Kent v Indians, Canterbury August 27, 2011

Indians win despite Denly ton

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Indians 164 for 6 off 20 overs (Kohli 78, Rohit 30, Tredwell 2-18) beat Kent 159 for 5 (Denly 100, RP Singh 2-36) by 5 runs
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A century from Joe Denly went in vain as Kent failed to make eight runs off the final over, and lost an exciting match to the Indians by five runs. Riding on Virat Kohli's vibrant 78, the Indians had managed to set up a challenging target, but Denly, who has played five Twenty20 internationals for England in addition to nine ODIs, drove the chase before he was bowled seven balls from the end.

Originally meant to be a 50-over encounter, the match was converted to a 20-over one after rain delayed the start. It was a long Friday for everyone. After the rain had played spoilsport, news poured in that a suspect package was found near the Canterbury West Railway Station and there was a fire in the Marks & Spencer store near the team hotel. The main road leading to the city centre from the St Lawrence county ground had been cut off. Still, the die-hard fans, who had bought tickets months in advance and had waded through the streams of water gushing down from the slope at the ground entrance, did not panic and leave. Instead they stayed put and even enjoyed the bhangra music, performed by the local group Jugnu, who kept the crowd going through the afternoon and evening.

And what an evening it was. It belonged entirely to Denly till Munaf Patel's nail-biting final over. Denly had started on the wrong foot when he charged at RP Singh and tried to hit the third ball of the chase over the bowler's head. He only succeeded in getting an inside-edge that raced down to the fine-leg boundary. RP Singh followed that up with two wides.

When Vinay Kumar came in from the Nackington Road end, Denly flicked him for consecutive boundaries, beating a harried Parthiv Patel at deep square leg. Denly then swept Amit Mishra for a flat six to move quickly into the 40s. When Mishra returned from the Pavilion end, Denly cut him for another easy four.

Only R Ashwin managed to keep Denly quiet, with the batsman smartly respecting him once he realised he could take easy runs off the other bowlers. No other Kent batsman managed to cross 17 but that was also because Denly took most of the strike during the two major partnerships in the innings. A 60-run stand for the second wicket with Martin van Jaarsveld helped Kent stay in the race. Denly then combined well with allrounder Darren Stevens in a 73-run stand.

Forty-nine runs were needed from the last six overs. That became 37 from the last four. Denly pulled RP Singh for a four and then cleared cow corner with a powerful six. Eighteen were need from 12 deliveries. Denly got to his hundred with a hard-run two off a free hit. But the very next ball, he was caught in two minds as his body was positioned to play the pull but the arc of his bat suggested he wanted to cut it, and he ended up being bowled.

Kent needed a further eight runs from the final six deliveries. Munaf, who had been off colour during the Indians' tour game in Hove, bowled off a slightly shorter run-up but put in more effort. He gave away two singles off the first two balls and then kept Sam Northeast guessing with his lengths off the next two deliveries. Stevens and the Kent fans were growing anxious. Off the fifth ball Stevens charged for a single when Northeast failed to connect. Northeast failed to reach the non-striker's end, meaning the hosts still needed six off the last ball. Munaf clean bowled Stevens with a yorker and let out a shriek.

India had recovered well in their innings after Parthiv Patel was dismissed off the third ball of the match. Rahul Dravid, a former overseas player for Kent, failed to make an impact, falling for 15 when he pulled straight to short midwicket where James Tredwell dived forward brilliantly to complete the catch.

Over the last year Kohli has proved that he can bat comfortably in his own space and not let anything distract him. In Hove he had led India towards their target without breaking a sweat in the company of Rohit Sharma. The only difference in Canterbury was Rohit remained largely a bystander throughout their 69-run stand for the third wicket as Kohli doused the Kent bowling with a straight blade, a sharp eye, powerful wrists and good footwork. India had scored just one boundary by the end of the third over when Kohli came in. Immediately he flicked Matt Coles past the fine-leg boundary, then hit over mid-off for two, and improvised the very next ball by hitting over the bowler's head for another boundary.

