Leicestershire v Indians, Twenty20, Leicester August 29, 2011

Indians warm up with another win

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Indians 161 for 5 (Parthiv 40, Rohit 29, Joshua Cobb 2-22) beat Leicestershire 146 for 7 (Andrew McDonald 44, R Vinay Kumar 3-29, A Mishra 2-19) by 15 runs
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R Vinay Kumar bowled fast, slow and smart to finish with a three-wicket haul that helped the Indians complete a hat-trick of wins in three warm-up matches in five days, providing a much-needed boost ahead of the lone Twenty20 international against England at Old Trafford on Wednesday.

After a series of cameos pushed the Indians to 161, Leicestershire started on a positive note and were 48 for 1 by the end of the Powerplay. But Suresh Raina, leading the visitors in the absence of a resting MS Dhoni, used his bowlers cleverly, rotating the trio of R Ashwin, Amit Mishra and Vinay to put the brakes on the chase. The hosts required 33 runs from the final two overs, but Ashwin and Vinay gave them no room to play their shots and conceded just 17 runs.

The fall of Joshua Cobb, hero of Leicestershire's triumph in the Friends Life t20 on Saturday, in the first over did not deter the tall pairing of Andrew McDonald and Will Jefferson. They had little trouble against Varun Aaron, regarded as India's fastest bowler, during his spell from the Bennett end. Aaron started off with a half volley which McDonald punched to the cover boundary. Aaron responded with a slower delivery, but the ball skimmed McDonald's pads for four leg byes. A ball later Aaron once again faltered with his line, swinging it too far down the leg side, allowing McDonald to easily glance another four.

Aaron's problems continued when he failed to intercept a straight drive from Jefferson at long-on, gifting Leicestershire a boundary. Aaron came back from the Pavilion end, but his misery was far from over. Jefferson hit the Indian seamer over long-off for a four and then McDonald lofted him over cover for a six that bounced onto Milligan Road. Aaron, a last-minute replacement for Ishant Sharma, had joined the Indian squad only two days ago. He was rusty but finished the over by firing in a short ball that beat McDonald for pace.

Against the spinners, Jefferson made use of his 6'10" height to try to kill the turn. In Mishra's first over he swatted the legspinner past long-on for a four and then lofted another boundary over mid-off. While trying to sweep Mishra, though, he was beaten by the flight and was trapped plumb lbw.

Raina shuffled his slow bowlers well and the spin pair of Mishra and Ashwin slowed down the Leicestershire train. Vinay chipped in as well, keeping a tight off-stump line and had James Taylor, who tried hitting across the line to an outswinger, caught behind. McDonald, a bit anxious to seize control, smashed Vinay for two fours but the bowler hit back by delivering a slower ball in his next over that beat McDonald's attempted slog and crashed into the stumps.

At that stage Leicestershire needed 78 from 52. With Abdul Razzaq walking in, the Leicestershire fans still kept the faith given his ability to destroy the best of bowling attacks. Razzaq started by crashing Rohit Sharma towards the straight boundary. When Praveen Kumar pitched short on the off stump, Razzaq came up with a tennis-like high forehand, forcing Praveen to take evasive action as the ball zipped to the left of his head, for a straight four.

But with Paul Nixon, playing his farewell match at Grace Road and in England, finding it hard to connect at the other end, the asking-rate was peaking. Leicestershire needed 59 from the last five overs but 14 runs including two savage uppercuts by Razzaq to the point boundary from Aaron's third over raised hopes. Next over he slogged Praveen over cow corner for another six.

Razzaq swept the first delivery of the penultimate over for a couple but perished trying to hit over deep square leg where he was caught by Virat Kohli. Leicestershire's challenge was virtually over and then Vinay gave just eight runs in the final over.

Like with their bowling, the Indians' batting also had several players making small but significant contributions. Parthiv Patel and Ajinkya Rahane started confidently, and though Parthiv rushed into his shots, desperate to make a quick impact, the fluency of Rahane caught the eye.

Rahane, a late replacement for Virender Sehwag, who had to return home after the Test series, rolled his wrists neatly to glance a full, inswinging delivery from Matthew Hoggard to the fine-leg boundary. When Razzaq bowled short he pulled him strongly for another four. Trying to rush into another short delivery, this time on the off stump, he could only steer into the hands of the short third-man.

