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Ind vs Eng, 3rd ODI: as it happened

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Oct 20, 2011 at 10:32pm IST

India Innings:

50th over: Cool as a cucumber, Dhoni hits two boundaries and follows it up with a fist pump towards the pavillion. India are victorious by five wickets and series is theirs at 3-0.

49th over: A harrowing over by Dernbach. No balls, wides, you name it! It's India's way now with seven needed off six balls.

Ind vs Eng, 3rd ODI: as it happened

Dhoni and Jadeja held their nerves to win the match by five wickets in the last over.

48th over: Edge-of-the-seat stuff this! 13 runs off Finn's over. Now 17 needed off 12 balls. Dhoni still there!

45th over: India 253/5, and all eyes on MS Dhoni to bring out his helicopter shots to take India home. Now 46 needed off 30 balls. Who will you put your money on?

42nd over: Surely England on top now with Swann dismissing big-fish Kohli (35). The Englishmen have their noses in front with eight overs to go and India 237/4, needing 62 more to win.

40th over: More damage for India as Raina (0) becomes the second wicket to fall in the batting powerplay. Just 33 runs in the five-over bracket and two important wickets lost. Bresnan it is this time who brings England right back into the match at 229/4. Now 70 needed in the last 10 overs.

38th over: Will Kohli's dropped chance prove costly? May be, but England have, for the moment, made up by dismissing Rahane for 91, Finn the bowler. It's all about nerves from this point on. India 212/3 and 87 more needed off 72 balls with seven wickets in hand.

34th over: Just two overs away from the batting powerplay, a rash shot by Gambhir (58) gave England their second wicket. But Gambhir's downfall was more due to the stunning one-handed effort by Pietersen in the covers. India 192/2 in 34 overs as Virat Kohli joins Rahane.

31st over: Gambhir deposits Swann over extra cover for a six to bring up his fifty and the 100-run partnership with Rahane. Looking ever so bleak for England but a wicket or two can bring the pressure back on India. It's 181/1.

29th over: Rahane and Gambhir are doing it easy out there: milking the bowlers and not forgetting to hit boundaries in between. And they don't look like panicking as the target nears. It's 168/1 (Rahane 77, Gambhir 46)

25th over: Indian innings hits halfway stage, and the chase looks pretty much under control, especially with the likes of Raina, Kohli and Dhoni still to come. Rahane is well set and Gambhir is pacing his innings nicely as the duo crosses fifty partnership to lift India to 136/1.

20th over: End of the bowling powerplay: 31 runs accrued for India and one wicket for England. Meanwhile, Rahane registers his half century, off 59 balls, that takes India's score to 106/1.

16th over: Bresnan strikes as England opt for bowling powerplay (16-20). Parthiv departs, for a well-made 38! The England pacer catches the left-hander in front, but it looks a harsh lbw decision by the umpire on replays. India, though, have a very good chance to make a match of it now with an opening partnership of 79.

12th over: The young Indian openers are growing in confidence as England keep searching for their first success. The score, meanwhile, has swelled to 66 for no loss making it look more and more like a perfect start for the hosts. And they needed that after conceding 298!

8th over: The flashing blades are out and runs have started flowing relatively freely for India. With a few boundaries under their belt, Rahane and Patel have turned the cautious start into a solid one at 46 for no loss.

3rd Over: The ball seems to be doing a bit more under the lights. Of course, a new ball from each end adds to the movement. That and pressure of a big chase has led to bit of a scratchy start by Rahane and Parthiv, reaching 12 for no loss.

England Innings

So England have given themselves an excellent chance of getting back in the series, setting India a target of almost 300. Pietersen provided the initial impetus, Samit Patel the fireworks at the end, but the man who held it all together was Jonathan Trott, who was unlucky to miss out on a century. India have a tough chase on their hands, though given the nature of the pitch and the dew factor, they are certainly in with a shout.

Overs 49-50: What a way to end the innings and what a wonderful knock Samit Patel has played! He hits Vinay Kumar's last ball for a six to finish unbeaten on 70 off just 43 balls, including seven fours and two sixes. Trott, though, is unfortunately stranded at 98* (116 balls). 27 runs came off the final two overs, with Umesh Yadav (0-71) and Vinay (1-64 from 9 overs) finishing as India's most expensive bowlers. Well, it's not 300, but England will be mighty pleased with their total of 298-4.

Overs 46-48: England have managed to get over 6 runs an over, but Praveen Kumar does not concede a boundary as he finishes with 1-56 from his 10 overs. However, Patel (48*), who is playing an extremely crucial knock here, hits Vinay Kumar for a six to get close to a quick-fire half-century. England are 271-4.

Overs 41-45: Despite having lost wickets at regular intervals, England are well-placed to reach 300 here. Samit Patel has scored a useful 23-ball 33*, including two fours off Vinay Kumar in the 43rd over and two off Umesh Yadav in the 45th. Trott, meanwhile, is on 85* as England reach 248-4. Yadav (0-59 in 9 overs) has been very costly, when compared to India's other bowlers.

Over 40: The powerplay ends with a boundary from Trott (72*), who has held together the England innings. Patel is on 5* as the visitors reach 207-4. Ashwin, meanwhile, finishes his quota of overs with 0-45.

Overs 36-39: The powerplay starts well for India, with only three runs coming off Ashwin's over in the 36th. However, Vinay Kumar concedes 10 runs in the next over, though Trott's boundary came off a top edge that flew over the wicket-keeper. But Praveen Kumar picks up his first wicket in the 39th, a yorker uprooting Bopara's middle stump. Bopara goes for 24, and in comes Samit Patel.

