India v England, first one-day international, Rajkot, as it happened

England seal their first away one-day international victory against India in 14 attempts, winning the first one-dayer in Rajkot by nine runs.

11 January 2013 Last updated at 14:51 GMT

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As it happened

  1. 1450: 

    And that, I think, is that. We bring an end to a brilliant game of cricket and another England win in India. I told you that we could extend the Christmas cheer a little longer, didn't I? Round two of this five-match series is on Tuesday, so join us then. Before that, read Sam Sheringham's match report and enjoy your weekend.


    Tim Smalley on Twitter: "Awesome performance from England - thrilling finish!"


    Man of the match James Tredwell: "It was fortunate that we batted first, I could have a look at how the India bowlers did it. We got wickets at the right time, that's what helped get over the line."


    England captain Alastair Cook: "Everyone in the dressing room can be proud. It was a good toss to win, it was a good wicket and we made the most of it. The sixes hit by Samit and Craig ant the end of our innings really made a difference. To then defend 325 was a really good effort - we held our nerve well. India kept coming at us, but we took crucial wickets at the right time, I thought Tredders bowled brilliantly."


    India captain Mahendra Dhoni: "It was a difficult target but I think we should have got it, as it was a very fast outfield and we hit the gaps rather than the fielders. Maybe if I'd batted for a couple more overs we would have won. It seemed for a while like they'd score 340 but then the spinners brought us back into it. Maybe we conceded too many runs late on but it's a new batch of bowlers we've got. Having five fielders in the circle can make a difference of 25-30 runs but once Raina and I got out, it was too much for us."


    Paul Denny on Twitter: "More history made for Captain Cook and his magnificent team. What a performance!"

  7. 1437: 

    Plenty of heroes for England today, but, for me, Samit Patel's cameo with the bat and James Tredwell's damage with the ball stand out. Congratulations also go to Ashley Giles for presiding over a victory in his match as limited-overs coach.


    From Kev in London, TMS Inbox: "Whoever said the 50-over game was dead!"

    Steve James, BBC Test Match Special

    "The Dhoni wicket was the turning point, I could never see India winning after that."


    Richard Parfitt on Twitter: "What a good game that was, can't think of a better way to it my day's work horribly behind schedule."

    Steve James, BBC Test Match Special

    "For me, Jade Dernbach's not an opening bowler - he should be bowling in the middle and towards the end of the innings. Maybe they could open with Bresnan, but for me, he's a first-change bowler. It was an excellent game of cricket, exciting throughout. Anyone who knocks ODIs should have been here tonight."


    TMS producer Tim Peach on Twitter: "Gnarles Barkley was no 1 with 'Crazy' last time England won an ODI vs India out here..."

  13. 50 overs: 
    England win by nine runs

    And breathe. A single off a Dernbach slower ball ends the match, giving England a nine-run win and their first victory in an away one-day international against India in 14 attempts. Dernbach screams to the heavens in celebration. Brilliant game of cricket.

  14. 49.5 overs: 
    Ind 315-9

    Game over. Only a single, leaving India needing 13 off one.

  15. 49.4 overs: 
    Ind 314-9

    Sharma doesn't know about running the single, but he has to. 12 needed off two.

  16. 49.3 overs: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Ind 313-9

    Dropped! Another edge from Sharma. This time it's close enough for Kieswetter to dive, but he can only tip the ball around the post. They run one.

  17. 49.2 overs: 
    Ind 312-9 (target 326)

    A dot. Swing and a miss at a full toss.

  18. 49.1 overs: 
    Ind 312-9

    Would you believe it? A huge swipe from Sharma gets a thick outside edge and runs for four.

  19. 1423: 

    It's Dernbach with the ball, which Jade will it be? Here we go.

  20. 49 overs: 
    Ind 308-9

    Sharma takes a single from the final ball of Bresnan's set - India need 18 from the final over.

    WICKET- Dinda b Bresnan 3 (Ind 307-9)

    Bresnan holds his nerve in the face of the flashing tailend blades to get a yorker under Dinda's bat. India need 19 from seven balls as number 11 Ishant Sharma walks to the crease. England's game to lose.


    Ilyas Najib ‏on Twitter: "Jade Dernbach is teaching me and all the other 'haters' a harsh lesson! My word, humble pie tastes good!"

  23. 48 overs: 
    Ind 299-8 (target 326)

    Dinda faces only two balls - the second of which is poked down the ground for one - before he needs to change his bat. 27 needed from the final two overs.

    WICKET- Ashwin c Kieswetter b Finn 13 (Ind 297-8)

    Just when England might have been getting twitchy, Steven Finn strikes to remove Are Ashwin. The right-hander had heaved over mid on for four to keep India in touch, but, next ball, can only get a thin edge through to Craig Kieswetter from a slower bumper. Surely India are done now?

    Simon Hughes, BBC Test Match Special

    "Bresnan hasn't got as much pace or bounce as Finn so he can be attacked, but he can be a bit clever and vary his pace."

  26. 47 overs: 
    Ind 292-7 (target 326)

    Ian Bell, like Bambi on ice, make a complete hash of a chance over his shoulder, presented when Bhuvneshwar Kumar gets on high on the bat. Kumar had earlier smashed Bresnan through the covers for four - a shot much better than a number nine should be able to play. 11 from the over keep India in touch. 34 needed from three. Also, if you are questioning Mark Micthener's maths on Dhoni's average v England, know that averages are calculated on how many times you are out, not how many times you bat.

    Simon Hughes, BBC Test Match Special

    "We've got technology to tell us how fast a bowler bowls - I wish we could tell how fast the ball can fly off the bat when Ashwin slices it like that."

  28. 46 overs: 
    Ind 281-7 (target 326)

    India still have the batting of Ravichandran Ashwin to pin their hopes on - remember his heroics in the Test series? He backs off to cut Finn for four, then shovels a couple into the leg side. Eight from the over - India need 45 from the last four.


    From Greg, TMS inbox: "I bet all of them Jade D haters wish they could Dernbach time right now and take back what they said."

    WICKET- Jadeja b Dernbach 7 (Ind 273-7)

    And that, surely, is the ball game. With the crowd still reeling from Dhoni's dismissal, Ravi Jadeja pulls a Dernbach short ball on to his own stumps. Deathly silence in Rajkot greets the wild Dernbach celebrations. Say what you want about his earlier spell, the man with the rubbish quiff has just done the business.

    Mark Mitchener, BBC Sport

    "So Dhoni falls for 32... and his ODI average from his last eight innings against England drops to 220.50."

    WICKET- Dhoni c Root b Dernbach 32 (Ind 271-6)

    Have we seen the most crucial moment of this match? Just as Mahendra Dhoni was looking like a runaway train, he belts a Jade Dernbach slower ball straight to Joe Root at long off. Reverse-mockers from the text commentator? Dernbach lets out a bloodcurdling scream of joy - he's been awful today, but he could well have just sent down the most important delivery. Unbelievable stuff.

    Mark Mitchener, BBC Sport

    "England last dismissed Mahendra Dhoni in one-day international cricket at The Oval on 9 September 2011, after he had scored 69. Since then, he has scored 78 not out, 50 not out, 87 not out, 35 not out, 15 not out and 75 not out before today's score. So before today, from his last seven ODI innings against England, he averages 409."

  34. 44 overs: 
    Ind 269-5

    Mahendra Dhoni is a six-hitting machine. This time it's Tim Bresnan getting the treatment, with a length ball belted over long on for the India skipper's 150th six in ODIs. In case you didn't know, Dhoni warmed up for this series with scores of 113*, 54* and 36 against Pakistan. With some scampering, India take 12 from the over. I think it's now looking quite simple - if Dhoni bats through, India win.


    Kushal Malde ‏on Twitter: "England fans on talking about India not playing to the spirit of the game!? They seem to have forgotten the Bell incident. As long as the ball touches the ground it is not a clean catch. Unless Bresnan's fingers turned to jelly, clearly wasn't out."

  36. 43 overs: 
    Ind 257-5

    Oh my word. Mahendra Dhoni is coming after Samit Patel like something out of The Shining. The first ball of the over is classically lofted straight for six, with a dot following. From the next ball, Samit might feel he's done well to deceive Dhoni in the air, but the India skipper's response is to hit miles over long! Amazing stuff. Dhoni celebrate by gesturing to the dressing room, then gives 12th man Che Pujara a verbal volley when he eventually gets on to the ground. 69 needed from seven overs. Who are you backing?


    From Rich, TMS inbox: "Now adept at penning descriptions of each and every over, may I suggest a small challenge for the remainder of the series? A la Yuvraj dismissal [34 overs], you must incorporate a quote from Blackadder into every update. 100 should be easy enough to find; Lord Flashheart alone would set you on your way nicely…"

    WICKET- Raina c&b Tredwell 50 (Ind 243-5)

    This time, I promise that the wicket has been taken. James Tredwell ensures that any Raina controversy will be kept to a minimum, gobbling up a return catch as the left-hander pats the ball back, just after reaching 50. At the other end, Dhoni, who had just heaved a huge maximum over cow corner, is livid, swiping his bat at thin air. Tredwell ends with career-best figures of 4-44.


