England and India tie in thriller

Points are shared in Bangalore as Andrew Strauss and Sachin Tendulkar give a batting masterclass at Cricket World Cup

    Tendulkar enters the record books becoming the first man to hit five World Cup centuries [GALLO/GETTY]

    England shared a tie with India on the last ball in a thrilling Cricket World Cup Group B encounter in Bangalore.

    A masterful 158 from England captain and man of the match Andrew Strauss helped his side tie the game after Sachin Tendulkar had earlier struck a superb 120 to give India a flying start at the Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday.

    After India slammed 338 runs, England appeared to be coasting before Indian pace bowler Zaheer Khan produced a superb bowling spell to take three quick wickets to revive India's fortunes.

    The match went down to the last ball with England needing two to win but they managed to get one to tie the match.

    Record books

    Tendulkar carved his name into the record books when he became the first man to make five Cricket World Cup centuries as India piled up their formidable total.

    But England hit back when Strauss hit a memorable 158 off 145 balls and Ian Bell made 69 to put their team within sight of a famous victory as they attempted to beat the previous best World Cup successful run chase of 313.

    They were well set at 281-2 before spearhead Zaheer Khan returned to dismiss Strauss and Bell in successive balls.

    India then were favourites to win when England, with eight wickets down, needed 14 off the last over.


    India innings
    V Sehwag c Prior b Bresnan 35
    S Tendulkar c Yardy b Anderson 120
    G Gambhir b Swann 51
    Y Singh c Bell b Yardy 58
    M Dhoni c sub b Bresnan 31
    Y Pathan c Swann b Bresnan 14
    V Kohli b Bresnan 8
    H Singh lbw b Bresnan 0
    Z Khan run out (Prior/Strauss) 4
    P Chawla run out (Anderson) 2
    M Patel not out 0
    Extras 15
    Total (all out; 49.5 overs) 338
    Fall of wickets: 1-46 2-180 3-236 4-305 5-305 6-327 7-327 8-328 9-338 10-338

    England innings
    A Strauss lbw b Khan 158
    K Pietersen c and b Patel 31
    J Trott lbw b Chawla 16
    I Bell c Kohli b Khan 69
    P Collingwood b Khan 1
    M Prior c sub b H Singh 4
    M Yardy c Sehwag b Patel 13
    T Bresnan b Chawla 14
    G Swann not out 15
    A Shahzad not out 6
    Extras 11
    Total (8 wickets; 50 overs) 338
    Fall of wickets: 1-68 2-111 3-281 4-281 5-285 6-289 7-307 8-325

    But Ajmal Shazhad hit a six off Munaf Patel's third ball before Graeme  Swann took a single off the last delivery to ensure only the fourth tie in World Cup history and point apiece as England finished on 338-8.

    "The way they started I definitely am happy with a tie," said India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

    "When they were two down, the bowlers were finding it very tough. 'Zak'  changed it around for us."

    Mixed emotions

    Strauss had mixed feelings over the outcome.

    "We were in a great position to win the game after 41, 42 overs. We had a shocking powerplay and from that stage onwards India were favourites to win the game," he said, praising Swann and Shahzad for their efforts.

    "We're happy and devastated at the same time but privileged to play in a game like this."

    Earlier, Tendulkar, playing in a sixth Cricket World Cup, made 120 and nipped ahead of compatriot Sourav Ganguly and Australian duo Mark Waugh and Ricky Ponting on four centuries. It was also his 47th career ODI hundred.

    The 37-year-old 'Little Master' faced 115 balls and smashed 10 fours and  five sixes.

    Tendulkar struck Paul Collingwood for two sixes, the second of which took  him to a 66-ball fifty, before going on to reach his century off 103 balls when  he glanced Tim Bresnan for four.

    He also shared a second-wicket stand of 134 with Gautam Gambhir (51) while Yuvraj Singh smashed 58.

    James Anderson eventually dismissed Tendulkar, but it was the seamer's only success on a grim afternoon when he finished with 1-91, the worst World Cup performance by an England bowler.

    On Monday, the West Indies, who were defeated in their opener by South Africa, tackle the Netherlands in New Delhi while Zimbabwe meet Canada in Nagpur.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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