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Last Updated: Wednesday, 12 April 2006, 12:27 GMT 13:27 UK
Jamshedpur ODI: As it happened
ONE-DAY INTERNATIONAL, JAMSHEDPUR - MATCH SUMMARY: England 227-5 (42.4 overs) beat India 223 all out (48 overs) by five wickets

Acting captain Andrew Strauss hit his ninth one-day fifty as England wrapped up the sixth one-day international by five wickets after reaching 227-5.

Strauss shared 107 for the first wicket with Ian Bell and hit 10 fours in 74 before cramp forced him to retire hurt.

But after his departure England lost a host of wickets before Ian Blackwell (14 n/o) struck a six to seal victory.

India stumbled to 79-5 in their innings although MS Dhoni (96) and Ramesh Powar (54) restored some pride.


43rd over: With just a handful of runs left to chase, Collingwood decides it is time to break in a new bat but he doesn't get long to use it. Blackwell whacks a handy four over the ropes and then hits a Powar no-ball for six to finish off the job. England win by five wickets to ensure Strauss's reign as stand-in captain is a successful one.

42nd over: A skillful leg glance off a slower ball by VRV Singh gets Blackwell off the mark with a welcome four. After a couple of quick wickets, the sun-soaked crowd had perked up but have now returned to their generally hushed state.

41st over: WICKET England 209-5 (Plunkett 0) England seem to be making hard work of finishing off the match as Plunkett plays a lazy shot to be sent back to the pavilion for a duck. He tries to sweep Powar's wide shot to off-stump but instead he gives it further momentum as it flies safely into Sehwag's hands at first slip.

40th over: The crowd burst into life when they are shown on the big screens around the Jamshedpur ground. England's next man in, Plunkett, looks focused but is unable to get off the mark. VRV Singh's no-ball whittles the run-chase down to 16.

39th over: WICKET England 207-3 (Prior 3) Prior gets out lamely as he goes for the drive but loops H Singh's delivery high. At least VRV Singh has something to remember on his international debut as he comfortably takes the catch.

38th over: Collingwood sneaks a single when he again goes for the pull, misses but ends up edging the ball behind. A couple more quick singles take England to within sight of victory.

37th over: WICKET England 198-3 (Pietersen 33) Harbhajan Singh gets his revenge on Pietersen - and seems to enjoy it too. The Indian spinner coolly catches the return ball from Pietersen and sends him back to the pavilion for 33 from 40 balls. The Hampshire player had bowled Singh in India's innings. And Singh cheekily mirrors Pietersen's celebrations as he wheels away to meet his team-mates. Matt Prior comes to the crease and a quick single from Collingwood brings up the 200.

36th over: There is a moment of indecision between Pietersen and Collingwood but both get safely home. RP Singh boosts England's total with four leg-byes - they now just need 26 runs to win.

35th over: Pietersen drives through extra-cover off Y Singh's bowling and quickly follows that up with another fine shot, struck almost dismissively.

34th over: India seem to be getting a little bit sloppy as the match slips further away from them. Raina throws the ball at the stumps in a run-out attempt but it bounces away as the wicket-keeper Dhoni was not standing close enough and the England duo gratefully take the extra runs.

33rd over: Another steady over from Pietersen and Collingwood as they move to within 51 runs of their victory-target.

32nd over: Collingwood survives a catch-attempt by Yuvraj Singh at backward point after he cuts the ball away. But Singh cannot hold onto it and the Durham man continues on 4.

31st over: The intense heat makes up Strauss's mind for him as he comes back to the pavilion retired hurt on 74. Paul Collingwood comes in to the crease in front of the hushed crowd at Jamshedpur. He gets off the mark with a single.

30th over: Strauss is limping badly again after playing each shot. The TMS experts suggest the stand-in skipper should retire hurt just in case he ends up seriously injuring himself. Meanwhile, his partner Pietersen unleashes a swivel-pull which cruises to the boundary. Patel is struggling with the number of no-balls he is sending down.

29th over: Pietersen thumps the ball straight down the ground but it is stopped by VRV Singh and he only manages a single. He gets low to flash the ball out from the middle of the bat on the leg-side and this time he finds the ropes to move to 12.

