India has just emerged from a high-octane thriller, as neither the victor nor the vanquished. Indeed, the side has fallen on the cusp between a win and loss called a "tie", which is a rarity in one-day cricket. What more thrilling a setting could this strange fate have befallen India at than in a World Cup fixture against a reinvigorated English side? But this peculiar outcome to a match has happened to India before - on three occasions in the past to be precise.
The very first time India tied a match was against the West Indies in the Benson and Hedges World Series in Australia, 1991. On that occasion at Perth, India were all out for 126 in 47.4 overs with Ravi Shastri top-scoring with 33 off 110 balls, while West Indies pace speahead, Curtley Ambroise took 2/9. Then in reply, the Windies got off to a disastrous start, losing Desmond Haynes first ball to Kapil Dev, The team from the Caribbean crumbled to 76/8 when 9th batsmen A C Cummins tried to resurrect the innings with a defiant 24 from 43 balls. But in the end the Windies were all out for 126 in 41 overs with Indian spinner S Banerjee taking 3/30.
India's second tied match occured against Zimbabwe during the six-nation Hero Cup in 1993. Batting first in the match which took place at Indore, India scored 248/5 with 91 off 126 balls from Manoj Prabhakar, 55 off 96 balls from Vinod Kambli and 54 off 56 from captain Mohammad Azharuddin, while spinner S G Peall took 3/54. In the chase, Zimbabwe were on course at 205/5 before they lost the quick wickets of Guy Whittall and Omarshah and wound up equalling India's total in exactly 50 overs. Andy Flower scored 56 off 82 for Zimbabwe, Omarshah, 37 off 31 and Whittall, 33 off 43, while Indian pacem-master Javagal Srinath took 3/44.
India bagged a third tie in another match against Zimbabwe. This encounter took place in Paarl in Jan 1997. Zimbabwe had posted 236 in their 50 overs with Alistair Cambell top-scoring with 61 off 70 balls and India's paceman Venkatesh Prasad taking 3/49. In reply, it looked like India's Robin Singh and Saba Karim were taking the side home before a string of wickets occurred, culminating in the run-out of Singh off the penultimate ball. India had ended up on exactly Zimbabwe's score as the last ball which yielded the run-out, was also a wide.