India v England, fourth one-day international, Mohali, as it happened

India win the fourth one-dayer against England in Mohali and take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the series.

23 January 2013 Last updated at 14:49 GMT

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  1. 1448: 

    Right then my friends. It's been a rollercoaster but it's time to get off and let the next person on. India's victory renders the last match in Dharamsala into a dead rubber but I know you'll be joining me all the same at 0300 GMT for every cough and spit. For now, have a read of Marc Higginson's match report and look out for Alec Stewart's column later on the site. Goodbye


    Rob on Twitter: "England's focus clearly on the World Cup, playing a development side. Buttler and Root given a chance & look good so I'm happy."


    Man of the match Suresh Raina: "We looked to be positive, when you have five men in the circle you have to back your instincts. Today I managed to finish the game, I've been putting in a lot of effort in the nets, we've got one game left and hopefully we can do well. Rohit Sharma is normally a middle-order batsman but he did really well. I remember Sachin telling us how we had to be the number one side in the field, and I think we did well there."


    Raihan Kabir ‏on Twitter: "Dhoni's 77th ODI win as India's captain, goes past Sourav Ganguly's tally of 76 wins. Only Azharuddin (90) is ahead now."


    India captain Mahendra Dhoni: "I think overall it was a very good performance. We were right on the spot with the new ball. We didn't let them get off to a good start. Overall I was happy - we just need to get more games under our belt.

    "Sharma is one of the most gifted cricketers we have seen but he hasn't really delivered. We can't waste him so we tried him up the order and he batted really well.

    "The conditions have had decent pace and bounce - they have not really been turning tracks - so we are happy to win the series with one game to go."


    England captain Alastair Cook: "That partnership between Suresh Raina and Rohir Sharma changed the momentum of the game. But l I think we put on a good performance, the conditions were not quite in our favour but I thought we played quite well. It nipped around a bit throughout our whole innings and it skidded on a little with the dew, but we thought we would do well if we could set it up for the last 10 overs. Joe Root really played well, he was good at moving the ball around and we hadn't seen some of the shots he played at the end."


    From Ade via text: "How is it possible that over 20 years after having a decent ODI side England can still play like they have no cohesive plan in ODIs? They just plod from one game to the next seemingly deciding on batting line ups/bowling changes/when to attack completely randomly."

  8. 1431: 

    Steady on Edward - I won't be coming to you if I need a bit of a confidence boost. In all seriousness though, his assessment of England's display isn't far off, they've been heavily beaten three times in a row and look a million miles off the number one ranking they held at the beginning of the series. In mitigation, England were missing frontline bowlers Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad and Graeme Swann. At least they know a fair bit more about the depth of their squad now.


    Edward Pearce on Twitter: "Woeful, Toothless, Pathetic, Dire, Atrocious, Abominable, Awful, Dreadful, Painful, Terrible, Hopeless and I'm out of characters."

    Steve James, BBC Test Match Special

    "In the end, it was another hammering for England. They did well to get to 257, but with the ball, it was the same problems. Apart from Finn and Tredwell, the other bowlers are just filling in, and Cook can't turn to them with any certainty."

  11. 47.3 overs: 
    Ind 258-5

    Jadeja turns the ball through a gap in the leg side to pick up the three runs India need for victory. They win by five wickets with 15 balls to spare and take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series.

    CHAMPAGNE MOMENT- India win by five wickets
    Steve James, BBC Test Match Special

    "No-one will say this, but in their long-term planning, the one-day series in New Zealand is more important for England than this series in India - because it's one of the venues for the World Cup. Players have been rested for this series but in New Zealand, apart from Pietersen, it's a first XI."

  14. 47 overs: 
    Ind 255-5

    Words are being exchanged between Cook and umpire Asnani, but it's much too late to overturn that shocker of an lbw decision he received earlier. Raina lofts one over the infield for two, then pulls Bresnan for a single to move to 89. Jadeja gets a single off the last ball to keep the strike with three needed to win.


    Ganabhat ‏on Twitter: "Suresh Raina has been the unsung hero of Indian ODI success for a few years! Hats off to him for this brilliant knock! England should find some good ODI bowlers in place of Jade Dernbach, it's time to look for a fresh talent. Boys in my club could be better."

  16. 46 overs: 
    Ind 251-5

    Right on cue Harry, Dernbach returns to the fold, delivering perhaps his best bowl of the match and almost taking Jadeja's edge. Four from the over - India are strolling their target in single file.


    Harry Aitkenhead ‏on Twitter: "Jade Dernbach has to be one of the worst bowlers to represent England since Amjad Khan, nowhere near good enough."

  18. 45 overs: 
    Ind 247-5

    Suresh Raina says thank you very much to Tim Bresnan and watches his own shot with admiration as it sails straight down the ground for six. A single apiece takes India to within 11 runs of a series victory.


    Matt Tasker ‏on Twitter: "So Finn and Tredwell have been our best bowlers by far, just imagine if we had Anderson and Swann. England could win no problem."

  20. 44 overs: 
    Ind 239-5

    The sweep shot has served England incredibly well today and it earns them another four off the flowing blade of Jadeja. As Tredwell rounds off his stint with 2-54 off 10, India require just 19 to win off 36 balls.

    Steve James, BBC Test Match Special

    "As well as announcing the Test squad tomorrow, England will announce one additional bowler to join the ODI squad for New Zealand - it's between Dernbach, Woakes and Meaker. Meaker hasn't played at all in this series, Woakes has only played one game, and Dernbach has been expensive."

  22. 43 overs: 
    Ind 231-5

    It's Root to Jadeja in the battle of the part-time twirlers. He turns a single away to square leg to hand the strike to Raina, who tickles off his toes through the vacant fine leg region for four.

  23. 42 overs: 
    Ind 225-5

    Raina somehow trips himself up playing a sweep but still manages to wriggle one round the corner for a single - one of five from Tredwell's penultimate over. India in cruise control.


    Rob ‏on Twitter: "Dernbach, Patel and Bresnan discussions seem largely irrelevant as we have Broad, Anderson, Swann and Trott to come back in."

  25. 41 overs: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Ind 220-5

    Root fancies an lbw here as Raina is rapped ont pad, but the ball is probably sliding down the leg side, and did I mention there is no DRS.

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "I've worked out that Dernbach's average one-day spell is 8.4 overs, 1.3 wickets for 52 runs. He now has 1-52 from eight overs."


    From Mark from Kent, via text on 81111: "Bottom line, Steven Finn is a professional bowler - he should not hit the stumps. It is unforgivable, like a spin bowler bowling a no-ball."

    From Brandon in Kent, via text on 81111: "It's a disgrace that Finn is still hitting the stumps with his knee. If I kept making the same mistake over and over again I'd be sacked. Sort it out or pick someone capable of bowling properly."

    Steve James, BBC Test Match Special

    "I think the dead ball call was fair enough. It's unfortunate, but Steven Finn knows he shouldn't do it. It was probably England's last chance, as well. India will have to play very poorly to lose from here."

  29. 40 overs: 
    Ind 215-5 (Target 258)

    Ravindra Jadeja rolls his wrists and collects two on the leg side off his first ball. Then he has a flash at one outside off and is fortunate not to nick it through to Buttler.

  30. 39.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Dhoni c Morgan b Dernbach 19 (Ind 213-5)

    Dhoni slashes a Dernbach long-hop straight to backward point. Hope for England? They still need a miracle.

  31. 39 overs: 
    Ind 213-4

    India are racing towards the finish line now, thanks in no small part to some utter dross from Big Tim Bresnan. Two balls on the leg stump are eased round the corner for four by Raina as the hosts plunder 13 runs from the over. Dhoni is happily playing second fiddle here to the burly leftie.


    James Swann ‏on Twitter: "Would Raina have been complaining if he had whacked Finn's delivery for six?"

    Angus McPhail ‏on Twitter: "Most important thing to remember there... nothing Finn did is actually against the rules of the game."

    Vinod Raman on Twitter: "Please don't talk about sportsmanship. Remember Collingwood v New Zealand... Ring a bell?"

