India give Eng a T20 lesson

2012-09-23 19:33

Colombo - Harbhajan Singh grabbed 4-12 on his return after a year in the wilderness as India demolished defending champions England by 90 runs in the World Twenty20 on Sunday.

Rohit Sharma hit an unbeaten 55 off 33 balls as the new-look Indians scored 170-4 before England were shot out for their lowest T20 total of 80 in front of 20 000 spectators at the Premadasa Stadium.

India rested seamer Zaheer Khan, spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and opener Virender Sehwag for the group A match that held only academic interest since both teams had already qualified for the Super Eights.

But it was a morale-boosting win for the 2007 champions ahead of the next round, as they dominated England from start to finish.

Harbhajan, 32, who had been out of favour with the selectors since August last year before being recalled for the World Twenty20, claimed a wicket off his second delivery when he came on in the sixth over.

When his spell finished in the 12th over, England had slumped to 60-8 and lost their ninth wicket also at the same total.

England were in danger of falling for the lowest ever total in Twenty20 internationals - 67 by Kenya against Ireland in 2008 - before the last-wicket pair of Steven Finn and Jade Dernbach prevented the humiliation.

But the total still fell below England's previous lowest score of 88 against the West Indies at the Oval last year.

Leg-spinner Piyush Chawla, who was also an unexpected selection for the match, claimed 2-13 as England faltered against both pace and spin.

Seamer Irfan Pathan bowled Alex Hales and trapped Luke Wright leg-before in his first two overs to reduce England to 18-2.

Wickets fell at regular intervals and the innings ended in the 15th over to complete a dominant win for India.

Other notable contributions for India came from Gautam Gambhir, who made 45, and Virat Kohli, who smashed 40 off 32 balls.

Makeshift opener Pathan fell for eight before the in-form Kohli hit six boundaries during a second-wicket stand of 57 with Gambhir.

Sharma and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni took 38 runs in the last three overs to lift India past the 150-run mark.

England made one change from the team that beat Afghanistan, dropping left-arm spinner Samit Patel to play seamer Tim Bresnan.

Brief scores:

India 170-4 in 20 overs; England 80 all out 14.4 overs.


  • Ashley - 2012-09-23 19:56

    India!!! Love it. Poor batting Eng. Now everyone is gonna bowl spin against you. Can Eng bounce back?

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-09-23 22:55

      Did they bounce back against us after going 1-0 down in the ODIs and then going 1-0 down again in the T20s? Any team left in this competition can beat any other team on their day. I don't think many would have given Aus much chance against WI after Gayle and Samuels' big hitting yesterday, yet Aus made it look ridiculously easy. It's T20, expect the unexpected.

      Ashley - 2012-09-23 23:14

      I agree that anything can happen in T20 Richard, but that was poor shot selecting by top batsmen. A bit of panic. Reminds me of Proteas team when everyone said we could not play spin. Apart from Kieswetter, no one wanted 2 knuckle down and try to built a partnership. I don't think they gonna play spin with a posituve attityde as super 8 starts. Maybe I'm wrong. We'll see.

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-09-23 23:40

      Yes, of course they played poorly. But we played poorly when trying to chase down Eng's total in the rain-shortened final T20 match of that tour. We learned from it and employed a much better and calmer approach, with far less slogging, in the 7 overs against SL. That's what top teams do - study their games, identify the mistakes that cost them the match, then eliminate them. Eng were playing spin, on a bouncy track, with flat bats and trying to play everything behind square. Suicide. Graham Gooch and Andy Flower aren't complete morons, they will see that the approach was totally wrong and work on it before their next game. England aren't hopeless against spin. When they toured UAE last, they may have been whitewashed in the Test series. But they bounced right back and won the ODIs 4-0 and the T20s 2-1. And that was with Ajmal, Hafeez et al bowling for Pak.. I do think England have a bit more ground to make up than most other sides. Their reluctance to let their players do IPL means their squad has less experience on these type of tracks than anybody else. They could really have used KP's IPL experience here, Baji and Piyush don't bother KP unduly in IPL. Although Sourav Ganguly did clean bowl him, hehe. But they can only use the players they've got. They just have to knuckle down and adapt to the conditions. That is what professional cricketers do.

      UNITY - 2012-09-25 07:16

      England choked! No Kp.. Lol... ECB...BIG MISTAKE.. Lesson for SA .. Spin works .. We need to bat it and bowl it more win ..not bang in fast balls and width to give the opposition runs..

      richard.barnes.3914 - 2012-09-25 11:44

      It wasn't even spin, neither Baji nor Piyush turn it a lot and the track wasn't taking spin well. It was just good slow bowling with deceptive variations in flight and pace. Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler trying to play flat-bat cuts to balls that were on middle stump, Johnny Bairstow trying to flat-bat sweep a ball that was on middle stump. That's just rank bad batting. You'd expect it from Steve Finn or Jade Dernbach, not from the guys higher up the order. If you have fifty and are seeing it like a beach ball, you can play those sort of shots. Not when you've faced three or four balls total. To be fair, it wasn't all just the spinners either. Irfan got rid of Hales and Wright cheaply with some class pace bowling. So, chasing a high total and with two of their big hitters gone already, England were a bit under the pump and probably felt they had to play their shots even before the spinners came on.

      UNITY - 2012-09-25 17:44

      Yessssss.... Barnes.. Let me put it this way.. Whatever India did to England I want South Africa to do..only better as a team!!!!

  • gunner.zn.5 - 2012-09-23 20:16

    It was expected. Great win India..Good luck England for ur tour to India in November

  • deon.nicky.3 - 2012-09-23 21:14

    England is not good enough.......

  • Joe - 2012-09-23 21:36

    Would love to see Mike Tyson give Stuart Broad a boxing lesson.

  • suhail.varachia - 2012-09-23 22:07

    yes, yes, yes

  • peter.wilson.338863 - 2012-09-24 05:53

    Pieterson must be loving this LOL.

  • jaco.groenewald.731 - 2012-09-24 09:12

    I love it when the poms get a beating!!!!!!!!!

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