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India vs England: 3rd ODI at The Oval

(Note to readers: We will post live match updates, analysis and expert views through the course of the third one-dayer between India and England. New updates will appear on top. Please hit the refresh button periodically.)

01.51 am - This was one of India's better performances on this tour but it still wasn't enough to prevent England from winning yet another match. When India was 25 for 4 in the 11th over and 58 for 5 after 19 overs, it seemed the match would be over in a hurry, but Dhoni and Jadeja showed a lot of heart and spirit with their 112-run partnership and then Ashwin's cameo at the end took India to a respectable 234 for 7. Anderson did all the initial damage for England but was hit around in the death overs. Bresnan and Swann were excellent and economical with the ball.

The biggest positive for India from this match was the impressive performance of Jadeja and he was deservedly named Man of the Match and will now hope to continue his good run going forward.

England have had the edge over India with their bowling and lower-order batting through the series, and it was no different at The Oval in the third ODI. While England's new ball bowlers were economical and got the early breakthroughs, India's medium-pace bowlers were unable to do so as England got off to a flier in their run chase. They were also unable to put any pressure on the English batsmen. The Indian spin trio of Jadeja, Ashwin and Raina did an excellent job. Dhoni could probably have brought in the spinners a bit earlier than he did towards the end of the match.

Kieswetter (51) got England's run chase off to a flier and when he was out, the score was 87 for 2 in 17 overs. A rain delay for an hour meant that England's target was revised to 218 from 43 overs and though the hosts slipped to 133 for 5 in the 28th over, Bresnan and Bopara added 60 runs in 67 balls for the sixth wicket to get their team back on track. And, though both of them weren't in the middle at the end, Stuart Broad and Swann ensured England would ease home with three wickets and seven wickets to spare.

The points of interest for the remainder of the tour is if England can inflict a series whitewash and whether India can register at least one win on this tour.

Jadeja impresses

Ravindra Jadeja's all-round effort on his international comeback was in vain.

01.31 am - It's all done and dusted then! India's wait for that elusive victory on this tour continues as England win the third ODI by three wickets and with seven balls to spare. England lead the series 2-0 and are in a position to inflict a series whitewash on India. Jadeja's excellent all-round effort (78 and 2-42) on his comeback was in vain but he would have gained plenty in confidence.

01.22 am - Ashwin gets his third wicket of the match as he clean bowls Bopara for 40 off his penultimate ball in this match. Top bowling that by Ashwin after being hit to the boundary off the previous delivery! The ball spun back viciously and dislodged the bail over the leg stump. England need 10 runs in 13 balls to win with three wickets in hand.

01.10 am - Jadeja's fantastic day continues as he clean bowls Tim Bresnan for 28 with England still needing 25 runs to win in as many balls and four wickets in hand.

01.03 am - Bopara and Bresnan have just brought up their 50-run partnership. They have looked nervy against the spinners but have been at home against India's medium-pace brigade. Exciting finish on the cards!

Bell run out

MS Dhoni's quick thinking and direct throw found Ian Bell just short of the crease.

12.57 am - Raina has done an outstanding job so far as his figures of 5-0-16-0 indicate. Dhoni is likely to rely on his spinners in the ending stages of this match.

12.52 am - A mention needs to be made of India's fielding in the ring - some excellent work being done there by the youngsters. Parthiv Patel has also been doing some good work in the outfield.

12.47 am - The spinners have done a marvellous job for India picking up wickets and also checking the run flow. The seamers have to bowl well now but Munaf's first over of his new spell cost 10 runs as the ball came on much better to the bat. This is an important knock for Ravi Bopara because he can make a real case for himself if he takes England home. And, England's batting powerplay will only be for two overs.

12.37 am - This was a dismissal waiting to happen. Stokes has not been picked Ashwin at all and his agony ended when he moved right across the off stump and the stumps were rattled on the full as the Tamil Nadu spinner took his second wicket of the match. Meanwhile, Raina is getting some prodigious spin as well.

12.28 am - India are back in the game thanks to some brilliant work by Dhoni. Bell and Stokes had scored 36 runs in as many balls after the rain break and were looking good until Dhoni sprinted from behind the stumps and scored a direct hit that found the classy Bell just short of the crease. Massive breakthrough this for India.

12.26 am - Ashwin and Jadeja continue proceedings for India after the rain break and Stokes has looked uncomfortable against the spinners. But, then he hit a massive six over long-on off Jadeja and that could help him get some confidence. Bell has also hit a couple of well-timed boundaries.

12.13 am - Play has resumed at The Oval after about an hour's stoppage because of rain. The revised target for England is 218 from 43 overs.

11.58 pm - Some good news from The Oval. Play will restart at 7 40pm London time (00 10 IST). This will be a reduced match and we'll tell you the revised target as soon as we know.

Ashwin clean bowls Trott

R Ashwin clean bowled Jonathan Trott for 11 with a delivery that would make any spin bowler proud.

11.11 pm - Rain has stopped play at The Oval. England are 95 for 3 after 20 overs and as things stand are ahead by five runs under the Duckworth-Lewis method. India will want to get back on the ground at the earliest as they had just started to gain some control on this match.

