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And with over 20 overs remaining. England's batting collapsed horrendously from a solid if not exactly rapidly-built platform of 68/1 and there was no way of defending 155 on here. Tredwell did his best with 2/29 from seven but the result was never really in doubt at any stage of the Indian run-chase. Tredwell's efforts merely ensured sufficient wickets fell for Dhoni to come in and hit the winning runs.
Dhoni hammers the first ball of Finn's over to the square-leg boundary, and Ranchi does have the finish it wanted all along. Dhoni hits the winning runs, England annihilated.Dhoni calls for a - presumably heavier - bat, discards his helmet, and then blocks five balls before taking a single from the last ball of Tredwell's over. Back comes the helmet and the original bat for Finn.Pull shots off the returning Finn bring Kohli a two and a single to bring Dhoni back on strike. He scores an extraordinary boundary, the ball beating the fielder to the rope at long-off despite taking a massive ricochet off the non-striker's stumps. Absolutely hammered that. The next ball is a short ball, and Dhoni accepts the challenge but miscues the ball for only a single. So that's now four runs to win, Dhoni on strike, spinner bowling...Dhoni, who has a keen sense of sporting theatre, ramps up the tension and drama by playing out three dot balls when everyone knows he could just as easily have whacked two sixes over long-on.A wicket celebrated more by the Indian fans than England's players as Tredwell straightens the ball past Yuvraj's outside edge to knock back the off stump. Fine delivery in fairness, and it allows Dhoni to come in to apply the finishing touches to a thumping India win.Can't really blame England's bowlers for this defeat, but this is still a shocking performance from Dernbach. Kohli drives a long half-volley past extra-cover for four before a looping bouncer sails way over Yuvraj's head for a clear wide. The next ball is a half-volley with a subtle difference - it's bowled out of the back of the hand. Yuvraj simply waits, and whacks it for four. The over ends with a long-hop that disappears behind square-leg.Kohli toying with England now, skipping down the track to Tredwell and wristily depositing the ball over the ropes at midwicket. Required rate about to dip below one an over.Dernbach into the attack, and hit straight to the midwicket fence by Yuvraj who adds two more with a miscued pull shot that just clears the inner ring. Not a hint of a miscue next ball, though, as Yuvraj stands stock still and creams a drive through extra-cover for four. No Dhoni, but the fans have been treated to some wonderful batting nonetheless.Shot! Kohli advances down the track and hits Tredwell dead straight back down the ground for the first six of the night. India racing to victory now.It's taken 93 innings for Kohli to reach 4000 ODI runs - only some chap called Viv Richards (88) got there quicker. He's now got another 50 for his record as well with a clip into the legside, and Yuvraj adds another boundary with a pull over midwicket that bounces only a foot inside the boundary rope.A two and a single take Kohli to the neat ODI career stats of 4000 runs at 50. Yuvraj marks the occasion by skipping down the track to Tredwell and depositing him over extra-cover for four.Kohli absolutely monsters a pull shot to the midwicket boundary before sauntering up the other end with a single to deep square-leg. Bresnan is then absolutely convinced he's bowled Yuvraj off the inside edge but the ball somehow misses the stumps.Yuvraj in at number four for India. Meanwhile, it's been confirmed that the wicket of Gambhir means Tredwell maintains his 100% record of Not Letting England Down.Tredwell's had a fine series with the ball, and bags another here as Gambhir tries to hit him down the ground but can't clear a leaping Root at mid-on.Loose ball from Bresnan straight after the drinks break, too full and too wide, and Gambhir smacks it through point for four. Not quite out of the middle but gets to the boundary easily.Tredwell into the attack. Gambhir picks up a single, Kohli cuts to deep point for a single. Cameramen more interested in trying to see whether Dhoni has his pads on or not.Kohli slow with his pull shot against a short ball from Finn, but gets enough glove on it to get it away from Kieswetter and down to fine-leg for four. He adds two through point and a single to deep square-leg before Gambhir splices a pull shot but still hits it well enough to pick up three as Root is forced to dive full length to prevent the boundary. Great outfield here.Another maiden from Bresnan, and another blow for people who for some reason think "at this stage of the innings" comparisons have any value. After 14 overs, England were 66/1.Good over from Finn, but still three singles from it. Which is ample, as far as India are concerned.Maiden over from Bresnan. The fightback starts here.Kohli drives Finn through mid-on with some style and more than a hint of cockiness to pick up another boundary before very hitting the next ball for six as he tries to take evasive action but instead middles the ball over Kieswetter's head and almost clears the rope. Kohli thinks