India vs England game ends in tie

first_imgIndia scored 338 but England matched up to it. India’s batting maestro Sachin Tendulkar scored a fine century but England captain Andrew Strauss too match up to it with an impressive 158 on board.Score | PhotosLastly England scored the same number of runs that India had put on board – 338 – to tie their World Cup Group B match at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Sunday. The match went down to the last ball of the match even as the spectators jumped off their seat in excitement.England needed 14 runs to win in the last over and Graeme Swann and Ajmal Shahzad at the crease. Shahzad scored a six off Munaf Patel and a few singles included and England were just two runs short of the target – 339 with one ball remaining. As luck would have it the batsman at the crease Swann managed to score just one thanks to impressive bit of fielding in the mid-off region by Yusuf Pathan and their final score read — 338.Earlier in the innings, Munaf Patel sent home Kevin Pietersen on 31. He took a fine catch off his own bowling to see him through when the England total was 68.Post his dismissal a Piyush Chawla googly got the better of Jonathan Trott on 16. England score at the stage was 111/2 in 16.4 overs.Soon skipper Andrew Strauss and Ian Bell got on to exactly what Gautam Gambhir and Sachin Tendulkar had done in the first innings — forge a partnership. They carried on to frustrate the India bowlers even as Strauss completed his century in good time. His 100 came off the 99 balls.But, Strauss hadn’t finished as yet, he went on to put 150 on board and still carried on. Taking cue Bell too batted on to complete his half-century. But, he could not complete his ton as Zaheer Khan got the better of him in the 43rd over.Bell went for a big heave but failed to clear the boundary as Virat Kohli claimed him at mid-off. He scored 69 and England went down to 281/3. Post his dismissal, the biggest scorer for the day, England captain Andrew Strauss too fell with Zaheer claiming his second victim with an LWB decision. Strauss fell for 158 and England to 281/4.Zaheer went on to do more damage. With two new batsmen at the crease, he knew that it was the right time to strike and strike he did claiming Paul Collingwood clean bowled on 1. England now were in dire straits with 285/5 on board in the 45th over.Harbhajan Singh too joined the party with Matt Prior’s wicket. He had put just 4 runs on board before Harbhajan saw him off on 289/6 in the 46th over. An over later Munaf Patel got an opportunity to join the celebrations with Michael Yardy’s wicket. Then Piyush Chawla cleaned bowled Tim Bresnan in the pen-ultimate over.Finally, England’s final score read 338/8 in 50 overs – the match was tied.India inningsadvertisementSachin Tendulkar en route to his 120 against England in Bangalore on Sunday. APMaster Blaster Sachin Tendulkar hit a record fifth World Cup century as India scored an impressive 338.India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni elected to bat and the Indian openers Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar got on a rampage against England.However, Virender Sehwag fell early with Tim Bresnan scalping him in 8th over. A daft shot from Sehwag was taken well by keeper Matt Prior, who leaped towards his right to gather the ball. Sehwag walked back on 35 as India fell to 46/1 in 7.5 overs.Post Sehwag’s dismissal Sachin Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir got on with a partnership. Clearly the England bowlers were struggling in the face of Tendulkar and Gambhir’s batting prowess.The two had an answer to almost any delivery that was bowled at them. Cuts, pulls, the unconventional ‘upar cut’ — anything and everything was on display at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.Finally, offie Graeme Swann managed to break their partnership with his turner that uprooted the off stump of Gautam Gambhir when the score was 180 in the 30th over. Gambhir fell for 51 after a 134-run partnership with Tendulkar.But, Yuvraj Singh ensured that India’s strike rate stayed up as he too went on a rampage with Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar by his side. And in the 34th over, the much-awaited moment came as Tendulkar hit his 47th ODI ton and his  fifth century for at World Cup. He did it in fine fashion scoring a four off Bresnan.With his century over Tendulkar threw caution to the wind and went on a charge looking to utilise the Powerplay to the maximum advantage. In the process he ended up getting out on a James Andreson ball. A leading edge from his bat was well taken by Michael Yardy. He fell for 120 when the India total was 236 in the 39th over. His 120 came off just 115 balls and included 10 fours and five over the fence shots. Then India skipper MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh went on a rampage. The two put 69 runs for the third wicket even as Yuvraj Singh completed this 50. Finally he fell to Yardy on 58. On the next ball skipper Dhoni too departed on Bresnan’s ball. He scored 31. India were 305/5 at the stage.At death, the England bowlers tightened the noose even as India, who had posted a 300-plus total were looking to cut loose. As a result quick wickets fell with Bresnan claiming three wicket in an over. In the 49th over, he got rid of Yusuf Pathan, Virat Kohli and Harbhajan Singh to finish with a five wicket haul. And India were all out for 338.advertisementlast_img

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