India vs England 3rd ODI Highlights: Cricket At Kanpur

England Batting

India Batting

Watch cricket highlights from the Kanpur 3rd ODI - England vs India played on November 19th 2008.

Scoreline: India won by D/L method after fading light stopped further play.
England: 240 all out (48.4). Ravi Bopara 60. Harbhajan Singh 3/31 (including his 200th wicket in ODIs). India: 198/5 in 40. Sehwag 68, Yuvraj Singh 38.

After-Play: M S Dhoni called the manner of result at the toss when after losing it and being put in, he said D/L would come into play and batting second was probably a good idea. The tame end to the game happened because of poor light, which had Ian Botham justifiably throwing several fits on air about the unnecessary delay to the start of play which cost a full game. In the end, India were well ahead of the required D/L score of 182 thanks to smart batting towards the end.

England came out with Bopara up and something that should have happened Prior to the series – Matt going down. Despite a slow start, with Ian Bell taking the initiative, they did rustle up a decent score. But what followed was a repetition of the poor cricket England have played through this series – no one other than Pietersen looked to attack the spinners and soon England looked like they were playing on Day 5 for a draw. In fact, Harbhajan’s first 5 overs went for just 6 runs with 2 wickets. He bowled beautifully, snaring Pietersen, Collingwood and Owais Shah who earlier got into a confrontation with Yusuf Pathan over where he stood at the non-strikers end. Shah was probably justified in sticking his back towards Umpire Tiffin’s appeal that he move a bit – the whole confusion occurred because Pathan before the incident had bumped a couple of times into Shah while trying to field off his own bowling.

England’s management of their innings after a decent start got worse with the batting powerplay which they didn’t take while Flintoff was around and when they did eventually take it, they trickled around 20 runs through it. Ishanth Sharma had a no-ball sort of day and couldn’t even find it in himself to celebrate when he tokk two wickets off two balls towards the end.

With a total that wasn’t particularly threatening, Virender Sehwag came out looking sleepy, occasionally getting a few leg-clips away. He was woken up briefly by Stuart Broad having a go at him and slapped the next ball straight down and then played a cool straightish drive. Broad and Flintoff had earlier bullied Raina into getting out, but even the Aussies know it’s better to let sleeping Sehwags lie.

Rohit Sharma looked the best he has in recent times but not good enough to charm Lady Luck. Yuvraj played cool nodding occasionally to Flintoff’s stares and words as if to say, Ya man, you’re right. But Flintoff eventually got him trying to whack the ball out of the ground after a hard long stare the previous ball. Dhoni pottered around but it was calculated cricket played keeping D/L in mind – around the 15-overs-left mark India needed 90 odd at a run a ball. India took the powerplay, pelted a few around and then walked the singles.

Swann for England was impressive in that no one really went after him, but England basically lost the game when they allowed the spinners to wrap them around their nimble fingers.

Fore-Play: Offspinner Graeme Swann will play the 3rd ODI for England - a game they almost certainly need to win. Dhoni has been quoted as saying he expects Yuvraj to score his 3rd consecutive hundred. I'm thinking Rohit Sharma/Suresh Raina might just wake up and provide selectorial headaches in case Tendulkar were to return for the rest of the series.

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