  33. 38 overs: 
    Ind 201-4 (Target 258)

    Cook is going to bowl Finn out here, which probably means Dernbach will have to bowl at the death (if we get that far). He remains England's best hope of a wicket but he can't break this partnership and his last ball is pulled away for three by MS Dhoni. Finn's finishes with excellent figures of 10-1-39-1. Should have been two in the final column of course and we'll be hearing plenty more about that.

    Sunil Gavaskar, BBC Test Match Special

    "I don't think the batsman really changes the shot [when Finn hits the stumps] as I think his focus is on the ball, I don't think he's focusing on the bails. But you have to abide by the rules."


    Steve Cohen ‏on Twitter: "This dead ball scenario is becoming as controversial as calling Murali for no ball. And it's an Aussie umpire, yet again."

    Gordon Pal on Twitter: "Always controversy against India: jelly beans, Trott's hat, Bell 2.5m down the wicket, Bell's run out and now this."

    Sebastian Eaton ‏on Twitter: "England, Out (of series) Hit Wicket, b Finn."

  36. 37 overs: 
    RAINA FIFTY- Ind 196-4

    England's body language is not great out there now. They look deflated, as if they know the moment has gone. Another edge from Raina sails wide of the slips and runs away for four to bring up his 27th ODI fifty off 46 balls. There are 14 runs in total off the over, with Raina finding the gaps at will to pick up no less than four twos.

    Mark Mitchener, BBC Sport

    "It's not the first time Steven Finn has been denied a wicket by Steve Davis signalling 'dead ball' when he disturbed the stumps - it happened in the Headingley Test against South Africa last summer, when Proteas skipper Graeme Smith was 'caught' at slip but as Smith had claimed Finn's actions had distracted him. Law 23.4 (b) (iv) states: 'Either umpire shall call and signal Dead ball when the striker is distracted by any noise or movement or in any other way while he is preparing to receive, or receiving a delivery. This shall apply whether the source of the distraction is within the game or outside it. The ball shall not count as one of the over'."

    Read the MCC statement on the Finn/Smith incident, explaining why Davis was within his rights to signal 'dead ball'


    Sam Hollis on Twitter: "Ridiculous. It had no impact on Raina's choice of shot, and he should've walked. There is no sportsmanship in this sport anymore."

  39. 36 overs: 
    Ind 182-4

    How crucial will that prove? Only time will tell. But the wider question is, why hasn't Finn trained himself to eradicate this habit? Play goes one and Dhoni and Raina jog five singles off the over.


    Oh no, it's the moment England followers have been fearing for some time. Raina gets a thick edge and Cook takes a sharp slip catch but, horror of horrors, Finn's knee dislodges the bails on his follow through and umpire Davis rules a dead ball. Harsh? It was the first time it has happened in this match but sadly by no means the first time ever.


    Daniel Smith ‏on Twitter: "Steve Davis - just a man, in a field, randomly putting his finger in the air."

  42. 35 overs: 
    NOT OUT- Ind 178-4

    Replays show Raina's foot hitting terra firma just before Buttler whipped off the bails and the Not Out verdict is greeted with a roar from the home faithful. The difference is here is that while India regularly checked England's scoring with clusters of wickets, England have not been able to follow up one breakthrough with another. At the moment, the series is slipping away from Cook's men.


    Jos Buttler is cock-a-hoop. He thinks he's stumped Raina off the bowling of Root...


    Jack Morris ‏on Twitter: "It's almost like the umpires have been told to make a load of howlers to force India to use DRS in the future..."


    From Tattz in Oldbury, via text on 81111: "This ain't over until the bat of Dhoni sings."

  46. 34 overs: 
    Ind 173-4

    Simon Hughes returns to the TMS box reporting that the Sharma lbw decision was indeed a howler with the ball clearing the stumps by "nearly a foot". Dhoni's was much closer apparently. Anyway, here's another with the seriously-quick Finn striking Raina's pad this time with a ball angled across the left-hander, but umpire Davis shakes his head. Finn whistles a bouncer past Dhoni's nose then watches in horror as the Indian captain picks up four down the ground with an effortless flick. Like a man sweeping leaves off his front step.

  47. 33 overs: 
    Ind 168-4

    Raina prods at Bresnan and calls for a risky single. Pietersen's shy at the stumps misses as Raina dives full length to get in at the non-striker's end. Good over from Bresnan - keeping them to three singles.


    From Dan in Norwich (while the boss is away), TMS inbox: "Played a game a few years ago at Seaford on the Sussex coast. It was the middle of a balmy summer and we had all headed down in shorts, shirts and flip-flops, prepared to lose and spend the rest of the day on the beach over the road. However within an hour of arriving the sea fret rolled in dropping the temperature down to a less than balmy five degrees. Cue an afternoon (and evening) of freezing our you-know-whats off yelling left or right to fielders in the deep, who couldn't see a thing, in between the warnings of the world's noisiest foghorn."

  49. 32 overs: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Ind 165-4

    Make no mistake (as Jamie Redknapp would say) this game could go either way. Dhoni is given a nice easy start with a ball on leg stump from Finn, which he glances to the boundary via his own thigh. Then another big appeal from Finn - it looks like a good shout from here with Dhoni trapped on crease but it's probably a fraction too high and Davis remains unmoved. A single to each batsman but Finn ends the over spitting expletives - he's still not happy about that Dhoni appeal.

    Steve James, BBC Test Match Special

    "That was superb captaincy from Cook. He was in a state of desperation and had to turn to his main bowler. But again, another shocking decision."

  51. 31.1 overs: 
    WICKET- Sharma lbw b Finn 82 (Ind 157-4)

    Instant impact! Finn strikes with his first ball, but this is another howler from the umpires. Despite the ball being too high and missing leg stump, umpire Steve Davis raises his finger. Massive breakthrough for England.

  52. 31 overs: 
    Ind 158-3

    Sharma gets in position early and deflects the ball round the corner. Samit Patel dives to stop it but can't keep it inside the fence. India need 100 off 114 balls and with Alastair Cook desperate for a wicket he is turning to Steven Finn.


    From Thomas Smith, TMS inbox: "Do England pre-determine who is going to bowl when? Otherwise I don't quite understand... Root bowls two overs for eight but is then replaced, inexplicably, by Patel who goes for 10 in one! Root should be bowling."

  54. 30 overs: 
    Ind 151-3

    More Dernbach, more runs. Raina glides two off his pads and two more from a flat-bat down the ground. Rohit cuts to deep point and wants two but Raina sends him back. Good decision as Raina bashes the last ball over the over midwicket for four. Dernbach's figures are now 0-50 off seven. He looks a broken man.

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "My observation from this series is that once India get going and get on top against England, it's been very hard for England to do something to get back in the game. Dernbach's gone for 40 in his first six overs, normally we say he concedes runs because he bowls in the powerplays, but he's not done that today."


    Jeanjare on Twitter: "Jade Dernbach bowling too short and too wide from too close to the stumps. Has the accuracy of my mother playing quoits."

    Steve James, BBC Test Match Special

    "It's only going one way at the moment, this game. Huge momentum with India, and the crowd are behind them."

  58. 29 overs: 
    Ind 141-3

    How England could do with another wicket now. Tredwell continues to twirl and Raina takes an easy single to put the in-form Sharma back on strike. Rohit doesn't disappoint as he rocks on to the back foot and angles a four past backward point. A single follows to bring up the 50 partnership in 37 balls. Raina jogs through again as India make it seven from the over.


    From Jayden Ansell, TMS inbox: "Re: weather: I once remember a game in the middle of August 1977 when it didn't rain! God bless the great British summer."

  60. 28 overs: 
    Ind 134-3 (Target 258)

    Dernbach is back. Or Dern-back. But he's bowling too short again and the ball sits up perfectly for Raina to pull it away in front of square for four. This one is down the leg side and Raina helps himself to another easy four. The England bowler really does look Jaded.


    From Jerry in Colombo, TMS inbox: "Re: Tom in Robertsbridge [22 overs] I can see why the locals advocate plenty of padding round the rear, if you are going to spank them every time they play in Blighty!"


