India v England, third one-day international as it happened

India beat England by seven wickets with nearly 22 overs to spare in the third one-day international in Ranchi.

19 January 2013 Last updated at 12:53 GMT

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  1. 1248: 

    I think I'll leave Mark (below) with the last word on this one, because it's hard to disagree with him. England have now been thumped in consecutive one-dayers and have to find a way to turn things around in Mohali on Wednesday, or the series will be gone. Join us then and enjoy your weekend.


    Mark Dowson on Twitter: "21.5 overs to spare and 7 wickets, that was embarrassing."


    Man of the match Virat Kohli: "I've been batting well for a while but getting out in different ways. I've been waiting for one good knock and today I went in and just reacted to how the ball was bowled at me. I just decided to go out there and be positive. The crowd support was brilliant, the stadium is beautiful."


    India captain Mahendra Dhoni: "The bowlers did the job for us. It looked like a good wicket, so it was important we did well with the new ball. 150 was not enough for England to defend, then Gautam and Virat Kohli batted really well. I think we'll take a lot of confidence out of this game moving on to the next one. I was not nervous, I've played a lot of cricket here. I'm happy that I fielded 50 overs, we won the game and I got the opportunity to bat. This is one of the best facilities, which is bound to happen if you're making a new stadium, the response from the people has been amazing."


    England captain Alastair Cook: "150 was nowhere near enough on that wicket, it never is unless it's a freak game. India kept us under pressure and didn't give us any free hits early on - we tried our hardest in the field but the damage had already been done. We didn't get out to many attacking shots, more to defensive shots, so that's a concern. We're not delivering out in the middle at the moment, in the last two games we've not played to our potential. We knew we'd need to win three games to win the series, we've got to dig deep and do better in Mohali."


    From Dave, via text on 81111: "Why do we persist with Patel and Kieswetter! It's a mystery to many of us."


    India batsman Gautam Gambhir: "It was more important to do the job, rather than think about the finish. Me and Virat had a good partnership, setting it up for Yuvi and MS. I'm not a big believer in momentum, it's all about how you play on any given day."

  8. 1231: 

    Over in Australia, Brisbane Heat have won the Big Bash League, beating Perth Scorchers by 34 runs in the final. The Scorchers were restricted to 133-9 in pursuit of the Heat's 167-5. West Indies pacer Kemar Roach took 3-18 for Brisbane.


    Joesuffield on Twitter: "Fair play to England for letting Dhoni come in to hit the winning runs."

    Sunil Gavaskar, BBC Test Match Special

    "India would have taken heart from getting close in that defeat in the first one-dayer, then they won in Kochi and again today. In a limited-overs game, anything can happen, but they've regrouped after that loss in Rajkot and their training has paid dividends."

  11. 28.1 overs: 

    Had to be, just had to be. A Steven Finn short ball is pulled to the square leg fence by hometown hero Mahendra Dhoni to complete a monster win for India, by seven wickets with the majority of 22 overs to spare. A complete shellacking.

  12. 28 overs: 
    Ind 153-3

    Dhoni even changes his bat in preparation for a big hit. A couple of sighters, then a skip down the track that isn't quite there to attack. A missed cut, a guide to third man, still nothing, then a push into the leg side for a single. He keeps the strike, but, having taken his lid off, he has to recall the helmet. Surely that shouldn't be allowed? Then again, Dhoni can do what he likes in Ranchi.


    Phil Mansell on Twitter: "Jade Dernbach is not good enough for England, surely has to be dropped after this series."

  14. 27 overs: 
    Ind 152-3

    How hard does Mahendra Dhoni hit the ball? Perhaps spurred by 40,000 fans in Ranchi, he hammers Steven Finn back down the ground, with the ball still reaching the boundary despite hitting the non-striker's stumps. Now only five to win, with Dhoni hooking a single to have strike for the next over. Dhoni to win it with a boundary. Has to be...

    Prakash Wakankar, BBC Test Match Special

    "Dhoni hit the winning runs in the World Cup final, that was an incredible roar, but nothing compared to this. As soon as they realised it was their son of the soil, the whole crowd was on their feet. I've seen some ovations for Sachin Tendulkar, but this was much, much bigger than anything Sachin got."

  16. 25.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Yuvraj b Tredwell 30 (Ind 144-3)

    Who writes Mahendra Dhoni's scripts? Just when it looked nothing would halt India, James Tredwell gets one to turn past Yuvraj Singh's outside edge, taking the off stump. The result? Dhoni puts his cap on his head and walks out to bat in front of his home crowd. A deafening din greets the India skip in Ranchi.


    Purush on Twitter: "Will Dhoni be able to show his helicopter shots to his home crowd? England almost gave up some time ago."

  18. 25 overs: 
    Ind 143-2

    Exhibition stuff from Kohli, who now pulls out a cover drive off Dernbach that's more pleasing on the eye than Anne Hathaway in the Dark Knight Rises. He's up to 73 in even time. The gulf between the sides is demonstrated by a hit-me served up by Dernbach, a slow half-volley hammered away by Yuvraj. India tucking into the Dernbach buffet, with Yuvi pulling another boundary. 14 off the over, 53 have come off the last five.

    Steve James, BBC Test Match Special

    "England have invested a lot of time in Craig Kieswetter, I think he's in their plans for the Champions Trophy. If they were to make only the one change, would it be fair for him to take the blame for today?"

  20. 24 overs: 
    Ind 129-2

    This is men against boys, a shellacking, an embarrassment. Call it what you like, but India are racing towards a huge win, helped by another Kohli maximum. Again it's Tredwell getting the treatment, this time over wide long on. Only 27 more needed, I can't see us reaching 30 overs.

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "A couple of wickets would make it interesting... for the crowd, as it would bring Dhoni in."

  22. 23 overs: 
    Ind 120-2

    You don't often see Alastair Cook looking angry, but he has the face of a young Victor Meldrew as the returning Jade Dernbach is whipped through mid-wicket by Yuvraj. Dernbach's response is more vocal, mouthing words that would cost me my job should I print them here. Four more for Yuvi, this time an effortless drive past extra cover. He's already on 21 from 16 balls.


