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Cricket Matches Schedule
- Fri 14, Nov 2008: India vs England, First ODI at Rajkot
- Mon 17, Nov 2008: India vs England, Second ODI at Indore
- Thu 20, Nov 2008: India vs England, Third ODI at Kanpur
- Sun 23, Nov 2008: India vs England, Fourth ODI at Bangalore
- Wed 26, Nov 2008: India vs England, Fifth ODI at Cuttack
- Sat 29, Nov 2008: India vs England, Sixth ODI at Guwahati - Cancelled
- Tue 02, Dec 2008: India vs England, Seventh ODI at Delhi - Cancelled
- Thu 11 - Mon 15, Dec 2008: India vs England, First Test at Chennai
- Fri 19 - Tue 23, Dec 2008: India vs England, Second Test at Mohali
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IND v ENG, 2nd Test, Mohali, Day 5: India take series after dull draw (IND 1:0)
Dec 23, 2008India clinched the two-Test cricket series against England on Tuesday after Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh batted the visitors out of the contest on the last day of the second match.
Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni belatedly declared at 251 for seven when Gambhir was dismissed for 97, leaving England an almost impossible target of 403 in less than two sessions. Gambhir fell three runs short of becoming only the fourth Indian batsman to score centuries in both innings.
England, which lost the opening match by six wickets at Chennai, made 64-1 as the game meandered to a draw.
Opener Alastair Cook (10) was the only Englishman out in the second innings, edging Ishant Sharma to V.V.S Laxman at slip. Andrew Strauss remained unbeaten on 21 and Ian Bell was not out 24 at stumps.
IND v ENG, 2nd Test, Mohali, Day 5: India 453 & 251-7 drew with England 302 & 64-1
IND v ENG, 2nd Test, Mohali, Day 4: India lead by 285 runs at end of fourth day
Dec 22, 2008Opener Gautam Gambhir (44) and Yuvraj Singh (39) took India to 134 for 4 at the end of the fourth day's play of the second Test against England at Mohali on Monday.
Play was stopped early due to bad light after the umpires offered the light to Gambhir and Yuvraj. With a lead of 285 runs, India still have the upper hand in this Test. Yuvraj hit five fours and a six in his 40-ball knock of 39 to break the shackles after England dried up the runs.
Earlier, Harbhajan Singh took 4 wickets while Zaheer Khan took 3 as India bowled out England for 302 runs in their first innings.
Harbhajan took his fourth wicket when he had Monty Panesar (5) caught at forward short leg to end the England innings and give India a lead of 151 runs.
IND v ENG, 2nd Test, Mohali, Day 4: India 453 & 134-4 v England 302
IND v ENG, 2nd Test, Mohali, Day 3: England stumble at 282 for 6
Dec 21, 2008England were 282 runs with the loss of six wickets and Flintoff going to pavallion on a last delivery of the Third day play.
Earlier, Flintoff delivered a good partnership( 62) before being caught by Gambhir bowled Amit Mishra. A century partnership between Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen saved pride for troubled England on day three of the second Test against India.
Earlier, braving India's first innings score of 453, England opener Andrew Strauss (zero) and Ian Bell (one) fell prey with just one run to their cricket, but by lunch the tourists were 57-2 after dense fog delayed the start of play by 1-1/2 hours. Flintoff was batting on 36 and skipper Kevin Pietersen 111 runs.
Strauss, who became the first England batsman to score centuries in both innings of a Test match on Indian soil in the first Test, was out to the third ball of the day. He was trapped by Zaheer Khan (1-24) declared lbw.
IND v ENG, 2nd Test, Mohali, Day 3: England 282 for 6 v India 453
IND v ENG, 2nd Test, Mohali, Day 2: India 453 all out on day two
Dec 20, 2008Gautam Gambhir and Rahul Dravid shared 314, a record second-wicket stand for India against England, as the hosts made 453 on day two of the final Test.
England openers Andrew Strauss and Alastair Cook ended the day without facing a ball due to bad light. Stumps were called with nine overs remaining for the day.
Gautam Gambhir (179) and Rahul Dravid (136) were the highest scorers for India while Andrew Flintoff (3-54) and Graeme Swann (3-122) were the successful bowlers for the visitors.
IND v ENG, 2nd Test, Mohali, Day 2: India 453 v England 0 for 0
IND v ENG, 2nd Test, Mohali, Day 1: Bad light forces early stumps after Gambhir century
Dec 19, 2008Opener Gautam Gambhir hit his third century in four tests to lead India to 179 for one on the first day of the second and final test against England on Friday.
The in-form Gambhir struck 106 not out and added 173 runs for the second wicket with Rahul Dravid to lift the hosts out of early trouble after skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni elected to bat in overcast conditions.
Dravid shook off his poor form by scoring an unbeaten 65 after explosive opener Virender Sehwag fell to Stuart Broad for a third-ball duck in the morning's second over. Gambhir struck 12 fours and a straight six against off spinner Graeme Swann, reaching his hundred after tea.
Play was called off with 18 overs remaining because of poor light, which had also delayed the start by 20 minutes.
IND v ENG, 2nd Test, Mohali, Day 1: India 179-1 v England
IND v ENG, 2nd Test, Mohali: India considers Dravid reshuffle for second Test
Dec 18, 2008India is considering pushing out-of-form batsman Rahul Dravid down its batting order for the second Test against an England said eager to strike back in the match starting Friday after losing the series opener.
India staged the biggest successful fourth-innings run chase ever in India - and the fourth biggest anywhere - to beat England by six wickets in the first Test in Chennai, but was under pressure from an out-of-form touring team for much of the contest and is looking to further strengthen its batting order.
Going through the leanest form of his career, Dravid has scored just 320 runs in the past 10 Tests, including a sum of just seven runs from two innings in Chennai. "We're not really worried about Dravid's form," captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said Thursday. "No one can question his talent or determination, it's just a matter of getting some initial runs and he'll get his confidence back."
