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5th ODI at Sophia Gardens


3:30 am - With this loss India now move all the way down to number 5 according to the ICC ODI Championship rankings.

3:15 am - Debutant Bairstow who made 41 off 21 was adjudged Man of the Match for keeping his cool under pressure. His father the late David Bairstow who was a wicketkeeper for England (and later committed suicide due to depression) interestingly made his debut against India in the Oval Test of 1979.

Indian skipper MS Dhoni was adjudged player of the series for his batting performances in the ODIs. That and Dravid's Man of the Series prize for the Tests will be the only awards the Indians take home after over two months in England.

3:00 am - England have won - achieving the rain truncated target of 241 with 10 balls to spare, thereby finishing a clean sweep of 3-0 in the ODIs after their 4-0 sweep in the Tests. India have struggled throughout the summer with injuries aplenty that showcased their wafer thin bench strength. They looked like they could compete on different occasions in the ODI series, including today's game, only to be done in by their bowling unit that lacked venom.

2:55 am - Young debutant Jonny Bairstow is making a name for himself by taking England close to the finish line in the fifth and final one-dayer against India.

2:30 am - England have lost Trott and Bell and have two new batsmen at the crease. Their scoring rate however is still on track and India know that the team can bat deep with bowlers like Swann more than capable of sending good balls to the boundary.

2:05 am - Kohli sent back Captain Cook just after he reached his 50 to peg things back in India's favour, but the 21st over bowled by Ravindra Jadeja brought 21 runs England's way and has changed the dynamics once again. Trott and Bell both participated in the six hitting.

1:40 pm - Munaf Patel is being offloaded onto a stretcher. Cook sliced one high into the air and Munaf running in from long on had a bad slip perhaps due to the wet outfield. The medics are out but the Indian team can't seem to stop themselves from having a giggle about it all - Munaf included.

Here's what England's 20-over par scores need to be to win (given for the loss of each wicket): 118 for 1, 122 for 2, 128 for 3, 136 for 4, 147 for 5, 162 for 6, 182 for 7, 205 for 8, 225 for 9.

1:30 pm - The rain continues to pelt its way down at Sophia Gardens. It still isn't strong enough for players to go off the field, but situation could be just moments away. Any ODI needs at least 20 overs (for both sides) to be completed to have a result. If the match is reduced to 20 overs and England don't lose another wicket then the required score would be 118 - which they are well on target for.

1:20 am - The rain has arrived yet again but play is still going on. The comedy of the perceived wicket off a no ball from Munaf Patel meanwhile summed up what this tour has been for the Indian team. Trott attempted to drive Munaf but only managed to send it straight to Parthiv Patel at mid-off. Parthiv and the rest of the team began celebrating with such gusto that it was actually hilarious to watch them pause mid-way when the umpire signalled a no ball. The jubilation turning to horror in an instant and captured by slow motion pictures.

1:00 am - England have yet another revised target. They need to score 241 in 34 overs. Play will resume once again at 8:40 pm local time.

12:52 am - Rain has interrupted play once again and all players left the field - all but Munaf Patel who after chatting up MCC members and making himself comfortable in their chairs during the ODI at Lord's has now befriended both umpires here in Cardiff and then very reluctantly decided to leave the field with them. Score for England 53/1.

12:25 am - After another shower the number of overs in the game was reduced and England's target was revised to 270 from 40 overs. It's a stiff ask as the Duckworth and Lewis method tends to be harsh on the side batting second. It won't help matters that Vinay Kumar has sent back opener Craig Kieswetter who was lbw for 21. The batsman wasn't happy with the decision as he was well out of his crease, but the ball kept low and early indication was that it was hitting leg stump. Replays however show that it might have missed. Tough luck.

10:45 pm - India 304/6

India ended up with 304 - the innings powered by a super century from Kohli, a solid 69 from Dravid and a swashbuckling innings from Dhoni who completed his half century off the last delivery. Just as he walked off the ground, it started raining again briefly and with the sun still shining a picturesque rainbow spread itself across Sophia Gardens.

10:30 pm - India have sailed way past the highest total ever scored at Sophia Gardens. The previous highest total was 258/3 by Australia in 2001. Some expansive shots from the blade of skipper Dhoni are taking India towards a perfect finish.


Some interesting accolades coming in on Twitter for Dravid

@mehranzaidi Dravid not trending? Sums up his career

@yuvsingh09 Well played the wall! Great end to a glorious one day career ! You will be missed jam god bless

@bomanirani Would have loved to see Dravid get a century as his swan song. He put team 1st and opted to push the scoring. An even more fitting adieu.

10:05 pm - Kohli is back in the hut after being the first batsman to have hit his own wicket following a century. He departed for 107 after he managed to dislodge a bail with his shoe before setting off for a single.

