England v India, World T20 2012, Group A, Colombo

Budding rivalry meets inconsequential match

The Preview by Sidharth Monga

September 22, 2012

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Match facts

September 23, 2012
Start time 1930 (1400 GMT)

Well at least Stuart Broad and Yuvraj Singh can laugh it off after batsman hit bowler for six sixes in an over, England v India, Group E, ICC World Twenty20, Durban, September 19, 2007
Five years on, Yuvraj can brag about those six sixes off Broad © Getty Images
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Series/Tournaments: ICC World Twenty20
Teams: England | India

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Ever since England humbled India at home last year, there has existed some needle between the two. The administrators have crossed swords over DRS and IPL windows, Twitter has been a battleground for fans, even former players have had uncharitable things to say in commentary boxes ... but the real deal between India and England will be on later, played out during the Indian winter.

Still, it would have helped if their Twenty20 on Sunday were more than a glorified warm-up match. Both the sides have made it to the next round, and this game is of no consequence to anybody's fortune in this tournament. India will be the more thankful side for it. Of all the strong teams so far, India are the only one who kept their lesser opponents interested. Their bowling and fielding are in shambles, and this match gives them three extra hours to try to figure out a combination or a method that inspires more trust.

If India are built on strong and long (at least on paper) batting and an army of part-timers, England have invested in specialists: five (at least, so far) solid bowlers and just enough batsmen. It will be a slightly different test for England's bowlers when they come up against a much stronger India batting line-up. It will be an interesting clash of T20 philosophies but without the tension that a meaningful match in a world event should bring.

Form guide

England WWLWW (completed matches, most recent first)

Watch out for

Stuart Broad and Yuvraj Singh were two completely different players five years and four days ago when Yuvraj hit Broad for six sixes in an over. Broad has gone on to become a champion player of a champion Test side, and has also won a World Twenty20. Yuvraj has realised a lifelong dream of winning a World Cup, and while his Test career has not gone anywhere he has won a bigger fight. Broad had his own back when he triggered a collapse with the wicket of Yuvraj in a Test-turning spell - that included a hat-trick - at Trent Bridge. Now that they face each other again, expect a lot of hits for the youtube videos of the sixes and the hat-tricks.

Zaheer Khan has been hailed as the "Sachin Tendulkar of Indian bowling" by MS Dhoni, and rightly so. In fact between Anil Kumble's retirement and the World Cup last year, Zaheer was the Tendulkar of the '90s: if he failed, the whole bowling unit disintegrated. However, Zaheer - like Tendulkar - now faces serious calls for retirement from at least one of the formats so that he can continue to be the bowler he was until last year's World Cup. Mohammad Shahzad and Mohammad Nabi of Afghanistan treated him with disdain, and if other sides can do the same, it will have a demoralising effect that India are not unfamiliar with.

Team news

England have got a good thing going with their line-up, and wouldn't want to fiddle around too much. Depending on the conditions, Tim Bresnan could replace Samit Patel.

England (possible): Craig Kieswetter (wk), 2 Alex Hales, 3 Luke Wright, 4 Eoin Morgan, 5 Jonny Bairstow, 6 Jos Buttler, 7 Samit Patel/Tim Bresnan, 8 Stuart Broad (capt), 9 Graeme Swann, 10 Steven Finn, 11 Jade Dernbach

Dhoni indicated India will make a changes with this being an inconsequential match. What changes, he didn't say. It is against Dhoni's conservative mindset to play five bowlers, so it is more likely that either Harbhajan Singh or Ashok Dinda might replace one of the faltering quicks. Dhoni, though, might want to give Zaheer some more time in the middle.

India (possible): 1 Virender Sehwag, 2 Gautam Gambhir, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Yuvraj Singh, 5 Suresh Raina, 6 Rohit Sharma, 7 MS Dhoni (capt &wk), 8 R Ashwin, 9 Irfan Pathan, 10 Zaheer Khan, 11 L Balaji/Ashok Dinda/Harbhajan Singh.

Pitch and conditions

The R Premadasa pitch used for the England-Afghanistan game was an interesting one, with variable bounce looking threatening early on, but England still found enough value for their shots. An evening start might mean some assistance for bowlers, which England should like. Weather websites predict scattered thunderstorms, but it takes a lot of rain to rule out a five-over game.

Stats and trivia

  • Dhoni has captained India in 33 T20Is, the most for anybody.
  • Graeme Swann has conceded 28 sixes, and Broad 25. They are fourth and sixth on the list. It is not necessarily a bad sign: the top 10 features Saeed Ajmal and Shahid Afridi too. For India, Yusuf Pathan has been hit for a six the most: 22 times.


    "It is easier to go after a bowler. If you look at his performances he should get equal respect that Sachin gets. He is the Sachin for us when it comes to the bowling department. He has led our attack for the last few years; he has been our best bowler whatever the format. Maybe in the last few games he has not got the wickets whether it be Test cricket, ODIs or T20."
    MS Dhoni assesses Zaheer Khan's predicament

    "'I think it's hard to call any game meaningless when you're putting on the three lions of England and you're taking the field as an international. Whether it was a must-win for us on Sunday or whether we don't have to win to go through - it won't change our approach to the game. "
    Stuart Broad doesn't entertain the concept of an inconsequential game

    16:48 GMT, September 22: The article had originally stated that Yuvraj Singh was part of Stuart Broad's Trent Bridge hat-trick. This has been changed.

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Posted by JG2704 on (September 23, 2012, 15:04 GMT)

Before the game starts , I have 2 slight concerns about the England side. 1 is that if the pitch does turn we only have 1 spin option and the 2nd is that our pace bowlers might over use the shorter ball

Posted by fr600 on (September 23, 2012, 14:33 GMT)

Even without Pieterson, England will humiliate India. Yes, that's how it's gong to be.

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 13:43 GMT)

please play with 5 bowler allways.if 1 bowler fails easy to recover.batting not a matter at all.20 over game no need more batsmen allways.like 2 swinners and 3 fast bowlers is best option.insead of rohit sharma please give a chance to herbajan singh.

