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Last Updated:  Wednesday, 26 February, 2003, 20:17 GMT

India v England: over by over

India 250-9 (50 overs) beat England 168 (45.3 overs) by 82 runs

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Ashish Nehra tears the heart out of England's batting line-up with brilliant figures of 6-23 in Durban.

The left-armer rips through the middle order, backed up by some good catching, but Andrew Flintoff saves face for England with a powerful 64 off 73 balls.


46th over Zaheer comes in for his last over and finds the gap between Anderson's bat and pad, only to miss the off stump. The next ball goes past the outside edge. The next ball traps Anderson lbw as India complete a tremendous win.

45th over Caddick pushes Srinath through mid-wicket for two, the only scoring shot of the over.

44th over England keep Zaheer at bay with Caddick jabbing the final ball of the over to mid-wicket for a single.

43rd over Last man Anderson is off the mark straight away with a single as Srinath attempts a yorker, but produces another full toss.

43rd over Flintoff flicks a Srinath full toss for four and thumps the next delivery to the long-off boundary. They are his last scoring shots as Sehwag takes a leaping catch to end his innings.
England 162-9

42nd over Flintoff powers Harbhajan down to long-on for a single to bring up England's 150.

41st over Ganguly calls up Srinath to try and polish England off. Caddick strokes into the covers for two.

40th over Harbhajan is swept confidently by Flintoff, but the backward square leg fielder restricts him to a single.

39th over Flintoff finds the roof of the stand at mid-wicket as Ganguly comes in for more punishment. A push to deep extra cover brings him a well deserved half century off 63 balls.

38th over Harbhajan appeals for lbw against Flintoff, but the ball is missing leg stump.

37th over Ganguly sends down a long hop and although Flintoff does not middle his pull shot, he manages to clear the ropes for six.

36th over Harbhajan gives little away again as Flintoff loses the strike and Caddick is tied down.

35th over Zaheer drops short and Flintoff sqaure cuts powerfully to the boundary.

34th over Caddick pushes forward uncertainly to Harbhajan, but collects four runs off the outside edge.

33rd over Zaheer replaces Nehra and bangs in a bouncer which Flintoff flicks cleverly down to third man for four.

32nd over Harbhajan's off-spin proves difficult to get away as England advance their total by one run.

31st over: Craig White becomes Nehra's fifth victim, edging to Dravid.
England 107-7
Ronnie Irani departs moments later as Nehra sets an India record by taking his sixth wicket.
England 107-8

28th over: England's 100 is brought up with a four as nine come from the over. Both batsmen are targeting Harbhajan for punishment.

27th over: Nehra has Collingwood caught at slip by Virender Sehwag to claim his fourth wicket of an incredible spell.
England 93-6

26th over: Flintoff cuts loose, blasting Harbhajan for six, but he will need plenty more of these if England are to have a chance of victory.

24th over: For the first time in a contest dominated by seamers, Ganguly gives spin a chance, turning to Harbhajan Singh.

23rd over: The bowlers are still on top and it is very hard to see a way back for England. They have been overwhelmed by some exceptional Indian bowling.

21st over: Flintoff and Collingwood are at the wicket for England but they are finding life very difficult as the ball continues to swing around.

19th over: Nehra strikes again, this time claiming the wicket of Michael Vaughan.
England 62-5

17th over: Nehra entices Hussain into a false shot and has him caught behind.
England 52-3
With his very next delivery Nehra traps Stewart lbw and England are now in desperate trouble.
England 52-4

16th over: The field restrictions are removed and India captain Saurav Ganguly responds by adopting a defensive stance. But four leg byes keep the England score ticking over.

14th over: Hussain strides up the wicket and smashes Srinath for consecutive fours. He will be hoping that his shots are enough to drive India's premier bowler out of the attack.

13th over: Ashish Nehra is the first bowling change for India and he is turned away by Vaughan for four runs before settling into a steady rhythm.

