England’s second group match of the ICC cricket World Cup has seen them face pre-tournament favourites India, and what can I say… It has been a batting masterclass from the host nation. The hosts have rocketed to 339 all out one ball shy of their fifty overs, dominated by the little master himself… Sachin Tendulkar. From opening the batting, he scored a brilliant one-hundred and twenty from one-hundred and fifteen balls, with ten fours and five sixes.
Tendulkar and Sehwag opened up the innings with a quick fire forty-six run partnership. Tendulkar and Gautam Gambhir (51) took the score rapidly to one-hundred and eighty, before Graeme Swann dismissed Gambhir. A flurry of boundaries from the new man Yuvraj Singh (58) and Sachin took the hosts to the batting powerplay, before Tendulkar fell to a leading edge off of the bowling of Jimmy Anderson.
The Indian middle order continued to capitalise on the pitch and poor bowling, with captain Dhoni scoring a quick fire thirty. The only English solace came in the penultimate over, when Tim Bresnan removed three batsman in four balls, taking him to brilliant figures of 5-48 from his ten overs. A flurry of late wickets restricted the hosts to 339 all out after two late run-outs.
Its going to take something extremely special from this England batting order to chase such a huge score. Maybe a quick fire ton from Kevin Pietersen… only time will tell.
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