    Ha-Gooner Matata ‏on Twitter: "If cricket talent was based on tattoos, Jade Dernbach would be a world beater. Unfortunately for him it's not."

    Does the same apply to Mitchell Johnson?

  63. 27 overs: 
    Ind 123-3

    Tredwell keeps them to singles until the last ball of his over, which is expertly steered by Rohit Sharma behind square on the off side for four. India on top at the moment.


    Tim Myatt ‏on Twitter: "I taught in a Tibetan monastery in Dharamsala for a year - it was either boiling hot, freezing cold or monsoonal! Good luck!"

  65. 26 overs: 
    Ind 116-3

    With each passing over, Rohit Sharma is beginning to look an inspired selection. This time Patel takes the punishment and is swept away for four. Raina fancies a slice too, swishing away square on the leg side for his first boundary.


    From Andy in Leamington Spa, via text on 81111: "Would it not be a good plan to not take wickets? The longer HMS Dhoni stays in the harbour the better I am thinking?"

    Simon Hughes, BBC Test Match Special

    "The selectors took a bit of a punt on Rohit Sharma, bringing him in for Ajinkya Rahane, and so far he's delivered. His celebration of his fifty was muted, as he knows there's still a long way to go."

  68. 25 overs: 
    Ind 106-3 (25 overs)

    Sharma decides enough is enough and smacks Tredwell for 10 off two balls. A perfect straight drive sails over the sightscreen for six, then a pull bounces once and over the ropes.

  69. 24 overs: 
    Ind 94-3

    Houston we have a problem. And it comes in the form of Suresh Raina's bat, which has caused a delay by needing to be replaced. Four runs from Root's over.


    From Phil Greenwood in Halifax, via text on 81111: "King Cross 2nds away at Monk Bretton, pre-season friendly mid April c.1983, on hills above Barnsley. Snowed through entire first innings as we chased 200+ round the park, before we were skittled for 60 by their 'new boy' who'd opened for Cornwall previous season. Me, my dad and brother contributed a grand total of zero, leading to call from club wag to our house that evening asking for the 'Greenwood Duck Farm'."

  71. 23 overs: 
    Ind 91-3

    Suresh Raina is the new man, with Dhoni in next. Hawkeye confirms that ball from Tredders would have struck leg stump. What a series Tredwell is having - he now has match figures of 4-0-10-2.

  72. 22.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Yuvraj lbw b Tredwell 3 (Ind 90-3)

    Breakthrough for England. Yuvraj aims a sweep at Tredwell but his bat goes over the ball and he's struck on the back pad. Yuvi looks anything but impressed by umpire Asnani's decision, but it looks a pretty good one to me.


    From Tom in Robertsbridge, TMS inbox: "Talking of cricket in sub-zero temperatures, my old team were once invited to play a tournament of ice cricket in Estonia, where it's seemingly mildly popular. I didn't go, but I'm told the trick is to make sure you wear lots of padding around the rear, because you spend a lot of time falling on it. My team got to the final, but lost to the locals, who we spanked when they came over here. Home advantage!"

  74. 22 overs: 
    Ind 89-2

    Turn and bounce for Root and he screams an appeal when the ball strikes Yuvraj's back but it was heading high and wide of the stumps. Sharma collects a two and a single to move within three of his fifty then there's a lengthy delay while the sightscreens are adjusted. Yuvi regroups to keep out the last ball.

    Simon Hughes, BBC Test Match Special

    "If you're going to be a fast bowler at this level, you need to be very fast, very tall, or do things with the ball, and Jade Dernbach doesn't really do any of those. He's got some deception, but he needs some basics to go with it."


    From Steven Pycroft, TMS inbox: "Re: Marc Higginson (13 overs): As a keen Brooksbottom spectator (and rather suspect 3rd team batsman) I can confirm that the more snow the better is our Boxing Day policy!"

  77. 21 overs: 
    Ind 84-2 (Target 258)

    Sharma executes a clever paddle sweep to collect four runs. Yuvraj hasn't really got out of blocking mode yet, but we all know what he's capable of. Time for Joe Root to enter the attack.

    Mark Mitchener, BBC Sport

    "Some news from MCC, who have announced their team for the traditional Champion County match against Warwickshire, which will take place in Abu Dhabi from 24-27 March, once again under floodlights with a pink ball. Durham's ex-South Africa batsman Dale Benkenstein captains a team featuring Jimmy Adams (Hampshire), Joe Denly and Dawid Malan (Middlesex), Simon Kerrigan (Lancashire), Steve Kirby and Peter Trego (Somerset), Sam Northeast (Kent), Alan Richardson (Worcestershire), plus two players to be confirmed. MCC will also play against Sussex and Warwickshire in a one-day tournament on 21 and 22 March in Dubai - with India legend Rahul Dravid and Aussie paceman Shaun Tait added to the squad."

  79. 20 overs: 
    Ind 79-2

    England seem to have had a rethink about Dernbach's role. Instead of bowling at the start and the death, he's now bowling his fifth straight over in the middle of the innings. Are they hiding him? Anyway, it seems to be working as his latest over yields just four runs, two of them to fine leg by Rohit Sharma.

    Steve James, BBC Test Match Special

    "I don't think I'm giving away too many trade secrets here - I had dinner with Duncan Fletcher last night and he didn't give away that Rohit Sharma was going to play today, but he did talk about him in glowing terms. Maybe I should have picked up on that! What always strikes me about Sharma is how much time he seems to have to play the ball, which is always the mark of a class player."

  81. 19 overs: 
    Ind 75-2

    England are putting the squeeze on very effectively here and the run rate is creeping up to six per over. Just the one from Tredwell, punched to long-on by Yuvraj.


    James Robinson ‏on Twitter: "People have very short memories. I remember in Rajkot everyone saying Dernbach was the death bowler England needed for years."


    From Jenny in Nottingham, TMS inbox: "Re: bad weather: I once played a game of cricket in Aberystwyth during a thunderstorm. The thunder, lightning and pouring rain during our innings made it somewhat difficult. We politely finished the game though, as we were the only girls team in the league and our opponents didn't want the points disadvantage of not beating us. Not to mention the loss of man points."

  84. 18 overs: 
    Ind 74-2

    Dernbach to resume to Rohit Sharma and this is a much better over. Bowling straighter and on a much more consistent length he gives up two singles then sends down a quartet of dots.


    Angus Walker on Twitter: "Try Scottish cricket on muddy wickets - two woolly jumpers and taking a hard catch with cold hands."

  86. 17 overs: 
    Ind 72-2 (Target 258)

    Yuvraj Singh is the new batsman for the home side and Tredwell licks his lips at the prospect of bowling to a left-hander. Just the one ball for Yuvi to survive this over though and he smothers it back to the bowler along the ground.

    Steve James, BBC Test Match Special

    "James Tredwell is a real heartwarming story - a good county cricketer for many years who's finally been given his opportunity and he's done very well. That was some good field positioning by Cook, as mid-on was quite straight and Kohli was trying to work that through mid-wicket."

  88. 16.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Kohli c & b Tredwell 26 (Ind 72-2)

    Tredwell enters the attack now for what feels like a pretty important spell. England need to break this partnership fast. And as I am typing ... they do just that! Kohli tries to work Tredwell to leg but gets a leading edge that Tredwell claims just in front of his shins.


    From Pete in Lutterworth, TMS inbox: "I once played in a club game in Leicestershire in early April where it was so cold that cricketing egg sandwiches and tea were abandoned in favour of tomato soup and burgers. Also, their umpire made himself look rather a fool when he raised his finger to give someone out and only then remembered he was wearing mittens!"

  90. 16 overs: 
    Ind 70-1

    You can't blame Dernbach for this one, although judging by the Twitter feed, some of you probably will. Kohli pushes and gets an edge that flies just past the wicketkeeper's gloves and away for four. Six runs in total from the over.

  91. 15 overs: 
    Ind 64-1

    Patel does a decent job of keeping this aggressive pair at bay by keeping them to four singles.


    Steve Grzesiak ‏on Twitter: "Jade Dernbach is the worst England bowler I have seen for 20 years. I'm not even exaggerating."

