Bopara, Broad shephard England home

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Ravi Bopara and Stuart Broad shepherded England to a three-wicket win against India in the fourth one-dayer at Manchester on Thursday to give the hosts a 3

Updated: September 03, 2007 13:22 IST
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Ravi Bopara and Stuart Broad shepherded England to a three-wicket win against India in the fourth one-dayer at Manchester on Thursday to give the hosts a 3-1 lead in the series.

Chasing 213, England were home with two overs to spare with Bopara batting on 43 and Broad unbeaten on 45.

Bopara and Broad came together when England were tottering at 114 for 7 and stitched a memorable 99-run partnership to take England home.

Earlier, Zaheer Khan snared Alastair Cook for a duck in the very first over to give India a fiery start after a disappointing batting display.

Ajit Agarkar then had Mathew Prior caught out for four runs to push England on the backfoot.

Agarkar struck in quick succession to send Ian Bell packing for 24 runs as England were reduced to 35 for three.

Paul Collingwood then partnered Kevin Pietersen for a 46-run stand to stabilise the England innings before Agarkar foxed the latter for 18 runs.

Collingwood made 47 runs off 55 deliveries before his run out.

Earlier, India was bowled out for 212 in 49.4 overs after captain Rahul Dravid elected to bat at Manchester. Dravid got lucky with the toss for the fourth time in the series.

Early blow

But Sourav Ganguly's luck ran in the middle too soon. India got an early jolt as the left hander was done in by James Anderson for just nine runs.

Dinesh Karthik, coming in at the No 3 position departed soon after trying the cut shot but only ended up edging it to Prior for four runs.

Rahul Dravid was the next man in but the Indian skipper lasted just seven deliveries before falling to Andrew Flintoff for one run leaving India in a precarious situation.

The England pacers made life difficult for the Indians. Tendulkar and Yuvraj strugged to get the scoreboard moving with the Indian fifty coming up in the 17th over.

The Bombay Bomber however tried his best to make most of the few scoring opportunities he got. Tendulkar struck a gritty fifty off 86 deliveries which included nine boundaries before falling to Kevin Pietersen for 55.

The maestro's 71-run partnership with Yuvraj for the fourth wicket to steadied the Indian innings.

MS Dhoni, the next man in, was out for just 13 runs with India struggling at 140 for 5 at that stage.

In form Yuvraj tried to do some damage control and a total of over 200 was scored thanks to his face saving knock. The Chandigarh lad, however, was dismissed on 71.


England: AN Cook, MJ Prior, IR Bell, KP Pietersen, PD Collingwood, A Flintoff, RS Bopara, OA Shah, SCJ Broad, JM Anderson, MS Panesar.

India: SR Tendulkar, SC Ganguly, R Dravid, Yuvraj Singh, KD Karthik, MS Dhoni, RR Powar, Piyush Chawla, AB Agarkar, RP Singh, Z Khan

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