Rahul Dravid ran hard during his near-run-a-ball 29 to keep the score ticking steadily before a late charge by Rohit, which included consecutive sixes off the medium pace of Wayne White, took India to a challenging total.

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  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | August 31, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    @CricFan108 ; "The shameless Dravid"!!! What!!! - you mean the best player in India!!!

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | August 31, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    @5wombats - Broad was MOS in tests. We are talking about limited overs here. Lets the games begin we say. I do agree with you about the Indians giving too much preference to IPL. most of my friends hate it. I will happily eat my words if England play well and win.

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | August 31, 2011, 8:58 GMT

    I hope shamelss dravid bails out of the game for someone like rahane to be tried. I dont understand the tactics of playing Dravid in limited overs.

  • POSTED BY on | August 31, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    Now,the game transform from test to one day and i still believe that this indian team have the capability to change the at any circumstances despite debacle performance in test matchs. With the absence of key player they can perform better and they are world champs. So, it's going to be very riveting series so, i and all indian fans eagerly waiting ......

  • POSTED BY CandidIndian on | August 31, 2011, 6:02 GMT

    Indians should not ride high because of these wins in practice matches,its very likely that ECB may provide pitches with lot of pace and bounce to give home advantage to their players.

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | August 30, 2011, 22:48 GMT

    @rahulcricket007; your talk always supposes that Yuvraj can stay at the crease long enough to score any runs at all. Look what happened to Sehwag in the Tests! No England fan here has raised any England player up to be a god or a legend. Don't underestimate England bowlers in their own conditions. You need to be wary of mentioning Broad - it draws attention to the fact that india don't have any bowlers. I'm looking forward to the ODI series. It'll be fun to watch. PS take your caps lock off.

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | August 30, 2011, 19:05 GMT

    @Aayush Kataria - you can quote me as much history as you like - your history is out of date. Haven't you noticed that things have changed in world cricket? Try openning your other eye. History suggests that England batsmen will flog indian "bowlers" all around the park - just like we did in the last World Cup and in the Tests (LOL) and history suggests that England Bowlers will be taking wickets for fun - just like we did in the Tests. Enjoy the series...

  • POSTED BY Valavan on | August 30, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    @rahul, we dont hype broad as Ambrose. I dont think even you can say zaheer khan in Ambrose calibre. Yuvraj. Ye he hit 6 sixes in one game when broad started his career. Its not gonna be low and flat. I think Yuvi is still pedestrian out of sub continent, if i remember even rohit sharma or Kohli can adapt cricket. Golf swinging aint possible in green wickets. India can play Yuvraj when they play ODIs in subcontinent. and broad is getting about mature.

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | August 30, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    @VELAVAN . I THINK TOU HAVE FORGOTTEN THAT YUVI HAS HIT MANY SIXES AFTER THAT MATCH IN 2007 WC T20.HE CAN HIT ANY BOWLER TO BOUNDARY WHEN HE IS IN THE FORM .YOUR BROAD HAS JUST ONE GOOD SERIES AND YOU ALL POMS ARE HAILNG HIM LIKE HE IS AMBROSE OR WALSH .

  • POSTED BY on | August 30, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    Dying to watch dravid in the ODIs. Hopefully he ends a glorious career on a high! All the best to him. Also hoping he won't be the lone warrior this time around.

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | August 31, 2011, 17:40 GMT

    @CricFan108 ; "The shameless Dravid"!!! What!!! - you mean the best player in India!!!

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | August 31, 2011, 9:01 GMT

    @5wombats - Broad was MOS in tests. We are talking about limited overs here. Lets the games begin we say. I do agree with you about the Indians giving too much preference to IPL. most of my friends hate it. I will happily eat my words if England play well and win.

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | August 31, 2011, 8:58 GMT

    I hope shamelss dravid bails out of the game for someone like rahane to be tried. I dont understand the tactics of playing Dravid in limited overs.

  • POSTED BY on | August 31, 2011, 7:15 GMT

    Now,the game transform from test to one day and i still believe that this indian team have the capability to change the at any circumstances despite debacle performance in test matchs. With the absence of key player they can perform better and they are world champs. So, it's going to be very riveting series so, i and all indian fans eagerly waiting ......