    Jack Byrne ‏on Twitter: "Dernbach doing his best to keep his career economy high even in these conditions. He is the new Saj Mahmood!"

    Jay on Twitter: "Isn't there a plumber who can fix Dernbach's propensity to leak runs?"

    Sunil Gavaskar, BBC Test Match Special

    "I think Dernbach is just getting his line right, he's been bowling too short and giving the batsmen the chance to play their shots but that was a better over from him. India will have a lot of respect for Steven Finn, and know Tredwell can take wickets, but they won't fear Dernbach and the other bowlers."

  94. 14 overs: 
    Ind 60-1

    Too short again from Dernbach, more meat and drink for Kohli, who carves him away for another four. My problem with Dernbach is that he very rarely manages to bowl a full over without a bad ball, but then again they used to say the same about James Anderson.

    There's a very uncoordinated Mexican wave rippling around the ground. Some fans seem to have missed the key principle - namely that you don't rise to your feet until the wave reaches you.


    From David Pierrie in Southport, TMS inbox: "I once played a game at Darwen in Lancashire, last week in April. It was bitter - the snow was horizontal. I was kept warm keeping wicket, flinging myself wide down leg to bowlers who wanted to be in the bar! We managed about 12 overs."

  96. 13 overs: 
    Ind 52-1

    Kohli licks his lips at the sight of Samit Patel and promptly heaves him over the infield for four.

    Marc Higginson, BBC Sport

    "The cricketers of Brooksbottom and Tottington St Johns could give England's players some advice in dealing with the wintry conditions in Dharamsala on Sunday. Both of the Bury-based clubs play an annual Boxing Day match, which dates back to 1963. The more snow the better for those lads - there is nothing Mother Nature can do to stop them putting on an extra jumper and playing a spot of Christmas cricket. I should know - I reported on this match for the local newspaper a few years ago. Not in 1963, mind."

  98. 12 overs: 
    Ind 45-1 (Target 258)

    Jade Dernbach now - this feels like a really big game for the much-maligned Surrey paceman. You can tell the Indians want to attack him but at first they can't quite get their timing right and have to settle for singles. The fifth ball, however, is short and wide and cut over point for four. Two more runs past midwicket complete a rather chastening start for England.

    Sunil Gavaskar, BBC Test Match Special

    "That was the wicketkeeper's catch, the fielder was too far back at deep fine leg. India will breathe a sigh of relief as Steven Finn may take a breather now after six overs."

  100. 11 overs: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Ind 36-1

    Kohli goes on the pull like a singleton on a Saturday night and enjoys a huge slice of luck. The ball is in the air for an age but there's a horrible pause between Buttler and Bresnan and the ball falls to ground between the two of them. Without the other man there, either of them would have made it with ease. Not technically a drop but I'm using the graphic anyway - because I can.

    Mark Mitchener, BBC Sport

    "Over in Hobart, Australia have beaten Sri Lanka by 32 runs in the fifth and final one-dayer, to square the series at 1-1. The Aussies made 247-5 thanks to Phillip Hughes's 138 not out, and Sri Lanka fell short, despite 67 from Angelo Mathews. In other Aussie news, Essex have announced the signing of left-handed batsman Rob Quiney. But as with Ed Cowan at Notts, there will no doubt be criticism from some quarters that with Ashes batting places up for grabs, county sides are giving Aussies the experience of English conditions ahead of the Ashes."

  102. 10 overs: 
    Ind 35-1

    Bresnan is coming in for his fifth over on the bounce now and after four dots, Sharma opens his shoulders to carve him to cow corner for four.


    From Andy from Kent, via text on 81111: "I'd like to see Alex Hales brought in to open in place of Bell, who in turn could replace Morgan."

  104. 9 overs: 
    Ind 31-1 (Target 258)

    Kohli is a picture of confidence and control as he pulls Finn off the front foot for four.

    So can England pull this one off and keep the series alive going into the last match in Dharamsala on Sunday? The ground is in the foothills of the Himalayas and apparently the temperature could be as low as -1C. Anyone got any suggestions for playing cricket in those temperatures, or a tale to tell of playing cricket in freezing conditions? Seeing a white ball in the snow could be an issue.

  105. 8 overs: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Ind 26-1

    Hello again. Bubbling up nicely I see. Oh, what a let-off for Sharma. Trying to hit over the top, the ball is in range for Pietersen but he can't cling on to a one-handed catch above his head. Would have been a cracking catch, the type Paul Collingwood would have snaffled in his slippers.

  106. 7 overs: 
    India 23-1

    Rohit Sharma is not enjoying himself one bit against Steven Finn, but he goes on the attack to a short ball and pulls an unconvincing three into the leg side. That's India's lot for the over as I step aside and allow Sam Sheringham back into the commentary seat.

    Prakash Wakankar, BBC Test Match Special

    "I wonder if there's a thought in Mahendra Dhoni's mind that Virender Sehwag is too much of a liability in the field now [for ODIs]."

  108. 6 overs: 
    Ind 20-1

    England have been lifted by the wicket of Gambhir, who looked in good touch before playing an unnecessary shot at Tim Bresnan. A wicket-maiden for Big Tim.


    Dan Young on Twitter: "Tredwell has been really good in this ODI series! Morgan and Patel should be dropped for Bairstow and Wright."

  110. 5.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Gambhir c Buttler b Bresnan 10 (India 20-1)

    Lovely stuff from Big Tim as he hangs one outside off stump and Gambhir wafts at it, getting an apparent nick to the keeper. The opener looks like he doesn't feel he hit it. There's no sympathy from Alastair Cook, I imagine.


    From Oli Chapple, via text on 81111: "To spice things up, why not award five runs for a hit that clears the boundary with one bounce?"

  112. 5 overs: 
    Ind 20-0

    Steven Finn is being tighter than some of my mates at the bar, giving nothing away to Rohit Sharma. The batsman has been forced on to the back foot and almost nicks a lovely rising and seaming delivery behind as Finn cranks up the pace a little. A very good over is downgraded slightly when Finn strays on to Sharma's legs and is clipped for four from the final delivery.

    Steve James, BBC Test Match Special

    "That was straight from the village green from Samit Patel - under-armed the ball over the keeper's head and gave away a completely unnecessary run."

  114. 4 overs: 
    Ind 16-0

    Big Tim continues to build the pressure with a couple of dot balls before Samit Patel undoes all the hard work with a mis-field which costs two runs. He's currently looking for a hole in the ground to fall into while he gets over the embarrassment. Gambhir manages to add four more when he drives through the off-side. Another well-timed shot from the classy opener.


    Ralph Brooker on Twitter: "England have enough runs. But have they got the bowlers? Finn and Tredders need support. Wouldn't fancy facing Finn out there!"

  116. 3 overs: 
    Ind 10-0

    Steven Finn seems to be down on pace today, only clocking 82mph with the first couple of deliveries of his second over. He's bowling a tight line, however, and Rohit Sharma is having a good look at the England paceman, happy to play out a maiden over. A few more of those will create the pressure which so often brings wickets.

    Steve James, BBC Test Match Special

    "There have been concerns about Bresnan ever since he had that operation on his elbow - has he lost that little bit of nip that made him so effective?"

  118. 2 overs: 
    Ind 10-0

    Tim Bresnan has been given the new ball, instead of Jade Dernbach, as England look to exploit any help from the pitch and cool conditions. He bowls three dot balls to Rohit Sharma before dropping short and being pulled for four. The batsman gets a single to make it five from the over.


    George Roberts on Twitter: "Something tells me that this Indian experiment of opening Rohit Sharma is unlikely to get past the experiment stage."

  120. 1050: 

    We've got a little delay out in the middle because the stitching has come away from the seam on the ball and we need a replacement one.

  121. 1 over: 
    Ind 5-0

    Steven Finn starts with a wide but his radar returns with a rising delivery which Gambhir does well not to nick to the keeper. The batsman almost chops on next up, but gets off the mark with a lovely drive back down the ground for four. That will boost his confidence.

  122. 1043: 

    The teams are back out in the middle, with Gautam Gambhir and the returning Rohit Sharma opening the batting for India. Finny has the ball in hand.


