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Broad enjoys 'fantastic' win

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Stuart Broad and Ravi Bopara

Stuart Broad and Ravi Bopara celebrate after England's win

A delighted Stuart Broad described his incredible match-winning performance in the fourth NatWest Series clash as "special".

The 21-year-old Leicestershire seamer was named man of the match after starring with both bat and ball in England's thrilling three-wicket victory over India in the day-nighter at Old Trafford.

Batting with Ravi Bopara at 114 for seven chasing 212 and staring defeat in the face, Broad hit an unbeaten 45 in a record 99-run partnership for England's eighth wicket in one-day internationals.

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"It's a special day for me and the lads," said Broad, celebrating his highest ODI knock.

"It was great to go out there with Ravi. He was playing himself in and he's a very calm man.

"He's always talking to me and we were egging each other on.

"We've won the game and that's what we were aiming for. It was fantastic to be involved in that."

Broad revealed how England's superior run rate allowed him and 22-year-old Bopara (43 not out) to approach their task without panicking.

"We had plenty of time to bat so there wasn't any scoreboard pressure," he said.

"We didn't need five or six (an over) where we needed to play outrageous shots. We could just play each ball on its merits and pick up runs that way.

"We kept talking to each other, kept it very simple and went down in 10s.

"When we got to 30-35 (remaining), Rav said 'Come on, this is not many runs, we can do this if we keep playing'."

Broad also recorded his best England bowling figures of 4-51.

He added: "It was great to get four wickets but more pleasing to win the game."

Captain Paul Collingwood, who top scored with 47, was fulsome in his praise of Broad and Bopara.

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Paul Collingwood played well until being run out for 47

He said: "The performances by both of them were exceptionally special.

"There was a hell of a lot of pressure out there to go 3-1 up in the series.

"I'm not saying at half-time we thought we'd won it, but you'd expect to knock those runs off.

"Seven down after 25 overs, you think you've blown it.

"But to turn it around like that and have the kind of maturity to go out there and play innings like those, you'd thought they'd have played 100 games each.

"They just stayed calm, knew their scoring areas and went about their job in a mature way."

He added: "You have to go through these kind of situations and experience along the way to learn and today thankfully we came out on top.

"You see the character of people when you get yourself in these situations and we've seen two characters who've done exceptionally well."

Opposite number Rahul Dravid insisted India did not take victory for granted.

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Ajit Agarkar celebrates the wicket of Ian Bell, one of his four victims © Getty Images

He said: "The game is never over until it's over and the run rate they needed was still only 3.5 an over so we needed to get the wickets.

"I knew that if they batted 50 overs they would probably get there.

"We knew we had the upper hand and we knew we only needed that one wicket, but credit to them because I thought they played really well."

Dravid was disappointed his side failed to post a bigger total after their top order failed to ignite.

He said: "We got to 212 due to some good contributions down the order but I think we should have scrapped a bit harder and got to 240.

"That was definitely gettable, it would have been a very competitive score."

But he refused to criticise his side's commitment, adding: "I thought we came on and defended 212 with everything we had.

"We gave them everything we had and we were really buzzing out there in the first part of the game.

"I thought the bowling was overall good. Our spinners bowled beautifully but we just needed to give them 20 or 30 runs more."

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