  • POSTED BY CandidIndian on | August 31, 2011, 6:02 GMT

    Indians should not ride high because of these wins in practice matches,its very likely that ECB may provide pitches with lot of pace and bounce to give home advantage to their players.

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | August 30, 2011, 22:48 GMT

    @rahulcricket007; your talk always supposes that Yuvraj can stay at the crease long enough to score any runs at all. Look what happened to Sehwag in the Tests! No England fan here has raised any England player up to be a god or a legend. Don't underestimate England bowlers in their own conditions. You need to be wary of mentioning Broad - it draws attention to the fact that india don't have any bowlers. I'm looking forward to the ODI series. It'll be fun to watch. PS take your caps lock off.

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | August 30, 2011, 19:05 GMT

    @Aayush Kataria - you can quote me as much history as you like - your history is out of date. Haven't you noticed that things have changed in world cricket? Try openning your other eye. History suggests that England batsmen will flog indian "bowlers" all around the park - just like we did in the last World Cup and in the Tests (LOL) and history suggests that England Bowlers will be taking wickets for fun - just like we did in the Tests. Enjoy the series...

  • POSTED BY Valavan on | August 30, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    @rahul, we dont hype broad as Ambrose. I dont think even you can say zaheer khan in Ambrose calibre. Yuvraj. Ye he hit 6 sixes in one game when broad started his career. Its not gonna be low and flat. I think Yuvi is still pedestrian out of sub continent, if i remember even rohit sharma or Kohli can adapt cricket. Golf swinging aint possible in green wickets. India can play Yuvraj when they play ODIs in subcontinent. and broad is getting about mature.

  • POSTED BY rahulcricket007 on | August 30, 2011, 16:59 GMT

    @VELAVAN . I THINK TOU HAVE FORGOTTEN THAT YUVI HAS HIT MANY SIXES AFTER THAT MATCH IN 2007 WC T20.HE CAN HIT ANY BOWLER TO BOUNDARY WHEN HE IS IN THE FORM .YOUR BROAD HAS JUST ONE GOOD SERIES AND YOU ALL POMS ARE HAILNG HIM LIKE HE IS AMBROSE OR WALSH .

  • POSTED BY on | August 30, 2011, 16:26 GMT

    Dying to watch dravid in the ODIs. Hopefully he ends a glorious career on a high! All the best to him. Also hoping he won't be the lone warrior this time around.

  • POSTED BY on | August 30, 2011, 16:14 GMT

    I see india in a good form before the first t20 match..... Hope india play well in the upcoming odi and t20 series so that the injury given by the test series loss may be recovered.... Gd Luck Team India...... Play well.........

  • POSTED BY Valavan on | August 30, 2011, 15:56 GMT

    Oh ye good signs for india. But dont predict games before the toss. Hyping your young guns, will see who will fire when England bowls first in 1st and 4th ODIs. You must be fast and furious, all your pedestrian slow medium bowlers will be whacked. Vinay Kumar, Sreesanth and co are just wide masters.2 centuries and 2 firties for sachin, he can try his luck. Comon broad,anderson,dernbach and swann. Yuvi hit 6 sixes when Broad was starting, ask that fella to hit one six, lets see England 3 - 2.

  • POSTED BY on | August 30, 2011, 15:33 GMT

    English people will witness the brutal attack by Indians.. Test matches were not highly backed by Indian audience, but thats not the case with One dayers.. Bcoz Indians are world champions and other reasons too.. I am ready witness something special..

  • POSTED BY swarzi on | August 30, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    I am one of the many who don't care a damn about T/20 cricket.

  • POSTED BY on | August 30, 2011, 15:15 GMT

    varun aaron ia still very mysterious.despite of his pace he is not so impressive..

  • POSTED BY on | August 30, 2011, 14:49 GMT

    @5wombats when was the last series in india in draw it was 5 india 0 england u were just saved from a 7-0 whitewash

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | August 30, 2011, 14:38 GMT

    First @jonesy2 - now @KrazyCricketKid. Dr Wombats prescribes; 1) A 4-0 test whitewash (including 2 special Innings defeats) - to be liberally applied. 2) A Sewhag King-Pair 3) Rest and Rehabilitation in a secure institution. Now, for us long-suffering England fans I prescribe; Earplugs - to block out the crowing :-)

  • POSTED BY riz10 on | August 30, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    this is the fact that england team is for better than india.as in test ,they are also bad performer in odi in overease conditions.so indian should not hallucinate of crushing of england.there is a strong sense that england will crush the indai in odi too.everytime luck cant save them

  • POSTED BY rsurya on | August 30, 2011, 13:56 GMT

    If they provide me the same degree which Dhoni got... I will reject it.... Funny University...

