Strauss stars as England and India tie

Strauss stars as England and India tie

Andrew Strauss was the star of a dramatic ICC World Cup clash between India and England in the Group B game in Bangalore on Sunday. The England captain hit 158 runs from 145 balls in a high scoring game that ended in a tie when both teams made 338 from 50 overs.

Sachin Tendulkar helped India set a massive target when hitting 120 runs from 115 balls while making his 98th international century. Gautam Gambhir (51) and Yuvraj Singh (58) made a strong supporting cast as Tendulkar hit his fifth World Cup century to delight the home fans crammed into the Chinnaswanny Stadium.

But his efforts were overshadowed by Strauss who looked to have put England into a winning position thanks to a 170-run partnership with Ian Bell who made 69 runs when facing 71 deliveries. The pair had taken the score to 281-2 when Zaheer Khan struck with successive deliveries during the England powerplay. Bell was feeling the effects of cramp when trying to accelerate the run rate and was caught by Virat Kohli when scything his shot to extra cover. Zaheer then trapped Strauss lbw with an inswinging Yorker to change the momentum of the game. The batting powerplay yielded just 25 runs from five overs and also cost the wickets of Paul Collingwood and Matt Prior as England lost 4 wickets for the addition of 8 runs.

Tim Bresnan and Graeme Swann swung their bats and a couple of big sixes put England back in contention for the final over. With two runs required from the final ball, Swann went for the boundary with a well timed cover drive, but couldn’t penetrate the field inside the circle and rushed for a desperate single to tie the game.

Match Tied

V Sehwag c Prior b Bresnan 35
S R Tendulkar c Yardy b Anderson 120
G Gambhir b Swann 51
Y Singh c Bell b Yardy 58
M.S. Dhoni c Sub b Bresnan 31
Y.K. Pathan c Swann b Bresnan 14
V. Kohli b Bresnan 8
H Singh lbw b Bresnan 0
Z Khan run out 4
P.M. Chawla run out 2
M P Patel not out 0
Extras 10

Anderson 9.5 0 91-1
Shahzad 8 0 53-0
Bresnan 10 1 48-5
Swann 9 1 59-1
Collingwood 3 0 20-0
Yardy 10 0 64-1

K P Pietersen c&b Patel 31
A J Strauss lbw b Khan 158
I J L Trott lbw b Chawla 16
I R Bell c Kohli b Khan 69
P D Collingwood b Khan 1
M J Prior c Sub b Singh 4
M.H. Yardy c Sehwag b Patel 13
T.T. Bresnan b Chawla 14
G.P. Swann not out 15
A Shahzad not out 6
Extras 11

Khan 10 0 64-3
Patel 10 0 70-2
Chawla 10 0 71-2
Singh 10 0 58-1
Singh 7 0 46-0
Pathan 3 0 21-0



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