Second one-day international

England v India 2007

Richard Hobson

At Bristol, August 24 (day/night). India won by nine runs. Toss: India.

Short boundaries conspired with a flat pitch to produce an imbalance between bat and ball - not that any of the 16,000 crowd were complaining, after 11 sixes and 73 fours. Flu-like symptoms failed to restrict Tendulkar and Dravid any more than a one-dimensional bowling attack: India's 329 for seven was their highest total against England. The decision to omit Panesar in favour of yet another seamer in Tremlett backfired, and the target could have been greater still had umpire Gould not adjudicated that Tendulkar had gloved Flintoff 's bouncer on 99. Replays suggested the ball deflected via the arm guard. It fell, instead, to Dravid to give the late impetus, with 92 from 63 balls. Although Flintoff 's figures of five for 56 were his best in one-day cricket, he was handicapped by a sore right knee. India did at least give England a chance, squandering five chances in the first 19 overs alone. But the spin of Powar and Chawla did for the middle order. Mascarenhas hit five sixes in reaching a maiden one-day international fifty off 36 balls, but was out with 31 wanted off the last eight balls; Broad managed 21.

Man of the Match: R. Dravid.

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