India vs England
India win by eight wickets
Eight wickets tells you this was a comfortable victory. Eighty balls remaining tells you even more. India bowled and fielded well to restrict England, and Kohli then batted quite beautifully to, assisted by Gambhir, guide his side home with ease and class. England positives: they didn't get undone by spin, Dhoni didn't get another 50 and there isn't a Test series so India can't get any proper revenge.
Over 37: Dernbach 0-1-1-4
238-2 - Fittingly it's Kohli who provides the finishing touch, whacking Dernbach through midwicket for four to give India back-to-back victories by crushing margins against an England side that tormented them so during the summer.
Over 36: Bresnan 0-1-1-1-4-1
232-2 Drop! Kohli plays the first unattractive shot of his innings, and it's almost his undoing as he heaves the ball away to deep square-leg where Trott makes a mess of a pretty routine catch. Bresnan still chirping the batsman, who is now 103 not out with his team needing but a handful of runs for a second thumping victory in a row. Kohli Lets His Bat Do The Talking, carving a short ball over point for four and scurrying a single to keep the strike. Six to win, but only 84 balls to get them.
Mandatory powerplay. For what it's worth.
Over 35: Dernbach 0-4-0wd-1-2-1-1
225-2 - Kohli goes to 99 with yet another imperious cover-drive - he really has played that shot almost impossibly well today - before a ludicrously short bouncer from Dernbach is called wide. Back to a fuller length with one of those famous slower balls, and Kohli works it round the corner to bring up a quite beautiful century. Genuinely magnificent innings; nothing but proper, orthodox cricket strokes as he brings up the landmark in just 89 balls. Gambhir whips off his pads for a couple before getting a single to third-man. Kohli flicks to fine-leg for another single.
Over 34: Swann 4-1-4-0-1-0
215-2 - Gambhir deftly back-cuts Swann away for another boundary past the despairing Patel before Kohli moves within one blow of a century by backing away and slapping through cover with something approaching disdain.
Over 33: Bopara 0-4-0-0wd-0-1-0wd-1
205-2 - India's 200 comes up in glorious style as Kohli picks up his 12th picture-perfect boundary of the day with a whip off his pads through midwicket. Bopara bowls a couple of horrible wides in the over, each of them well snaffled by Kieswetter, who's up to the stumps, to prevent further damage. One of them, a diving effort to his left scooped up one-handed on the half-volley as Bopara gets it all wrong is particularly impressive.
Mike "frustrated in Stafford" writes: "I know that they want to rest Jimmy Anderson, but surely with Broad out injured they need an experienced pace bowler out there? I know Bresnan has played a few but his career stats for ODI are not great and whilst Finns are better, he is lacking in matches. And who's idea was it to leave Bell out hmm?" Tricky one, really. I think given the choice England would rather not have this series at all. With no World Cup in the sub-continent for a long time to come, it has little context and has thus been earmarked as a series where weary bodies could be rested for more significant battles to come. As for Bell, he's been given countless chances in one-day cricket and never taken them. Although I suspect they'll get him into the side for game three here, perhaps even at the top of the order in place of Kieswetter with Bairstow getting the gloves.
Over 32: Finn 1-1-0-0-1-0
197-2 - Finn giving his figures a bit of a massage with a couple of quiet overs here before DRINKS. Thing is, he actually bowled far better in his first spell when he was a tad unlucky not to pick up at least one wicket. His international career is very much in its infancy, but at this stage his 'thing' seems to be taking Test wickets when bowling not that great and not taking ODI wickets when bowling well.
Over 31: Pietersen 0wd-1-1-1-1-1-1
194-2 - Gambhir and Kohli help themselves to six singles after Pietersen highlights England's general crankiness by complaining to the umpire about an entirely unremarkable decision to give a wide down the legside.
Over 30: Finn 0-0-0-2-1-1
187-2 - Finn back into the attack and goes past Kohli's outside edge. Impressive. Decent over from Finn, but still four runs from it.