    Plenty of reaction to the Bresnan "catch" on Twitter:

    Jarleth Eaton: "Pathetic. Absolutely pathetic. Clean catch, and they all know it. Just pandering to the Indian fans. Absolutely disgraceful."

    Jack Ashbee: "Great catch by Bres. Rubbish umpiring."

    Matthew Storey: "Whatever happened to the spirit of cricket and believing the fielder? Bresnan's reaction said it all in my mind!"

    Mark Mitchener, BBC Sport

    "Unlike Ishant Sharma, who missed India's most expensive all-time ODI analysis by two runs today with his 0-86, Jade Dernbach (with 0-57 from eight overs) is a fair way off the England record, which is held by Steve Harmison. The Durham man took 0-97 from 10 overs against Sri Lanka at Headingley in July 2006 when England's attack was savaged by Sanath Jayasuriya."

  41. 41 overs: 
    Ind 235-4

    Well, if England don't win this match, that moment will be debated at length. The reality is, though, that England are doing a very good job at sending India's required rate up. Samit Patel's second over of the day goes for only four runs. India need 91 off nine.

    Steve James, BBC Test Match Special

    "He's gone for the catch with two hands, then his left hand has slipped off the ball. That's one of the problems with technology when you get disputed catches. I think it was out, but if he'd kept two hands on it he would have been fine."

  43. 40 overs: 
    Ind 231-4

    Reverse that. And England can't believe it. It looked as though Tim Bresnan had taken the most sensational catch to remove Raina, diving forwards at third man, but the umpires wanted to make sure it had carried. Replay after replay follows, with it eventually decided that Big Tim had grounded the ball. England can't believe it, Bresnan is livid and I can only apologise for jumping the gun.


    Freddie Clamp ‏on Twitter: "Nothing beats a bit of living-room cricket and carefully using your mother's glass ornaments as fielders."

    Steve James, BBC Test Match Special

    "When I was captain of Glamorgan, I wasn't very good at the maths side of things, but thankfully we had a maths graduate called Owen Parkin in the side, so I used to lean on him a bit for that sort of thing!"

  46. 39 overs: 
    Ind 228-4 (target 326)

    Is this a chance England may rue? Raina miscues a drive, sending the ball towards mid off. The ball is dying but Alastair Cook, flapping like a chicken in a swimming pool, can't move forward to get any sort of hand on it. After four balls, only two singles have come, but Dernbach again struggles with line to allow Raina four over mid on and again to fine leg. Frankly, Dernbach has bowled a bag of spanners today.


    From Imogen, TMS inbox: "I play mini cricket with the waiters of the Long Room Bar at Lord's at the start of each Test, so they understand what's going on. Napkin balls, dustban bats, cling film roll stumps, waiters fielding. It's a wonder I get them to do any work they then spend so much time on the pavilion concourse cheering during the actual cricket!"

  48. 38 overs: 
    Ind 218-4

    "This is such a nip and tuck game," says Sam Sheringham to my left, just as he ponders the merits of hot dogs for lunch to follow the sausage sandwich he had for breakfast. Very good over from Steven Finn in the powerplay, varying his length to concede only three singles. India need 108 from 12 overs. Raina has 36, Dhoni is on one.


    Jack Ledger on Twitter: "Re 33 overs: You can't pick a team based on the assumption you'll finish the 50 overs four wickets down. Hindsight and cricket don't go together."

  50. 37 overs: 
    Ind 215-4

    Hold on tight - Jade Dernbach is back to bowl in the powerplay. He's struggled against left-handers all night and this is no different, getting too leg side to Raina, who accepts the chance to flick for four. A single takes Raina to 34, with some brilliant fielding from Eoin Morgan at point denying Dhoni and earning the Irishman a pat on the bum from all of Craig Kieswetter, Kevin Pietersen and Samit Patel. Bromance.

    Simon Hughes, BBC Test Match Special

    "Bowlers can generally sense out batsmen who are nervous against the short ball - they can spot them like dogs with nervous postmen. And Raina can look as good in one-day cricket but bad in Test cricket."

  52. 36 overs: 
    Ind 210-4

    Raina begins the powerplay by easing a drive through the covers for four, then skips down the track to slice over point for four more. It's expensive from Finn - 12 from the over, but Raina looks a little edgy at the prospect of getting some chin music.


    BBC Sport's Jon Barbuti on Twitter: "People used to ask Geoffrey Boycott if he'd play corridor cricket but he could never make his mind up. #corridorofuncertainty."

  54. 1306: 

    Dhoni arrives at the crease with the batting powerplay due to be taken, with England responding be calling Steven into the attack. India need 128 from the final 15 overs - a required rate of more than eight an over.


    Michael Piper on Twitter: "My childhood cricket was playing on a triangular island in a residential street, the kerbs were the boundaries."

    WICKET- Yuvraj c Dernbach b Tredwell 61 (Ind 198-4)

    Once more this match turns like a twisty turny thing. It's that man Tredwell again, picking up the key wicket of Yuvraj with perhaps the worst ball he's bowled all day. It's short and down the leg side, but Yuvraj somehow picks out short fine leg, where Jade Dernbach slides to cling on. Balance shifted? Hang on, here comes one-day run machine Mahendra Dhoni...


    From Dave in Bangor via text: "Played an important Ashes deciding Test match on a farm and before sending down my wrong 'un switched the ball for a newly laid hens egg. Imagine the surprise when the batsman thinking he had dispatched the ball for the winning run ended up covered in yolk."

  58. 34 overs: 
    Ind 196-3

    England turn to another spin option, Samit Patel - remember when he was getting in the Test side on the back of his bowling? He starts well, though, does Samit, conceding only three singles. India need 130 from 16 overs.

    Simon Hughes, BBC Test Match Special

    "With only four boundary fielders allowed now, you really need your four most agile fielders out there, and while I admire Samit Patel's efforts to improve his fitness, I don't think he's one of their best four. That's one little detail I don't think England have got right."

  60. 33 overs: 
    Ind 193-3

    Just a thought, but have England picked the wrong team? Root, picked to bat, has not batted, yet has had to bowl nine overs. Would the spin of Danny Briggs been of more use? That's not to knock Root, who has bowled well, but you'd think only one frontline spinner in India is a mistake. Hindsight is wonderful, though. To illustrate my point, England's sole frontline spinner, James Tredwell, concedes only three from the over. He has 2-34 from eight, by far England's best bowler.


    Richard Atkinson on Twitter: "We used to play corridor cricket at Van Mildert college, Durham. Fielders were bins called Asif Bin, Bin Patel and Richie Binaud."

    Was ex-India seamer Roger Binny left out by the selectors? And if so, did anyone collect him?

  62. 32 overs: 
    Ind 190-3

    Root has done well, but part-time bowlers are always likely to serve up the odd bad un, with Raina sweeping a low full toss for four. Root again gets his radar wrong, drifting down the leg side to let Raina sweep another boundary. India favourites? I think so.


    Jade Dernbach is taking a bit of stick from you on Twitter:

    Stephen on Twitter: "Dernbach is a liability. Too interested in daft slow balls which cost runs. Batsmen have worked him out."

    Robin Dunford on Twitter: "Apparently Dernbach is a great death bowler. Trouble is he haemorrhages runs at such a rate the game will be dead before then."

    Mark Halliwell ‏on Twitter; "Jade Dernbach has 25 wickets in 19 games, and an economy rate of more than six an over. How is this international class?"

  64. 31 overs: 
    Ind 178-3 (target 326)

    England need shot of Yuvraj, so they turn to James Tredwell, their best bowler of the day. The Kent skipper has four overs up his sleeve. The round-bellied Tredwell is again spot on from around the wicket, with only two singles coming from the over.

    Simon Hughes, BBC Test Match Special

    "It's easy to say that Cook kept Root on for an over too long, but we were saying a while back that perhaps he should have only bowled five or six overs. And it says a lot about Cook's confidence in Patel's bowling that Patel's out there, but hasn't bowled yet. Perhaps they haven't bowled Patel because they've got two left-handers in."

  66. 30 overs: 
    50 for Yuvraj Singh- Ind 176-3

    As the bright sun sets against the burnt-orange sky in Rajkot, Yuvraj hooks Dernbach to bring up his 50th one-day fifty from only 38 balls. It should only be a single, but Samit Patel makes a complete dog's dinner of the fielding on the boundary, pushing the ball for four. Errors mounting for England - are India getting on top? 150 needed from the last 20.


    From Will, now in a lecture, Uxbridge, TMS inbox: "We played desk cricket every morning at school using a ball fashioned of a Red Nose Day red nose, a broken christmas bauble and a lot of sellotape. Sounds unorthodox but worked a treat! The ball, which mysteriously vanished one day, was given back to me a few weeks ago (a good four years after it went missing) by one of the girls in our class who had stolen it after being fed up of getting hit every morning. Aah, memories!"

  68. 29 overs: 
    Ind 171-3

    Root is going very wide of the crease bowling around the wicket to this left-handed pair. Yuvraj is outfoxed by the angle, getting a leading edge that falls short of Samit Patel at cover. From the next ball, Yuvi sweeps, with Steven Finn making a hash of the fielding at short fine leg. A second sweep brings a second four, taking Yuvraj to 49. India need 155 from 21 overs.