  • POSTED BY puneet_usa on | August 30, 2011, 13:24 GMT

    Considering Leicestershire is a very good team overall- I would say England is going to see an altogether different display of Indian Cricket starting with a thumping win in tomorrow's T-20 International Its time to spoil English Team's party from the high of "Newly Crowned World No. 1 Test Team"....Wait and See....i can already sense atleast 2 hundreds and couple of fiery fiftees from Sachin in coming ODI series..!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 30, 2011, 13:05 GMT

    I see Dravid is not resting. after his non-tiring performance in the test matches. Rest of the players after their tiresome play in the test matches are resting as the BCCI is in peace with them or is the rest based on their tiring performance in flat pitches in India.

  • POSTED BY KrazyCricketKid on | August 30, 2011, 12:53 GMT

    ALL YOU ENGLAND FANS LISTEN UP AND LISTEN GOOD! Do you remember the ODIs after ashes 2010? AHAHAHAHAHHA. Your fate will be the same! With a 5-0 whitewash from the world champions! WOOOOO :D

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | August 30, 2011, 12:43 GMT

    @WTEH - agree with u completely. And I thought only the south indian universities were crazy enough to give doctrates to film stars.

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | August 30, 2011, 12:42 GMT

    @davidpk - this time they will sound sweeter when we beat the poms. poms will say that they were weakend considerably as their only ODI level palyer was rested.

  • POSTED BY 5wombats on | August 30, 2011, 12:11 GMT

    @CricFan108; there you go again. Surely your post should read - "Likewise India has their priorities towards T20 and over hyped IPL. They were pretty awful in the Tests. Their inaugural t20 cup win was a one off". Yes - this looks like a more accurate reflection of reality. Oh - and thanks for the history lesson regarding Broad. Here's another piece of history for you; Broad was man of the Test series which England won 4-0. No Indian player was in the reckoning for Man of the Series. And to correct you over the last time England played india in ODI - it was a draw. But I expect you have conveniently forgotten that. I'm going to enjoy reading your excuses when india resume their losing streak against Engalnd on this tour - @zico123, you too, although I'm sure you'll find that india losing will be in some way "unfair".... LOL.

  • POSTED BY bumsonseats on | August 30, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    indaiworldchamps2011 dont get in with your excuses to soon. they always sound better when u have been beaten.dpk

  • POSTED BY WTEH on | August 30, 2011, 11:11 GMT

    Who in a right mind will give a phD to a cricketer. Are these guys crazy or what. This is disgrace to the higher education. I cannot see anything honorary about this action. If they want to award Dhoni, should have give him a trophy or a medal. Why a degree?? Is this the standards of UK education?????

  • POSTED BY Gizza on | August 30, 2011, 11:10 GMT

    ODI's and T20's may be lesser forms of cricket but still over the last 40 years the best Test team had also tended to be the best in the 50-over format at the very least. The aura of the West Indies and Australia didn't just come from their consecutive Test victories. It additionally came from the World Series wins and the World Cup wins not to mention other tournaments and series. Similarly Pakistan's purple in the early 90's came both in Tests and ODI's while since the 90's South Africa have tended to be number two in both longer forms of the game. So there is to lot of prove from both teams, especially for those aspiring to enter the Team team properly. I'm sure the pitches will be decent as in balanced between bat and ball so it will be a good learning curve for India's younger generation however they perform.

  • POSTED BY puneriMisal on | August 30, 2011, 10:53 GMT

    Ideally there should be have being 2 reserved openers and 2 reserved fast bowlers, and a wicket keeper. How can such a wealthy board cannot have good management of fit players is hard to understand, right through the test series they are being exposed for their tour preparation !!!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 30, 2011, 10:52 GMT

    Can India win both T20 and ODI series ? I would not bet againt it!

