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Sreesanth 6/55 & Uthappa 86 make it 5-1 for India
April 15, 2006England finished their tour of India with a seven-wicket defeat in the last one-dayer to lose the series 5-1. Kevin Pietersen (64), Paul Collingwood (64) and Geraint Jones (53) were the mainstays in England's 288 all out. Robin Uthappa's 86 - the best score by an Indian debutant - and captain Rahul Dravid's 69 put the hosts in control. They fell in quick succession but the results was never in doubt once Yuvraj Singh (55*) and Suresh Raina (53) put on 115, as they won with five balls left.
MOM: Sreesanth 10.0 1 55 6; MOS: Yuvraj Singh
India 289-3 (49.1 overs) bt England 288 (50 overs) by 7 wickets
Indore - Another chance for youngsters to shine
April 14, 2006Andrew Flintoff could make his 100th one-day appearance as England play their final game in India on Saturday. But the match will see a new crop of Indian players taking on the English attack. Dinesh Karthik will be behind the wickets for the first time in the series in place of 'superstar' Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Another player who is set to be handed another chance is off-spinning all-rounder Ramesh Powar, who has come in for severe criticism in India for being overweight. Captain Rahul Dravid will be back in the side but he believes, with the series already decided, it is a good opportunity to experiment. India is likely to rest Virender Sehwag and Mohammad Kaif. Munaf Patel may also miss the match by the same yardstick, while Harbhajan Singh, troubled by pain in his forearm, may take a well-deserved break.
India (from): R Dravid (Captain), V Sehwag, AR Uthappa, Yuvraj Singh, M Kaif, SK Raina, KD Karthik, IK Pathan, YV Rao, MM Patel, S Sreesanth, Harbhajan Singh, RR Powar, RP Singh, VRV Singh.
England (from): A Flintoff (Captain), K Ali, JM Anderson, GJ Batty, IR Bell, ID Blackwell, PD Collingwood, MJ Hoggard, GO Jones, SI Mahmood, KP Pietersen, LE Plunkett, MJ Prior, OA Shah, VS Solanki, AJ Strauss
England beat India by 5 wickets; IND 4-1
April 12, 2006England have defeated India by five wickets in the sixth one-day international against India at Jamshedpur's Keenan stadium.
The visitors have already lost the series, but they have been able to make amends for their 4-0 loss with this win.
Chasing 224 for victory, the visitors achieved their target in 42.5 overs.
The Indian bowlers tried to put pressure on England, picking up wickets at regular intervals but in the end, it was difficult to defend their measly score of 223.
Earlier, India were bowled out for 223 in 48 overs with Munaf Patel remaining unbeaten on one.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the top scorer, hitting a magnificent 96 to rescue India from an inexplicable batting collapse. But India still failed to put up a competitive total.
England 227-5 (42.4 overs) beat India 223 all out (48 overs) by five wickets
England may rest Flintoff for Jamshedpur ODI
April 12, 2006England will bid to end their poor run of form in the penultimate game of their seven-match one-day series against India on Wednesday.
England look set to rest Andrew Flintoff and are 4-0 down in the series after the previous match was abandoned in Guwahati and riots followed.
India are expected to name a young side for the match in Jamshedpur, which itself has a history of crowd violence.
Mohendra Dhoni is set to move up the order in front of his home fans.
The match should also see 20-year-old Robin Uthappa making his one-day debut for the national side, while the uncapped Venungopala Rao is also in contention to start.
Violence follows abandonment of fifth India-England one-dayer
April 9, 2006Heavy overnight rain and wet ground conditions caused the abandonment of the fifth one-dayer between India and England on Sunday.
Two policemen and one spectator were injured in the violence after spectators threw missiles on to the field and set advertising hoardings on fire after umpires Rudi Koertzen and Arani Jayaprakash decided no play would be possible due to wet ground conditions following overnight rain.
Meanwhile Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Irfan Pathan made the best of the situation when a chopper had to be engaged to dry the rain-soaked field: they took a joyride for an aerial view of Guwahati.
India beat England to seal series; IND 4-0
April 6, 2006India wrapped up a series victory by cruising to a four-wicket win in the fourth one-day international against England in Cochin. England skipper Andrew Flintoff won the toss and opted to bat first, but the tourists' score of 237 all out never looked likely to be defendable and India reached 238-6 with 16 balls to spare, to take a 4-0 lead in the seven-match series.
Fourth one-day international, Cochin: India 238-6 (47.2 overs) beat England 237 (48.4 overs) by four wickets
England upbeat for must-win match
April 6, 2006England will find themselves in a win or bust situation in Thursday's fourth one-day game against India in Cochin.
Trailing 3-0, they at least have a fully fit squad to pick from with Kevin Pietersen and Matthew Hoggard having recovered from stomach bugs.
England have lost eight of their last 10 limited internationals and will have to face heat topping 36C (100F), humidity of 90% and a 90,000-strong partisan crowd at the Nehru Stadium as they attempt to peg back India.
The pitch is said to be good for batting on with a high score expected and the winner of the toss is likely to bat first.
India have played four times in Cochin and been successful in three matches - the last time beating Pakistan by 87 runs. India (from): R Dravid (Captain), V Sehwag, R Uthappa, Yuvraj Singh, M Kaif, S Raina, M Dhoni, I Pathan, Y Rao, M Patel, S Sreesanth, Harbhajan Singh, R Powar, R Singh.