Dravid is India's second-highest run scorer and features in the select group of batsmen in Test cricket's 10,000-run club.
Dravid's 10,373 runs from 130 Tests is second among Indian batsmen behind Sachin Tendulkar, whose 12,413 runs are the most by anyone in Test history.
IND v ENG, 2nd Test, Mohali: Mohali pitch will assist seamers: Curator
Dec 17, 2008The pitch at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium will assist the seam bowlers during the second Test between India and England starting Friday, says chief curator Daljeet Singh.
"In the early hours of the day, the pitch will be helpful for the seam bowlers as ball will swing well. Conditions here are entirely different from Chennai as temperature is low and there are winds blowing in the morning that will provide an ideal condition for swing bowlers," Singh told reporters on Wednesday. "My only focus is to prepare a result-oriented pitch. Earlier, the ball used to spin well at PCA, but in the last few matches, we have seen spinners facing problem. This time I am expecting the ball to spin well but at the end of the day, but it all depends on the individual capability of any spinner," stated Singh.
Although two wickets have been prepared, Singh maintained that the match will be played on the same strip that was used during India-Australia Test match in October. "The major problem that we are facing is of drying the pitch because of excessive moisture in the morning air. On the surface, it appears dry and hard but from beneath, it still holds dampness but here our boys are working hard to dry it," said Singh.
He added: "During winters, especially during these months, grass is very dormant and does not come out easily. Therefore, we are making use of ultra-violet fabric that we have imported from Canada, which helps in quick germination of grass," Talking about the short time that the PCA had to prepare the pitch, Singh said: "I have no complaint that we got less time for pitch preparation. Look at the curators in Chennai, they got only seven days and did a wonderful job. However, we at PCA got eight days more than those people."
IND v ENG, 2nd Test, Mohali: India, England teams arrive for second Test
Dec 16, 2008Members of India and England team, under unprecedented security, today arrived at the Chandigarh airport for the second Test match to be played at the PCA Stadium in Mohali from Friday.
The visitors team were happy with the security arrangements at the airport and Hotel Taj, where the team is scheduled to stay with the members of the home team.
Their chartered plane from Chennai where they played the first Test, which India won by six wickets, landed at the Chandigarh airport this afternoon. They were then taken straight to Hotel Taj under unprecedented security arrangements.
Sushil Kapoor, a spokesman of the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) quoting England players said the visitors were happy to be back to India and at Mohali to play the two-Test series.
IND v ENG, 1st Test, Chennai, Day 5: Tendulkar guides India to record breaking win (IND 1:0)
Dec 15, 2008Batting great Sachin Tendulkar hit an unbeaten 103 as India achieved the fourth-highest run chase in history to stun England by six wickets in the first Test at Chennai on Monday.
The hosts surpassed the seemingly improbable victory target of 387 on a wearing wicket with 20.3 overs to spare on the fifth and final day to take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series. Tendulkar, 35, swept off-spinner Graeme Swann to fine-leg for the winning boundary that also brought up his 41st Test century amid loud cheers from 30,000 home fans at the Chidambaram stadium.
Left-hander Yuvraj Singh chipped in with 85 not out in a fifth-wicket stand of 163 with Tendulkar to dash England's hopes after Kevin Pietersen's men dominated a major part of the match with both bat and ball.
|Top Five Run Chases|
|418–7||2003||St John's||West Indies beat Australia|
|406–4||1976||Port of Spain||India beat West Indies|
|404–3||1948||Headingley||Australia beat England|
|387–4||2008||Chennai||India beat England|
|369-6||1999||Hobart||Australia beat Pakistan|
The second Test starts in the northern town of Mohali on Friday.
IND v ENG, 1st Test, Chennai, Day 5: India 241 & 387 for 4 beat England 316 & 311 for 9d by 6 wickets
IND v ENG, 1st Test, Chennai, Day 4: England on top in cricket despite Sehwag blitz
Dec 14, 2008Virender Sehwag smashed a quickfire 83 off 68 balls as India made a spirited start in their chase of a history-defying target in the first Test against England at Chennai on Sunday.
The hosts ended the fourth day's play at 131 for one in their second innings after being set 387 to win by England captain Kevin Pietersen, a target never achieved before on Indian soil. England declared their second innings at 311-9 soon after tea, the total revolving around Andrew Strauss' second century in the match and 108 from Paul Collingwood.
The aggressive Sehwag plundered 11 boundaries and four sixes in a whirlwind opening stand of 117 with Gautam Gambhir, whose own contribution in the partnership was 29.
England broke through six overs before close when Sehwag was given leg-before by umpire Daryl Harper while trying to sweep off-spinner Graeme Swann. Gambhir was unbeaten at stumps on 41 and Rahul Dravid was on two, with India needing a further 256 runs from 90 overs on the final day to take the lead in the two-Test series.
The highest fourth innings total to win a match on Indian soil is 276-5 by the West Indies at New Delhi's Ferozeshah Kotla ground during the 1987-88 season.
IND v ENG, 1st Test, Chennai, Day 4: England 316 & 311 for 9d v India 241 & 131 for 1
IND v ENG, 1st Test, Chennai, Day 3: Andrew Strauss builds England's lead
Dec 13, 2008Andrew Strauss guided England into a commanding position in the opening Test today and kept himself on course for his own slice of cricket history.
The Middlesex left-hander finished the third day at the Chepauk Stadium unbeaten on 73 having led the tourists to 172 for three and a daunting 247-run lead over India.
It kept him on course to become only the 10th England player in history to hit centuries in both innings of a Test following the crucial 123 he recorded in the first innings.
His 256-minute innings, which included five boundaries, ensured England were able to withstand an Indian fightback in the afternoon session when they lost two wickets in six balls and slumped to 43 for three having secured a 75-run first innings lead.