    Adam Bowley ‏on Twitter: "The best unconvincing six was the one by Flintoff off Brett Lee, eyes closed, taking cover, massive hit."

  70. 28 overs: 
    Ind 160-3

    Dernbach gets it all wrong to Yuvraj, being pulled and then flicked for successive boundaries. If England can't bounce Yuvi out, how will they get him? Dernbach's radar has gone here - a wide is followed by a long hop that Yuvraj swivels to pull for four more. The Surrey man gets some advice from Captain Cook and Steven Finn while Yuvraj changes his bat, with the last ball, a bumper, ducked.


    Piran Sucindran ‏on Twitter: "I've played cricket next to an open railway line in Sri Lanka before. Not the safest game ever but we did stop play for trains..."

  72. 27 overs: 
    Ind 147-3

    Suresh Raina is the new man, meaning we have two left-handers at the crease. Joe Root - England's surprise bowling weapon - comes back into the attack and nearly outfoxes the dancing Raina, who gets an inside edge through his legs. Root has none from 0-28 from seven overs.


    From Mike, TMS inbox: "In the early '80s, while on a club cricket tour of the Isle if Wight, the late Roy Castle, who was in summer season there, was staying at our hotel. He joined us in two sessions of late night hotel corridor cricket, licked his index finger just before he bowled, and gave it a genuine tweak."

    I think the idea of corridor/garden/beach cricket with celebrities is a whole new area of debate.

  74. 26 overs: 
    Ind 145-3

    This really is more luck than judgement by Yuvraj, who looks as comfortable playing the short as a man mowing the lawn in his wife's Sunday dress. He swivels to pull Bresnan, getting a top edge that goes for a maximum. If there's such thing as an unconvincing six, that was it. Yuvi on to 27.

    Simon Hughes, BBC Test Match Special

    "That was a good bit of aggressive fast bowling from Bresnan but Kohli is getting out caught behind or in the slips far too often."

    WICKET- Kohli c Kieswetter b Bresnan 15 (Ind 138-3)

    Silence, absolute silence in Rajkot as England strike another big blow. This time it's the would-be-king Kohli who has to go, edging a length ball from Bresnan to give Kieswetter a regulation take behind the stumps. England's pace tactic has worked - India have lost their way a little.

    Prakash Wakankar, BBC Test Match Special

    "I won't be surprised is Sehwag continues to play the odd T20 international, especially in India, but he's a liability in the field these days, and he's recently been averaging in the late teens or 20s."

  78. 25 overs: 
    Ind 136-2

    Root has bowled well, but he's been withdrawn from the attack to be replaced by the all-sorts of Jade Dernbach, who has tape on his left arm that makes him look a bit like the Terminator. When an attempted hook gets Yuvi in a tangle, Dernbach gives a stare that someone with his quiff isn't quite manly enough to pull off.


    Jordan King on Twitter: "Joe Root proving he can be more than a handy part-time bowler for England. Very useful contribution and he didn't even bat."

  80. 24 overs: 
    Ind 133-2

    The threat of Bresnan's bumpers keeps Yuvi sitting on the back foot, but the left-hander is still able to work through the leg side. Five singles from the over - decent from Big Bres.


    Paul Curtis on Twitter: "Lounge cricket at university, empty bottle of scotch as bat, cool box called Emil (eskey) as stumps & furniture as fielders."

  82. 23 overs: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Ind 128-2

    Root - number 61 on his back - has changed ends as the floodlights start to take effect in Rajkot. He appeals when a full ball flicks Yuvraj's pad before the bat comes through, but the left-hander is outside the line. If Root feels aggrieved, he gets some more bad luck when Kevin Pietersen can't quite make the save on the long on boundary. Pietersen got his hands to the ball, but kicked it over as he dived.


    From Andy in London, TMS inbox: "Corridor cricket at University with a real ball. Went back after 15 years and the cherry marks were still on the wall! Brought a tear to my eye."

  84. 22 overs: 
    Ind 119-2

    England decide that this new pair must be tested with pace, so withdraw Root in favour of his Yorkshire colleague Tim Bresnan. England feel that Yuvraj doesn't much fancy the short stuff, so Bresnan immediately sends down a leather sniffer that has Yuvi jerking his head back. The tourists are unlucky when one that flicks Yuvraj's pad runs away for four.


    Graham H on Twitter: "Warehouse cricket down aisles of racking was our game of choice. Cardboard tubing bat & packing tape rolled into a ball."

  86. 21 overs: 
    Ind 113-2

    There's hush around the ground as the shadows lengthen in Rajkot, but the crowd comes to life when the hero Yuvraj gets down to slog-sweep Tredwell for four. It really is remarkable how the stadium erupts for what is the first boundary for 25 balls. Still, this is a circumspect time for India - they need to rebuild.


    Abhishek Thakur ‏on Twitter: "Waste of good starts. First Rahane, now Gambhir. India batsmen can easily chase this if they show some character."

  88. 20 overs: 
    Ind 104-2

    Or maybe I'm being harsh on the bowling of Joe Root, who's doing a top job on his ODI debut. He's around the wicket to left-handed new man Yuvraj Singh, who is off the mark with a worked single on the on side. Root then does well to field off his bowling, denying Virat Kohli a single. Only one from the over.

    Simon Hughes, BBC Test Match Special

    "Nobody has failed yet in this match. The lowest score anyone's been dismissed for was Eoin Morgan, who made 41."

    WICKET- Gambhir 52 c Bell b Tredwell 51 (Ind 102-2)

    Got him! Tredwell strikes again! It's another big wicket for England, too, as Gautam Gambhir embarks on the walk back to the pavilion. Just after passing 50, the left-hander skips down the track only to chip to Ian Bell at short mid-wicket. Tredwell doing the business - are England short of another frontline spinner?

    Steve James, BBC Test Match Special

    "England may be a much-improved one-day side and they may be the number one ODI side in the world, but they're not at full strength and the players they're missing most are bowlers."

  92. 18 overs: 
    50 for Gautam Gambhir- Ind 100-1

    A bunt down the ground off Root take Gambhir to a half-century from only 48 deliveries. Then comes the India hundred. At this stage, England were 97-0. You couldn't get a cigarette paper between these sides.


    JonZarathustra on Twitter: "My uncle tells a story about playing office cricket, if they got told off by one boss it was 'rain stopped play', if by another it was 'bad light'."

    WICKET- Rahane c Dernbach b Tredwell 47 (Ind 96-1)

    Big moment. Big, big moment. You felt it was coming, too. This spin pair have done a good job at putting the brakes on and Tredwell has his reward, albeit thanks to a misjudgement from Rahane. The right-hander looks to hit down the ground, but doesn't quite get to the pitch. He lofts high, with Jade Dernbach running in from long off to take the catch. England have the breakthrough that they dearly needed.


    Matt, TMS inbox: "Our garden cricket was always brutal, using those bright orange windballs on a 10 yard wicket which was freshly watered before play! The aim was to bowl as quick as you could and hurt the batsman, whose only allowed protection was a box."

  96. 16 overs: 
    Ind 95-0

    England need a wicket here and, to find one, they need take a leaf out of India's book. The home side got back in the game in the middle overs by frustrating England. Rahane is lucky when a sweep off Root hits his arm goes for four and is given as runs.

    Sam Sheringham, BBC Sport

    "Elsewhere in cricket Australia have handed out quite a pounding to Sri Lanka in the first one-day international at the MCG. Phil Hughes scored 112 on his ODI debut as the hosts made 305-5. Clint McKay then took 4-43 as the Aussies skittled out Sri Lanka for 198 to win by 107 runs.

    "Over in Port Elizabeth, South Africa skipper Graeme Smith has fallen for 54 to leave his side 121-2 after 32 overs on the first day of the second Test against New Zealand."

  98. 15 overs: 
    Ind 89-0

    Decent stuff from Tredwell, too, just the three singles from the over. The thing with garden cricket is that local rules always apply - home advantage is massive. Going to a friend's house and playing their game was tricky, takes time to adjust. You can easily fall foul of a law that was made up on the hoof.


    Ryan Wood on Twitter: "Corridor cricket kept us all sane at boarding school. Younger years at silly mid-off and run when you heard matron coming."

  100. 14 overs: 
    Ind 86-0

    Root - rather surprising bowled before Samit Patel - has made a decent start. No boundaries conceded in his first two overs, only four runs from the second.


    From Mark, TMS inbox: "Our garden cricket included a rule that you had to have two left handed batsmen (if you were right handed). Tactically interesting when to play them. Also the wicket was an apple tree - any edge that hit the tree was automatically out. Happy days."

  102. 13 overs: 
    Ind 82-0

    Thanks, Mitch. I've been enjoying reading all your texts, tweets and emails about memories of various games/settings/types of cricket. Makes me want to head back to my Grandad's back garden for a game. Gambhir welcomes me back to the comms box by flicking Tredwell over mid-wicket for four.