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | August 30, 2011, 10:31 GMT

    @johnathonjosephs - England will definitely dominate in the test arena and will stay at the top as long as they keep avoiding playing in the subcontinent. In Limited overs they are mediocare at best.

  • POSTED BY indiaworldchamps2011 on | August 30, 2011, 10:30 GMT

    a lot of team india bashers will say that this is an excuse but the fact is india are without 5 members of their 1st choice playing eleven who won us the world cup. one is the man of the tournament, another is the highest wicket taker of the world cup and another was the highest scorer for india in the world cup final... this does make a difference and if someone thinks this is an excuse so be it because everyone deep down knows that a full strength india ODI side is unbeatable...

  • POSTED BY an00989 on | August 30, 2011, 9:40 GMT

    Why are the selectors not sending anyone for Gambhir's replacement? Please send Uthappa.He has done well with England over the past years.

  • POSTED BY bumsonseats on | August 30, 2011, 9:38 GMT

    oh give us a break u indian supporters after the lord mayors show and all that. we had 0 - 4 for the tests were u got butched . now we have to start all this again lest wait till the end, then if u win then u can crow. dpk

  • POSTED BY johnathonjosephs on | August 30, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    I know many of you might think i'm crazy, but i'm telling you now England will win the ODI series. England has risen to such a high pedestal and have taken the arena. THe english will dominate cricket for at least another 4 years judging by patterns

  • POSTED BY udayanavada on | August 30, 2011, 9:26 GMT

    Even without KP this England team is more than hand full for depleted India with out Shewag,Gambir,Yuvraj,Zaheer,Harbajan because of whome they won WC.India will have another white wash.How ever it is good for them to have youngsters and prepare for next world cup.

  • POSTED BY on | August 30, 2011, 8:39 GMT

    It's shameful to see how pathetic some nationalists get. Fact is , even a 5-0 victory by India in the ODIs (which is as likely as Kevin Pietersen playing cricket for West Indies) will not wipe away the mauling they received in the Tests. How any Indian fan can be proud of a few meaningless T20victories (which were closer than they should have been) is beyond the realms of sane understanding.

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | August 30, 2011, 7:51 GMT

    @FourSomeFearSome - A full strength England team of mediocure ODI players. They have rested the only player who can be called an ODI player.

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | August 30, 2011, 7:50 GMT

    @cricketSB - Best English bowler in the last series going by the surname Board hit for 6 sixes in a row by none other than an Indain. Ring any bells? Dont judge a player by one performance. Guy is raw. Cut him some slack. Dont be so over the top after just one series win. And ODI is not a format where the POMS are considered gr88. They are average at best. Last time they visited India they were whitewashed 5-0. But for the terror attacks it would have been 7-0. Go India Go. repeat the feat.

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | August 30, 2011, 7:45 GMT

    @RandyOZ - your point? Same can be said of england. dont write off India so soon. It ODIs and they are still world champions.

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | August 30, 2011, 7:45 GMT

    @RandyOZ - your point? Same can be said of england. dont write off India so soon. It ODIs and they are still world champions.

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | August 30, 2011, 7:44 GMT

    @zico123 - +1. Shows where their priorities lie. Likewise England has their priorities towards Test Cricket and over hyped Ashes. They will be pretty ordinary in ODIs. Their t20 cup win was a one off.

  • POSTED BY Haleos on | August 30, 2011, 7:43 GMT

    @zico123 - +1. Shows where their priorities lie. Likewise England has their priorities towards Test Cricket and over hyped Ashes. They will be pretty ordinary in ODIs. Their t20 cup win was a one off.

  • POSTED BY sweetspot on | August 30, 2011, 7:26 GMT

    @FourSomeFearSome - WHEN it mattered, India more than measured up. England were floundering. Hope ECB makes some profits from TV because of playing against India.

