India Vs England 3rd ODI, England win toss, lose script as Freddie falls
Indian spinners created havoc as England lost wickets at regular intervals after a good start during the third One-dayer in Kanpur. After a steady start, England have their five batsmen back in the hut against India in the third ODI at Kanpur. Andrew Flintoff was the last man to go as Yusuf Pathan dismissed him for 26 runs. The ball pitched in the line of off and middle. Flinotff tried to play across the line and the ball hit him on the knee-roll. Last man Flintoff’s was out with the scorecard reading 167 in the 37th over.
Soon after England had crossed the 100 run mark, Harbhajan Singh suffocated English captain Kevin Pietersen and the latter perished when he attempted a slog. Zaheer caught Pietersen for 13. He then bamboozled Paul Collingwood with a ‘doosra’ dragging him forward to give Dhoni an opportunity to prove his swiftness behind the stumps.
Earlier, Munaf Patel had provided the important breakthrough to India when he had the dangerous looking Ian Bell caught behind by MS Dhoni for 46 runs off 47 balls that was garnished with eight elegant fours. England had started the innings very slowly but later gathered pace to close in to a run rate of nearly six by the end of over 15.
England captain Kevin Pietersen won the toss and chose to bat first which meant India were fielding first for the first time in the series.
India had made a change in the side for the third ODI. RP Singh made way for Ishant Sharma. For England, spinner Greame Swann came in for Steve Harmison.