28th over: The hot conditions take their toll on Strauss who falls down with cramp. The sharp pain is etched across his face as he dipped the ball away and then immediately crumpled to the ground. He takes on some fluids and is stretched out by the England physio with Solanki standing by as a possible runner.

27th over: Strauss mops up the sweat from his brow as he hangs on in the fierce heat. He has now been at the crease for exactly two hours and in that time he has struck four boundaries. But the stand-in skipper is still smiling.

26th over: England move steadily towards their target after their refreshments, hand-delivered by Andy Flintoff.

25th over: Strauss and Pietersen play another solid over before taking a much-needed drinks break in the Jamshedpur heat. Strauss opens his bat to nick another four as he moves nicely to 68.

24th over: Kevin Pietersen comes to the crease to partner his skipper Strauss. The towering Hampshire player exchanges words with bowler H Singh (it was Pietersen who remarkably clean-bowled Singh during India's innings) and gets off the mark too with a single.

23rd over WICKET England 120-2 (Solanki 7): Solanki misses another chance to impress selectors ahead of next year's World Cup as he is bowled by Powar. The 30-year-old comes down the wicket but is deceived by Powar's flighted delivery which crashes into the stumps.

22nd over: England are now past the half-way mark in their required run chase but they are just getting their heads down and plugging away as the crowd remain subdued in Jamshedpur.

21st over: A rejigged England order sees Vikram Solanki at the crease alongside Strauss. The Indian-born player tucks a single away to fine leg and gets off the mark.

20th over: WICKET England 107-1 (Bell 46) H Singh finally gets the breakthrough for India and the home crowd come to life. A delicately flighted ball catches Bell's outside edge and Dhoni gets down to catch it safely and dismiss Bell just short of his half-century. The solid 107-partnership of Bell and Strauss is broken.

19th over: Dhoni appeals loudly after catching Strauss behind off Powar's delivery. There is a definite sound but the umpire waves off Dhoni's appeals and the skipper is safe.

18th over: Strauss celebrates his first match as England captain with a finely-crafted 50. He brings it up with a neat ball clipped to the boundary. Strauss will also be pleased that so far he has done a good job in guiding the team in Jamshedpur - even his decision to give Pietersen a spell of bowling paid off.

17th over: Strauss carves out another elegant four off the first ball of the over to move to 48. The left-hander will be pleased the runs are coming so easy to him as he has often had to go looking for runs on the Indian tour.

16th over: Another steady over from England with another run added to the tally.

15th over: Sehwag doubles up his spin attack as he introduces Powar at the Dalma Hills end. Powar dazzled with the bat in India's innings and he draws attention again with his trademark red sunglasses. Commentator Dean Jones - on both TMS and Sky television - describes them as "The Riddler shades".

14th over: Spinner Harbhajan Singh comes on in place of RP Singh as India seek to stem the flow of England's runs. But the 25-year-old, who has 147 one-day wickets under his belts, cannot trick Strauss, who casually glides his short delivery over the ropes.

13th over: England continue to stay in command - their run-rate is well over six an over at this stage but all they need to chase India's target is four runs per over.

12th over: Strauss momentarily loses his concentration and the ball skips off the face of the bat into the path of waiting Indian wicket-keeper Dhoni. Luckily, the ball does not carry and he makes amends with another classy four just before the drinks break.

11th over: The second period of power play is taken and it brings another fine shot from Bell as he gets on his front foot and drives the ball away for four. He notches up the 10th boundary for England - though the crowd have not been responding to any of them.

10th over: Despite the flying start, Bell and Strauss continue to work hard in sticky temperatures. Bell drives through cover and point and the pair collect three runs after a good sliding stop from Kaif. Bell then tries to pull at Patel's delivery but he does not make contact again.

9th over: There is a stroke of luck for Bell when a spectacular catch by RP Singh is ruled out because VRV Singh's delivery was a no-ball. In the deep, RP dived at full-length to catch Bell's punt to fine-leg but his efforts in the heat were wasted as VRV was some way over the line when pitching his delivery. Let off the hook, England respond with a flurry of boundaries.

8th over: Strauss and Bell continue to use the pitch to their advantage and while there is less spark than the early stages of India's innings that is unlikely to bother England, who want to save face in the final one-dayers. Andy Flintoff makes a fleeting appearance on the field as he delivers some drinks to his team-mates. Thankfully he has swapped his vest for an England shirt.

