Strauss majestic as England tie in dramatic fashion

England cricketer Andrew Strauss
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Let’s be honest England fans… we didn’t expect that one did we. When you see the Indian side smash 338 off of their fifty overs, you can’t be feeling too optimistic.

But captain Andrew Strauss was… He went out and batted positively and scored a majestic 158 off of 145 deliveries, hitting nineteen boundaries including a six. He was supported early on by Kevin Pietersen (31) before he was removed caught and bowled by Munaf Patel. Trott came and went before Ian Bell (69) along with captain Strauss, added 170 runs for the third wicket.

As England looked to be closing in on a victory, needing 59 to win from 8 overs. But paceman Zaheer Khan had other ideas… He removed Bell and then the centurion Strauss in the space of two balls, changing the look of the tie. And when Collingwood was removed adding just 1 from his 5 deliveries, the game looked dead and buried.

However cameo innings from Michael Yardy (13 from 10), Tim Bresnan (14 from 9), Graeme Swann (15 no from 9) and Ajmal Shazad (6 no from 2) helped England to a dramatic last ball tie, which Dhoni seemed more than happy to concede.

Will England fans feel aggrieved being so close to victory and throwing it away? Who did throw the game away?

Well all these questions mean nothing really. The game is over, the points are shared. England now have to build on the momentum of this batting performance and turn it into an all round performance.

Hopefully seamer Stuart Broad will be fit for the next group game against Ireland in Bangalore on Wednesday. But who will he replace. Jimmy Anderson’s place must be under threat after conceding a massive 91 runs off of his ten overs.

All speculation aside… I recommend that you check out the highlights of the game on the BBC sport website from 10pm or on BBC 2 at 11 45pm.

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