England vs India-4th ODI: Match Report

Posted: September 11, 2011 in Sports
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Match Result: Match Drawn as Par Scores Level [D/L]
England Leads Series 2-0

Match Report:

          Ravi Bopara did his utmost to haul England from plenty of bother to a winning position, but ultimately came up short as Sunday’s rain-affected fourth ODI ended in a tie.

Chasing a 281-run target and the sodden weather threatening throughout, Bopara was the backbone of the home side’s pursuit for his knock of 96 and had he not holed out at midwicket off what proved to be the last ball of the match, India surely would’ve finished on the losing end of the soggy affair.

The dying throes provided many ebbs and flows, with the tourists marginally head of the Duckworth/Lewis calculation at the first delay and England marginally superior as the rain returned. Two wickets in two balls, however, left the teams tied and with no further play possible, that’s how it stayed.

The deadlock was enough to give Alastair Cook’s men a series win. They had won at The Rose Bowl and The Oval, while the first ODI was washed out. Cardiff’s final one-dayer on Friday leaves just face to save for India.

For arguably the first time this tour, the plighted visiting attack held the upper hand for an extended period. Cook, Craig Kieswetter and Jonathan Trott’s collective effort to get their side off to a sound start was futile as RP Singh’s return to the XI brought reward. The southpaw seamer was much more the real deal than we witnessed in the Test series and ended with three for 59.

Bopara found grand support in Ian Bell, who like his partner was workmanlike in his collection of runs. Both men went to a half-century, with Bopara moving to his highest ODI score. Bell was eventually undone by a momentary rush of blood to the head. Looking to kick on rather prematurely, the right-hander went the aerial route down the ground but straight into the long-off fielder’s hands.

Ben Stokes flattered to deceive and Tim Bresnan was cleaned up by a Singh skidder, leaving Bopara batting with the lower order. Graeme Swann (31) stepped up in support of the half-centurion and the duo’s 50-run stand for the seventh wicket at close to eight an over looked to have the result in the bag for England, even if the pair were to get out in quick succession.

Mum Nature and her foul mood, wouldn’t oblige. A farcical squib eventually ended the match, with all and sundry holed up in the pavilion as the umpires – belatedly – called an end to proceedings. Indian fans will argue the point that time could have been called when their side was slightly ahead of the calculation but in fairness to Marais Erasmus and Richard Illingworth, their bid to have the game end sans the use of the Duckworth/Lewis system was the right one.

Earlier England conceded a monstrous 118 runs from the last seven overs as Mahendra Dhoni and Suresh Raina’s swashbuckling half-centuries propelled India to a total of 280 for five.

As was the case in the third one-dayer, Cook’s decision to bowl first after winning the toss bore early fruit for the hosts.

Crawling to 110 for four inside 26 overs, the tourists seemed destined for a score in the region of just 200-odd.

Raina and Dhoni, however, believed otherwise and duly cranked out a cavalier partnership of record proportions.

The captain and his sidekick raced to an alliance of 169 runs inside 24 overs at a rate of 7.09 – and for their collective effort fetched the highest fifth-wicket partnership by an Indian pair against England in ODIs.

The English, complacent after breaking the top order’s back with two wickets apiece from Stuart Broad and Swann, were caught entirely off guard. Broad and Bresnan in particular frayed at the edges, with the former eventually leaving the field with an arm injury of sorts.

Raina – eventually out for 84 and 75 balls – and Dhoni – ultimately unbeaten on 78 off 71 – smashed 58 runs through the batting Powerplay and had Cook rattling through his bowlers in an empty bid to prevent the carnage.

Parthiv Patel (27) and Ajinkya Rahane (38) rode the testing conditions early on to put on 65 for the first wicket. Broad’s introduction to the attack, however, had the openers out in quick succession before Swann accounted for the scalps of Virat Kohli (16) and Rahul Dravid (19) in the same over.

England’s horses-for-courses selection of the Lord’s-based Steven Finn ahead of Jade Dernbach hardly paid off, with the Middlesex seamer travelling for all of 54 runs from his 9.4 overs.

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  1. akki says:

    Dramatic match…….both teams were given equal opportunities using D/L par scores……bt finally D/L decided to end match In a DRAW 😀 😀 😀

  2. garmin 1490t says:

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