India trounce England in 90 run win
India beat England by 90 runs in their 2012 ICC World Twenty20 Group A clash at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Sunday night.
With the teams having secured their passage to the Super 8 stage, Indian skipper replaced Virender Sehwag, R Ashwin and Zaheer Khan with Harbhajan Singh, Piyush Chawla, Ashok Dinda in the playing XI. England replaced spinner allrounder Samit Patel with his pace bowling counterpart Tim Bresnan.
Irfan Pathan (8) didn't last long as opener but Gambhir batted with a certainty that was sorely missed from him against Afghanistan. Virat Kohli played the English attack like he could have played them in his sleep, the bounce which troubled Pathan was now effortlessly being pulled by Kohli. The temptation to hit Swann over the top finally got to Kohli and he was caught at long on for 40, prompting an angry reaction from him over the needlessness of the shot.
Gambhir (45) did not cut out his temptation, the dab to third man but did play it well once he was set. He added 57 with Kohli for the second wicket and another brisk 38 with Rohit Sharma as India cruised at above 8 an over despite not having hit a single six till then. The only six of the Indian innings came from Rohit Sharma (55*) at the beginning of the 20th over when he was nearing his 50. MS Dhoni (9) perished trying to hit a second six for India but the team still posted an impressive 170/4. Only Graeme Swann came out with respectable figures, having taken 1/17.
Irfan Pathan opened India's bowling too and was better at it, pitching full and swinging it in just enough to bowl Alex Hales for a four ball duck. Craig Kieswetter launched an offensive against L Balaji. Luke Wright (6) followed with a six off Pathan but was trapped LBW next ball. Kieswetter (35) attacked successfully against Dinda and Pathan to take England to 39/2 after 5 overs but the introduction of spin sparked off a spectacular English collapse.
Eoin Morgan (2) tried to cut a straight ball from Harbhajan, who began with a wicket maiden in his first over in International cricket in a year. Then Bairstow (1) completely missed a googly from Chawla that crashed into his stumps, his next over was a wicket maiden which began with Kieswetter guiding a catch into Kohli's hands at first slip. Harbhajan had Tim Bresnan (1) caught off a top edged sweep in his next over and finished his spell with a double wicket maiden in which Joss Buttler (11) backed away too far to cut a regulation off spinner and Swann's (0) charge at a doosra only met air while Dhoni disturbed the bails. Harbhajan finished with 4/12, displacing RP Singh's 4/13 as the best figures by an Indian bowler in T20Is. From 39/2, England slid to 60/9 raising doubts over whether they would cross Afghanistan's 80 all out.
Dinda found immediate success when reintroduced, Stuart Broad's (3) pull only going so far as deep midwicket. Jade Dernbach (12) and Steven Finn (9*) played out Chawla (2/13) but Balaji finished their enterprising 20 run stand with a direct hit to catch Dernbach short. England were bowled out for 80, the same amount they bowled Afghanistan for a few days ago, their lowest score in a completed T20I innings.
India sealed a massive, 90 run win over England, their biggest in T20Is while answering a few questions about the much criticized bowling attack.