12th over: Srinath is so unlucky not to have a wicket to his name. His line and length have been perfect and he has beaten the bat with alarming regularity.

11th over: England are behind India on run rate and wickets and desperately need to see out this dazzling spell by India's opening bowlers.

10th over: Vaughan strikes his first boundary to lift the intense pressure on the England pair slightly. But he is immediately beaten by Srinath's next ball.

9th over: Zaheer has another lbw shout turned down and Hussain is dropped by the wicketkeeper. These are worrying times for England, who are clearly struggling with a swinging ball under the Durban lights.

8th over: Srinath continues to bowl a perfect line and England's only run comes from a heavy outside edge.

7th over: Michael Vaughan is lucky to survive a loud lbw appeal from Zaheer, but Trescothick gets out in the same over to make amends, pulling a short delivery to Tendulkar.
England 18-2

6th over: Srinath has found an excellent line to both England batsmen and the India fans are enjoying his spell until Trecothick connects and finds the boundary.

4th over: Javagal Srinath beats Marcus Trecothick's bat three times as he looks to exploit the left-hander's recent weakness.

2nd over: Nick Knight gets himself run out after brilliant work from Mohammad Kaif.
England 6-1

1st over: Zaheer Kahn takes the new ball for India and gives up two wides in an unimpressive start to his spell.


INNINGS BREAK


50th over: England make it four wickets in four balls as India's innings ends. Caddick picks up his third wicket of the over as a slash from Javagal Srinath flies into the hands of Marcus Trescothick.
India 250-9

50th over: A team hat-trick for England as Zaheer Khan is run out. Harbhajan Singh swipes and misses before Stewart throws down the stumps with Khan halfway down the track.
India 250-8

50th over: Caddick is on a hat-trick now as Dravid sends an attempted cut straight to Collingwood at long-on.
India 250-7

50th over: Caddick takes his first wicket when Mohammad Kaif skies a catch to Flintoff.
India 250-6

49th over: In a thrilling over, Dravid completes his half-century with a magnificent six and then despatches Anderson for another boundary. Stewart gets his glove on a top edge from the same batsman, but he survives.

48th over: White replaces Caddick at the Old Fort Road End and the India batsmen fail to find the boundary for once. An athletic dive from Marcus Trescothick prevents a four off the final ball.

47th over: Dravid takes a nasty blow to the chest as Anderson continues to cause the batsmen problems.

47th over: Anderson returns to the attack, going around the wicket to the left-handed Yuvraj. The tactic works immediately as Hussain takes a smart catch to remove the dangerous Yuvraj.
India 217-5

46th over: Another expensive over from Caddick is complete when Yuvraj picks a slower ball and slaps it away for four.

45th over: Yuvraj gives himself room and slices the ball over mid wicket to bring up 200 for India. White takes more punishment when the same batsman flicks the ball down legside and over the boundary.

44th over: India get themselves into trouble running between the wickets but Nasser Hussain narrowly misses with his shy at the stumps.

43rd over: The run rate is picking up again as Anderson starts his third spell. It has been a learning experience for the young England paceman, who has taken some stick at times during the India innings.

42nd over: Caddick returns to the attack with mixed fortune. His line is tight to start with but he gives up a boundary to Yuvraj.

40th over: Yuvraj opens up with a towering six as India look to accelerate into their last 10 overs.

39th over: Much now rests on Dravid if India want to set an imposing target. His quick running between the wicket with Yuvraj Singh adds six to the total.

37th over: The military medium pace of Collingwood traps Mongia lbw for 32.
India 155-4

36th over: Ronnie Irani, recalled by England for Ashley Giles, is unlucky not to take the wicket of Mongia, who is beginning to hit out.

35th over: Although the run rate has slowed significantly, India can take heart from a pitch that does not look as good for batting as at first glance. England's batsmen may have their own difficulties when they take their turn.

33rd over: Paul Collingwood comes into the England attack and his first over is solid as India limp to 137-3.

