Sixth one-day international

India v England

At Mumbai, February 3 (day/night). England won by five runs. Toss: England.

Flintoff delighted his team-mates, and the photographers, by ripping off his shirt in celebration after he bowled Srinath to tie the series. It was his third wicket, and he more than earned the match award after nursing England's faltering innings through its last 20 overs. Yet ICC referee Denis Lindsay chose Trescothick instead. Capitalising on a useful toss, Trescothick finished the series as he began it, mangling the seamers' figures in a majestic 95 from 80 balls. But after England collapsed against Harbhajan to a quixotic 174 for seven from 30 overs, it was Flintoff who helped to retrieve the situation, adding 37 with last man Gough. A target of 256 appeared all too attainable as Ganguly creamed four sixes in his 80. Then Giles enjoyed a brief flashback to the previous match, bowling Ganguly to prompt a slide of seven for 59. Fighting for his place, Badani held one end up, but India needed six from two balls when Srinath swished and missed. Against all the odds, England had claimed a share of the spoils.

Man of the Match: M. E. Trescothick.
Man of the Series: S. R. Tendulkar.

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