IND v ENG, 1st Test, Chennai, Day 3: England 316 & 172 for 3 v India 241
IND v ENG, 1st Test, Chennai, Day 2: India 155 for 6 at close of second day
Dec 12, 2008Two wickets from Graeme Swann in his first over in Test cricket helped reduce India to 155-6 on the second day of the Chennai Test.
India trail England's 316 by 161 runs and will be disappointed after bowling the tourists out for what was perceived to be a below-par total. From their overnight 229-5 England's tail failed to wag after Andrew Flintoff (18) was dismissed without scoring this morning.
The tail offered little resistance with the exception of recalled Matt Prior, who got his renewed England career off to a positive start with an unbeaten 53 not out. His cautious innings included just one boundary.
IND v ENG, 1st Test, Chennai, Day 2: India 155 for 6 v England 316
IND v ENG, 1st Test, Chennai, Day 1: India fight back after Strauss century
Dec 11, 2008England opener Andrew Strauss hit 123 in the first Test on Thursday as cricket returned to centrestage in India after the Mumbai terror attacks.
The left-hander's 13th century after a first-wicket stand of 118 with Alastair Cook (52) lifted England to 229-5 by stumps on the opening day at the heavily guarded Chidambaram stadium. Andrew Flintoff was unbeaten on 18 and nightwatchman James Anderson was on two.
India fought back in the final session with four wickets to end the day with honours even on a barren wicket that is expected to turn later in the match.
The 45,000-seater stadium wore a deserted look as less than 1,000 fans watched the Test start just a fortnight after the Mumbai attacks that left 172 dead and injured more than 300.
England, who abandoned the one-day series and flew home after the attacks, agreed to return for the two-Test series after security checks and a shift in venues.
IND v ENG, 1st Test, Chennai, Day 1: England 229 for 5 v India
IND v ENG, 1st Test, Chennai: Rain threatens India-England cricket Test
Dec 10, 2008Bad weather could disrupt the first Test between India and England, which is scheduled to start on Thursday.
Persistent rain since early Tuesday drenched the outfield at the Chidambaram stadium, denying India a full practice drill in the morning session. Kevin Pietersen's England, who trained later in the afternoon as the rains stopped for a brief period, also had a curtailed net session.
Forecasts suggest heavy rain over the next three days as a cyclonic storm in the Bay of Bengal moves towards this southern city, raising fears of a truncated match.
Parthasarthy Kannan, the chief groundsman at the stadium, was quoted in local papers as saying the heavy rains last month and the latest storm had hampered the preparation of the wicket.
English cricketers return to India amid tight security for Test series
Dec 08, 2008England's players were met by armed police and a flurry of activity outside Chennai airport when they landed to resume their tour of India on Monday.
More than a week after halting their seven-week tour in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in Mumbai, England's players returned to the sub-continent in readiness for the two-Test series due to start on Thursday.
They were met by around 1,000 fanatical cricket fans and were surrounded by armed police almost as soon as they stepped off flight EY268 from Abu Dhabi, where they had spent the last few days at a training camp considering whether to continue the tour. Led by captain Kevin Pietersen, they marched through and onto a team bus before being driven to their hotel in Chennai.
Their arrival caused a ripple of excitement outside the airport with fans jostling to find a position to take pictures before they were quickly driven away. The fuss and excitement continued at the hotel when the players were presented with a garland of flowers and marked with a Tika, the traditional Hindu red spot placed on the forehead which signifies health and prosperity.
Their arrival follows a week of intense discussions between the players, the England and Wales Cricket Board and the Professional Cricketers' Association. England returned home a week last Saturday and, after days of discussions, agreed to go to a training camp in Abu Dhabi to consider a report from security consultant Reg Dickason.
That report was delivered to the players on Sunday, who agreed to travel on to India and continue with a tour many thought would never resume.
ECB confirms England will go ahead Test series against India
Dec 08, 2008The England cricket team tonight decided to return to India for the two-match Test series after getting the final go-ahead from security experts, ending the undertainty on the fate of the series which had come under a cloud following the terror attacks in Mumbai.
England and Wales Cricket Board's security adviser Reg Dickason's much-awaited report has found India to be safe, paving the decks for the resumption of cricketing activities which had been interrupted in the wake of the Mumbai carnage. The England players, who are currently camping here to prepare for the series, were given a detailed feedback on the security arrangements that would be put in place for the series, scheduled to begin in Chennai from December 11.
The players were then given some time to make up their minds on whether to travel to India. "England will resume their tour of India and take a full-strength squad," an ECB satement said tonight.
"The players were briefed on the latest security update in Abu Dhabi today before confirming they would return to India and complete the tour which was halted following the terror attacks in Mumbai," the statement added. Dickason has already inspected the stadium and hotel in Chennai, the venue of the first Test, and had detailed discussions on the security arrangements with BCCI and police officials.
Yuvraj Singh recalled into Test squad, RP Singh dropped
Dec 04, 2008Dashing middle order batsman Yuvraj Singh was today recalled while left arm spinner Pragyan Ojha was also named in India's 15-member Test squad for the two-match series against England beginning next week.
Yuvraj, who had been in sizzling form in the recent ODI series against England, forced his way back into Test reckoning following Sourav Ganguly's retirement from international cricket.
Hyderabad spinner Ojha has been rewarded with a berth in the Test team, filling up the spot left vacant by former Test captain Anil Kumble who has also bid farewell to the game. Paceman R P Singh has been dropped.
Tamil Nadu opener Murali Vijay, who made his debut against Australia in the last Test in Nagpur, has been retained in the squad which has eight specialist batsmen, three pacers, three spinners and one wicket-keeper batsman in captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Another Tamil Nadu batsman S Badrinath has also been named in the squad which otherwise has no surprise inclusions.
India test team: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain), Virender Sehwag (vice-captain), Gautam Gambhir, Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, VVS Laxman, Yuvraj Singh, Amit Mishra, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, S Badrinath, Munaf Patel, Murali Vijay, Pragyan Ojha.
