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OVER 13: ENG 78/3 (Malan 18* Buttler 4*) Chasing 330            

India sticking with seam. Natarajan continues. And just two off the over.


OVER 12: ENG 76/3 (Malan 17* Buttler 3*) Chasing 330           

Malan with a crunching cut for four runs. Jos tucks the ball off his pads for a couple.


OVER 11: ENG 68/3 (Malan 12* Buttler 0*) Chasing 330          

England are facing a battle now. Jos plays out his first three balls.


WICKET! Stokes c Dhawan b Natarajan 35

Ooh big moment. It’s a dreadful ball from Natarajan, a waist high full toss, Stokes takes a couple of paces down then pitch and he whacks it straight to deep square leg. Stokes asks the question as to whether it was a no ball on height. But the fact that he strode out to meet it means that it wouldn’t have been had he stayed put, if you know what I mean. FOW 68/3

Dhawan gets on one leg like a stork and then slaps his other thigh. Not your everyday celebration but everyone is having a good time – other than Ben Stokes, that is.


OVER 10: ENG 66/2 (Stokes 33* Malan 12*) Chasing 330         

Three boundaries in that over, but this does not do Prasidh much justice. “As a bowler you feel like you have not done a lot wrong there, but you have gone for 15 an over,” says Stuart Broad on comms. A short ball, Stokes top edges it and has himself a streaky, ill-gotten six. Then Malan produces a lovely shot, fair enough, drives through the offside on the front foot. Then a perfectly decent ball and Malan just opens the face and glides that for four behind square. There’s a man behind point but he cannot get anywhere near cutting it off.


OVER 9: ENG 51/2 (Stokes 26* Malan 4*) Chasing 330        

Bhuvneshwar giving nothing. Just one off this over. The run-rate has dipped below six, and the required run rate is just making the acquaintance of seven…  6.80 now..

But England certainly have the resources and a big over or two will get them right back on track.


OVER 8: ENG 50/2 (Stokes 25* Malan 4*) Chasing 330       

Prasidh Krishna, tall chap, gets some lift and that causes Stokes a problem. Attractive shot from Stokes through the offside brings four. But a poorly judged single now. Stokes tonks it to the offside, but is slow setting off, and has to dive to make his ground. Had the throw from KL Rahul hit the stumps I think he was a goner.


OVER 7: ENG 43/2 (Stokes 18* Malan 4*) Chasing 330      

Tidy, skilful over from Bhuvneshwar. There are just a couple of singles off it.


OVER 6: ENG 41/2 (Stokes 17* Malan 3*) Chasing 330     

Natarajan with a legside wide, but then beats Stokes with a snorter. England having to be quite cautious at the moment.


OVER 5: ENG 37/2 (Stokes 16* Malan 2*) Chasing 330    

What a drop! Oh dear me that is a howler. Bhuvneshwar to Stokes, Big Ben goes for the big shot down the ground but doesn’t get it right at all. Hardik Pandya under the high ball and he has spilled it. 

Stokes sort of checked his drive and ended up lofting it prettily a few yards back over the bowler’s head. Another fielder, in fact his brother Krunal Pandya (!) is lurking a few yards away – did that put him off? Mike Atherton also wonders if the spider cam got in his eyeline. We may never know, but what is certain is that he dropped the in-form Durham man.


OVER 4: ENG 35/2 (Stokes 15* Malan 1*) Chasing 330   

Hello, Tyers here, and I slip (wheeze) into the blogging hot seat as Jonny Bairstow exits the stage. Both he and J Roy back in the sheds with little score for once.

Over then to Stokes and Malan to drive England forwards. The former smacks this delivery from Natarajan behind point for four, there are seven runs off the over in total.


OVER 3: ENG 28/2 (Stokes 10 Malan 0) Chasing 330  

Stokes is kept in his crease by Pant standing up for three balls which he defends well then plays an extraordinary shot off a respectable inswinging good length ball, pumping it over mid-on for four. A cut stroke earns him a single and Jonny falls to the inswinger, lured across his stumps.  I will hand you over to Alan Tyers.



Bairstow lbw b Kumar 1 Gone. Umpire’s call on hitting leg stump.  FOW 28/2 


ENG review

Bairstow lbw b Kumar Walked across. Was it missing leg? Too high? 