    From Paul Atkinson, TMS inbox: "Much of my young football practice was like Adam Cooper. I used to hare down the garden, playing one - twos with the fence, round the rockery and finish with a shot into the back gate. Then turn round and do the same back again, occasionally being tackled by the laburnum tree. It generally went well, but the odd shot that skimmed off the border wall and hit the French windows used to cause some upset. And my Dad was forever repairing broken fence slats where I'd missed my target.."

  104. 12 overs: 
    Ind 73-0

    If James Tredwell is (for this tour at least) England's senior off-spinner, they now turn to a man who's very much their junior off-spinner, Joe Root. The Yorkshire youngster will want to make an impression after being bumped down the batting order today (he was named at four on the scorecard but wasn't asked to bat in the top six). He's more of a batsman who bowls than a genuine all-rounder, a bit like Samit Patel - the pair of them will probably have to share the fifth bowler's allocation today. His first over serves up three singles and a leg bye,

    And this is Mark Mitchener signing off, I hand you back to your regular programmes - Stephan Shemilt is back to talk you through the rest of the game.


    From Cameron from Wandsworth, via text on 81111: "I remember me and my mate even set up video cameras at square leg and behind the bowlers arm so we could have our very own hawk eye and third umpire! We ended up spending more time watching frame by frames of a stumping appeal than actually playing!"

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "This has the feel of a day when you should have set your sights at 350, as it's such a fast outfield. England only lost four wickets."

  107. 11 overs: 
    Ind 69-0

    With the first powerplay concluded, England turn straight to spin in the persona of their number one spinner in this squad, newly appointed Kent captain James Tredwell - who's spent much of his England career as a drinks waiter and Graeme Swann's occasional ODI stuntman, but he should play this entire series. Rahane guides the off-spinner for a single, Gambhir turns a single off his legs and hares back for the second run, England may sense a run-out... but although the third umpire has a quick look, Gambhir has made his ground in time.


    From James Whitston, TMS inbox: "My mate Jon and I used to play Pear Cricket in his parents' garden. Windfalls from the large pear tree would be gently lofted onto the roof whilst the batsman waited on the patio three floors below. The tiles, gutter and variable softness of the fruit created a good variety of deliveries. The batman's task was to guide the plummeting pear away onto the lawn. Soft hands were the key to avoid getting plastered with smashed fruit, though we'd usually open the shoulders on the odd delivery in an attempt to coat the bowler. Wasps would often stop play."

  109. 10 overs: 
    Ind 66-0 (TARGET 326)

    Gambhir angles the bat for a single to third man, the Indian opening pair add a couple more before Finn strays with his line again and Gambhir flicks a four off his legs. When will the penny drop about bowling down the leg side?

    Sunil Gavaskar, BBC Test Match Special

    "When you're chasing more than six an over, you need a solid start, and that's what India have got, although there's only one more over of fielding restrictions."

  111. 9 overs: 
    Ind 60-0

    Gambhir guides Bresnan off his legs, but Ian Bell is in quickly from the square leg boundary to snuff out any chance of a second run. Anyone who saw Gambhir's running between the wickets during the Test series might have wondered if he'd taken on Nasser Hussain as his running coach... Big Tim yields four more singles, and England will be pleased to have dried up the boundaries for a couple of overs.


    Oliver Jones on Twitter: "My brother (who bats right-handed) once lost a ball doing a switch hit. This was years before KP on the scene. He was imitating Ian Ward."

  113. 8 overs: 
    Ind 55-0

    England may be grateful for the abolition of the fielding powerplay under these new ODI rules, as once 10 overs have been bowled, they'll be able to put two more men outside the circle - they're currently only permitted two. Finn has changed ends, and has suddenly rediscovered his mojo from this end, sending down five dot balls before Gambhir ends his hopes of a maiden over with a dabbed single to gully.

    Prakash Wakankar, BBC Test Match Special

    "This has to be the first 50 opening stand in a one-day international for India, for a long time - about 17 or 18 games."


    Blonde Bear on Twitter: "Re: Adam Cooper [4th over]: That has to be the saddest story I've ever heard."

  116. 7 overs: 
    Ind 54-0

    England turn to Tim Bresnan as they look to reassert some control on this runaway train of an Indian innings. Can Big Tim put the brakes on? Not at this stage, as some scampered ones and twos push this opening stand past 50, and Rahane helps himself to another four, guiding Bresnan off his legs for four.

  117. 6 overs: 
    Ind 44-0

    No change of bowling yet from England as Gambhir dabs Dernbach for a quick single, before Rahane slices another four wide of third man. Steve James on TMS wonders whether Tim Bresnan may have been a better option with the new ball - he may have bowled a little straighter. Rahane flashes and misses at a ball outside off stump, Dernbach unconvincingly appeals for a catch behind as Kieswetter looks to the heavens in the knowledge that Rahane didn't touch it. A single means Rahane has 19, Gambhir has 25.


    Sam Johnson on Twitter: "Early wickets are vital. You can't give these Indians time to settle, otherwise they'll just knock off these runs for fun."

  119. 5 overs: 
    Ind 38-0 (TARGET 326)

    The crowd are cranking up the volume as Gambhir helps himself to three back-to-back boundaries against Finn. The first is a clip off his legs, the second is a fortunate inside edge past the stumps and the third is a careful dab between the two slips, who are quite spread out - that's 12 from three balls. A single takes Gambhir to 24, and an expensive over concludes with another leg-glanced four by Rahane. 17 from that over, and India are off to a flier.


    From Adam Cooper, TMS inbox: "I used to play "Forever Alone" cricket with my roof. I'd throw a tennis ball on the roof and when it dropped, the number of bounces when I didn't field it clean represented runs and if it hit the guttering on the way down, that was an edge that could be caught for a wicket. Any ball in the flowers was a maximum and play was abandoned for a few minutes lest it was witnessed and my wonderful game was banned!"

  121. 4 overs: 
    Ind 21-0

    High, wide and not particularly handsome from Dernbach, and Gambhir carves him over the slips for four. A single takes the left-hander to 11, then a shorter delivery is easily clobbered through mid-wicket for four by Rahane.

    Meanwhile, TMS summariser Steve James's memory has come up trumps - England's last ODI win in India was in Jamshedpur in April 2006. Andrew Strauss led England for the first time, scoring 74 before having to retire hurt with cramp.


    Joseph Hayward on Twitter: "One for the statisticians - is that the first time an England team has completed a ODI innings with every batsman carding a 6?"

    Steve James, BBC Test Match Special

    "What you really want in this scenario is an early wicket or two, but it might be a bit difficult on this pitch."

  124. 3 overs: 
    Ind 12-0

    Rahane jabs Finn for a single, Gambhir rotates the strike but that's a pretty tight over.

    Simon Hughes, BBC Test Match Special

    "I wonder if the best role for Samit Patel might be to come in at six or seven and hit out at the end, which he did well. His bowling in the Test series was pretty ordinary, he struggled to land the ball at times."

    Steve James adds: "I don't think they'll play two spinners in the Champions Trophy at home, so Patel might be the one to miss out if they play six batsmen including Kieswetter, and five front-line bowlers. He's going to have plenty of bowling to do today."

  126. 2 overs: 
    Ind 10-0

    Jade Dernbach will have first use of the "other" new ball from the other end - he has a thick bandage covering his left elbow and forearm, which at least masks some of the legion of tattoos which cover both his arms. Dernbach's first ball is as wild and woolly as the new beard he's sporting, and the left-handed Gambhir helps it down the leg side for four. A Gambhir single allows the batsmen to change ends for the first time, and a Rahane single means both batsmen have five.

  127. 1 over: 
    Ind 4-0 (TARGET 326)

    Finn is up to his old tricks... knocking into the stumps with his knee as he bowls the second ball of the innings to the right-handed Rahane, and if he does that again it'll be called as a dead ball. There are two slips in, but when Finn strays down the leg side, Rahane effortlessly leg-glances him for four.

  128. 1042: 

    Steven Finn to take the first over - and if you think it's Sehwag o'clock, you're mistaken as he's been dropped for this series - the openers are Ajinkya Rahane and Gautam Gambhir.

  129. 1039: 

    We're nearly ready to resume play in Rajkot - as Stephan mentioned, this is Mark Mitchener sitting in for a spell - the "supersub" rule Steve James mentioned earlier is clearly alive and well in the area of text commentary. (Does that make me the equivalent of Vikram Solanki?)

    And if you enjoyed the tributes to CMJ and Tony Greig, remember you can listen back to each day's commentary via the BBC iPlayer, or the new iPlayer Radio mobile app which allows you to take TMS with you wherever you go.

    Russell Fuller, BBC Radio 5 live in India

    On Twitter: "Great to have the runs on the board but that may only be a par score. India's top 5 low on confidence though, which England must exploit."

  131. 1034: 

    Some news from the home of cricket: MCC has announced that retired umpire Simon Taufel will deliver this year's MCC Spirit of Cricket Cowdrey Lecture at Lord's on Wednesday, 24 July. If it's half as good as Kumar Sangakkara's lecture a couple of years ago, it will be a cracker.


    Indian writer and broadcaster Harsha Bhogle on TMS: "I think the only countries you'll get broadcasters who haven't played top-level cricket like CMJ are England and Australia, because there's such a tradition of radio broadcasting. I grew up idolising Tony Cozier when the West Indies toured, but I don't think there will be another Cozier, and I don't think there will be another CMJ on television."