    From Dick in KL, TMS inbox: "The first page of the list of most expensive ODI bowlers includes three of today's England team. And if Stuart Broad gets back in to the team we'll have another high ranker!!"

  24. 22 overs: 
    Ind 109-2 (target 156)

    Is the sound of leather hitting the middle of a cricket bat the most pleasing in the world? Well, perhaps only second to the other half saying "no, you go to the pub, I'll be fine here cooking your tea". Kohli leans back to crunch Tredwell straight for a huge maximum, leaving India needing only 47 to win. We are sprinting towards a finish.

    Steve James, BBC Test Match Special

    "England haven't bowled much spin, but Dhoni was also quite reluctant to bowl his spinners early on, it's quite rare to have that amount of seam movement on an Indian pitch for so long. But I think this game was over a long time ago."

  26. 21 overs: 
    50 FOR VIRAT KOHLI- Ind 100-2

    A huge roar greets Virat Kohli's half-century - his 22nd in ODIs from only 58 balls. He had been struggling a little before this knock, but now raises his bat towards the India dressing room and beats his heart in celebration. Yuvi isn't interested in that celebration nonsense, belting a Bresnan long hop towards cow corner. Umpire S Ravi signals six, despite the ball landing a good few feet inside the rope, with replays leading to the decision being corrected.

    Mark Mitchener, BBC Sport

    "Over in Paarl, South Africa have been bowled out for 208 by New Zealand with 3.4 overs to spare in the first one-dayer. Debutant left-arm seamer Mitchell McClenaghan took 4-20 from 10 overs, while part-time off-spinner Kane Williamson, who only had five wickets from his 33 previous ODIs, took an unlikely 4-22. And in the Big Bash final, Perth Scorchers are 83-3 from 12.2 overs, nearly halfway to their target of 168 to beat Brisbane Heat. Listen to the full game on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra from 2000 GMT."

  28. 20 overs: 
    Ind 90-2

    Has that wicket lifted England? Not visibly. Kohli works through the leg side for a couple, with another single taking him to 4,000 ODI runs at an average of exactly 50. Yuvraj, perhaps with an early dinner reservation, decides to get on with it, dancing to Tredwell over mid off for four.


    Ralph Brooker on Twitter: "As I recall Dernbach was selected for 'death' bowling (various slower ones). Death bowling = five overs. Hopeless in the other five."

  30. 19 overs: 
    Ind 83-2

    Dhoni resists the temptation to push himself up the order for now, with Yuvraj Singh coming in at number four. Yuvi watches on as Virat Kohli plays a rocket-like pull shot off Bresnan, the ball hitting the fence before anyone can move. He moves to 46 with a single dabbed to deep square leg.

  31. 17.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Gambhir c Root b Tredwell 33 (Ind 78-2)

    Could James Tredwell be that magician England are in desperate need of? He encourages Gautam Gambhir to try and hit down the ground, but the left-hander gets it all wrong, picking out the leaping Joe Root at mid-on. A chink of a light for England, or just a bump in the road for India?

    Simon Hughes, BBC Test Match Special

    "I wouldn't put it past Dhoni to promote himself up the order to number four. He's a born entertainer, I love his attitude to the game - he'll know the crowd want him to come in and belt a couple of sixes, and I wouldn't be surprised if he obliged. Apparently he's a nightmare to get hold of - he doesn't often take a mobile phone with him, and when he does, he doesn't answer it."


    Rinu on Twitter: "England made the stupidest decision in resting Anderson and Swann. Their two best bowlers."

  34. 17 overs: 
    Ind 78-1

    Tim Bresnan has switched ends, so no sign of England's fifth bowler just yet. Can Alastair Cook conjure a bit of magic from somewhere? Anywhere? Laxatives in the India drinks? Locking them in the dressing room? Gambhir carves through point. India march on.

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "It's been noticeable that there's not been a lot of 'chat' out in the middle, after the last series was quite bad-tempered with the likes of Kohli and Raina getting involved. They're just getting on with it."

  36. 16 overs: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Ind 73-1

    Simon Hughes beats me to tell you that James Tredwell is on as soon as the powerplay is over. Tredwell, cushion permanently secreted inside his shirt, gets a little drift, but is cut for a couple by Kohli. Drinkles.

    Simon Hughes, BBC Test Match Special

    "England need Tredwell to produce some magic here, as the seamers look spent."

  38. 15 overs: 
    Ind 70-1

    Still it's Finn, whose unlucky day continues when Kohli gloves a hook shot wide of Kieswetter for four. Lots of dancing, singing and horn-blowing inside the ground, with one sign saying "Dhoni we want you team inside this ground again and again". Joe Root pulls off a good diving stop at long leg to deny Gambhir a boundary. 86 needed from 35 overs. A doddle.


    Seb Horner on Twitter: "Great to see our old friends Mahmood and Plunkett also representing England near the top of that list of most expensive bowlers!"

  40. 14 overs: 
    Ind 60-1

    England are bowling well here, but there is no pressure to score on this India pair. They need little more than two runs per over in this chase - that would be slow even for a Test match. Good from Bresnan again, his second maiden on the bounce. Big Tim has 0-11 from four.


    Sally Smith on Twitter: "Remember the Aussies lost 9 wickets for 40 yesterday..... anything can happen!"

  42. 13 overs: 
    Ind 60-1

    I think this might be Steven Finn's last over of the spell, especially as James Tredwell twirls his arms to ready himself for a trundle. Finn, running in with his arms close to his body, posts a leg gully for the left-handed Gambhir and concedes only three singles. Kohli has 32, Gambhir 24.

    Mark Mitchener, BBC Sport

    "A Jade Dernbach stat you may have heard on the television - the Surrey man currently has the worst ODI economy rate in history, among bowlers to have bowled more than 1,000 deliveries - 6.21 runs per over. His nearest challenger, with 6.07, is our old friend Sreesanth, the excitable Indian pace bowler/pantomime villain."

  44. 12 overs: 
    Ind 57-1

    It really does look dark in Ranchi. The floodlights haven't quite taken full effect yet and the light isn't helped by the two huge stands at either end. Accurate maiden from Bresnan, watched by England limited-overs coach Ashley Giles, who sits making notes. A penny for his thoughts.