it's funny. Finn less so.Kohli guides Bresnan to third-man for a single, and Gambhir clips neatly through square-leg for two. India winning a canter. Only question seems to be whether the fans will get the script they wanted and Dhoni hitting the match-winning runs.Aggressive over from Finn to Gambhir. A cut shot from the "if you're going to flash, flash hard" school of batsmanship sails over the slip cordon for four before another short ball loops up to Pietersen in the gully via Gambhir's thigh-pad. England are convinced there was also inside edge involved. Umpire Ravi thinks otherwise. Replays confirm he's right despite the disbelieving looks of the England players.They came for Dhoni, but at the moment the crowd are enjoying the Virat Kohli Show as he greets Bresnan's arrival to the crease by leaning onto the front foot and casually easing a drive between point and cover for four as two England fielders give eager but futile pursuit.Lovely stuff from Kohli. He leans nonchalantly on his bat for two minutes, watching Bell put the armour on to go at short-leg, and then immediately takes a quick single.Three boundaries in a row for Kohli off Dernbach. The first is a bit lucky, top-edged over Kieswetter's head, but the next two are hammered dismissively through square-leg off first back foot and then front.Kohli gets a thick inside edge into his pad. The ball lobs up to where a short-leg would be were such a fielder in place. Absence of short-leg in an ODI not a criminal oversight from Cook in fairness. Kohli works to leg for a single, and Gambhir adds four more with sweet timing off his hip as Finn gets his line wrong.A single for each batsman to go with a wide from Dernbach's over. Now back to Finn v Kohli.Big lbw shout against Kohli first up, but it's clearly sliding down leg as umpire Ravi patiently and calmly explains to the reddened face and bulging eyes of the bowler.It's been a wild start from a clearly riled Finn, but this one hits the spot, nipping back at Rahane a fraction and finding its way through rather uncertain defences to make a mess of the stumps.Customary mix of the very bad and the very good from Dernbach, who serves up a wide half-volley for Gambhir to drive to the point boundary before ripping a rapid leg-cutter past the outside edge.High quality start to the innings. Finn begins with a big wide outside the off stump, followed by a ball that Gautam Gambhir squirts unconvincingly into the offside off a leading edge, only to pick up two runs due to a lazy misfield from Pietersen. To complete the effect, Kieswetter then bungles a straightforward take from the next delivery. A single to third man brings Ajinkya Rahane on strike. Finn raps him on the pads and roars an lbw appeal, but it's too high.Come on then, bowlers. Over to you. Sort this mess out.Shocking batting performance from England in conditions where batting was far from impossible. The tourists will point with some justification to a crucial and shocking decision to give Pietersen out caught behind when the score was 68/1 and the run-rate on the rise, but it hardly excuses the limp capitulation that followed, with only Root and Bresnan offering any sort of post-KP resistance. All rather unpleasant really. Hard to see the bowlers landing anything other than a couple of minor, psychological blows in the second half of the game. Nasser Hussain: "If you want a template of how not to play a one-day innings, England have just shown you it. That was absolutely pathetic."Can't be too critical of Dernbach, I suppose, for getting out the same was as numbers six and seven, playing for turn where there is none from Jadeja.A theoretical eight overs for Tredwell and Dernbach to do whatever they can, safe in the knowledge that England have already got more than twice as many as Australia managed yesterday.FInn decides it's time to try something a bit more extravagant and slog-sweeps Raina straight into the hands of Yuvraj at deep midwicket.Finn and Tredwell each pick up a single down the ground. Finn survives a loud but optimistic lbw appeal as the ball thuds into the pads on its way past the leg stump.Tredwell bottom-edges Ashwin's carrom ball into the ground and over the stumps for a single before a complete mix-up from the last ball of the over should end in Finn being run out but instead brings England a single as a wild throw from Suresh Raina allows Finn to get home despite initially appearing stranded halfway down the pitch.Ishant charitably donates two runs to the England cause with ill-conceived and poorly-executed legside bouncers before the 150 comes up fittingly with a scampered leg-bye from the last ball of the over.Tredwell and new batsman Steven Finn off the mark with singles. Anyone who knows why there was a long-on in place for Finn, send the answer on a postcard marked "I Know Why Dhoni Had A Long-On In Place For Finn".Excellent delivery from Ashwin, drawing Bresnan into lunging forward but not getting to the pitch as the ball spins back sharply through the gate and crashes into middle and off. That mini Yorkshire revival put down in emphatic style.James Tredwell, with his batting technique like a Supermarket own-brand Andrew Strauss, is the new batsman.Root picks up a two then a four