Independence Day Special: 5 Matches When Indian Team Embarrassed England On The Field
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Independence Day Special: 5 Matches When Indian Team Embarrassed England On The Field

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Sourav Ganguly and Co. at Lord's Balcony. Image Credit: Getty Images.
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After India became an independent country on 15th August 1947, they slowly grew up in cricket. India won their first-ever international cricket match against England in 1952 during the Chennai Test. It took a lot of time for the Indian team to learn how to handle one of the oldest international cricket teams England and slowly but steadily the Asian side improved their game and gradually became the competitive side against the English side.

In the 21st century, India and England are the very competitive sides, while the Indian team has also managed to dominate the English side at home.

Independence Day Special: Here are the top five matches when the Indian team embarrassed the England team on the field

Victory during their Group Stage meeting in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003

Indian, England, Independence Day, When Indian Team Embarrassed England On The Field
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It was the crucial Group A match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003 between India and England at Durban on 26th February 2003. Indian captain Sourav Ganguly won the toss and chose to bat first in that day/night match. Among the Indian batsmen, the in-form opener Sachin Tendulkar (50 runs), wicket-keeper batsman Rahul Dravid (62 runs) and middle-order batsman Yuvraj Singh (42 runs) scored crucial runs that helped the Indian team to manage the first innings total of 250/9 (50 overs).

England batsmen were struggling from the beginning of the second innings as they lost both their openers (Nick Knight 1 and Marcus Trescothick 8) in the first seven overs. Though the next batsmen tried hard to handle that situation, England batting faced massive collapse after the young left-arm Indian pacer Ashish Nehra was introduced into the attack. Nehra was dominating with the ball in hand as the English batsmen had no clue how to handle that Indian youngster.

Though Andrew Flintoff tried to put some fight back in the late moment of that match, they were too far from the target. While Flintoff scored 64 runs off 73 balls, England were bowled out for 168 runs (45.3 overs) and India won that match by 82 runs. The Player of the Match Nehra finished that match with the dominating bowling figures of 10-2-23-6.

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