Posted by Tamil_SL on (September 23, 2012, 13:36 GMT)

Everyone, the WC has just begun. please try to enjoy rather than pass disparaging comments on other teams. Every fan wants his/he team to win. Its Simple.

Posted by rahulcricket007 on (September 23, 2012, 13:33 GMT)


Posted by jmcilhinney on (September 23, 2012, 13:24 GMT)

@Bruisers on (September 23 2012, 10:36 AM GMT), do you actually read? He said that there is only one GREAT fielder in the India side and that's Kohli. Dhoni and Yuvraj are both VERY GOOD, not GREAT, and the rest are OK at best. Not that every other team is packed with greats in the field but I'd say that England has at least four excellent fielders and no one who is genuinely bad. That didn't stop all and sundry dropping catches in England this summer, mind you, but their fielding so far in SL has been very good.

Posted by Shumbu on (September 23, 2012, 13:20 GMT)

My India 11 against England would be Gambhir, Sehwag, Kohli, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Raina, Irfan, Harbajan, Ashwin, Zaheer & Dinda Mix Zaheer, Irfan & Dinda for 8-9 overs and mix Ashwin, Bhajji, Yuvraj for balance overs. This will restrict England between 155 - 170. Indian battling line up (with 6 batsmen) should be able to score 170-190. Match result (without rain, D/L): India win

Posted by 777aditya on (September 23, 2012, 13:02 GMT)

Why not give Manoj Tiwary a chance as well - his leg spinners are effective, he is a very good fielder, and he is an attacking batsman as well. How long should he languish on the sidelines?

Posted by jay_vkjay on (September 23, 2012, 13:02 GMT)

Dhoni bhai, please TRUST our batsmen,and play with 5 genuine bowlers. Don't under-estimate Irfan Pathan. He can bat as well as Rohit can. This 4 bowler strategy puts a lot pressure on our bowlers. But then time and again everyone including you put blame on poor bowlers..Please make Rohit 12th man and include Bhajji. He can bat a bit too.....

Posted by Chris_P on (September 23, 2012, 12:54 GMT)

@Bruisers. Did you even read Meety's post? He only mentioned one, the other two he said were VERY GOOD! I have seen both Rohit & Tiwary & I'm sorry, while they are both very good fielders, they ain't in Kohli's class.

Posted by JG2704 on (September 23, 2012, 12:51 GMT)

@Bruisers on (September 23 2012, 10:31 AM GMT) What a lack of knowledge you are showing. Firstly Kieswetter has looked by far the LEAST dangerous of our batsmen in recent times. Wright put in a good inns vs Pakistan. Buttler's best so far was a 10 ball 32 vs SA - Wouldn't say SA are an associate nation would you?

Posted by JG2704 on (September 23, 2012, 12:50 GMT)

@Deepak Langer on (September 23 2012, 09:53 AM GMT) Out of interest , what has the 50 over format got to do with the 20 over format? You may remember that after the series the 2 teams played a one off T20 match which England won so while they were certainly thrashed by India in 50 overs , even in your backyard we won the last T20 match. I know this has zero bearing on what happens today but neither has the 5-0 thrashing in 50 over format last year. You may not have heard of some of our young players but that probably says more about the fact that you've not watched any English domestic cricket than anything else. Match is very evenly poised IMO.

Posted by JG2704 on (September 23, 2012, 12:49 GMT)

@naimishshah on (September 23 2012, 08:48 AM GMT) Actually you're wrong there as I found out myself. The groups are already set out for the next stage provided all 8 major sides qualify so India already go into the group with SA and Australia and Eng already go into the group with SL and whoever else ,regardless of who wins the group. Pointless I know but that's the way it is. I still don't like calling it a dead rubber as both teams will want to win this and individual players will want to cement their places in the teams for the rest of the tournament. I suppose if either side wants to try a different player/tactic out then this is the game to do it in

Posted by JG2704 on (September 23, 2012, 12:49 GMT)

@baranasai on (September 23 2012, 08:49 AM GMT) Swann - apart from in the last match where Naib went berserk (and he still went for less than 6rpo) has been in great form. I actually think in this format he is underrated by many fans. He'll probably go for alot of runs now I've said that,

Posted by RednWhiteArmy on (September 23, 2012, 12:41 GMT)

It'll be a tough fight but England will win it in the end.

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 12:41 GMT)

Looking out the window now in colombo.Clouds are exactly like last night,it will almost certainly persist down like last night so one would bat first and score as quickly as possible. What idiots scheduled a tournament on the wet season- oh thats right the ICC.

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 12:32 GMT)

Why all are saying that India has not been well in England last year or so? Must remember that, England has also returned empty handed last year from India. And also the Srilankan conditions favors India a lot... So, this is gonna be a good challenge. GO AHEAD INDIA AND SHOW BRITISH SOME LEVEL...

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 12:20 GMT)

I have a doubt, when afghans dropped catches against india, there were many talk, but when they dropped against the england, there is not even a small talk, mind you, if afghan took that missed chances, england will be restricted to 160.

Posted by trueanalyst on (September 23, 2012, 12:03 GMT)

@smithrobertson this was my reply to your comment on Bangladesh's loss to Newzealand article: Posted by trueanalyst on (September 22 2012, 10:56 AM GMT) @Smith Robertson ""Also don't get your hopes up because if these wickets continue to provide pace and bounce then its likely New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and England will be in the semi-finals and the Asian teams all home :)"" You seem to be suffering from Amnesia mate.1983 world cup India won ,1992 world cup Pakistan won,1985 B&H world championship in Australia India won.2007 T20 World Cup South Africa India won.1999 World cup Pakistan finalists,2003 World cup India Finalists. India has won world cups in England,South Africa and a world series in Australia. In how many world cups held at home did England reach Semifinals.What about Australia in 1992 world cup and what about South Africa in 2007 world cup. India and Pakistan will perform whatever be the conditions so dont worry about us mate.Please ensure your teams do not trip

Posted by capt.India on (September 23, 2012, 12:02 GMT)

all england hopes will be dashed tonight

Posted by Badgerofdoom on (September 23, 2012, 11:52 GMT)

@Deepak Langer "England have always been tamed by India in the subcontinent, be it in any format" While remembering the ODI result you forgot the T20, which England won, seems relevant somehow since this is the T20 world cup. For all England's struggles in slow and low conditions in the last year its worth remembering that they won the T20s both in India and the UAE.

