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2002 Natwest final to 2011 World Cup tie: Top 7 moments in India vs England ODI series

ganguly natwest twirlIndia and England face off each other in the three-match ODI series starting on January 15, 2017 in Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. The two teams have memorable contest against each other in the 50 over format. Let look at those nail biting moments and moments of glory for the winning team.

Here is the list Top 7 moments between England and India in ODIs:

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• India Vs England at Lords in Natwest series Final (July 13, 2002): This match was played on July 13, 2002. The spectators at Lords cricket ground was truly entertained by both the teams. England batted first in that final. Hundreds from Marcus Trescothick and Naseer Hussain led England score 325 for 5 in their 50 overs. Chasing 326 for victory, the Indian openers gave a good start of 106 runs. But wickets of Sourav Ganguly and Virender Sehwag in consecutive overs gave a chance to England to make a comeback into the match. England seized this opportunity and removed Dinesh Mongia, Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar in quick succession. From being in 106 for no loss, suddenly India was in a spot of bother. At 145 for 6, two young men and future cricketers of India, Yuvraj Singh and Mohd Kaif, tired to play a rescue act together. These two guys turned the match around on its head. England couldn’t break their partnership that turned the game into India’s favour. Their partnership of 121 runs for the sixth wicket ensured that India was in the game. After Yuvraj got out for well made 69, Kumble couldn’t hang around with Kaif. He was out very quickly in span of two balls. It was Kaif again who was involved in a small partnership with Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan to give India the famous win at Lords. India won the Natwest series. The most ironic moment was Saurav Ganguly taking off his shirt at the balcony of Lords.

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• India Vs England at Bengaluru in 2011 World Cup (Feb 27, 2011):  This was the first tied match of the World Cup and the first between these two teams. India and England were placed in Group B. This was 11th match of the world Cup. India won the toss and opted to bat first. Sachin and Sehwag gave India a good start. In just 7 overs, India were 46 for no loss. Sehwag gave his wicket away in quest of quick runs. Sachin and Gautam Gambhir built on the partnership. The duo added 134 runs for the second wicket. Gambhir scored a well made half century but fell soon after scoring 51 runs. Yuvraj jointed Sachin after the dismissal of Gautam Gambhir. The English bowlers couldn’t stop Sachin on that day. He built another partnership with Yuvi. They both shared a 56 runs partnership. There no one who stop Sachin Tendulkar. He created a record by scoring hundred. He has most hundreds in World Cup history. He continued to play. In 38.2 over Sachin fell to Jimmy Anderson for well made 120. Then captain Dhoni joined Yuvraj, these started off where Sachin had left. They added 69 runs in quick time that helped India to get pass 300-run mark. Yuvraj had terrific World Cup 2011. He completed his fifty. He too got out for 58. In the next ball Dhoni gave his wicket away. This brought England back into the game. India didn’t last long after the wicket of Dhoni and Yuvraj. India was all out for 338 runs in 49.5 overs. In reply England threatened to chase down the target of 339 runs. After the wicket of Kevin Peterson, Andrew Strauss and Ian bell built a great partnership. This partnership of 170 runs was highest in that match. Strauss completed his wonderful century and Ian Bell scored well made 69. Dhoni’s decision to bring Zaheer Khan back into the attack was a masterstroke. Zak didn’t disappoint his captain. He removed Strauss and Bell in one over. He broke the partnership and brought India back into the game. Later Paul Collingwood was also picked up by Zaheer. Harbhajan Singh joined the party by picking the wicket of Matt Prior. Later Yardy was picked up by Munaf Patel. But two sixes in Chawla’s over turned the match again to England. However, Chawla picked up Bresnan later. In the last over England required 14 to win this historic match. Munaf Patel bowled a good last over. He conceded just one six. But India ensured that they won’t let England win this by giving away only 1 run of the last ball. The match ended in a tie. 

• England Vs India at Lords (Sept 11, 2011): The year 2011 witnessed two tied match between these two teams. First the World Cup and second one was at Lords on September 11, 2011. This was the 4th ODI of Natwest Series. England won the toss and chose to bowl first. Ajinkya Rahane and Parthiv Patel opened for India. The opener gave a start of 65 runs. But they didn’t convert it into century stand. Ajinkya Rahane was the first one to go for 38. 2 overs later Prathiv also joined Rahane in the pavilion. Wickets fell in regular intervals as Kohli and Rahul Dravid couldn’t last long. It was Raina and Dhoni who provided the momentum. They shared a long partnership of 169 runs for the fifth wicket. Raina was out just 2 balls before the last over. Dhoni was there till the end. Raina scored well made 84 and Dhoni was not out on 78. The target for England was revised one; in 50 overs they needed 271 runs. In reply, the hosts didn’t have a good start. Both the openers fell on just 27 runs on the board. Trott and Ian Bell tried to reconstruct the innings but Praveen Kumar removed him and gave India a vital breakthrough. Ravi Bopara and Ian Bell got together and frustrated the Indian bowlers by sharing a partnership of 98 runs for the 4th wicket. Ian Bell fell soon after his half century, he scored 54. But Ravi Bopara continued his solid innings. He built another partnership with Bresnan and Swan. That brought England closer to the target. But wickets of Swan and Bresnan brought India back in the game. Ravi Bopara missed a well deserved ton. He dismissed for 96 by Munaf Patel. England fell short again. This match was tied due to D/L method.

