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TENDULKAR’S CENTURY SQUANDERED AGAIN ,ENGLAND LOWER ORDER CRUMBLED …..A TIE RESULTS March 1, 2011

ICC Cricket World Cup 2011

Pool (B) Match 11:

England Vs India:

Bangalore 27/02/2011:

India having won the toss chosen to bat on a stiff batting Bangalore wicket, glanced supportive for the batsman’s, conversely James Anderson had produced three terrific deliveries all of them have distressed Virender Sehwag & he almost got fortunate to survive on all occasions, enduring the dangerous first over Indian Openers batted firmly for 7 overs till Sehwag departed.Gautam Ghambir the most consistent batsman for India for years has joined Tendulkar , the little Master blaster & both of them added a century  stand for the second wicket before Gambhir was deceived of a sharp spinner from Graeme Swann when he was on 51, later Tendulkar was accompanied by Yuvraj Singh the massive hitter, Tendulkar scored his 48th ODI Century ,he got out of a full length delivery by Anderson ,looked to play over the extra cover but managed an outside edge to  extra cover. Later Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Yusuf Pathan & Virat Kohli with Indian Tail added some runs to settled India to a mammoth total of 338 all out in 50th over, Tim Bresnon was the pick of the bowlers with 5/47 in his ten overs. England has chased a huge target against Netherlands in their first outing; the situation demanded the same Strategy from England to execute with temperament & composure. Andrew Strauss & Kevin Pietersen provided them with an excellent opening stand of 60, Pietersen departed for 31, trott joined Strauss but didn’t look striking today, England have maintained a healthy run-rate right from the first ball ,as Strauss & Ian Bell have managed to build the foundation of the innings when Trott departed for 16 & they got a partnership of more than 150 runs between them as England reached 282/2 in 42 overs , during the course of their stand Bell was once proved lucky when his lbw decision ruled out in his favor, also India have dropped 2 catches. At this stage it seems as if England would easily grab this game, but Strauss opted to take the batting power play although he & bell were managing 8-9 runs per over easily, Zaheer Khan was introduced again into the attack who got 2 off 2 balls, first Bell was dismissed & on the very next ball Strauss was Leg before wicket ,Collingwood and  Prior came to the crease ,the required rate reach 9 in an over for the very first time ,Collingwood came down the track to hit Zaheer towards Mid-Wicket region missed the line of the ball & Zaheer knocks his off stump out ,on the very next over Harbhajan got prior caught by Raina looking to clear him deceives in his flight. India have almost accomplished conquest from the jaws of defeat ,but Yardy ,Bresnon & Swann showed some obstinate resilience against  Indian tardy attack ,England required 14 off the last over with  Swann on strike ,in this over a big six to Patel was hit by Ajmal shahzad ,making England hopes alive again ,2 runs needed off the last ball ,swann managed to steal a single ,it was indeed a cracker, an enthusiastic game, Cricket at its best ,a match that has every thing in it ,Strauss was awarded the Man of the match award ,both teams got one point.

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