11.01 pm - It is now Ashwin's turn to get among the wickets as India takes two wickets in as many overs to suddenly come right back into the match. Ashwin was rewarded for a beautiful delivery that slid past the outside edge and hit the off stump as Jonathan Trott was clean bowled for 11.  Off the very next delivery, Ben Stokes survived a confident LBW shout. Pressure on Ian Bell and Stokes now to consolidate for England.

10.55 pm - Take a bow, Ravindra Jadeja! His wonderful day continues as he clean bowls Kieswetter for 51 with a straight one to leave England 87 for 2 in 17 overs. This caps off a wonderful three consecutive ball by Jadeja where Kieswetter survived a big LBW shout and then bowled a vicious turning delivery that beat the batsman all ends up.

10.50 pm - Munaf has got an official warning for running on the pitch, and to make matters worse he dropped a dolly of a caught and bowled chance off Kieswetter and to add insult to injury, the England wicket keeper-batsman hit the next ball to the boundary. Jadeja has managed to get some turn in his first two overs and appears to be confident following his gritty 78 in India's innings.  Meanwhile, Kieswetter has scored his half-century off only 41 balls. Splendid effort that!

10.36 pm - Munaf gave India the much-needed breakthrough some minutes back when he trapped Cook plumb in front with a full and straight delivery. England though have got off to a flier and Kieswetter and Jonathan Trott don't need to do anything too flashy. India though need to take wickets at regular intervals to have any hopes of winning this match.

Kieswetter on the attack

Craig Kieswetter was on the rampage early in England's run chase of 235.

10.21 pm - Cook and Kieswetter have brought up their half-century partnership in quick time. Meanwhile, India's think-tank seems to have blundered big time by leaving out the pacey Varun Aaron on the bench as the tourists' bowling attack continues to be one-dimensional.

10.16 pm - The difference between the bowling attacks of the two teams is again being shown up at The Oval. While the conditions have remained the same, India's bowlers have failed to make the new ball count - this really has been the story right through the Test series and the ODI series so far where England's bowling attack has consistently outshone their Indian counterparts.

10.13 pm - RP Singh is showing familiar signs of being inconsistent as he struggles to find the perfect length. He has also had a talking to from umpire Marais Erasmus for running on to the pitch, though no official warning seems to have been handed out. Meanwhile, Kieswetter has already hit a couple of massive sixes and two boundaries as England are off to a flier. Cook though seems to be struggling to play the cut shot and doesn't quite lose his fluent self just yet.

10.04 pm - Good start by India's new ball bowlers - Praveen Kumar and RP Singh - who are also making good use of the seaming conditions, but haven't been able to make an early breakthrough as yet. Cook and Kieswetter have both been beaten a few times, but have also played some good shots. England are 24 for 0 in five overs; and already Praveen isn't happy with the shape of the ball and wants it to be changed, but the umpires have declined the request for now.

9.21 pm - Cook got his tactics towards the end of the innings; and while 234 is a competitive score, India's bowling attack is suspect and England will expect to successfully chase down the target.

9.11 pm - India end with 234 for 7 with 60 of those runs scored in the last five overs of their innings. This total was a distant dream when India was 25 for 4 and then 58 for 5. The fightback started with Dhoni and Jadeja's century partnership and then Ashwin (36* off 19 deliveries) gave the innings the much-needed impetus towards the end of their innings. Jadeja has played a career-reviving knock and will be hoping to do some damage with the ball as well. Anderson (3-48) was the most successful England bowler while Swann and Tim Bresnan conceded only 62 runs in the 20 overs they bowled between themselves.

9.07 pm - Jadeja holes out to Bell at long-on off a Dernbach slower delivery in the last over of the Indian innings. He has stood up when the team needed it the most and was mighty impressive in his 89-ball 78. Jadeja and Ashwin added 59 runs in only 31 balls for the seventh wicket.

9.01 pm - India scored 51 runs in the batting powerplay for the loss of only Dhoni's wicket. Jadeja has continued to impress while Ashwin has given the Indian innings the much-needed impetus and has played some innovative shots; and even Anderson is leaking runs at the end.

Jadeja hits

Ravindra Jadeja made his highest ODI score and was mighty impressive on his comeback.

8.47 pm - The 46th over bowled by Dernbach has cost England 19 runs as Jadeja and R Ashwin hit two boundaries each. Most of Dernbach's deliveries in that over were absolute rubbish. Meanwhile, Jadeja has brought up his highest ODI score.

8.39 pm - Bresnan gets his reward for some excellent bowling as he gets Dhoni caught by Cook who took a simple catch running in from mid-on in the second over of the batting powerplay. Dhoni, who scored 69 in 103 balls, looked restricted in his movements in the last few years and his dismissal brings to an end the 112-run partnership between Dhoni and Jadeja for the sixth wicket.

8.30 pm - Jadeja brings up a well-deserved 50 with a glance to the fine-leg boundary off an Anderson delivery. He has done very well for someone who flew into England only yesterday. Jadeja has hit six boundaries so far and has also run extremely well between the wickets and for the most part has looked untroubled and has vindicated his selection.