England cricket team to resume tour of India in wake of attacks
Dec 03, 2008England cricketers will resume their tour of India for the Test series - if strengthened security recommendations are implemented - team officials said Wednesday.
The England squad returned home last weekend after scrapping the last two limited-overs internationals of the seven-match series in the wake of deadly terrorists attacks in Mumbai. The England and Wales Cricket Board came to the decision after days of talks with security experts and government officials .
The team will fly to India early next week from Abu Dhabi, where it is due to fly Thursday. While England is practising in the UAE, key officials will join security adviser Reg Dickason, who is currently in India, to ensure that the additional security arrangements in Chennai and Mohali, where the Tests will now be played, have been implemented. Hugh Morris, managing director of England Cricket, and Sean Morris, chief executive of the Professional Cricketers' Association, will go to India at the weekend and then return to Abu Dhabi to reassure the team.
"While we have sought to reassure players that their safety is paramount we have not pressurized any player into making the trip against their will," Hugh Morris said. "Those who leave for Abu Dhabi are all anticipating travelling to India if both Sean and I are happy that Reg Dickason's security plans have been activated. The Board and players will be kept fully informed." The same squad that left India will return, with the exception of Stuart Broad, who will remain behind for further treatment on a hamstring injury but could travel at a later date, and left-arm seamer Ryan Sidebottom, who was ruled out of the series with a side injury.
The England squad returned home after scrapping the last two limited-overs internationals of the seven-match series - which India led 5-0 - in the wake of terrorists attacks that killed at least 171 people in Mumbai.
Chennai cricket officials say they expect the England team to reach the southern Indian city on Monday, three days ahead of the scheduled Dec. 11 start of the series. "We will access the highest calibre of security advice on a regular basis so that we can provide the players with the latest accurate information," player's representative Sean Morris said. "I have been assured by the ECB that they would never compromise the players' safety and security. "Hugh and I are travelling to India this weekend to confirm for the players that the security is of the high standard that the ECB and PCA demand."
Among the terrorists' targets was Mumbai's famous Taj Mahal Hotel, where the England cricket squad was due to stay from Dec. 16 during the second Test of the two-match series.
England set to resume tour of India under increased security
Dec 02, 2008England look set to accept tightened security arrangements and resume their tour of India following the terrorist attacks on Mumbai last week.
The England and Wales Cricket Board were locked in a second day of talks surrounding the future of the tour, which was put in doubt by the team's return on Saturday to reassess the situation following the campaign of terror on Mumbai's leading landmarks.
England held further discussions with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and their final decision may not be made for another couple of days while they await an up-to-date security report from consultant Reg Dickason.
Between now and then, England are considering travelling to Abu Dhabi to set up a base camp and train there before continuing their journey to Chennai – providing Dickason's report is happy with the increased security measures.
The National newspaper in Abu Dhabi claims England will train and play a warm-up game at the Abu Dhabi Cricket Club, citing sources at the club. "It is a big honour for Abu Dhabi," a source said.
"It is an extremely safe environment and we want to make sure that the players feel safe too, but we will be taking nothing for granted and security will be tight."
While England warm-up in Abu Dhabi, Dickason will visit Chennai and Mohali, the venues for the two Tests on December 11 and 19, and report back to the ECB.
But the prevailing mood following another day of meetings between the ECB and the FCO was that England were now ready to resume the tour.
Chennai, Mohali to host Tests
Dec 01, 2008The two-match Test series between India and England has been rescheduled and would be played at Chennai (December 11-15) and Mohali (December 19-23), the Cricket Board announced.
BCCI Secretary N Srinivasan said in a media release that England have agreed to resume their tour of India that was halted after the first five ODIs were completed following the terror attack in Mumbai.
However, the final word on the tour would be given only after the England and Wales Cricket Board send their security consultant for discussions with the authorities in India.
England were originally scheduled to play the Test matches at Ahmedabad and Mumbai on the same dates before the Mumbai terror attack.
England set to return to India for Tests on Dec 3
Dec 01, 2008England’s cricket tour of India resumed again when it was confirmed on Monday morning that the squad would come back to play the remaining Tests. The team would return on 3rd December after the security arrangements were found satisfactory by the ECB.
The schedule of venues would be changed due to revised security guidelines. The first Test would be held in Mohali instead of Ahmedabad while the venue of the second Test would be shifted from Mumbai to Chennai.
The first Test would commence on 11th December as the England team would get their practise match in Mohali on December 5.
Earlier, the last two ODI matches were scrapped due to the terrorist attacks in Mumbai that left over 150 people dead and many more injured.
ODI matches postponed after attacks
Nov 27, 2008The remaining two matches in England's one-day international series in India have been postponed following the terrorist attacks in Mumbai.
The England and Wales Cricket Board requested the matches in Guwahati and Delhi be called off and the Board of Control for Cricket in India gave their consent.
It remains to be seen whether the two-Test series is also abandoned with ECB and BCCI officials due to discuss the matter over the next 24 hours.
Hugh Morris, the ECB's managing director of England cricket, said: "On behalf of the Board and the England team, we would like to express our condolences to the families and friends of those people who were killed or injured in Wednesday night's attacks.
IND v ENG, 5th ODI, Cuttack: 5th rout, 2 left (IND: 5-0)
Nov 26, 2008Put into bat, England scored their highest total of 270-6 in the ongoing ODI series in India at Cuttack, which included a 111 runs century from captain Kevin Pietersen, but still lost out to India. Pietersen is the first English captain to register a hundred away from home.
Indian vice-captain Virender Sehwag (91) added 136 for the first wicket with Sachin Tendulkar who made 50 and gave India a flying start. Sachin became the first batsman to register 90 fifties in ODIs.
England's bowlers removed Tendulkar, in-form Yuvraj Singh (6) and Sehwag in the space of 20 runs, the last two off successive deliveries, before the hosts recovered to reach 273 for four in 43.4 overs.
For his efforts, Sehwag was named man of the match for the second game in a row.
