September 23, 2012 · 0 Comments
After losing Irfan Pathan early, in-form Virat Kohli and Gautam Gambhir put on quick fifty-run stand to lead the Indian run charge against England in their final group league encounter in the ICCWorld Twenty20 on Sunday.
Sent in to bat, India lost opener Pathan (8) in the third over after a quick start.
Paceman Steven Finn struck early to get rid of Pathan after the Indian openers added 24 runs in 2.4 overs.
Pathan, who was sent in to open in the absence of Virender Sehwag, failed to capitalise the opportunity as he hit just one boundary in his run-a-ball innings.
“We have batted in the first game, so it is nice to field first,” Broad said after winning the toss.
England brought in Tim Bresnan for Samit Patel. Whereas, India have left out Sehwag,Zaheer Khan, Ravichandran Ashwin and Manoj Tiwary for the inconsequential match.
Earlier, England skipper Stuart Broad won the toss and decided to field against India.
India‘s listless bowling attack will aim to put up an improved performance ahead of the Super Eight stage as both teams are through to the ‘Super Eight’.
While the Indian team management will be looking to plug the loopholes that appeared in the match against Afghanistan, England, after a facile 116-run win, will look to repeat that performance against a much better team.
The cause of concern for India across all formats has been their bowlers and it is no different in Twenty20.
Add to it, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s penchant for playing only four specialist bowlers always leaves the team in a high risk zone where it is expected that the part-timers need to perform above expectations.
The England team, on the other hand, bears a much settled look after their comprehensive win against Afghanistan was a testimony to that.
India: MS Dhoni (Capt), Gautam Gambhir, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Piyush Chawla, Ashok Dinda, Harbhajan Singh, Virat Kohli, Irfan Pathan, Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh.
England: Stuart Broad (Capt), Jonathan Bairstow, Tim Bresnan, Jos Buttler, Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn, Alex Hales, Craig Kieswetter, Eoin Morgan, Graeme Swann, Luke Wright.
By Web Editor