Sussex v Indians, Tour match, Hove August 25, 2011

Indians ease to first win of tough tour

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Indians 238 for 4 (Kohli 71, Rohit 61*, Parthiv 55) beat Sussex 236 (Machan 56, Brown 48, RP Singh 4 for 45) by 6 wickets (D/L method)
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Forty-five days into this most arduous of tours, the Indians secured their maiden victory. Half-centuries from Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Parthiv Patel and a four-wicket haul from RP Singh helped them to a six-wicket win over a Sussex side missing several of its senior players. Rain breaks revised the target to 235, and the Indians won with 4.1 overs to spare.

The win will be a relief to MS Dhoni and Duncan Fletcher, who had run out of reasons trying to explain India's sudden slump to a demanding media. Today, they were helped by the infusion of some freshness in the squad - the likes of Kohli, Parthiv and Rohit, who weren't at the receiving end of England's ruthless domination in the Tests.

Dhoni rushed midway through the warm-up routine in the morning for the toss and showed no hesitation asking Sussex to bat under cloudy conditions. By the time the openers, Sachin Tendulkar and Parthiv, walked in to bat for the chase, the County ground was bathed in sunshine. And the pitch was flat.

Tendulkar didn't face the local tearaway Amjad Khan during his stay at all. Instead, he happily dealt with the left-armer Naved Arif who faltered in his lines. Trying for pace Arif pitched short and angled wide off the off stump but Tendulkar instantly upper cut him for four. His best shot came in Arif's third over, when he played a powerful drive that sliced through a thick off-side field manned by a gully, point, cover, silly mid-off and mid-off. Unfortunately, after having flicked Chris Liddle, who replaced Arif, for another four, Tendulkar tried to clear mid-off but failed and was caught.

By then, Parthiv, who was overwhelmed by Amjad's pace and movement in the early overs - he was forced to replace a broken bat as he tried to dig out a yorker - had gradually started to find his rhythm against the medium-pace duo of Liddle and Kirk Wernars. He played well on both sides against the slower pace and cut Wernars to the point boundary. He reached his half-century with a pull that got him a single, but mis-read the length and spin of Chris Nash's first delivery, his off bail displaced. If Gautam Gambhir, who did some light jogging with a strained face during the lunch break, fails to take field during the ODI series, Parthiv is a contender and would want to show a more settled technique in tomorrow's match against Kent.

If anybody showed assurance, it was the pair of Kohli and Rohit. Both played with a straight bat and without any fuss. They reached their teens by running hard singles and then cleared the boundaries with ease as Sussex tried to lure them by using spinners at both ends. Virat looked solid in defence, and when he was offered width by Liddle he pulled him hard for an easy four, his first. He repeated the same stroke with an identical result when Liddle repeated the mistake.

Rohit cut one hard between gully and point for his first four against Will Beer, who posed no hurdles for the Indians. When Nash challenged him with flight, he took the offer and cleared the long-off boundary, his team's first six.

In their effort to post a competitive target, the Sussex middle order regrouped after the top order faltered in the morning when play was interrupted by rain on a couple of occasions. The lights came on immediately after the first over as Brighton woke up under a huge blanket of dark cloud and intermittent drizzle. The first stoppage occured after 2.1 overs and play was interrupted again four overs later by a thin drizzle.

Luke Wells walked off early, edging to Dhoni off Praveen Kumar. Lou Vincent, the former New Zealand batsman, hit a muscular six, the first of the day, over deep square leg but then played casually against RP's angled delivery, giving Dhoni his second catch.

On resumption, Chris Nash, the Sussex captain, took a fancy to Munaf Patel, hitting couple of straight fours, but seemed desperate to charge every ball and paid the price when he cut RP straight to Kohli at point. After 12 overs Sussex were 58 for 3, but Joe Gatting ensured the hosts didn't lose the plot so easily.

He opened his account with a neat, square-driven four off RP. He then took advantage of the short straight boundaries by lofting Munaf, who had an ordinary day, over mid-off for a one-bounce four. Gatting followed up, slogging Munaf over the deep square leg; the ball bounced off the roof of the marquee tent into the first story of the neighbouring apartment building.