Posted by trueanalyst on (September 23, 2012, 11:51 GMT)

Champion test side?Sidharth Monga wat a great Joke

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 11:51 GMT)

england will suffer against the spin and part timers, as we have seen many dropped chances of eng batsman against afghan spinners, otherwise, the total will be 160 only against afghans, but today your game is against mighty indians, get ready england

Posted by TommytuckerSaffa on (September 23, 2012, 11:47 GMT)

Smash them India!! Go India !!!

Posted by Bruisers on (September 23, 2012, 11:36 GMT)

@Meety - You said "ONLY ONE" and ended up naming THREE!! Haha. Btw, you haven't seen Raina and Rohit field? Ever heard of Tiwary? Poor chap, watch tonight's game carefully.

Posted by Bruisers on (September 23, 2012, 11:31 GMT)

People are overrating the England batsmen after the Eng-Afg match. This English batting lineup is not even half as strong as the India A lineup of Dhawan, Vijay, Rahane, Tiwary, Rayudu, Agarwal.. Only Kieswetter looks dangerous while Wright, Hales, Buttler etc are only good against the Associates. Hoping for a close game, although I feel India will romp home in style.

Posted by Meety on (September 23, 2012, 11:19 GMT)

@Cpt.Meanster on (September 22 2012, 16:45 PM GMT) - there is only ONE great fielder in the Indian side - Kholi, with Dhoni as a Keeper very good, & Yuvraj Singh very good, the rest are either average or worse.

Posted by Des_65 on (September 23, 2012, 11:15 GMT)

naimishshah, you are wrong when you say "Australia and SA have already qualified to Group 2 of the Super Eights. The winner of the match today avoids that group". Please check Super 8 groups - 1's & 2's will always be same. Check this out on the Groups link in ICC World Twenty20 2012 "If a team seeded third in the group qualifies for the Super Eight, it will adopt the code of the team they have replaced. For example, if Q2 qualifies at England's expense in second place in group A, it would be A1 and India still A2. No points are carried forward to the Super Eight stage, and the top two teams in each Super Eight group will qualify for the semi-finals." As of now only D1, D2 & B2 are not yet decided. CricInfo please update it (Afghanistan has lost both matches so cannot replace A1 or A2).

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 11:14 GMT)

England fielders gonna field outside the boundary rope today..watch it & enjoy the hittings of team India.

Posted by Gladkick on (September 23, 2012, 11:01 GMT)

@RamanSilva - Mate, If KP is not playing, then it's not India's fault. Ofcourse he is a very good player. But, end of the day, it is a team game... I'm very hopeful that India is going to win today's contest and I wish and pray that their bowling plays a major role in it. COME ON INDIA!!!

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 10:53 GMT)

England are a good team no doubt... Indian bowlers are struggling a bit too... Death bowling is extremely poor. But that doesn't mean, India are not favorites. England have always been tamed by India in the subcontinent, be it in any format... Last time, England visited India, they were whitewashed 5-0 in ODIs. The reality is that England can only beat India at their home and not anywhere else.. England needs Indian bowlers or batsmen to play under average cricket to win any game against India... Leave Yuvraj aside, Kohli, Rohit, Raina and Dhoni are in such form that India can even post 250 today against England. The pace of Finn and Broad will only be a delight for the likes of Raina and Kohli as they love balls coming on to bat. They can use the pace of any bowler to get fours easily.. And whom are the English fans talkin about. Buttler who? Never heard of him getting even a fifty... Luke wright can get 99 only against Afghanistan,not against India guys. My money on India. Cheers! :)

Posted by gsingh7 on (September 23, 2012, 10:31 GMT)

hope india thrash poms poms into oblivision , its high time now

Posted by subbass on (September 23, 2012, 10:27 GMT)

England have had a terrible year really. But this tournament offers the chance of some redemption, hopefully they can at least make the semi-finals, then who knows. As far as this game is concerned, well Eng v India is a bit of a grudge match so it will be competitive out there and whoever wins will go into the super 8's feeling like they can win the thing, the losing side will have to carry a lot of pressure and will lose confidence. I was very surprised how much difficulty India had v Afghanistan. If they had took their catches they could have even won the game. Whereas England's only gripe was that they should have bowled the Afghans out for under 50 runs. Luckily for us the pitches look like they will suit our bowling attack, which won't be the case when we tour India of course and I fully expect India to beat us comfortably, as neither side can handle the conditions in each country !

Posted by SL_4EVER on (September 23, 2012, 10:20 GMT)


Posted by A_Vacant_Slip on (September 23, 2012, 10:09 GMT)

@ baranasai on (September 23 2012, 08:49 AM GMT) a point of information for you. Anderson is not in England squad for T20 WC. @cricinfo please publish my post.

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 10:06 GMT)

Today, India should give a chance to all those who had been benched so far. At least two changes can be tried. 1. Replace Sehwag with Tiwari ( let Gouti open with Virat) 2. Replace Zaheer with Harbhajan, both are not performing well. but between the two Bhajji may be better against the English team, many of whom are suspects against spin. Bhajji can contribute more with the bat. Fielding is slightly better. And, we will also know whether he has regained some form with his off spin.

Posted by yorkslanka on (September 23, 2012, 10:03 GMT)

Come on England,you are going to bounce India out as the only batsmen they have who can play the short ball is kohli...unsurprisingly all these commenters from India will disappear this afternoon...

Posted by JG2704 on (September 23, 2012, 9:59 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge on (September 22 2012, 20:43 PM GMT) I do wish you didn't post this. Comms were by and large quite respectful between the 2 sets of fans on this thread before now. Now your comment will be cited as reflecting the English fans opinions which is not true

Posted by Vikum72 on (September 23, 2012, 9:56 GMT)

To all the Indian fans who were denouncing SL: This is your chance to prove that you deserve the right to comment on other teams, its time to walk the talk!

