Rahul Dravid after winning the toss decided to bat first at Lords with the chilly and cloudy condition. But the famous batting line up of the Indians manages to score just 187 in 47.3 Overs. The top scorer for the Indians were Mahendra Singh Dhoni who hit 50 runs of 72 balls before getting out as last wicket for India.
Indian opener didn’t give India a start they were hoping for this final flourish encounter and India lost their first wicket in the form of Sourav Ganguly in the seventh over when the southpaw edged a James Andersen delivery and Andrew Flintoff accepted the catch gleefully when Indians were able to put only 26 runs on the board.
England were able to get Indian wickets at regular Interval and they were reduce to 119/6 at one stage. Sachin Tendulkar got out on 30 when he was looking good but he also fails due to bad decision by umpire A.Darr from Pakistan.
But thanks to M.S. Dhoni who manage to stay at the wicket with tails to give something for the Indians bowler to bowl on. The Indian tail failed to wag as Ramesh Powar, Piyush Chawla and Zaheer Khan could not display their batting prowess for long and gave their wicket.
Indian were not able to play their full quota of 50 overs and bowled out on 187 in 47.3 overs.
Teams for Both Countries for Final ODI at Lords:
Indian Squad: Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Robin Uthappa, Rahul Dravid (C), Yuvraj Singh, Dinesh Karthik, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (WK), Piyush Chawla, Zaheer Khan, Ramesh Pawar, R.P. Singh
England Squad: Matt Prior (WK), Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Paul Collingwood (C), Owasis Shah, Luke Wright, Andrew Flintoff, Dimitry Mascarenhas, Stuart Broad, Monty Panesar, James Anderson
India – 187/10 in 47.3 Overs
M.S. Dhoni – 50
Sachin Tendulkar – 30
Yuvraj Singh – 28
D. Mascarenhas – 10-2-23-3
Andrew Flintoff – 8.3-0-45-3
James Andersen – 9-1-28-2