The introduction of R Ashwin, though, immediately put doubts in Gatting's mind as he tried to sweep the offspinner against the spin and was bowled. It was the turn of Matt Machan to take over from Gatting and he played resolutely in the middle overs. His 65-run stand with Ben Brown lent respectability to the Sussex score. Machan was the top-scorer with 56 and Brown was unlucky to miss his own fifty by two runs.

But the partnership didn't hurt the Indians, who enjoyed the better of the battle, as the Sussex batsmen increasingly found it hard to play boldly and take chances.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Cricketmad1111 on August 26, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    Anyone who saw the game must be worried about how the Indian batters played the pace of Amjad Khan. Even the Master looked hurried. The english attack are all 90 mph bowlers, and will be testing the Indians with the hard new white ball.

  • on August 26, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    Parthiv patel should be out of this side. In my opinion karthik and uthappa are the best choices for an opening keeper batsman but there are many others who are better than parthiv patel

  • cricket_for_all on August 26, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    Wow, Finally India won a match against Sussex's B team.

  • Nutcutlet on August 26, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    Some confidence is to be gained from this minor victory (and how India must be grateful for crumbs these days!). For those reading this in India, please note that 7/11 of the Sussex players haven't played 20 fc matches. Furthermore,there is no chance that any other county side will field a full strength XI at this late stage in the season, so India should look forward to a couple more wins before they have to face England's ODI team. Perhaps some of them will be going for a few three-mile runs (that's not far, and the weather isn't hot!) in an effort to lose a few pounds of blubber before they come under the scrutiny of the cricket fans in India and England once more. Btw: Ojha bowled very well for Surrey this week. He seems fit. Why isn't he representing his country? Mind you, he's suspiciously slim!

  • jaga.ra on August 26, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    dhoni plz not select sachin in any international cricket xi till he got his 100th 100.

  • on August 26, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    Finally Men In Blue get some relief after a maiden win in England over the English Club... Well played Rohit, you are the future of Indian Batting...

  • siyas on August 26, 2011, 11:23 GMT

    At last Doni got breath,he is gud captian but he go bad period... t

  • Nemmo on August 26, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    The crowd at Sussex was sold out a month before the game and the atmosphere was great. The Sussex team did play a reduced squad but this was because the game was a friendly and the coaches wanted to younger players to have a game. All 3 of Sussex's England standard players were not playing and neither was Wayne Parnell or Rana Naved. Sussex have some vital matches coming up and they probably wanted to give the players some rest. The Sussex team did not disgrace themselves and stood up well to the Indian bowling which looked fairly poor with the exceptions of Ashwin and Munaf Patel. Despite taking wickets RP Singh did not seem particlarly threatening. Parthiv Patel actually struggled in the opening overs against Amjhad Khan. The England bowling will be far more of a challenge for India who were batting against what was esentially a 2nd team. I think the ODI series will be close.

  • kaathir on August 26, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    Why dravid is not played?????????????

  • kaathir on August 26, 2011, 10:40 GMT

    Please check the other teams fast bowling status and look us. we are not looking for improvement if its goes like this we wont be able to complete in the next world cups since its host in AUSTRALIA & ENGLAND.

  • Cricketmad1111 on August 26, 2011, 18:19 GMT

    Anyone who saw the game must be worried about how the Indian batters played the pace of Amjad Khan. Even the Master looked hurried. The english attack are all 90 mph bowlers, and will be testing the Indians with the hard new white ball.

  • on August 26, 2011, 17:49 GMT

    Parthiv patel should be out of this side. In my opinion karthik and uthappa are the best choices for an opening keeper batsman but there are many others who are better than parthiv patel

  • cricket_for_all on August 26, 2011, 13:49 GMT

    Wow, Finally India won a match against Sussex's B team.

  • Nutcutlet on August 26, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    Some confidence is to be gained from this minor victory (and how India must be grateful for crumbs these days!). For those reading this in India, please note that 7/11 of the Sussex players haven't played 20 fc matches. Furthermore,there is no chance that any other county side will field a full strength XI at this late stage in the season, so India should look forward to a couple more wins before they have to face England's ODI team. Perhaps some of them will be going for a few three-mile runs (that's not far, and the weather isn't hot!) in an effort to lose a few pounds of blubber before they come under the scrutiny of the cricket fans in India and England once more. Btw: Ojha bowled very well for Surrey this week. He seems fit. Why isn't he representing his country? Mind you, he's suspiciously slim!