It was at the same venue that Kohli had made 123 in a Youth Test against the likes of Steven Finn and Adil Rashid back in 2006. Kohli was in a dominant mood today as he clobbered a full toss from Stevens high over deep midwicket. He then pulled offspinner Adam Riley over deep square leg for his second six and, in his next over, cleared his back foot and swatted Riley high over long-off for another six.

Sadly Kohli's innings ended abruptly as he slog-swept Tredwell towards deep midwicket where Denly fumbled, prompting Suresh Raina to call for a second run. Kohli seemed happy with the single but Raina's desperate calls forced him to respond and even a full-stretched dive could not save him from being run out. A disappointed Kohli let Raina know that there was no need for a rushed extra run. He needn't have worried. He had helped India to a winning target.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • on August 30, 2011, 17:08 GMT

    Gambhir to miss ODI Series" but.................. he will be fit for champions league... ha ha ha... jaaago India.... they not playing for country they playing fo money....

  • dicky_boy on August 28, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    I understand why u r not optimistic about indias chances if u had been asked about Indian teat team one month back u would have said they r unbeatable at home . Even in spinning tracks in India swann was k in the world cup and mishra did not bowl on day four and five of the fourth test so I don't think it's fair to measure a player like mishra and Indian team on one series. A fresher team would be better competition even on England conditions I think but I dont think I can say that now. But one thing is for sure fresher Indian test team on Indian soil I think they are unbeatable .

  • itsthewayuplay on August 28, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    @dickyboy, OliverWebber and sd001. With reference to my last post I don't think India will be the challenge that it used to be due to their lack of quality spin bowlers. If the pitches do favour spin then that would bring England in the Swann factor and possibly Panesar. India's 'pace' bowlers swing the ball as much as England but lack their pace. England were also able to move the ball off the seam more regularly than India. If England maintain their form and adjust to the conditions quickly and BCCI continue to focus on 20-20 and ODIs then I think it hard to see why India would be favourites to win a Test series merely because it's at home. Winning a series in the WIndies was previously unimaginable but India did that recently - does it make India a great team? No because of the quality of the current WIndies team. So if Engalnd win agianst a substandard India in India will they be a great team? This is what I meant by it's all relative.

  • OliverWebber on August 28, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    OK you can prepare a a pitch that favours seam and bounce, yes. In this series we had 3 like that and one (the Oval) which gave an advantage to spinners. If you remember Mishra didn't exactly cover himself in glory at the Oval (well - only with the bat!) I didn't see what Bresnan said, but if you read the British press, everyone acknowledges that it will be a big challenge winning in the subcontinent, and it's also widely accepted that good teams need to be able to play in all sorts of conditions, and that the current England team haven't (yet!) been successful in Asia. I don't think fair-minded fans have the slightest objection to conditions favouring spin - it's the variety of pitches and conditions that make cricket such an interesting game. Most England fans are hugely looking forward to this challenge!

  • sd001 on August 28, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    well said dicky_boy,england need to prove their mettle in india...which i doubt they will do.even the great australian side did manage to win only once in india by 2-1,that too because chennai test was washed out for a day with india needing 210 to win with 10 wickets in hand..it's really difficult to win test series in india.

  • dicky_boy on August 28, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    And Oliver I meant seaming and swinging conditions including pitch and all. But when India try to prepare spinning tracks everyone makes a huge thing about it

  • dicky_boy on August 28, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    Oliver I acccpt engalnd are a good test side but only in countries like England aus and southafrica not in the subcontinent and I don't understand why players like Tim bresnan can be so disrespectful of top Indian players after winning a series at home . If they win in India I accept they are best side but I highly doubt it

  • OliverWebber on August 27, 2011, 23:31 GMT

    @dicky_boy - there's no such thing as a "swinging" pitch! Swing is in fact not fully explained by science but depends to some extent on atmospheric conditions as well as the bowler's skill. Anderson (and all the English bowlers) performed outstandingly in the Ashes last winter, in conditions which were supposed not to favour swing or seam. You're quite right that he has had terrible results in one-day cricket - he is not a reliable one-day bowler, but in tests he is superb. The sooner people realise that performance in one format doesn't guarantee success in another, the better: England are an excellent test side, but a mediocre one-day side (although their 20-20 performances are better than in 50 overs). India are an excellent one-day side, but their test match form has dropped off spectacularly. It's pointless to claim that world cup success means anything for tests, just as it's pointless to predict the one-day results based on test form!