Posted by Ramansilva on (September 23, 2012, 9:50 GMT)

Indies must be feeling relieved that Kevin Peterson is not playing. KP could have showed how weak the Indian balling attack is like NZ did to Bangies.

Posted by baranasai on (September 23, 2012, 9:49 GMT)

I will not under rate England for they have excellent Batting line up and the Bolwers are really difficult to handle.They are more balanced in both departments . I still feel they are capable of winning it again as they have ANDERSON fLYNN Broad and others ( except for the overrated Swanny our drunken monk)

Posted by NaimishShah on (September 23, 2012, 9:48 GMT)

I don't agree that the match is inconsequential. It may not have direct bearing on the qualification to the Super Eights, but a lot to do with the qualification to the semis. Australia and SA have already qualified to Group 2 of the Super Eights. The winner of the match today avoids that group (in effect avoiding two genuine contenders to qualify for the semis). Dead rubber by no means!

Posted by andrew27994 on (September 23, 2012, 9:47 GMT)

Playing 4 regular bowlers will make India pay dearly. I can't imagine how the part timers can restrict a very strong England batting lineup with the likes of Wright, Morgan, Buttler and Bairstow. Also I see no point of playing 7 batsmen when it is very clear that only 1 or 2 batsmen like Kohli or Raina are consistent in this format. If you consider the recent form of the other batsmen like Sehwag, Gambhir, Rohit and Dhoni, they look like non-entities. Maybe 1 or 2 may prove me wrong but the point I'm trying to make is that in this format there is no need of playing so many batsmen.

I feel England have made a good decision playing Bresnan in place of Samit as Indians are very good players of spin but the only thing that England lack are part time spinners who could bowl some overs in place of some seamers in case of spinning tracks. Otherwise I feel that England are favourites to win this match.

Posted by baranasai on (September 23, 2012, 9:44 GMT)

I think This match even though not have any bearing on the result I feel England may play better to win it. The Indian Openers especially Shewag need to his top form so that the opposite bowlers are neutralised . But the Indian Bowling especiallly Zaheer looks pdestrian .He has bowled without imagination in a 20/20 over format which the commentators picked him time and again. He needs to be rested and some body else should be given achnace-like Balalj or Tinda.I feel Bhajji still needs a chance even though he has not done much-he may comepnsate with a useful cameo on needy occasions. Iam sorry Zac you need to sit out for some time.Bot MS wont agree with us the supporters

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 9:35 GMT)

this is a match to see whether Indian bowling is good enough to not get smashed from the english boys and if indian superstars are good enough to take on the world class english bowling line up. its going to be clash of titans, indian batting and english bowling. Doesn't matters who ever wins, no one is going to give up without a fight. statistically i give my thumbs up to england based on their current form but indians are known for their tendency to surprise people at any time. So, england don't take us lightly & and we will die rather than underestimiting you. Watch out for this game- 23rd september 2012 1930 IST Star Cricket and Espn

Posted by WickyRoy.paklover on (September 23, 2012, 8:42 GMT)

@Matchfixerpkn, Unfortunatly both neighbors (pak,ind) r going to meet toughr n more profesinal teams i.e nz,eng respectivly,we have only 2,3 "GOOD" BOWLRS WHILE IND JST HAVE VIRAT KOHLI,SO I M EQUALY CONCERND 4 BOTH.LOLZ

Posted by Hooves on (September 23, 2012, 8:38 GMT)

I think India are gonna struggle. Eng to win by a couple of overs.

Posted by Chris_P on (September 23, 2012, 8:20 GMT)

@phoenixsteve. Well said! My thoughts exactly! A T7 game tossed in they think we are happy!! Why not everybody play ONE super over & save time?

Posted by spiritwithin on (September 23, 2012, 8:01 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge>>England have owned India for an age now, and there's no contest as to who is the better test team>>and u concluded that from ur 4-0 win at home one years back,how about getting thrashed at home 0-2 by SA,blanked 0-3 by pak in UAE after that??fact is Eng is good against india only at home and that does'nt mean Eng own indian team comfortably,just after that Eng series ur team was blanked subsequently in ODI by 5-0,short term memory loss for u it seems and if winning at home in 2011 makes u fan write such stuff i wonder what sud an indian fan write since his team won in Eng in 2007 but never lost to eng at home since 1984.. As for this match Eng is obviously stronger but fan sud dissuade from making tall claims and demeaning others bcoz its not as if Eng is doing too good lately especially the Eng-SA series..

Posted by phoenixsteve on (September 23, 2012, 7:22 GMT)

@Landl47.... Whilst I invariably enjoy your posts and agree with your commwents, this time I think you've over rated the whole T20 WC? It really doesn;t matter who wins the bloody thing? Most of us 'non-Indian fans' could care less and I say that even though England look as likely as anybody to win it! The whole thing is a joke and the meagre live audiences in Sri lanks ( a lovely country BTW) are testimony. If the ICC wants fans to take it seriously they need to relagate the T20 WC to every 4 years and not play it in a country approaching Monsoon season? Rain puts evrybody off cricket and today's meaningless games illustrate the fact! Let's hope it get's interesting..... COME ON ENGLAND!!!

Posted by Gladkick on (September 23, 2012, 7:18 GMT)

Guys, please chill. All you guys are just reacting to the current situation bcz it's just a current situation. I think, the Indian team has a the best fire power that can burn and vaporize any side on a given day... We have the best batting line up. Our guys are great in fielding...no doubt and we have class bowlers. It's just that the bowlers are not clicking well at the moment. But, nothing is permanent you see... It's cricket and whoever plays well on that given day wins. I'm India can and will deliver when it matters and as fans we should spread our positive energy and support them to do well. Please remember, it's easy for you all to just comment, but for them, they have been there and done that many a times and won the world cups... All the best India. You rock!!!