  • jaga.ra on August 26, 2011, 13:27 GMT

    dhoni plz not select sachin in any international cricket xi till he got his 100th 100.

  • on August 26, 2011, 13:12 GMT

    Finally Men In Blue get some relief after a maiden win in England over the English Club... Well played Rohit, you are the future of Indian Batting...

  • siyas on August 26, 2011, 11:23 GMT

    At last Doni got breath,he is gud captian but he go bad period... t

  • Nemmo on August 26, 2011, 11:03 GMT

    The crowd at Sussex was sold out a month before the game and the atmosphere was great. The Sussex team did play a reduced squad but this was because the game was a friendly and the coaches wanted to younger players to have a game. All 3 of Sussex's England standard players were not playing and neither was Wayne Parnell or Rana Naved. Sussex have some vital matches coming up and they probably wanted to give the players some rest. The Sussex team did not disgrace themselves and stood up well to the Indian bowling which looked fairly poor with the exceptions of Ashwin and Munaf Patel. Despite taking wickets RP Singh did not seem particlarly threatening. Parthiv Patel actually struggled in the opening overs against Amjhad Khan. The England bowling will be far more of a challenge for India who were batting against what was esentially a 2nd team. I think the ODI series will be close.

  • kaathir on August 26, 2011, 10:42 GMT

    Why dravid is not played?????????????

  • kaathir on August 26, 2011, 10:40 GMT

    Please check the other teams fast bowling status and look us. we are not looking for improvement if its goes like this we wont be able to complete in the next world cups since its host in AUSTRALIA & ENGLAND.

  • on August 26, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    We Must Have Series in Our Hand 5-0 As Completely White wash

  • kaathir on August 26, 2011, 10:32 GMT

    we only manage to win the world cup since its Played in our USELESS PITCHES. if you take the indies series we lost the last two ODI because its a BOWLING PITCH.

    EVERY INDIAN FANS KNOWS THIS.

    we wont survive the away games if we further proceed like this. win a away series with this team against the top teams is not possible.

  • on August 26, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    India the ODI team is a completely different kettle of fish from India the Test team. They have a brilliant ODI unit, especially in the batting. They SHOULD beat England hands-down but I cannot discount the pychological affect the heavy test series loses right now.

    May I also say that I do not think India's future is a bleak as people are making out at the moment, even in Tests. They have many really good players coming through such as Kholi and Sharma and let us not forget that players such as Gambhir and Sehwag have many years in them yet. These players just need grooming at the Test standard.

  • Gupta.Ankur on August 26, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    We are World champions..........so there is nothing to get surprised about this performance.....

    Yes we did have 1 poor series, but it doesn't mean we will lose all the time...

  • on August 26, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    I feel it is an uphill task for Indians to win ODIs. Somehow they might manage winning t20 but this is still a forgettable tour

  • on August 26, 2011, 9:28 GMT

    Guys come on!!!!! Give them a chance. They have messed up but they will bounce back. Barring last 45 days, they have been great. One format of the tour.....big deal!!!!!!

  • on August 26, 2011, 9:09 GMT

    It's amusing to note some of the comments made here. If India lose against a county team in the side game, people criticize that it can't even win against a local county. if they win, comments come out saying it won against a county team in a sarcastic tone. What do you guys want from this team anyway?

  • on August 26, 2011, 8:56 GMT

    I Accept rohit and virat are indias future batting lineup. but i am sure no body replace sachin...

  • Mdrifai on August 26, 2011, 8:50 GMT

    Rohit Sharma is surely the one to look forward in the future. He has got a good technique and is good against spin as well as pace bowling. All he needs is a bit of proper guidance. I have seen in the series against australia in the finals where he showed good temperamaent and oozed class. Reminds mw a lot of Inzamama who was one player who had all the time in the world to judge the length of a delivery and play late. If guided properly and not spoilt by the riches of the IPL demon he definitely is the fyture of indian batting in all formats along with the likes of kohli.