IND v ENG, 5th ODI, Cuttack: India 273 for 4 (43.4 overs) beat England 270 for 4 (50.0 overs) by 6 wickets
IND v ENG, 5th ODI, Cuttack: India look to sweep England one-day series
Nov 25, 2008India will approach Wednesday's fifth one-day international against England as the start of a new series after clinching a decisive 4-0 lead, with the tourists out to salvage some pride.
Indian vice-captain Virender Sehwag said coach Gary Kirsten wants the hosts to play with the same intensity even though the seven-match series had been comfortably won already.
"Gary said we should see the remaining matches as a three-match series and try to win them all," Sehwag said ahead of the day-night match at the Barabati stadium in this coastal eastern town.
India are expected to throw in new faces for the rest of the series as the selectors attempt to build a strong base for the 2011 World Cup, to be hosted in South Asia.
National under-19 captain and top-order batsman Virat Kohli, left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha and recalled all-rounder Irfan Pathan could make their first appearances in the series on Wednesday. There could be a further reshuffle for the last two matches, in Guwahati on Saturday and New Delhi on December 2.
England, meanwhile, will use the remaining games to get used to the fervent atmosphere in South Asian cricket ahead of the World Cup, and save themselves from further criticism at home.
IND v ENG, 4th ODI, Bangalore: India beat England by 19 runs, take series (IND: 4-0)
Nov 22, 2008Batting first in a rain-drenched day and night in Bangalore, India's daunting line-up further boosted by Sachin Tendulkar's return, amassed 166-4 in 22 overs with Virender Sehwag's 69 and Gautam Gambhir's 40.
In reply, set an adjusted victory target of 198 from 22 overs, Shah (72 runs off 48 balls, 9 4s, 3 6s) and Andrew Flintoff (41) gave England hope with a fine 82-run fourth-wicket partnership. But that could not prevent England from suffering a 19-run defeat by India, who took an unassailable 4-0 lead in the series for the Hero Honda Cup.
Sehwag, adjudged Man of the Match, joined the elite 6000-club on Sunday, when he hit the 36th run. He is the sixth Indian to do so after Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Saurav Ganguly, Mohammed Azharuddin and Yuvraj Singh. His fifty against England is his 32nd fifity of his ODI career.
The victory ensures India are still on target for a resounding 7-0 whitewash.
IND v ENG, 4th ODI, Bangalore: India 166 for 4 (22.0 overs) beat England 178 for 8 (22.0 overs) by 19 runs (D/L)
IND v ENG, 4th ODI, Bangalore: Injured Sidebottom ruled out of fourth ODI
Nov 22, 2008England bowler Ryan Sidebottom has been ruled out of Sunday's fourth ODI against India with a back injury.
The left-arm swing bowler underwent further scan on his lower back problem to determine the extent of his injury and the reports have been sent to the England and Wales Cricket Board, coach Peter Moores told a news conference.
"He is definitely not playing Sunday's game. We are hoping he will somehow get fit for the later part of the (one-day) series or for the Test series," he said.
Sidebottom missed the first two matches due to an Achilles injury he picked up at the start of the Stanford Twenty20 competition in the Caribbean last month and underwent a scan for a back problem before the third match. The tourists trail 3-0 in the seven-match series.
Sachin and Irfan back in ODI squad
Nov 20, 2008One-day cricket's leading batsman Sachin Tendulkar was on Thursday included in the India squad for the next two matches against England, the cricket board said.
Tendulkar, 35, was rested for the first three games at his own request following the four-Test series against world champions Australia which India won 2-0 to annexe the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Tendulkar, who has a world record 16,361 runs and 42 centuries to his name in 417 one-day internationals, last played limited-overs cricket for India in the tri-series in Australia in March.
Tendulkar and all-rounder Irfan Pathan are the two changes in the 15-man squad which took a 3-0 lead in the seven-match series against England at Kanpur.
The duo replace seamer Rudra Pratap Singh and uncapped opener Murali Vijay for the next two day-night matches in Bangalore on Sunday and Cuttack on Wednesday. The squad for the last two games in Guwahati and New Delhi will be named after the Cuttack match.
India team: Mahendra Dhoni (Captain), Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, Sachin Tendulkar, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, Munaf Patel, Virat Kohli, Pragyan Ojha, Irfan Pathan.
IND v ENG, 3rd ODI, Kanpur: India beat England by 16 runs (IND: 3-0)
Nov 20, 2008India overcame a wobbly start and some anxious moments before beating England by 16 runs via Duckworth-Lewis method in a closely-contested third cricket one-dayer to take a comfortable 3-0 lead in the seven-match series in Kanpur on Thursday.
Chasing 241 for a victory, the hosts were less dominating but were conscious of the Duckworth-Lewis requirement as they scored 198 for five in 40 overs before fading light necessitated an early end to the game. India needed to score 183 for five in 40 overs under the D/L method and were declared the winners when bad light came into play.
For the hosts, Virender Sehwag topscored with 68, while Yuvraj Singh scored a brisk 38 off just 31 balls. Captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni remained unbeaten on 29 to steer the team to victory in a more keenly contested tussle at the Green Park stadium.
After the early morning haze delayed the start and reduced the tie to a 49-overs-a-side affair, England captain Kevin Pietersen won the toss and had little hesitation in opting to bat first.
India now need to win the next match in Bangalore on Sunday to clinch the series by taking an unassailable 4-0 lead.
IND v ENG, 3rd ODI, Kanpur: India 198 for 5 (40.0 overs) beat England 240 all out (48.4 overs) by 16 runs (D/L)
IND v ENG, 3rd ODI, Kanpur: England look to spin to turn fortunes at Kanpur
Nov 20, 2008Comprehensively beaten in Rajkot and Indore, England will require more than a spark of inspiration to defeat the buoyant Indian team in the third One-day International of the Hero Honda Cup in Kanpur on Thursday.
