Bangalore: Reacting to the thrilling match against India, England captain Andrew Strauss said the match was a great advertisement for one-day cricket.

Strauss, who struck a brilliant 158 guiding England to a dramatic win while chasing a mammoth 339 on Sunday, said it was a privilege to be a part of such a close game.

"It was a great game of cricket and great advertisement for the sport. Some ways we are happy, and some ways distraught. But I am privileged to be part of this ODI. It was an outstanding wicket to bat on,” said the captain.

"Coming into this game after the Holland performance, it was a great bounce-back and showed everyone around the tournament that we're going to be a force to be reckoned with," added Strauss.

Asked about Ian Bell's close shave when the batsman survived a close lbw appeal under the Umpire Decision Review System to contribute 69 valuable runs, Strauss admitted that luck was with the batsman.

"I do not know it was part of rules but it is luck that he got away with that," Strauss said.

Strauss said his team seemed well on course for a victory before messing it up in the second batting powerplay.

"Zaheer Khan produced a couple of good balls when it mattered. You need to give credit to the opposition as they responded well to the powerplay overs,” he mentioned.

Strauss was adjudged the Man of the Match for his knock and was all praise for Tim Bresnan, who picked up five wickets apart from playing a cameo lower down the order.

When asked about his own innings, Strauss said, "It is my best one-day knock, given the importance of the game and in the backdrop of playing in the World Cup and chasing such a total. In the end I was not really proud of. Of course, if I had stayed we might have won. But that is the way cricket goes."

Best game I've played: KP

Interestingly, Batsman Kevin Pietersen said it was the best one-day game of his career even though his performance was average with 31 runs.

Pietersen, who scored 31 in the match, said both Strauss and Bresnan were fantastic in the match and a tie was a fair result. He was bowled and caught by Munaf Patel.

"A point each. Fair result the way both teams played! Strauss knock incredible! Bresnan brilliant! Best game of ODI cricket I've played in," Pietersen wrote on his 'Twitter' page.

Pacer Tim Bresnan also played a key role by picking up five wickets to prevent India from going past 350 in what was a belter of a track at Bangalore’s Chinnaswamy Stadium.