11.05pm: The batsmen from both teams have cause to be pleased with their performance today, but the same can't be said for most of the bowlers. India's bowlers were disciplined though and bowled only two wides in the England innings. In contrast, England's bowlers bowled seven wides and two no-balls, that's 1.3 overs extra and this lack of discipline hurt them. But, what was most appalling was England's woeful fielding which included misfields, bungled run outs and dropped catches. This was the main difference between the two teams today. Dhoni and his team will be happy that the series has been sealed and will now target a whitewash to give England a dose of their own medicine.
Indian players celebrate their five-wicket win against England. The win has also given India a series victory with two matches still to be played.
10.23pm: Dhoni finishes the match and seals the series win for India in style as he hits two consecutive boundaries off Bresnan. India win the match by five wickets with four balls to spare and this was a fantastic run chase which was set up Rahane who shared important partnerships with Parthiv and Gambhir. There was a mini-collapse in the middle but Dhoni and Jadeja shared an unbroken partnership of 65 runs in only 7.4 overs to see India home. Dhoni remained unbeaten on 35 (31 balls) while Jadeja made a 24-ball 26*.
With the exception of Finn, the rest of England's bowlers were disappointing, especially Jade Dernbach and Bresnan. Swann was expensive as well as India take a 3-0 lead in the series leaving England only pride to play for in the last two matches.
10.12pm: Fnn ... Finn ... Finn .... what have you done? He has been the best bowler from either team in today's match but when it mattered the most Finn conceded 13 runs in his last over and the 48th of India's innings to swing the match back in the hosts' favour. India need 17 runs to win off 12 balls.
10.08pm: A thrilling finish is on the cards and it's a test of character for both teams in this pressure cooker situation. Dhoni tough is one of the coolest heads around in such situations. Can he do it for India?
9.52pm: Swann does what he does best as he gets a wicket in the first over of his new spell as India's mini-collapse continues. Swann had been extracting a fair amount of spin from the track and Kohli was trapped LBW as a dipping delivery that spun a great deal hit him on the front pad. Kohli made a 30-ball 35 and his dismissal was wildly celebrated by the England players. There is some life in this match yet with Dhoni and Jadeja being India's last recognised batsmen.
Swann finishes with figures of 1-59, a result of him being unable to contain the run flow in his first spell. Samit Patel finishes a fantastic match for him on a personal level with figures of 10-0-50-0 after his 70* in England's innings.
Steven Finn celebrates with teammates after dismissing Ajinkya Rahane.
9.30pm: India have lost three wickets in a hurry, two of them in the space of six balls and England will now really fancy their chances of keeping the series alive. Bresnan didn't have the best of first spells and the first ball of his new spell was hit to the boundary by Kohli, but in the fourth ball of the same over, he got Raina to hole out to Pietersen at cover. The onus is now on Kohli and skipper Dhoni to see India through.
9.26pm: Finn gives England another glimmer of hope as he has Rahane caught by Cook at mid-off. The change of pace did in Rahane, who batted beautifully for his 104-ball 91 and was mighty unlucky to miss out on a maiden international century. Rahane was composed in the middle and also put together important partnerships with Patel and Gambhir.
9.17pm: Craig Kieswetter has given Virat Kohli a reprieve with Dernbach being the unlucky bowler. Kohli attempted to pull a Dernbach bouncer but only managed to top edge it and Kieswetter jumped to catch it but the ball fell out of his gloves as he fell to the ground. This was sloppy cricket and a wicket at this stage would have lifted England and put India under pressure.
9.05pm: Just when England needed a moment of inspiration, Kevin Pietersen pulls off a stunning one-handed catch as he leaps backwards to get rid of Gambhir and give Finn a well-deserved wicket. That indeed was a fantastic catch and it gives England a glimmer of hope as the 111-run partnership for the second wicket between Gambhir (58) and Rahane comes to an end.
Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar tweets: “eng bowlers just cant get ind b'man to play a dead defensive shot..if full they drive & when short they cut.”
8.49pm: There were 134 dot balls in England's innings and while there have so far been 86 dot balls in India's chase, the difference between the teams is that the Indian batsmen have been rotating the strike even if boundaries aren't being hit and that has helped the hosts keep up with the required rate.
Meanwhile, Gambhir has scored back-to-back 50s and he and Rahane have also added more than 100 runs for the second wicket in quick time. Top effort by the pair and India is cruising at the moment. Can England script a memorable comeback from a seemingly hopeless position?