  • POSTED BY on | August 30, 2011, 7:16 GMT

    Injury PLaying 11... 1. Gautham 2. Sehwag 3. yuvraj 4. Pujara 5. pathan 6. Praveen 7. zaheer 8. Bajji 9. nehra 10. ishanth 11. sachin

  • POSTED BY on | August 30, 2011, 7:13 GMT

    y dravid is playing T20, also raina continuing his poor summer come 2 one down and play raina....Varon and rahane has 2 giv another chance....i want 2 c dis team very soon.. 1.Gautham 2. Sehwag 3. Sachin 4. Kohli 5. UV 6. Rohit 7. Dohni 8. Bajji 7. Praveen 9. Zaheer 10. Ishanth 11. Ashwin

  • POSTED BY on | August 30, 2011, 6:48 GMT

    Unless and until we have good bowler friendly pitches created in india...we cant find a star consistent performer esp in Bowling dept. How can you groom a bowler in Flat batsmen-friendly money driven pitches????? or is ther any reason for not having good pitches

  • POSTED BY anver777 on | August 30, 2011, 6:44 GMT

    Generally Vinay Kumar is very good in T20 format....as far as i know he had performed consistently in all IPL so far & deserves to be in T20 team for IND !!!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | August 30, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    Yes, India are back on top of the world. Forget the inconvenience of the biggest test mawling in history and a decaying side of old men with no pace attack. Go India Go. I presume that victory over the hung over Leicester XI in T20 puts India back as No 1 in the world. Sorry England but it could never last forever.

  • POSTED BY chokkashokka on | August 30, 2011, 6:17 GMT

    England can enjoy their mace - in 10 years England will be broke playing test cricket. Cricket will be 20-20 only and India is and will continue to be to cricket what Brazil is to football. At the end of the day - its all about the economics stupid.

  • POSTED BY SanjivAwesome on | August 30, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    Test cricket is boringly overrated.

  • POSTED BY on | August 30, 2011, 5:55 GMT

    @Joshwa Johnson : Dream on!! I am talking about World Champions England part!!

  • POSTED BY kingcobra85 on | August 30, 2011, 5:53 GMT

    Ashwin and vinay bowled the final overs superbly...I still find it very hard to understant why Ashwin is not a regular in the Indian team in all forms of the cricket..how much more should he prove ?

  • POSTED BY on | August 30, 2011, 4:59 GMT

    Tomor match s dravid's Last T20 Match. . . Dravid gonna Retire from T20 Internatioinal. . . Al d best Dravid :)

  • POSTED BY amit.80s on | August 30, 2011, 4:55 GMT

    @zico123 I am absolutely agreed with u mate India should have played a proper three day game b4 the test series instead of wasting these 3 days playing against the local counties. And when u already played 4 test u don't need nemore warmup matches.

  • POSTED BY cricketSB on | August 30, 2011, 4:38 GMT

    It is a shame that the team was announced nearly two weeks ago, but Aaron, Rahane and the others did not arrive until yesterday. C'mon BCCI! Besides, I can understand Aaron being rusty. But he literally got hit "outta the park." Boy, that must tell something!

  • POSTED BY aj_space on | August 30, 2011, 3:19 GMT

    Ajinkya is the one to watchout for

  • POSTED BY demon_bowler on | August 30, 2011, 3:14 GMT

    Jolly well played, India! In a few years' time, maybe you'll be ready for *test* cricket....

  • POSTED BY Ameega on | August 30, 2011, 3:01 GMT

    It was really disappointing India's performance in Tests, but looks like regaining their confidence. I wish all the success them to fight back for their well deserved reputation. from a SL fan.

  • POSTED BY AjitNarayan on | August 30, 2011, 2:54 GMT

    Why did Dravid play? Are they going to play him in the T20?

  • POSTED BY on | August 30, 2011, 2:51 GMT

    Barely beating county sides in their specialised format? India are going down to the WORLD CHAMPIONS ENGLAND!

  • POSTED BY RandyOZ on | August 30, 2011, 0:05 GMT

    Great to see India cnotinuing their winning ways i their favourite format - HAH.

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2011, 22:02 GMT

    Vinay Kumar is another Praveen Kumar clone...Hopefully Ajinkya will get some chance and a longer run...And Aaron will hopefully be given more chances to prove his worth. If he is fast it is worht having someone like that in the attack

  • POSTED BY landl47 on | August 29, 2011, 20:53 GMT

    I wonder if the Leicester players had recovered from their hangover after winning the T20 title on Saturday? Not the best of scheduling, but hey, it's T20.

  • POSTED BY dmonza on | August 29, 2011, 20:44 GMT

    Dravid again showed his class.