  • on August 26, 2011, 8:32 GMT

    Finally the world champions managed to beat a school look alike team in England. Wow what a win! this would defenitely place India alongside England in the one day series as a serious contender for the winner huh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • ashankar on August 26, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    @DINESHCC Please list your full strength England team that played against Ireland!!!!!!!

  • sidsway14 on August 26, 2011, 8:16 GMT

    @ DINESHCC.. checkout the english line up.. full strength???? wen did tht happen???

  • Naresh28 on August 26, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    I think Rohit Sharma and Virit Kohli will be the future of India. I predict Rohit Sharma will be India's next Sachin. WHy he did not play in the test matches I dont know? Only the slectors know. Virit is one who can work on his shortcomings.

  • on August 26, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    India will lose the ODIs and I20 also.

  • Pritt32 on August 26, 2011, 7:19 GMT

    India should have put on a close fright against England in the test series, by applying themselves better. I feel the commitment and attitude of the players were shocking and unprofessional in the series. Yesterday, they put on a good performance against Sussex and won the match. It shows they are capable of winning. I hope that there is a balance between the shorter and longer form of game. India still have a lot of work to do in the coming days, as England will put on a good fight in 20-20 and one day internationals. England's record in ODI is not so great, but India is a very good one day team and there are potential stars, which could be considered for test cricket. England may have the upper hand as they know how to beat India. India must try to outsmart them. Preparation is the key to success.

  • DINESHCC on August 26, 2011, 7:16 GMT

    I DON'T KNOW WHY OUR PEOPLE STILL HAVE FAITH ON OUR TEAM. WHEN THE 10TH OR 15TH RANKED IRELAND TEAM ARE ABLE TO RESTRICT THE FULL STRENGTH ENGLISH TEAM TO 201 AND ALMOST PULL OFF VICTORY, THE FULL STRENGH INDIAN TEAM COULD NOT RESTRICT SUSSEX TEAM WHICH ARE HAVING NO TEST / ODI / T20 PLAYERS, BELOW 200.

  • on August 26, 2011, 6:10 GMT

    youngsters are the way forward they have fighting spirit more than the old legs this win proves something that its time for youngsters to take the test hands on

  • on August 26, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    hope Ind will win their T20 and ODIs......,

  • anver777 on August 26, 2011, 5:25 GMT

    Good news for Ind that these three ODI specialists scored few runs before the ODI series....Ind need some consistent batting to match hi riding Eng!!! Series 3/2 to Eng

  • on August 26, 2011, 5:24 GMT

    I can't see India beating England in the forthcoming ODI series.We should remember in the last World Cup in which India won the competition they found it difficult to defend scores over 300 even on slow wickets.If almost second string of Sussex players could score 236 runs in 45 overs then the best India can hope for is a 1-4 defeat.With England's brilliant batting and bowling line-up the outcome is quite clear.

  • RFeynman on August 26, 2011, 5:11 GMT

    It's amusing to note some of the comments made here. If India lose against a county team in the side game, people criticize that it can't even win against a local county. if they win, comments come out saying it won against a county team in a sarcastic tone. What do you guys want from this team anyway?

  • KrazyCricketKid on August 26, 2011, 4:13 GMT

    @cricpolitics: India will whitewash england 5-0. England is horrible in ODIs. LOOOL

  • coppyshoppy on August 26, 2011, 4:02 GMT

    I dont think England are strongest. Our bowlers are not outof form and some batsman also. At 2nd test 1 st innings we saw the england top batsman. absence of zakheer and opening batting combination cost us.

  • landl47 on August 26, 2011, 3:44 GMT

    Comment of the day from 6forus: '..unfortunately sachin got out otherwise he wud ve scored 100 plus...' Yes, and if Sachin hadn't got out in the test matches, he would have scored 8 centuries!

  • cricpolitics on August 26, 2011, 2:14 GMT

    At least Indians are capable of winning some side games. They need this since they might not see any win again in the next coming days.