    Former England all-rounder Ian Greig remembers his brother Tony on TMS: "When he was negotiating with Kerry Packer over World Series Cricket, he knew he was right, he stuck to his guns and I think everyone recognises now that what he did was good for world cricket. I've lost a brother, a mate and a hero, but I've got great memories."


    Former England all-rounder Ian Greig remembers his brother Tony on TMS: "The tributes we've been privileged to read from all around the world have been outstanding, and have given us comfort. I think a measure of the affection he was held in Australia was that Dennis Lillee called him every week while he was in hospital, and so did Jeff Thomson."

  135. 1015: 

    Richard Hobson of the Times explains how Alastair Cook warmly remembered listening to CMJ commentate on England overseas tours - "I've probably fallen asleep listening to his voice more than anyone else's," was the England captain's memory.

    Mark Mitchener, BBC Sport

    "Elsewhere in the world of cricket, Sri Lanka are 155-5 in the 34th over chasing 306 to beat Australia in the first ODI in Melbourne. And in the second Test in Port Elizabeth, South Africa have lost Alviro Petersen early but are 60-1 on the first morning, with Graeme Smith and Hashim Amla at the crease."


    From Sarah in London, TMS inbox: "During a very tense match against my brother I was caught on 99 by next door's dog."

  138. 1004: 

    So, England have to defend 325 if they are to win the first match of this series. That total sounds big but, on a good pitch under hot sun, I think it's just above par. Stay tuned to TMS during the interval for those tributes to Christopher Martin-Jenkins, Mark Mitchener will be here later to talk you through the early stages of India's reply.

    Mark Mitchener, BBC Sport

    "Ishant Sharma has just missed out on India's most expensive ODI bowling analysis of all time - that belongs to Zaheer Khan, who took 0-88 from his 10 overs against Sri Lanka in Rajkot in 2009. But Sharma's 0-86 is the most expensive for India against England - the previous record had been held by Karsan Ghavri, who took 0-83 in 11 overs at Lord's in the first match of the first World Cup in 1975."

    Sunil Gavaskar, BBC Test Match Special

    "The India bowlers have got a little bit of bounce, so I imagine Steven Finn will cause more than the of problem for the India batsmen. If India play proper cricket shots, they should be alright."

  141. 50 overs: 
    Eng 325-4

    Has Samit Patel played a match-changing innings? Successive boundaries in Kumar's final over of the innings are followed by a massive six over extra cover. Another couple takes him to 44 from only 22 balls, leaving England on 325-4. 38 came from the final two overs of the innings - perhaps just tipping the balance in England's favour. New coach Ashley Giles stands to applaud, but I still think conditions are set for a decent India chase. Game on.

    Sunil Gavaskar, BBC Test Match Special

    "Ishant Sharma has been a disappointment. He did so well against Pakistan the other day but he has spoilt it all by giving away 86 runs today."


    Mat Harris on Twitter: "We use the shed, cars, windows on house, dustbins and a fence as fielders. Many an argument if it carried or not."

  144. 49 overs: 
    Eng 307-4

    Are England getting a key late injection here? First Kieswetter smears Sharma through the off side for four, then Patel scoops through mid-wicket for another boundary. Sharma, with hair like a cocker spaniel, is livid to see Samit get a thick edge to third man and his misery is complete from the final ball of the over as Kieswetter plays the best shot of the lot. The ball is full, outside off stump, allowing the England keeper to launch over extra cover for a maximum. England are past 300, Sharma's 10 over have cost him 86. Ouch.


    From Chris Abell, TMS inbox: "At university we played marshmallow cricket in the kitchen. A cardboard poster tube for a bat, week old marshmallows that had hardened for the ball and the fridge as the stumps. The kitchen appliances all became fielders with Mark Ovens (the cooker with its door wide open) at slip. Terry Toaster took a couple of good catches at mid-wicket too. Roger Recycling Bin was my nemesis but scoring my maiden kitchen cricket century was a particular highlight of university."

  146. 48 overs: 
    Eng 287-4

    India persist with pace at the death, after all, it is they who have had the better of the second half of this innings. Bhuvneshwar Kumar returns, but gets his radar wrong as two attempted slower balls are called wide. The second is particularly wide - off the track - think Harmison at Brisbane. Still, when he's straight, England can't get Kumar away to the fence, with eight coming from the over.


    Von on Twitter: "Why pick Root if you just push him down the order? If England wanted fireworks in the middle they should've gone for Jos Buttler."

    Tim Peach, BBC Radio producer in India

    On Twitter: "Coming up in the interval; CMJ and Tony Greig tributes, with Colin Bateman (Daily Express), Richard Hobson (the Times) and Harsha Bhogle (Indian cricket writer & broadcaster), plus Tony's brother Ian Greig."

  149. 47 overs: 
    Eng 279-4

    Samit again takes a boundary from the first ball of the over, whipping Sharma to fine leg. A couple and single bring Kieswetter back on strike - can he improve? You bet he can, heaving a length ball over cow corner for a maximum. The next two balls are missed, though, which is sort of Kieswetter in microcosm. Six or nothing.

    Sunil Gavaskar, BBC Test Match Special

    "I can't believe that Matt Prior isn't in this England team. He's been batting so well, aggressively, for the past two years in Test cricket, I think he deserves another opportunity and can be the 'finisher' England need at number six or seven."

  151. 46 overs: 
    Eng 266-4

    Perhaps Samit is aware of my concerns - he hammers Dinda's first ball of the over above mid off for four. Still, after a single, Kieswetter huffs, puffs and swipes, resulting in three dots. Only five from the over - not really good enough from England at this stage.


    From Alan in Tunbridge Wells via text: "Me and my mate Gav (who's just emigrated to Oz) played garden cricket all the time when studying for our A levels. Courtney Walshing line, Dickie Bird-Table were regular fielders. Jonty Rhodes was the huge sliding door and hitting it meant you were out instantly. The compost heap at deep extra was Gus Fraser - never moved, ball always bounced off him."

  153. 45 overs: 
    Eng 261-4

    Joe Root continues down the greasy pole - now he's behind Samit Patel. We can confirm that Root hasn't gone missing - he's sat on the balcony with his pads on. England are aided by two leg-side wides from Ishant Sharma, but there's still only six from the over. I'm just throwing this out there, but, with only four frontline bowlers, new fielding restrictions and a belting pitch, are England in danger of falling way short?

    Steve James, BBC Test Match Special

    "I think Pietersen was looking to hit it straight down the ground, but couldn't get the elevation and it curled round into Kohli's hands at long-off. That's a big blow for England. I think it's a wise move sending Samit Patel in, rather than Joe Root on his one-day international debut."

    WICKET- Pietersen c Kohli b Dinda 44 (Eng 255-4)

    Now then, are England just losing their way a little here? Pietersen tries to give a full ball from Dinda the treatment, but can only pick out Virat Kohli, with the man at long off diving forward to take a very good catch. That's two big wickets in quick succession - India will fell that anything under 300 is very gettable.


    BBC Sport's Jon Barbuti on Twitter: "The reason Ashwin pauses in his delivery stride is so he can ponder just how bad a ball he's going to deliver next."

  157. 43 overs: 
    Eng 251-3

    As Steve James eludes to, debutant Joe Root is sliding down the order, with Craig Kieswetter coming in at five. He's off the mark with a single off Jadeja, with Pietersen, now on 41, taking a couple of his own. England 251-3, you feel these last seven overs are pretty crucial.

    Steve James, BBC Test Match Special

    "If the 'supersub' rules [which were briefly trialled by the ICC in one-day internationals in 2005] still existed, England would be substituting a bowler in for Joe Root about now."

  159. 42 overs: 
    WICKET- Morgan c & b Dinda 41 (Eng 248-3)

    Dinda does his best to drop this, but Morgan eventually has to get on his way. The left-hander had patted a chance back to the bowler, who grabbed the ball in his left hand and hit the deck. He emerged from the ground claiming the catch, but the umpires want to check that the ball has carried. Numerous replays show that Dinda just managed to control under his arm, gaining revenge for earlier in the over when Morgan hit him over long off for six and down the ground for four.


    From Russell in Cambridge, TMS inbox: "Re 31 overs - KP has Black Lace around his neck? Are they shaking pineapples and grinding coffee? You'll be telling us next that he's got Jo Dolce around his ankle. What's the matter, gotta no respect for cricket?"

  161. 41 overs: 
    Eng 236-2

    With the powerplay done, India revert to spin with the curly locks of Ravi Ashwin returning. The left-armer is over the wicket to Morgan, who plays an elbow-dislocating reverse sweep that earns him a single. If I tried to play a shot like that, I'd be out for the season.

    Steve James, BBC Test Match Special

    "England had a slightly sticky patch after they lost those two wickets, and Pietersen and Morgan took a while to play themselves in, but they need to kick on now with 10 overs left. And with these two, we can say that anything is possible."


    From Jamie in London via text: "Got made redundant yesterday. Am sat with a full english in front of the cricket. Secretly the dream."

