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27 Feb 2011

India set target of 339 runs against England in their world cup meet

Oh my, India could not even finish their allocated 50 overs! What a dramatic end of the inning. At one point, getting wickets seem very difficult for English bowler; but, they managed to take all 10 wickets before the final ball was delivered.
The credit goes more to INDIA's batsmen and partly to some great spell from Tim Bresnan. India middle order gifted wickets in attempt to accelerate the inning in the slog overs. The aggregate score might have been different if the wickets had not fallen regularly.

The attraction of the first inning was another century from the master Sachin Tendulkar. This was his 47th century in total, and 5th in the world cup. Tendulkar, who is 56 runs short of scoring 2000 runs in the world cup, started slowly but picked up once his opening partner Virender Sehwag (35) departed. He then had a nice partnership of 134 runs with Gautam Gambhir (51). Tendulkar hit 5 sixes and 10 fours in his score of 120 off 115 balls. He fell quickly after the batting powerplay was taken. Yuvraj Singh (58) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni(31) did well to carry out after that, but fell at the crucial moments. No other batsmen could actually hold their nerves and the inning finally packed up at 338 runs. Tim Bresnan took 5 wickets for 48 runs.

England have started their innings. At 3.5 overs, they are already in 24 runs without losing wicket, exactly the start they should look for. But the target is huge, and bearing in mind that England are weak against spin, it would be difficult for them to maintain the run rate. Let's see what the result will be.

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