  • POSTED BY zico123 on | August 29, 2011, 20:37 GMT

    its funny, India played only 1 warm up game before more crucial test series, and already played 3 warm ups before T20, it should have been the other way round

  • POSTED BY Pritt32 on | August 29, 2011, 20:34 GMT

    I feel disappointed about India's defeat in the test series against England. I hope they work very hard on playing better test cricket. Things are looking good in the one day circuit for the Indian team. They have got talented players like Sharma, Patel and Kholi who would be the future of Indian cricket. Raina should just play ODI and 20-20, not tests. Preparation remains the key, as India's are scrapping easy wins and could finish the tour on a high note by restoring pride and putting a smile on Indian fans. England will not take things lightly as India in the past fought back when things were looking gloomy.

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2011, 19:59 GMT

    Now its time for Indian spicy curry for the English men..

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | August 29, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    I don't see why Raina is held back in the order when he is struggling to buy a run on this tour. He should have come 1 down or even open to play himself into some sort of form ahead of the ODIs. So much for think tank!. Don't know why Dravid is playing T20 match. He is only useful for ODIs where Indians are afraid they can't bat all 50 overs. I didn't realize they are afraid of T20 as well after the rout in tests.

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    Ha ha ha, the English are toeing the line here, a cautious a[[roach is the best bet when times seen to be unstable

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2011, 19:29 GMT

    It should be an even encounter when the top sides meet.

  • POSTED BY FourSomeFearSome on | August 29, 2011, 19:22 GMT

    I was expecting a useless article titled "India happy to move on from test" Cricinfo has raised the bar higher for itself. We will see where this indian team measure up when facing with full strength england team.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | August 29, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    Not the ideal preparation for the one day series. A couple of 40 over games would have been good. However, good wins by the Indians. Most of the guys are in good form so it should be a wonderful series. India are very strong in the limited overs format and England would do well to not take them lightly following the 4-0 whitewash.

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    good confidence booster for india... best of luck :)

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2011, 18:34 GMT

    England are in for a big surprise! Kohli, Sharma the young guns are going to smoke the witless limited over England attack

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  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2011, 18:34 GMT

    England are in for a big surprise! Kohli, Sharma the young guns are going to smoke the witless limited over England attack

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    good confidence booster for india... best of luck :)

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | August 29, 2011, 19:07 GMT

    Not the ideal preparation for the one day series. A couple of 40 over games would have been good. However, good wins by the Indians. Most of the guys are in good form so it should be a wonderful series. India are very strong in the limited overs format and England would do well to not take them lightly following the 4-0 whitewash.

  • POSTED BY FourSomeFearSome on | August 29, 2011, 19:22 GMT

    I was expecting a useless article titled "India happy to move on from test" Cricinfo has raised the bar higher for itself. We will see where this indian team measure up when facing with full strength england team.

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2011, 19:29 GMT

    It should be an even encounter when the top sides meet.

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2011, 19:40 GMT

    Ha ha ha, the English are toeing the line here, a cautious a[[roach is the best bet when times seen to be unstable

  • POSTED BY CricketChat on | August 29, 2011, 19:43 GMT

    I don't see why Raina is held back in the order when he is struggling to buy a run on this tour. He should have come 1 down or even open to play himself into some sort of form ahead of the ODIs. So much for think tank!. Don't know why Dravid is playing T20 match. He is only useful for ODIs where Indians are afraid they can't bat all 50 overs. I didn't realize they are afraid of T20 as well after the rout in tests.

  • POSTED BY on | August 29, 2011, 19:59 GMT

    Now its time for Indian spicy curry for the English men..

  • POSTED BY Pritt32 on | August 29, 2011, 20:34 GMT

    I feel disappointed about India's defeat in the test series against England. I hope they work very hard on playing better test cricket. Things are looking good in the one day circuit for the Indian team. They have got talented players like Sharma, Patel and Kholi who would be the future of Indian cricket. Raina should just play ODI and 20-20, not tests. Preparation remains the key, as India's are scrapping easy wins and could finish the tour on a high note by restoring pride and putting a smile on Indian fans. England will not take things lightly as India in the past fought back when things were looking gloomy.

  • POSTED BY zico123 on | August 29, 2011, 20:37 GMT

    its funny, India played only 1 warm up game before more crucial test series, and already played 3 warm ups before T20, it should have been the other way round