  • dicky_boy on August 27, 2011, 20:33 GMT

    Well said burnie ten gland could not win a world cup at home or away chokers. And they prepared swinging pitches so their bowlers looked good . Please remember james Anderson in the world cup he was terrible even with Ireland and bangladesh so their bowling just seems better now that's all

  • itsthewayuplay on August 27, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    For those who think that the real measure of England's progress is whether they can win in India and Sri Lanka, please beware as it's all relative. India has been the final frontier for many teams mainly because of the quality of spin. In the last few years we have had the great Kumble and/or Harbajan or there has been another spinner that has come in and performed as a one-off. Harbajan now appears to be at a crossroads. Usually he plays well for a short while after a layoff then fades away. Of greater concern, there is no healthy competetion for places. So does India have the firepower to bowl England out twice in Indian conditions? We will have to see but until then bowlers must be managed. Ishant was heavily criticised for his recent performances but please remember he is only 22 and has already bowled a lot. Fast bowlers reach their peak from 26/27 onwards and until then he must managed carefully to avoid wasting potential like Irfan Pathan, Munaf, Balaji, Sreesanth and so.

  • on August 30, 2011, 17:08 GMT

    Gambhir to miss ODI Series" but.................. he will be fit for champions league... ha ha ha... jaaago India.... they not playing for country they playing fo money....

  • dicky_boy on August 28, 2011, 13:44 GMT

    I understand why u r not optimistic about indias chances if u had been asked about Indian teat team one month back u would have said they r unbeatable at home . Even in spinning tracks in India swann was k in the world cup and mishra did not bowl on day four and five of the fourth test so I don't think it's fair to measure a player like mishra and Indian team on one series. A fresher team would be better competition even on England conditions I think but I dont think I can say that now. But one thing is for sure fresher Indian test team on Indian soil I think they are unbeatable .

  • itsthewayuplay on August 28, 2011, 9:58 GMT

    @dickyboy, OliverWebber and sd001. With reference to my last post I don't think India will be the challenge that it used to be due to their lack of quality spin bowlers. If the pitches do favour spin then that would bring England in the Swann factor and possibly Panesar. India's 'pace' bowlers swing the ball as much as England but lack their pace. England were also able to move the ball off the seam more regularly than India. If England maintain their form and adjust to the conditions quickly and BCCI continue to focus on 20-20 and ODIs then I think it hard to see why India would be favourites to win a Test series merely because it's at home. Winning a series in the WIndies was previously unimaginable but India did that recently - does it make India a great team? No because of the quality of the current WIndies team. So if Engalnd win agianst a substandard India in India will they be a great team? This is what I meant by it's all relative.

  • OliverWebber on August 28, 2011, 7:09 GMT

    OK you can prepare a a pitch that favours seam and bounce, yes. In this series we had 3 like that and one (the Oval) which gave an advantage to spinners. If you remember Mishra didn't exactly cover himself in glory at the Oval (well - only with the bat!) I didn't see what Bresnan said, but if you read the British press, everyone acknowledges that it will be a big challenge winning in the subcontinent, and it's also widely accepted that good teams need to be able to play in all sorts of conditions, and that the current England team haven't (yet!) been successful in Asia. I don't think fair-minded fans have the slightest objection to conditions favouring spin - it's the variety of pitches and conditions that make cricket such an interesting game. Most England fans are hugely looking forward to this challenge!

  • sd001 on August 28, 2011, 6:23 GMT

    well said dicky_boy,england need to prove their mettle in india...which i doubt they will do.even the great australian side did manage to win only once in india by 2-1,that too because chennai test was washed out for a day with india needing 210 to win with 10 wickets in hand..it's really difficult to win test series in india.

