India vs England Sixth ODI at The Oval 2007

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India vs England Sixth ODI at The Oval

IND v ENG Sixth ODI, The Oval: India beat England by 2 wickets, level series 3-3

India pulled off a stunning two wicket win to overhaul England's target of 317 to win the sixth ODI at The Oval and level the series 3-3.
Sachin Tendulkar scored a brilliant 94 before getting out and suffering from cramps while Robin Uthappa kept his cool under pressure to hammer an unbeaten 47 to guide India home with two balls to spare.
Reported Earlier: Owais Shah hit his maiden one-day international century and enjoyed spirited support from debutant Luke Wright as England made 316-6 in the sixth one-day international at the Brit Oval here Wednesday.
England had looked in trouble at 137-5 when Kevin Pietersen became the second of three run outs in the innings, but were saved by a century partnership between Shah and Wright. Dimitri Mascarenhas then smacked the final five balls of the innings for six, as England hit 114 from the final 10 overs.

IND v ENG Sixth ODI, The Oval: Dravid aims for consistency

Skipper Rahul Dravid said improving on its consistency would be the major challenge for India as they aim to turn the tables on England in the remaining two one-day internationals and win the seven-match series.
"We have been a bit inconsistent in our one-day performance. I think the challenge for the team is to back up one good performance with another one. We have been a bit up and down in the series," Dravid said on the eve of sixth one-dayer at The Oval in London. India won the fifth ODI at Leeds to narrow the series margin to 2-3. Dravid is hoping that the team could wind up the tour of UK on a victorious note. "These games are tough, must-win games. We did that well in South Africa, when we won back to back games. It will be great if we can get one better and win three games in a row," the captain said.
Dravid, however, refused to believe in 'momentum' after the win in Headingley. "The result of the last game makes very little difference in a one-day game," he said. "It doesn't matter whom you play or what the rankings are. It's just how you play on that day that matters."
Dravid said it is a good chance for the players to make amends for the poor show in the early games. "We are still in with a chance in this series despite the fact that we still haven't played to our potential," he said. "I think, we batted and bowled well in patches but our fielding definitely hasn't been up to our potential. So we are still fortunate to be in a position to win the series." He said catching is one area where there is a vast scope for improvement. "We can't make our fielders brilliant overnight. But there are little things that we can improve," Dravid said. "We can definitely catch better than we have done in the last game. We can keep our intensity levels right up to 50 overs. We can improve in small percentages and that can make a huge difference."
Dravid is not bothered whether England had their star all-rounder Andrew Flintoff fit for the last two games. "We are not really concerned whether he plays or not," he said. "It's pretty obvious what an impact player he is and the difference to this England side. It will be great for us to win with Andrew in their ranks. "We would like to playing against him. It's a challenge to do well with him playing."
Dravid agreed that the top order's performance has been vital to India's wins. "It is our strength. But our bowlers have also done well in this series. We are going to need contributions from the bat and the ball if we are to do well," he said. "England has really been playing good cricket and we really had to play well to beat them in the two games. We had to score over 300 to beat them. And we got to do that again!"

India vs England 2007 Cricket Series


India beat England by 2 wickets
England won the toss and decided to bat
316 for 6 (50.0 overs)
317 for 8 (49.4 overs)

England Innings - Close
Cook c Dhoni b Zaheer
2 0 0
Prior lbw b Agarkar
5 1 0
b Chawla
59 10 0
Pietersen run out
82 4 0
Collingwood run out
3 0 0
Shah not out
95 11 2
Wright run out
39 7 1
Mascarenhas not out
15 0 5
6w 1b 7lb 14
for 6 316 (50.0 ovs)

Zaheer 10.0 0 43 1
Agarkar 8.0 0 63 1
Ganguly 7.0 0 43 0
Chawla 10.0 1 44 1
Powar 9.0 0 44 0
Yuvraj 5.0 0 59 0
Tendulkar 1.0 0 12 0
Fall of wicket
0 Cook
20 Prior
79 Bell
83 Collingwood
137 Pietersen
243 Wright

India Innings - Close
Ganguly c Pietersen b Broad
60 7 1
Tendulkar c Collingwood b Panesar
81 16 1
Gambhir c Panesar b Mascarenhas
57 3 1
Yuvraj c and b Mascarenhas
24 1 0
Dravid c Collingwood b Shah
5 0 0
b Broad
37 3 0
Uthappa not out
33 8 0
Agarkar run out
1 0 0
Zaheer run out
0 0 0
Powar not out
0 0 0
9w 9lb 18
for 8 317 (49.4 ovs)

Broad 9.4 1 46 2
Anderson 8.0 0 79 0
Mascarenhas 10.0 0 55 2
Collingwood 8.0 0 54 0
Panesar 10.0 0 55 1
Shah 4.0 0 19 1
Fall of wicket
150 Ganguly
156 Tendulkar
209 Yuvraj
216 Dravid
234 Gambhir
294 Dhoni
307 Agarkar
309 Zaheer

Umpires: Aleem Dar, P J Hartley
England: Cook, Prior, Bell, Pietersen, Collingwood, Shah, Wright, Mascarenhas, Broad, Panesar, Anderson
India: Tendulkar, Ganguly, Uthappa, Gambhir, Dravid, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Agarkar, Powar, Chawla, Zaheer

Editor: Nishanth Gopinathan.