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Ravi Bopara admitted his disappointment despite hitting his highest One Day International score and guiding England to a tie with India at Lord’s.
Bopara, who led England to the brink of victory with 96 but was dismissed with what turned out to be the final ball of the match, said: “I’m extremely disappointed we didn’t end up winning, I didn’t quite know when to accelerate.”
The rain affected match was eventually decided by Duckworth/Lewis with the scores level when play was abandoned.
“I want to win games for England not tie games for England,” conceded the Essex batsman.
England captain Alastair Cook felt that the result was the right one after a hectic evening for his side: “We have mixed emotions really, having to bat for the weather and Duckworth/Lewis was tough but in the end for both sides it was probably a fair result.”
In response to the sportsmanship which marred the end of play, with both sides slowing play down when leading on the D/L method, Cook shrugged off the criticisms: “It’s human nature and just shows that the desire to win is so huge for both sides” he explained.
His opposite number Mahendra Singh Dhoni also played down the actions of both teams during the rain: “We saw the ugly side of cricket today but it was expected with the result constantly changing as it did," he said.
He also admitted to confusion when the shower that ended play indefinitely arrived: “Some of the guys were confused, some thought we had won, we got in the changing room with the bit of paper and then we knew it was a tie."
Cook went on to confirm that the injured Stuart Broad, who went off the field in the last over with an arm injury, was padded up to bat if required and will have a scan in the next 48 hours to find the extent of the damage.