  • dicky_boy on August 28, 2011, 5:44 GMT

    And Oliver I meant seaming and swinging conditions including pitch and all. But when India try to prepare spinning tracks everyone makes a huge thing about it

  • dicky_boy on August 28, 2011, 5:42 GMT

    Oliver I acccpt engalnd are a good test side but only in countries like England aus and southafrica not in the subcontinent and I don't understand why players like Tim bresnan can be so disrespectful of top Indian players after winning a series at home . If they win in India I accept they are best side but I highly doubt it

  • OliverWebber on August 27, 2011, 23:31 GMT

    @dicky_boy - there's no such thing as a "swinging" pitch! Swing is in fact not fully explained by science but depends to some extent on atmospheric conditions as well as the bowler's skill. Anderson (and all the English bowlers) performed outstandingly in the Ashes last winter, in conditions which were supposed not to favour swing or seam. You're quite right that he has had terrible results in one-day cricket - he is not a reliable one-day bowler, but in tests he is superb. The sooner people realise that performance in one format doesn't guarantee success in another, the better: England are an excellent test side, but a mediocre one-day side (although their 20-20 performances are better than in 50 overs). India are an excellent one-day side, but their test match form has dropped off spectacularly. It's pointless to claim that world cup success means anything for tests, just as it's pointless to predict the one-day results based on test form!

  • dicky_boy on August 27, 2011, 20:33 GMT

    Well said burnie ten gland could not win a world cup at home or away chokers. And they prepared swinging pitches so their bowlers looked good . Please remember james Anderson in the world cup he was terrible even with Ireland and bangladesh so their bowling just seems better now that's all

  • itsthewayuplay on August 27, 2011, 18:07 GMT

    For those who think that the real measure of England's progress is whether they can win in India and Sri Lanka, please beware as it's all relative. India has been the final frontier for many teams mainly because of the quality of spin. In the last few years we have had the great Kumble and/or Harbajan or there has been another spinner that has come in and performed as a one-off. Harbajan now appears to be at a crossroads. Usually he plays well for a short while after a layoff then fades away. Of greater concern, there is no healthy competetion for places. So does India have the firepower to bowl England out twice in Indian conditions? We will have to see but until then bowlers must be managed. Ishant was heavily criticised for his recent performances but please remember he is only 22 and has already bowled a lot. Fast bowlers reach their peak from 26/27 onwards and until then he must managed carefully to avoid wasting potential like Irfan Pathan, Munaf, Balaji, Sreesanth and so.

  • CricFreax on August 27, 2011, 16:12 GMT

    I think the young side would do something different even though it may lost. the young has got a different game plan and i think thats what is driving them to win. i think, Virat is naturally talented except fo his step work, Rohit has got his drives well but his choice of shots sometime are bizzare. Raina seems have his strength only in slogging but he needs to be trained in other areas. he seems to show lot of maturity from the way how he started. he is now under tremendous pressure . he needs to rested and guided. He was also victimized when he was given captainship which was a very wrong move. BCCI wastes talents like Raina, sree by not giving guidance and giving unwanted pressure. Ashwin is fabulous and he can bat as well it seems. Dhoni is lacking knowledge in the selection he just doesn't know to relate pitch and bowlers. one major issue with the team is lack of fast bowlers and its mainly due to BCCI and the curators who destroying the pitches and the Cricket in country

  • on August 27, 2011, 15:57 GMT

    @itsthewayuplay I agree with you the decision to call RP Singh when he was on holiday in Miami was stupid. However he did take 4 wickets against Sussex and 2 against Kent so he is performing albeit against county teams, but still it counts. And yes I agree with you the selection process is a disgrace, new players are only given an oppurtunity when the seniors are so injured they literally drop out of the series. But there is some hope, Vinay, Varun and Rahane have impressive domestic performances and performed well in the Emerging players tournament and they have finally made it to Indian side.

  • on August 27, 2011, 15:08 GMT

    If india really wants to win ODI series they should drop Gambhir- not ale to concentrate, Sachin- playing for his 100th 100, Dravid- not enough odi matches for him to convert himself into odi player, Dhoni- playing under too much pressure, Rp Singh- doesnt really know how to bowl. we should have Rahane and parthiv as opening pair then Kohli,Rohit and Raina we should have Irfan Pathan next Ravichandran Ashwin,Amit Mishra, P kumar, Varun aaron and Munaf patel. Englishmen are still considered to be a little bit weak against duo of spin.. R ahwin and Amit Mishra can do the trick for us if they bowl in right areas...

