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India vs England, 4th ODI at Mumbai

(Yahoo! Cricket will post updates and analysis through the course of the fourth ODI between India and England. For new updates, please press the F5 button on your keyboard periodically.)

9.26pm: Another outstanding performance and yet one more amazing run chase. This Indian team have been outstanding humbling England in the process. Raina was terrific but Kohli continues to impress with his temperament. 5-0 has to be on the cards now and that will be sweet justice. Well done India!


8.59pm: Finn gets his third wicket of the match as he cleans up Raina as the southpaw attempted another of his trademark slogs. Raina batted incredibly well for his 62-ball 80 and has put India on the brink of victory thanks to his partnership with Kohli.


Can’t agree more with Ayaz Memon who tweets: “In these conditions, Suresh Raina is a monster; of Kohli it could be safely said now that he is the world's most engaging young batsman”

Virat Kohli

Kohli continues to impress and his run-scoring form has been outstanding.

8.40pm: This match is all but over. Raina and Kohli have both scored excellent half-centuries and India is well on track to take a 4-0 lead in the series. Top stuff this but what's up with England?!


8.31pm: Stuart Meaker has been impressive on debut but the 6-3 field is playing into India's ands. Why isn't England being more aggressive? Frustrating for their fans as Kohli and Raina are just knocking away at the target.


8.02pm: Kohli and Raina are getting India's run chase back on track. Top effort by this pair but England's spinners need to come to the party and fast.


7.32pm: Stuart Meaker takes his first wicket in international cricket but really it was Kieswetter's wicket. He has taken a beauty to get rid off Rahane and India are in some trouble.
Steven Finn

Steven Finn gave England two early breakthroughs.

7.09pm: Finn is the man again. He may not have had the luck of the draw so far in the series but he is certainly having a blast in Mumbai as he gets Gambhir to chop a length ball on to his stumps. Finn is giving England a fighting chance here.


6.56pm: Steven Finn has been the best bowler in this series by a long mile but hasn't got his rewards. But, he has just delivered a full length ball which Parthiv tried to hit across the line and his off and middle stumps were almost uprooted. Terrific ball that and just the lift England needed. Parthiv hasn't made most of his opportunities and he may just miss the bus for the home series against West Indies.


Aakash Chopra on what may have been in this tweet: “No Ian Bell, not willing to bat second etc. Only if we'd pushed them a bit more in England...results may have been very different!”


6.47pm: Rahane and Parthiv have got India off to a steady start. No need for heroics here, just play sensibly and each ball on its merit. England's new ball bowlers need to deliver and fast!


5.46pm: Well done Varun Aaron! The youngster takes 3-24 on debut as an inswinging delivery does just enough to clean bowl Tim Bresnan who made a well-made 45 in as many balls to ensure England had 220 runs on the board, it's still a low target and they are at least 50 runs short on a good batting track. England's bowlers will need to do exceedingly well in the second half.
Ravindra Jadeja

Ravindra Jadeja had a good match with the ball as his figures of 2-41 indicate.

5.35pm: Tim Bresnan is playing one of his most important knocks in international cricket and is approaching a well-deserved 50, but he needs to be conscious of the fact that almost five overs are left after this one. England need to bat out their 50 overs.


5.25pm: A splendid moment for Varun Aaron as he cleans up Scott Borthwick with a screamer that took out the batsman's off stump. He has bowled well so far and showed there's a lot more to his bowling than just sheer pace.


5.12pm: Praveen Kumar has just bowled an over he would want to hide away in his memory bank. He bowled two howlers way down the leg side. Ashwin though gave his teammates and fans something to cheer about when he had Samit Patel caught by Virat Kohli at the midwicket boundary. Ashwin was hit for 15 runs in his first over but has bounced back splendidly and finishes with figures of 10-0-38-3. What a bowler he is! Splendid effort.


5.01pm: Jadeja has had an impressive spell as his figures of 2-41 reflect. Him being dropped may have been the best thing to happen to Jadeja. He has been impressive in this series.