    From Andrew Mason in Paris, TMS inbox: "When was the last time all three wickets from a bowler - of any kind and in any form of the game - fall for a duck?"

  46. 11 overs: 
    Ind 57-1

    Finn, in to his sixth over, keeps the short leg for Kohli, who unfurls what is probably the shot of the day - a drive past mid-on with a blade straighter than the creases of a policeman's trousers. Finn's response is a vicious short ball, which Kohli can't avoid. It hits the bat that is left dangling, flying high over Kieswetter for four more. Sublime to ridiculous. Kohli grins like a kid that's just been given money to buy some Panini stickers.

    Prakash Wakankar, BBC Test Match Special

    "Gambhir and Kohli are both short of runs, so they should enjoy this as they can afford to spend time in the middle and get back into the groove - the required run rate should be academic."

  48. 10 overs: 
    Ind 48-1

    Bresnan, running in with his elbows jutting out and backside pushed backwards, is tidy, with Kohli taking one to third man and Gambhir a couple to fine leg. Both batsmen have 22.


    Scott Firth on Twitter: "What's with the short stuff? We've not got enough runs to bowl that short!"

  50. 9 overs: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Ind 45-1

    Slice of luck for India, as Gambhir slashes at a wide one from Finn to send the ball flying over the slips. Finn, who seems like a mild-mannered chap, chunters to himself in disgust. More pace from Finn pins the jumping Gambhir on the thigh pad, with Kevin Pietersen catching the rebound and hollering for a catch. Perhaps, after the decision he got, KP thinks England are due a call. Not out, though.


    From Steve in Newcastle, via text on 81111: "Why do England persist with Dernbach, he is always expensive when bowling - just not up to the required standard."

  52. 8 overs: 
    Ind 41-1 (target 156)

    A change in the bowling, with Tim Bresnan beginning by serving up a gentle outswinger that Kohli leans on to get four through the covers. India going well, but don't forget that England were 68-1.


    Laurence Davies on Twitter: "Porridge AND peanut butter on toast!? Didn't that make the toast go soggy?"

  54. 7 overs: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Ind 33-1

    England do opt for a short leg as Finn bowls to Kohli, with Ian Bell putting some wicketkeeping pads under his trousers. Kohli takes a single, then, Finn, around the wicket to the left-handed Gambhir, screams for a catch down the leg side. Craig Kieswetter is convinced, arching his back to appeal, but umpire S Ravi isn't interested.

    Steve James, BBC Test Match Special

    "Kohli's enjoying a lean trot too, he did well last year but he's struggled since the Test series with England, although I don't think he's in danger of being dropped. He's someone they're going to stick with and rightly so. There's a lot of talk that Dhoni might give up the Twenty20 captaincy first, so he may be a candidate."

  56. 6 overs: 
    Ind 31-1

    Dernbach is bowling with pace that I've not seen from him before - pushing 90mph. He's short to Kohli, who flashes a top edge over the keeper for four. Dernbach smiles and tries another short ball, but Kohli's up to it, swivelling on a textbook pull for another boundary. A third boundary sees cheers erupt around Ranchi - this time it's a wristy flick past mid-wicket. Dernbach has gone from smiles to hands on his head. India fans chant Kohli's name, the hosts are flying.

    Mark Mitchener, BBC Sport

    "Quick update from the Big Bash final - Brisbane Heat made 167-5 from their 20 overs against Perth Scorchers. (For Somerset fans, Alfonso Thomas finished with 0-32). You can listen to delayed commentary on the entire game on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra from 2000 GMT."

  58. 5 overs: 
    Ind 19-1 (target 156)

    Finn again, this time enticing Kohli to get an inside edge on to pad. Should England have a short leg? As the floodlights to start to take effect, Gambhir whips a wayward ball off his hip for four.


    From Rob in Taunton, TMS inbox: "Porridge on toast? Lovely!"

  60. 4 overs: 
    Ind 14-1

    Replay of the wicket show that Rahane's off stump went spinning out of the ground, which is one of the best sights to see in cricket. Not if you're a batsman, obviously. With gloom now covering the ground, Dernbach tests new man Virat Kohli with a bumper, with the right-hander getting off the mark with a single on the leg side.

    Steve James, BBC Test Match Special

    "Is this game set up for Dhoni to come in and hit the winning runs?"

  62. 2.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Rahane b Finn 0 (Ind 11-1)

    Bowled him! Finn goes full for the first time, getting one just to nip back into the right-handed Rahane, who loses his off pole. We said England would need early wickets, well, that's the first. A sniff?

    Steve James, BBC Test Match Special

    "Dernbach bowled well with the new ball in Kochi and struggled at the end. It's normally the other way round, as I had questioned in Rajkot whether he should have taken the new ball."

    Simon Hughes, BBC Test Match Special

    "With the condition of the pitch, I might have been tempted to open with Tim Bresnan rather than Dernbach. India announce their squad for the last two ODIs after this match, and I wonder whether Gautam Gambhir might be left out if he doesn't get runs today."

  65. 2 overs: 
    Ind 9-0 (target 156)

    Jade Dernbach is the man with the other new ball, his shirt opened to reveal what looks like a tattooed chest. Dernbach sometimes struggles with left-handers and here is too wide to Gambhir, who slashes a drive through point for four. Dernbach thinks he's got his man when Gambhir plays and misses, but he's simply beaten the bat.

    Mark Mitchener, BBC Sport

    "Elsewhere in the world of cricket, South Africa have recovered slightly to 120-5 against New Zealand in Paarl, having been 37-3, with Faf du Plessis anchoring the innings with 35 not out. And in the Big Bash League final, Brisbane Heat are 121-3 in the 16th over against Perth Scorchers - Somerset's Alfonso Thomas has 0-13 from two overs."

  67. 1 over: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Ind 4-0

    Finn starts with a wide, then sees a leading edge misfielded in the covers to give Gambhir a couple to get off the mark. The sun is setting in Ranchi, the shadows long under the orange light. Finn appeals for leg before against Rahane, but it's outside the line with a hint of an edge.


    Paul Denny on Twitter: "Struggling to get my head round the ineptitude of that England innings!"