  • on August 26, 2011, 2:11 GMT

    I hope India performs well in the ODI series...

  • Cpt.Meanster on August 26, 2011, 2:10 GMT

    For those who have this habit of constantly bashing team India; sit down calmly and analyze India as a team in ODIs and tests. There is a huge gaping hole that separates the approach of the team in the two formats. Test cricket is all about skill, endurance and mental toughness. India have A LOT of work to do before they get back to the top in tests. However, in ODIs and T20s India will always be the BEST because of the fearless approach they have. Under Dhoni, India have had a decent record in limited overs games. With the IPL attitude influencing India's youngsters, this is no surprise. England still have an orthodox attitude towards their limited overs game. This would probably make them lose the one day series BUT in recent times they too have shown good form. So Indian fans should not get carried away with the dominance of India as world champions. I am still confident India will win the T20 and ODI series but we should never write off England

  • on August 26, 2011, 0:18 GMT

    Oh now India have beaten Sussex, don't they deserve to reclaim the number 1 spot again?

  • on August 26, 2011, 0:08 GMT

    3 Fifties from players who weren't picked in the Tests.

  • on August 25, 2011, 23:58 GMT

    Great to see..but why not irfan and yousuf in team, they should be in team if RP Singh can...I really don't understand most of the Dhoni's decision here in eng

  • on August 25, 2011, 23:47 GMT

    INDIA ACTUALLY MANAGED TO WIN A GAME IN ENGLAND, YAAAY! AGAINST SUSSEX THAT IS

  • proudpommy on August 25, 2011, 23:40 GMT

    I disagree, i think that England are at the strongest and the best they have been in years. Yes the one day format os more suited to the Indians given there rankings and overall structure but England are ready for the challenge. India came to England being the Number one test side, and who thought the series was going to be a 4-0 whitewash. I think England will step up to the challenge and once again comprehensively destroy the number one ranked team in the world.

  • ashes61 on August 25, 2011, 23:34 GMT

    A small crowd at the Sussex game? Here in Canterbury, Kent CCC announced almost a week ago that the match tomorrow against the Indians is completely sold out. The Canterbury ground is still undergoing major alterations & now has permanent floodlights (huge, ugly things destroying the charm of the ground!) so the capacity is not as high as it used to be, but up to 7,000 are expected. Unfortunately, it's very wet indeed tonight and the weather forecast is bad although hopefully the rain will mostly have gone by mid-morning and the rest of the day should be fine. I don't know the strength of the team Kent will put out but most recent games have featured almost untried youngsters, as literally only 14 players have been available. Geraint Jones probably to skipper again. Kent have been struggling badly again this season and the Indians will have far more experience & should win very comfortably whatever team Kent fields. If they don't, they should be VERY worried!

  • xylo on August 25, 2011, 22:52 GMT

    @Dravid_Gravitas: I was making the same point, though in a sarcastic way :-)

  • SRAM20 on August 25, 2011, 22:25 GMT

    I bet here - India will smash England in the ODI's and win it either 4-1 or 5-0. The team must be hurting from the whitewash in the tests, and also the incoming guys like Kohli, Rohit Sharma, RP Singh etc are aggressive and will challenge England far more than what happened in the tests. Also in ODI's, Dhoni has a firmer grip over captaincy and the format and that should reflect in his own performance too. Don't be surprised if India crush England in the ODI's. Sachin will get his 100th hundred in the ODI's. Wish they play Varun Aaron instead of Munaf Patel. Praveen, RP Singh and Aaron would form a really good combo with R Ashwin as the spinner (and Raina/Rohit/Kohli bowling part time)

  • on August 25, 2011, 22:22 GMT

    India should have played a one-off ODI against Ireland which would have tested them. Similarly, sides touring India should play one-off ODI/test against Bangladesh. This would be helpful for development of cricket in the weaker teams and would also test the stronger sides, better preparing them for the main series. The weaker teams would get one-off official tests/ODIs regularly against best teams.

  • SaravananIsTheBest on August 25, 2011, 22:18 GMT

    This is not gonna define the series at all, but the confident which India needs, defintely YES.... Time to get some pride back to HOME...