7th over: So far Bell, who was disappointing in the Tests, is justifying his recall to England's one-day side as he looks very confident at the crease. In contrast, RP Singh's deliveries are too short and wide making Bell's job even easier.

6th over: England stay well in control as they reply to India's total of 223 but they add just one to the total.

5th over: The crowd are staying fairly quiet at Jamshedpur and the unpleasant heat could be to blame as there is so little shade on the concrete terracing. Ominously a black cloud looms in the distance - and thunderstorms have been forecast - but conditions stay sunny for now.

4th over: It is Bell's turn to sweetly knock out a couple of fours as England keep the score ticking over. The ease with which Bell is able to use the pace of the ball to glance it to the boundary shows what a good condition the pitch is in and perhaps asks questions over India's run-rate.

3rd over: Strauss finds the gaps as he smoothly strikes three boundaries off RP Singh. The opener gets forward to drive the first ball nicely through cover. Strauss follows that by picking up a drifted ball from Singh to flick it away for four more.

2nd over: Munaf Patel bowls from the Dalma Hills End - the hills themselves are visible now the morning haze has cleared. Bell takes a rash swipe at the ball but misses completely before he finally gets England off the mark with a single. Strauss adds a single too as England make a steady start.

1st over: Captain Andrew Strauss and Ian Bell open England's innings. Bell is moved up the order in place of Prior, who has been given more time to recover after his wicket-keeping duties in the hot temperatures in Jamshedpur. RP Singh leads the home side's attack, who delivers a tidy first over.


48th over: WICKET India 223 all out (VRV Singh 8) Prior is at full stretch as he tries to latch on to an edge off VRV Singh but it is Blackwell who ends his and India's innings. The Somerset man takes his second straight catch as Singh thumps Anderson's delivery high. But there is no jubilation from Andrew Strauss's England side, who know they must contend with the rising temperatures as they chase down India.

47th over: WICKET India 216-9 (RP Singh 7) Blackwell shows steady hands as he comfortably collects Singh's lofted drive from Mahmood's delivery. Munaf Patel is the last man in for India and VRV Singh swishes his bat for another four runs as the home side try and survive the remaining overs.

46th over: Another steady over from the India tailenders. Debutant VRV Singh is the 164 player to represent India in one-day internationals and he is determined to make a good showing.

45th over: Vikram Singh, making his international debut for India, survives after facing his first ball from Blackwell. Ian Bell carelessly drops a straightforward catch at the mid-wicket boundary and the debutant survives.

44th over: WICKET India 209-8 (Powar 54) A reckless shot from Powar sees him caught on the move by Hoggard at long-on. Powar pushed foward a good delivery from Collingwood but does not get the distance to clear the boundary and the 27-year-old finishes with 54 runs off 83 balls.

43rd over: A steady over from India.

42nd over: Powar reaches his first-ever half-century in one-day cricket. He has deserved it too after some dogged play in Jamshedpur saw him finally reach his 50 in a sweltering 114 minutes. Rudra Pratap Singh is the man alongside him at the crease.

41st over: WICKET India 196-7 (H Singh 4) Kevin Pietersen cannot believe his luck as he wheels away to celebrate bowling Harbhajan Singh. With only his second ball he steals a wicket with a classic off-spin delivery which cleanly knocks out Singh's stumps. He had joked in training on Tuesday that he could get a bowl because of England's depleted line-up.

40th over: A delicate dab from Powar, who has played very consistently, captures another useful boundary for India. Has the heat gone to Matt Prior's head? Despite the temperatures, the England wicket-keeper rouses himself with a few impromptu star jumps.

39th over: WICKET India 186-6 (Dhoni 96) There is bad luck for Dhoni as he misreads Mahmood's slower delivery. Dhoni tried to push the ball wide but ended up chipping a soft catch to Solanki at mid-wicket. The wicket-keeper, who had just had an ice pack strapped to his back, leaves his home turf just four runs short of his century and Harbhajan Singh comes in.

38th over: A mis-field by Mahmood now postioned at fine leg helps India's cause. Meanwhile, Kevin Pietersen is unhappy as he hands a piece of debris from the crowd to a security guard. After the violent scenes in Guwahati at the weekend, Indian police are keeping a close eye on the home fans.