OVER 2: ENG 22/1 (Bairstow 1 Stokes 5) Chasing 330 

Natarajan takes the other new ball, left-arm over, angling it in to Bairstow. He has a slip, which he brings into play by slanting it across Bairstow but twice gets his shape wrong and concedes two wides off booming inswingers. Jonny B is off the mark with a tuck off his pads for a single. 

Stokes chisels out the yorker and then cuts hard for four. Had a long way to reach to fetch that and hence the connection on the bottom third of his bat. Somewhere below where the meat used to be located, though the meat seems to be plentiful on these modern bats. 


OVER 1: ENG 14/1 (Bairstow 0 Stokes 0) Chasing 330

Jason Roy, who has played viola to Jonny’s lead violin, starts in thrilling style with a pair of fours off the first two balls, the outswinger creamed through the covers, the inswinger drilled through mid-off. 

An on-drive brings him two more. He just eased that away. Kumar then whangs one into his pads and he flicks it Ranji-fashion through square leg for four. And then he was gone. 



Roy b Kumar 14 After a five-ball onslaught, Roy falls to the last which sneaks in through the gate. Done by the length, I think and some nibble, he is caught on the back foot. It hits the top of off.  FOW 14/1


ENGLAND need 330 to win

India fell well short of the kind of score they should have reached. England bowled well on a belter of a pitch, using pace off, top speed, astute spin until Pant and Hardik teed off. Though India are capable of bowling as well as England, Jos Buttler and his men look delighted by their efforts, and rightly so. Back after the break. 



Kumar c Curran b Topley 3 One more sliced drive as the batsman groped for length and tried to slog a ball that wasn’t in the slot. Curran runs in from mid-off and takes a routine catch.  FOW 329 all out 


OVER 47: IND 329/9 (Kumar 3 Natarajan 0)                        

Where’s your WinViz now?               

Special spells from an ailing Wood who has 7-1-34-3.      



Prasidh b Wood 0  Two yorkers to the No10 followed by a third in succession at 90mph that he can’t chisel out and middle stump is knocked back.  FOW 329/9 



Krunal Pandya c Roy b Wood 25 Unusual boundary-free innings as England protected the square boundaries superbly with their line and length.  Roy takes a stunning, running catch turning backwards at point to grab it one-handed on his knees. Pandya K sliced his drive having been forced to reach too far to keep his bottom-hand grip on the handle.  FOW 328/8


OVER 47: IND 326/7 (Krunal 23 Kumar 2)                       

Krunal hasn’t managed a boundary before this over and he seemed happy to play second fiddle to Thakur during that 45-ball partnership. Topley mixes up his length and pace in the Surrey death style effectively to restrict them to five singles. Eighteen balls left. India may finish up to 30 runs short of even par on this pitch. 


OVER 46: IND 321/7 (Krunal 20 Kumar 0)                      

Mark Wood returns for his third spell. His sunny disposition shines through the grimaces. He maintains his blistering pace and, at this stage of the innings while feeling Tom and Dick, to go for three off the first five balls and take a wicket off the sixth shows his skill and bottle. 



Thakur c Buttler b Wood 30 Throws his hands at a big whoosh at one on an off-stump line and nicked off to the keeper.  FOW 321/7


OVER 45: IND 318/6 (Krunal 18 Thakur 29)                     

Krunal short-arm pulls the short slower ball from Stokes for a single but Thakur dances down to the fuller slower ball and smacks it over long-off for six, the bat wobbling in his hand on connection. Stokes smiles and inspects his bat, then bumps fists with  Thakur. 

Four singles, the last to third man where Livingstone’s fine stop and throw almost catch Ktunal short of his ground as he was sent back after inching down on the call of ‘two’. But Buttler’s shy missed the non-striker’s stumos. 


OVER 44: IND 308/6 (Krunal 16 Thakur 21)                    

Thakur has been the more expansive, the right-hander finding it easier than the left-hander to find the rope let alone go over it. But unlike his first six, which thundered off the middle of his bat, this one off Topley is top-edged for six over deep fine leg. The fielder was in line but it went too high. As Stuart Broad says, that was a wicket-taking delivery from Topley and drew the error. The fact that it went for a streaky six should not discourage him. 


