August 23, 2017

England v India – Thrilling tie at Cricket World Cup

Well batted Andrew. A lovely smile but it would have been wider if your team had won the match.

India and England have fought out a thrilling tie in their Cricket World Cup, Group B match at Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore.

Earlier, Sachin Tendulkar had scored a superb 120 to see India to an imposing 338 in 49.5 overs. Yuvraj Singh (58) and Gautam Gambhir (51) provided excellent support.

Tim Bresnan was the star of the England bowling attack with 5 wickets for 48 runs in his ten overs.

England set about their run chase with casual ease. Kevin Pietersen (31) and Jonathan Trott (16) were the only casualties as England got through to 111. Trott’s wicket brought Ian Bell in to join Andrew Strauss and the pair put on 170 runs to have England cruising at 280 for 2 after 43 overs.

Zaheer Khan produced a stunning comeback,removing Bell, Strauss and Collingwood with some sensational reverse swing bowling. Andrew Strauss had scored what should have been a match winning 158 runs from 145 balls. Ian Bell was out for 69 from 108 balls.

It came down to Graeme Swann needing two from the final Munaf Patel delivery, but he managed to find the cover fielder and ran through for a single to tie the match.

There will be major concerns in the Indian camp about the inept nature of their bowling attack on a batsman friendly wicket.

England will be over the moon after their awful first up game against the Netherlands.

Newswarped thinks the England v India game is a good advetisement, why only the top dozen sides should be at the Cricket World Cup. The fans around the world want to see more match-ups wth the top sides.

Newswarped also thinks it was not a good look for the organisers that after fans were batoned by police when trying to buy tickets for this game, that there were still obvious empty seats at Chinnaswamy stadium.

India 338 (Tendulkar 120, Bresnan 5-48) tied with England 338 for 8 (Strauss 158, Bell 69, Zaheer 3-64)