  • mak25 on August 27, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    Finaly Munaf has shown his worth in the final over. This effort will bring lots of confidence in him....he was clealrly pick of the bowlers in this match. All the best to him.

  • on August 27, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    pathan brother very well deserve a place in Indian team now...srikant as selector this is not possible they select mukund, srishant and vinay kumar and etc... most of the player is not even international level....in test 4-0 , what abt one-day ....

  • udayanavada on August 27, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    Hi dudes,Ours is a combined team of English,South African,Irish,........But you are alone Indian.So you can not dream of winning. You will loose by 5-0.

  • on August 27, 2011, 14:05 GMT

    @burnie01 : 4-0 would be defined as very good cricket by England. India had troubles from all corners..Fitness, team line up, excessive cricket in shorter format of the game etc..A bad series for India..But, England have won on home turf..Prove you are the best in subcontinental conditions..Beat India in India or SL in SL and then the 4-0 would make sense.....Test Cricket pinnacle of cricket ? True, which is why England took almost a life time in getting to No.1 ..If slogging is not cricket why does England play ODIs/T20s at all ? And again suck at both lols............Chokers big time..

  • oranjizer on August 27, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    btw, Virat has been awesome. Hope he continues this way. All the best to him. I see a wonderful future ahead for him and India if he can keep up the good work. A premier batsman.

  • oranjizer on August 27, 2011, 13:51 GMT

    What i do not understand is, people start taking names of all young talent they have comes across in the IPLs and assume that they will do well. Of course one gets to know only after they are given a chance, agreed, but you gotta select only 11 and have balance between experience and youth. Coming to bowling, may be we need to experiment with younger talent as even our experienced folk do not seem to produce any results. Vinay Kumar has been economical and among the wickets and would have done great in test matches in England. Mithun is of no use though as he does not have variety. Im not sure if there is any quality bowler out there among the younger guys but lets see how they do when given a chance. I second the thoughts that Robin Uttappa should be given a chance ahead of Yusuf if the latter is thought of being included in the team. Yusuf cannot play on the off side and struggles with any ball on that line.

  • on August 27, 2011, 13:48 GMT

    i hope this series will b very bad for MS Dhoni

  • Nampally on August 27, 2011, 13:46 GMT

    Nice to see Kohli & Sharma, who did not play in the test series are showing some batting form. If they continue to bat well in the ODI's India has a chance to put up a good show.Raina continues to show poor form. Luckily for him, Gambhir is not match fit. If Gambhir is fit, India will have a good batting side. Anyway these practice matches are helping Indian players to get used to the English pitches. In bowling, India should go with Kumar, Aaron or RP, Munaf Patel as the Pacemen and Ashwin & Mishra in spin.

  • on August 27, 2011, 13:42 GMT

    @Sujay Venkatesh: Robin uthapa is far more inconsistent than pathan..He got chances but wasted them..He cannot win back his place atleast in the near future..Irrespective of how pathan does, he wont be considered...

  • on August 27, 2011, 13:26 GMT

    I hope India will win the odi series.

  • on August 27, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    @Paramjit Das : You did not say it explicitly but when you were using statistics from matches against local teams and that too just one...you do sound like favouring England team forgetting their past glory in ODIs and only keeping in mind how they did in tests...Its just one match and you already feel England have an advantage..How can you judge its gonna be 3-2 ? Had the test series ended in a draw and India beat local teams the way they did now, would you still have talked of 3-2 ? Haha..Be reasonable man!

  • on August 27, 2011, 12:31 GMT

    @davidpk:1/2 of the 1st team missing..lolz r u a Kent fan who knows all about Kent county team..refer to latest match of Kent vs Sussex on 23 August 2011 http://www.espncricinfo.com/county-cricket-2011/engine/current/match/492346.html where Kent beat Sussex...you might find that Kent team had all the players that played with India at Canterbury except Azhar Mahmood who didnt play due to injury as per Kent County website(http://www.kentcricket.co.uk/news-blogs/news/kent-name-squad-to-face-india-at-the-st-lawrence-ground)...so better have some knowledge before you say anyhting...