Former England captain Michael Vaughan is flabbergasted that Graeme Swann is not in England’s XI and tweets: “No Swann on a turning wicket in Mumbai... Tactical decision..?? Not so sure about that!!!”
Trott out

England's middle-order woes continued as India chipped away with wickets at frequent intervals in the middle overs.

4.44pm: It's now Jonny Bairstow's turn to get back to the dressing room as he played down the wrong line and was clean bowled by Jadeja, who is having a terrific time in this series. England in all sorts of strife here.


4.33pm: It's now Ravindra Jadeja's turn to get among the wickets as England's alarming middle-order slump on this tour continues. Bopara tried to sweep a ball that was speared towards the middle stump but he was struck in front of middle and off for the umpire to make an easy decision and send the batsman on his way. Can England bat out their overs?
Trott

Jonathan Trott looked good in the middle but was out at the wrong time for England.

4.27pm: Travel far and wide but you won't see too many better catches than Manoj Tiwary's superman effort that saw him pluck a catch out of thin air to send Pietersen back. Splendid effort that and Pietersen's agonizing wait for a ODI century continues.


4.17pm: England have been guilty of playing plenty of dot balls in the series and the trend continues again -- they have had 92 dot balls in this match and only 26 overs have been bowled. Their tactics are confusing and strange. Meanwhile, Ashwin has come back extremely well after that 15-run over.


4.02pm: Looks like I owe Trott a massive apology for jinxing him with my previous post. Trott was looking so calm and composed in the middle until an inswinger from Vinay Kumar, who has had a torrid time so far, did him in. The onus now is firmly on Pietersen.


3.53pm: England haven't had too many shining moments in the series so far but Trott and Pietersen are giving their team's supporters a lot to cheer about. Terrific partnership so far and India need a breakthrough sooner than later.


3.35pm: Good stuff from Trott and Pietersen as they piece together an important partnership for England. They will need to bat together for some more time though. Pietersen is looking good in the middle. And, Varun Aaron has been impressive on debut. A couple of wickets won't hurt his cause though.
Kieswetter

Craig Kieswetter was looking set for a big score until he was trapped plumb in front by Praveen Kumar.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan felt Ian Bell should open in the remainder of the tour, but that’s obviously a view not shared by the team’s think-tank for the very talented batsman continues to sit out!


Veteran cricket journalist Ayaz Memon tweets: “Massive double strike by Indian bowlers leaves England wobbly. Pietersen's been in reasonably good form but 40-50 may not be enough today”


2.59pm: The same old problem is back to haunt England as they lose two wickets in as many balls and give away their advantage yet again. This has happened to them quite a few times in this series. Ashwin was introduced in the fifth over and while he conceded 15 runs, he had Cook trapped in front. May not have been the best decision by umpire Asnani though and Cook was not too pleased. Praveen Kumar then trapped Kieswetter plumb in front with a low off length delivery and he yet again failed to build on a start. The onus is now Trott and Pietersen to consolidate England's innings.


2.46pm: The first couple of overs were maidens, a good start for India that but Craig Kieswetter kicked into overdrive in the fourth over hitting a massive six and a couple of boundaries off Vinay Kumar. England need to know they need at least 275 on this track and too many dot balls are a luxury they can't afford.
Alastair Cook

England captain Alastair Cook at a practice session on the eve of the 4th ODI.

Follow the live score here.

India are back at the home of one of their most recent memorable wins – at the Wankhede Stadium. This was where India beat Sri Lanka in the 2011 World Cup final with skipper MS Dhoni hitting a massive six to win the match.

Varun Aaron finally makes his long-awaited debut for India because Umesh Yadav is out of the series with a hand injury. One can only hope Aaron makes his presence felt in a big way. By the way, Alastair Cook has won the toss and elected to bat. Sourav Ganguly in his pitch report felt the team batting first needs to score at least 270-280 on a track that should play well for the duration of the match. Scott Borthwick and Stuart Meaker are in for England but Ian Bell quite surprisingly continues to sit out!

There has been an exchange of words between Dhoni and England coach Andy Flower. Also, Wasim Akram feels Ravindra Jadeja’s good show is keeping Yusuf Pathan out of the team.

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