. He's sat there now wishing he could Dernbach time (sorry)..."

  104. 3 overs: 
    Eng 21-0

    Like a drunk at a Christmas party, Hales is on the pull again, taking two to deep mid-wicket, then the Notts man gets his dancing shoes on to hit over extra cover for four. Hales is flying here, flicking another short ball around the corner for four more past short fine leg. A single takes him to 19 from only nine balls. Lumb finally gets off the mark with an inside-edge for a single.

    Sunil Gavaskar, BBC Test Match Special

    "Despite that maiden over, we know from the Champions League that Michael Lumb can smash the ball around the park."

  106. 2 overs: 
    Eng 9-0

    Spin from the other end, as the familiar man-trying-to-escape-handcuffs action of R Ashwin fizzes one past the big drive of Lumb. Our Ashwin is deadly accurate from around the wicket - turn, no turn, push back, play and miss. A maiden.

    Sunil Gavaskar, BBC Test Match Special

    "Dinda has been on the fringe of the Indian team for a while, he was in the Test squad but didn't make the final XI as the conditions didn't favour a second seam bowler."

  108. 1 over: 
    Eng 9-0

    Dinda, sporting a black headband, tears in, moving the ball into the left-hander at pace. England get under way with a leg bye, then Hales is quickly on to one that is only just short to pull the first four of the day. A repeat comes from the final ball of the over. Good start for England.

    Sunil Gavaskar, BBC Test Match Special

    "All these players in the India T20 team who were part of the losing Test team will want to do well to recover some pride, and get into some match practice for the one-day series against Pakistan which starts on Christmas Day. Like England v Australia, India v Pakistan is a special contest. As they play so many T20 games in the IPL, they should have a bit more T20 experience than England."

  110. 1330: 

    Right-arm paceman Ashok Dinda has the ball - he was in the India squad for the Test series but didn't get a game. Left-hander Lumb is on strike. Play.

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "Hales and Lumb have both played for England before, but their names don't ring off the tongue as well as the likes of India's Gambhir and Kohli, who played in the Tests. England have just secured a major victory in India, they want to rest a few players and it's a completely different side from the Tests apart from Tim Bresnan - so Eoin Morgan's sort of the captain after the Lord Mayor's Show."

  112. 1328: 

    Umpires Asnani and Shamsuddin have entered the arena, greeted with the sort of reception not usually given to officials. Lively stuff in Pune. India, in their sky blue, follow, with the royal-blue England pair of Alex Hales and Michael Lumb behind them.


    Jack Parry on Twitter: "The omission of Bairstow is logical, England aren't sure of their top bowling attack and you can't drop Buttler after the 32 over."

    Vic Marks, BBC Test Match Special

    "I thought Bairstow and Buttler would both play - Bairstow was the up-and-coming glamour boy of English cricket not so long ago. There's not much to choose between them as wicketkeepers, but Bairstow's been trekking round India and only played the one Test, and I'd have though he'd have expected to play. They've got a lot of bowlers - five fully-fledged bowlers, plus Luke Wright and Samit Patel, but not many batsmen - whether they can score enough runs, we'll see."


    From Jeff Marshall, TMS inbox: "I'm perplexed by Bairstow's omission, how has he been usurped by the non-form of Lumb since he returned to the England team? Hopefully this serves as reverse-mockers on him but I can't see it."


    England stand-in captain Eoin Morgan: "I'd have bowled first, I don't think the pitch is going to change that much but the dimensions of the ground are quite small. A lot of the guys have been out here with the England performance programme for three weeks so hopefully they'll adapt well. If the Test team's doing well, the other formats can fall into line."


    India captain Mahendra Dhoni: "It looks completely different side to the Test series, it's important that we field well with these fresh legs. It's important that we back each other, with the amount of time we spend playing IPL it makes us an experienced side."

  118. 1317: 

    And, finally, the last bit of housekeeping to bring you - TMS has just just roared on to the airwaves. Tune in.

  119. 1315: 

    India's batting line-up is pretty frightening. Check this side out:

    Gambhir, Rahane, Kohli, Yuvraj, Raina, Jadeja, Dhoni, Ashwin, Chawla, Dinda, Awana.

    I suggest the front rows of the crowd all don some sort of protective hat.

  120. 1312: 

    We'll get that India team confirmed for you asap, but I've so far neglected to remind you of the ways to get in touch. Three usual ways - text 81111, tweet using the hashtag #bbccricket or email Starter for 10? Your thoughts on the omission of Bairstow? He was the blue-eyed boy at the end of the summer, now he's doing a lot of drinks carrying.

  121. 1309: 

    I reckon England will line-up something like this:

    Lumb, Hales, Wright, Morgan, Buttler, Patel, Bresnan, Tredwell, Meaker, Briggs, Dernbach.

    Both James Tredwell and Stuart Meaker are making their T20 international debuts.

  122. 1305: 

    No Bairstow means Jos Buttler will keep wicket for England. The tourists will have three spinning options in Danny Briggs, James Tredwell and Samit Patel.


    Captain Morgan calls incorrectly, with MS Dhoni deciding to have a bowl. He thinks there will be a bit of dew around later on in Pune. Morgan says he wanted to have a bowl too. Team news to come, but one surprising bit snippet is that Jonny Bairstow misses out.

  124. 1303: 

    Yep, after England's historic 2-1 Test series win in India, we have the added bonus of a couple of T20s to take us up to Christmas. England are without injured skipper Stuart Broad, so Eoin Morgan stands in. For India, there is the chance of the tiniest sliver of consolation.

  125. 1302: 

    So, what does that make our two-match Twenty20 series? Dessert. You might feel full after the turkey, but there's always room for something sweet.

  126. 1301: 

    There's bits you like and bits you don't like (pigs in blanket are like an Alastair Cook century, sprouts are a dead wicket in Nagpur). But, you always end feeling full, satisfied and knowing that the best man/team won (you win a Christmas dinner by being the last one still eating).

  127. 1300: 

    If we're feeling festive - and I most certainly am - then a Test series is rather like a Christmas dinner...

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Live Scores - India v England


  • India beat England by 5 wickets
  • India: 158-5 (17.5 overs)
  • England: 157-6 (20.0 overs)
  • Venue: Pune

India Innings

Player outReason Bowledby Runs
Total for 5 158
Gambhir c Hales b Bresnan 16
Rahane c Patel b Bresnan 19
Kohli b Meaker 21
Yuvraj c Meaker b Wright 38
Raina run out (Morgan) 26
Dhoni not out 24
Jadeja not out 0
Extras 10w 4lb 14

England in India 2012-13

India's Mahendra Dhoni and England's Alastair Cook

Reports and scorecards from England's one-day tour of India, which includes five ODIs.