India and England set alight the World Cup on Sunday after a record-breaking run-feast ended with a dramatic tie off the last ball on Sunday. India appeared to have set a daunting 339-run winning target in the Group B match but England kept cool and were coasting towards victory as they eased to 281-2, thanks largely to a classy 158 from skipper Andrew Strauss.
However, when England opted to play their powerplay from the 42nd over, Zaheer Khan produced a superb bowling spell to take three wickets in six balls to revive the home team's fortunes. Needing 14 to win off pace bowler Munaf Patel's last over, Ajmal Shahzad brought England right back into contention after blasting a huge six that had Strauss leaping off his seat in the pavilion.
The electrifying match went down to the last ball with England two runs short of their victory target. Graeme Swann nudged the ball to mid-off to secure the tie -- a result that was loudly cheered by all those lucky enough to witness one of the best ever ODIs at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.
Text: Sankhya Krishnan
Image: Indian and England's players shake hands as their cricket World Cup match ends in a tie in Bangalore, India, Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011.