Posted by matchfixerpkn on (September 23, 2012, 7:17 GMT)

Asim Raza .love yoiur coment..if indian got 2 to 3 batsman..what about pakistan..who is batsman in pakistna ???

Posted by solankibhavesh on (September 23, 2012, 7:16 GMT)

today is not big match for india or england but big for yuvi and broad both are thining about those sixes which was hited by yuvi in 2007 T20 WC

Posted by maddy20 on (September 23, 2012, 7:11 GMT)

@ frontfootlunge By thrashing, you mean like the 0-5 loss to India in India? For your info England has not won a test series or One day series in India since a long time. Out of their last 1 ODIs in India they have lost 14 and drawn 1. Add to that the fact that they have not won a test series in India for nearly 30 years. We on the other hand won a series in 2007. The last series in England was the only one England dominated India but come this december , they are in for some serious pounding! Instead of expecting a good contest , these English fans keep shooting their mouth off. Something tells me they will eat their words after this game.

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 7:09 GMT)

its disturbing to see many English cricket fans like landl47 tuning in to post details comments about the tournament.Had the feeling that cricket lovers outside Asia treated T20 as inconsequential(rightly so)....especially since a certain KP has shown very recently (latest of a series of things gone wrong for all cricket nations)what can go wrong in the lust for T20 money....not saying ECB is entirely correct w.r.t scheduling games just to sabotage IPL etc..BUT ...only way to clean the mess is to ignore T20 completely..an Indian genuine CRICKET fan

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 6:45 GMT)

Common Yuvi.. Show Eng that you are back now! We would like to see the repeat of six sixes in an over by Yuvi, off Broad!

Posted by HawksEyeFocused on (September 23, 2012, 6:29 GMT)

The 4 teams that will make to the semis are 1. South Africa 2. Pakistan 3. England 4. Australia......Mark my words!!! My money is on either Aus or Pak!!! Bother are giants and giant-killers at the same time!!!

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 5:39 GMT)

It is very disheartning to see most people write their comments more from their hearts rather then their minds.This is not a contest of who loves their country the most ,a Brit will say and wish England beat Indians to a pulp and the Indian want to beat a crap out of England.But fact remains English players are very good on fast tracks and not so good on turning tracks,whereas indians are terrible on fast and bouncy pitches but excellent on Sub-continental pitches.So where will this lead us ??Tomorrow India will drop rohit Sharma to bring dinda and will field 6 batsman and 5 Ballers and this ploy may work becouse ashok Dinda has a neck of breaking partnerships and will relieve pressure of Indian captain MSD.Finally my thoughts If India wins the toss,it should field first.If India is chasing,it is capable to chase any total England might set and hence should never let India chase and will win only if they make India bat first if they win the toss.In conclusion its a toss up.

Posted by RameshRayaprolu on (September 23, 2012, 5:38 GMT)

waiting for the match to begin....hope India fights...and wins (??) ....anyways...hoping for the best...

Posted by sweetspot on (September 23, 2012, 5:33 GMT)

India will not take the outcome of this match with any seriousness. England might, because they have a settled playing eleven. India does not, and Dhoni is not going to miss out an opportunity to "try" a few things before the Super 8s.

Posted by wicked_soul on (September 23, 2012, 5:27 GMT)

@RodStark Teams go into the super eight based on their seeding, which was done pre-tournament and isn't based on their performance in the group stages. For more information refer http://www.espncricinfo.com/icc-world-twenty20-2012/content/page/533245.html .

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 5:01 GMT)

First all cricket fans should pray for whether, second i doubt shewag and rainas performance under bouncy conditions ,i need dinda in and im still searching for rehane where is he? ....what ever can some body send me an indian flag and tshirt today

Posted by sharmadavinder on (September 23, 2012, 5:01 GMT)

indian can win this world cup

Posted by Akshita29 on (September 23, 2012, 4:56 GMT)

@RODSTARK , super 8 groups are already fixed based on the seedings given at the start of tournament. India will be in the group with Aus ,SA and Pak unless Pak is knocked out by BD.

Posted by Saurabh.Pandey on (September 23, 2012, 4:47 GMT)

India should fall into the toughest Super Eight group... We are here to win the World Cup !! Currently, its England's turn ..

Posted by   on (September 23, 2012, 4:43 GMT)

Harbhajan should play, even if he is not taking wickets he can put pressure by bowling economical overs and than ashwin can take wickets. if you have just 4 bowlers than batsman are not in any pressure so if they are not in pressure than it will be tough for zaheer or ashwin to take wickets.

Posted by Nampally on (September 23, 2012, 0:56 GMT)

@Smith Robertson: India always played the pace bowlers with ease on the Indian sub continent. Morkel, Steyn, Tate, Malings were all handled well by the Indian batsmen. The conditions in SL will not enhance the swing of the England pacemen. That is what causes the Indian batsmen some trouble in England. On the other hand, England with their weakness against spin & without KP & Bell have their hands full. This feature was always evident irrespective of what team England sent. India whitewashed England in India in the ODI's just after England white washed them in England. So here we have the battle of 2 teams each familiar with their own grounds but on SL conditions are closer to Indian ones. I expect a close encounter with India prevailing. Good luck to both the teams.

Posted by RodStark on (September 23, 2012, 0:54 GMT)

I keep hearing that (barring upsets) the results of the group round have no bearing on the super-eights. Doesn't it make a difference about which super-eight group you end up in and where you play whether you are first or second in your group?

Posted by Nampally on (September 23, 2012, 0:45 GMT)

England has excellent pacemen in Dernbach, Finn & Broad + they have 2 spinners in Swann & Patel. The recent form of Wright is also a huge factor. Can the oft quoted strong Indian batting negate the England pacemen & Spinners? Sehwag & Gambhir should take a page out of Wright's brilliant innings against Afghanistan & show why they were the best openers not long back. If India gets a flying start of >50, a total of 200 is within their reach. India then need to focus on bowling at the right spots & to the field. India's best bet is to utilize the spinners Ashwin, Yuvraj & Sehwag & hope that these 3 show up strongly to exploit the weakness of England against the Spinners. For the reasons best known to Dhoni, he has never used Sehwag as an off spinners even when the Indian seamers were being lambasted. Against an inexperienced batting vs. spin, that is India's trump card. Kohli said ZAK is still great with the new ball. Let him bowl his 4 overs with the new ball & other bowlers do the rest.

