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Indian spinners condemn England to record loss in t20 match

posted 24 Sep 2012, 04:16 by Mpelembe Admin   [ updated 24 Sep 2012, 04:17 ]

Indian spinners, Harbhajan Singh and Piyush Chawla ripped through the England batting to lead their side to a crushing 90-run win in a one-sided Twenty20 World Cup Group A match in Colombo.

COLOMBO, SRI LANKA (SEPTEMBER 23, 2012) (ICC) - Indian spinners, Harbhajan Singh and Piyush Chawla ripped through the England batting to lead their side to a crushing 90-run win in a one-sided Twenty20 World Cup Group A match in Colombo.

Chasing 171 for victory, England crumbled to 80 all out, their lowest Twenty20 total condemning the defending champions to their heaviest loss in the shortest form of the game.


Indian cricketer, Rohit Sharma's unbeaten 55 off 33 balls fired India to an imposing total of 170 for four before man-of-the-match Singh took four for 12 on his return to the side and Chawla two for 13.

Dhoni was especially pleased with the experienced Harbhajan.


Addressing reporters on Sunday (September 23), Indian cricket captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni lauded the bowlers for performing consistently and for providing breakthrough at regular intervals.


"It was very important that the five bowlers you know were playing their do very well and I think they responded well, you know. You can say they started quite tentatively to start off you know but as the game progressed, you know they got better and better. Piyush (Indian spinner, Piyush Chawla) bowled really well. He is someone who has got a brilliant 'wrong one' so you know if the batsman they commit a mistake, you know he has very good chances of getting the batsman out with his googly. Bhaji (Indian spinner, Harbhajan Singh) again, very consistent of his line and length, used the 'Doosra' and the top-spinner really well," said Dhoni.


India lost the early wicket of Irfan Pathan after being put into bat but Gautam Gambir made 45 and Virat Kohli 40 in a fluent second-wicket partnership of 57.


The skipper added that the team has to perform consistently and stressed on the need to keep the momentum going.


"After the Afghanistan match, we have improved with this game. We will face experienced teams as the tournament proceeds and we have to perform consistently. We have to give our best in every match so I think it looks good. Hopefully we perform well in the upcoming three matches," said Dhoni.


Both teams had already qualified for the Super Eight stage by beating Afghanistan but England's feeble capitulation will be a major concern heading into the next phase of the tournament.


Meanwhile, England cricket captain, Stuart Broad admitted that the team had failed to restrict India to a lower score.


"I think we were a little bit sloppy in places, we gave soft twos in the outfield, we probably didn't ………… but I think it was the lowest first innings score in this ground so far in the tournament so we cant be too disappointed with that, we thought it was very chaseable. The wicket was pretty flat and didn't have the pace in it, it did the other night. We could have totally held India to a slightly lower score, but we happy that half time," said Broad.


He said that the team would learn from its mistakes and look forward to upcoming games in the T20 tournament.


"I think we were a little bit sloppy in places, we gave soft twos in the outfield, we probably didn't …(Sic) but I think it was the lowest first innings score in this ground so far in the tournament so we cant be too disappointed with that, we thought it was very chaseable. The wicket was pretty flat and didn't have the pace in it, it did the other night. We could have totally held India to a slightly lower score, but we were happy till half time," said Broad.


Indian cricketer, Virat Kohli was caught in the deep by Jonny Bairstow off spinner Graeme Swann but Sharma settled in quickly, hitting the only six of the innings and five fours as England's fast bowlers struggled to get much out of a placid pitch.


Craig Kieswetter smashed two huge sixes to get England off to a decent start but Pathan removed Alex Hales and Luke Wright before the Indian spinners took charge.


England collapsed from 39 for two to 60 for nine and when Kieswetter edged Chawla to Kohli at slip for 35 their last chance had disappeared.

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