OVER 43: IND 297/6 (Krunal 13 Thakur 13)                   

Difficult chance for Rashid who drops a catch off Krunal in the deep, diving to his left in the deep after being forced to turn as the ball steepled over his shoulder. They run two but only one more single comes off Stokes’ sixth over. England have clawed it back here. They should be able to put a lid on this at 350. 


OVER 42: IND 294/6 (Krunal 11 Thakur 12)                  

Mark Wood cannot manage a three-over spell but has stayed on the field. Topley returns for a seventh over. Krunal drives two wide of mid-off and pulls a single to midwicket. Topley stymies Thakur with the slower ball but the No8 lines up the next slow ball and whips it through midwicket for four. Lovely stroke. 


OVER 41: IND 286/6 (Krunal 8 Thakur 7)                 

Moeen misses a run out chance with a shy at the non-striker’s after Thakur is sent back. He could have underarmed that back to Stokes. Only three singles off the over, though, which is remarkable at this point  of the innings. Poor Mark Wood looks as sick as the proverbial pig/parrot/dog. 


OVER 40: IND 283/6 (Krunal 6 Thakur 6)                 

Thakur swings and misses at a drive but hammers the shorter ball, pulling it hard and flat for six off Wood. Just the single off the other five balls.  Dinesh Karthik says the reason Nos8, 9, 10 and 11 are more adept at six-hitting than their predecessors is because of the quality and ubiquity of bowling machines. 

Ben Stokes of England celebrates after taking the wicket of Hardik Pandya of India with team mates Chris Jordan, Moeen Ali, Jos Buttler and Jason Roy

Ben Stokes removes Hardik Pandya

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OVER 39: IND 276/6 (Krunal 5 Thakur 0)                

Stokes gives England the chance of making this very chase-able indeed. Krunal Pandya is a devastating hitter but he hasn’t looked comfortable so far against pace. 



Hardik b Stokes 64 Golden arm takes his mantle back from the young pretender Livingstone. The younger Pandya walked across his stumps and he is bowled round his legs as he loses his balance trying to tickle it fine.   FOW 276/6


OVER 38: IND 267/5 (Hardik 58 Krunal 2)               

Mark Wood, who was cooked at the end of his first three-over spell and had to pour an entire bottle of water on his head, returns and is unyielding in his effort. Big shout when he traps Krunal but it pitched outside leg. Only two singles off Wood’s rapid, skiddy, comeback over and there’s a second appeal when he nicks Hardik’s thighpad outside off and the noise deludes them into thinking he might have nicked it.

Wood looks unwell and has another long drink. 


OVER 37: IND 265/5 (Hardik 57 Krunal 1)              

That’s the end for Rashid who took two vital wickets with two rippers but has also taken some tap, including a six off his drag down – they have crept back in today – pulversised over nmidwicket by the younger Pandya. 

Rashid ends with 10-0-81-2. 


OVER 36: IND 256/5 (Hardik 49 Krunal 0)              

Curran is penalised for a wide that climbs over leg stump when Pandya dances down to him. Seems a bit draconian. And he follows it with a couple more, one on height, another that passes under Pandya’s armpit.

Hardik laces four with a late cut off an off-cutter  for four bisecting third man and point, both of whom are in the circle. After Hardik pushes a single to cover, Pant slashes four through third man. But Curran ends the over with the vital breakthrough (one of those wickets that should go in the fielder’s credit column rather than the bowlers.)

Bumble was fearing 400 before Pant fell. Now it’s the Pandya brothers in tandem or ‘the Pandya Division’ as Scyld calls them.



Pant c Buttler b Curran 78 Sensational one-handed catch low to his left. He had to change direction because Pant was trying to whip it through square leg but it took the bottom outside edge of the toe and Buttler pulled it out of the air.  FOW 256/5


OVER 35: IND 243/4 (Pant 73 Hardik 44)             

Pant takes the bus down town, charging down the pitch to flog Rashid’s well-flighted leg break for six back over his head. The left-hander uses the turn in to him to work a couple of hard-run twos that Rashid thinks should have been kept down to one. 