8.38pm: Swann's six overs have so far cost 40 runs. England's best bowler and the best spinner in the world has been rendered ineffective and this is not good news for Cook's team. Jade Dernbach is mixing up his deliveries beautifully but Rahane and Gambhir are on song and haven't had too many problems facing his variations. It's smooth cruising time for Rahane and Gambhir. India firmly in control of this match at the moment.
Tim Bresnan reacts in frustration as Ajinkya Rahane and Gautam Gambhir run between the wickets.
8.28pm: Rahane and Gambhir are ensuring the scoreboard keeps ticking over by taking the singles and twos even if they don't hit boundaries. This is keeping India in sync with the required rate and none of England's bowlers look like they will take a wicket. Cook's field placements continue to puzzle. The need of the hour for England is taking wickets but that can only happen with testing bowling, good fielding and aggressive field placements.
Ayaz Memon tweets: “It's a very easy-paced track, but a target of approx 300 is never easy. Couple of more healthy top-order partnerships needed”
8.08pm: Rahane has just scored his second ODI half-century. It has been a special knock from him but his job isn't done yet. He failed in the last two matches, but Rahane has showed today the reason he has scored so many runs in domestic cricket and why he is considered a special talent. Well played Rahane!
8.03pm: Rahane is batting beautifully while Gambhir is slowly getting into his stride. Cook's defensive field setting is a surprise though because England need to keep chipping away at India's batting. Graeme Swann will have to play an important role for England again in this match, and he can do that by getting rid of Gambhir at the earliest because once he plays himself in, he is hard to dislodge.
7.47pm: Tim Bresnan gives England the much-needed first breakthrough but umpire S Asnani has got this horribly wrong. An inswinger from Bresnan hit Parthiv Patel on the pad and the umpire quickly upheld the LBW appeal. It is a close call whether the ball landed inside the line of leg stump. Nevertheless, Patel batted well for his 46-ball 38 and his dismissal has brought Gautam Gambhir to the middle. It is a surprise that Gambhir continues to bat at No. 3 in ODIs.
Ajinkya Rahane laid a solid foundation with Parthiv Patel as India chased 299 to seal a series win.
7.32pm: Rahane and Patel are both playing sensible cricket and running well between the wickets even as they hit the occasional boundary. Impressive start by the young pair and with the exception of Finn, none of the other England bowlers have tested Rahane and Patel.
7.09pm: Patel and Rahane have got India's run chase off to a good and steady start but it's not been all smooth sailing for they have been tested by Steven Finn and Tim Bresnan. Finn, in particular, has been consistently bowling at around 143-145kph and will hope he is rewarded at least in this match.
6.38pm: India's run chase of 299 gets underway. Parthiv Patel and Ajinkya Rahane haven't done well in the series so far and they will have to get India off to a solid start in pursuit of the stiff target. England's new ball bowlers will be looking to make some early breakthroughs.
Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar tweets “299 to get..u have to go with the team thats got it already..60/40 to eng.”; and “indian attack xposed slightly on a superb batting surface...”
Jonathan Trott was unlucky to miss out on a well-deserved century.
5.52pm: Samit Patel justified his promotion ahead of Jonny Bairstow with a career-best 70* in only 43 balls. His knock included seven hits to the fence and two over it, one of which was hit off Vinay Kumar in the last delivery of the England innings. Trott was unlucky to miss out on a well-deserved hundred and remained unbeaten on a 116-ball 98*. He increased his strike rate towards the end of England's innings as the tourists ended on 298 for 4. Patel and Trott shared an unbroken 103-run partnership for the fifth wicket in just over 11 overs. Pietersen, Trott and Patel all played their part for England.
Ashwin (0-45) was the most economical of India's bowlers while Umesh Yadav with figures of 10-0-71-0 had a match to forget. It may be early days for him but he has a lot to learn and the sooner he does the better it will be for him and India especially with Varun Aaron on the bench.
The onus is now on England's bowlers to get their team back in the series. Early breakthroughs will be needed on a good batting track with the dew likely to play a role in the evening.
5.27pm: Umesh Yadav needs to be told bowling consistently at 140kph+ is a massive advantage, but that pace counts for nothing if the line and length is not maintained and the ball is sprayed all over.
