Match : India v England, 2nd of 5 ODI Natwest series on India's tour of England 2011.
Venue/Date : Rose bowl ground in Southampton.. 6 September 2011.
Debut : none.
Toss : England, elected to field.
Result : England won by 7 wickets.
Man of the match : Alastair Cook.
Head to head : 73rd India v England one day international it was. Now, Indian lead is cut short to 38 to 31 with 1 tied and 3 no results. In England, two teams clashed for the 30th time and home team now leads 16 to 11 with 3 no results. At the venue, Rose Bowl in Southampton, England now have won both the games against India, including previous encounter back in 2007.
4 hours of windy rain finally agreed to abandon Rose Bowl today and as this was a day-night encounter, umpires agreed to stage a 23 over match. Both captains wanted to field first but when has MS Dhoni been lucky with toss? Cook invited them in and what followed was something amazing. Little Parthiv Patel imposed himself on English new ball bowlers like Mathew Hayden used to but his cameo came to a bizarre end when hotspot failed to show an edge but he walked. Rahul Dravid stayed toe to toe with his young partner in Ajinkya Rahane but home team managed to draw the runrate down. Suresh Raina threatened to blast the fastest fifty in ODI cricket but he couldn't although his innings made sure visitors had a handsome total on board to defend.
England opener Craig Kieswetter came out all guns blazing which brought the asking run rate below 7 runs per over and then Alastair Cook did the job of batting the overs to fetch a confident win for this side. Indian bowlers just couldn't make vital breakthroughs which was the saddest point for them today.