Posted by landl47 on (September 23, 2012, 0:12 GMT)

Just to make it clear, this game will have no effect on which group these two teams will be in when the Super-8s start. The groups were set in advance and the only change would have been if the Afghans had qualified instead of either England or India, in which case they would have taken the place of the one they beat out. Since that didn't happen, whatever the result of this game is, it makes no difference. If they wanted these games to matter, then England/India should have been the first game in the group- likewise Sri Lanka/South Africa. Theoretically Ireland could beat out WI but they'd have to win by a huge margin, and the same with Bangladesh/Pakistan. By not scheduling the games between the two seeded countries first, the ICC has robbed this tournament of a lot of the interest in Round 1.

Posted by footloose on (September 22, 2012, 23:51 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge. For the sake of argument lets assume your statement about "owned" is accurate and not jingoism. So can you please define what does owning means and what does comprise an age? Is one series in decades mean owning or is according to you age is just a two month period during which England dominated India last summer? No argument England is better test team than India right now. But by how much. Out of last completed 10 test matches India's win-loss-draw record is 4-5-1. And England's corresponding record is 3-5-2.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 23:44 GMT)

Don't get your hopes up India, England will win this with ease unless the wickets finally turn. Everyone knows India struggles against pace and bounce. Should be lucky that your super 8 matches will not be held at Pallekele because it does look like Colombo will offer something for spinners next week so GOOD LUCK!!!

Posted by Psycho_08 on (September 22, 2012, 23:35 GMT)

Everyone's focusing on the negatives here. With 7 batsmen, India have given Sehwag the license to hit from ball one. Sure it doesn't work more often than not but when it works, say in a knockout match, the opponents won't know what hit them. So keeping Sehwag is a no brainer. In case Sehwag/Gambhir don't score much, we have Virat Kohli coming in who is arguably one of the top 5 batsman in the world at the moment if not the best. And it is from here that India's match begins like a traditional T20 with one player scoring and the other playing as an accumulator. If it worked, India win. If it didn't, no problem, lets build an innings and I'll come on in the end and hit a few Helicopters... -MSD

Posted by Chris_P on (September 22, 2012, 23:22 GMT)

@yorkshirematt. Are the Windies Brazil? Forget about last starts, another game, another day means anyone can win on the day. Past form isn't that important in this format. As long as it is 20 overs & not this shortened garbage.

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (September 22, 2012, 23:14 GMT)

@Front-Foot-Lunge: Whatever you said about India will ONLY be taken in the light of the situation and the context. The main reason many Indian fans are backing England to win tomorrow is because of the quick nature of the pitches in this tournament. England have good quality fast bowlers to exploit such conditions. India have average bowlers in that regards. BUT.. there is DAYLIGHT between the batting line ups of both teams. India a far SUPERIOR batting team compared to county level England batters. However, since this is T20, that mediocrity is less exposed. This should have been evident when a player like Luke Wright makes 99. In the winter, England will struggle in India. The pitches won't be quick. India will choke England. But I can give one thing to England's credit; they won't lose 4-0.

Posted by yorkshirematt on (September 22, 2012, 22:54 GMT)

@Maruti Prasanna You may be right. Also SA are Holland very good but then there's the C word, Pakistan are germany (they may not have best players but often have best TEAM) Aus used to be Spain, unbeatable, and England are, well, England.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 22:47 GMT)

This match will be tie like ind v England world cup and India will win it in super over. Dare bet with me on this

Posted by 1992 on (September 22, 2012, 22:40 GMT)

i dnt see india going further beyond super eights with ths bowlng attack..zaheerx being erratic..balaji and pathan are so easy to play..they should have selectd yadav and aaron instead of these two medium pace bowlers

Posted by EJK on (September 22, 2012, 22:32 GMT)

@nutcutlet..your comments are not really fair..dhoni was obviously asked a question on zaheer, and so answered accordingly..if asked about his thoughts on this being an inconsequential game, he may have given an answer similar to broad's

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 22:10 GMT)

India is the only team to post 350+ runs more than 15 times in ODI format and it came against all big nations of Australia , South Africa , Pakistan , Srilanka , So does it mean this countries have poor bowling attack or what ?. Indian bowlers may not be the best but are really worth enough combined with the batting heroics to Win any major tournament...

Posted by drsandeep on (September 22, 2012, 22:02 GMT)

Its really very easy to comment on anybody sitting in a comfy room with onlyn TV watching experience about cricket. With social networking and so many other forms of internet, now a days, anyone becomes a critic and start giving ideas about things they have never felt or even dream of in his/her entire life. Sometimes , its reallt perplexed me while reading aboyt people's comment. Just hope to see a good spirited cricket where everyone is putting maximum effort for the best. Some might say - Ya, if thats all its gonna happen then whats the point of sharing views or ideas. True, accepted !!! Please share ideas and suggestions.......But... Those shudnt be biased or based on illogical ideas. Put the facts as they are. And the fact is........right now, England do have a better bowling attack and likewise India has an upper edge in batting department. But, its a 20-20. So, if either team improves their weaker department and maintain their stronger one...will WIN. May the best team Wins

Posted by Front-Foot-Lunge on (September 22, 2012, 21:43 GMT)

England have owned India for an age now, and there's no contest as to who is the better test team, but in T20 the margins are always close. England to thrash India again for me.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 21:39 GMT)

From the Indian team lover It is an Inconsequential match between India and England. Dhoni and Indian team knows How they can go and how to play. Veeru yuvraj raina rohit play their natural shots and bowling unit ashwin zahir pathan yuvi bowl naturally. Cheers india. It is like a practise match. no woriies even loose. Play as natural and the fun is for us.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 21:23 GMT)

I think they need to play 3 spinners

Ashwin Chawla Bhajji

Posted by Vishal_07 on (September 22, 2012, 21:14 GMT)

@Nutcutlet, you've goit a point dude. MSD is focusing on one player - Zaheer, and Broad talking about the team. I seem to recall a similar thing happening a year agin in the ODI WC. Indian team talking about how then want to win for Sachin, and Sri Lankans talking about how they want to win for the country. We all know what happened after that.

