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India, England Rack Up Record Run Tally in World Cup Tie

India and England played out the fourth tie at the Cricket World Cup in a match that set the record for the most runs in a game at the tournament.

England fell one run short of chasing down the victory target after needing 14 from the final over in Bangalore last night. Both teams made 338 in the Group B encounter, with openers Sachin Tendulkar and Andrew Strauss hitting centuries.

The total run tally of 676 went past the previous highest for a World Cup match of 671, when Australia beat South Africa by 83 runs in St. Kitts at the 2007 edition in the Caribbean.

“It’s a great advert for the 50-over format,” England captain Strauss said at the post-match ceremony. “In some ways we’re happy, in some ways we’re distraught. Both sides will take some positives from it and some negatives.”

The result left India and England atop their group with three points. The top four teams from each of the seven-team pools advance to the quarterfinals after a round-robin competition. The tournament, co-hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, ends April 2.

England seamer Tim Bresnan took 5-48, his first five-wicket haul in one-day internationals. Bresnan was today given an official reprimand by the International Cricket Council for smashing his stumps with his bat following his dismissal in England’s run chase.

Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh was the only other bowler who went at less than a run a ball.

Tendulkar Ton

India, which won the toss, was dismissed for 338 with one ball of its allotted 50 overs remaining. Tendulkar smashed 120 off 115 deliveries before being caught by Michael Yardy off James Anderson. Yuvraj Singh made 58 and Gautam Gambhir hit 51.

Strauss led England’s run chase by firing 158 off 145 balls for his highest score in one-day internationals. Ian Bell added 69 in a 170-run third-wicket stand with his captain before Zaheer Khan dismissed both batsman in successive deliveries and then removed Paul Collingwood.

England went into the last over on 325-8. Graeme Swann took three runs off the first two balls before Ajmal Shahzad smashed a six. A bye and two runs lifted England to 337 and Swann could only manage a single off the last ball to leave the scores tied.

India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said Zaheer, who finished with 3-64, played a crucial role in helping the home team avoid defeat at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.

“Zaheer came in to bowl a really good spell and brought us back into the game,” Dhoni said. “There was a time where it seemed like they were going to chase the score down in 48, 49 overs.”

In today’s matches, Canada meets Zimbabwe in Group A in Nagpur and the Netherlands faces West Indies in Group B in Delhi.

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