37th over: Mahmood seems to be struggling with the temperatures too as he lacks pace and fizz on his run-up. Plunkett is already off the field receiving treatment for cramp. Dhoni takes advantage of a terrible full toss by Mahmood as he clips the ball over Anderson at fine leg to grab another boundary and move to 93.

36th over: Dhoni livens up proceedings in Jamshedpur as he whacks a huge six off Solanki's bowling over mid-wicket. The Indian crowd scattered in the stands run to follow the line of the ball but the jovial Blackwell signals the ball sailed well out of the ground.

35th over: The searing conditions seem to be dominating the match at the moment as the score continues to tick over at a steady pace. The heat hits Matt Prior, who stoops behind the wicket to be sick much to the amusement of bowling team-mate Blackwell.

34th over: Dhoni might be flagging in the fierce temperatures but he flashes another wristy shot past Blackwell on the boundary for a six. The players are given wet towels to try and quel the hot, hot heat.

33rd over: A leg bye off Blackwell's bowling brings the 150 up for India.

32nd over: Dhoni highlights some of the problems that come from playing in extreme temperatures. It is close to 50 degrees out in the middle and with no breeze the conditions are punishing. Plunkett struggles to chase down Dhoni's drive to the boundary because of cramp brought on by dehydration. While Dhoni, who lives in the area, appears to be struggling too as he hunches down and tugs at his shirt to try and cool down.

31st over: Blackwell races through another over and former Australian batsman Dean Jones - also appearing on both TMS and Sky television - diplomatically points out Powar could perhaps serve India better if he engaged in some power-walking or similar exercise to slim down a little.

30th over: Vikram Solanki opens his bowling spell with a steady over, conceding just two runs. The run-rate now stands at 4.60 as Powar continues to give Dhoni support.

29th over: Dhoni and Powar are slowly but surely steadying the ship for the home side. The pair's partnership has now reached 57 runs off 81 balls.

28th over: Finally the crowd come to life when Dhoni smacks Hoggard's delivery high-and-wide over the rope for a powerful straight six.

27th over: Powar sends the first six of the match skyward as he used his feet to back away from Blackwell's delivery and drive it away through long-on.

26th over: Hoggard is back in the attack from the Naoroji Pavilion End but is continuing to attract criticism for his one-day performances. The Yorkshireman is not a regular limited overs man because he is perceived to be easy-pickings for quick-fire batsman. More from the TMS experts, who say his gentle pace and natural tendency to swing the ball means batsman are able to take advantage of him. Hoggard has 32 one-day wickets in contrast to his 197 at Test level.

25th over: Dhoni reaches his half-century but the crowd - packed with his friends and family - are slow to catch on and he does not receive much of a reception. It is another decent over from Blackwell, who has now bowled three overs for nine runs and no wickets.

24th over: There is a definite lull in the match now as India try and rebuild their innings through opener Dhoni and Powar.

23rd over: The run-rate continues to be slow for India and former paceman Srinath Javagal - commentating for both TMS and Sky television - believes the bounce generated in Jamshedpur is proving particularly tricky for the home side.

22nd over: Powar brings the 100 up for India with a single off Hoggard but it has been labourious work out there in the extreme heat - and with little support from a muted Indian crowd.

21st over: Spinner Ian Blackwell steps up for his first over for England and he limits the scoring to just a single boundary, untidily produced by Powar.

20th over: Dhoni exhibits his unorthodox batting style in the 20th over. The opener swipes at Anderson's first ball with a wristy shot bafflingly described by TMS experts as a cross between a golf and squash stroke. The final period of powerplay comes to a close.

19th over: Dhoni has remarkably only faced 13 balls in the last 45 minutes, watching as around him his team-mates fell. But the 24-year-old moves to 44 by the end of the over as he jabs the ball through cover for another boundary.

18th over: Powar appears to be struggling against Anderson's shorter balls as resting England captain Andy Flintoff watches from the team balcony. The Wisden Leading Cricketer of the Year for 2005 has his lap top out in front of him as he shows off his David Beckham-esque tattoos in an England vest. Meanwhile, a rising shot from Power just falls short of Ian Bell's waiting hands and he survives a fairly uneventful over.

17th over: Ramesh Powar is handy as an off-spinner but he digs in at the crease as he and Dhoni face the task of rescuing the India score.