    Lee Jones on Twitter: "Few early wickets, keep Dhoni at bay and 258 will be tough for India! Makes it sound so easy."

  124. 1039: 

    We're almost set for India's innings in Mohali. I think England have got enough runs if they can get the ball to talk like India's seamers did early on. Big Tim and Finny are raring to go.


    England off-spinner Graeme Swann (rested from this series) on Twitter: "Well done to Joe Root for another good knock. Just think, if the snow hadn't closed his school he'd be doing double maths right now."

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    On Twitter: "Here's a thought... Joe Root, 57 not out today from 45 balls, is not currently in England's ODI squad for NZ. Captaining Lions in Australia."

  127. 1032: 

    Thanks Sam, hope you are enjoying your Root vegetables. I'm interested in Joe Root's quote below, when he says "I had a few lucky blows." He's doing himself down there. It was a cracking innings and shows what a quality player he is becoming. Anyway, do you guys think England have got enough? Get twexting and emailing.


    Joe Root: "We did well to get a partnership with Kevin and Cookie and it gives us a chance. Kevin played an unusual innings for him but a very good one. I had a few lucky blows there but it was good fun to get out there and have a little bit of a hit. We've got a quality seam attack so hopefully we can get a few early wickets and get in amongst it."

  129. 1011: 

    Right then, time for a quick refuel here. I'm off in search of some Root vegetables. For you, it's a straightforward task. Stay tuned to TMS for a catch-up with the England women's squad ahead of their World Cup bid and join Marc Higginson in about 30 minutes for the start of the India reply.

    Sunil Gavaskar, BBC Test Match Special

    "India may have a mountain to climb here, I don't think chasing 258 will be easy."


    Steve Morris ‏on Twitter: "I wish I had Root's lack of power! What a player this kid/man is!"

    Rachel T ‏on Twitter: "Well done Root! Looks like a boy, plays like a man!"

    Danny Bushell ‏on Twitter: "This score will never be high enough whilst we have Dernbach in the team."

  132. 1008: 

    England scored exactly 100 runs off the last 10 overs and in Joe Root, they may just be unearthing a little star.

  133. 50 overs: 
    ROOT FIFTY- Eng 257-7

    Tredwell gets the required single first up to give Root the strike and the Yorkshire opener immediately pulls for four to reach his first ODI fifty. Then he's down the ground to cross-bat Shami Ahmed down the ground for another. England run an overthrow to give Tredwell the strike with two to go and the Kent man steps up to the plate with a cut that pierces the field for four. He misses the last ball but they run a quick bye to take the final score to 257-7.


    Matthew Webb on Twitter: "Maybe England should have a specialist coach on how to play Jadeja!"

  135. 49 overs: 
    Eng 242-7

    The good news? Tredwell nurdles the last ball of the over for a single. The bad news? He's back on strike for the start of the final over.

  136. 48.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Bresnan c Yuvraj b Jadeja 0 (Eng 241-7)

    It's almost an action replay of the Buttler dismissal as Bresnan chops straight to backward point.

  137. 48.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Buttler c Yuvraj b Jadeja 14 (Eng 241-6)

    Yes please Buttler, you can serve me that any day. The England stumper hoists Jadeja for a six and a four from the first two balls of the over. Then Jadeja makes his stretch for the ball and he clips it on the half-volley straight to Yuvi at point.


    Rich Evans ‏on Twitter: "Joe Root looks like the young Josh Baskin in the film 'Big'. We should say T.Hanks for the Big score."

    Matthew Webb on Twitter: "Oh my! How can you drop that Raina? At club level you would be to ashamed to show your face for the rest of the season."

  139. 48 overs: 
    Eng 231-5

    Sharma tries another yorkers but it's more of a low full toss and Root brilliantly reverse sweeps the ball on the full for four. Sharma reacts well to keep England to just seven from the over. Two to go.

  140. 47 overs: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Eng 224-5

    Oh. My. Word. I honestly think I may have just seen the worst drop of all time. Root gets a sweep all wrong and shakes his head in anticipation of his impending demise, but gets another life as Raine somehow lets the ball slip in - and out - of his hands. Another tight over from Jadeja.

    Sunil Gavaskar, BBC Test Match Special

    "India have probably struck at the right time as Pietersen was just starting to look dangerous after hitting that six. They can now try to restrict England to under 250."


    Timothy Revell ‏on Twitter: "KP playing garden cricket - over the fence is 6 and out."

  143. 46 overs: 
    Eng 221-5

    Buttler-time? The Somerset man starts with a tip and run to keep himself on strike with four overs left. England want 250 or more.

  144. 45.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Pietersen b Sharma 76 (Eng 220-5)

    Root, you cheeky devil. Now he shows he can improvise as he angles the bat and plays a version of the ramp shot to collect four past short fine leg. Pietersen is in the zone now too, blasting Sharma over cover for four more then hoisting him miles into the stands over long-on. What's next from Sharma? It's a fast yorker and KP's stumps are splattered all over Mohali.


    Adamski ‏on Twitter: "All this about Root being a slow scorer is rubbish! Saw him tonking Panesar to all parts in CB40 last year!"

    Michael Cole ‏on Twitter: "With Buttler in for Kieswetter and Joe Root playing well for his age, they are showing the benefits of youth. Get Bairstow in."

  146. 45 overs: 

    Rooty-Tooty! Yorkshire's finest gives it both barrels and smashes Ashwin for six on the leg side. Then he rocks back and cuts the Indian off-spinner for four. Ashwin tries to fool KP with a little pause before releasing, but the batsman gets enough on the ball to loft it over mid-off and another four takes the partnership to 63 off 51. Great over for England.


    Mike Bell on Twitter: "I remain impressed by the cut of this man Joe Root's jib."

    O'Boogie ‏on Twitter: "Gotta be time for KP to start doing what KP does, and I don't mean get out disappointingly."

  148. 44 overs: 
    Eng 188-4

    Pietersen can wait no longer and he hammers Shami Ahmed through the covers off the back foot for four. Singles follow from the next four balls and then Pietersen clobbers the final delivery of the over past mid-on to the boundary.

    Steve James, BBC Test Match Special

    "I wonder how many of Pietersen's previous 23 ODI fifties were slower than that one? He's taken 84 balls. I've said all along that 250 would be a good score here, but I think Pietersen would have to rediscover some fluency for England to reach that."


    From Ken A, TMS inbox: "Commentators saying Root is the last man you need in during the last 10 overs. Look at the scorecard - who has the highest run rate of the current innings - erm - Joe Root at 83.33."


    Chappers42 on Twitter: "It's a disgrace that Morgan is still in the squad. A player who has done nothing to convince me he was worth investing in."

  152. 43 overs: 
    PIETERSEN FIFTY- England 176-4

    Pietersen chases a Raina ball down the leg side and almost twists his ankle. Then a thick outside edge runs away for four to take him to fifty off 84 balls - his slowest in ODI cricket.

  153. 42 overs: 
    Eng 168-4

    Shami - try saying Sammy after a few shandies and the pronunciation will be spot on - is back and Root drills his first ball through the covers for four. Lovely shot from a man who looks like he isn't long out of nappies. Two more past point and a single take him to 19 off 23 balls.


    Ryan Wood ‏on Twitter: "Everyone is starting to criticising Patel's form but without his runs in the first ODI we would have lost!"

    Alan Lewis ‏on Twitter: "I think England are going to need at least 230 to have any chance in this one."

  155. 41 overs: 
    Eng 161-4

    England only scored 19 runs from that powerplay. Suresh Raina is called up for over 41 and England milk him for four singles. Someone is going to have to put their foot on the pedal very soon.

    England will announce their 15-man Test squad for the tour of NZ tomorrow. Any thoughts? Seems like Morgan and Patel will get the elbow.


    From Mark Pettman, TMS inbox: "It was another terrible decision (Pietersen's 'caught behind') in the last match that precipitated an England collapse when we were well set. History repeating itself needlessly. The ICC must realise that using DRS to reverse these howlers actually helps the umpires - instead millions around the world know they've had a shocker."

