With the India – England ODI series about to begin we look back at some of the memorable One Day Internationals been played between these two teams.
5. ICC Champions Trophy 2013, Final, Birmingham:
The Hosts invited India to bat first and the visitors looked good after a decent start till Ravi Bopara and Tredwell destroyed India’s middle but Virat Kohli‘ steady innings and a quick fire knock from Ravi Jadeja help to a score of 129 for 7 in alloted 20 overs.
Indians were able to rip of the England Captain early but the hosts kept the runs coming. But the introduction of spin brought the change England were reduced from 28/1 in 5 overs to 46/4 in 8.4 overs. However a brilliant stand of 64 off 53 between Morgan and Bopara almost ruined the hopes of India. But MS Dhoni‘s hopes on Ishant Sharma who already conceeded much paid off as he sent back the both the set batsmen in spare of two and after which the England didn’t came back into the game as they ended on 124 for 9 lossing by 5 runs.
4. India in England, 6th ODI, 2007, The Oval:
To be alive in the series, India needed to win the game at Oval. Hosts decided to bat after winning toss but Indian bowlers destroyed their hopes as they were reduced to 137 for 5 in 31st over. But debutant Wright and Shah put on a 106 run stand in 84 balls leading the hosts rescue. Shah scored an unbeaten 107 and Mascarenhas smashed 5 sixers of last 5 balls on innings powering England to 316 for 6.
In the chase, the India’s top opening pair Sachin and Ganguly gave a brilliant start. They both put on 150 in 22.2 overs before Dada departed for 63. Soon Sachin departed for a blistering 94. India kept lossing wickets as they were struggling at 234 for 5 in 40.2 overs. But a superb 60 run stand from 46 balls before Dhoni was cleaned by Broad. It looked like turning towards England with Zaheer and Agarkar been runout. India needed 8 from last 4 balls and Uthappa needed just 2 balls to complete the formalities.
3. ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, Bangalore:
India encountered England in a Group B fixture part of CWC in 2011 hosted by Sub Continent. The Hosts were happy to bat first after winning toss a flatish track at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Asusually, Sehwag powered India to a quick start before getting out. Sachin looked very calm till the drinks break but after that he started to flown on. Along with Gambhir he put on a stand of 134 in 131 deliveries for 2nd wicket. Tendulkar who took to bring up his fifty with a six in 66 balls took just 37 balls for his second as he scored his 47th ODI fifty in 103 balls. He finally fell in Powerplay to Anderson for 120. Yuvraj Singh and Dhoni kept the rate over 6.5 as India were 305 for 3 with another 25 balls reamaining. But a collapse from the batsmen made India bowled with a ball remaining for 338.
In the big chase, Pietersen powered his team to a quick start. Later, captain Strauss took over with a anchor role along with Ian Bell as Indians lost hopes on the game. But the Reverse swing specialist Zaheer Khan turned the game on its toe Sending back both the batsmen and Collingwood in his two overs. England lost 5 wickets for 26 and needed 32 from 15 balls. But Chawla‘s 49th overs conceeded 15 runs as the equation brought down to 14 off last over. With 11 from 4 needed, Shahzad smashed a Six down the ground and the respective balls read 1, 2, 1 making a thrilling game a Draw.
2. England in India ODI Series, 6th ODI, 2002, Mumbai:
With the Six match ODI series was led by India by 3-2 with the final game to played, India and England faced each other in Mumbai. England on winning toss choosed to bat.
A terrific knock from Trescothick who led the visitors from front scoring 95 off just 80 balls. England were running with a run rate over 6 at point but a middle order collapse downed them as they bowled out for 255 in 49.1 overs.
Chasing a total of 256 to win the series, whole top order of India fired as everyone got starts. Captain Ganguly led his team from front scoring 80 felling as 4th wicket at a point when India needing 65 in 79 balls. With 32 needing from 33 with 5 wickets in hand, India started to collapse as they needed 11 from last over with Badani on crease. The first three balls yielded 5 runs. But the next two balls resulted in wickets with one been runout, India were bowled out for 250 and lost the game. Andrew Flintoff who bowled the lost over ran shirtless waving his jersey round the Wankhede celebrating their win.
1. Natwest Tri Series Final, 2002 Lords’:
England had to face India at Lords’ in the Tri series Final. The Hosts went beserk over Indian bowlers after winning the toss and chosing to bat. Trescothick and Hussain centuries helped England to post 325 on the board.
Chasing a huge total, Captain Ganguly and Sehwag got over the hosts putting a quick fire century stand for the 1st wicket. Ganguly departed for a 43 ball 60 putting a 106 run stand with Sehwag of just 87 balls. Indians lost quick wickets after that with their final hope Sachin too departed at 146 as the 5th wicket at end of 24 overs. But an amazing fight back from Yuvraj and Kaif sparkled India’s hopes as they both put on 121 off 106 balls before Yuvraj departed for 69. But Kaif along with Tail continued the fight as he got some help from Harbhajan with whom he shared a stand of 47 in 5.5 overs before Flintoff sent the two spinners of team back to hut. But kaif along with Zaheer completed the chase with 3 balls to spare unbeaten on 87. Ganguly gave a strong reply to Flintoff’s celebrations early in the year at Mumbai as he removed his shirt as waved in the Lords’ balcony.
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