India Beat England Won The Series:Hero Honda Cup Champions

November 24, 2008

photoBANGALORE: India clinched the seven-match cricket series against England, edging out the visitors by 19 runs via Duckworth-Lewis method in the rain-curtailed fourth ODI on Sunday.

Put into bat in what was India’s 700th ODI, the hosts witnessed two lengthy rain interruptions before reaching 166 for four wickets in 22 overs, a score they owe mainly to Virender Sehwag (69), Gautam Gambhir (40) and Yuvraj Singh (25 not out).

Needing 198 for a win under the Duckworth-Lewis method to stay afloat in the seven-match series, England managed 178 for eight as India took an unassailable 4-0 lead in the series.

For them, Owais Shah (72) and Andrew Flintoff (41) tried their best but it was not enough in the end.

With Ishant Sharma pulling off a stunner to send back in-form Ravi Bopara (1) off Munaf Patel, England hardly got the ideal start and crisis compounded when Ian Bell (12) too returned cheaply after Harbhajan Singh had upset his timberworks.

Much was expected of Kevin Pietersen (5) but Ishant cut short the England captain’s stay by pegging back his stumps to reduce the visitors to 52 for three.

Man Of The Match:Sehwag

Ravi Bopara c Ishant Sharma b Munaf Patel 1 7 0 0 14.29
Ian Bell b Harbhajan Singh 12 15 1 0 80
Owasis Shah c Sachin Tendulkar b Zaheer Khan 72 48 9 3 150
Kevin Pietersen (C) b Ishant Sharma 5 5 1 0 100
Andrew Flintoff c Zaheer Khan b Ishant Sharma 41 30 3 1 136.67
Paul Collingwood c Sachin Tendulkar b Munaf Patel 22 14 3 0 157.14
Samit Patel c Gautam Gambhir b Zaheer Khan 11 9 1 0 122.22
Graeme Swann run out Munaf Patel 5 4 1 0 125
Matt Prior (W) Not Out 0 0 0 0 0
Stuart Broad Not Out 0 1 0 0 0
James Anderson
Extras: 9(NB-1, WB-3, LB-2, Byes – 3, Penalty-0) Run Rate:8.09
Target: 198 runs from 22 overs Total Score: 178/8 (22.0)
UP Bowling O M R W NB WD E/R
Zaheer Khan 5.0 0 20 2 0 0 4
Munaf Patel 4.0 0 22 2 0 1 5.5
Ishant Sharma 5.0 0 41 2 1 1 8.2
Yusuf Pathan 1.0 0 17 0 0 0 17
Harbhajan Singh 4.0 0 42 1 0 0 10.5
Yuvraj Singh 3.0 0 31 0 0 1 10.33
Fall of Wickets
1-1 (Ravi Bopara 1.2), 2-44 (Ian Bell 7.4), 3-52 (Kevin Pietersen 8.5), 4-134 (Owasis Shah 16.5), 5-141 (Andrew Flintoff 17.4), 6-161 (Samit Patel 19.6), 7-178 (Graeme Swann 21.4), 8-178 (Paul Collingwood 21.5)
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