India and England play to thrilling tie

Both teams ended with totals of 338 after centuries by Sachin Tendulkar for India and England captain Andrew Strauss. The tension in the stadium was blatant and had been structure up since last week when crowds of cricket fans were beaten by Indian police when they tried to buy tickets for the match. India, favourites to win the World Cup on home soil, appeared to have posted a winning total when Tendulkar scored his 47th century in limited-overs cricket. Tendulkar faced 115 balls with 10 fours and five sixes three against Graeme Swann and two off Paul Collingwood's medium-pacers.

His 120 made him the first batsman to score five centuries in World Cup cricket, claiming outright a record previously shared with India's Sourav Ganguly and the Australian pair of Mark Waugh and Ricky Ponting. Already the record-holder for most one-day international centuries, Tendulkar's 47th hundred in 446 ODI matches put him in control of an England attack that appeared toothless on a benign Bangalore pitch. Together with Gautam Gambhir he shared a second-wicket stand of 134 at better than a run a ball before Gambhir was bowled by off-spinner Swann for 51.

Their partnership followed the loss of Virender Sehwag, who made 35 to follow his 175 in India's tournament-opening win against co-hosts Bangladesh. Tendulkar then put on 56 with Yuvraj Singh before he was caught off a leading edge by Michael Yardy at extra cover off Anderson."I think 338 is a fine score to defend," said Yuvraj Singh at the end of India's innings. "It's turning and it's got good bounce."But he did not reckon with an England fight back that was led by skipper Strauss.

Strauss was England's motivation, producing an extraordinary 158 from 145 balls, the highest score by an English batsman in World Cup history. With Strauss in full flow and England apparently on course to win, the Indian fight back was led by a superb piece of fast bowling by left-arm swing bowler Zaheer Khan, who took three quick wickets to check the England advance. Strauss and Ian Bell, who made 69, put England on course for victory before Khan removed both with successive balls to set up a heart-thumping end.

Scorecard: India vs England


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