India vs England, 11th Match, Group B at Bengaluru, , Feb 27 2011 - Ball by Ball Commentary

11th Match, Group B (D/N), Bengaluru, February 27, 2011, ICC Cricket World Cup
(49.5/50 ov) 338
(50 ov, T:339) 338/8

Match tied

Player Of The Match
158 (145)
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end of over 5013 runs
ENG: 338/8CRR: 6.76 
Graeme Swann15 (9b 1x6)
Ajmal Shahzad6 (2b 1x6)
Munaf Patel 10-0-70-2
Piyush Chawla 10-0-71-2

Match tied Well well well. If it weren't for Munaf's short run from the last ball of India's innings India would have this game! Incredible match, Strauss's innings must rank as the best England ODI innings after Gooch's World Cup 115 in 1983. Fourth tied game in World Cup history. Breathless stuff, that game has twisted one way and another and again and another before ending up even. Ian Bell's Powerplay shot? India fluffing their last few overs with the bat? Misfields all round, all end up magnified.

What is left to say about it really. India were a bowler short, England a batsmen short and in the end it balanced to a perfect equilibrium. Zaheer's spell with the old ball in the batting Powerplay was remarkable. He is the absolute key to India's World Cup, more than Sachin or Sehwag I would argue. England will be gutted, Strauss led a chase like no other and deserved the win. Also Tim Bresnan, first with five wickets and then 14 runs to hold England together when they were doing their best to fall apart.

"The way they started I definitely am happy with a tie," says Dhoni. "When they were 2 down the way they were going the bowlers were finding it very tough. Zak changed it around for us he is a different bowler if you try and come at him it's very difficult. It could count as a win in the points table at the end."

Yes and no, really," answers Strauss to whether he is happy with the result. "We were in a great position and then had a shocking Powerplay. After that we were lucky and grateful for Swann and Shahzad to getting us to the tie. We're happy and devastated at the same time but privileged to play in a game like this."

Strauss is rightly named man of the match, "it's the best innings I've played." Indeed. Phew, that was immense fun. My nerves, not to mention fingers, are in tatters. Andrew Miller has somehow got to squeeze everything into a bulletin, when it's done it will be well worth a read. Might not get a better game all tournament. Not sure what that's done to the Fantasy standings but you should go and find out. The next game is, er, Canada v Zimbabwe tomorrow. Do join us for it.

Patel to Swann, 1 run

It's a tie! 100 overs of scintillating ODI cricket and the scores are level! That's what World Cup cricket is about! Swann drives hard as Munaf finds a perfect line and length, hit it cleanly but straight to mid-off who managed to make no fumble and pinned England to a single to seal the tie

Patel to Swann, 2 runs

Swann miles down the track, wants the boundary to finish it but finds an inside edge by heaving to leg. Manic running and slow fielding have him back for a second. One to tie, but two for a famous, unbelievable win...

Patel to Shahzad, 1 bye

Shahzad misses outside off but Swann has called through for a bye! Clever, steely stuff from Munaf, quite how a bowler holds his nerve in a situation like this is beyond me. Oh Shahzad what a strike that was.

Patel to Shahzad, SIX runs

Strauss is on his feet, Swann is screaming! What a shot from Shahzad! So clean! Just got his front leg out the way, got the half-volley he wanted and creamed it straight down the ground, over the bowler's head and into the stands for six!

Patel to Swann, 1 run

wonderful stuff from Munaf, perfect slower ball, nothing for Swann to work with and he can only outside edge to third man. Shahzad hits a long ball though...

Patel to Swann, 2 runs

Swann gives himself room outside off to drive towards cover, doesn't get the boundary he needs but a misfield allows him to keep the strike by scampering back a second

So, after 99 overs England need 14 to pull off a historic victory. India favourites, Munaf to bowl it...

end of over 4915 runs • 1 wicket
ENG: 325/8CRR: 6.63 RRR: 14.00
Graeme Swann9 (5b 1x6)
Piyush Chawla 10-0-71-2
Munaf Patel 9-0-58-2
Chawla to Bresnan, OUT

Chawla strikes back! One way and another this match is going! Bresnan tried again to to find the boundary, he had to, but it's quicker and flatter and through him onto off stump

Tim Bresnan b Chawla 14 (9b 0x4 1x6 18m) SR: 155.55
Chawla to Bresnan, SIX runs

Bresnan has nailed this! Not another twist, surely! Down one knee, clearing his front leg and thrashing the life out of it, to send it rocketing over midwicket once more

Chawla to Bresnan, 2 runs

ooh, Bresnan trying to match Swann but can't quite time it as well. Pressure on though and a misfield allows him to come back for a second

Chawla to Swann, 1 run

Swann down the wicket now to try and swing a similar shot, this one skews off the leading edge and looped towards third man on the bounce

Chawla to Swann, SIX runs

absolute silence as Swann is on the sweep again. This time getting all of it and it shoots flat, hard over the midwicket rope!

Chawla to Swann, no run

big slog sweep attempted, but Swann only finds fresh air

Righty, Chawla on. Now or never. I suspect the latter.

end of over 485 runs • 1 wicket
ENG: 310/7CRR: 6.45 RRR: 14.50
Graeme Swann2 (2b)
Tim Bresnan6 (6b)
Munaf Patel 9-0-58-2
Zaheer Khan 10-0-64-3
Patel to Swann, 1 run

lovely slower ball from Munaf. Saw Swann advancing, slipped it in slower, Swann ended up pushing back to him and there could well have been a run out but Munaf opted not to shy at the stumps

Patel to Bresnan, 1 run

Bresnan heaving but just can't get the timing or elevation to drag England back into this

Patel to Swann, 1 run

more canny work from Munaf, full and straight, Swann times his drive nicely but all along the ground to the long-off fielder

Graeme Swann is the new man. Tough day he's had.

Patel to Yardy, OUT

Yardy is out, and England must be as well now. Strauss has his head in his hand, he deserved more. Yardy tried to flip this over short fine leg but couldn't get enough on the slower ball and it spooned straight to the man

Michael Yardy c Sehwag b Patel 13 (10b 1x4 0x6 17m) SR: 130
Patel to Bresnan, 1 run

Munaf is full and straight, you know what you'll get and Dhoni has set the field for it. Try as he did, Bresnan heaving through the line can only earn a single down the ground

Patel to Yardy, 1 run

Yardy looking for something expansive but only finds a thickish edge that runs away to third man. Somehow a boundary has got to come

Munaf now into the attack, he's canny but this has to England's target.

end of over 478 runs
ENG: 305/6CRR: 6.48 RRR: 11.33
Michael Yardy12 (8b 1x4)
Tim Bresnan4 (4b)
Zaheer Khan 10-0-64-3
Harbhajan Singh 10-0-58-1
Khan to Yardy, 1 run

ooh, top fielding at point saves four here. Yardy squeezed out a fullish ball and timed it well but diving fielding prevented damage. What a Powerplay for India, just 25 runs and four, four wickets. Zaheer's work is done.

Zaheer Kahn is now trending on Twitter. He's be thrilled I'm sure...

Khan to Yardy, 2 runs

Yardy playing this nicely, slicing out to deep point. Hares back for a second but England need boundaries soon

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