England And India Tie Following Bangalore Thriller
India 338 (Tendulkar 120, Yuvraj Singh 58) tied with
England 338-8 (Strauss 158, Zaheer Khan 3-64)
ICC Cricket World Cup Group B, Bangalore
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India and England could not be separated at the end of a pulsating ICC Cricket World Cup encounter in Bangalore, both sides scoring 338 in a match that was tied.
Sachin Tendulkar scored a sublime century while Gautam Gambhir and Yuvraj Singh added half-centuries to steer India to an impressive total of 338 all out before England closed on 338 for eight.
That barely tells the story, as Tendulkar was outscored by England captain Andrew Strauss, whose 158 appeared to be putting England in command before a late collapse swung the game India's way but the final twist saw Tim Bresnan, Graeme Swann and Ajmal Shahzad all hit sixes and the scores levelled at the death.
Tendulkar helped India overcame a shaky start - Virender Sehwag was almost dismissed three times in the opening over - with a chanceless innings of 120 in 115 balls.
His 37th One-Day International century included five sixes - two coming off Paul Collingwood and two in consecutive deliveries off Graeme Swann - and he shared partnerships of 134 with Gambhir (51) and 56 with Yuvraj Singh as India gave England a torrid time in the field.
The match got off to a helter-skelter start Sehwag edged the first ball of the match just wide of Swann at slip before a couple of leading edges off James Anderson just evaded fielders. Sehwag went on to make brisk 35 in 26 balls with five crisply-struck fours to add to the edge that flew to third man.
He fell when an attempted to guide to third man was well taken by Matthew Prior with Tim Bresnan the successful bowler. Tendulkar then took centre stage and showed his full repertoire of strokes, driving cutting and pulling with precision, also hitting ten fours before he was finally dismissed when he looped Anderson to Yardy via a leading edge in the covers.
Swann, who struggled when Tendulkar was in full flow, bounced back to have Gambhir bowled as he missed a delivery trying to guide to third man having faced 61 balls and hit five fours.
The batting Power Play offered both Yuvraj and Mahendra Singh Dhoni the chance to free their arms and they took advantage, Yuvraj refusing to falter in the face of persistent short bowling, hitting 58 in 50 balls with nine fours, before pulling Yardy down the throat of Ian Bell in the deep at the end of the 46th over.
Dhoni fell one ball later when, having hit 31 in 25 balls, he hit the impressive Bresnan straight to substitute fielder Luke Wright at deep square leg as a flurry of wickets saw India lose seven for 33 runs.
Some late hitting from Yusuf Pathan (14) and Virat Kohli (7) pushed India past the point where England need to create history - the highest successful run chase in a World Cup is Sri Lanka's 313 that they achieved against Zimbabwe in 1992.
England then matched India blow for blow, Strauss and opening partner Kevin Pietersen (31 in 22 balls) raced to a partnership of 68 before Pietersen, who had crunched a couple of exquisite straight drives down the ground for four, was caught and bowled by Munaf Patel, who got his hands to the firm shot and took the catch on the rebound.
Jonathan Trott then made 16 before he was trapped in front by leg-spinner Chawla and although England were struggling to pick him, they survived his initial overs with Strauss and Bell growing in confidence. Both players played fluently with shots coming all around the wicket, and runs coming easily - too easily from India's point of view.
Both men were dropped - Strauss on 22 by Harbhajan SIngh and Bell on 68 by Kohli and the pair went on to put 170 runs together for the third wicket, Strauss reaching his sixth ODI century in just 96 balls and Bell reaching a half-century by hitting Chawla for a six.
Then, however, when England took the batting Power Play, they almost threw the game away. Bell slogged Zaheer Khan high into the air and was caught by Kohli, Strauss was trapped in front the very next ball and Collingwood was bowled by the same bowler for one as England lost three wickets in six balls.
Harbhajan struck to remove Matthew Prior, caught by substitute fielder Suresh Raina with another high catch for four and Michael Yardy swept Patel round the corner straight into the hands of Sehwag at short fine leg for 13.
That put India back in a position from which they looked most likely to go on and win the game before Bresnan (14) and then Swann (15 not out) put Chawla over the ropes in the penultimate over. Chawla had Bresnan bowled but England fought bck again, Shahzad thumping his first ball off Patel for six when England were faced with 14 to win from the final over.
Patel just about held his nerve and Swann could only manage a single from the final ball to bring to an end a wonderful match and leave both sides with a share of the points.
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