I think If England can contain them to 340 they’re still favourites and I’d even back them given India’s attack to chase 355.   


OVER 34: IND 230/4 (Pant 61 Hardik 43)            

One left-armer replaces the other. Sam Curran to Pant, who takes a stride towards the offside and whips him from outside off with those slick wrists through midwicket with venomous force. Curran responds with a pair of cutters. Point stops a single off the first, Pant works the second into the onside for a single.

Curran stays with the cutter tactic from round the wicket to Pandya but his first attempt is too close to the right-hander’s hip and he tickles it between keeper and short fine leg for four. 


OVER 33: IND 221/4 (Pant 56 Hardik 39)           

Excellent from Rashid to Hardik P after the break, bowling quickly and using the googly. After three dot balls, Hardik skelps the shorter wrong un round the corner for a single. Two balls left at the assassin Pant and Adil comes round the wicket to him. Good strategy. He is forced to defend the big-turning leg break d works a single through midwicket off the final ball.


OVER 32: IND 219/4 (Pant 55 Hardik 38)          

Much better from Topley now he’s had a chance to limber up. The brakes go on with astute slower balls and variations of angle from over and round the wicket to the right-handed Hardik Pandya. Three singles are the only damage. 

Time for a drink. 


OVER 31: IND 216/4 (Pant 54 Hardik 36)         

Tight over from the returning Rashid who varies his pace and flight until the fifth ball, which is tossed up and Pant thrashes it on one knee over deep midwicket for six. 

Pant’s array of legside strokes is quite astounding. His wrists are so supple and strong he can fetch just about any delivery and put in anywhere from long one to fine leg. 


OVER 30: IND 206/4 (Pant 46 Hardik 34)        

Topley sprays one onto Pant’s pads and the left-hander flicks a single. The next ball is too wide to Hardik Pandya and he cleaves it through point for four more. Topley wasn’t given an early sign that he would be bowling that over and had to try to get loose in 30 seconds. Little wonder it wasn’t consistent but he does end with a fine delivery from round the wicket, a leg-spinner out of the back of the hand that leaps up at Pandya Jnr and strikes him on the gloves. 


OVER 29: IND 198/4 (Pant 44 Hardik 28)       

Buttler persists with Livingstone, who is bowling offies to Pant and leggies to Hardik. The latter chops a leg-break behind point for four. Pant almost succumbs off the final ball of the over, an off-break, which is flicked off a leading edge up the pitch but Livingstone’s momentum took him towards the legside as he anticipated fielding it. He thrust out his right leg but couldn’t flick it up before it bounced. 

Reece Topley is coming back on as Buttler turns back to pace. 


OVER 28: IND 190/4 (Pant 43 Hardik 21)      

Hardik has had enough of pushing and prodding, stands stock still and thrashes a drive over long off for six. I regret that ‘miserly’ now as Hardik mows across the line, smashing the off-break with the turn over midwicket for another Dorothy Dix.

Make it three off the over. Hardik takes Moeen down town with a steepling six off a slog sweep over deep square leg. Might be time for a couple of overs from Mark Wood. 


OVER 27: IND 170/4 (Pant 42 Hardik 2)     

Pant decides to give Livingstone some tap. He slaps a one-handed drive on the charge over long-off for six. That was an off-break. The next ball is also an offie and Pant flat bats it through cover. But Livingstone fights back with three dot balls to end the over before handing back to the miserly Moeen. 


OVER 26: IND 160/4 (Pant 32 Hardik 2)    

Pant and Hardik, India’s finishers usually, are in unfamiliar territory after Pant’s promotion up the order in this series. Just the two singles off Moeen’s sixth over and his figures of 6-0-19-1 show his value to the team. Ed Smith, take note. 


OVER 25: IND 158/4 (Pant 31 Hardik 1)   

Livingstone bowls all sorts – offies, leggies and quite a few pies. And it’s the pie that is the bait for Rahul to pop a catch round the corner with a one-handed flick off a legside full toss. Sharp, one-handed catch from Moeen diving to his left, too.

Wickets have done the trick for England and wickets in the Powerplay and middle overs, all taken by the spinners.  



