London: India's world cup dreams shattered on Sunday as they suffered a 3 run loss to hosts England at Lords.
A spectacular bowling performance by England bowlers Graeme Swann and Ryan Sidebottom helped England to win the thriller against India. Graeme Swann and Ryan Sidebottom shared two wickets each to set the match for England.
Chasing 154 for victory, India could only manage 150/5, despite a late cameo by Yusuf Pathan 33 (17).
Ishant Sharma's expensive spell, Ravidra Jadeja's tortoise-innings , Dhoni's inability to get the big shots were the three main reasons that resulted in India's defeat against England on Sunday.
The turning point of the match was the dismissal of Indian vice captain Yuvraj Singh in the 14nth over. Yuvraj who scored 19 off 7 balls was brilliantly stumped by Foster at the bowling of Swann.
Chasing a modest 154 to keep their hopes alive in the tournament, India were off to a poor lost as Sidebottom dismissed Rohit Sharma for nine runs.
Sidebottom struck again as he holed out Suresh Raina in his second over. Raina could score only two runs before he was caught at midwicket by Wright.
At the end of 10th over India were 59/2.
India were in a spot of bother when Mascarenhas dismissed their set batsman Gambhir in the 11th over. He was caught by Broad at fine leg. Gambhir scored a run a ball 26.
Ravidra Jadeja who struggled to score the runs was dismissed by Swann. He took 35 balls to score 26 runs and could only hit only boundary during his innings.
A half century partnership between MS Dhoni (30 off 20) and Yusuf Pathan (33 off 17) for the sixth wicket could not change the fate of the Indians as they fell short by 3 runs.
Earlier brilliant bowling performace from Harbhajan Singh and Jadeja restricted England to 153/7 in their allotted twenty overs at Lords on Sunday.
Kevin Pietersen who scored a a quick 46 off 27 balls was the top scorer for hosts on Sunday.
Put in to bat, England were off to a shaky start as they lost Wright in the second over.
Dhoni's decision to include RP Singh vindicated in as he dismissed England opening batsmen Wright in his first over, Yusuf Pathan took a marvellous catch to complement a great bowling of RP.
Former England captain Pietersen joined Bopara and steadied the England innings. Both these batsmen put on 71 runs for the second wicket as England reached 74 for loss in the 11nth over.
It was Ravindra Jadeja who broke this partnership as he bowled Ravindra Bopara in his first over. Bopara hit 37 of 37 balls which consisted of 3 boundaries and a sixer.
Jadeja again struck in his second over when he trapped the 'dangerman' Pietersen in front of the wicket. It was a huge wicket for Jadeja who was hit for a six by Pietersen in the same over, , took instant revenge by dismissing him in the next ball.. England were 92/3 in this stage.
Pietersen who was in good knick scored a quick 46 off 27 balls. Former England captain hit five boundaries and a sixer in his knock of 46.
England reached their 100 in the fifteenth over.
Owasis Shah 12 (10) was the next England batsman to be dismissed as he was caught brilliantly in the deep mid wicket by Jadeja in the bowling of Harbhajan Singh.
Zaheer Khan came back in his second spell and dismissed England captain Collingwood (7) in the 19nth over.
Mascarenhas who was promoted up the order contibuted a useful 25 of 27 balls.
Jadeja gave 26 runs and took two crucial in his four over spell.
Harbhajan Singh who bowled the final over dismissed Foster and Swann in quick succession to restrict England to 153/5.
India had started the tournament as favourites to retain the title but the T20 world champions could not register wins against any teams apart from Ireland and Bangladesh, both tagged minnows.