  69. 1016: 

    Right then, have you breakfasted? Porridge and peanut butter on toast for me. I won't be trying the porridge again. Really not sure how anyone can eat it. Anyway, we're about to get back under way. Can England pull this one off? It would take something of an Indian capitulation. Gautam Gambhir and Ajinkya Rahane are in the middle, Steven Finn has the new white pill.

  70. 0943: 

    Well that was all pretty disappointing wasn't it? I'm off for breakfast number two, but will be back to see if England can pull something out of the fire. In the mean time, stay tuned to TMS as they follow Mahendra Dhoni on his return to his hometown of Ranchi - read more about the skipper's homecoming on the BBC Sport website.


    From Rachel Tyrell in Lincoln, via text on 81111: "Oh for Jimmy Anderson steaming in for the first over of the India innings."

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "You would think India will have to be something like 40-5 for England to have a chance."


    Gareth Edwards on Twitter: "All of England wickets have been pretty pathetic, most of them nothing shots."

    Steve James, BBC Test Match Special

    "England have got a very small chance because there's quite a lot in the pitch for the seamers and the spinners. They will have to take early wickets, Steven Finn will have to rush in. Trouble is, when a side is chasing a decent total, one partnership can sap the belief from a fielding side."


    Ezekiel Meskell on Twitter: "I want England to win but it's always good to see big head overrated Dernbach get out for a duck."

  76. 0939: 

    I wonder if England are smarting about that Pietersen decision. It was a turning point, but most of the batting afterwards was pretty poor.


    From Paul the Sledger in Snowy Kenilworth, via text on 81111: "Surely Prior would have been our saviour in all these ODIs."

  78. 0938: 

    Jadeja has finished with figures of 3-19 from 6.2 overs. Very impressive figures, helped by some poor batting.


    Mark Reynolds on Twitter: "Sadly, really rather feeble that. Gloom."

    Steve James, BBC Test Match Special

    "For me, some of the shot selection has just not been good enough. Bell had only just missed a cut, Morgan's reverse sweep doesn't look good and an international batsman should not be missing the ball that bowled Kieswetter. The one glimmer of hope was Joe Root, but that will all be in vain I think."

  81. 42.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Dernbach b Jadeja 0 (Eng 155 all out)

    And that is that. It's slightly more forgivable for number 11 Jade Dernbach to be bowled by Ravi Jadeja, again it's in very similar fashion to the way the top order fell - bowled through the gate playing for non-existent turn. Surely 155 is nowhere near enough?

    Steve James, BBC Test Match Special

    "If England could get to 170 or 180 and take some early wickets, they may have a chance, but it looks like they've not got enough runs. The Pietersen decision was crucial, but there's been some poor batting today. The fact that Ashwin was bowling to Tredwell with a slip and a gully in the batting powerplay tells you everything you need to know about the situation."

  83. 41.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Finn c Yuvraj b Raina 3 (Eng 155-8)

    India are so comfortable that they are able to employ the part-time off-breaks off Suresh Raina in the final 10 overs. Steven Finn, perhaps sensing the chance to up the ante, winds up a slog sweep. Problem is, Finn has forgotten that he is a number 10. The Middlesex man couldn't have found Yuvraj Singh with more accuracy if he'd run to place the ball in his hands. Only Jade Dernbach left...

    Simon Hughes, BBC Test Match Special

    "160's not going to win it today. There's something in the pitch, but I think they might need 200."

  85. 41 overs: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Eng 154-8

    The round-armed Jadeja screams an appeal for leg before against Finn, but it's the worst appeal in the history of appeals. Sliding down the leg side and the hint of an inside edge. Apart from that, it might have been close.

    Sunil Gavaskar, BBC Test Match Special

    "England seem to be meandering along, they don't seem to have a plan or counter-plan."

  87. 40 overs: 
    Eng 152-8

    England get a rare let off here. Steven Finn does the soft shoe shuffle on a length, failing to respond to Tredwell's call. Suresh Raina's throw is poor, though, meaning Finn survives. Alastair Cook watches on, getting an early lunch with a bowl of pasta. England scored only 20 runs in the powerplay, losing two wickets.


    Peace on Twitter: "Masala Chai: Crush ginger & boil it with black pepper, +tea bags, sugar & milk. If you keep it covered during boiling, you get 'DUM Masala Chai'"

  89. 39 overs: 
    Eng 150-8

    Perhaps Nick (below) is being a tad harsh on England's tail. Steven Finn's best one-day score is 35 - not bad for a number 10. He watches on as Sharma needlessly bounces James Tredwell - an odd tactic when you're bowling with two slips to a number nine. When Sharma does go full, the round-bellied Tredders is forward to defend.


    Nick Wood on Twitter: "The tail looks too long... Miss the days of Swann coming in now."

  91. 37.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Bresnan b Ashwin 25 (Eng 145-8)

    Some of England's batsmen have taken a bit of stick today, but, on this occasion, you have to say that this is just too good from R Ashwin. Tossed up outside off stump and spinning back sharply to bowl Tim Bresnan through the gate, it is a delivery that is wasted on a number eight. Bresnan deserves credit for his effort, but, the fact remains that England are well and truly flummoxed.

    Sunil Gavaskar, BBC Test Match Special

    "When you lose wickets like England have done, it's always in the back of the batsmen's minds that they want to bat through the full 50 overs and not waste any overs. I think if they could get to 250, that would be a challenging score for India. But they will have to consolidate now after losing that wicket."

  93. 36.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Root c Dhoni b Sharma 39 (Eng 145-7)

    England's resistance is broken, as pace does the trick in the powerplay. After being guided behind square for four, Ishant Sharma adjusts his length, persuading Joe Root to edge, with Mahendra Dhoni diving right to take a good catch. Good effort by Root, but England needed more from him.


    Mrs Tattz on Twitter: "I don't understand why India don't just play this team as their Test team. Better bowlers, better fielders, better batsmen."

  95. 36 overs: 
    POWERPLAY- Eng 139-6

    Root immediately pulls out the reverse sweep as Ashwin gets the powerplay underway, but it's only a single. Bresnan can pierce the field, though, cutting through point for a boundary. Seven off, good start by England.

