A superb unbeaten 99-run stand between Ravinder Bopara and Stuart Broad saw England home from a hopeless situation under lights in the 4th ODI at Old Trafford. England chasing 213 were out of the match at 114 for 7 but Rahul Dravid and his boys kept waiting and waiting for the 8th wicket which never came. Stuart Broad was the hero with his all round performance, starring with both the ball and the bat while Bopara did what he was supposed to do as a genuine batsman.
Rahul Dravid won the toss for the fourth consecutive time in this series, this time electing to bat first. After losing three early wickets, the Indians were kept on the backfoot. A careful half century from Sachin Tendulkar put India slightly on the track. Tendulkar put 71 for the fourth wicket with Yuvraj before getting out in the deep after making 55. Yuvraj later went onto score 71 with 5 fours and a six to lift India to 212 in 49.4 overs. The ninth wicket partnership between Zaheer and Piyush was the difference between India getting to a score of around 180 to the final score of 212. For England, Broad picked up 4 for 51 while Anderson kept his wicket taking habit by picking up 3 for 38.
When England came out to bat, Zaheer cleaned up Cook’s defenses with an incoming delivery which was followed with a couple of wickets from Agarkar. Kevin Pietersen looked set for a good score but he and Flintoff committed hara-kiri to bring India back in the game. Agarkar added these two wickets to his bowling figures. Soon England slipped out of the contest at 114 for 7. India were certain to draw level the series but Bopara and Broad had other ideas as they kept on accumulating the runs to secure the win. England won with two overs to spare to go 3-1 up in the series. India will now will have to go on to the remaining three matches to win this series.
Originally posted 2007-08-30 01:58:13.