  157. 40 overs: 
    Eng 157-4

    Lots of you moaning about the tinkering with the England batting order mid-match, but who's making those decisions? New coach Ashley Giles? The powerplay finishes with a run apiece for KP and Root. England have six wickets in hand, but they have they work cut out to reach 250 here.


    Greg Double ‏on Twitter: "Samit Patel is doing a great job of filling the Ravi Bopara shaped hole of England players I genuinely think I could get out."

    Matt Barron on Twitter: "How does Patel get in the team? He's done absolutely nothing to prove his worth in any match I've watched!"

  159. 39 overs: 
    Eng 154-4

    Root middles a sweep at Jadeja and collects a welcome four but the bowler responds well with four slightly quicker deliveries - all dot balls.

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "In the interval on TMS, we'll be previewing the Women's World Cup, and hearing from England coach Mark Lane and bowlers Holly Colvin and Georgia Elwiss. Because Mumbai have reached the final of the Ranji Trophy, some of the games are going to be moved, which seems extraordinary for an ICC event - while the Pakistan games have been moved to Cuttack."


    From Dan in London, via text on 81111: "Based on batting alone, Buttler for Kieswetter is a no-brainer. But Craig has come a long way with the gloves, and Jos is not an international keeper. You just hope he's given time to develop his glove-work, in the same way Prior was. But with Bairstow in the background, I doubt he will be."

  162. 38 overs: 
    DROPPED CATCH- Eng 149-4

    Kohli spills a tough chance at first slip after Root gets a thick edge to Sharma. Diving low to his left he gets his digits on it but can't cling on and the ball dribbles all the way to the boundary.


    Tom Lambert ‏on Twitter: "Amazing to think how many runs Cook has scored in India despite at least four appalling decisions."

  164. 37 overs: 
    Eng 142-4

    England send out Joe Root to face the music. It's still a batting powerplay but the priority surely has to be for England to steady the ship and prepare for a late charge.

    Steve James, BBC Test Match Special

    "This England innings has really subsided, but you have to say that it all started with a terrible, terrible umpiring decision against Alastair Cook. No excuse for the umpire giving it out, and no excuse for not using DRS."

  166. 36.3 overs: 
    WICKET- Patel c & b Jadeja 1 (Eng 142-4)

    There's a brief hold-up in play as a plane flies overhead. Is it taking England's hopes with it? I think it might be as Patel chips straight back to the bowler. Horribly sloppy cricket from England.


    Tom Audsley ‏on Twitter: "I feel sorry for Root, gets a decent chance to bat today if he went in at four but gets pushed behind the failing Morgan, again."

    Prakash Wakankar, BBC Test Match Special

    "The TV umpire should be able to intervene for such an obvious decision like Cook's."

    Steve James adds: "How on earth did he ever give it out? It was never pitching in line, that's a dreadful decision."

  169. 36 overs: 
    POWERPLAY- Eng 142-3

    England are obliged to take the powerplay but should they stick or twist? Pietersen has an ugly swipe as Sharma but misses out as the ball keeps low. Two runs to deep cover then Pietersen is almost cut in half by another great delivery from the Sharmster.


    From Z in Uxbridge, via text on 81111: "You'd never have Howard Webb refereeing England. Don't see why cricket allows home umpires!"

  171. 35 overs: 
    Eng 138-3

    Samit Patel is promoted up the order ahead of Root and the new man Buttler and he plays himself with caution as Jadeja rattles through a maiden.

  172. 34 overs: 
    WICKET- Morgan c Yuvraj b Ashwin 3 (Eng 138-3)

    The wheels are coming off! Morgan has a lazy swing and simply lifts the ball into the air, presenting the easiest of catches to Yuvraj, back-pedalling from mid-off.

    Simon Hughes, BBC Test Match Special

    "These are the two men England want in at the end of the innings - Morgan has been promoted ahead of Joe Root, and if they're still in after the 40th over, we can expect fireworks."


    From Hari in Winchester, via text on 81111: "Remember the Jones/Read/Foster/Nixon/Ambrose/Mustard/Prior/Davies saga of '06? Whoever they are going to pick, they should invest in and stick with, like they did with Prior. I used to watch him keep through my fingers, but hold him in high esteem six years down the line."

  175. 33 overs: 
    Eng 136-2

    Umpire Asnani had a good twiddle with his earpiece after that wicket, so maybe he was being informed about what a poor decision he had just made. Poor old Cookie, he looked nailed on for a ton there and he was a picture of anger as he walked back to the dressing-room. Morgan settles into his rhythm quickly to Ashwin, sharing out four singles with KP in Jadeja's latest over.


    Wonky Nose on Twitter: "That was one of the worst decisions I've ever seen. Where's DRS?"

    Kieran Fitzgerald ‏on Twitter: "How can teams can go and play in India without DRS after another shocking decision?"

  177. 31.5 overs: 
    WICKET- Cook lbw b Ashwin 76 (Eng 132-2)

    Cook gets down on bended knee, but instead of proposing marriage, he sweeps hard for four. Then Sharma atones for his earlier shocker with a sharp stop. The next ball from Ashwin straightens and catches Cook on the pad. The umpire raises the finger. Cook's gone!

    TV replays show the decision is a bit of a shocker from umpire Sudhir Asnani. The ball pitched clearly outside leg stump.

    Simon Hughes, BBC Test Match Special

    "It was quite a harsh decision by England to leave out Kieswetter for Buttler, but they've been quite ruthless in the last couple of years. Kieswetter has never quite convinced me - or clearly the selectors - that he's the man, and I think Buttler deserves his chance. I know Kieswetter can hit the ball miles, but he's been tried at different places in the order and I don't think he's consistent enough. If they're not going to go back to Matt Prior, they need to decide on someone for the future. Kieswetter's not old, but he's had two years in the team, and this might be a good time to try Buttler with two years before the next World Cup."

  179. 31 overs: 
    Eng 127-1

    Sounds like there's some optimism out there for England's chances, judging by those score predictions. I haven't heard much from you on the dropping of Craig Kieswetter for Jos Buttler. Good decision, right?


    From Alex in Manchester, via text on 81111: "In the office, I am going 265, Robbo 310 and Scottie 274."

  181. 30 overs: 
    Eng 121-1

    Pietersen darts down the track and slots Ashwin down to mid-on, then Cook pulls to fine leg for two and hits a single to move to 70. Root in next, then Morgan, Buttler and Patel, all flexing their guns in the dressing-room as we speak.

    Mark Mitchener, BBC Sport

    "Over in Hobart, Sri Lanka have just lost their first wicket chasing 248 to beat Australia - captain Mahela Jayawardene has gone for 38, and the tourists are 59-1 after 13 overs."

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "I think it's going to be cross-your-fingers for the final ODI in Dharamsala. Some people say the temperature is 18 degrees, some say it's eight, some say it's going to be freezing at night and some say it might snow."

  184. 29 overs: 
    Eng 117-1

    Virat Kohli shows Sharma how it's done with a full-length dive to save a single at point. England are toddling along at four an over here, but with wickets in hand, they are primed for a late assault.


    From Brandon in Kent, via text on 81111: "England on course for 300? I've jinxed it now haven't I?"

  186. 28 overs: 
    Eng 114-1

    Ishant Sharma was having a brilliant day ... until now. The big man looks like a very old man as he fails to get down to the ball in time at square leg and lets it roll through his legs for a four to KP.

    Sunil Gavaskar, BBC Test Match Special

    "I think the India board has a ruling that no matches can be played in the north of India between 15 December and 15 January because of the dew factor, so there's no Ranji Trophy games up here in that time."

  188. 27 overs: 
    England 108-1

    Cook and KP are building a nice platform for Morgan, Patel and Buttler as they milk Jadeja for a single and a leg bye. That's as good as it gets in the over as KP struggles to take runs off the economical Jadeja.

  189. 26 overs: 
    Eng 106-1

    England are mindful of getting bogged down while the spinners twirl, and KP takes a single down the ground off Ashwin's first delivery. Then there's silence in the ground as Cook drops back on to a short one and cuts for four. He repeats the trick two balls later as England begin to motor.