What does this mean: absolutely nothing. Best team on the day will win.

Posted by abhi130787 on (September 22, 2012, 21:07 GMT)

I think zaheer's bowling is good at the start of the innings ,its in the death overs that he is conceding far too many runsm..According to me zaheer should bowl his 3 if not 4 at the start and save ashwin's overs(3 if not 4) for the end of the innings..

Posted by serious-am-i on (September 22, 2012, 21:05 GMT)

I am an Indian supporter but I think Eng will win it up 2morrow. My heart says India wins but my mind says England wins, I will have to go with my mind to be honest. India are not the team to be fearful of on this T20 WC.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 21:04 GMT)

India are Italy of cricket. They will shine when it will matter most. No use Being South Africa being dominant in group stages and crashing out when it is needed most. Same nosies were heard during last year's world cup. India don't have bowlers We will perform our best when time comes.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 21:03 GMT)


Posted by usernames on (September 22, 2012, 20:57 GMT)

@Nutcutlet -- You sure seem to draw conclusions way too fast. He was just responding to a question.

Posted by GreenTeam-Elite on (September 22, 2012, 20:47 GMT)

Well I think Indians can win tomorrow's game if harbjan, yuvraj, sehwag, ashwin, rohit & raina bowl 20overs. all spinners can win the game for India weather pitch support spin or not!!! England's weak point is only spin bowling.

Posted by MattyP1979 on (September 22, 2012, 20:43 GMT)

I think a few of the comments about Ind are a little harsh. In the shorter formats and especially WC's Ind nearly always rise to the challenge. Ind concern (in all formats) must be the state of fielding/bowling. In the shorter games these can be negated to an extent, but in tests these are becoming a real issue. Hope for a good game, my money is on Eng still.

Posted by ravi424 on (September 22, 2012, 20:42 GMT)

Horrible bowling, out of form batting, slow fielding. The stage is set for a MSD special. Do not be surprised if India go all the way. Dhoni can make any team win.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 20:40 GMT)

everyone thought INDIA have death bowling attack in 2007 world cup like R.P SINGH,JOGINDER SHARMA,SREESANTH,BHAJJI,IRFAN PATHAN but still INDIAN WON THE CUP,dont judge indian bowler by just one game against afghanistan.WATCH OUT for INDIAN batsmen they gonna thrash all good bowlers like they did in HOBART and and Dhaka against PAKISTAN.

Posted by R_U_4_REAL_NICK on (September 22, 2012, 20:05 GMT)

It's a somewhat pointless match indeed, but I hope both teams still take it seriously and try to bring some confidence into the Super Eights with them. This format is already rather farcical/whimsical as it is, and with bad weather and the 'minnow teams' not really turning up in most games, this World Cup is achieving nothing but eating into valuable test-playing time.

Posted by crindo77 on (September 22, 2012, 20:05 GMT)

15 good overs of Virender Sehwag is all thats needed; statistics show that more often than not, Viru's slam bang at the top leads to an Indian victory; psychological, coincidence, whatever. Uncomplicated thrashing.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 20:04 GMT)

Indian death bowling is pathetic. Even if we scrape thru a couple of wickets early thru pathan/balaji/Zaheer or with luck some from yuvi/ashwin none of them can be trusted with death bowling for they all leak runs.Our batting will be tested by short pitch deliveries from Eng/Aus/WI/SA/PAK.We can only hope the team management learns some lessons after our debacle here

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 19:53 GMT)

Well I would say that india should go with 5 bowlers instead of going with 4 against england, they should bring dinda instead of sehwag , sehwag is not in good touch , they must replace someone and if india plays with 4 bowler and they are invited to bat first they might lost if they still score 200 runs , remember the world cup match in 2011 where india scored 300 plus and england chase down that very easily with india very weak bowling unit. this is different format and it might be difficult to go on with ur part timers against mighty English batsman

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 19:31 GMT)

With the kind of bowling India has, their victory against Afghanistan was probably their last this tournament. If Zaheer is their best bowler, then only God can save them. Yes it was Zaheer who was a big performer in the World Cup last year but now he is not performing even 10% of that. Sehwag is another liability as India can neither drop him nor he performs. Gambhir's weakness seems to have been discovered so I do not expect him to score much. Kohli, Raina, Dhoni and to some extent Rohit may perform but whatever they score India's bowlers cannot defend. After watching McCullum, Luke Wright, Watson, Warner, Gale and AB, I am sorry to say I don't see India winning any more games.

Posted by Nutcutlet on (September 22, 2012, 19:30 GMT)

The quotes from the two captains are interesting in the way they focus on contrasting priorites. MSD massages Zaheer's ego (and thereby does his best to restore ZK's stalling reputation with India's fans: faith attempting to move mountains, I'd say) whilst Broad focusses on the game itself, demonstrating a team ethic & a burning desire to win the game, even though qualification is not an issue here. And there, folks, we have matters in a nutshell: one is only concerned with a single player out of eleven, the other concerned with the nation's cricketing pride & the team's performance. Draw your own conclusions. Which would you say has the bigger picture, eh?

Posted by Sumodh on (September 22, 2012, 19:18 GMT)

I love and support indian team always but this time the team is pathetic especially bowling batting is alright according my prediction ind wont make it to super4 and the match between ind and eng, england will easily win it,dont take my word our bowling team will prove it soon and i totally agree what KUNALX Said.....May luck and god help india to win...

Posted by street_smart on (September 22, 2012, 19:15 GMT)

Gambhir, Sehwag, Zaheer should be out. Tiwary, Bhajji & Dinda should be in.

