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'Mixed feelings' on epic England-India match - Strauss

Graeme Swann and Ajmal Shahzad

England earn last-ball tie against India

Captain Andrew Strauss said England had mixed emotions after their thrilling World Cup Group B match against India ended in a tie in Bangalore.

Strauss scored a superb 158 but his side ended up equalling India's 338 all out after needing 14 off the last over.

"We were in a great position to win but had a disappointing powerplay although in the end we did well to salvage a draw," Strauss told BBC Sport.

"It was an amazing game and a great advert for 50-over cricket."

England needed 67 to win from the last 10 overs with eight wickets in hand but the momentum changed in the first over of their powerplay when Zaheer Khan dismissed Ian Bell and Strauss with successive deliveries in the 43rd over.

Strauss' side then needed 29 from the last 12 balls and then 14 from the final over bowled by paceman Munaf Patel.

Ajmal Shahzad hit his first ball for six but Graeme Swann had to scramble a single off the final ball as the record-breaking game of 676 runs finished in dramatic fashion.

"With three overs left it didn't look great," added Strauss. "But it was a brilliant performance from [Tim] Bresnan, Swann and Shahzad hitting that six at the end.

"It would have been bitterly disappointing for us if we hadn't got something. The guys can be very proud of what they've done today."

Geoffrey Boycott

Boycott's take on England's tie with India

Strauss' score was England's joint second-highest after Robin Smith's 167 not out against Australia at Edgbaston in 1993 and was his highest in 122 one-day internationals.

The left-handed opener, who hit 18 fours and one six in his 145-ball innings, said he had never played better in 50-over cricket.

"On this stage playing India in India in a World Cup and chasing 338 someone needed to stand up and get a large hundred and I am very proud I was able to do that," he stated about his sixth one-day international century.

"It's one of the best innings I have played in my career and certainly the best in one-day internationals.

"It was gut-wrenching to get out but Zaheer Khan produced a great ball. It was very frustrating watching the last 10 overs but thankfully we got a tie."

India's total owed much to Sachin Tendulkar hitting a record fifth World Cup century and his 47th in ODIs.

Tendulkar, 37, smashed a flawless 120 featuring 10 fours and five sixes, two of them off consecutive Swann deliveries, before James Anderson took the only wicket in his 1-91 off 9.5 overs.

Bresnan finished with 5-48 to wrap up an India innings at a raucous M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

"Bresnan in particular was outstanding," the England skipper continued. "That was an incredible bowling performance from him at the end.

"I think we stuck together very well. We didn't get too distraught at India batting very well. Both sides will take some positives from it and some negatives."

Strauss also said tiredness would not be a factor for England, who face Ireland in their third match of the six-week long tournament on Wednesday, when the skipper celebrates his 34th birthday.

"In this format there's a lot of time to recover between games. We're not tired," he commented.

India skipper Mahendra Dhoni said that when Strauss and Bell were in full flow he thought his side were heading to defeat.

"Andrew batted very well and it seemed at one time they would chase the score in 48 or 49 overs," Dhoni reflected. "The partnership with just two wickets down and the way the two batters were batting made it difficult for our bowlers."

BBC cricket analyst Geoffrey Boycott believes a draw was a "fair result".

"Both will go home thinking 'how did we lose that, we should have got maximum points?'," said the former England batsman.

"But in the end it was a fair result because both played fantastic cricket."

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