  190. 25 overs: 
    Eng 97-1

    More spin now, in the form of Ravindra Jadeja, who has been a thorn in England's side with five wickets in the last two games. Cook sweeps and picks up four after the third umpire adjudges that sub fielder Rahane is in contact with rope and ball at the same time.

  191. 24 overs: 
    Eng 90-1

    Ashwin beats Cook with a ball that grips and straightens past the outside edge. Cook then premeditates a sweep to collect one run before KP - looking much more comfortable out there - pushes a single of his own to long on.


    Purush on Twitter: "England playing very safe and not taking any risks - what is the target set in their mind? Less than 280 will not be enough."

  193. 23 overs: 

    Cook works the ball through midwicket to reach fifty off 74 balls and is greeted by a generous round of applause. "Wherever you go in India, they really love and respect this England captain," says Simon Hughes.

    Simon Hughes, BBC Test Match Special

    "I wonder if England ought to think about an early batting powerplay, for once? They never do."

  195. 22 overs: 
    Eng 85-1

    From his 33rd ball, Pietersen finds the boundary, driving Ashwin to long-off. The four is surrounded by a smattering of singles - England are starting to tick along nicely.

  196. 21 overs: 
    Eng 77-1

    Spin from one end, seam from the other as Kumar replaces Ahmed. Cook clips a single off his hips, Pietersen one to wide mid-off. Then Kumar signs off with a corker that nips back between Cook's bat and pad. I don't think you'll ever feel settled out there as a batsman.


    From Adam in Essex, via text on 81111: "I really feel as though Finn will be suited to this with the new ball. Anything around 250 and I think he can take early wickets and build pressure."

  198. 20 overs: 
    Eng 75-1

    Nudge and nurdle time as we enter the middle phase of England's innings. England pick up five singles off Ashwin's over, with Cook moving within four of a fifty.

    Prakash Wakankar, BBC Test Match Special

    "I think India are going to keep faith with Gautam Gambhir for the rest of this series, as if they were going to leave him out, they would have done it today."


    From Alex, warming his cockles with an early morning Earl Grey, TMS inbox: "Every team can use 'home' advantage to get the best out of their wickets, right? Surely we should therefore suggest bringing the sub-continent teams to a Test/ODI series played in chilly January conditions with the wind howling through the stands. Clear the snow from the wicket and the red ball will be seen easy in the outfield. Low scoring it may be, but I'd back our boys any day of the week!"

  201. 19 overs: 
    Eng 70-1

    Ahmed feeds one of Cook's favourite areas with a ball that drifts onto his pads and is helped round the corner for four.


    Stuart Mitchell ‏on Twitter: "England off to their usual solid start. What are the odds on them dropping from 100/1 to 150 all out (again)?"

  203. 18 overs: 
    Eng 64-1

    Time for some spin, in the form of Ravichandran Ashwin. Pietersen looks relieved to see a different type of bowling and promptly cuts to deep point for two. Three singles follow - time for some steady accumulation.

    Steve James, BBC Test Match Special

    "I think England would have really liked to have won this toss, their seamers would have loved bowling on this."


    From Johnny Skull in Bath, via text on 81111: "Oh Dear Indeed.. Opener Did It.. Only Drove It.. Over Done It.. Out ..Damn It! One Day Innit?"

  206. 17 overs: 
    Eng 59-1

    This is still a desperate effort from KP - Shami Ahmed has replaced Kumar but the torment is the same. After five dot balls, and several play and misses, he runs across his stumps and works a single to leg to reach three off 22 balls.

  207. 16 overs: 
    Eng 58-1

    I am certain of very little in life, but one thing I know for sure is that I would not last long out there with Ishant Sharma in this mood. The India quick is inspired at the moment and Cook is beaten twice in three balls by deliveries that jag away off the seam. Five dot balls are followed by a wide, however, and Cook pounces on the extra ball to hook for four.

  208. 0743: 

    A drinks break gives KP and the Cookster a chance to regroup, reflect and refocus on the task ahead. Nicely balanced this one at the mo.


    Daily Double on Twitter: "Glad to see Jos B in the side but feel sorry for Briggs. He should be playing - carrying drinks is not an education!"


    Tattz ‏on Twitter: "Ishant Sharma is a man reborn! Easily looks the most dangerous bowler in the series."

    Steve James, BBC Test Match Special

    "Former India captain Sourav Ganguly has said that Kevin Pietersen isn't pacing his innings well enough, but I think it's not the worst thing that he's taken a while to get off the mark, as most of his best Test innings have come when he's had to work really hard at the start."

  212. 15 overs: 
    Eng 53-1

    KP finally gets off the mark with a streaky double off an inside edge, then gropes horribly at one outside off stump. This is like watching your favourite actor hamming it up on a daytime soap.


    From Anonymous, via text on 81111: "Today is the day KP comes to the picnic. He has threatened in every knock so far. Today KP will be the nuts!"

    Please remember to include your name on all text messages, so we can put your name up in lights.

  214. 14 overs: 
    Eng Eng 51-1

    More fine bolwing from Sharma results in four dot balls in a row, but a slight stray towards leg stump is pounced on by Cook, who flicks round the corner for a welcome boundary. England have scored seven runs off the last three overs.

  215. 13 overs: 
    Eng 47-1

    It's foggy, it's cold and the ball is nipping around all over the shop. Are you sure this isn't Trent Bridge in April? One things for sure, if England can't win in these conditions they haven't got a hope. Still, India's seamers are proving a handy bunch at the moment and KP has to dig deep just to survive Kumar's latest offering. The big man is yet to get off the mark.

    Sunil Gavaskar, BBC Test Match Special

    "That was a tremendous over from Ishant Sharma, he's clearly enjoying bowling in these conditions and the ball is moving around for him."

  217. 12 overs: 
    APPEAL - NOT OUT- Eng 46-1

    Massive appeal from Sharma as Pietersen is smashed on the front pad. The umpire says no, and it's shown to be a great decision with KP being struck a fraction outside the line. With KP out of his crease, Raina has a shy at the stumps but only succeeds in giving up two overthrows. Sharma rounds off an eventful over with a beauty past KP's edge.


    Agony for KP as a ball rears up off a length and whacks him on the right elbow. Pietersen winces in pain and requires some brief treatment before settling down to resume his innings. The delay is lengthened as Dhoni runs off the field for some reason or other.


    Rachel T on Twitter: "For such an unassuming individual, Bell has a surprising knack of going temporarily bonkers."

  220. 11 overs: 
    Eng 44-1

    Dhoni stands up to the stumps to Pietersen despite the fact that Kumar is still sending the cherry down at a decent lick. And the India keeper fails to hold on to the first ball of the over, conceding a bye. Cook picks up two to fine leg and four down the ground via a splendid straight drive.


    From Arvind in Derby, TMS inbox: "What a tour this is turning out to be - in Tests, English spinners outdid their Indian counterparts and now in ODIs Indian fast/swing bowlers are teaching a thing or two to Finn & Co."

  222. 10 overs: 
    Eng 37-0

    Cook lets the last two balls of the over go by as Sharma ends the powerplay with a wicket maiden. Pietersen on strike now...

    Sunil Gavaskar, BBC Test Match Special

    "That was a very good catch as all the seats in this ground are white, and it would have been very difficult to pick the white ball out against them."

  224. 9.4 overs: 
    WICKET- Bell c Kumar b Sharma 10 (Eng 37-1)

    Sharma sends down an absolute beauty to Bell, wobbling the seam and ripping it past the outside edge. Then a rush of blood from the England opener as he tries to smash the ball out of the ground but gets a thick outside edge that flies to third man, where Kumar stoops low to take a good catch.

    Mark Mitchener, BBC Sport

    "Elsewhere in the world of cricket, Australia have made 247-5 from their 50 overs in the fifth and final ODI against Sri Lanka, who lead the series 2-1, in Hobart. Phillip Hughes, who only made his ODI debut less than a fortnight ago, anchored the innings with an unbeaten 138 - his second century of the series. George Bailey is leading Australia as Michael Clarke was ruled out with an ankle injury."