England (from): A Flintoff (Captain), K Ali, J Anderson, G Batty, I Bell, I Blackwell, P Collingwood, M Hoggard, G Jones, S Mahmood, K Pietersen, L Plunkett, M Prior, O Shah, V Solanki, A Strauss.
Coach Fletcher calls for patience
April 4, 2006England coach Duncan Fletcher says critics of his young one-day team must give them time to develop...
Jones on course to start season
April 4, 2006Glamorgan pace bowler Simon Jones is confident he will be fully fit for the start of the new season and wants his place back in the England side...
Collingwood defends shaky England
April 4, 2006Paul Collingwood insists England are not a bad one-day side despite losing the first three games against India...
Yuvraj and Pathan shape India's win over England
April 3, 2006The 24-year-old Yuvraj struck three sixes and 10 fours in his 76-ball 103, his seventh hundred in one-dayers, as India posted a challenging 294-6 before restricting England to 245 in hot and humid conditions on Monday.
England all-rounder Paul Collingwood gave a good account of himself, top-scoring with a brave 84-ball 93 which included one six and 10 fours. He put on 105 for the seventh wicket with Geraint Jones (32), but the stand came too late to stop India from gaining a 3-0 lead in the seven-match series. England were virtually out of the game when they lost six wickets for 100, but Collingwood and Jones defied the Indian attack with their responsible knocks under pressure.
Pathan removed Andrew Strauss (seven), Owais Shah (seven) and Ian Blackwell (nine), who was promoted in the batting order, with clever variations in pace.
Raina, 19, cracked one six and five fours in his 67-ball knock for his second successive half-century following his match-winning 81 not out in the previous game at Faridabad.
Third one-day international, Goa: India 294-6 beat England 245 by 49 runs
Kevin Pietersen was ruled out from Goa ODI
April 3, 2006Kevin Pietersen was ruled out of England's third one-day international against India through illness.
Pietersen, the top-scorer in both previous matches of this campaign, sat out the match due to a stomach bug.
That meant Vikram Solanki got a recall for the tourists, who are 2-0 down in the seven-match series, while Sajid Mahmood came in for Kabir Ali. India: V Sehwag, R Dravid, Yuvraj Singh, M Kaif, S K Raina, M S Dhoni, I K Pathan, A B Agarkar, Harbhajan Singh, R R Powar, M M Patel
England: A J Strauss, M J Prior, O A Shah, V S Solanki, P D Collingwood, A Flintoff, G O Jones, I D Blackwell, L E Plunkett, J M Anderson, S I Mahmood
Coach Fletcher leaves India tour
April 1, 2006Coach Duncan Fletcher has left England's tour of India temporarily to accompany his ill wife Marina back to their home in South Africa.
England's next match is Monday's third one-day international against India in Goa, with Fletcher expected to return to the side hours before the start.
His wife's condition was not immediately clear but the couple flew on Saturday from Delhi to Cape Town.
Assistant coach Matthew Maynard will be in charge for Sunday's practice. Families of the England touring party have been in India for the past fortnight of the nine-week tour, which has been blighted by disruption.
Captain Michael Vaughan, opening batsman Marcus Trescothick, Simon Jones and Steve Harmison have all returned home for differing reasons. England, who fought back to tie the Test series 1-1, are 2-0 down in the seven-match one-day series after the four-wicket defeat in Faridabad on Friday.
Teenage sensation powers India to victory in second ODI; India 2-0
March 31, 2006Teenager Suresh Raina struck a valiant 81 not out on Friday as India overcame an early collapse to beat England by four wickets in the second limited-overs international.
Raina and Mahendra Dhoni (38) combined for a 118-run, sixth-wicket partnership to help India recover from a 92-5 slump and overhaul a 227-run victory target to lead the series 2-0.
Earlier England, too, suffered a mild collapse and owed their score to half-centuries from Kevin Pietersen (71) and opener Andrew Strauss (61), the only batsmen to defy India offspinners Ramesh Powar (3-34) and Harbhajan Singh (1-43). Kevin Pietersen (71) passed 1,000 career runs in just his 21st innings, to tie Viv Richards' record.
Second one-day international, Faridabad: India 230-6 (49 overs) beat England 226 (49.5 overs) by four wickets
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England in India Cricket Series 2006
- February 18-20 Practice, Mumbai: England bt IndiaCC by 238 runs
- February 23-25 Practice, Baroda: England lost to President's XI by 8 wkts
- March 1-5 1st Test, Nagpur: Draw
- March 9-13 2nd Test, Mohali: England lost to India by 9 wkts
- March 18-22 3rd Test, Mumbai (Bombay): England bt India by 212 runs
- March 25 One-day match, Jaipur: England lost to Rajasthan by 5 runs
- March 28 1st ODI, Delhi: England lost to India by 39 runs
- Macrh 31 2nd ODI, Faridabad: England lost to India by 4 wkts
- April 3 3rd ODI, Goa: England lost to India by 49 runs
- April 6 4th ODI, Cochin: England lost to India by 4 wkts
- April 9 5th ODI, Guwahati: Rained out
- April 12 6th ODI, Jamshedpur: England bt India by 5 wkts
- April 15 7th ODI, Indore: England lost to India by 7 wkts