  164. 40 overs: 
    Eng 232-2

    A flowing cover drive from Morgan gets him four through extra cover and brings up the 50 partnership. Gautam Gambhir trots to underarm the ball back, like a man who has lost all interest in fielding. It's as if he's saying: "It doesn't matter how many you get, we'll knock them off. No sweat." Morgan looks good now, cutting another boundary then swiping over deep mid-wicket for his first six. 15 off the final powerplay over, taking the five-over total to 44. Only 10 to go.


    From Ross in Vienna, TMS inbox: "I have always thought that, along with one hand one bounce, electric wickets would add a real sense of urgency."

  166. 39 overs: 
    Eng 217-2

    Ashwin's delivery stride pauses are getting longer. I wonder how long he could hold that pose for? Eventually, the umpire may have to give him a tap on the shoulder to make sure he actually sends the ball down. Pietersen cuts the first ball of the over for four, then skips down to bludgeon over long off for his first maximum. KP ticking now, he's on to 35 from only 32 balls.


    Will Strauss on Twitter: "As we never had enough fielders for 'one hand, one bounce' we recruited inanimate objects. The dustbin was a demon at shortleg."

  168. 38 overs: 
    Eng 204-2

    Finally England get a powerplay boundary, with Pietersen clubbing Sharma over mid-wicket then being helped by some drawbridge-like fielding from Ashwin at long on. Ten from the over - England need a few more like that so as not to waste the earlier good work of Cook and Bell.

    Sunil Gavaskar, BBC Test Match Special

    "Ashwin often pauses in his delivery stride in limited-overs cricket, to see if the batsman's going to give him the charge, but I don't think it necessarily helps him as you can lose a bit of rhythm doing that."

  170. 37 overs: 
    Eng 194-2

    Ashwin is pausing in his delivery stride an awful lot - twice in successive deliveries in this over. It hampers Pietersen when he gets on the charge, with Morgan also mistiming a pull shot. England have now gone two powerplay overs without finding the fence.


    Jake Waring on Twitter: "Surely Bell would have dived in if his Gran was using the 1p-a-run/ 5p-a-wicket reward system."

    Sunil Gavaskar, BBC Test Match Special

    "England have two of the best players of the sweep shot on their coaching staff, in Graham Gooch and Andy Flower, so they ought to be able to practise it in the nets."

  173. 0853: 
    Drinks break

    Why on earth do we have a drinks break in the middle of a powerplay? Surely that's one thing they could fix to make the middle overs of ODIs more exciting?

  174. 36 overs: 
    Eng 189-2

    India revert to pace in the powerplay, recalling Ishant Sharma to the attack, which means Pietersen has to call for the helmet again. Sorry, Jonlar. Only three men are allowed outside the circle, so there are six in the circle saving one. Morgan pushes to short cover, trying to steal a single and is diving to make his ground as Rahane's throw misses at the non-striker's end. That's the only run from the first over of the powerplay - very good from Sharma.


    From Jonlar, TMS inbox: "KP batting in a cap? - always find cricket a bit more gentry when one opts to bat in a cap."

    Simon Hughes, BBC Test Match Special

    "I was talking to some of the England batsmen the other day, and I think they've decided that because umpires are more likely to give batsmen out since the introduction of DRS [which is not in use in this series], they are only likely to sweep if the ball is outside off stump."

  177. 35 overs: 
    Eng 188-2

    More good stuff from Jadeja, restricting England to three singles from his set of six. The tourists have to take the batting powerplay now, the 36th over is the latest it can begin. I wonder if they're regretting not taking it when Cook and Bell were going strong.


    From Will in Barrow via text: "We would always use our 'free' periods at school to continue cricket tours of the driveways of our parents. Always using the wheelie bin as the wickets. Not sure Giles would be up for that."

  179. 34 overs: 
    Eng 185-2

    Still the part-time offies of Raina - the only successful bowler so far today. The right-armer, around the wicket, drops short to Morgan, allowing the leftie to belt through the covers for four.


    Mark Sepetowski on Twitter: "Re: Mark Harries (26 overs). Surely it's against health and safety to have a bus stop in the middle of your playground?"

  181. 33 overs: 
    Eng 178-2

    "Innnnnddddiiiiaaaaaa, Indya," chant some colourfully clad fans in the stand. It doesn't take long for Morgan to dip into his locker, pulling out an extravagant reverse sweep off Jadeja. It's been good from India - Dhoni has slowed the over rate and slowed England, but Pietersen is still able to force through point for four.

    Simon Hughes, BBC Test Match Special

    "This could be a bowler's nightmare for the next 10 overs, with Pietersen and Morgan in together on a flat pitch after the platform Cook and Bell have established."

  183. 31.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Cook c Rahane b Raina 75 (Eng 172-2)

    This is as soft as you like. With only 14 runs coming from the last four overs, Alastair Cook looks to force the issue, but can only get a top edge off Raina, with the ball popping his to the hands of Ajinkja Rahane at short fine leg. England really were cruising, but the introduction of the part-time bowlers has slowed them down. Are they in danger of falling short? Eoin Morgan is pushed to number four ahead of debutant Joe Root.

    Sunil Gavaskar, BBC Test Match Special

    "I can understand why some batsmen choose to wear a helmet whatever happens, as you can still top-edge the ball into your face. And I think it always makes sense for a wicketkeeper to wear a helmet when standing up - look what happened to Mark Boucher."

  185. 31 overs: 
    Eng 172-1

    Pietersen, tattoos on his arms and a black lace around his neck, has already removed the helmet, opting to bat in a cap. A KP single allows Cook to sweep for one more, with Pietersen then working left-armer Jadeja into the leg side. I'm sure Jadeja's hair has grown considerably in the course of this game - frankly, it's massive. A bit like Marouane Fellaini. Four from the over.

    Mark Mitchener, BBC Sport

    "Today's third international match will soon begin in Port Elizabeth at 0830 GMT - South Africa have won the toss and will bat first in the second Test against New Zealand. The Kiwis give a Test debut to batsman Colin Munro, while South Africa field seamer Rory Kleinveldt in place of the injured Vernon Philander."

  187. 30 overs: 
    Eng 167-1

    Cook makes light of losing his opening partner to dance towards Raina and lift over extra cover for four. The England skip moves to 73.


    Sam Griffin on Twitter: "Surely the 3 misses and you're out rule will make the ODIs more interesting."

  189. 29 overs: 
    Eng 162-1

    The arrival of Kevin Pietersen - on his return to international limited-overs cricket, remember - sees left-arm spin introduced in the shape of Ravi Jadeja. Pietersen must have been climbing the wall of the dressing room seeing these batting conditions - sun out, flat deck, lightning outfield - but he begins by respecting Jadeja. Two singles and a wide from the over.

    Steve James, BBC Test Match Special

    "Bell should have dived. You've got to dive in this situation, he'll be disappointed with that as there was a big hundred there for the taking on this pitch."

  191. 27.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Bell run out 85 (Eng 158-1)

    Cook flicks to Rahane at short fine leg, and the fielder's direct hit beats Bell by a yard. The England man would probably have made it if he dived, but he didn't want to get his trousers dirty. I think that's the only way India were going to take a wicket.


    Graham Beer on Twitter: "The boys need to open up and start firing on all cylinders. KP must be desperate to get onto this pitch."

  193. 27 overs: 
    Eng 157-0

    More part-time bowling, this time in the shape of Virat Kohli's medium pacers. With an action that sees him deliver the ball off the wrong foot, Kohli strays down the leg side, allowing Bell to sweep into the shadows at fine leg for four.


    Mark Harries on Twitter: "One of my softer dismissals in playground cricket involved getting caught one hand one bounce by a chap departing his bus."

  195. 26 overs: 
    Eng 148-0

    India turn to the part-time off-breaks of Suresh Raina and it nearly brings a breakthrough as Cook cue ends a sweep shot. The ball bounces short of third man and they run a single. Decent start from Raina, only three from the over.

    Steve James, BBC Test Match Special

    "I think it's fair to expect that England will need to make their highest one-day score against India - which is currently 338 in the tied game at Bangalore in the last World Cup - if they're to have any hope of winning this."

  197. 25 overs: 
    Eng 145-0

    Ashok Dinda, bowling around the wicket, oversteps, meaning Ian Bell will be facing a free hit. To prepare, Bell changes his bat, but can only swipe down the ground for a single. Surely Dinda won't do it again, will he? Oh dear, not only is it another no ball, but Alastair Cook also whips for four to fine leg. Mahendra Dhoni, hands on hips, is angrier than a swarm of hornets, but Dinda redeems himself with a wider one that Cook misses. We're halfway - Bell 74, Cook 66.


    Rachel T on Twitter: "Surely, if you hit a six into someone's garden, then you have to go and retrieve the ball - or pay someone 50p to do it for you."

    Mark Mitchener, BBC Sport

    "Cook and Bell have now passed the highest ODI opening stand for England against India - not only beating the 129 added by Cook and Craig Kieswetter in Kolkata in October 2011, but the previous record of 133, compiled by the unlikely pair of Chris Tavare and Barry Wood at Headingley in June 1982."

