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Has the tie in Bangalore given 50-over cricket the shot in the arm it needs? Will India v England go down as the greatest World Cup game of all time? Plus, Bangladesh show their strength against Ireland and the old guard impress for Pakistan. (41:36)

February 28, 2011

Posted by   on (March 1, 2011, 13:36 GMT)

Best game ever? Really? It had mediocre bowling from both sides, mediocre captaincy. A bad pitch (bowlers couldn't do much) , bad umpiring decisions, edges not appealed (which is sheer stupidity). There was great excitement, edge of the seat action etc etc, but the fact is both sides did not play as well as they could, far from it. It wasn't a very high quality cricket and does not deserve to be in "Best" or "Top ten" lists...

Posted by MonkeyBooBoo on (March 1, 2011, 13:21 GMT)

One mans trash is another mans treasure. P.s. at the 7.30 mark the comment about beer made me thirst for the beer in the fridge.Thanks guys. enjoyed the show.

Posted by greenshah on (March 1, 2011, 9:36 GMT)

like ur nerve guys to say that swann was the better spinner when he was hit for sixes when the ball was turning.

bhaji kept it tight in spite of the wicket easing up

Posted by   on (March 1, 2011, 4:15 GMT)

Can't believe how people judge this as the best ODI ever, this match was dead until England lost their way, until they started to loose wickets. When Strauss was batting it seemed that it was all over for India but later there was drama. There was no enough ups and downs, no breathtaking moments. No fantastic sportsmanship etc etc. There was excitement in the end but some 30 minutes of excitement can't get the match as the best ODI tag, can it? Rubbish.

Posted by   on (March 1, 2011, 2:24 GMT)

348 runs a piece? And no one bothered to even correct it. And this might be a close game, but nowhere near the best game of the sport ever, or the World Cup for that matter.

Posted by Samson on (February 28, 2011, 21:14 GMT)

So I just heard the first few minutes of the podcast. There were 3 Englishmen discussing how this was an epic game, and the podcast starts with the host claiming "348 runs scored by each side", and neither of the other 2 corrected that. You lost me right there.

Was it the most thrilling game of THIS world cup SO FAR - yes. Was it the most thrilling world cup game EVER - Yes, if you started watching cricket yesterday!

Posted by BravoNovember on (February 28, 2011, 20:04 GMT)

I agree with all 3 of my previous posters. Neither being an Aussie nor a South African, I would have to say 1999 WC Semifinal has to be the best World Cup game I had ever watched. This Ind vs Eng game provided entertainment but not the best game of cricket. Flat pitches with absolute no respite for the blowers and mammoth scores don't make the game great. Give me back the days when the contest was fair between the bat and the ball. This is sickening.

PS: I am not condoning the bowlers by blaming the pitch. Indian bowlers, especially, were pathetic.

Posted by Sazzwazz on (February 28, 2011, 17:38 GMT)

no match ... i repeat no match can ever surpass the '99 WC semi-final at edgebaston as the greatest ODI ever .... this dont come even close

Posted by faisalthemaverick on (February 28, 2011, 17:11 GMT)

it is indeed laughable that this game which was a very good game of cricket should be labelled as the greatest game in world cup.to me it isn't evn one of the top 5 games in world cup, just because two very hyped teams were involved in this match does not mean it was the greatest ever match , the match which was the best ever in world cup was australia vs. south africa semi final in 1999 world cup

Posted by Something_Witty on (February 28, 2011, 15:47 GMT)

"Will India v England go down as the greatest World Cup game of all time?"? Hah! Not a chance guys. Just because it involves England doesn't mean it's automatically the greatest game EVAR! Gosh I don't think there's ever been so much hyperbole over something so mediocre. Two decent batting lineups piled on tons of runs against two woeful bowling lineups. It was a good match, but that's all. Have we already forgotten the inaugural final? Or THAT Semi between SA and Aus?

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