    Jonathan Agnew, BBC Test Match Special

    On Twitter: "Lots of Prior talk. He's equally frustrated. Averages 24 in 68 ODIs. Last World Cup top score 22 in 6 inns. Think we all know he's better than that. Batting 'experts' say off side dependency not good in ODI. Both Prior and Kieswetter big off side players... might be truth in that."

  97. 35 overs: 
    Eng 132-6

    More cries of anguish from an India bowler, this time it's Ravi Jadeja getting the Bresnan treatment as a cut flies for four. What total could England realistically defend? With 35 overs gone, we're set for the batting powerplay.

    Mark Mitchener, BBC Sport

    "In the first ODI in Paarl, South Africa have lost three early wickets with Hashim Amla, Graeme Smith and AB de Villiers all back in the hutch - all lbw, with the Proteas 37-3 in the 12th over. Meanwhile, Brisbane Heat have won the toss and elected to bat first against Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League final at the Waca - you can listen to delayed commentary of that game on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra from 2000 GMT. And if you're braving the snow today, don't forget the new BBC Sport smartphone app and the BBC iPlayer Radio mobile app to keep you in touch with everything."

  99. 34 overs: 
    Eng 127-6

    "Noooo" cries R Ashwin as he drifts down the leg side, allowing Bresnan a single. Big Tim has 16, Root is on 30. This partnership is worth 29, ticking along nicely.


    Dan White on Twitter: "Just attempted my own version of masala chai [2 overs] with an aged earl grey t-bag and some extra strong curry powder, it has not gone well."

    I'm still convinced that my Grandad makes the best brew.

    Simon Hughes, BBC Test Match Special

    "India have got 43 one-day international grounds now, although a few of them will have fallen by the wayside. It must be a hell of a job for the Indian board to share them all out, though I think they may ignore those that haven't been redeveloped."


    From Martin in California, TMS inbox: "Root needs to grow, branch, flower and bear fruits for England to have any chance of winning this match."

  103. 33 overs: 
    DRINKS BREAK- Eng 123-6

    Now, I like Mahendra Dhoni, but any wicketkeeper trying to stump a batsman when standing back should be shot for crimes against cricket. The India skipper rolls the ball at the stumps to try and catch Root off-guard, but misses. Village. Root looking solid, he really seems to have the temperament for international cricket. Time for a drink.


    Simon Trotter on Twitter: "Yorkies Root & Bresnan are guaranteed to put on a century partnership, I'll eat my flat cap if not!!"

  105. 32 overs: 
    Eng 122-6

    If it sounds like the game is in something of a lull, that's because it is. England simply cannot afford to lose any more wickets. One tactic could be to injure the bowlers, with Ashwin favouring his neck after bouncing off the burly Bresnan. I imagine that hitting Bresnan is not an altogether enjoyable experience.


    From Nick in London, via text on 81111: "How many chances is Kieswetter going to get...time for Jos Buttler to be given a go! Much better player!"

  107. 31 overs: 
    Eng 120-6

    India perhaps think Bresnan is dealing with spin a little too well, so the lively pace of Shami Ahmed is reemployed. The pace is hurrying Bresnan - slash to third man, inside edge. Two off.


    Hampshire Cricket's official Twitter feed: "Non-spinning left-arm spinner Jadeja taking wickets. Should have picked Danny Briggs, England!"

  109. 30 overs: 
    Eng 118-6

    Bresnan is doing OK here, perhaps showing the lads higher up the order the way to do it. Block, block, poke, work. Four from Ashwin's over. Big Tim has 11, Root 26.

    Steve James, BBC Test Match Special

    "I wrote a piece the other day, not trying to defend Kieswetter, but trying to be balanced on him. The point I was making is that the wicketkeeper-batsman slot in the one-day side has been an issue for a long time. Jos Buttler kept in the Twenty20 games, there's Jonny Bairstow, and part of me says Matt Prior must get another go, although he's had a lot of opportunities up and down the order. Prior's a superb off-side player, but bowlers try to tighten you up in one-day cricket and restrict his scoring, while you can also have sweepers back. But that was very poor defensive technique from Kieswetter."

  111. 29 overs: 
    Eng 115-6

    Is that a hint of turn for Jadeja? Can't be. Either way, Root angles the ball to third man for a single, one of two from the set. Won't be any fireworks from England for a while, they've got to get their hands dirty.

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    On Twitter: "Kieswetter's dismissal (bowled Jadeja offering crooked, insipid defensive bat) was as bad as it gets for a batsman."

  113. 28 overs: 
    Eng 112-6

    Decent over in England's rebuilding job, with Bresnan and Root poking, driving and swiping their way to a couple of twos and singles. Six off.

    Steve James, BBC Test Match Special

    "You've got to feel sorry for young Joe Root. In the first one-dayer at Rajkot, he spent the entire England innings with his pads on waiting to bat. At Kochi, he came in when England in trouble, and once again today wickets are falling around him."

  115. 27 overs: 
    Eng 106-6

    Before Jadeja removed Kieswetter and Patel in the same over, I wanted the chance to expand on the Morgan wicket. I'm not knocking him for playing the reverse sweep, but he should have been able to adjust when the ball was short. As for the Jadeja wickets, it's baffling to see two international players fall for the same non-trick. Bresnan gets a thick edge for four to get off the mark.


    Louis Samuels on Twitter: "Why does Kieswetter keep getting the nod? Matt Prior is a better keeper and batsman!"

  117. 26 overs: 
    Eng 101-6

    England's hopes now seem to reside in Yorkshire, with the meaty Tim Bresnan striding out to join county colleague Joe Root. Root punches and sweeps Ashwin to move to 20, with Big Tim covering up the rest of the over.

    Simon Hughes, BBC Test Match Special

    "Jadeja looks quite a cricketer. He has made two triple-hundreds for his state in the Ranji Trophy, he's a lovely fielder and he looks quite a crafty bowler."

  119. 25 overs: 
    WICKET- Patel lbw Jadeja 0 (Eng 98-6)

    England, sit down and repeat after me. "Ravi Jadeja doesn't turn it, so don't play for spin." This time, it's Samit Patel's turn to be undone by the unmystery spin of Jadeja. Straight on, misses the bat, front pad, plumb in front. England have lost three wickets for one run in nine balls.