9:55 pm - With Indian fans still cheering Kohli's century, many may have not even realised that a wicket had fallen off the very next ball. It was the wicket of Rahul Dravid, who ended up with 69 off 79 deliveries in his final ODI for India. He tried to take on Swann but the ball turned and hit the stumps.

9:50 pm - Virat Kohli has made his way to his 6th ODI century off 87 deliveries - the previous one coming in India's opening game of the 2011 WC.

9:45 pm - An interesting statistic: Dravid is now the third highest scorer in all international cricket. He has 23689 runs in Tests, ODIs and T20Is, three runs more than Kallis. Only Tendulkar (33086) and Ponting (26414) have more than him.


9:30 pm - Dravid has moved past 50 in his last ODI. This is his 83rd half century in ODIs (Does he even remember them all?). At the other end Kohli has taken control of proceedings. He's now scoring more than a run a ball and if he stays till the end India will have a pretty decent score to defend.

9:25 pm - Kohli since reaching his 50 has opened up and started to play a few more big shots. He's playing with fluency that's been expected of him. In the process he's also egged on his senior partner to run hard.

9:10 pm - Rahul Dravid and Virat Kohli have swiftly and without much fuss put together a 90 run partnership. It now looks like India will be able to cross the 250 run mark in their 50 overs provided there is no dramatic collapse. 250 would seem like a good score on this ground but the Indian bowling has found it difficult to contain runs.

8:20 pm: Swann has picked up a wicket in his first over once again. This time it was Parthiv Patel who gave up all the hard work he had done to settle in and lobbed one up into the hands of the fielder at mid-on.

Question to readers: If Sachin, Sehwag and Gambhir are all fit, do Parthiv and Rahane still merit a place in the ODI side?


8:05 pm: Rahane's chance-filled innings come to end and Finn finally gets his man. That has brought Rahul Dravid to the crease. The crowd joined in for a standing ovation to the legend who is playing his last ODI for India.

"The only reason we are here is to show our gratitude to Rahul Dravid" reads a banner held up by fans in the stadium.

7:40 pm: Samit Patel just grassed a sitter from Rahane. It was scooped up high and seemed to be a regulation catch but went straight through Patel. This was after Parthiv Patel and Ajinkya Rahane got India off to a steady start and have negotiated some difficult deliveries from Steven Finn.

6:50 pm: The covers are off and play is now scheduled to start in 20 mins.

6:35 pm: Clouds opened up on Sophia Gardens and delayed the start of play but from the look of things it was just a passing shower. The covers are still on.

Meanwhile Varun Aaron being ignored for the XI yet again is the topic catching fire on Twitter -

@cricketaakash I'm not saying that Aaron is next Kapil Dev, far from it...but why did we pick him if we weren't going to play him?

@sport_oliver: Every opportunity to do so, so why wouldn't India give Varun Aaron a game? Just one game... Are they scared of him taking wickets?

@Actor_Siddharth: Our slow bowlers bowled more than our quicks. Everybody laments that we're missing an express fast bowler. Varun Aaron just watches. Strange!


6:10 pm: Alastair Cook has won the toss yet again and has elected to bowl first. In all 8 at previous ODIs at Sophia Gardens, never once has the team batting first won. The team batting second has won on 6 occasions and 2 matches ended with no result.

For England - Jonny Bairstow makes his debut for England and gets his cap from Geoffrey Boycott.

For India – A Kumar replaces a Kumar. Vinay comes in for the injured Praveen. No place yet again for young speedster Varun Aaron who will have to return to India with just a visa stamp to show.

It's the last day of the English summer and it's been a bitter cold one for the Indian team. They are yet to register a win against England. After a 4-0 drubbing by the home side in the Tests, they went on to miss out in the one-off T20 and are down 0-2 in the ODIs with one being abandoned mid-way due to rain and another finishing up in a tie.

India may still be looking to open their account but things haven't really changed for the side from what they were at the start of the tour. Like the first day at Lord's, their last last day playing in England also comes with news of an injury. Praveen Kumar has twisted his ankle and won't play today.

But today is not about India looking for a consolatory win. It's not about all the injuries or the loss of face. Today is about Rahul Sharad Dravid and the fact that his fans finally have a chance to say bid him adieu from the One-day format.

Here's some stuff to keep you busy:

  • Some interesting facts about Dravid's ODI career:
  • A look at some of  Dravid's best innings in One-Day Internationals
  • Speaking to NDTV, Rahul Dravid says in his own mind he had played his last ODI two years back, but added it was nice to be given the opportunity to bring an end to his international career in the shorter formats. Dravid said this though won’t bring any change to his life adding the Indian team has moved on in the shorter formats.
  • AR Hemant compares Dravid to the famous Bollywood villain and character artist Pran

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