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Robin Uthappa in action for India
Uthappa hit the winning runs with two balls to spare
Rahul Dravid heaped praise on batting hero Robin Uthappa, who hit the winning runs in India's thrilling two-wicket victory over England at The Oval.

Uthappa smashed 47 off just 33 balls to help India tie the one-day series at 3-3 going into the decider at Lord's.

"We were struggling but Robin finished it off for us," said India's captain after his side won with two balls left.

"Any time you chase 300-plus is always going to be a test but the young boys set up a brilliant victory for us."

He added: "I've never seen Robin bat at seven before.

"He's got a good cricketing brain. He's improving all the time and working very hard in nets.

"Watching him he's begging to be picked. The way he managed the chase was very good."

However, Dravid admitted his side would need to improve their bowling at the death after conceding 114 off the final 10 overs of England's 316-6.

We have to play better, we know that. We don't always want to be scoring 300 to win games but it will be a great game at Lord's

Rahul Dravid

He was forced to turn to spinner Yuvraj Singh to bowl the last over of England's innings, a decision which could have cost the tourists the match when Dimitri Mascarenhas plundered five consecutive sixes.

"When he gets hit for 30 in an over you wonder a bit; we tried some different combinations (over the series) and it didn't work out," said Dravid. "I've never seen hitting quite as big as that."

Piyush Chawla carried the first shot over the boundary rope and Dravid added: "If Piyush had caught that first one, it would have been different.

"After that one I said to Yuvraj 'don't worry - he'll edge the next one'. Then I said it after the second one - but after the third one I gave up.

"We gave too many runs away, the last 15 overs were disappointing.

"We have to play better, we know that. We don't always want to be scoring 300 to win games but it will be a great game at Lord's."

India in England 2007
13 Aug 07 |  Cricket


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