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Tame draw sees England lose series

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England 64-1 (28 overs) ALL OVER! The captains have got together and decided that the match is going nowhere and they have called it all off. 

England 63-1 (27 overs) Rather ridiculously, Dhoni has taken his pads off and is coming on to bowl. Seems a bit cheap, a bit of a folly. Just let your bowlers bowl and get this game over with. 


England 59-1 (24 overs) Strauss hits a rare four as he rocks back to Harbhajan and cuts him through the covers.  

England 52-1 (21 overs) I reckon half-an-hour and this shambles will be over. Who would your picks for man-of-the-match and man-of-the-series be, readers? 

England 47-1 (19 overs) It's fair to say that the atmosphere is completely dead out there.  

England 34-1 (15 overs) Mishra is getting a bowl; he's demonstrated great control over this short series. How England must wish they had a decent leg-spinner. When the squad for India is announced on December 27, it will be interesting to see who the two spinners are - and whether Adil Rashid might be one. 

The evening session is underway; we'll probably have an hour or so before the captains and umpires get together to call a halt to proceedings. 

England 31-1 (13 overs) TEA: The players wander off for tea with the result 99% assured.

England 27-1 (12 overs) Bell is really concentrating here; the last thing he wants is a cheap score to give more ammunition to his critics. Mishra is into the attack, and has a decent LBW shout against Bell rejected, the ball striking the batsman on the back pad. 

England 21-1 (9 overs) Bell is the new batsman; he is under a bit of pressure for his place. The talk of the media room is that Michael Vaughan is going to be asked back into the squad for the tour of the West Indies after Christmas, and that Bell's is the place he will take. A cheap wicket here would surely confirm his axing... 

England 18-1 (7.1 overs) COOK'S CHRISTMAS IS SPOILED! Sharma bowls a great length, finds the edge of Cook's bat and Laxman takes the catch at second slip. India celebrate joyously as the batsman trudges off. 

England 18-0 (7 overs) The mood is very relaxed out there; Yuvraj is clowning around, pretending to bowl some pie-chuckers - a response to KP's comments in the media. Strauss and Cook don't look under any great stress either. 

England 8-0 (4 overs) Cook hits the first boundary of the innings with a compact clip off his legs for four. The pitch is getting lower and lower, but nothing really to trouble the batsmen. 

England 1-0 (1 over) Strauss is off the mark as England begin their second innings. They are in a lose-lose situation here, with nothing to play for as India try to shoot out a few wickets and ruin a few averages. 

So, England will come out to bat, with no chance of victory. Should be a very tame, uninteresting and pointless little session of play. 

India 251-6 (73.5 overs) GAMBHIR FALLS SHORT! AND INDIA DECLARE! Massive disappointment for the crowd and Gambhir, who falls three runs short of a second century in the match when he cuts Swann to gully where Bell takes a smart diving catch. Immediately India declare their innings, with a lead of 402. 

India 241-6 (69 overs) CAUGHT AND BOWLED! Massive deflation in the crowd as superstar Dhoni comes in...and chips his second ball straight back to bowler Panesar to depart for a duck! No great celebration from England or Monty, who realise this game is drifting badly, like an old rowing boat in the middle of a vast, vast ocean. 

India 233-5 (67.4 overs) RUN-OUT! Great work from Bell, who swoops round from short fine-leg to throw down the stumps at the striker's end to run out Yuvraj, who falls 14 runs short of his first ever century on home soil. The crowd don't like the third umpire's decision; they look a little bemused with it all. 

India 227-4 (66 overs) The batsmen haven't come out with any great urgency, it has to be said. It is a beautiful day for batting; nice, warm sunshine and a blue sky. Yuvraj and Gambhir bring up their 150 partnership as the lead climbs over 380. 

India 216-4 (64 overs) Yuvraj and Gambhir are back out; Dhoni's reputation as the most positive captain in world cricket looks to be a bit of a nonsense. He has no intention of trying to win this game, or else he would have declared by now. As it is, Yuvraj and Gamhir have centuries on their minds. 

There has been no mention yet of an India declaration; it would be astoundingly negative if they came out to bat again.

India 216-4 (63 overs) LUNCH: 13 overs and 83 runs in that entertaining session from the home side. No official word on a declaration yet, although England's victory target stands at a frankly improbable 363 runs already.

India 213-4 (62 overs) Prior needs treatment after being struck by the ball as Yuvraj attempted a reverse-sweep off Swann. Prior seems to think it was Yuvraj's bat that struck him; it wasn't, it was the ball on his lower neck, after the batsman had hooked it back towards the keeper. This might just be a little time-wasting ploy from the tourists; I'm not sure how hurt Prior really is.

India 202-4 (61 overs) Yuvraj crashes successive sixes off poor Broad, the first an incredible swished-pull over mid-on before a sliced drive flies over the point boundary for six more. With 15 minutes left before lunch, there could be a century yet for the left-hander. India bring up their 200, with the fourth 50 runs coming off just 37 balls. 

India 185-4 (60 overs) Flintoff comes into the attack to add a little discipline to an England attack that has become a little ragged under pressure from these two increasingly attacking batsmen. It's difficult to see why India are still batting now; England aren't going to make 338 runs in 58 overs, are they? 

India 172-4 (58 overs) A definite charge from India as Yuvraj lofts Broad for a superb six over mid-wicket after shuffling a couple of steps down the wicket. Next over, Gambhir lofts a shot with an incongruous amount of effort over the top of a retreating mid-on for a couple. The lead is up to 325.  

India 154-4 (55 overs) Yuvraj reaches his half-century just a few balls before Gambhir, who has played a very different sort of innings to his partner. But the pair of them are playing with an obvious incentive this morning; looks like MS Dhoni is planning a declaration sometime. The lead is now over 300, which England will never chase down on this wicket. 

India 141-4 (54 overs): Anderson snorts one past the outside edge of Yuvraj's bat as the left-hander looks to keep India pushing along with the same positive intent that they finished last night. The problem is the wicket; it has suddenly become a right old pudding.

India 137-4 (52 overs): Two indications that the pitch has suddenly become a lot slower and lower as Anderson and Swann get balls to scuttle from a good length. Not good viewing for England, who might be asked to bat sometime later in the day.

India 134-4 (50 overs): OFF WE GO! Will India be pushing for a victory, or will they be content with what they have got? We might see India attack until lunch and then declare. I hope so, or else this could be a very dull day. 

05.30: The latest news from Mohali is that the fog is lifting, and the umpires have got together to come up with some revised playing times. We will get underway at 6.00am our time and play for an hour; then have a normal 45-minute lunch, a two-hour afternoon session, twenty-minute tea and then another two-hours in the evenings. 

05.00:The fog isn't lifting as quickly as it has on the previous two mornings; it is hanging around, low over the ground. Prospects of play before the scheduled lunch break seem bleak.

Hi there, cricket chums! Bad news for England; for the third morning in succession, thick fog in Mohali means we'll have a delayed start and almost certainly reduced overs during the day.

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