31st over: India are relying on singles to move their total on at the moment and the emphasis is on time at the crease, while Mongia and Dravid regroup.

29th over: Mongia has been struggling, but he smashes White away to the boundary to boost his confidence.

28th over: India will be glad to see the back of Flintoff, who bowls out his ten overs for the excellent figures of 2-15. He almost picks up the wicket of Dravid as a parting gift.

26th over: Flintoff's first bad ball in nine overs is pulled away for four by Mongia.

24th over: Rahul Dravid survives an lbw shout off the impeccable bowling of Flintoff. Dravid's role is to anchor India through their remaining overs.

23rd over: Craig White strikes. Frustrated by the slow progress, Ganguly sends one back over the bowler's head, but Marcus Trescothick pulls in a good catch.
India 107-3

21st over: The hundred comes up for India, who despite the loss of two wickets, are on pace for a very good total.

20th over: Flintoff almost catches the edge again and his bowling figures are highly impressive - 2-8 off six overs.

18th over: Dinesh Mongia gets off the mark, but not before Flintoff causes him trouble in what is becoming an excellent spell of bowling.

17th over: The momentum has swung back in England's favour and Anderson starts his second spell with refound confidence.

16th over: With the second delivery after the drinks break, Flintoff tucks Tendulkar up and claims his wicket. It is a massive breakthrough for England as the Little Master was looking very dangerous.
India 91-2

15th over: Tendulkar reaches his 50 off as many balls.

14th over: Saurav Ganguly gets off the mark to give the strike to Tendulkar, who fails to bring up his fifty against tight bowling from Flintoff.

13th over: Craig White comes into the attack and is welcomed by an exquisite boundary from Tendulkar. The rest of his over passes without incident.

12th over: Another good over by Flintoff checks the India run chase.

11th over: Tendulkar is playing some glorious strokes now and he is the catalyst for a 15-run over.

10th over: Andrew Flintoff comes into the England attack to try to repair the damage done over the past few overs. He has instant success, catching Sehwag himself after finding a leading edge.
India 60-1

9th over: India have upped their run rate and are scoring at will, with Tendulkar smashing Caddick out of the ground with an enormous six. This is a worrying time for England skipper Nasser Hussain.

8th over: It has been a quiet start to this eagerly-awaited game, but a packed crowd is ready to erupt and Sehwag starts to fire it up with three magnificent fours.

7th over: Sehwag, who has made an uncharacteristically-slow start to his innings, picks up a couple off Caddick.

6th over: Anderson is having trouble with his run-up and two wide deliveries are followed by an aborted release. Tendulkar's timing is not quite there but he ends the over with a four.

5th over: A half chance goes begging for England as Tendulkar is almost caught by the despairing dive of Anderson at the boundary. It would have been the catch of the tournament had it stuck. Sehwag is beginning to look edgy.

4th over: Anderson takes Sehwag's outside edge but the ball lands safely beyond the grasp of second slip.

3rd over: Some promising signs for Caddick, who gets extra bounce from a hard Durban strip to cause the Indian batsmen problems.

2nd over: James Anderson's first over to a watchful Tendulkar is generally accurate and is spoiled only by a wide.

1st over: Andrew Caddick bowls his first delivery to Virender Sehwag, who clips him away for a single. He then beats Sachin Tendulkar's bat once, before the Little Master strokes the next ball to the boundary.


England: Marcus Trescothick, Nick Knight, Michael Vaughan, Nasser Hussain (captain), Paul Collingwood, Alec Stewart, Andrew Flintoff, Craig White, Ronnie Irani, Andrew Caddick, James Anderson.

India: Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Saurav Ganguly (captain), Rahul Dravid, Yuvraj Singh, Mohammad Kaif, Dinesh Mongia, Harbhajan Singh, Javagal Srinath, Zaheer Khan, Ashish Nehra.

Umpires: Rudi Koertzen (SA), Simon Taufel (Aus).




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