    Simon Hughes, BBC Test Match Special

    "Isn't it better to be caught at slip by a ball that turns, than to be bowled playing for turn that's not there?"

    Steve James, BBC Test Match Special

    "That's poor technique from Kieswetter, that's not a ball he should be missing with a forward defensive. The ball has gone on straight with the arm, but his bat has come down awfully crooked. England are in trouble now."

  122. 24.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Kieswetter b Jadeja 0 (Eng 98-5)

    Dear oh dear, it gets much worse for England. New man Craig Kieswetter plays down the wrong line to a straight ball from Ravi Jadeja. Jadeja is the Jubilee line, Kieswetter is on Bakerloo. No turn, through the gate, Kieswetter bowled for a duck. England in tatters.


    Cscarffecody on Twitter: "I think, to be fair, the lack of DRS probably evens out over the 5 match series both teams are going to get bad decisions."

  124. 23.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Morgan c Yuvraj b Ashwin 10 (Eng 97-4)

    Awful, absolutely awful. I'm all for playing to your strengths, but you also have to play the situation. From only the third delivery he has faced from Ashwin, Eoin Morgan looks to reverse sweep, but it's far too short. He gets a top edge, straight to Yuvraj Singh at short third man. England in myther. Wasteful from Morgan.

    Mark Mitchener, BBC Sport

    "Elsewhere in the world of cricket, South Africa and New Zealand have just got under way in their first one-day international in Paarl. The Kiwis have won the toss and elected to field, and four players are making their ODI debuts - wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock and seamer Rory Kleinveldt (SA), and left-arm paceman Mitchell McClenaghan and all-rounder Jimmy Neesham (NZ)."

  126. 23 overs: 
    Eng 95-3

    Sharma may be Samson-like, but he's sent to grow his hair in the outfield as Shami Ahmed comes back into the attack. Morgan, who was caught behind in the last game, has a slip to contend with and again looks loose outside the off stump. Fishy fishy, don't dangle that rod, Eoin, or you may get an unwanted nibble. Lovely straight drive from Root ends the over, this boy can play.


    Tattz on Twitter: "Sharma is a modern day Samson. The longer his hair gets, the better he bowls!"

  128. 22 overs: 
    Eng 90-3

    The off-spin of R Ashwin is the replacement for Kumar, with Joe Root looking to pressure the bowler with a sweep in front of square for four. Powerful hit. Root then gets himself into a tangle with a premeditated reverse sweep as Ashwin serves up a horrible long hop down the leg side. Root almost loses balance as Dhoni whips the bails off, but replays show the Yorkshireman is OK. Eventful over.

    Steve James, BBC Test Match Special

    "England look in a spot of bother here, but I don't think this is an easy pitch to bat on. There's a bit of bounce and some lateral movement. India are going to have to bowl some spinners sooner or later - Ashwin's coming on now - and this may be the chance for England to up the run rate."

  130. 21 overs: 
    Eng 85-3

    Ishant Sharma is full on Morgan's off stump, straying once to give away a wide. Morgan not looking too comfortable, though, the odd inside edge, the odd play and miss. Dig in, Eoin.


    A Prashanth on Twitter: "Despite that being a wrong decision, one can understand how the umpire might have been convinced that KP had nicked it."

  132. 20 overs: 
    Eng 84-3

    Buvneshwar Kumar is already into his 10th and final over, still swinging the ball this way and that. His line and length errs slightly, but only concedes four more to end with figures of 1-40. Well bowled, sir.

    Mark Mitchener, BBC Sport

    "England seamer Stuart Broad was due to link up with the squad for the last two ODIs - but was grounded at London's Heathrow Airport yesterday because of the cold weather, and after his flight was cancelled, passengers had to wait to leave the plane because the airport was full.

    "A couple of hours later, Broad tweeted: 'Well. Off the plane, through immigration and having to find a way into London and a hotel. Won't be seeing India 2moro!! Had to leave all luggage at Heathrow. DO NOT lose my bags BA got some great bats in those bags!!'"

  134. 19 overs: 
    Eng 80-3

    As we see pictures of the stadium inauguration from yesterday, in which Mahendra Dhoni was playing the drums, Ishant Sharma produces a total rozzer to Morgan, jagging back to cut the left-hander in two. Morgan's response? A dreamy drive, the sort that makes grown men gasp "aaaaahhhhh", as if they know what they're talking about.


    Adam Bowley on Twitter: "Woke up, trying to decide whether to watch the cricket or tennis. The Pietersen decision made up my mind, awful."

  136. 18 overs: 
    Eng 73-3

    You could look at England's batting order in two ways. Bresnan at eight and Tredwell at nine suggests depth, but you could also say that another quick wicket would leave them drowning in the soup. Root wafts, jabs and walks, bringing Dhoni up to Kumar. Another waft, then a cut for four. Good shot.

    Simon Hughes, BBC Test Match Special

    "In a way, this is a nice scenario for England - they know about Cook, Bell and Pietersen, but they've given Root the opportunity to bat at number four - let's see what he's capable of in these conditions."

  138. 17 overs: 
    Eng 69-3

    Root is off the mark with a single through point that beats the dive of Yuvraj Singh. Tremors felt in Stoke-on-Trent, Yuvraj needs help getting up off the ground.


    Jon Mapp on Twitter: "Joke!! ICC stand up to India, make the DRS compulsory!!"

  140. 16 overs: 
    Eng 68-3

    Despite that wicket of Bell, replays are still focussing on Pietersen, with the ball looking to have actually brushed his thigh pad. Another chance to see the Bell dismissal shows that he was trying to cut a ball that was far too full. Great work by Dhoni, though. New man Eoin Morgan (well, he is one of two new men, the other being Joe Root) plays back a wicket maiden.

    Simon Hughes, BBC Test Match Special

    "The late cut is a dangerous shot to play against Kumar, who normally swings the ball back in to the batsman. That was a good decision, unlike Pietersen where I think the noise came from the bat hitting the pad."