Over 29: Pietersen 1-0-0-1lb-4-1
183-2 - Pietersen into the attack, and he manages to concede just the one boundary in the over. Progress. It's Kohli who hits it, and once again it's a thing of beauty as he eases a drive through the covers. Gambhir's played well, but Kohli's been on a different plane. Struggling to recall a false shot since he edged Dernbach through second slip early in his innings.
Over 28: Swann 2-0-4-0-1-4
176-2 - This is a massacre now. Two more boundaries in this over - one apiece again - as Kohli strikes gloriously over extra-cover and Gambhir hammers a cut shot that goes through Finn's legs at point. Swann looks furious, a world away from a chap thinking of genuinely risible puns for the title of an autobiography.
Over 27: Bresnan 1-0-4-0-1-4
165-2 - Gambhir picks up a quick single as a fully-committed Bairstow flicks the ball into the stumps to remove the bails and then slides on to flatten all the timbers. A run out appeal is issued, apparently in the mistaken belief that flattening the entire wicket and perhaps causing permanent stump cam/mic damage may earn extra credit. Kohli safely home there, and follows up by playing the shot of the day, standing tall and punching off the back foot through the covers. Again, the timing and placement are something to behold. Impeccable. Kohli even giving the bowler some chirp after that. Bresnan responds, but you can tell his heart's not really in it. Gambhir adds a second boundary for the over with a pull shot behind square. It's going to be 2-0 pretty soon.
Over 26: Swann 1-0-0-1-0-4wd-0
155-2 - At least England aren't drawing this out, preferring instead the relatively pain-free option of a speedy demise. Swann bungs a horrible delivery way down the legside, giving Kieswetter little chance and putting five runs on India's already imposing total.
Over 25: Patel 2-0-4-1-4-1
148-2 - This is glorious batting from this pair. They're milking the singles easily, but both still ready, willing and able to cash in when the boundary chance comes their way. Gambhir cuts hard behind point as Patel offers width before Kohli pings a cover-drive through the infield and away for four. Once again, great hands to place the ball where the fielders ain't.
Over 24: Swann 0-1-0-1-1-1
136-2 - Gambhir picks up his half-century and, despite theoretically attacking fields (two catchers in place) England are leaking singles all too easily. England just need to set a field that allows them to stop singles and boundaries, as well as take wickets. Simple really.
Over 23: Patel 0-1-0-1-1-2
132-2 - Patel into the attack, and Kohli soon picks up the single he needs to reach an excellent half-century, made at better than a run a ball yet apparently effortless. Gambhir won't be far behind him - 100 partnership's also up - as this pair continue to take the game inexorably away from England.
Over 22: Swann 0-0-1-1-1-4
127-2 - Swann back into the attack. Cook wants a short-leg, which would ordinarily be his job. But he's captain now so pulls rank and makes Trott do it. Perks of the job. After being amused by Gambhir deflecting Kohli's straight drive into the non-striker's stumps, Swann's smile is immediately wiped off by a juggling, kick-the-ball-20-yards-to-allow-a-single misfield from Bairstow at midwicket. All vestiges of good humour long gone by the time Gambhir plants the last ball over extra-cover for a beautiful boundary.
Over 21: Finn 0-0-4-0-1-3
120-2 - Gambhir flays a wide ball from Finn over the slips and down to third-man for four. Yeah, it's a top edge, but a perfectly safe shot and a pretty ordinary delivery. Kohli's sweet timing in evidence once again as he finds the gap between point and cover, but Bopara gives good pursuit and flicks the ball back just inside the rope.
- 17th Oct 2011
- Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi
- B F Bowden and S K Tarapore
india BATTING CARD
|Patel||c Cook b Bresnan||12|
|Rahane||c Dernbach b Bresnan||14|
|Total||Close, 36.4 Overs||238 - 2|