I was lucky to survive, concedes Bell

Last Updated: Feb 28, 2011, 16:56 PM IST

Bangalore: England batsman Ian Bell said he was lucky to be "pushed back to the crease" by the Umpire Decision Review System on Sunday when he was most certainly out LBW against India in the thrilling World Cup match that ended in a tie.

Bell contributed 69 valuable runs as England tied the scores after being set an imposing target of 339 by the Indians.

Bell survived the LBW appeal when he was on 17. He was adjudged not out by the on-field umpire as he had taken quite a few strides down the pitch.

The Indians appealed against it under the UDRS but the third umpire did not change the decision as under the rules, there was a more than 2.5 metre distance between the point of impact and the stumps.

"I did not know whether the rule existed. To be honest, it is strange, if you see the hawk-eye saying it is going to hit the stumps. I saw it pitching on me and hitting the stumps," Bell said.

"In the Ashes series, we were getting the results on the positive side. Playing in recent times, I think, we got more decisions right than wrong. If they (ICC) change anything now during the World Cup, we have to get on with it and use it well."

“As I said, I was lucky as the fourth Umpire pushed me back on to the crease. I wanted to cash in on when they did that.”

"I was not aware of the rule. I saw that on the big screen that the ball was going towards the stump. It was reviewed too," he added.

Bell said, given the brilliantly paced chase that England managed till the 41st over, they should have won the match.

"We have not done a lot while chasing a total of 340 or above. Looking back we could have taken two points. It was a fantastic game of cricket. Both the teams had opportunities to win the game," he said.

"India`s batting was incredible to watch at times being in the field. They played pretty good cricket yesterday.

They made it very hard for our bowlers to bowl to. Our mind was focused on calming down and take the bowlers," he added.

Bell said the pitch at the Chinnaswamy Stadium was excellent for batting but it was quite a nightmare for the bowlers.

"Last night was an interesting one. Both the teams just trying hard to hit the ball for sixes. The way (Sachin) Tendulkar played in the middle was just proper cricket shots.

I think, it was the more effective manner of batting on the wicket last night.

Bell said the English have taken a lot of positives from the game.

"Looking back, it was one of the greatest ODI matches that have been played. We are into our gear in this World Cup. Hopefully, we can take a lot of confidence from last night`s game. It was another improved performance from us," he said.

PTI