  200. 24 overs: 
    Eng 138-0

    This is good batting from England, but at the moment it's not an equal contest between bat and ball. Cook skips down the track to plant Ashwin down the ground for a maximum, then rocks back to pull a shorter ball for four through the vacant mid-wicket region.


    Gudagudi on Twitter: "Stop playing cricket on these roads. time to play on some real grounds to make matches interesting."

  202. 23 overs: 
    Eng 127-0

    A couple of extraordinary shots from Bell off Dinda, both involving a wander down the wicket. The first is a pull shot then goes straight down the ground for a couple, the second is a sort of shovel over mid off for a single. England's serene progress continues.


    From Nemo in Flitwick via text: "If they hit the ball out of the ground and lands in someone's garden, is that 6 and out?"

  204. 22 overs: 
    Eng 121-0

    There's a few empty seats, but we have a very good crowd for what is the first international at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot. When the stump cam shows us the sky, you can see it is the clearest blue, a blue that matches the shirts of the India team. Ashwin, stopping and starting is action, is frustrated to see Bell top-edge a sweep, with the ball landing safely at fine leg.

    Simon Hughes, BBC Test Match Special

    "This is a licence to print runs with this pitch and this outfield. With only four men outside the circle, they can pick their spot."

  206. 21 overs: 
    Eng 119-0

    Ian Bell is in rare touch, spotting a Dinda slower ball and belting it over mid off for four. I'm going to make an early call on these new ODI fielding restrictions - I don't like them. Seems far too weighted in favour of the batsmen to have only four men on the boundary. Bell is on to 66.


    James Carson on Twitter: "Surely the one hand, one bounce rule needs introducing?"

    Yes! Anyone who has played cricket must have experienced one hand, one bounce? In my opinion, it's the superior form of the game, even better than Test matches.

  208. 20 overs: 
    50 for Alastair Cook- Eng 112-0

    R Ashwin (who apparently prefers not to be called Ravi) changes ends after drinks, but is met with the full flow of Alastair Cook's bat, with the England skipper driving in the air down the ground for four. A top-edged sweep follows, falling short of the man at deep square leg and taking the Essex left-hander to his 14th ODI half-century from only 50 balls. That's 10 balls faster than Ian Bell.


    From Kevin Burge, TMS inbox: "Ian Bell is a good player but he still struggles to pick up singles and rotate the strike, he can pick up a boundary and will then block the next 3-4 balls not even looking to score."

    Simon Hughes, BBC Test Match Special

    "Bell looks a completely different player to the Test series, where he was ponderous - here, he's purposeful. Technically, he hasn't quite worked out how to manoeuvre the ball around in Test cricket on these slower pitches. Dinda was charging in as fast as he could there, but Cook just pushed at the ball and it raced away for four. You think of him as a workmanlike player rather than an elegant batsman, but that had shades of David Gower."

  211. 19 overs: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Eng 105-0

    Some of England's strokeplay this morning has been a real treat. The latest candidate for the highlight reel is a sumptuous Cook cover drive off the returning Ashok Dinda that beats the dive of mid off for four. The outfield is that fast, the ball is still accelerating as it hits the rope. Another, uglier, slash also finds the off-side fence and takes England to drinks. The tourists will be very happy with their morning so far.


    Martin Upshall on Twitter: "Has a player ever retired due to sunburn as Ian Bell is getting red at an ever increasing rate."

  213. 18 overs: 
    Eng 97-0

    The constant tinkering with ODI playing conditions is an attempt to liven up the middle overs of the innings. I'm not sure if messing with fielding restrictions or powerplays is the way to go. Perhaps the ICC could take their lead from junior cricket and make every player in the team bowl two overs? Or make batsmen retire at 50? Maybe they should make a batsman remove one piece of protective equipment every 10 runs they score. What would go first? Surely not the box? Cook reverse sweeps Jadeja for four to move to 37.

    Simon Hughes, BBC Test Match Special

    "Ashwin's doing his best to disrupt the batsman by pausing in his delivery stride or bowling the odd round-arm delivery, but with one fewer boundary fielder allowed, he's having trouble deciding where to put them. I can't see teams being satisfied with anything less than 325-330 here, and even that may be gettable."

  215. 17 overs: 
    Eng 91-0

    With Bell batting in a cap and Ashok Dinda earlier bowling in a sweatband, it seems like a bit of a throwback to cricket in the 1970s. Ashwin has been economical, but Cook finally gets the offie to the boundary, powerfully sweeping to deep square leg. New England limited-overs coach Ashley Giles is spotted by the cameras, he looks relaxed. So relaxed that he's wearing sunglasses indoors. I'm not sure that the Wheelie Bin is cool enough to pull that off.

  216. 16 overs: 
    50 for Ian Bell- Eng 82-0

    Bell, under the cloudless Rajkot sky, decides to dispense with his helmet and goes to his 24th ODI fifty with a reverse paddle for four. Only 60 deliveries for that half-century. You know, when Ian Bell is batting like this, I'm not sure there's any other England player I'd rather watch - including Kevin Pietersen.

    Steve James, BBC Test Match Special

    "I had lunch with Duncan Fletcher earlier this week and he was in surprisingly good spirits. He doesn't know what's going to happen when his contract's up. He actually asked my advice when he was offered the India job and I told him not to take it as he had nothing to gain. They'd won the World Cup, they were number one in the world and there was only one way to go from there."

  218. 15 overs: 
    Eng 74-0

    Ravichandran Ashwin really is bowling well here - England haven't yet found a way to get him away. Four singles from the over - Cook is 24, Bell 48.

    Steve James, BBC Test Match Special

    "It's remarkable to think that Ian Bell wasn't even in England's one-day side at the start of last season - he only got back in when Kevin Pietersen retired. He's been shunted up and down the order, but he seems to have found his place here."

  220. 14 overs: 
    Eng 70-0

    Occasionally, you see professional sportsmen do something and wonder "how on earth do they do that?" This is one of those times, as Ian Bell leans into a cover drive off Jadeja, effortlessly lifting over extra cover for the first six of the series. I think I'd struggle to hit the ball that far if I was given four goes at whacking the ball from where it landed. Brilliant stuff.


    From Andy in Stockport, via text: "If Mr Gavaskar wants some excitement on England's roads he could come cycling with me through Stockport at half 7 in a morning."

  222. 13 overs: 
    Eng 64-0

    Ashwin, bowling with a leg slip to the right-hander, delays his action to outfox Bell, who bunts the next ball through the covers for a couple. There's a little turn there for Ashwin. In three overs of spin, we've seen no boundaries.

    Prakash Wakankar, BBC Test Match Special

    "This is the kind of start England would have wanted after winning the toss - it's been brisk, but more importantly they've not lost wickets."

  224. 12 overs: 
    Eng 61-0

    Spin may be the order of the day from now on, with Lionel Ritchie-lookalike Ravi Jadeja replacing Dinda. The left-armer is over the wicket to Cook and around to Bell, with both men pushing down the ground for singles. Cook has 22, Bell 37.

    Mark Mitchener, BBC Sport

    "Over in Melbourne, Australia have made 305-5 from their 50 overs against Sri Lanka. Debutant Phillip Hughes hit 112 and George Bailey made 89, his highest ODI score, but fell short of a century, while David Hussey - back in the side after his brother's retirement - smashed 60 not out from 34 balls."

  226. 11 overs: 
    Eng 58-0

    In India? Getting smashed around the ground? Turn to spin. That's exactly what MS Dhoni does, calling Ravichandran Ashwin into the attack as soon as the powerplay ends. Only four men allowed outside the circle, remember. Ashwin, bowling in shades with his man-in-handcuffs action, starts well - just four single from the over.


    From Julian in Wimbledon, via text: "Why isn't the middle order determined by the situation? If we are 50-2 you might want Root at four to play steady and hold Morgan back, whereas if we are 200-2 after 40 overs you absolutely want Morgan in at four. I always think the middle order should be more fluid based on the game situation."

  228. 10 overs: 
    Eng 54-0

    The first bowling change of the day sees pacer Ashok Dinda replace Ishant Sharma. Dinda, with a black sweatband around his forehead, is around the wicket to Cook, but drifts into the pads and is picked up over mid-wicket for four. The England skipper is on to 19 from 23 balls.

    Steve James, BBC Test Match Special

    "There aren't many better sights in cricket than Ian Bell driving through extra cover, are there?"

  230. 9 overs: 
    Eng 47-0

    Oh dear, what a shot this is from Ian Bell. He's already batting out of his crease to Kumar but this time shimmies down the track to drive straight of mid off for four. With his opening bowler's pride perhaps wounded by the sight of a batsman walking towards him, Kumar loses the plot, sending down a wide half-volley, which is given the treatment. Bell has 33 from 35 balls.

    Simon Hughes, BBC Test Match Special

    "This has been a bit of an erratic spell from Ishant Sharma, he's either going for lots of runs or not many at all."

  232. 8 overs: 
    Eng 37-0

    Sharma, around the wicket to the left-handed Cook, is back of a length to keep the England skipper honest on the back foot. The right-armer notches his second maiden of the day.

