Eight years ago on this day, India and England played a memorable tie in 2011 World Cup. From that India’s XI, only two players – Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni – are currently playing international cricket. And only one England cricketer – James Anderson – is still plying his trade in international cricket from that match.
Cricwizz recollects some of the finest moments from that tie in 2011 World Cup.
India’s top-order make merry
India won the toss and chose to bat first on a flat deck at Bengaluru. Openers Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar got the team off to a great start, putting 46 runs in 7.5 overs. Once Sehwag departed, Gautam Gambhir joined Sachin in the middle and the two posted a stand of 134 runs for the second wicket in 22 overs. Yuvraj Singh too joined the party. Sachin, Gambhir, Yuvraj scored a 50-plus score.
But Sachin’s knock was the highlight
Sachin’s knock was the highlight of India’s innings. Sachin anchored the innings till the 40th over. He scored a majestic 120 off 115 balls with 10 fours and 5 sixes. Sachin’s knock laid the platform for a big score. And players such as Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni made merry post Sachin’s exit. India scored 102 runs in last 12 overs. But India were bowled out for 338 in 49.5 overs as a flurry of wickets, in the end, made India fell short by 20 runs.
Andrew Strauss and Kevin Pietersen give England a good start
England skipper Strauss and Kevin Pietersen opened the innings and went into fifth gear from the first ball. They scored 68 runs in 9.3 overs before Pietersen was castled LBW by Munaf Patel. Strauss found an able partner in Ian Bell who scored a fifty to diminish all hopes of India’s win.
Strauss shows the way
Strauss was leading from the front with a valiant century. Strauss and Bell posted 170 runs for the third wicket in 26 overs. England looked comfortably placed at 281/2 in 42nd over and required another 58 runs off 45 balls. England were favourites to win from that position. Strauss was batting on 158 then and looked good enough to take England across the finish line.
Zaheer deals a triple blow
Just when all looked lost for India, Zaheer Khan gave India’s hopes with a double blow on successive deliveries. He dismissed Strauss LBW for 158 and got Ian bell caught for 69 off the next ball. In Khan’s next over, the left-arm pacer bowled Paul Collingwood for 1 to raise hopes of India’s win. England slumped from 281/2 to 285/5 thanks to Zak’s triple strike.
Match evenly poised
England now required 54 runs off 33 balls. And India’s tails were up. But England’s lower-order comprising Tim Bresnan, Graeme Swann, Michael Yardy gave a spirited fightback to keep England in the contest. It all boiled down to 14 runs off 6 balls.
Munaf Patel seals a tie for India
Munaf went for a six on the third ball to bring the equation down to 5 runs off 3 balls. But in the next three balls, he conceded just 4 runs to help India tie the game. With two runs required to win off the last ball, Graeme Swann managed just a single. India and England shared points after 100 overs of thrilling cricket where the momentum shifted every now and then. Andrew Strauss was named the man of the match for his 158.