  • mak25 on August 25, 2011, 22:12 GMT

    Munaf,s moral definetley got beating by sidelining him during test matches. Thanks to Dhoni and Flecher. They really did damage to his bowling by ignoring him and playing him only in practise matches. But still he should be played in ODI......if India really wants to win ODIs. All the best to Munaf.. He is defintely better bolwer than RPs, Sree and Ishant.

  • harshizzle5 on August 25, 2011, 21:53 GMT

    I take this as horrible news. RP Singh will get a place in the team despite only taking wickets when he was being taken on. I hope the selectors do not pick him.

  • ChuckyDoll on August 25, 2011, 21:50 GMT

    Let's dream about India drubbing England 6-0, in T20 & ODI, lay test cricket to rest at the bottom of the ocean on return home to India. R.I.P Test Cricket.

  • Valavan on August 25, 2011, 21:50 GMT

    Haha, the best comment is India will crush England. Overconfident fans. This was the very reason India licked wounds in tests. Dont jump over the moon before the toss.

  • Trioboy on August 25, 2011, 21:20 GMT

    Ha ha finally a win to India..

  • 6forus on August 25, 2011, 21:19 GMT

    @davesh gupta, dude india will crush england by 4-1... indians ar best at odis... no one can defeat them that easily, tendulkar gave the start and rest of others followed it.. its good to c rohit and virat playing together superbly.. unfortunately sachin got out otherwise he wud ve scored 100 plus... raina has to be careful with his shot selection, most of the times he simply give away his wicket, he shud know that after him there is no one to follow and play big shots.. i wish irfan and yousuf were in the squad both wud hve been an asset.. anwz we will c tmrw's match.. all the bst india!! chak de

  • landl47 on August 25, 2011, 21:18 GMT

    The Indians are back! The Indians are back! They beat a Sussex side with half its regulars missing. Surely this will lead to a great revival, with India showing once again they are the champions of the world!

  • on August 25, 2011, 21:15 GMT

    Forty-five days into this most arduous of tours, the Indians secured their maiden victory...Anyway v ll c in ODI's...

  • Nampally on August 25, 2011, 21:04 GMT

    Indians appear to be better acclimized to the English conditions as evident from the front line batsmen. In the absence of Sehwag, P.Patel would have been a better choice than Mukund in the test matches. I personally feel that Rahul Sharma should have been the ideal leg spinner for the ODI`s in the English conditions.His omission was myopic on the part of the selectors.Even now the Selectors can opt for R.Sharma.I am surprised at the good show put up by RP Singh after his poor test performance.Kohli & Rohit`s form is promising.Unlike some of the commenters, I predict India to do well in the ODI series. Rahane & Aaron appear to be only coming over to warm the benches. Will Dhoni be more adventurous in the ODI`s by batting higher in the order. Kumar, RP or Munaf & Aaron should be 3 pacemen.India are the World champions in the ODI and should play like one.

  • on August 25, 2011, 20:41 GMT

    wish india continue winning througth the tour!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

  • on August 25, 2011, 20:37 GMT

    @xylo: Since India won therefore the chances of that happening are pretty thin!

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 25, 2011, 20:34 GMT

    @xylo, so again the focus on Sachin's 100th 100. That focus screwed up India's preparation. Much like the standing ovation etc that Inzy got from the Ozy players; Inzy was terribly moved and went back to the pavilion quickly. Sorta similar thing happened to Sachin in the test series. Loll..we don't want all those disturbances and standing ovations again....

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on August 25, 2011, 20:32 GMT

    I feel India is going to win the ODI series. May be 4-1. India has a very strong ODI Squad. Suresh Raina can take it easy now. He needs time to reflect on his game. I would open with Dravid and Rahane (if Gambhir is unfit), with Dravid as the non-striker. Or Dravid and Gambhir with Dravid as the non-striker. Sachin can come at #5 with Kohli coming in at #3 and Rohit Sharma coming in at #4. That would be my top 5 with experience from Dravid and Sachin guarding the Indian batting at #2 and #5. This will be reassuring. Let us see if the selfish Sachin will move from the comfort of his armchair for the sake of the team.