  • itsthewayuplay on August 27, 2011, 11:44 GMT

    If RP continues to be selected then Indian cricket has even bigger problems than highlighted during the Test series. A player who hasn't played competetive cricket since Jan this year is recalled to the Test side from holiday on a Miami beach is unfit, overweight, slow and ends up wicketless and yet is being considered for ODIs. Perhaps Dhoni should consider recalling Kapil Dev and Srinath. Add the examples of Zaheer, Harbarjan and Sreesanth, the message to young Indian bowlers is that if you can get into the Indian team and perform in 1 or 2 tests, get a 3 year IPL contract you are set for life. Check out youtube clips of a young RP Singh on the last tour of England.

  • on August 27, 2011, 11:42 GMT

    @Rajesh Shelmeda : did i ever say England were a superior ODI side to India? no, I didn't. I was merely explaining to @Chokkashokka the difference btwn the headlines and the reasons. I say, India will win the series by 3-2 . Period.

  • itsthewayuplay on August 27, 2011, 11:33 GMT

    I think a lot of people are getting hot under the collar for no reason. One thing the IPL has shown is that regardless of the whichever two teams are playing one team can beat another on any given day in 20-20.I don't think the result of this match gives any indication of where the Indian ODI side is at the moment following the recently concluded Test series. It does however highlight the performaces of a few individuals such Kohli continuing to be amongst the runs. More worringly Mishra bowled a lot of overs in the Tests and so should be acclimatised but leaked too many runs and did not take any wickets. In fact he was the most expensive bowler if you take into account Riley is only 19 years old. Yet during the Tests Mishra did show that he can bowl some big leg breaks. I agree with G Boycott's suggestion that the BCCI should pay out from their very healthy bank account to S Warne to coach Mishra for a while. Can anyone explain what is the point in playing RP?

  • on August 27, 2011, 11:18 GMT

    India have given enough chances to yusuf pathan who is inconsistant and plays for money and can play only spin.Give chance to Robbin Uthappa he is consistant and a team man.Robbie is a very good player of spin and fast bowling.Why not Robbin Uthappa he is a very good player.Yusuf is so called match saver and match winner which the people taught but all faik.Robbie is a match saving winner.India needs Robbie back badly.

  • on August 27, 2011, 11:09 GMT

    India should not give more chances for Vinay Kumar Sreesanth and Mithun.Because of them bowling unit has weakened.I dont understand why Vinay Kumar Mithun and Sreesanth are getting more chances .Its for the team to get settled with varun aaron sudeep tyagi and RP singh.Otherwise our bowling unit may get weakened.Allready we lost Irfan Pathan and Sudeep Tyagi we were going to lose RP Singh we will lose Varun Aaron.India should get settled and balanced with Varun Aaron Sudeep Tyagi and RP Singh.Not bowlers like Mithun Vinay Kumar and Sreesanth.Our bowling unit may get weakened

  • dicky_boy on August 27, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    Mt cric info pak I wish u could have some cricket knowledge we won the wc and we beat u in the semis we were no one for past two years in tests.England just won on seaming conditions at home k so don't comment on our bowlers at least they are not doing any money!!!!! And they will bowl better in odi

  • rahulcricket007 on August 27, 2011, 10:08 GMT

    @david pk. i think you have forgotten that t20 is worst form of cricket . there is no quality in it . a lower team can win against a good team . u forgot what happened to england team when they play against netherlands in 2009 t20 wc. in t20 any team can win . BUT I MUST ADMIT THAT EXCEPTING KOHLI AND ROHIT NO ONE IS LOOKING PROMISING TO ME IN THE INDIAN BATTING .

  • Srini88 on August 27, 2011, 9:22 GMT

    Where is Yousuf Pathan?

  • moonfax on August 27, 2011, 9:15 GMT

    Some of the Indian players had a very poor performance in the test against England. The following should be dropped and replaced by young blood.

    MS Dhoni - played very poorly and his captaincy is questionable. Drop him Tendulkar - greatest player for sure but past his sell by date and wearing the team down.