Rahul c Ali b Livingstone 7  Bags a wicket with his second ball in ODIs. Utter filth, too, a full toss that Rahul spatulas round the corner to short fine leg. Hail Golden Arm!  FOW 157/4


OVER 24: IND 156/3 (Pant 30 Rahul 7)  

Pant can’t line Moeen up. I think it’s the dip. He does attempt a cow corner mow but cloths it and Curran makes a valiant attempt to catch it but it was always falling short. Five singles off Moeen’s fifth over as they take the ones on offer for flicks and pushes rather than using their feet. 

Liam Livingstone is going to have a bowl. 


OVER 23: IND 151/3 (Pant 27 Rahul 5) 

Pant plays a remarkable stroke, he puts his front foot forward, withdraws it and then flicks the ball for a one-bounce four behind square. Purely using his wrists as if bringing in the sheaves. 

And now he scoops Rashid for four with an ungainly, falling flick over Buttler’s head. He is a truly remarkable player. One of the five Wisden Cricketers of the Year in the 2022 Almanack if Booth hasn’t anointed him in 2021. 


OVER 22: IND 141/3 (Pant 18 Rahul 5)

Moeen carries on in his bustling way, hustling two dot balls with drift and dip. The fourth-wicket partnership adds four singles but Moeen, who has 4-0-12-1, will be delighted by that. 

Barnsley salutes Bradford:


OVER 21: IND 137/3 (Pant 16 Rahul 3)                

Pant sweeps Rashid fine for two as Stokes pelts round from deep backward square. England’s all-rounder can’t do anything to save a boundary off the final ball as Pant slog sweeps hard for a sky-scraper six. 


OVER 20: IND 128/3 (Pant 8 Rahul 2)               

Moeen cleverly rattles through the over, turning on his heel after the four dot balls to bowl again and give the batsmen no time to think. Rahul cottons on to this and tries to walk away from his crease but can only manage a head-clearing single off the last ball of the over. 


OVER 19: IND 126/3 (Pant 7 Rahul 1)              

The man who calls himself  ‘King Legend’ Rahul gets off the mark with a defensive push to cover that is misfielded. Pant plays the shot Kohli was trying to play against Ali, slashing two off the back foot through cover. Malan dawdles with his throw and Rashid gives him an earful. If you ever wanted an image of Morgan’s impact as captain on his players, it’s there: Rashid digging out a team-mate for dilatory fielding. 

India's Rohit Sharma is bowled out by England's Adil Rashid 

Rashid castles Rohit

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OVER 18: IND 121/3 (Pant 3 Rahul 0)             

India, having picked only one spinner, have been pegged back by England’s twins. And England have dismissed the top three for 21 runs. 



Kohli b Moeen 7  England’s hitherto wicketless offie comes to the party. Kohli can be credited with the assist as that was a rotten shot. The ball turned in as Kohli shaped to slap it through extra-cover but cramped him, scooted under his edge and knocked by leg stump. He departs cursing his luck. Big turn from Moeen.  FOW 121/3


OVER 17: IND 118/2 (Kohli 6 Pant 1)            

One brings two for Rashid who has been expensive by his recent standards but effective. He bags both openers with the googly and took a smart, diving catch. 



Dhawan c&b Rashid 67  He closed the face on the previous ball to work two behind square and is late doing the same again, chipping it back up the pitch off the toe. Rashid  catches it low to his left in his followthrough.  FOW 117/2


OVER 16: IND 113/1 (Dhawan 64 Kohli 5)           

India just let Moeen bowl on Friday without trying to knock him off his stride with aggressive strokes. The off-spinner went for only one boundary off his 60 balls. And only three come off his first over here. 


OVER 15: IND 110/1 (Dhawan 62 Kohli 4)           

Excellent from Rashid to diddle Dhawan and come so close but then to come back and gull Rohit with the googly.

The players take drinks at the fall of the wicket and Rashid resumes with some filth, a drag down that Kohli pulls hard for four. Adil is seething with himself and is again when he sprays the next ball down the lgside and they run two off a wide. 



Rohit b Rashid 38 Superb from the leg-spinner, beating the right hander with a googly that fizzes through an open gate to knock back middle and off.  FOW 103/1



Pitched outside leg. England lose a review. 