  • on August 25, 2011, 20:12 GMT

    We will WIN for sure. The time has come. Its now or never

  • SuriyaVen on August 25, 2011, 20:05 GMT

    taste the first victory. It could motives indian team to fight in ODI.

  • on August 25, 2011, 19:54 GMT

    Well played RP, Virat, Rohit and Parthiv. You have shown good confidence. However, none of these(Sussex) players will be in England's teams, but there are two more to go against Kent and Leics (where you might see some team England's players). So win both games...Dhoni and Raina needs to show some dominance...And hope Ajinkya Rahane and Jharkhand speedster Varun Aaron gets chance in next games. Still Munaf needs to show more performance. And Gambhir and Sachin should shine as an opening pair at least in one game before the ODIs. Team unity is very important...So....de gumake....!

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on August 25, 2011, 19:38 GMT

    From the ashes a fire shall be woken, a light from the shadows shall spring; renewed shall be blade that was broken, the crownless again shall be king.... :) GO India GO :)

  • on August 25, 2011, 19:22 GMT

    England will win the series 4-1!!!

  • xylo on August 25, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    Did Sachin get his 100th 100? ;-)

  • on August 25, 2011, 19:02 GMT

    I hope this win helps in building the confidence of downtrodden India...

  • on August 25, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    i can see a new hope in the lights of Rohit , Virat and R.P too , may India came back as hard as they can

  • on August 25, 2011, 19:00 GMT

    Report headline "three fifties". Wow, we never did this in any of the test matches...let the good times roll!!

  • Rocket_180 on August 25, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    India played Sussex today England played Ireland, now the sad thing for me was that Sussex really had no interest in there match against India and it was played in front of 1 man and his dog and Sussex sent out a near 2nd side showing no interest in making it a real contest.

    Where Ireland sent out there full team, sold out the match around 7000 specators, brought temp stands and made a real go of it and it was a cracking effort by Ireland to beat England and Ireland put on a real show

    this just shows why test sides should play there warm up games in lesser nations not local/county sides - food for thought ICC

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  • Rocket_180 on August 25, 2011, 18:44 GMT

    India played Sussex today England played Ireland, now the sad thing for me was that Sussex really had no interest in there match against India and it was played in front of 1 man and his dog and Sussex sent out a near 2nd side showing no interest in making it a real contest.

    Where Ireland sent out there full team, sold out the match around 7000 specators, brought temp stands and made a real go of it and it was a cracking effort by Ireland to beat England and Ireland put on a real show

    this just shows why test sides should play there warm up games in lesser nations not local/county sides - food for thought ICC

  • on August 25, 2011, 19:00 GMT

    Report headline "three fifties". Wow, we never did this in any of the test matches...let the good times roll!!

  • on August 25, 2011, 19:01 GMT

    i can see a new hope in the lights of Rohit , Virat and R.P too , may India came back as hard as they can

  • on August 25, 2011, 19:02 GMT

    I hope this win helps in building the confidence of downtrodden India...

  • xylo on August 25, 2011, 19:19 GMT

    Did Sachin get his 100th 100? ;-)

  • on August 25, 2011, 19:22 GMT

    England will win the series 4-1!!!

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on August 25, 2011, 19:38 GMT

    From the ashes a fire shall be woken, a light from the shadows shall spring; renewed shall be blade that was broken, the crownless again shall be king.... :) GO India GO :)

  • on August 25, 2011, 19:54 GMT

    Well played RP, Virat, Rohit and Parthiv. You have shown good confidence. However, none of these(Sussex) players will be in England's teams, but there are two more to go against Kent and Leics (where you might see some team England's players). So win both games...Dhoni and Raina needs to show some dominance...And hope Ajinkya Rahane and Jharkhand speedster Varun Aaron gets chance in next games. Still Munaf needs to show more performance. And Gambhir and Sachin should shine as an opening pair at least in one game before the ODIs. Team unity is very important...So....de gumake....!

  • SuriyaVen on August 25, 2011, 20:05 GMT

    taste the first victory. It could motives indian team to fight in ODI.

  • on August 25, 2011, 20:12 GMT

    We will WIN for sure. The time has come. Its now or never