    Raina - Failed to make any sort of impact in the test series and also against this match with Kent.

    Ghambir - Rushes too much and struggled to post a decent score Sehwag - Still injured and should not play

    Performance is key, if you are not performing then you should be out of the matches and back in the nets to practice.

    Kholi is young and has much potential and he is great with the bat. He should be fixtured into the test series.

    Problem with cricket is that much of the batting order is static. It needs to be more dynamic and the batting order needs to change to reflect how the game is going. There is no harm in moving batters who can post good total to postions 7,8 or 9.

  • bumsonseats on August 27, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    what a shocker kent should be kicking themselves. a 2nd division team with 1/2 of the 1st team missing chokkashokka england played a international side not a county side. ur team dun bad. u should go buy the indian guys a drink they deserve it . dpk

  • rsurya on August 27, 2011, 8:31 GMT

    Gentlemen please listen.... Batting is our strength and at the end of the day winning is important.......... Maha Dhoni.... Its high time we bring back our Ravindra Jadeja to our team.

  • on August 27, 2011, 8:18 GMT

    @Paramjit Das : If you were to take such matches as indicators of where the teams stand in comparison, Pl. refer to how England fared in ODIs before the series started. Struggled to win matches in the World cup, lost to Ireland, drew a match with India...Pointless comparison....Your words suggest and English advantage but i am afraid what you believe will be thoroughly thwarted in the matches to come...Watch out buddy !

  • on August 27, 2011, 8:14 GMT

    One day cricket is an entierly different ball game. Indian team suffered in the Tests but that in no way is an indicator of how they would fare in ODIs. Remember, Sachin did not win the World cup for India, it was the youngsters. All the foolish people who draw comparisons between Eng and India based on how they fare against local teams should also brush their memories on how pathetically Eng played World cup and suffered humiliating defeat against Ireland. If you jump to compare this, well compare world cup glory of England...Haha..I am sure England is going to prepare tracks suited for their bowlers but Stuart Broad, the key bowler in tests has the rare distinction of giving away six 6's in an over to our Yuvi. Exciting to see how England can atleast manage one win in the ODI series to come ....

  • Sudu_putha on August 27, 2011, 7:44 GMT

    Doni should have been retired after the WC

  • sweetspot on August 27, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    All of you crying for Raina's blood - take it easy please! He has weathered a few storms lately, but is too gifted and committed for us to just chuck him out. Let him score one 40 ball 70 and you will see how good he will come back to being. He is India's ONLY batsman to have scored centuries in all formats. Let's not forget to stick with this fantastic cricketer when he is going through tough times. Just for his attitude alone, he is invaluable to the team. @chokkashokka - Very valid point!

  • on August 27, 2011, 7:26 GMT

    @chokkashokka: Even for a fenetic Indian fan as yourself, I can explain the difference with a bit of good old mathematics. See, the England Ireland game was a 23 over affair rather than a 50 over one. England won by 23 runs which means they scored , on average, 0.48 runs approx more per over. India won by 5 runs in a 20-over affair, which measn on average they scored about 0.25 runs more per over. So relatively speaking, England's win was ``sealing" and India ``sneaked home". Also the fact that Kent have not played a WC whereas Ireland have and the fact that the India-Kent match was alive till the last over should explain the difference to you. And relax, there is no discrimination against India of any sort, rather its quite the opposite when people like you evade the forums.

  • OliverWebber on August 27, 2011, 7:23 GMT

    @chokkashokka - I think it's a matter of writing headlines in a hurry. With a bit of thought, they could have chosen slightly better verbs, I guess. I'm not sure that "sealed" really implies any great superiority though. But you also have to look at the context - the Kent game was live right up to the last ball, so it was a thrilling and very close victory. The Irish game was pretty much over once O'Brien was out - his innings was inspired but not quite enough, and they never looked likely to get the 19 required from the last over. Also note that one of the other articles is titled "England avoid another slip-up"! World Cup - the most prestigious tournament in *one-day* cricket, yes. Not the same as test matches, as the Indian team have discovered to their cost this summer...

