4th ODI

England v India, 2011

Richard Hobson

At Lord's, September 11. Tied (D/L method). Toss: England.

Thousands of spectators left the ground unsure of the result after rain played havoc with the finale. When Bopara swung what proved to be the last ball to Jadeja at deep midwicket with England on 270, the Duckworth/Lewis par figure on the scoreboard immediately switched to 271 in anticipation of the next delivery. But a heavy shower put paid to that, and the game was declared a tie, the second between these teams in 2011, following their World Cup encounter in February. It handed England their seventh one-day bilateral series win out of eight (excluding one-off victories over Scotland and Ireland). Bopara, though, was distraught, despite a one-day international best. Had he survived that last delivery, England - who had also lost Swann, run out by Munaf Patel, to the previous ball - would have been one ahead on D/L calculations. In the end, with 11 required from seven balls and only Anderson, Finn - neither of whom faced a delivery - and Broad, who had picked up a shoulder injury, to come, it was India who felt hard done by. The preceding hour had been no less frantic. India were ahead on D/L when play halted after 44 overs, but England turned that round with nine runs from the single over possible before another stoppage. Batsmen who almost had to be dragged from the middle first time now sprinted off, and - on the resumption - England stayed in front until the demise of Swann and Bopara. Earlier, India again rebuilt from a poor position as Raina joined Dhoni in a stand of 169, India's best for any wicket at Lord's. And Rahane's brief stint running for Parthiv Patel was the last appearance by a runner in international cricket before the practice was ended by the ICC.

Men of the match: R.S. Bopara and S.K. Raina. Attendance: 26, 940

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