England v India, 4th ODI, Lord's September 11, 2011

Raina, Bopara star in dramatic tie

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India 280 for 5 (Raina 84, Dhoni 78*) tied with England 270 for 8 in 48.5 overs (Bopara 96, Bell 54) (D/L method)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

In a frantic finish at Lord's, the fourth one-day international was tied under the Duckworth/Lewis method to give England the series as rain swept across the ground moments after Ravi Bopara had been caught at deep midwicket for a career-best 96. Before James Anderson could join Steven Finn at the crease, the players went off and although the rain did stop there was no time to resume the game. India were left searching for their first win against England on this tour and, once again, cursing the weather, which has done them no favours throughout the series.

England were on course for victory as Bopara, with one of his best international innings, and Swann added 50 for the seventh wicket in 6.3 overs. Swann, who batted at No. 8 because of an injury to Stuart Broad, was brilliantly run out by Munaf Patel during his follow through. Bopara then tried to clear the midwicket boundary next ball but only found Ravindra Jadeja, bringing England level with the D/L par score, when they had just been ahead of it.

As it transpired, with no further deliveries available, if Bopara had blocked that ball England would have won by one run. It was a difficult situation for Bopara and should not detract from an excellent innings that could prove a significant moment in a stop-start career.

There had been two brief rain stoppages previously. The first when India were marginally ahead of the D/L par score. The second an over later, after England had moved in front of the par score during the 45th over, as Swann guided a boundary to third man. On both occasions the side behind was, unsurprisingly, reluctant to leave the field and India's players remained on the outfield at one point, waiting for the rain to stop. The final decision that the game was tied was tough on the visitors because, with Finn and Anderson to face RP Singh, the odds were probably in India's favour despite a wet ball.

That England were chasing 281 was down to a partnership of 169 between Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni as 140 runs came off the last 14 overs. England's chase was always a nip-and-tuck affair after they slipped to 61 for 3 and was rebuilt by a 98-run stand between Bopara and Ian Bell, two batsmen with plenty to prove in the one-day team. Their partnership wasn't adventurous but it kept the asking-rate within range. Bell eventually chipped a catch to long-off for 54.

Ben Stokes continued to struggle against spin and chipped back to R Ashwin, the dismissal leaving the bowling allrounders to accompany Bopara, who had moved to 50 off 62 balls. Both Tim Bresnan and Swann had shown composure at The Oval two days ago and produced vital innings again. Bresnan made a brisk 27 in a stand of 47 with Bopara to take the requirement down to 60 off eight overs with a batting Powerplay to come. RP Singh, however, produced his best display of the tour and knocked back off stump to make India favourites again.

Swann played calmly between all the interruptions and calculations. He and Bopara found boundaries when they were needed, although England were in the tricky position of having one eye on the D/L target but also not letting the overall figure be forgotten in case the game went the distance.

For India, the finish summed up their series. Rain impacted each match and on three occasions at least it hasn't favoured the visitors. There will be a growing feeling that they are not meant to earn a victory on this tour, especially after they had produced one of their performances to turn the innings around from a sticky 110 for 4.

Broad had struck twice in his first two overs to remove the openers and then Swann claimed a brace in five balls, when Virat Kohli was caught behind and Rahul Dravid got a leading edge back to the bowler. For a period between the 22nd and 36th over India added only 55, but Dhoni and Raina were setting themselves for a strong assault in the closing overs. Raina, who has scored at comfortably more than a run-a-ball in the series, broke the shackles and Dhoni followed soon. Raina would have been run out on 26 if Anderson's back-hand flick from mid-off had hit the stumps.

In the second over of the batting Powerplay, Raina cut loose. Anderson was hit into the stands on the leg side after Dhoni had already taken consecutive boundaries. Broad received similar punishment, when Raina targeted the midwicket stands, and Alastair Cook was given another tough job trying to stem an onslaught. India scored 58 during the batting Powerplay and there was plenty of room for improvement in England's bowling and their captain's tactics.

In the end it still wasn't enough for India. They can take consolation that the margins of defeat are shrinking but at Cardiff there is only pride to play for.

