England shared a tie with India in a quite thrilling World Cup Group B encounter in Bangalore as Andrew Strauss inspired his side to level their opponent’s 338 in a pulsating clash.
A dramatic finale saw England take 12 runs off the final over to tie the match after an imperious 158 from Strauss gave his side the opportunity of clinching a stunning run-chase.
It would have been an incredible effort from England after Sachin Tendulkar’s 120 looked to have given India a dominant position as they posted their opponents a target of 339 to win.
England were coasting before Zaheer produced a superb bowling spell to take three quick wickets to revive India’s fortunes.
The match went down to the last ball with England needing two to win but they managed to get one to tie the match – a result that was loudly cheered by all those lucky enough to witness it at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Earlier India’s total revolved largely around Sachin Tendulkar’s ton – his 47th one-day international century and a record fifth in World Cups.
In reply, England’s run-chase was set well on its way helped by a cracking century by skipper Strauss, the first century by an English captain in a World Cup.
Courtesy of asia.eurosport.com