  226. 9 overs: 
    Ind 37-0

    Good pace from Kumar and a bit of nibble too as he shoots one between Cook's bat and pad. The England skip issues the perfect response as he leans into a drive and collects his fifth boundary. Good start this from England and boy did they need one.

    Simon Hughes, BBC Test Match Special

    "In a way, orthodox batting at the top of the order is more important when there are two new balls, because by the end of the innings, each new ball is only 25 overs old so there's no reverse swing. So batting is harder at the beginning and easier at the end, so you need wickets in hand."

  228. 8 overs: 
    Eng 33-0

    Ishant Sharma's gonna get you - well that's the hope for India anyway as their long-haired paceman limbers up for his first over of the day. He settles quickly into a testing line, just outside off stump, and England are kept to a single run.

    Sunil Gavaskar, BBC Test Match Special

    "Cook has played orthodox shots, hasn't tried to do anything silly, as he's recognised the need for England to make a good start, and this is exactly what they need."

  230. 7 overs: 
    Eng 32-0

    More fireworks for England - this time from Bell, who clatters Kumar for fours on both sides of the wicket. A slower ball completely fools Bell and scoots past his outside edge.

  231. 6 overs: 
    Eng 24-0

    Cook gives England the kick-start they needed with three boundaries in an over. First a short ball from Shami Ahmed is pulled over midwicket for four. Then there's a hugely pleasing drive through the covers and a flick off his toes to the rope.

    Mark Mitchener, BBC Sport

    "This is England's fifth international visit to Mohali, having lost Tests here in 2001 (by 10 wickets) and 2006 (by nine wickets) before a draw in 2008 in what turned out to be Kevin Pietersen's last game as England captain. In their only ODI here, in October 2011, England made 298-4, with Jonathan Trott 98 not out (from 116 balls) and Samit Patel smashing an unbeaten 70 from 43 deliveries. India chased down the target with four balls to spare, with Ajinkya Rahane - who's been dropped today - top scoring with 91."

  233. 5 overs: 
    Eng 12-0

    Another play-and-miss from the England captain as Kumar squirts one past his flashing blade. Can't help feeling that England have to play the long game here. Even if they only have 150 on the board after 40 overs, as long as they have wickets in hand they should post a decent score. Two leg byes to the total.


    From Tristan in Norfolk, TMS inbox: "It's still early days, but Mr Extras looks set for a big score. Fingers crossed."

  235. 4 overs: 
    Eng 10-0

    Fuller and wider from Ahmed and Cook times a cover drive to perfection for England's first boundary of the day. The next ball is a bit shorter and Cook tries a square cut but misses out.

  236. 3 overs: 
    Eng 6-0

    Risk-free cricket from England as Bell follows his captain's lead by leaving well alone outside off stump. It's a maiden. Apart from the fog and the cold, I'm looking out for more signs to make England feel at home. No sign of any fans huddling under blankets with a flask of tea yet but I'll keep you informed.

    Simon Mann, BBC Test Match Special

    "There's a great photograph in the pavilion here, showing Sunil Gavaskar sitting on a stool so he's on the same level as Tony Greig."

  238. 2 overs: 
    Eng 6-0

    India's erratic start continues as Shami Ahmed drags one down the leg side. Bell collects his second run via a thick outside edge. Cook is content to be watchful early on, leaving anything wide and blocking anything straight.

    Steve James, BBC Test Match Special

    "One of the England top three needs to score a hundred. That's what they did when they were doing well in ODIs last year, starting with Pietersen in the UAE and then Bell and Cook during the summer."


    From Scott in London, TMS inbox: "Surely it needs to have rained every day for the previous six months in Mohali for the early season Headingley tactic to work?"

  241. 1 over: 
    Eng 4-0

    Cook turns the first ball of the match, from Kumar, down to deep square leg for a single. Bell picks up one to third man, before Cook is squared up by a ball that slows down sharply off the pitch. It's a real mixed bag from Kumar, with a wide down either side and a rip-snorter past the England skipper's outside edge.

    Steve James, BBC Test Match Special

    "I'm not surprised at the Buttler change - in practice yesterday they had Cook and Tredwell in the slips with Buttler keeping, and Kieswetter wasn't involved much. I said in Ranchi that it would be a bit unfair if it was the only change made, as it makes Kieswetter look like a scapegoat. But the problem in the last two games has been getting significant contributions from the top three, not Kieswetter and the middle order."

  243. 0629: 

    Messrs Bell and Cook are first up for England as per usual. Buttler is down to bat ahead of Samit Patel at number six. One thing is for certain, England's batting needs to show a vast improvement from their last two efforts if they are to stand a chance here. Off we go then...

    Mark Mitchener, BBC Sport

    "Jos Buttler has played only one previous ODI - against Pakistan in Dubai last February, when he was out for a second-ball duck and did not keep wicket. He becomes England's 10th ODI wicketkeeper since Alec Stewart retired a decade ago, after Chris Read, Geraint Jones, Matt Prior, Paul Nixon, Phil Mustard, Tim Ambrose, Steven Davies, Eoin Morgan (kept in two Champions Trophy games in 2009) and Craig Kieswetter. Before you ask, Vikram Solanki, James Foster, Jonny Bairstow and Buttler have kept in T20 internationals in that time but not ODIs."

    Steve James, BBC Test Match Special

    "When we arrived at the ground we could barely see the stumps, but it cleared very quickly. It is a disappointing crowd at the moment, but maybe they will come along later.

    "It's a huge game for England - they have to win it to stay in the series. From my experience at Cardiff when you bowled second under floodlights, you had a great chance because the ball nipped all over the place, but I think generally it will be a good pitch. I don't think we'll see excessive movement."

  246. 0616: 

    Sunny it may be but I'm hearing that it is only 6 degrees in Mohali. Will that play into England's hands? Treat it like an early-season game in Headingley boys.


    India: Gautam Gambhir, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Dhoni (capt & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ishant Sharma, Shami Ahmed.

    England: Alastair Cook (capt), Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan, Jos Buttler (wk), Samit Patel, Tim Bresnan, James Tredwell, Steven Finn, Jade Dernbach.

  248. 0612: 

    Plenty of talking points and it's the usual drill here folks. I'm the compere, you are the headline act. To see your name in lights, send an email to with For Sam Sheringham as the subject, text 81111 (UK) or tweet us via #bbccricket.

  249. 0609: 

    The sun is coming out in the northern city of Mohali after a very foggy start to the day that Alastair Cook said reminded him of Chelmsford. Just the one change for India too, with Rohit Sharma coming in for Ajinkya Rahane.


    India captain MS Dhoni: "This pitch has been under the cover for quite some time I think there's going to be something in it for the fast bowlers. We need to do the small things right. We are looking god but we need to keep going.

    England captain Alastair Cook: "Clearly we would have liked to have bowled first with the overhead conditions, but from the history here, this is a good wicket and we need to put some runs on the board."

    BREAKING TEAM NEWS- Buttler replaces Kieswetter

    England make the one expected change to their line-up with Craig Kieswetter axed and replaced by Somerset's Jos Buttler, who will be keeping wicket in an ODI for the first time.

    TOSS- India win toss and field
  253. 0600: 

    So what went wrong? It all started so well for England in India as they piled on 325 to win the first of five one-dayers in Rajkot. But in Kochi and Ranchi, they failed to score half that total as India doled out back-to-back hammerings. The maths students among you will have deduced that that puts India 2-1 up with two to play, meaning that England go into today's meeting in Mohali fighting to stay alive.

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Live Scores - India v England


  • India beat England by 5 wickets
  • India: 258-5 (47.3 overs)
  • England: 257-7 (50.0 overs)
  • Venue: Mohali

India Innings

Player outReason Bowledby Runs
Total for 5 258
Gambhir c Buttler b Bresnan 10
Ro Sharma lbw b Finn 83
Kohli c and b Tredwell 26
Yuvraj lbw b Tredwell 3
Raina not out 89
Dhoni c Morgan b Dernbach 19
Jadeja not out 21
Extras 5w 2lb 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.