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The five most thrilling India-England ODI matches ever played

by Wisden Staff 5 minute read

The rivalry between England and India in ODI cricket might not compare to those shared between other countries in other formats, but we have seen plenty of entertaining games between these teams.

Since 1974, India and England have played 100 ODI matches India edging the head to head; they have won 52 ODIs against England in total. However, England is the leader in recent games with seven games won in the last 10 ODIs between the two, England came out strong against the opponent.

While India and England played out a thrilling ODI series earlier this year, their next encounter, in August and September, will come in the Test format. With India looking to build on their historic success in Australia and England’s home record formidable, cricket enthusiasts from around the world are eager to see who comes out on top.

In this post, we look back on the best India-England ODI matches ever played.

Natwest Series Final, 2002

In 2002, England and India came to Lord’s to fight over the Natwest Trophy. However, despite the number of stars in both line-ups, it was the performance of two young Indian players stole the show, with Mohammad Kaif and Yuvraj Singh grabbing the attention.

England started strong, making 325. Nasser Hussain, under media scrutiny for his poor returns in the precious No.3 spot, made his only ODI century, and signalled furiously to the press box upon completing the milestone. India slipped to 146-5 and looked out of it, but two youngsters came to the rescue. Kaif and Yuvraj had nothing to lose and played with freedom to put on a 121-run partnership.

The strong stand led to a famous two-wicket win. However, it isn’t just India’s performance on the field that this match is famous for. The result wasn’t the only thing that surprised the cricket betting fans, with Sourav Ganguly taking off his shirt on the Lord’s balcony going down in England cricket history.

6th ODI, 2002

The 6th ODI was one of the first matches which had enough drama to deserve to find its place in this list. With the scoreline at 3-2 heading into the game, India were in charge. However, England weren’t content to go down easily. Marcus Trescothick hit 95, Andrew Flintoff notched 40 and took three wickets, and despite Ganguly making 80, England claimed a tense five-run win. in a stunning final. ‘Fred’ celebrated accordingly, waving with his shorts around the field joyfully.

2011 World Cup

The World Cup 2011 match between the two arguably couldn’t have been more thrilling, ending in a tie. India made 338, with Sachin Tendulkar scoring a hundred. However, England matched their total. Strauss had an outstanding performance in this game, scoring 158 runs and a last-over six from No.10 Ajmal Shahzad helped ensure the points were shared.

Champions Trophy Final, 2013

The Champions Trophy Final held in Edgbaston in 2013 ended up with a win for India. The game was reduced to 20 overs a side, and India made 129 runs; not a huge total, but they defended it fiercely. The critical moment came when two wickets were picked up in two balls by Ishant Sharma, who had struggled in the game up to that point.

2nd ODI, 2017

India and England clashed in Cuttack for the 2nd ODI. India were leading 1-0 heading into the second game, but when England reduced the hosts to 25-3, it seemed like the series would be levelled. However, Yuvraj made 150 and Dhoni 134 to take India near to 400, and despite a century from Eoin Morgan, the hosts triumphed. Chris Woakes took three wickets to secure a consolation win, but India had the spoils.

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