8.24 pm - Dhoni and Jadeja have brought up their 100-run partnership, which has given India a glimmer of hope in the match. No sign of the batting powerplay as yet though.

8.19 pm - Swann conceded only one run in his last over to finish with figures of 10-0-31-0. Top bowling from an outstanding off-spinner. Cook will now look to his pacers to check the run flow in the last nine overs of the Indian innings.

7.54 pm - Dhoni scores a half-century after what feels like an eternity. This has been a good, sensible and well-timed knock. He and Jadeja are taking advantage of the easy-paced track and this partnership will be frustrating Cook and his team. Meanwhile, Graeme Swann has also been bowling well.

For images from the third one-dayer, click here.

7.44 pm - Jadeja and Dhoni have brought up their half-century stand as the boundaries have started to flow. The duo have also run well between the wickets and the introduction of Ravi Bopara into the attack has also helped matters for India.

Parthiv clean bowled

James Anderson clean bowled Parthiv Patel with a peach of a delivery.

7.22 pm - Jadeja, who arrived in England only yesterday, seems to be handling the short deliveries better than Raina did. Jadeja and Dhoni have had nervy moments but are keeping the scoreboard ticking over; their running between the wickets so far has been good though.

7.05 pm - Ravindra Jadeja, India's 'all-rounder' in this match has edged a couple of deliveries off Broad, but both of them fell short off the second slip and the wicket-keeper respectively. England's bowlers are giving a masterclass on how to best utilise seam-friendly conditions.

6.53 pm - Raina perishes as he plays one shot too many as India lose their fifth wicket with only 58 runs on the board. The southpaw edges the ball to Kieswetter behind the stumps to give Broad his first wicket of the match. Raina tried to hit the ball outside The Oval but only succeeded in playing a hideous shot as he cleared his front foot out of the way. Somebody needs to remind him the Champions League is still some time away. Hopefully, he receives a verbal bashing in the dressing room for playing that rubbish shot.

6.43 pm - Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni are putting together a partnership even as Jade Dernbach and Stuart Board continue to test the batsmen.

England players celebrate

England players celebrate after a James Anderson direct hit ran out Rahul Dravid.

6.25 pm - Anderson proves he is human after all as he bowls his first bad delivery of the day which is hit by Raina for a massive six over the midwicket boundary.

6.17 pm - Anderson is having a terrific outing in his 150th one-dayer as he takes his third wicket of the match when he has Virat Kohli caught behind by Craig Kiewswetter to leave India tottering at 25 for 4 in the 11th over. Kohli (7 off 18 balls) struggled during his stay in the middle and he has some work to do on his technique.

6.09 pm - These are difficult and torrid times for India's batsmen who appear clueless and all at sea against some world-class seam bowling from Anderson and Bresnan. India 25 for 3 in 10 overs.

5.58 pm - Things are going from bad to worse for India as the tale of woe continues. Anderson takes his second wicket of the match as he bowls a full delivery that beats Parthiv Patel all ends up and uproots the middle and off stump. India 13 for 3 in 6.4 overs.

5.50 pm - Disaster for India as Rahul Dravid is run out by a direct throw from Anderson to leave the visitors reeling at 9 for 2 in the sixth over. Parthiv Patel pushed the ball towards mid-off and immediately set off but Dravid was slow to respond and run; a dive could have saved him. He also lost time when he turned to look around at Anderson who swooped down on the ball and scored a direct hit. A waste of a wicket that.

5.37 pm - An excellent start by England's new ball bowlers on a helpful pitch. Tim Bresnan gets a delivery to hit Parthiv Patel on the pad but the loud appeal was turned down by umpire Marais Erasmus. Replays indicated the delivery may have just clipped the off stump. Difficult for any umpire to give that out. Testing times ahead for India's batsmen though.

5.32 pm - Horror start for India as Ajinkya Rahane, who has been impressive in his short international career so far, edges a James Anderson delivery to Jonathan Trott at first slip off the fourth delivery of the match. Rahane out for 0 and India 1/1. It was a beautiful delivery that pitched on a length close to the off stump and then seamed away from Rahane.

Dhoni at The Oval

Can India finally win an international match on the tour of England at The Oval today?

Toss: Alastair Cook has won the toss and elected to bowl. Jonathan Trott has replaced Samit Patel in the England XI; while Ravindra Jadeja and RP Singh come in for Manoj Tiwary and Vinay Kumar in India’s playing XI. There is still no place for Varun Aaron in the Indian team. Will he get a match on this tour?

Pitch report: Ravi Shastri and Wasim  Akram on Star Cricket said the pitch is likely to assist bowlers in the first half of the match.

India have won a couple of matches against counties, but are yet to notch up a win against England on the tour so far. Can MS Dhoni and his men finally break the drought and put in an improved performance? But, to do that, they will have to put in an improved performance on all fronts, especially in the bowling department.

The Indian bowlers were unable to defend 187 in a rain-shortened match at Southampton on Tuesday where Alastair Cook led from the front with an unbeaten 80 in 63 balls.

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