    Sunil Gavaskar, BBC Test Match Special

    "I like driving in India, but I don't drive in England because it's too orderly. In India, you get used to cars and trucks cutting in front of you, but in England I'd probably be lulling myself to sleep knowing that no-one was going to cut in front of me without indicating."

  234. 7 overs: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Eng 37-0

    Kumar, with his skiddy action, is getting some swing back into the right-handed Bell and screams for lbw when he beats the inside edge. It looks like a good shout, but umpire Steve Davis - Morpheus-like shades on his nose - shakes his head. Bell responds by unfurling a beautiful cover drive for yet another boundary. England are motoring.


    Owen Morgan on Twitter: "Would be disappointed if England's top five didn't account for a minimum of 250."

  236. 6 overs: 
    Eng 33-0

    Fetch that. Alastair Cook brandishes hit bat with all savagery of a fencer with an epee, carving a Sharma long hop through point for four. A less convincing flash brings the England skipper four more through third man, then a third boundary comes with a flowing cover drive. Good over for the tourists.

  237. 5 overs: 
    Eng 21-0

    A chance for India goes begging. Bell - batting out of his crease to Kumar - goes back, getting a thick edge. The ball flies to wicketkeeper Mahendra Dhoni's right and the only slip fielder's left. Neither moves, both watching the ball run away to third man for another boundary. After you, Claude.


    Guv Singh Kahlon on Twitter: "Why doesn't KP open in ODIs? Surely you give your best batsmen the most time in limited-overs cricket, like India did with Sachin."

  239. 4 overs: 
    Eng 16-0

    Hello, is that just a touch of uneven bounce? Sharma gets one to skuttle low, with the very next ball climbing at Ian Bell from around the same length. A maiden.


    Si Lomas on Twitter: "Don't know why Alex Hales isn't in squad, he'd be perfect at top of order with Cook, Bell 3, Pietersen 4, Morgan 5 looks stronger."

  241. 3 overs: 
    Eng 16-0

    This really does look a belting deck - Ian Bell must feel like he's batting on the M6 as he tucks into a cut shot off Kumar, earning four through point.

    Sunil Gavaskar, BBC Test Match Special

    "India will hope that this game isn't settled by less than three runs, as those four overthrows could be very costly. You can see this is a good pitch to bat on, batsmen can get forward and there shouldn't be too much deviation."

  243. 2 overs: 
    Eng 11-0

    Ishant Sharma - he of the dark mullet - takes the other new ball. Bell, who has been in good touch in England's two warm-up defeats, angles a shorter ball to third man for the first boundary of the day, then pushes into the leg side for a sharp single. Ravi Jadeja swoops, throws the ball at the non-striker's end, hitting the stumps. Bell is well home, with the rebound wrongfooting the fielders backing-up and running for four overthrows. Buzzers!

    Sunil Gavaskar, BBC Test Match Special

    "Classical batsmen like Bell and Cook will take their time before playing their shots because of the rule that there's a new ball being used at either end."

  245. 1 over: 
    Eng 2-0

    The pitch has the odd green patch, but looks very flat. The outfield has plenty of burnt, straw-coloured patches. it looks lightning fast. Cook and Bell take a single each to get England under way.


    From Gordon, TMS inbox: "It's not that difficult to extend Christmas festivities here in Kuala Lumpur due to the all embracing nature of public holidays. Following the Gregorian New Year we have Prophet Mohammed's birthday holiday in a couple of weeks, followed quickly by the Hindu Thaipusam holiday. Hot on the heels of this will be Federal Territory Day and then Chinese New Year. It's only after the middle of February that we run out of festivities. A succession of England wins in the one-dayers would certainly help carry the Christmas feeling through this period."

  247. 0630: 

    Here we go then, the players are out in the middle. England in their navy blue, India in a blue of the sky variety. Alastair Cook is on strike, Ian Bell is the man at the other end. Right-arm pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has the ball.

    Sunil Gavaskar, BBC Test Match Special

    "I really can't see India coach Duncan Fletcher's contract being renewed when it finishes in April, even if India win this series 5-0. There's a lot of clamour for an Indian coach, Sourav Ganguly's name has been mentioned but I'm not sure whether he will have the time or the inclination, as he's got a young family and doesn't want to travel too much."


    India: G Gambhir, A M Rahane, V Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, S K Raina, M S Dhoni (Capt, Wkt), R A Jadeja, R Ashwin, B Kumar, I Sharma, A Dinda.

    England: A N Cook (Capt), I R Bell, K P Pietersen, J E Root, E J G Morgan, C Kieswetter (Wkt), S R Patel, T T Bresnan, J C Tredwell, S T Finn, J W Dernbach.

  250. 0625: 

    In case you didn't know, the cricketing powers that be have made yet more changes to the playing conditions of ODIs. The key points are this; we now only have two powerplays - one at the start of the innings, one taken by the batting side. In non-powerplay overs, only four fielders are allowed to be outside the 30-yard circle (it used to be five) and bowlers can now send down two bouncers in any over. Confused? Don't be. By the time you've got your head around these changes, the ICC will tinker again.

    Steve James, BBC Test Match Special

    "This isn't the team I thought England were going to pick, it looked from the warm-up game as though Joe Root was going to miss out and Samit Patel was going to bat at four. They had been picking five specialist bowlers, but the fifth bowling slot will have to be shared between Root, Patel and possibly Pietersen. It's a gamble because of the new ODI regulations that there can only be four men outside the circle in non-powerplay overs. I'm not sure the rule change allowing two bouncers per over is going to be much help in India, though it may work in England. I might have been tempted to bowl first, after they couldn't defend 294 in the last warm-up."

  252. 0620: 

    By my reckoning, England have lost their last three one-day series in India 5-0, 5-0 and 5-1. England have had an impressive 12 months since Cook took over as skipper, but is this a big ask for this young squad without James Anderson, Jonathan Trott, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann? Having said that, not many gave England a chance in the Test series, and India have just lost a a three-match home ODI series to Pakistan 2-1.

    Mark Mitchener, BBC Sport

    "The one-day international series between Australia and Sri Lanka is already a few hours old in Melbourne. The Aussies are resting several first-choice players including captain Michael Clarke, opener David Warner, keeper Matthew Wade and the retired Mike Hussey, and they have three ODI debutants at the top of the order. But Phillip Hughes has hit 112 on his ODI debut while stand-in skipper George Bailey, who usually leads the T20 side, is unbeaten on 83 - Australia are 223-3 in the 41st over."

  254. 0616: 
    Get involved

    So, as TMS takes to the air, I have the chance to ask what you make of all that? Can England - the world number ones - overturn the world champions in their own backyard? How will Ashley Giles go in his first series as England limited-over coach? How are you extending your Christmas? I need answers. The three ways to get in touch don't change. Tweet using the hashtag #bbccricket, text 81111 or email with 'For Stephan Shemilt' in the subject.

  255. 0613: 

    A couple of things to note in the team selections. England have picked only four frontline bowlers in Tim Bresnan, James Tredwell, Jade Dernbach and Steven Finn. The tourists will need 10 overs from Samit Patel and Joe Root. India have opted against handing an ODI debut to Cheteshwar Pujara.


    India captain Mahendra Dhoni: "We were looking to bat, but we feel the wicket will remain the same. A fast outfield means it might not be too bad to chase. It's very important for us to field well. It will be a test for the bowlers, I don't think there will be much help, it will be tough for the fast bowlers."


    England captain Alastair Cook: "We have a very different squad from the Test series, it's a great opportunity for some of these players in what is a hard place to play one-day cricket. It looks a fantastic wicket and a very quick outfield. It's the first international game here, but it looks like it will be high scoring."

    England win the toss and bat

    A late Christmas present for Alastair Cook - his call of heads is correct, with the England skipper gobbling up the chance to bat first in Rajkot. Joe Root is handed his ODI debut and will bat at number four. Mahendra Dhoni says he wanted to bat, but thinks a fast outfield will help India's chase. The home side have recalled Ashok Dinda. Full teams to follow.

  259. 0602: 

    But, what if you could extend Christmas, just for a few more days? And, I'm not talking about the local production of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, which I'll be going to see next weekend (can you believe it runs until 19 January?). I can bring you some cheer with the prospect of more England touring in India - five one-dayers to be exact. Like the sound of that? Then let us begin.

  260. 0601: 

    Christmas Eve in the pub. Falling out with your brother-in-law. New socks from your mum. Only Fools And Horses. England winning in India. Great days.

  261. 0600: 

    Remember Christmas? Seems like a long time ago after a week back in the office, doesn't it?

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Live Scores - India v England


  • England beat India by 9 runs
  • India: 316-9 (50.0 overs)
  • England: 325-4 (50.0 overs)
  • Venue: Rajkot

India Innings

Player outReason Bowledby Runs
Total for 9 316
Rahane c Dernbach b Tredwell 47
Gambhir c Bell b Tredwell 52
Kohli c Kieswetter b Bresnan 15
Yuvraj c Dernbach b Tredwell 61
Raina c and b Tredwell 50
Dhoni c Root b Dernbach 32
Jadeja b Dernbach 7
Ashwin c Kieswetter b Finn 13
B Kumar not out 20
Dinda b Bresnan 3
I Sharma not out 7
Extras 1nb 7w 1lb 9

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.