England win series after tie

September 12, 2011

England won the one-day series against India at Lords yesterday after a dramatic tied match.

England remain 2-0 up in the five match series, but with only one game to go at Cardiff on Friday they have confirmed their series win.

The match was on a knife edge when England required 11 from 7 balls before heavy rain forced the players off the field. Under the Duckworth/Lewis method the match was tied.

Earlier in the day India had batted first and would have been pleased after posting 280-5 from their 50 overs. Although the tourists lost early wickets, yet again the innings was re-built by Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Suresh Raina.

Having built a platform, they then cut loose in the final 10 overs where they scored 109 runs. Raina was eventually dismissed for 84, but skipper Dhoni remained at the crease until the end finishing on 78 not out.

England’s reply started poorly, with both Cook and Kieswetter falling to RP Singh. Trott soon followed, before Bell and Bopara came together. The pair started to re-build the innings but Bell after reaching his half-century, was caught in the deep off the bowling of Ravindra Jadeja.

Bopara held firm as partners came and went and with the final ball of the day before the rain came he was dismissed, caught at deep mid-wicket for a magnificent 96. Had Bopara not have been dismissed that ball, England would have won the match by Duckworth/Lewis.

In the end England will be happy with a tie and a series win against the current world champions. The final match takes place down in Cardiff on Friday, with India desperately hoping not to go home empty handed from England.

Chris Murtagh 12/09/2011

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