  142. 15.2 overs: 
    WICKET- Bell c Dhoni b Kumar 25 (Eng 68-3)

    If India had some luck for that wicket of Pietersen, then the dismissal of Ian Bell is much to do with the brilliance of Mahendra Dhoni's captaincy and wicketkeeping. First, the India skipper reacts to the wicket by bringing Bhuvneshwar Kumar back to the attack, then, standing up to the stumps, he takes a very good catch as Bell gets an edge when looking to play square on the off side. England in trouble.

    Simon Hughes, BBC Test Match Special

    "It was a good ball from Ishant Sharma which bounced and left Pietersen, but I don't think he hit it. It may have just brushed his shirt behind the bat. The ball itself deserved a wicket, but from Pietersen's reaction, I don't think that was out."

  144. 14.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Pietersen c Dhoni b Sharma 17 (Eng 68-2)

    Drama. Sharma switches ends and gets one to bounce and leave Pietersen. The whole of Ranchi appeals as Dhoni takes the catch, with umpire S Ravi raising his finger. Pietersen can't believe it, lingering at the crease to stare back at the man in red. Replays show the ball actually brushed the right-hander's shirt, with Pietersen stomping off blowing the air from his cheeks. Big moment.

    Steve James, BBC Test Match Special

    "In the past, India have relied a lot at home on their part-time spinners like Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina. With the new regulations, they may have to look more at specialist bowlers. I think England will play five specialist bowlers at home, although they're using Samit Patel and Joe Root as the fifth bowler here."

  146. 14 overs: 
    Eng 66-1

    Ishant Sharma is yanked from the attack after only one over, replaced by the left-arm spin of Ravi Jadeja. Jadeja, curly locks and shades on his face, is tidy, if perhaps a little straight. Four singles from the set.


    Rachel T on Twitter: "[Re 0601] This is a great time of year for cricket fans - great memories of snow on the ground while thumping the Aussies!"

  148. 13 overs: 
    Eng 62-1

    Mahendra Dhoni comes up to the stumps for Kumar, who drifts leg side to give England four leg byes via Pietersen's thigh pad. With three singles also coming from the bat, England are slowly taking the initiative. This partnership has yielded 38 runs from 30 balls. Bell 23, KP 13.

    Prakash Wakankar, BBC Test Match Special

    "Ishant Sharma has been one of the weak links in this Indian bowling attack, he's not quite been able to keep the batsmen quiet."

  150. 12 overs: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Eng 55-1

    The first bowling change of the day sees Ishant Sharma replace Kumar. Ishant, with his long, dark locks, screams for lbw as Pietersen skips across his stumps. Nothing doing from Steve Davis. Just outside the line. Sharma livid, his mood not improved by a glorious straight drive from KP that beats the dive of mid off. Can the pacer respond? No - a straight one is whipped through mid-wicket for four more. Terrific from Pietersen, who has 12 from nine balls.

    Steve James, BBC Test Match Special

    "Ian Bell has had a really slow start but he's just starting to find his touch, and it's always exciting when KP's at the wicket."

  152. 11 overs: 
    Eng 44-1

    Bell may have started slowly, but I think I could watch him drive all day. This square drive is lovely, going through extra cover for a boundary. His hook shot isn't so clever, but a top edge yields the same result. The Warwickshire man has 19 from 33 balls.

    Mark Mitchener, BBC Sport

    "In reply to Nick (below), declaring your innings closed in a limited-overs game is strictly verboten. It was famously tried once, when Somerset declared after one over in a B&H Cup group game in 1979 to protect their run-rate - and were thrown out of the competition."


    Nick Bruzon on Twitter: "Re: my last tweet: For England to wrap it up by 9am, they'd probably have to declare. Is that the done thing in the one-day game?"

  155. 10 overs: 
    Eng 34-1

    If Pietersen was felling a little sleepy, he'll have been woken up by a couple of Ahmed bumpers. He gets off the mark with a flick to fine leg, then dabs one past point. A thumping square drive from Bell is well parried by Jadeja at point, saving two runs.


    Hary Manoharan on Twitter: "I wonder which KP England will get today."

  157. 9 overs: 
    Eng 29-1

    Now then, how will K P Pietersen deal with these tricky conditions? England's number three watches on as Bell plays his first classy stroke of the day - a cut off Kumar through backward point for four.

    Steve James, BBC Test Match Special

    "Cook doesn't look happy with that. He's come a long way across his stumps, my initial concern was about the height but I think that's a fair enough decision. Umpire Steve Davis got a couple of things wrong in Kochi, but that pitched in line. It can be a problem in one-day cricket - when you move around the crease, you can lose sight of where your stumps are, and that's what may have happened to Cook."

  159. 8 overs: 
    WICKET- Cook lbw b Ahmed 17 (Eng 24-1)

    You have to say that this has been coming, but the surprise is perhaps the identity of the victim. Cook moves across his stumps in an attempt to heave Ahmed over the leg side - very un-Cook like - and is undone as the ball drifts back in. The ball thuds into the front pad, with Steve Davis answering the appeal in positive fashion. India rewarded for an excellent start.

    Sunil Gavaskar, BBC Test Match Special

    "There were lots of slow movers in the Indian team during the Test series, but their fielding in the one-day internationals has been impressive."

  161. 7 overs: 
    Eng 20-0

    Cook is looking more fluent than Bell, shimmying down the track to play a beautiful straight drive down the ground for four. He tries to repeat the dose, but Kumar cleverly drags his length back to keep the England skipper honest. Cook is 17 from 25 balls.


    Stephen on Twitter: "Here in Nairobi we have masala chai all the time. Chai means tea and masala is just some spice, sort of ginger."

  163. 6 overs: 
    Eng 14-0

    As Prakash says, it's a beautiful day in Ranchi. Not a cloud in the sky, the sun creating some steamy heat that is perfect for cricket. Ahmed is bowling with decent pace, up around 85-87mph, keeping the pressure on Ian Bell, who has only one from 17 balls.

    Prakash Wakankar, BBC Test Match Special

    "The weather forecasters say there's technically a 10% chance of rain, but it's blue skies here and we don't expect any interruptions."

  165. 5 overs: 
    Eng 13-0

    Some shot from Alastair Cook, the left-hander playing a sort of cut off the front foot, slashing through point when Kumar gets it wrong for the first time. Bell finally gets off the mark from his 11th ball with an edge down to third man. Dhoni juggles his catchers - second slip to short cover - prompting Cook to play and miss.