with cut shots off the returning Ishant but then gets a thick outside edge to an attempted off-drive to give Dhoni a third catch of the innings tumbling to his right.As powerplay giddiness sweeps MS Dhoni's Home Town Of Ranchi, Root immediately tries to reverse-sweep Ashwin and manages to miscue the ball to point for a single. Bresnan has no truck with such affectations, and unfussily clubs the next ball to the boundary at cover-point. Seven runs in all from the over.Are you excited? I'm excited.Rare bad ball from Jadeja allows Bresnan to rock back and cut the ball past short third-man for four. Now strap yourselves in for the thrill-a-minute, shot-a-ball cricketainment of the batting powerplay!Root and Bresnan doing all they can do, really: trying to eke out as many runs as they can while taking as few risks as possible. Four singles from Ashwin's over.Another excellent over from Shamurtagh Ahmed. Just a single from it, and that will be drinks as Root and Bresnan try to plot a route towards a total vaguely approaching competitive.England marking time until the powerplay - which will, in accordance with the prophecy, be taken after 35 overs - at which time they will start marking time until a desperate and probably unsuccessful attempt to slog their way up to 230 in the last five overs.No-one ever, ever, ever agrees with any of my lookalikes but I reckon Shami Ahmed has something of Tim Murtagh about him. I'm talking facially, but to be fair the bowling action isn't entirely dissimilar either. Anyway. He's back into the attack with a tidy over.Bresnan clips Ashwin to fine-leg for two runs. He's managed to get himself to 11 from 17 balls without looking remotely sure what he's supposed to be doing. The partnership's up to 20.Just two singles from Jadeja's over. Root looking solid and comfortable again in international cricket. Which is the one and only positive to take from England's efforts so far today.Blameless pitch, this. As shown in this rather more successful over for England as both Root and Bresnan pick off Ashwin for ones and twos without much trouble.Bresnan off the mark unconvincingly, attempting to cut a ball from off stump and getting an outside edge past slip that runs away for four.Root punches Ashwin through cover for a scampered two before sweeping for a single. In the context of recent history, that over is a resounding success for England.England lose three wickets for one run in nine deliveries. Time for a Yorkshire-based recovery now as Bresnan joins Root.They will keep playing for turn. Samit Patel in, Samit Patel out as he props half-forward as the ball slides on to hit the pad in front of off stump. Straightforward decision for the umpire.Oh dear. Jadeja into the attack with his non-spinning left-arm spin and almost instantly gets a straight ball through Kieswetter's crooked, inadequate defence.Craig Kieswetter stays above Samit Patel in the order and strides in at number six.England's problems deepen as Morgan goes for his favourite reverse-sweep but succeeds only in sending a top-edge looping gently to Yuvraj at backward point.I can safely say that this shot from Root is better than his attempted reverse late-cut. With Ahmed back into the attack, Root takes a step down the ground and drives past mid-off for four.R Ashwin into the attack. Root hacks him through midwicket for four before a bizarre moment as he premeditates a reverse sweep only to discover that the ball has been fired down the legside. Root tries to turn his reverse sweep into a reverse dab, misses the ball, and just about manages to keep his back foot, well, rooted as Dhoni whips off the bails. No wide signalled, which is interested. The umpire perhaps understandably distracted by Root's manoeuvre.Ishant's first over cost him 10. His next four, just 11.Host broadcasters showing some footage of yesterday's stadium inauguration. Looks like it was a cracking party. At one point a small aircraft flew over the ground, which has sent David Gower into wistful reverie. Kumar through another good set of 10 overs, with a change of ends in the middle, for 1/40.Seven from Ishant's fourth over, including a lovely first boundary for Morgan with a check-drive on the up threaded expertly between extra-cover and mid-off.Kumar rather spoils a good over with a wide long-hop after five dot balls. Root gratefully cuts behind point but far enough wide of third-man to collect a boundary.Pietersen stood in disbelief for a good while after he was given out and trudged off shaking his head, so may well find himself hit in the pocket for getting hit on the pocket.Two batsmen in on nought now as Eoin Morgan joins Root to attempt a sizeable rebuilding task.Brilliant catch from Dhoni, standing up to the stumps as Bell looks to cut Kumar down to third-man and gets only a top edge. England's watchful start now a very bad one.Much better over from Ishant. Yes, Pietersen didn't hit the ball that got him out - it flicked his trouser pocket on the way through to Dhoni - but it was a superb delivery. Joe Root in at number four for England.Superb delivery from Ishant, a leg-cutter that squares up Pietersen and goes through to Dhoni. Pietersen didn't hit it, but let's not let that get in the way of the narrative as Dhoni - in his Home Town Of Ranchi - gets the catch to dismiss England's star man. Poor, but crucial, decision. Pietersen was looking in majestic touch.Spin for the first time as Jadeja comes into the attack. Four singles are acquired without anyone really noticing in a classic ODI middle over.Dhoni up to the stumps now for Kumar, who responds with a ball down the legside that runs away to the fine-leg boundary via a flick from Pietersen's pads. Singles coming quite easily as well now for England as the field is pushed back after the powerplay.Big leg-before appeal against Pietersen in Ishant Sharma's first over, but Steve Davis shakes his head this time. KP, like his captain before him, is a long way across his stumps looking to the legside. But KP got much further down the track and put enough doubt in the umpire's mind about both the height of the ball and the point of impact in relation to off stump. Pietersen responds with a couple of sumptuous boundaries, the first driven powerfully straight back past the bowler, the second whipped through midwicket with such force that the man on the boundary has no chance. Ten-over powerplay: 34/1. Two post-powerplay overs: 21/0.Better over for England as Bell follows a tentative play and miss with back-to-back boundaries. The first is glorious, driven on the up through cover, the second streaky as a top-edged pull shot sails over Dhoni's head. Ten runs in all from the over.Ahmed tries the old bouncer, bouncer, yorker trick to Pietersen, who deftly avoids the first two before clipping the third through the legside for a couple of runs. A guide behind point brings a single, and Bell ends the powerplay with a thrashed square-drive that is half-stopped at point to save a couple of runs.Bell lands a blow at last, cutting a short ball from Kumar to the point boundary.Excellent start from India, this. Bell starting to cut a frustrated figure, and Cook back in the shed. Kevin Pietersen strides out at number three.Cook goes across his stumps and looks to whip the ball behind square. He picked the worst possible delivery to try and manufacture something like that. An inswinger that pitches on middle and straightens to have its path to middle stump rudely interrupted by Cook's pads. Plumb.Good from Cook, just shimmying half a step down the crease to Kumar to get the length he wants and drive past mid-off for four. Classy shot that one, but Cook tries to overhit the next one and gets a thick inside edge through square-leg for two more. Something for everyone here at the moment, with the ball coming on to the bat quite nicely but the ball doing a bit in the air. Proper contest.Pressure building on Bell, who has just one run from 17 balls after another excellent Ahmed over. Would've been a maiden but for a wide.Width from Kumar, and Cook can trust the bounce and hit on the up through cover-point for his second boundary. A good-looking off drive on the up is well stopped by mid-off, but the batsmen get through for a single in what is widely accepted to be a textbook example of Good Cricket All Round before Bell finally gets off the mark with a thick edge to third-man.File this start under 'Watchful'. Cook scurries a quick strike-pinching single to avoid back-to-back maidens.Bell plays out a maiden from Kumar. Both new balls offering some assistance for the bowlers, although it's through the air rather than off the pitch.Shape too for Shami Ahmed, but he just errs too full and too straight, allowing Cook to clip him away between midwicket and mid-on for the first boundary of the day. Outfield looks quick. Almost a mix-up from the last ball of the over as Cook clips to midwicket and wants a single before sending Bell back when he realises the fielder is Ravindra Jadeja - India's best fielder and, crucially in this instance, a left-hander - and sends him back just in time.Swing straight away for the impressive Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who almost gets Cook first ball before being tucked away on the legside for a single as the ball shapes into the England captain. Only a wide down the legside to Ian Bell slightly spoils things.G Gambhir, AM Rahane, V Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, SK Raina, MS Dhoni (capt, wk), RA Jadeja, R Ashwin, B Kumar, I Sharma, Shami AhmedAN Cook (capt), IR Bell, KP Pietersen, JE Root, EJG Morgan, C Kieswetter (wk), SR Patel, JC Tredwell, ST Finn, JW Dernbach, TT BresnanLooks an absolute belter. Mind you, I'd have said the same thing about the Gabba yesterday. But this looks a good chance for England to put an imposing total on the board.Huge roars from the crowd as Alastair Cook calls incorrectly at the toss. Dhoni opts to field first, citing that most uninspiring of TV talent shows - The Dew Factor - as a reason. India are unchanged after the thrashing they dished out to England last time, while England have Tim Bresnan back fit so he replaces Chris Woakes.Welcome one and all to our live coverage from game three of this ODI series. The action moves to Ranchi - or MS Dhoni's Home Town Of Ranchi to give it its full name. It's a spanking new stadium hosting its first international match. Should be a cracking atmosphere. The weather in Ranchi looks splendid. No snowmageddon there.