16th over: WICKET India 79-5 (Rao 10) England signal the third powerplay and once again it proves a lucky omen as Anderson strikes again to send Rao back to the pavilion. Poor footwork from Rao sees him edge the ball plum to Prior and India are reeling once more.

15th over: Rao responds steering the ball over the boundary at Plunkett's first ball but the England seamer remains tight.

14th over: India are reeling a little and Dhoni and Venugopal Rao must try and establish a partnership if they are to set England a decent target. Dhoni, who lifts the score with another scorching boundary, is shouldering most of the responsiblity at the moment.

13th over: WICKET: India 63-4 (Raina 2) The players are back after a lengthy drinks break but Raina does not last long. The Indian tries to push away Plunkett's delivery but a thick edge glances the ball to Matt Prior - replacing injured Geraint Jones as wicketkeeper - takes a neat catch to his right.

12th over: With India already assured of the series thanks to their 4-0 lead, it is surprising that the Indian fans are not in more of a celebratory mood. The crowd seem subdued - it could be something to do with the extreme heat in Jamshedpur. It is 44 degrees in the shade while the cricketers are sweating out in the middle in temperatures between 48-50 degrees.

11th over: WICKET: India 58-3 (Singh 4) The second powerplay is called but England are the ones who take advantage. Liam Plunkett breaks through in his very first over. He tempts Yuvraj Singh into a pull and he edges the ball onto his own wicket and his bails tumble. Singh goes for just four off 11 balls and Suresh Raina heads out to the middle.

10th over: Dhoni survives some risky play as he just squeaks back to his crease running for a tight second run. Strauss stretches for a catch when Dhoni loops the ball high but it is just beyond him - and the flashy batsman survives to the relief of the Indian fans.

9th over: A quiet over from Anderson and Dhoni so off the field the talk on TMS turns to the speculation over Marcus Trescothick's early departure from the tour. News has filtered through to the TMS team that the England opener's revelation that he was suffering from a mystery bug was the first the team doctors had heard of it.

8th over: WICKET: India 46-2 (Kaif 15) Kaif's luck runs out with the very first ball of the over. Mahmood traps the 25-year-old lbw with a ball straight down the centre. Kaif goes for 15 runs off 21 balls. And Mahmood, who is the cousin of boxer Amir Khan, celebrates taking his first one-day wicket for England. Yuvraj Singh is the next man up for India.

7th over: Dhoni flashes another four off Anderson and the crowd - which is still not quite full - once again get to their feet. Umpire Rudi Koertzen gives a first warning to Anderson for running on the wicket.

6th over: Sajid Mahmood experiences early problems in his opening over as he sends down a couple of wides.

5th over: This time it is Paul Collingwood's turn to fumble in the field as he misses a golden opportunity to send Kaif back to the pavilion. Kaif's looping ball heads straight to the Durham all-rounder at backward point but he cannot hold it and spills it to the floor. The Indian batsman is safe on nine.

4th over: Dhoni gets straight back down to some fireworks as he scores a boundary off Hoggard's first delivery. England are having a few problems in the field as Liam Plunkett and Kevin Pietersen have both failed to cope with relatively easily shots in the match so far.

3rd over: The outfield at Jamshedpur is very slick and the runs just keep on coming for India as Kaif grabs eight more runs off Anderson.

2nd over: Despite the early setback, the India fans rally as they cheer on local favourite Dhoni, who has been moved up the order in front of his home fans. Dhoni's mother declined to attend, however, saying it was just too hot to watch cricket. The India opener gives his fans something to cheer about when he hits Matthew Hoggard for four three times with some magnificent shots.

1st over: WICKET: India 4-1 (Sehwag 4) India open with two batsman with plenty of explosive shots in their repertoire - Sehwag and Mohendra Dhoni - while James Anderson spearheads England attack.
Sehwag immediately cracks a loose ball from the seamer for four. But the captain's luck runs out when he edges a straightforward catch off Anderson to Vikram Solanki and England make a crucial early breakthrough. Mohammad Kaif comes in at number three for India and will need to improve on his recent form which saw the Indian selectors lose faith in him.

0420: Stand-in England captain Andrew Strauss says he wants his side to give a good account of themselves and claw back the final two one-dayers against India.

India start with five specialist bowlers, including Vikram Singh who makes his debut at the age of 21.

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