ENGLAND review

Dhawan lbw b Rashid  Did it pitch in line? 


OVER 14: IND 100/0 (Rohit 38 Dhawan 59)          

Stokes continues to do the hard yards for England, altering his length with alternate balls. Dhawan, the best left-hand cutter in the game IMHO, butchers another four behind point and they move to a hundred by piercing England’s infield ring with four milked singles. 


OVER 13: IND 92/0 (Rohit 36 Dhawan 53)         

Rashid pins Dhawan with the first ball, appeals loudly but the ball pitched outside leg and Buttler ponders the possibility of a review for less than a second. Dhawan plays the googly late and against the turn, cuffing it through square leg for a single and, after Rohit taps a single down to the cover sweeper, Dhawan brings up another half-century, this one off 44 balls, by pulling Rashid’s drag down for four. 


OVER 12: IND 84/0 (Rohit 34 Dhawan 47)        

Stokes, who is also crimson, grimaces when his bouncer is called wide by the square leg umpire. Dhawan tucks a single off his hip and Rohit ends the over with a punishing cut when Stokes goes too wide and short. On comes a bottle of peach-coloured liquid and Stokes drains it, pushing back his billowing curtains of rusty hair. 

Time for spin. Rashid has the ball. 


OVER 11: IND 76/0 (Rohit 29 Dhawan 45)       

Clever batting from Dhawan who is as good as anyone with a horizontal bat. He glides two down to third man, short-arm pulls for four, cramped by the round the wicket angle but improvising anyway and ducking Wood’s ferocious 93mph bouncer. After swatting a single with another controlled pull, he watches from the non-striker’s as Sharma uses Wood’s pace to open the face and dab four through third man off a thick edge.  

Wood is sweating cobs, glistening in perspiration. It’s hard yakka bowling 90mph in the midday sun and on such an unforgiving pitch.  


OVER 10: IND 65/0 (Rohit 25 Dhawan 38)      

It is Ben Stokes and he does give Buttler more control, tying India’s openers down to four singles, three of them chopped down to third man. 


OVER 9: IND 61/0 (Rohit 23 Dhawan 36)      

Make that five fours off seven balls as Dhawan plays a cracking stroke, a front foot drive with no footwork but marvellous bat speed, carving it with an angled bat through point. Wood decides to come round the wicket to the left-hander and angle the ball into his body, which earns him two dot balls. 

Dhawan pushes a single to mid-off and sprints a tight single, Rohit, who played and missed while attempting to dab Wood down to third man in the last over, now connects and jogs a single. Livingstone ends the over with a terrific diving stop at deep midwicket that stops four … no’ but just. They check to see if he touched the boundary advertising boards. He didn’t and India have to settle for two. 


OVER 8: IND 53/0 (Rohit 22 Dhawan 29)     

Don’s lad continues. Dhawan climbs into Reece Topley’s width, reaching the ball with the toe on the drive and spearing it over short extra cover for four. Definite change of strategy from India, abandoning their tendency to dawdle in the Powerplay. Topley’s precision on Friday is  absent so far and Dhawan whips four off one sprayed on to middle and leg, smears a drive for four through cover off a gimme in the slot and Rohit brings up India’s fifty with a fourth four of the over, again flicked off middle through  square leg. 

Buttler has some thinking to do. Stokes imminent, one would think. 


OVER 7: IND 36/0 (Rohit 18 Dhawan 16)    

First change: Mark Wood, who took the new ball in the first ODI and sat out the second, begins at a fair lick – 87mph – and hits 90 during his opening maiden. Two plays and misses from Rohit as the ball zips away outside off, one good leave and a couple of defensives. His only attacking stroke, a sliced drive, falls tantalisingly short of cover. 


OVER 6: IND 36/0 (Rohit 18 Dhawan 16)   

Now Topley opts for a short ball outside off to Dhawan. It’s like throwing fish to a seal, he gorges on it a nd scythes it for four over point. Good comeback from Topley after a wide to deliver five dot balls. The movement of India’s openers across the crease and down the pitch is messing with the left-armer’s line and length. 

England: brilliant tossers.