Nothing has gone right for the visitors in the first two ODIs of the seven-match series but their biggest headache is how to stop Yuvraj Singh, who it seems has taken a disliking for Kevin Pietersen's side. The flamboyant left-hander stole the show in both the games, cracking two centuries and also taking four wickets in the second match. England will be banking on the positives emerging out of the second ODI in Indore, where they had put an improved performance.
The bowlers started well by putting India on the mat early on, reducing them to 29 for four till their nemesis Yuvraj turned the tables. The England top order, too, gave a decent start but it was surely not a launchpad from where they could chase 292 on an unpredictable wicket. Though captain Kevin Pietersen and Andrew Flintoff at one point threatened to come close to the target with some lusty hitting, but again Yuvraj was the saviour for India as he removed the duo in one over.
With Yuvraj in sensational form with the bat, England fast bowler Stuart Broad admitted that they will have to dismiss the left-hander as early as possible to fancy any chances of victory here. Broad was on the receiving end of six sixes against Yuvraj last year at the Twenty20 World Championship. To turn the tables, England will choose a specialist spin bowler for the first time and if the selection of off-spinner and one-day specialist Graeme Swann does not reverse the fortunes then Monty Panesar, who is in the Test squad, may get a call-up in Bangalore.
England's thoughts turned towards spin, after left-arm seam bowler Ryan Sidebottom, who has been out with an injury, was sent for a scan on his lower back during practice session in Kanpur on Wednesday. India Team (from): Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain/wicketkeeper), Virender Sehwag (vice-captain), Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Pragyan Ojha, Rudra Pratap Singh, Munaf Patel, Virat Kohli and Murali Vijay.
England Team (from): Kevin Pietersen (Captain), Ian Bell, Matt Prior (wicketkeeper), Owais Shah, Paul Collingwood, Ravi Bopara, Andrew Flintoff, Samit Patel, James Anderson, Stuart Broad, Steve Harmison.
IND v ENG, 3rd ODI, Kanpur: India keen to tighten the noose in third one-dayer
Nov 19, 2008England have its tail tucked between legs after the twin mauling in Rajkot and Indore and will have to quickly find a way to stop India's in-form batsmen from launching another assault when they go into the third cricket one-dayer at Kanpur tomorrow.
With pitch curator Shiv Kumar predicting a bowlers' bloodbath tomorrow, England pacers would have their task cut out when they mark their run-up against India's awe-inspiring batting order and a defeat here would leave them with the improbable task of winning the remaining four matches to win the series. It was not merely the margin of defeat but the manner of it that exposed England's lack of resources in all three departments and Pietersen and party are simply clueless how to silence Yuvraj Singh's booming blade.
Eight years in the business and still not a certainty in the Test squad, Yuvraj unleashed his pent-up frustration with some power-hitting and the English bowlers can consider themselves simply unlucky to find themselves in his line of fire. In two matches, Yuvraj proved he could be swashbuckling and sublime as well. His 78-ball 138 in Rajkot was pure aggression but the ton in Indore, on a two-paced track, would rank even higher because of its influence on the outcome of the match.
IND v ENG, 2nd ODI, Indore: India beat England by 54 runs (IND: 2-0)
Nov 17, 2008India defeated England by 54 runs in the second One-Day International and took a 2-0 lead in the seven-match Hero Honda Cup at Indore on Monday.
Chasing a victory target of 293 runs, England were bowled out for 238 runs in 47 overs that enabled India to take a 2-0 lead in the seven-match series. Yuvraj starred both with the bat and ball, scoring his 10th ODI century and then taking 4/28 to stun England.
Earlier, Yusuf Pathan slammed his maiden ODI fifty off 29 balls after Yuvraj Singh's magnificent century to take India to 292/9 in 50 overs.
Pathan hit four sixes and two fours in his rapid fire knock and scored 18 runs off the last over of the Indian innings bowled by Steve Harmison.
Yuvraj hit 15 fours and two sixes in his magnificent knock of 118 runs off 122 balls, 10th ODI century, and was instrumental in saving India, who were rattled after losing three quick wickets. Singh was dismissed by Stuart Broad trying to make optimum use of the third powerplay taken by India, Yuvraj went for a big shot but edged it to keeper Matt Prior to take a simple catch.
IND v ENG, 2nd ODI, Indore: India 292 for 9 (50.0 overs) beat England 238 all out (47.0 overs) by 54 runs
IND v ENG, 2nd ODI, Indore: Yuvraj unsure for second ODI
Nov 17, 2008After mauling England with a margin of 158 runs, India will go into the second one-dayer with the confidence of putting yet another dominating performance in Indore on Monday.
India, though, have a reason to worry as their main architect of the Rajkot win Yuvraj Singh is doubtful for the match in Indore. Yuvraj, who made the England attack look pedestrian en-route his century, pulled a back muscle and batted with a runner during the first one-dayer.
The flamboyant left-hander missed the training session Sunday and is unsure for Monday's match . "There is improvement in Yuvraj's condition, but we will take a final call on him before the match," Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni told reporters.
India will also be without Ishant Sharma, who has been rested for the second one-dayer due to an ankle sprain he suffered during the Test series against Australia. India, however, can rest easy about their pace department as Zaheer Khan and Munaf Patel knocked off England’s top-order in the Rajkot ODI.
England on the other hand will have to improve on many counts and will need to get their act together, if they are fancying their chances against hosts. England’s new skipper Kevin Pietersen, who started his tenure on a high winning the series against South Africa 4-0, will have plenty to think about the team combination.
IND v ENG, 1st ODI, Rajkot: India thrash England by 158 runs (IND: 1-0)
Nov 14, 2008Yuvraj Singh marked his return to form with a swashbuckling unbeaten 138 as India recorded its biggest victory by runs against England by spanking the hapless visitors by 158 runs in the series-opening cricket one-dayer at Rajkot today.
