Rain came between India and win as England were left with 11 runs to win with effectively just one more wicket in hand in the dying stages at Lord’s.
England recorded their second tie in the space of six months against India but nonetheless clinched the NatWest Series – thanks to Ravi Bopara’s career-best one-day international score of 96.
Confusion took over as to the outcome of the fourth ODI at Lord’s for several minutes after a third interruption for rain ended England’s chase of 280 for five, on 270 for eight.
But it was eventually confirmed that, with England and the Duckworth-Lewis par score reading identically, these two teams could not be separated – just as at Bangalore in their World Cup group match back in March.
The hosts therefore lead 2-0 with only one match to play, at Cardiff on Friday.