• India Vs England 6th ODI (Sept 5, 2007): After losing 2 ODIs on trot. India had close contest with host England in the 6th ODI at The Oval in London. India who were looking to save the series in this ODI match and England wanted to seal the series here itself before the final match at Lords. In the all important match England won the toss and batted first. Zaheer Khan removed England opener Alastair Cook on the second ball of the first over. Cook was out without troubling the scorers. Few balls later Matt Prior fell to Ajit Agarkar. England was in real trouble. They were reeling at 20 for 2. Kevin Peterson and Ian Bell took the responsibility and reconstructed the innings. Their 59-run stand was broken by Piyush Chawla when he picked up the wicket of Bell for 49. In the very next over Paul Collingwood ran himself out because of good fielding by Dinesh Kartik. Peterson and Owis Shah tried to repair things for England again. They both shared a 54-run partnership for the 5th wicket. After scoring his fifty, Peterson couldn’t hang around with Owais Shah. He was also run out for 53. The debutant Luke Wright joined Shah at the crease. They repaired and brought their back into the game. Their partnership of 106 lasted for 14 over. This partnership took the game away from India. Luke Wright scores an impressive fifty in his debut match. But Owis Shah continued to hurt India with his brilliant batting. He scored his maiden hundred. Yuvraj Singh was hammered by Mascarenhas, as he scored 5 huge sixes in last over of that innings. India had to chase 317 to stay alive in the series. India got off to a flying start. Indian openers Tendulkar and Ganguly gave the start they wanted. Their 150-run opening stand was the highlight of that match. But it was broken by Sutart Borad. He picked up Ganguly for 53. After 6 runs, Sachin also departed soon with just 6 short of his hundred. He was dismissed by Panesar on 94. India was in panic situation. Later Yuvraj, Dravid and Gambhir also departed in quick succession. MS Dhoni and Robin Uthappa tried to steady the ship with their 60 run stand. But Dhoni tried to be over ambitious and gave his wicket to Borad for 35 runs. Now, the onus was the young Uthappa to steer India to victory. But he was running out of partners. Both Agarkar and Zaheer Khan ran themselves out in search of runs. In the final over, 10 runs were needed. Uthappa steered India home by taking the responsibility and scoring those important 10 runs. India won the match with 2 wickets and 2 balls remaining.

• England Vs India, 4th ODI (Aug 30, 2007): This match was played in Manchester on 30th August 2007. India won the toss and chose to bat first. India had bad start. India lost Ganguly in the 3rd over. Later Kartik and Dravid went in quick succession. India were in trouble when they had lost 3 wickets for just 32 runs. Tendulkar and Yuvraj shared a much needed partnership for the visitors. Their partnership of 71 runs helped them to recover a bit. But Indian fans wanted these two to stay longer. After guiding India to 100-run mark and after completing his 50. Sachin, who looking set was out for 55. Peterson gave England a good breakthrough. All eyes were on Yuvraj Singh. He and Dhoni tried to repair the innings once again. But Panesar removed Dhoni for 13. Yuvraj tried to forge a partnership with Agarkar. But that also didn’t last longer. Agarkar was dismissed after completing his fighting fifty. Yuvraj also perished for 71. Zaheer Khan and Chawla added 31 runs but that was not enough. No Indian batsmen could hang around. India only managed 212 runs in 49.4 overs. Chasing, 213 target for victory. The hosts were also in spot of bother. Ajit Agarkar and Zaheer Khan dismissed the openers very quickly. After adding 21 runs Ian Bell also perished to Agarkar. Kevin Peterson and Paul Collingwood joined in the rescue act. Their 46-run stand was an important one but it was fun till it lasted. Agarkar picked up Peterson and Collingwood ran himself out. Flintoff and Owis Shah also threw their wickets away. England was 7 wickets down for 114 when Bopara and Stuart Borad got together. These two batsmen played very carefully and shared an unbeatable partnership of 99 runs. This partnership came at right time and won the match for England. Ajit Agarkar’s 4 wicket haul went in vain. In the end, England beat India by 3 wickets and 2 overs (12 balls) to spare.

• ICC Champions Trophy 2013 Final (June 23, 2013): India and England faced each other in that final at Edgbaston. Actually it was 50 over game but rain reduced it to 20 over per side. England sent India to bat first in the overcast conditions. India managed only 129 for 7 in those conditions. Only Virat Kohli (43), Ravindra Jadeja (33) and Shikhar Dhawan (31) managed to score runs. Chasing the target of 130 runs, England didn’t have good start too. They lost captain Cook for 2. Ian Bell and Joe Root couldn’t hang around. The partnership between Eion Morgan and Ravi Bopara ensured the hosts were still in the game. They were the threat to India as long they were there on the crease. Their 64-run stand was a panic among the fans. Dhoni broke the partnership by calling Ishant Sharma back into the attack. Ishant picked Morgan and Bell in consecutive balls. Jos Butler and Tim Bresnan also could not do much. Tradwell and Board faced Ashwin in the last over. He conceded only 1 boundary. In last ball England required 6 runs but Ashwin bowled well, it was a dot ball. India won this thriller game by 5 runs. 

• India vs England, 6th ODI in Mumbai (Feb 3, 2002): This was the last game of the that series. India were leading the series with three wins. England batted first and scored 255. Trescothick was the top scorer in that innings. He scored 95. While chasing the 256 for victory. Tendulkar got out early. But Captain Ganguly kept his team’s hope alive. But Ashley Giles dismissed the captain for 80 runs. After that India kept loosing regular wickets. Batsmen after Ganguly didn’t play well. India needed 11 runs to win in the last over. Andrew Flintoff affected a run out and clean bowled Srinath in the last over. England beat India by 5 runs. Like Ganguly, Flintoff also took his shirt and went around the Wankhede Stadium.


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