    Nick Bruzon on Twitter: "What a start to the day - cricket followed by a snow clearance at Brentford FC. It would help if England can wrap it up by 9am."

  167. 4 overs: 
    Eng 7-0

    Ahmed, with his big strides and high action, is full on and around Cook's off stump. England are circumspect, perhaps just working out what a good score will be. Only a single from the over.


    From Bill, TMS inbox: "The tea has been made, and herself has stopped giving me grief about making a noise at this time of the morning, and gone back to sleep."

  169. 3 overs: 
    Eng 6-0

    A close-up of the pitch shows mosaic-style cracks, but we're expecting it to be good for batting. More movement for Kumar, this way and that. Bell plays back a maiden.

    Sunil Gavaskar, BBC Test Match Special

    "Shami Ahmed likes bowling to left-handers, but he normally bowls round the wicket to them - he's bowling over the wicket here, which may be why he's straying onto Cook's pads."

  171. 2 overs: 
    Eng 6-0

    Sudipies [0615] has gone beyond the call of duty and sent me the whole recipe for masala chai, informing me that it's "classic spicy milked tea". Looks good, but will it be better than the brew my Grandad makes? His secret is to warm the mug with boiling water first. Shami Ahmed also gets some swing with the other new ball, but overpitches and is picked off by Cook for the first four of the day. Bell, sent back by Cook, has to scamper to beat Ravi Jadeja's throw.


    From Edward, TMS inbox: "I would normally be following the cricket in sub zero temperatures at home in Scotland but a holiday means I'm going for a late night in Boston cheering on England whilst trying to convince my cousins how superior cricket is to baseball!"

  173. 1 over: 
    Eng 2-0

    This lad Kumar is a serious bowler. He did the damage in the second ODI in Kochi and is finding early movement here - swinging the ball into both the left-handed Cook and right-handed Bell. Could be tough going early on for the England boys.

    Steve James, BBC Test Match Special

    "This is a really big test for England, it'll be interesting to see how they respond to that thrashing in Kochi. I think the players were shocked by the atmosphere - we spoke to Steven Finn the other day, he said the players had wondered which sporting event in the world would have that kind of noise level from the crowd."

  175. 0628: 

    Here we go then, umpires Steve David and S Ravi are on the way, followed by the sky blue-clad India fielders. England openers Alastair Cook and Ian Bell - in their navy blue - follow. Cook will be on strike, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has the ball. Let's play.

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "It's very dry here, it doesn't look like it's rained for about two or three months."

  177. 0627: 

    Yep, as Steve James alludes to, there's much excitement in Ranchi, both for the first international cricket match here and, more importantly, the return of hometown boy Mahendra Dhoni. Test Match Special's Tim Peach followed Dhoni as he returned to his old school, a feature which you can hear during the interval.

    Steve James, BBC Test Match Special

    "We thought the new stadium at Rajkot for the first ODI was impressive, but this one is bigger and even more impressive. You can't underplay the excitement here - they lined the streets from the airport when the players arrived, and the local TV has been counting down the days and hours until the start of the match."


    Martyn Howarth on Twitter: "Sat in the office since 4.45 a.m. updating IT systems - could be here all day so hope for an entertaining match!"

    Steve James, BBC Test Match Special

    "It's a new ground and a new pitch, and I don't think anyone's quite sure how the pitch is going to play and what a good score will be."


    Sudipies in cold Solihull, TMS inbox: "Up early, got the masala chai on and can't wait for Dhoni to bring the series home."

    Would really like to know what masala chai is. It sounds awesome.


    England captain Alastair Cook: "The dew will be important, but if we can get runs on the board hopefully we can defend them later on. We played well in the first game and got outplayed in the second. It's an incredible facility, it will be a loud crowd. It looks a good wicket and the crowd will make a lot of noise, hopefully we can put on a good show."


    India captain Mahendra Dhoni: "It's a special feeling. Of the 40,000 people in the stadium I've played with about 15,000 of them at tennis ball cricket in different places in Ranchi. I had an interaction with the local president and he always wanted to build a world-class stadium, a lot of credit goes to him. A good response from the crowd means it is a special venue. It was a complete performance in Kochi, we need to keep moving forward."

  184. 0615: 

    Der der der der der der der der derrrrrr....TMS is just coming onto the airwaves, so snuggle under the duvet with the live text and the BBC Radio App. If tennis is your thing, follow that live text too.

  185. 0613: 

    So, if you're up this early when the temperatures are this cold on a Saturday morning, I'd wager that you are the sort of person who would get involved. I'm sure you know this by now, but you can tweet me using the hashtag #bbccricket, text on 81111 or email Talk to me, otherwise, I'm just a bloke watching cricket and typing.

  186. 0608: 

    Yep, we arrive in Ranchi all square at 1-1, following England's nine-run win in the series opener at Rajkot, with India hitting back in Kochi. Five in the series remember, so, if you would allow me to use a golfing term, I'd say today is moving day.

  187. 0602: 
    India win the toss and field

    Home-town boy Mahendra Dhoni has the luck of the coin toss in Ranchi, with Alastair Cook calling incorrectly. Dhoni wants to field first, he thinks dew will hinder the bowlers later on. Cook would have done the same for that reason. India are unchanged from their thumping win on Tuesday, England bring back the fit-again Tim Bresnan for Chris Woakes.

  188. 0601: 

    Those cricketless months between September and April are dark, chilly and lonely. Can I warm you as you play a cover drive with a ruler in front of a mirror? I can try...

  189. 0600: 

    January. Winter. Cold. For us cricketers and cricket fans, this is easily the worst time of the year.

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Live Scores - India v England


  • India beat England by 7 wickets
  • India: 157-3 (28.1 overs)
  • England: 155 (42.2 overs)
  • Venue: Ranchi

India Innings

Player outReason Bowledby Runs
Total for 3 157
Gambhir c Root b Tredwell 33
Rahane b Finn 0
Kohli not out 77
Yuvraj b Tredwell 30
Dhoni not out 10
Extras 5w 1b 1lb 7

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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.