After rattling up a record total of 387 for five at home, the hosts then bundled out England for 229 in 37.4 overs in a lop-sided contest to take a 1-0 lead in the seven-match series. India's previous best victory margin by runs against England was 86 at Sydney in 1985 and their biggest margin is 257 runs against Bermuda at Port of Spain in 2007.
Yuvraj's ninth ODI hundred spurred India to post its second-highest ODI total ever -- well behind their 413-5 against Bermuda in the 2007 World Cup but ahead of its previous home record of 376-2 against New Zealand in 1999. Clobbered by the in-form Indian bastmen, the English attack conceded more runs than ever in one-dayers, surpassing the 353-6 against Pakistan at Karachi in 2005. India's highest previous total against England was 329-7 at Bristol in August 2007.
Yuvraj defied a troublesome back to roar back into form in great style as he plundered runs at will, belting as many as 16 boundaries and six sixes during his 78-ball massacre.
The dashing Virender Sehwag (85), Gautam Gambhir (51), Suresh Raina (43) and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (39) were the other notable performers after England captain Kevin Pietersen put India in to bat on a belter of a track at the Madhavrao Scindia stadium.
IND v ENG, 1st ODI, Rajkot: India 387 for 5 (50.0 overs) beat England 229 all out (37.4 overs) by 158 runs
IND v ENG, 1st ODI, Rajkot: England faces tough challenge against India
Nov 14, 2008England's record of winning all its one-day internationals under new captain Kevin Pietersen will be severely tested as the tourists fight poor form and injury concerns going into Friday's opener of a seven-game series against India.
Arriving in India after an embarrassing 10-wicket defeat by the West Indies-based Stanford Superstars in a one-off C$24.6 million Twenty20 match, England was bowled out for just 98 runs in its tour warm-up game Tuesday against a Mumbai XI. Pietersen, who led England to wins in all four one-dayers since taking over the captaincy, says his batsmen need to greater focus for the coming games, and must learn from the tour match debacle.
England is also seeking an effective bowling combination, including paceman Jimmy Andersen and lone spinner Samit Patel in the lineup for the first one-dayer. Paceman Stuart Broad passed a fitness test and was included, after fast bowler Ryan Sidebottom was ruled unfit.
England is ranked third in the one-day rankings and India is placed fifth, but India has been buoyed and hardened by a just-completed series win over Australia while England was relatively short of competitive cricket.
England last won a limited-overs series in India in 1984-85 when it prevailed 4-1. It drew limited-overs series in 1992-93 and 2001-02 but was hammered 5-1 when it last toured India in 2006. Rejuvenated after new skipper Mahendra Dhoni took over India's one-day captaincy last year, the hosts will be looking to avenge a 4-3 series defeat in one-dayers when it toured England last year.
Dhoni lost his first one-day series to Australia at home last year, but went on to lead India to a tri-series triumph in Australia this year, followed by another win in Sri Lanka. India goes into the contest against England fresh from a 2-0 Test series victory over Australia, but Dhoni said switching to the one-day format so quickly would be difficult.
India team (from): M.S. Dhoni (Captain), Virender Sehwag (vice-captain), Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Suresh Raina, Virat Kohli, M. Vijay, Yusuf Pathan, Zaheer Khan, Ishant Sharma, R.P. Singh, Munaf Patel, Harbhajan Singh and Pragyan Ojha.
England team (from): Kevin Pietersen (Captain), Ian Bell, Matt Prior (wicket-keeper), Ravi Bopara, Owais Shah, Paul Collingwood, Andrew Flintoff, Samit Patel, Stuart Broad, Steve Harmison, James Anderson, Alastair Cook, Graeme Swann, Tim Ambrose, Ryan Sidebottom and Luke Wright.
IND v ENG, 1st ODI, Rajkot: India, England hit by injuries ahead of ODIs
Nov 13, 2008Pace bowlers Ishant Sharma of India and Ryan Sidebottom of England will miss Friday's opening match of the seven-game One-day series in Rajkot due to injuries.
Sharma, 20, suffered an ankle sprain during the recent Test series against Australia and has been advised to rest for five days, the Board of Control for Cricket in India said in a statement. The lanky fast bowler was judged the Man of the Series for his 15 wickets as India took the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with a 2-0 win over Ricky Ponting's world champions on Sunday.
Left-armer Sidebottom will sit out the opener due to an Achilles tendon problem picked up during England's brief tour of the West Indies earlier this month. England were, however, hopeful that paceman Stuart Broad will play in Rajkot after suffering a knee injury during a practice match in Mumbai on Sunday.
ENG v MCA XI, Warm-up Match: England humiliated in Mumbai
Nov 11, 2008England's build-up for the one-day series against India was left in disarray on Tuesday after they slumped to a humiliating warm-up defeat against Mumbai.
Just three days before the opener to the seven-match series in Rajkot, the tourists were dismissed for a lowly 98 in reply to Mumbai's 222 for seven. Facing a team made up mostly of club professionals, England never recovered from losing their first five batsmen inside the first 12 overs - with seamer Khsemal Waingankar, who has played only one first-class match in his career, claiming five wickets.
It follows a similarly shambolic effort in Antigua in the Stanford showdown when they were dismissed for just 99, and leaves the tourists facing an intensive few days of practice before they face India on Friday. England restricted Mumbai to a modest total, after deciding to bowl first, with Samit Patel and Steve Harmison claiming two wickets each.
It took a determined 65 from left-hander Sushant Marathe and a quickfire 37 off 35 balls, which included three sixes and a four, from Shaoib Shaikh to guide Mumbai even to that respectable total. But having performing impressively against more modest opposition on Sunday, England's brittle batting was exposed against the new ball - and they failed to recover from their dismal start.
ENG v MCA XI, Warm-up Match: MCA XI 222 for five (50 overs) beat England 98 (25 overs) by 124 runs
England focused on India challenge: Pietersen
Nov 07, 2008England will try to make a fresh start during their tough one-day series in India following their disappointing Stanford defeat, captain Kevin Pietersen said Friday.
