Group B ICC Cricket World Cup match at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore on Sunday India have set mammoth and daunting 339-run-England Andrew Strauss 158 and Ian Bell 69 with their fine display of batting of openers and tail enders played roller coaster thus marching towards victory with easy strike to 281-2,includes a inspiring classy knock from skipper Andrew Strauss.
England opted to play their power-play from the 42nd over,Chief wrecker Zaheer Khan put up the best spell to take three wickets in six balls to revive the host team's fortunes to set to fight back:England needing 14 to win off pace bowler Munaf Patel's last over,tail ender Ajmal Shahzad put England right back into contention after blasting a huge six that had Strauss leaping off his seat in the pavilion. Brits and India roller coaster journey in this match gave both teams tense moments:
Game of two teams enjoyed upto to the last ball with England two runs short of their victory target Graeme Swann pushed the ball to mid-off to secure the tie- the result cheered by all at one of the best ever ODIs at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
"In some ways we're happy and in some ways we're distraught. A great game of cricket," man of the match Strauss said during the presentation ceremony."You back yourself to play better than that (in the powerplay). We lost (Ian) Bell and myself which is the last thing you want and that put pressure on the batsmen coming in.
"In some ways we're disappointed but in some ways we're privileged to play in a game like that."Some good performances, some less so."
India's skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni added: "At the end of the day, I'm happy with a tie."With just two wickets down after 42 overs it was getting pretty difficult for the bowlers and Zak came in and bowled a really good spell and brought us back into the game. Otherwise it would have been done by 48 overs."
India loss of seven wickets for 46 runs, at the end by Bresnan taking four wickets pushed India to restrict below 350 mark.India's chief batting contributors Sachin Tendulkar's (120)century was his fifth world cups hundred and 47th one-day international century Yuvraj Singh 58 off 50 balls and MS Dhoni 31 off 25 and Gautam Gambhir 51- Virender 35 completed 1000 runs against England when he was at 27 runs, England's run-chase was set well on its way helped by Strauss's sweetly-timed knock, the first century by an English captain in a World Cup.
Group B ICC Cricket World Cup match at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore is the only game in which both the teams scored 300 plus runs in the world cup and ended in a tie.This cliffhanger tie provide the first of a tied game to both India and England.
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