OVER 5: IND 31/0 (Rohit 18 Dhawan 12)  

Rohit livelies up himself with a withering assault on Curran, launching the first ball over mid-off for four then, when Curran overcorrects by overpitching, the right-hander whisks it off his pads. Curran tries the bouncer but it climbs too high and is called wide and Sharma works a single through square leg.

Curran keeps his eyes on Dhawan’s feet, sees him stepping put to the offside and bangs it in way outside off. ‘Lousy delivery,’ says Bumble and Dhawan goes up on to tip toes to reach it, carving it off the toe of the bat high over point for the third boundary of the over. 


OVER 4: IND 16/0 (Rohit 9 Dhawan 7)  

Too much swing for Reece Topley and Shikhar gives it the faintest of tickles to divert it wide of Buttler’s dive for four. Good comeback next ball, however, when he persuades one to straighten past Dhawan’s hesitant push. 


OVER 3: IND 11/0 (Rohit 8 Dhawan 3)  

Very good over from Sam Curran who is a waste of a place unless given the new ball, I think. Swing and a good length earn him a couple of dot balls and, when Rohit tucks a single off his hip, uses the short ball judiciouslywhen Dhwan tries to charge him. 


OVER 2: IND 10/0 (Rohit 7 Dhawan 3) 

Left-arm seam from both ends for England. There’s quite a delay as they inspect the ball, which seem strange as it’s brand new. They use a new ball from each end. At last he goes to the end of his mark and starts with two very full inswingers, the second flicking the pad on its way through to Buttler. Topley pushes the next one too wide and Rohit creams it through cover for four, allowing his bottom hand to come off the bat to open the face. 


OVER 1: IND 5/0 (Rohit 2 Dhawan 3)

Swing for Sam Curran, hooping in to Rohit who uses it to work the ball to midwicket and hare a single. Had Jonny Bairstow thrown down the stumps at the striker’s Dhawan would have been sweating.

Curran moves it the other way to the left-handed Shikhar, who also clips a single through the onside, this one behind square. Curran has one slip. Looks a belter of a pitch, lovely straw colour. Rohit fiddles a single off a leading edge as he pushed to square leg, racing down when the ball squirts to cover. Dhawan runs two off nothing more than a defensive push. Testament to his batmaker, that. 


The players are out

Sam Curran has the new ball and Rohit is on strike. 


Dapper Dinesh watch

The start of the white-ball series, Dinesh Karthik, is wearing a blue shirt with white polka dots. Very conservative today for once but he has been a wonderful addition to Sky’s team. He has been marvellously insightful and, though he still hopes for a recall despite having not played since the defeat in the World Cup semi-final, has been nothing like as one-eyed as the team on the BCCI international feed to whom we were subjected during the Tests on C4.  


One change for England

Mark Wood replaces Tom Curran. India, too have made one change, the left-arm seamer Natarajan replaces the under-fire Kuldeep. 

England  Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Dawid Malan, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley, Mark Wood. 

India (possible) Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shadul Thakur, Thangarasu Natarajan, Prasidh Krishna.


Here we go again

England have won the toss and have put India in to bat. 


The toss is at 8.30am

When the teams will also be announced. England did win batting first in the final match of their last tour of India at Eden Gardens in 2017 in  an all-round team performance, six players scoring 30 or more in their 321 for eight. Ben Stokes took three for 63 and Jake Ball two for 56 to wrap up a victory by four runs, not quite the barest of margins but pretty squeaky. 


England’s record in series deciders away

Since the 2015 World Cup is mixed – four times they have gone into the final game with the result still in the balance and lost the final match in South Africa and West Indies, winning in Bangladesh and New Zealand. 


Good morning

An England Asian winter that started in Hambantota on Jan 3 with men in hazmat suits greeting the squad off the plane in Sri Lanka ends on Sunday in Pune, where victory in the final ODI would land a first series win in India since 1984 to put some sort of gloss on a disappointing tour.

It has been a long trip and while only Chris Silverwood, the head coach, and Matt Parkinson, who hasn’t played, have been present for all of it, the players have spent too long in each other’s company locked up in biobubbles and must be desperate for a change of scenery.

