Bristol, England:India managed to beat England by nine runs in the second one-dayer at Bristol on Friday and tied the seven-match series 1-1.
Chasing 330 to win, England finished at 320 for eight. India would have hoped for a more convincing win but it was not to be as the hosts fought on till the last over. With 30 required in the 50th over, Chris Broad smashed two sixes and two fours.
The two teams now head to Birmingham for the third one-dayer on Monday and India will have to put an improved show if they are to take the lead there.
Rahul Dravid was adjudged Man of the Match.
Earlier in the day, India won the toss and posted an imposing 329 for seven with Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid putting on a vintage performance.
Tendulkar fell an agonising one run short of a hundred, while Dravid remained unbeaten on 92. Andrew Flintoff was the pick of the England bowlers with a five-wicket haul.
India got off to a great start putting on 113 runs for the opening wicket from the first 20 overs. Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly hit the England bowlers to all parts of the park before Flintoff got the breakthrough.
He had the southpaw caught by Paul Collingwood for 39. His 54-ball knock included five fours and a big six off Chris Tremlett.
Tendulkar, who has scored a hundred everytime he has batted at this ground, looked well set to keep the record. He, however, was done in by a Flintoff bouncer that took his arm gaurd and landed in the hands of wicketkeeper Matt Prior.
The Bombay Bomber put on 67 runs with Yuvraj Singh. His 112-ball knock included 15 fours and one six. The Chandigarh lad put on 63 runs with Dravid before he was dismissed by Chris Broad for 49. Collingwood held on to his catch just inches off the ground at point.
Dhoni played a cameo of 21 and along with Dravid added 59 runs from six overs before he was caught by Tremlett off James Anderson.
Dravid played like a man possessed. He timed the ball to perfection and his shots gave the fielders no chance. Flintoff, however, spoiled the party at the end picking up three quick wickets, that of Dinesh Karthik, Ajit Agarkar and Ramesh Powar.
The Indian captain remained unbeaten on 92 from 63 balls with 11 boundaries and one six.
During the chase, England got off to a solid start before Munaf Patel applied the brakes with two wickets off successive balls.
Matt Prior was let off early in the innings when Sourav Ganguly dropped him at slip on eight. He survived a second catch off a no ball. But then Munaf got his revenge when he had him caught by Rahul Dravid for 33.
Alastair Cook was sent packing the very next ball when he edged a Munaf delivery to M S Dhoni. He made 36.
The Indians continued to suffer from butterfingers as they dropped Pietersen twice. Dhoni missed an edge and Ganguly failed to hold on to a catch off his own bowling as KP and Ian Bell smashed 58 runs from just over 10 overs.
But youngster Piyush Chawla foxed Pietersen with his spin as he bowled him for 25. The spinner then bowled Paul Collingwood for 27.
Ramesh Powar, who dropped Ian Bell on one, made up for that lapse with the wicket of Andrew Flintoff. The England all-rounder tried to hoist Powar out of the ground, but only managed to find Ajit Agarkar at the fence.
Munaf picked up his third wicket when he trapped Ravi Bopara lbw for 17. Chawla then accounted for Ian Bell. He was caught by Munaf at the long on boundary for 64.
Dimitri Mascarenhas hit his maiden ODI fifty to bring England closer to the 300-run mark but the pressure finally got to him and he holed out to Agarkar off a RP Singh delivery for 52. His innings included five huge sixes.
Broad continued the charge with 20 runs in the final over, but in the end it wasn't enough. He remained unbeaten on 29.
India: Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Dinesh Karthik, Yuvraj Singh, Rahul Dravid, Piyush Chawla, Ramesh Powar, Ajit Agarkar, Munaf Patel, RP Singh.
England: Alastair Cook, Matt Prior, Ian Bell, Kevin Pietersen, Andrew Flintoff, Paul Collingwood, Ravi Bopara, Dimitri Mascarenhas, James Anderson, Chris Tremmlett, Chris Broad.