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England beat India by three wickets

cricket Updated: Aug 31, 2007 04:28 IST
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Stuart Broad took a career best 4-51, then combined for a 99-run eighth-wicket stand to help England to a three-wicket win over India at Old Trafford on Thursday in the fourth one-day international.

Broad hit the winning run to reach the target of 213 with two overs to spare. Batting at No. 9, Broad and Ravi Bopara added 99 runs for England, which took a 3-1 lead in the seven-match series.

England's victory looked uncertain after India paceman Ajit Agarkar took four of England's first five wickets, including those of Kevin Pietersen (18) and Andrew Flintoff (5). England was reeling at 35 for 3 wickets, and was 110 for six when Bopara came to the crease.

India also had a poor start after Rahul Dravid won his fourth consecutive toss and batted first in the day-night match. The tourists fell to 32 for three in the 12th over with the loss of Sourav Ganguly, Dinesh Karthik and Rahul Dravid for single figures.

Sachin Tendulkar steadied the innings, adding 71 runs for the fourth wicket with Yuvraj Singh, who went on to topscore with 71. A quick 20 from tailender Zaheer Kahn helped India pass 200. After England opener Alastair Cook was bowled by Zaheer Khan on the fifth ball of the innings, Agarkar struck.

Prior faced five balls and scored four runs before he was caught by Ramesh Powar at third man. Bell hit four boundaries in his 24 when Agarkar hit his off stump.

Pietersen was undone by a short pitched delivery which he hit to Piyush Chawla at short leg. And Agarkar struck again when Flintoff scooped him to Singh at point.

Paul Collingwood came in with England at 35-3 and helped steady the innings with Pietersen, the two adding 46 for the fourth wicket, and batting alongside Flintoff, Owais Shah and Bopara. Collingwood was run out by wicketkeeper Mahendra Singh Dhoni while on 47 after seeking a run that Bopara did not want.

Bopara and Broad both hit three boundaries in their innings. Broad hit a one-day best of 45 and Bopara scored 43. Both were unbeaten.

India lost Ganguly for nine in the fourth over when he hit a weak pull shot from a short ball off James Anderson and was caught by Bell at square leg. Karthik made four before he edged a delivery from Broad to wicketkeeper Prior.

Ten balls later, Dravid (1) mistimed a ball from Flintoff to edge the ball to Prior.

Flintoff took Dravid's wicket in the first over he bowled. He had missed England's 42-run win over India at Birmingham on Monday with a right knee injury.

Tendulkar, then on 14, went on to reach his 81st one-day half century with a single off Collingwood.

The following over, Tendulkar hit a four off Pietersen's part-time offspin past third man but was caught the next delivery by Flintoff at deep square leg.

It was only the second one-day wicket for Pietersen in his 58th match.

Singh was content to allow Tendulkar to add the runs, taking 12 overs to reach double figures. He was on 24 when Tendulkar fell, but increased the tempo, smashing a six to reach his 50 and adding two more fours in that over. Singh was bowled by a yorker from Broad.

The fifth match is at Leeds on Sunday.

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