  • burnie01 on August 27, 2011, 7:14 GMT

    @chokkashokka - Interested as to what would you describe 4-0 as then ? Test cricket is the pinnacle of the sport of cricket, not ODI's/20 over slogfests.

  • gannyboy on August 27, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    India should play Ashwin as a bowling all-rounder. He is more than capable with the bat and I am disappointed that Rahane and Varun arent given a chance. I hope they get a look in the next practice game.

  • Cric_info_pak on August 27, 2011, 7:11 GMT

    wht india even county team they hit indian blowers as it was a county blowing attack..... 5 runs win n indian fans r happy really indians team n fan start behaving like bangladesh....... by the way england is strong in test but weak in ODI they lot in aus by 6-1 despite of winning test series by 3-1 and every one knows how they played in world cup .... so it is equal India( bangladesh standard) vs weak england ODI team ......

  • on August 27, 2011, 7:01 GMT

    Dhoni's wretched run with the bat continues. Off all the indian players he is the one who needs to take a break and reassess his batting and keeping skills. Feel he is pressurizing himself in to every game because he is not getting runs

  • on August 27, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    "I think he two consecutive victory will surely boost the indian confidence and the inclusion of virat kholi, rohit sharma and other youngsters can confront the english attack very well...

  • crickeyt on August 27, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    Raina trying hard to make sure Kohli cannot score too many :)

  • on August 27, 2011, 6:24 GMT

    Not exactly an emphatic win for India.

  • DINESHCC on August 27, 2011, 5:33 GMT

    RAINA AND DHONI'S DREAM RUN CONTINUES

  • on August 27, 2011, 5:22 GMT

    I was excited for India until I realised that the game had been chopped down to 20 overs- it seems that this format is all India are able to win these days..

  • NomDePlume on August 27, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    to anyone at the ground to see this game - was any good? do munaf, rp and praveen look fit? why are the spinners so bad? looks like the batting is sorted out.

  • on August 27, 2011, 5:17 GMT

    Bleed blue indiaaaaBleed blue indiaaaa

  • on August 27, 2011, 4:43 GMT

    India had recovered well

  • chokkashokka on August 27, 2011, 4:06 GMT

    I find it interesting that in a 20-20 day a five run victory is considered a "sneak" and in 50 over game, a victory by 11 runs is considered sealing a victory. I am referring to India's sneaky victory in a 20-20 game and England sealing a victory against the mighty Irish - who trounced them in the World Cup - the most prestigious tournament in the sport of cricket.

  • on August 27, 2011, 4:01 GMT

    Indians are coming back to life. Time to continue the good works!!!

  • on August 27, 2011, 3:58 GMT

    Raina should be dropped now .... were r rahane and varun .......?

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  • on August 27, 2011, 3:58 GMT

    Raina should be dropped now .... were r rahane and varun .......?

  • on August 27, 2011, 4:01 GMT

    Indians are coming back to life. Time to continue the good works!!!

  • chokkashokka on August 27, 2011, 4:06 GMT

    I find it interesting that in a 20-20 day a five run victory is considered a "sneak" and in 50 over game, a victory by 11 runs is considered sealing a victory. I am referring to India's sneaky victory in a 20-20 game and England sealing a victory against the mighty Irish - who trounced them in the World Cup - the most prestigious tournament in the sport of cricket.

  • on August 27, 2011, 4:43 GMT

    India had recovered well

  • on August 27, 2011, 5:17 GMT

    Bleed blue indiaaaaBleed blue indiaaaa

  • NomDePlume on August 27, 2011, 5:18 GMT

    to anyone at the ground to see this game - was any good? do munaf, rp and praveen look fit? why are the spinners so bad? looks like the batting is sorted out.

  • on August 27, 2011, 5:22 GMT

    I was excited for India until I realised that the game had been chopped down to 20 overs- it seems that this format is all India are able to win these days..

  • DINESHCC on August 27, 2011, 5:33 GMT

    RAINA AND DHONI'S DREAM RUN CONTINUES

  • on August 27, 2011, 6:24 GMT

    Not exactly an emphatic win for India.

  • crickeyt on August 27, 2011, 6:43 GMT

    Raina trying hard to make sure Kohli cannot score too many :)