England slumped to a humiliating 10-wicket defeat in the winners-take-all 20 million dollar Twenty20 Stanford Superseries in Antigua last week, prompting widespread condemnation from fans and critics. They are now set to play seven one-day internationals against the hosts, starting on November 14 in Rajkot, followed by a two-Test series.
"Last week wasn't special but it absolutely has no bearing on what will happen here in India," Pietersen told reporters here. "This series is going to be very difficult. Beating India in India is tough. We drew the Test series last time but we got smashed 5-1 in the ODIs. We are just looking to improve."
Pietersen, 28, said his players were drawing confidence from the 4-0 one-day whitewash of South Africa at home in August. "We would've won 5-0 if it had not rained in the final ODI in Cardiff. To beat South Africa 4-0, it's something we haven't done before. We are learning how to win," he said.
Pietersen, on his first full tour as captain after taking over from Michael Vaughan during the South Africa series, also said his team will look to break the confidence of India captain Mahendra Dhoni. "Dhoni is a free customer when he goes out. He doesn't get too emotionally wound up by the looks of things.
"At the end of the day the players who play with him just want to do well. In terms of his captaincy he oozes confidence in the dressing room. We just need to try and keep that confidence down." England coach Peter Moores also said the Stanford games were history and his players were focused on the Indian contest.
"The key is to get consistent runs and our batters have to fire. That was one thing that worked very well against South Africa," he said. "With extra pace of Steve Harmison and Andrew Flintoff and the bounce that they can create from their height gives us a chance to take wickets in the middle. That could be really important."
England already have an injury concern with paceman Ryan Sidebottom nursing a calf problem he picked up in Antigua. But Moores said even if Sidebottom failed to recover in time, the team still had four bowlers in the pace attack.
He also conceded that Sachin Tendulkar's absence from the Indian squad for the first three one-dayers would be a "bit of a bonus" for the tourists.
Tendulkar will be rested for part of cricket series against England
Nov 05, 2008Sachin Tendulkar will be rested for the opening three matches of the seven-game one-day cricket series against England starting next week after India named a 15-man squad Wednesday.
Tendulkar has not played in the one-day international side since the tri-series victory over Australia in March, but the selectors granted his wish for a break.
"Considering the hectic schedule ahead and the amount of cricket he has already played this season, Sachin Tendulkar requested that he be rested for the first three ODIs," Indian board secretary N. Srinivasan said in a statement. "The selectors accepted his request." A groin injury ruled Tendulkar out of the series in Bangladesh and Pakistan earlier in the year and he suffered a left elbow problem during the Test campaign against Sri Lanka in August, preventing him from taking part in the one-day matches.
Tendulkar has scored a world-record 16,361 runs in 417 one-day internationals, with 42 centuries. Opener Virender Sehwag, who twisted his left ankle during the Sri Lanka tour, was also included in the squad that will be led by wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Murali Vijay, the Tamil Nadu batsman who has been called into the fourth-Test squad, was also included along with Gautam Gambhir, who he replaces in Nagpur. Gambhir is suspended for the match for elbowing Australian Shane Watson in the third Test in New Delhi.
India, currently ranked No.3, beat Sri Lanka 3-2 on its tour there in August after being runners-up to the same team in the Asia Cup held in Karachi in July. England will arrive in Mumbai on Thursday and will play practice matches against a team from Mumbai on November 9 and 11. The first one-day international starts in Rajkot on November 14, while the two-Test series begins in Ahmedabad on December 11.
Fifth-ranked England beat South Africa 4-0 at home in the one-day international series in September, but its players suffered a setback to morale with a thumping defeat in a Twenty20 exhibition against the Stanford Superstars in Antigua on Saturday. The team of West Indian players collected US$1 million each for the victory while England went home empty-handed. India ODI team: Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Captain), Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir, Suresh Raina, Yuvraj Singh, Rohit Sharma, Yusuf Pathan, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Munaf Patel, Ishant Sharma, Pragyan Ojha, Rudra Pratap Singh, Virat Kohli, Murali Vijay.
England ODI team: Kevin Pietersen (Captain), James Anderson, Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Stuart Broad, Paul Collingwood, Alastair Cook, Andrew Flintoff, Steve Harmison, Samit Patel, Matt Prior, Owais Shah, Ryan Sidebottom, Graeme Swann, Luke Wright.
India team for England series to be named Nov 5
Oct 31, 2008The senior selection committee of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will meet in Nagpur on November five to select the One-Day team for the seven-match series against England starting at Rajkot on November 14.
"The selectors will meet at Hotel Pride in Nagpur to pick the 14-member team for the One-Day series against England on November five," BCCI secretary N Srinivasan said on Monday.
The touring England team will play seven One-Dayers and two Test matches during their 40-day tour of India. Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and coach Gary Kirsten would attend the meeting chaired by former Indian opener and chief selector Krishnamachari Srikkanth.
England ODI in Guwahati is on, assures BCCI
Oct 31, 2008The serial blasts that rocked the state of Assam may have cast a shadow on the India-England ODI match that is slated to be played in Guwahati on November 29. But the BCCI is confident that the high-profile match will be played there as scheduled.
Speaking to 'The Indian Express', BCCI president Shashank Manohar asserted that the one-dayer will be played at Guwahati’s Nehru Stadium as scheduled. “The India-England match in Guwahati is very much on as scheduled, that’s clear enough,” the Board president categorically said later this evening from Nagpur.
However, even as the BCCI is trying to allay fears that today’s turn of events could have an impact on the ODI match in the troubled Assamese capital city of Guwahati, the final call is eventually expected to come from the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
In the past, the English Board had often expressed concerns over venues which they didn’t find satisfactory on the security front. And despite the BCCI’s full assurances that the arrangements would be foolproof for the November 29 one-dayer at the Nehru Stadium, there’s every likelihood that the ECB could ask some niggling questions in the coming days over the safety of Guwahati hosting the match.