India vs England
So that's it from Kochi. This looked like being a good game at one point, with Cook and Pietersen ticking along nicely in England's run chase. In the end, however, it's ended up being a rout in India's favour. 286 always looked a tall order for the tourists, particularly after Dhoni and Jadeja had done so much damage in the closing overs of India's innings. In the end, the target proved to be mission impossible. England well beaten and we are all square heading into the third match on Saturday. Please join us again for coverage from 6.30am.
Having taken 18 from the first four deliveries of the over, Patel tries to pinch the strike with a single off the last. Instead the risky single only results in ending the game, Dernbach's dive not enough to beat the throw from backward square leg. Patel finishes up unbeaten on 30 from 29 deliveries as England are bowled out for 158. India win the second match by 127 runs to level the series.
Over 35 - England 140/9 (Patel 12, Dernbach 2)
Dernbach tries to hit a home run - instead it's a strike. Let's just get this game over and done with, not even the fat lady can be bothered to hang around forever. In case you are still wondering, England need a further 146 at 9.73 an over.
Over 34 - England 136/9 (Patel 9, Dernbach 1)
Seems umpire Davis may have even said sorry to Finn as he passed him by. Doesn't matter now, he's out and England are nine down. Ashwin has taken 3-21 from his six overs. Oh, and here comes the batting powerplay.
Finn is out first ball, though I'm not quite sure why. Dhoni whips off the bails after he misses a straight drive, but there's no review called for. No, it seems umpire Davis has given Finn out caught behind, despite the fact he missed the ball by some distance. England have now lost four wickets for three runs in 20 deliveries.
Tredwell goes with just a single to his name, Ashwin trapping him leg before with one that just slipped straight on with the arm. Nevermind England failing their trial by spin, they're facing life in prison as a sentence. The fat lady is loosening up now and ready to take to the stage.
Over 33 - England 135/7 (Patel 9, Tredwell 1)
Patel's obviously taken note of my last entry, seemingly trying to launch Jadeje to Delhi with a slog-sweep that only makes contact with fresh air. Jadeja's figures currently stand at 2-8 from six overs.
Over 32 - England 133/7 (Patel 8, Tredwell 0)
Ashwin rattles through an over in serious pace, including twice beating the outside edge of Tredwell's bat. Time to go down swinging, me thinks. And at least the tail might get to enjoy yet another batting powerplay...
Over 31 - England 132/7 (Patel 7, Tredwell 0)
Tredwell pats back the final ball of the over, meaning it's just a double-wicket maiden for Jadeja. That should also secure him the man of the match award.
Again, England have lost two in an over. Jadeja gets Woakes without troubling the scorers, a ball sliding on with the arm and striking the Warwickshire all-rounder right in front of off. Not a great day for Woakes, though he's not the only one who has found it tough going. And everything looked so good after 40 overs of India's innings...
Root's decent knock is pulled up by Jadeja, and also an inside edge. Trying to rock back and cut a ball, the Yorkshireman only gets a bottom edge back into his furniture to depart for 36 from 50 deliveries.
Over 30 - England 132/5 (Root 36, Patel 7)
Ashwin back over the wicket now. England now need 154 and the asking rate is fast approaching eight an over. Anyone give the tourists a chance of still winning this match? ANYONE? Rob.Lancaster@bskyb.com is the email address to let me know your thoughts.
Over 29 - England 127/5 (Root 34, Patel 4)
Jadeja replaces fellow left-armer Yuvraj, which in terms of quality is a bit like swapping boiled potatoes for oven chips. The all-rounder pitches the ball up, something his fellow Indian spinners seem unable to really do today, and is rewarded with an over that leaks just two singles.
Over 28 - England 126/5 (Root 32, Patel 4)
Five from Ashwin's latest over - England must now contemplate when exactly to take the batting powerplay. They will have to take it by the start of the 36th over, but they don't want to leave it too late and have numbers nine, 10 and 11 in when the fielding restrictions are in place.
Over 27 - England 121/5 (Root 29, Patel 3)
Root punishes Yuvraj for dropping in short (short? It looked like it might bounce twice) as poor Rahane does all the hard work to get to the ball at the midwicket rope, only to then knock the ball over it. England need a further 165 from the remaining 23 overs.
Over 26 - England 110/5 (Root 22, Patel 1)
The more times you watch that Kieswetter dismissal, the more you realise just how either a-unfortunate or b-foolish he was with that shot. I think it's a little from column a, and a little from column b. Samit Patel needs to play another blinder here if England are to get remotely close to the 286 they require.
After pulling away a four from a short ball earlier in the over, Kieswetter decides against playing the same shot to another one sent down by Ashwin. Instead, he opts to flick it straight to the only fielder inside the circle in front of square on the leg side. England five down and the fat lady is beginning to warble in the background.
Over 25 - England 106/4 (Root 21, Kieswetter 14)
Another decent over for England, seven coming from it thanks mainly to a well-struck sweep shot from Root that beats the fielder running around from deep backward square leg.
Over 24 - England 99/4 (Root 16, Kieswetter 12)
Ashwin finally gets a chance to turn his arm over in this innings. He could have quickly had a wicket, too, when Root goes on the reverse sweep. The ball, sent down from around the wicket, somehow misses bat, stumps and Dhoni's pads, running away for four welcome extras. England need a further 187 with the required rate now above seven an over.
Over 23 - England 91/4 (Root 13, Kieswetter 11)
Sharma is doing his best to make a game of this, spoiling his over with a long hop to Kieswetter that is cut away over the top of backward point for four. He's bowled four overs for 28 now - Kumar went for just one more run during his entire 10-over spell.
- 15th Jan 2013
- India won the toss and elected to bat.
- Nehru Stadium, Kochi
- S J Davis and V Kulkarni
england BATTING CARD
|Cook||lbw b Kumar||17|
|Bell||c Dhoni b Ahmed||1|
|Morgan||c Dhoni b Kumar||0|
|Kieswetter||c Raina b Ashwin||18|
|Woakes||lbw b Jadeja||0|
|Tredwell||lbw b Ashwin||1|
|Finn||c Dhoni b Ashwin||0|
|Extras||4w, 5b, 2lb||11|
|Total||All Out, 36.0 Overs||158|