Bangalore, Feb 27: In the 11th match of the World Cup 2011, India were milking the English bowlers for a fair succession of runs, reaching 140/1 at the halfway stage. After a sluggish start, Tendulkar hit his stride and notched up a fifty while Gautam Gambhir was giving him adequate support with a score of 40-plus. None of the English bowler have looked threatening to India, except Tim Bresnan who picked up the wicket of Virender Sehwag in the 9th over as the score then read 46/1.
Winning the toss and opting to bat first, Indian got off to an flying start. But there was drama in the first ball, with Sehwag edging James Anderson just past Graeme Swann at slip for a third-man boundary. Then twice more in the over, Sehwag got leading edges, both times just evading fielders. The batsman began the second over with a more confident shot, cover-driving Ahmed Shahzad for a boundary and then repeating the shot three balls later.
Then in the 5th over, Sehwag cut Anderson away for another boundary. In the 7th over, he took two more fours off Anderson, but the second was a fortuitous shot, getting the toe-end of the bat and just beating the fielder at mid-on. But toward the end of the 9th over, Bresnan got the breakthrough when he had Sehwag caught behind for 35 off 26 balls. India were 46/1 in 8.5 overs.
However, Tendulkar kept the momentum going, striking Anderson for two consecutive fours to take the score past 50 in the 10th over. After luck had saved Sehwag a couple of times in his brief innings, it began to favour Gambhir as Matt Prior missed a stumping opportunity off Graeme Swann in the 14th over, the ball squeezing through for a four.
Tendulkar brought up India's 100 in an ermpatic manner - carting Paul Collingwood for a straight six. India were 103/1 in 18 overs. The Little Master then notched up his fifty by lofting Collingwood for another maximum.