February 28, 2011

ICC World Cup 2011 updates: Day 8

On the 8th day of the ICC World Cup 2011, India played against England at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru, India. Toss went into the favor of MS Dhoni and he chose to bat first.

The big guns Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar opened the batting innings for India. Sehwag hit 4 in the first delivery of the innings itself, it was an awesome start for India. Sehwag kept on firing and on the other end Sachin Tendulkar did not strike well. Sehwag departed after scoring 35 runs from 26 deliveries. Gautam Gambhir came in to bat and he also started playing well. Mean while Sachin took the responsibility and started hitting the ball. Gauti departed after scoring his half century and Yuvi came in to bat. Yuvaraj Singh partnered with master blaster and played some decent knocks while Sachin kept on hitting few sixes. Sachin Tendulkar looking to hit a big one, but at-last he changed his mind and tried to flick towards leg side which got edged and went straight to Michael Yardy who made no mistake. Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar went back to pavilion after scoring 120 runs in 115 deliveries that included 10 fours and 5 sixes. Yuvaraj Singh made his half century and returned back. Immediately Indian skipper MS Dhoni followed him. After this things changed, India lost remaining wickets and were all out in 49.5 overs with 1 delivery to spare. India scored 338 runs with the loss of 10 wickets. Tim Bresnan took 5 wickets.

England needed 339 runs to win the match, which is not an easy go for them. Andrew Strauss and Kevin Pietersen started the batting innings for England. They both started off well and right from the beginning boundaries kept on adding. After the fall of Kevin Pietersen and Jonathan Trott, Ian Bell came in and made a good partnership of 170 runs. This partnership took away India's hope of winning the match. In the 43rd over, Zaheer Khan came back and broke the partnership claiming both the wickets back to back. Andrew Strauss scored an amazing score of 158 runs and Ian Bell scored 69 runs. After this, things turned towards Indian side and they were looking stronger back with hopes. But this didn't last long as they started giving runs but at the same time taking wickets. When Piyush Chawla bowled the 49th over, he went for 2 sixes which almost turned the match towards England. But, he picked up his prey in the last delivery. At this point of time England were 325 runs with the loss of 8 wickets. They were in need of 14 runs in 6 deliveries with 2 wickets remaining. After a six was hit, England were little relieved and the hope for India was again gone as England needed only 4 runs from 2 deliveries. In the next delivery they made 2 more runs thus requiring only 2 runs from 1 ball to win the match. Last delivery Munaf bowled a good one and gave just only one run. Both the teams were releaved as the match did not go in to anyones favor.

Match was drawn and the points was shared by both the teams. Man of the match was Andrew Strauss.

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