Overs 31-35: Pietersen's wicket has definitely quietened England's charge. Jadeja and Yadav get through the overs quickly, conceding few runs, before Bopara picks up a boundary in the 35th off a full toss from Yadav. England, at 177-3, will have to take the batting powerplay now, and the men at the crease hoping to push England on are Trott (56*) and Bopara (15*). They will have to run better between the wickets though, with Bopara in particular creating a few moments of concern.

Over 30: India get the breakthrough, and left-arm spin undoes Pietersen again! The English batsman is not happy to be given lbw to Jadeja, taking into account his long stride forward. He stands his ground in disbelief, but has to go back into the hut for 64. He was looking good too, so India will be happy to see the back of Pietersen. New man in Ravi Bopara gets off the mark with a boundary, as England reach 159-3.

Overs 26-29: Pietersen takes to Umesh Yadav in the 27th over, hitting him for two consecutive boundaries. England, 154-2, are looking well on course for a good total now, with Pietersen on 64* and Trott (48*) closing in on his half-century as well. Yadav has been a bit expensive, conceding 28 runs in his 4 over so far. Ashwin, though, has figures of 0-29 from 7 overs.

Overs 22-25: The spinners had managed to stem the flow of runs, but the 25th over, bowled by Jadeja, is expensive. Trott (42*) reverse-sweeps to pick up a boundary, before Pietersen (51*) brings up his half-century with a four to backward point. England are 135-2.

Over 21: What a miss! India had a golden chance to run out Trott... There was confusion between both batsmen as Pietersen took off for a single, and Trott was all set to sacrifice his wicket... But Kohli's return throw to Dhoni was terrible, and though Dhoni managed to dive and stop the ball, he too missed hitting the stumps. Lucky break for England! Meanwhile, it's spin at both ends now as Ravindra Jadeja comes on. He does well to concede just 1 run in his first over, but how costly will that missed run-out chance prove to be?

Overs 17-20: It's turning out to be an excellent powerplay for England, and Trott (37*) and Pietersen (32*) are putting together a dangerous partnership here. Praveen Kumar especially comes in for some treatment, with Pietersen hitting him for four boundaries in his two overs in the powerplay. Ashwin (0-16 in 3 overs) does slightly better though, as England reach 111-2.

Overs 14-16: Trott has picked up three boundaries to move on to 27*, combining with a confident-looking Pietersen (14*) to push England's run rate above 5 an over. Meanwhile, the 16th over sees R Ashwin come on in place of Umesh Yadav, but India may choose to take the powerplay now, so the bowling could be shuffled around a bit more. England are 83-2.

Overs 11-13: He can do it with the bat, he can also do it with the ball! Man of the moment, India's rising star, call him what you will, but Virat Kohli has picked up a wicket here. Kieswetter was beginning to get going, but he tried to play the ball down to third man and the ball hit the inside edge at the bottom of the bat and then the stumps. Kieswetter hit three fours and two sixes in his 36. Kevin Pietersen (5*) walks in and hits a four as well. Meanwhile, Trott is on 12* as England reach 59-2.

Overs 9-10: After struggling for runs, Kieswetter (27*) has slammed two sixes in consecutive overs, both times off the last ball. Still, the Indians will be pleased to have kept England down to 40-1 as the compulsory powerplay comes to an end. Trott (7*) has made an assured start at the other end, but England are still finding scoring quickly a difficult task.

Overs 5-8: The Indian bowlers have kept England on a tight leash here. Having bowled four overs each, Praveen has figures of 0-12, while Vinay has conceded 13 runs while picking up a wicket as well. Kieswetter (15*) and Trott (6*) are finding it tough to score runs, never mind boundaries, and as the first powerplay draws to a close, England are 26-1. In the 7th over, there was an appeal for caught-behind by MS Dhoni against Kieswetter, but the bowler Praveen Kumar was hesitant, and replays showed the ball hit the batsman's thigh pad.

Overs 1-4: India strike early! After a good start by the Indian opening bowlers, Praveen Kumar and Vinay Kumar, the latter traps England skipper Alastair Cook leg-before-wicket. Cook wasn't happy, perhaps feeling the ball was too high. Anyway, the umpire disagrees and he's gone for 3. Craig Kieswetter (8*), meanwhile, hits England's first boundary in the same over (4th), to take England to 13-1. Jonathan Trott is the new man in.

Toss: In what is a must-win match for the visitors, England have won the toss and elected to bat first, in the third one-dayer of the five-match series against India in Mohali on Thursday.

India have lived up to their billing as World Champions in home conditions, being dominant in winning the first two ODIs. However, with the humiliation of a whitewash on the recent England tour still fresh in their memory, India will be looking to clinch the series as soon as possible.

With youngsters like Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin putting in some impressive performances, and the likes of Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli in form, India have selected an unchanged side for this match at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium.

England, meanwhile, are searching for their first ODI win in India since April 2006. The turnaround must start today, and having struggled against spin in the series so far, both the English bowlers and batsmen will be pleased to see some grass on the track at Mohali.

Skipper Alastair Cook has kept faith in the same players, so England too have made no changes for this match.

Teams:

England: Alastair Cook (c), Craig Kieswetter (wk), Jonathan Trott, Kevin Pietersen, Ravi Bopara, Jonathan Bairstow, Samit Patel, Tim Bresnan, Graeme Swann, Steven Finn, Jade Dernbach

India: Parthiv Patel, Ajinkya Rahane, Gautam Gambhir, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (wk/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Praveen Kumar, Vinay Kumar, Umesh Yadav

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