India vs England
And that's the game
At the end of the game it's difficult to say who'd be more disappointed with the result. Actually, no, England should have won this and was it not for the performance of Zaheer Khan and the spectacular loss of temperament from theirmiddle order (specifically Prior and Collingwood) they would have taken this comfortably. Good result for the hosts.
Over 50 Patel 2-1-6-1b-2-1
338-8 Munaf is the man asked to keep the score below 13 runs. Two runs off the fist ball through the covers. 11 off 4 now. AND THERE'S SIX OF THEM! In Shahzad's slot and he destroys the ball back over the bowler's for maximum. 4 needed for 2. Two runs off the penultimate ball and england need 2 runs off one ball. Here comes Munaf... And it's a tie! Full ball and Swann drives hard straight at the man at extra cover who makes no mistake stopping the ball. What a match!
Over 49 Chawla 0-6-1-2-6-W
325-8 Six! Swann gets a full one and he slog-sweeps it flat over midwicket for maximum. Is there another surprise here? And another one! Bresnan this time! Full and smacked over long on for six! OUT! But he's gone this time! Tries it again to a ball that's just a tad too full and he's cleaned up. Chawla pumps his fists in ecstasy. 14 runs needed off the final over. What a match!
Over 48 Patel 1-1-W-1-1-1
310-7 Munaf's first ball squirts off Yardy's outside edge and the batsmen run through for a single. OUT! Munaf joins the party! Bowls a slower elivery that Yardy scoops the ball tamely to Sehwag at short fine-leg. Trying to improvise and it just didn't come off for him. Swann makes his way to the middle. Munaf bowls another excellent slower ball to end the over.
Over 47 Khan 1-1-2-1lb-2-1
305-6 Here comes India's man of the moment - Zaheer Khan. Bresnan and Yardy seem slightly more composed than the previous procession of England batsmen though and they manage to get him away for eight runs. For the fist time this innings, England in dire need of some big hits, but neither batsmen can deliver. What a spell from Zaheer!
Over 46 Harbhajan 2-W-2-4-1-1
297-6 OUT what an amazing comeback from India! And what a spectacular choke this could be by the English. Prior goes for the big slog-sweep and doesn't even nearly pull it off. The ball comes down with snow on it and waiting for it is Suresh Raina who makes no mistake. England finally gets the ball away for a boundary - albeit fortubately - as Yardy slashes at a wide one and gets a very healthy edge that runs away to the third man fence. They need 42 from 24
Over 45 Khan 1lb-1-W-1-1-0
287-5 Great slower ball from Zaheer fools Prior who's looking for a big shot. Stolen single. What a performance by the Indian seamer! OUT!Gone! Collingwood comes down the track and Zaheer drops it short enough to beat the bat but full ebough to peg back the off stump. And just like that the game is India's to lose. Yardy is the new man - he has no more success at getting the ball away. In fact - he does exceptionally well to stay at the crease after Khan delivers another terrific yorker to him.
Over 44 Chawla 0-0-1-0-1wd-0-0
293-4 Collingwood and Prior are the two new batsmen at the crease and suddenly there's a spring in the Indian step. Another tight over and England under HUGE pressure - they need something very special to pull this back.
Over 43 Khan 0-1-0-W-W-0
281-4 Strauss calls for the batting powerplay. Can India apply some pressure here? Zaheer is given the ball. Two very miserly overs and suddenly England are under a bit of pressure. OUT! Well well well - can India claw thier way back here? Only 3 runs from 9 deliveries and Bell tries something silly - comes down the track to Zaheer, who's hitting a decent line and length - the ball flies into the air from the mistimed shot and Kohli makes up for his earlier blooper by pouching a simple one at extra cover. ReviewStrauss is hit right in front by a superb yorker and he's given OUT! Two in two for Zaheer! Drama! The crowd suddenly spring into life as England's captain departs after one of the great World Cup centuries. Prior comes in to face the hattrick ball, which he plays to point without trouble. What an over and what a match this is turning into!
Over 42 Chawla 0-0-0-0-1-1
280-2 DROPPED!Second drop of the innings. Bell plays back to a turning delivery and the ball reaches Virat Kohli at first slip who reacts as if like someone's tossed him a grenade. Made a right mess of a very, very simply chance. Chawla looks understandably deflated. India don't deserve to win this, to be honest. By al other measures, a good over for India.
Over 41 Harbhajan 0-2-1-1-0-2
278-2 India being made to pay for playing with only 4 specialist bowlers on a very docile pitch. No pressure on England at all.
Over 40 Chawla 1-1-1-1-4-1
272-2 WAY too short from Chawla and Strauss murders him over midwicket for a boundary. The shot takes Strauss to 150! What an innings from the England skipper! Terrible over for India.
Over 39 Patel 1-2-1-2-1-1
263-2 Munaf's first ball is worked down to third man by Bell for a single. England seem comfortable to milk the bowling for without much risk, picking up the boundary from the odd bad ball. Minimal risk. Very clever batting. Although Bell does get two runs from a risky scoop over backward point. Misfield costs Munaf and India a run. Another poor over from India - the English batsmen are just not put under any pressure whatsoever.
Over 38 Harbhajan 1-1-1-0-1-1
255-2 Singh's worked comfortably around the field for five singles. England on top here.
Over 37 Patel 0-1-0-2-0-1
250-2 No problems for England in that over. But it's a tight one - only 4 runs coming from it.
Over 36 Harbhajan 4-1-1-1-1-1
246-2 Harbhajan back and he immediately induces the false shot. Strauss backs away aginst a ball that's turning sharply away from him - he cuts and the top edge is found - but the ball eludes backward point and goes for four. He moves to 135. The batsmen have no problem milking singles off every subsequent ball in the over. India just don't seem to be bowling to a plan here.
Over 35 Patel 1-4-1-0-1-1
237-2 Munaf returns. Can Strauss and Bell keep the party going against him? his first delivery is nudged down to third man for a single by Bell. Next ball captain fantastic gets a short one and he pulls the ball hard behind square for another boundary. Eight runs from that over.
Over 34 Chawla 1-1-0-6-1-4
229-2 The legspinner back into the attack - crucial spell here for India. Can he break through? He tries, but instead he's lamped over midwicket for maximum. Bell picks up a full ball outside off and slog-sweeps the ball comfortably over the fence. Terrific innings from England's number four. Strauss rubs salt into Dhoni's wounds by cutting a short wide one past the short third man for four! Fantastic over for England. India bleeding here.
Over 33 Yuvraj 1-6-0-0-1-1
214-2 India in desperate need for wickets here. Yuvraj continues and he's absolutely blasted back over his head for six by Strauss! HUGE! Down the track and deposited into the crowd. Dhoni scratching his head - nine runs from that Yuvraj over.
Over 32 Khan 1-0-1-4-1-0
207-2 Superb shot from Bell! Wide and short of a length but Bell drives on the up - over extra cover for a boundary. One of the shots of the day! The England number 4's playing a decent knock here.
- 27th Feb 2011
- B F Bowden and M Erasmus
england BATTING CARD
|Strauss||lbw b Khan||158|
|Trott||lbw b Chawla||16|
|Bell||c Kohli b Khan||69|
|Prior||c Sub b Singh||4|
|Yardy||c Sehwag b Patel||13|
|Extras||3w, 1b, 7lb||11|
|Total||Close, 50.0 Overs||338 - 8|