India vs England
Bell fittingly hits the winning runs to take England to their 227. A single into the covers does the job after the Warwickshire batsman had hit the first ball of the Jadeja over for four sweetly through the extra cover region. Bell ends up unbeaten on 113 with Morgan at the other end on 40 not out, a useful knock for the left-hander after two previous failures. England win by seven wickets with 16 balls to spare, a comfortable enough chase in the end. That's your lot for today and also for England's tour of India. Please join us again in February for coverage of the trip to New Zealand.
Over 47 - England 222/3 (Bell 108, Morgan 40)
Bell tolls now, working a straight ball out to the mid-wicket boundary. I forgot to add earlier, during this innings - one that endured a somewhat sticky start but has shown the value of hanging in there - has seen him go past 4,000 ODI runs. He's the second player to achieve the landmark today, with Suresh Raina doing the same in India's innings of 226 all out.
Over 46 - England 215/3 (Bell 103, Morgan 38)
Morgan is taking England home in a hurry. Ahmed's greeted back into the attack with a slap down the ground for six, he didn't seem to get all of it but it still travelled 79 metres. Not content there, the Irishman then picks up a short ball and deposits it several rows back over deep square leg. England now need just 11 more runs to win this final match of the series - that equation seems a little easier now, doesn't it? Jack, you alright with that run-rate?
Over 45 - England 200/3 (Bell 102, Morgan 24)
Morgan joins the party, lifting Ashwin over wide long-on for a six that takes this fourth-wicket stand beyond 50. Aswhin's work is done with the ball - 0-50 from his 10. Have to say he's not really been a threat during this one-day series, and that's after failing to impress in the Test series before Christmas. England need 27 from the final 30 deliveries.
Over 44 - England 192/3 (Bell 101, Morgan 17)
Bell gets a gift of a low full toss, allowing him to flick a four through mid-wicket that takes him through to his third ODI ton for England. He's the 10th Englishman to score a century in India in the 50-over format. Feel free to find out who the other nine are. England need 35 from 36 thanks to that Bell boundary.
Over 43 - England 184/3 (Bell 95, Morgan 15)
Bell now has the highest score by any batsmen in this series and a new PB in one-day cricket in India. He has previously made a century against then, at Southampton back in 2007. He started the Ashwin over with a clever reverse sweep that sent the ball through a huge gap at point for four. Several singles later, England need 43 from 42.
Over 42 - England 173/3 (Bell 87 Morgan 14)
Bell twice belts glorious shots straight at fielders inside the circle before finding a gap from the last ball, punching a full toss from the returning Ahmed down to long-off for a single. That leaves the equation at 53 runs from 48 balls.
Over 41 - England 170/3 (Bell 85, Morgan 11)
Ashwin beats Bell's outside edge - he now bowling around the wicket to both batsmen to create a different angle of attack. Scott is back in touch to say someone has just walked into a bookies (who shall remain nameless) and placed a four-figure sum on England to win at 1/6! Now that's confidence!
Over 40 - England 167/3 (Bell 84, Morgan 9)
The final powerplay over sees three singles and a wide - England managed 25 runs for the loss of one wicket, that of Root. Now India can drop all of one more fielder outside the circle for the final 10 overs of the innings.
Over 39 - England 163/3 (Bell 83, Morgan 8)
Two lovely drives from Morgan show that he's not completely out of form. The first goes out to the fence for a couple of runs, while the second looked destined to get beyond the rope until extra cover produces a diving stop. The single puts Bell on strike, and he finishes the over off with a lofted drive that goes for a one-bounce four. England need 64 from 66 deliveries now.
Over 38 - England 156/3 (Bell 79, Morgan 5)
Five comfortable singles off the Jadeja over. The partnership between Bell and Root put on 79 for the third wicket before the latter was bowled trying to slog-sweep.
Over 37 - England 151/3 (Bell 77, Morgan 2)
Sharma looks set to get through a tight over until he gives Bell a ball on his pads to work away past short fine leg for four. England need a further 76 runs from the remaining 13 overs. Tim reckons England will get home with five overs to spare here, while Scott via Twitter says the tourists triumph. He also said not to fear if Root is there, so I don't know if that means we should start worrying now.
Over 36 - England 145/3 (Bell 72, Morgan 1)
Jadeja does it again for India - just three singles conceded off the first over of the batting powerplay, as well as claiming the wicket of Root. Poor shot selection from the young Yorkshireman, but had he connected everyone would have praised him for taking the attack to the bowler.
Whether it's the powerplay or just a moment of rash thinking, Root has gone for 31 after missing an attempt to hit Jadeja over deep mid-wicket. You know with Jadeja that if you miss, he will hit. So, a lifeline for India and a chance for Eoin Morgan to remind us all of his obvious talents after a tough time of it in India.
Over 35 - England 142/2 (Bell 70, Root 31)
So England go to DRINKS in Dharamsala needing 85 runs from the remaining 90 deliveries. This third-wicket stand is now worth 76 and they have the batting powerplay to come as soon as play resumes. Jack thinks India are still going to win this game, predicting a margin of eight runs. Anyone else want to suggest the outcome? Email to Rob.Lancaster@bskyb.com, or tweet @SkySportsLanny.
Over 34 - England 137/2 (Bell 67, Root 29)
Lovely stuff from Bell, a shuffle down the wicket allowing him to loft Ashwin straight down the ground for six. There's the required runs for the over taken care of with one sweet, sweet shot. Few batsmen look more graceful lofting spinners over the top than Bell, there's no real force to it, just elegance and timing.
Over 33 - England 126/2 (Bell 59, Root 27)
Jadeja is now through four overs at a cost of just nine runs. I'm a little perplexed at just why England find him so mystifying, though it's always difficult to work out a spinner who doesn't really tend to turn it that much.
Over 32 - England 124/2 (Bell 58, Root 26)
Singles apiece from an Ashwin over that ended with an appeal for leg before that could never be given out in a month of Sundays. England need 103 from 108 - any panic yet, Jack?
Over 31 - England 122/2 (Bell 57, Root 25)
A pair of twos for Bell, both well-run in tandem with Root, takes this third-wicket partnership up to 58. With Morgan and Buttler still to come, England are nicely working this run chase.
Over 30 - England 118/2 (Bell 53, Root 25)
Well, Ashwin didn't end up doing much better than Yuvraj. There's one foul long hop that Root slams away to backward square leg - the poor fielder at leg gully (a position Dhoni seems to love) feared for his life when he spotted how short Ashwin had dropped it in. After 30 overs, India were 117-5.
- 27th Jan 2013
- England won the toss and elected to bowl.
- Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium
- S J Davis and S Asnani
england BATTING CARD
|Pietersen||c Jadeja b Ahmed||6|
|Total||47.2 Overs||227 - 3|