Andrew McGlashan is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • dummy4fb on September 14, 2011, 19:27 GMT

    at @@@ blastu india almost lost against zim in 83 and against england they won coz of umpire!!!go and check the records

  • Chandra_koundinya on September 14, 2011, 17:27 GMT

    All the Best England for Next World Cup atleast now they should focus on winning World cup for the sake of their Fans growing expectations.

  • dummy4fb on September 14, 2011, 15:10 GMT

    @ blatsu india beat kenya in the 2003 world cup semi finals.................

  • bobmartin on September 14, 2011, 14:45 GMT

    @ blastu... What are you giving us a history lesson for. What has happened in the past has no bearing whatsoever on what is happening now, nor what might happen in the future.. That's your problem... you either live in the past or you try to predict the future...both of which are futile. You may well have been the number one test team... but you're now number three. I don't know if you've ever been the number one ODI team, but you're number four at present. Those are the facts. So dream on... because at this point in time dreams are all you have left.

  • blastu on September 14, 2011, 9:51 GMT

    India is capable of beating any team in the world in there home ground. The best example is india beat england in england at 1983 worldcup semi finals & they won the worldcup, not only that india beat england in worldcup semifinal at south africa(2003) went to the finals. How many times england won the worldcup. India were no 1 in test team for the past 2 years, england recently become no 1 by beating injured indian team & saying england is the best team in the world what a silly. come to india we will trash with fully recovered indian team.SRT is the great, is record will speak no one can compare the god of cricket with cook r trott,just check the record & speak, at the age of 38 he is doing. India trashed england 5-0 series win at india in 2008(flintoff,strauss,threscothick,vaughan,hoggard & harmison are in the team)is it a injured team .Indian team as played far better then england, just one bad series will never put india at bottom.

  • blastu on September 14, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    India is capable of beating any team in the world in there home ground. The best example is india beat england in england at 1983 worldcup semi finals & they won the worldcup, not only that india beat england in worldcup semifinal at south africa(2003) went to the finals. How many times england won the worldcup. India were no 1 in test team for the past 2 years, england recently become no 1 by beating injured indian team & saying england is the best team in the world what a silly. come to india we will trash with fully recovered indian team.SRT is the great, is record will speak no one can compare the god of cricket with cook r trott,just check the record & speak, at the age of 38 he is doing. India trashed england 5-0 series win at india in 2008(flintoff,strauss,threscothick,vaughan,hoggard & harmison are in the team)is it a injured team .Indian team as played far better then england, just one bad series will never put india at bottom.

  • 5wombats on September 13, 2011, 20:20 GMT

    @ABD1; once again - I agree with you. I've been reading this stuff for weeks now and I've come to the conclusion that whatever india "fans" say - in fact, the diametric opposite it true. But one thing does make me laugh; claims about how bad india's "luck" is with the toss. Quite a few have claimed that England have won the toss in every one of the 8 Eng V ind matches so far. LOL. They can't even get that right. For one thing india won the toss twice in the Tests and also in the T20. I make that 3 times india won the toss, not zero. The other funny thing is - there have been 9 matches....

  • Ruthless_aggression on September 13, 2011, 19:39 GMT

    Everyting about England looks right. This is exactly how India had been cruising for last two years. Even rain seems to be with england. I remember there used to times rain used to play spoil sport for england. India OR England neither look convincing like the Australians to stay there at the top for long. piece of advice for england dont be in a hurry to prove yourself in the subcontinent. Else your stint will not even last as long as the Indians did.

  • RohanMarkJay on September 13, 2011, 18:59 GMT

    Ravi Bopara should be a regular for England for every one day international match. He is a terrific one day cricketer. He is exactly the type of one day cricketer England has been looking for. Can't believe he has been around since the 2007 world cup. I remember in the Caribbean 2007 world cup he almost single handedly won a world cup game for England. I hope now he has finally cemented himself in the England one day squad until the end of his career. A superb one day international innings from him at Lord's. Great Stuff. I salute you Ravi Bopara a top cricketer.

  • Basil90 on September 13, 2011, 14:13 GMT

    this was gonna happen....i knew it.....india are world champions in their own dusty and dry pitches...unlike aus eng sa and pak....

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