'Flintoff's dismissal was turning point'
England captain Andrew Flintoff's dismissal was the turning point of the first one-day international that India went on to win by 39 runs at the Ferozeshah Kotla here Tuesday, said India captain Rahul Dravid.
"Probably, it was Flintoff's wicket," Dravid said, when asked what was the turning point of the thrilling game in which India successfully defended a relatively low total of 203.
Flintoff (41, 37 balls, 4x4s, 2x6s) and England's top scorer Kevin Pieterson (46, 49 balls, 9x4s) added 60 runs for the fourth wicket and looked set to take their team to victory after bowling India out in 46.4 overs.
Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who was named Man of the Match for top scoring with 37 and taking the career best five-for-31, had Flintoff leg before the wicket. It was the second wicket to fall at 117, after Yuvraj Singh had Pieterson caught by Gautam Gambhir.
Their dismissals broke the back of the England team and after that the last five wickets fell for just 47 runs to be all out for 164 as India bowled and fielded brilliantly.
Dravid said the pitch was good enough for a total of 240 or thereabout.
"A 200 was not par for the course. It was not a 200-run wicket. We were hoping for 240 or 250," he said, adding that it was a two-paced pitch.
"Stroke-making was not easy on it," he said.
Dravid lauded left-arm pacer Irfan Pathan for giving India a flying start by taking two wickets in the opening over of the England innings.