England were pretty much unstoppable on their rise to the 2019 World Cup but they did lose a series in India 2-1. In 10 series going back to 1981, England have beaten India only on their home soil once, when David Gower’s team won 4-1 in 1984-85.

Winning an otherwise meaningless ODI series would at least provide some consolation because this will not go down as a memorable winter.  

The young batsmen made no progress in Test cricket and while rotation was essential, it did cast a light on modern priorities. 

Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali will both play in the decider having been picked for full white-ball duty and IPL seasons but missed Test matches they could have influenced.

England's Ben Stokes bats during the second One Day International cricket match between India and England at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune

Ben Stokes’ 52-ball 99 in the second ODI shows how badly misused he has been in T20 cricket

AP Photo/Rafiq Maqboo

The issue of rotation is nuanced and difficult in Covid times but essentially Test cricket came second this winter, playing in the IPL seemingly non-negotiable. This week Telegraph Sport revealed that the ECB is willing to offer IPL franchises stakes in the Hundred in return for Indian players adding stardust to the competition. 

The two aspects may not be directly linked but England have allowed their best players to play full IPLs and even said they can miss a home Test series to do so and had nothing back in return, so far.

The Twenty20 series was less about the result, more towards building to the World Cup which is why the lack of experimentation with the team was strange. A penny for the thoughts of Root sitting at home in Sheffield watching Moeen carry the drinks for those five games.

England are on firmer ground in the ODI series, their run chase on Friday was a splendid six-hitting exhibition that provided a reminder of their brilliance at batting in the 50-over format. 

Ben Stokes’ 52-ball 99 was so explosive it took the focus away from Jonny Bairstow’s 11th ODI hundred, partly because it was a performance with potential longer term ramifications.

Stokes is wasted down the order in the Twenty20 side, and he showed he could bat at three instead but the difficulty for England is that position is filled by Dawid Malan, who has been superb over the last 18 months.

Buttler, who captains again today in the absence of the injured Eoin Morgan, believes Stokes could bat at three in the T20 side. “Yeah absolutely. It was impressive to watch, Ben always wants to be as involved in the game as much as he can. It’s no surprise he played so well in that position,” he said.

India's Yuzvendra Chahal gestures to teammates between his deliveries during the first Twenty20 cricket match between India and England in Ahmedabad

Yuzvendra Chahal should come into the attack for the marmalised Kuldeep Yadav

Aijaz Rahi/AP

“Dawid Malan is the No1 T20 batsman in the world and it’s no fluke, he’s been outstanding for us in that position for us. The same question comes when people talk about where I should bat or Jonny should bat, we have a wealth of talent in white-ball cricket and lots of guys who want to face as many balls as possible.”

England have dominated the spinners, hitting India’s slower bowlers at eight an over in two games and their batting skills run deep. They are confident and stick to their all-out attack mantra. But the “way we play” message does wear thin when England lose like they did in the opening ODI, a game they had in the bag but continued at full throttle when they could have coasted home. 

Pune is a good batting pitch with little turn so not an ideal venue for India to drag England into a different game, which is the best way of beating them. Instead India need to be a little less cautious in the first half of their innings and bat with the zeal they showed in the T20 series.

“T20s and ODIs are as close as they’ve ever been,” said Buttler.  “T20 has given people a greater understanding of risk and reward, and that’s coming into the 50-overs games, especially six-hitting capability and boundary-hitting capability, the guys’ attitude to risk is probably quite different compared to how it was a number of years ago. T20 has made people realise they can operate at a level above what they used to be able to do, for longer periods of time, and bringing that into 50-over cricket.”

Mark Wood should come back in the side, ideally for Tom Curran whose slower ball variations have been decoded by opponents. He now faces the challenge of his career to work on his tricks and conceal his intentions better.

Wood will add pace and bounce, and provide England with a right arm, left-arm opening combination with Reece Topley, who is quicker and gets more bounce than Sam Curran. Wicket-taking is England’s problem. Moeen averages 51 in ODI cricket with the ball, Tom Curran 40.40, his brother 44.00, and Ben Stokes 41. But with so much batting England can never be written off, regardless of the totals they are set. 

England (possible) Jason Roy, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Dawid Malan, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley, Mark Wood. 

India (possible) Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shadul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Prasidh Krishna.