That said, Trott and Patel are putting together an important partnership for England with the latter being the aggressive partner.
5.19pm: England scored only 30 runs in the batting powerplay and lost the wicket of Ravi Bopara who was clean bowled by a swinging yorker from Praveen Kumar. His dismissal has brought Samit Patel to the middle and he is playing a little cameo here. Trott has increased his strike rate and will be looking to be there until the end of the innings.
Ashwin has finished his spell with figures of 10-0-45-0. Unlucky not to pick up any wickets after bowling some beautiful deliveries; also most of his overs were bowled in the powerplays. Umesh Yadav has been working up some serious pace as well.
4.47pm: Jonathan Trott has scored his half-century as well and is looking confident in the middle. He will eventually have to step on the accelerator because his strike rate at the moment is 68.29 and for England to post a score of 310-320, too many dot balls are a luxury they can't afford especially with the batting powerplay coming up. Ravi Bopara has had his nervy moments but he has managed to hit a couple of well-timed boundaries.
Umesh Yadav is working up some serious pace and has also managed to bowl the slower deliveries every now and then. India's bowlers have done well as a unit so far.
Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen put together an important 101-run partnership for England.
4.25pm: Pietersen and Trott added 101 runs for the third wicket in quick time. Pietersen was the dominant partner and was hitting the ball really well and looked set to break his century drought in ODIs but that wait continues as he was just trapped in front by Ravindra Jadeja after scoring a well-made 61-ball 64. Pietersen was disappointed with the decision and quite rightly so for he had taken a long stride and the ball hit him on the knee roll. Remember KP is a tall bloke and that was a brave decision from the umpire. Trott now needs to be there until the end of the innings while Ravi Bopara will need to give him good support.
4.05pm: Just when India's fielding is being appreciated, there occurs an embarrassing incident. There was an awful mix-up between Pietersen and Trott but an atrocious throw from Kohli saved
Veteran cricket journalist Ayaz Memon tweets “Pietersen is batting like a million dollars.But he's also known to throw it away with bowlers at his mercy. Will time be different?”
Good time for Pietersen to play an innings of substance and treat each delivery on its merit.
3.55pm: Kevin Pietersen and Jonathan Trott are putting together an impressive partnership for England with the former especially batting brilliantly. Pietersen hasn't been at his best in the 50-over format in recent times and he really needs to carry on not only for himself but also for his team. It's a joy to watch Pietersen bat when he is on song.
Craig Kieswetter played well for his 36 runs before being bowled by Virat Kohli.
3.30pm: India's first change bowler Virat Kohli gives the hosts the second breakthrough as Kieswetter chops a ball on to his leg stump. The ball swung in but Kieswetter should really have been on the front foot. Dhoni's confidence in Kohli the bowler has paid off.
3.22pm: Craig Kieswetter has launched an impressive counter-attack in the last three-four overs hitting three boundaries and two massive sixes. At the other end, Jonathan Trott has been his solid self. Praveen Kumar and Vinay Kumar did well in the first 10 overs for the most part and India's fielding has also been impressive. Most of England's runs so far have been scored on the leg side.
2:45pm: It’s that man again, Vinay Kumar, who is making life difficult for England as he traps Cook plumb in front. Vinay had said the new ball rule is making life easier for the fast bowlers and he is certainly taking advantage of this rule change. Cook, who has found runs hard to come by so far on this tour, wasn’t happy with the decision and he could have had a point there as the ball may have struck him a touch high. But, the umpire felt he was out and it’s his opinion that matters!
England captain Alastair Cook and coach Andy Flower at a practice session on the eve of the match.
Toss: Alastair Cook has won the toss and elected to bat at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali. Both the teams are unchanged, that means Ian Bell still sits out for England and Varun Aaron’s wait for his international debut continues.
Certainly is a remarkable show of faith in the players by Cook and Andy Flower, but it is a surprise that a player of Bell’s caliber is on the bench. England’s middle-order looks fragile without him. The dew factor may affect Graeme Swann’s bowling in the evening.
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2nd ODI recap: Virat Kohli hit an unbeaten 112 and shared a 209-run unbroken partnership with Gautam Gambhir for the third wicket as India cruised to a convincing eight-wicket win over Alastair Cook’s team, who are struggling to cope with the conditions in alien conditions. Vinay Kumar also impressed taking a career-best 4 for 30. To relive the action from that match, see the scorecard and read the report and blog.