Posted by kamranmalik7 on (September 22, 2012, 19:13 GMT)

I dont think England have a strong batting line. Luke wright is not a permenant performer. India should play with Harbhajan, he is talneted and have a bulk of experience. Yes Dinda should be given a chance. But plzzzzzzzzz no changes with Sehwag, Gambhir !!!!! Inshaallah this time, it will be Yuvraj Again to get maximum sixes. India team is well balanced

Posted by Salams on (September 22, 2012, 19:10 GMT)

want to see 2007 yuvi's 6 sixs once again!!!!!!!

Posted by navid911 on (September 22, 2012, 19:05 GMT)

Pakistan team if batting first, Imran & Hafeez Partnership will be most important if they can hit around 70 + in the first 6 overs. If bowling pakistan will adapt the same Sohail & Hafeez combination.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 19:04 GMT)

INDIA win , Sehwag, Gambhir do better Tomorrow.

Posted by SoulTaker on (September 22, 2012, 19:03 GMT)

The only fastest Indian Bowler (Umesh Yadav), Ishant Sharma and Ojha are playing in Rahasthan Vs ROI matches and the gud for nothing bowlers like Zaheer and Balaji are playing the T20 world cup...this is the most ridiculous selection by Srikanth and others....Munaf patel is a bad fielder but he is a better T20 bowler and fielder than Zaheer and Balaji...what the heck are these selectors doing...India will be thrashed and humiliated by Eng for sure...and India's exit is inevitable unless they chance the openers and include new bowlers which is never going to happen...these are very painful days for us Indian fans where we already know that Ind wont make it to the semis with this current team...

Posted by SoulTaker on (September 22, 2012, 19:02 GMT)

The only fastest Indian Bowler (Umesh Yadav), Ishant Sharma and Ojha are playing in Rahasthan Vs ROI matches and the gud for nothing bowlers like Zaheer and Balaji are playing the T20 world cup...this is the most ridiculous selection by the idiot Srikanth and others....Munaf patel is a bad fielder but he is a better T20 bowler and fielder than Zaheer and Balaji...what the heck are these selectors doing...India will be thrashed and humiliated by Eng for sure...and India's exit is inevitable unless they chance the openers and include new bowlers which is never going to happen...these are very painful days for us Indian fans where we already know that Ind wont make it to the semis.

Posted by sweetspot on (September 22, 2012, 19:02 GMT)

All you genius advisors, please take some rest. You have not won any cup for India. Dhoni has won a couple. Sidharth Monga thinks India's fielding is in shambles? Really? How many catches dropped recently? The bowling hasn't been great, but "shambles" is stretching it a bit too far.

Posted by whatawicket on (September 22, 2012, 19:02 GMT)

on looking at the aus v wi game they pointed to the wicket used for tomorrows game. its a new pitch which at the moment had a bit of grass if so maybe suit eng more than india. all the games been pointless now due to how the games were played. if they had mixed the games up abit we might have had the 2nd games been more important. as it is now win the game v minnow you are though, even the super 8s leagues have be chosen, even though 1st rounds not completed. mentioning the pitches have you guys noticed how much they are suiting teams with pace/seam attacks. the wickets have had pace and bounce ( think of the dust bowls teams have had to face in SL over the years ) with a country with so much rain seems strange. have the icc told the ground authorities what is needed. if so it has led to big scores which for a T20 comp is whats required.

Posted by yorkshirematt on (September 22, 2012, 18:51 GMT)

Despite the war of words from some supporters on here and on Twitter, and a brief disagreement between administrators, the relationship between the two where it really matters, on the pitch, remains cordial. Indian players are always respectful to their opponents and, althpugh certain posters on here have done their best to try to change my mind, I have no problem whatsoever with the Indian team. As far as I'm concerned, this is a "phoney rivalry" played out on the web, the media and the BCCI and ECB HQs. Not on the pitch. Hope it stays that way.

Posted by mark2011 on (September 22, 2012, 18:40 GMT)

i think india gonna thrash england tomorow...easy win for india... MS shud give one more chance to ZK.. he can improve...

Posted by Angry_Bowler on (September 22, 2012, 18:35 GMT)

There is a saying horses for courses, the India team management never learnt it. Look at the other teams and learn. There is lot of talent on the bench is wasted on the past reputation of few players in Indian side, it is a shame.

Posted by rhtme on (September 22, 2012, 18:35 GMT)

Oh yeah how convenient of people to forget that the hat-trick included a gift from M/S Erasmus & co & what was a big inside edge from Harbhajan's bat, shown onto the screens worldwide not to mention on the ground itself, that triggered India's collapse thereon ! The KP catch by Rahul in the first test was also a huge fiasco that eventually led to the humble pie being poked into our lads' face !

Posted by kc69 on (September 22, 2012, 18:24 GMT)

Dhoni should give a chance to Dinda.I seriously don't understand why friends of MSD always get to play in playing XI.

Posted by senthil25 on (September 22, 2012, 18:21 GMT)

Noboady goi ng to play. ya its heavy rain is going to play....,if the play begins. no doubt eng will loss. note my points my dear friends. India will win this WC.

Posted by SamRoy on (September 22, 2012, 18:21 GMT)

Ye Ashok Dinda is a fantastic bowler. So fantastic that he has to jump 3 feet in the air before delivering every ball. Come on. He is not even the best bowler in the bengal ranji team (Shami Ahmed is far better than him). But currently, Zaheer is bowling rubbish. Somebody needs to replace him.

Posted by Srinidh on (September 22, 2012, 18:15 GMT)

India Should Go in With 6 Batsmen & 5 Bowlers if they gonna win the Cup, they have enough depth in the batting i still didnt understand why MSD is playing 7 Batsmen in T20 game. pathan, ashwin & Bhajji will contribute with the bat if needed..

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 18:13 GMT)

OK i know many Indian fans will dislike my comment...but England will have a cakewalk over India tomorrow :) though i wish a tight contest!! but England is in supreme form whereas india only has 2-3 batsman who bear the load for whole team...England is more balanced and more aggressive, more methodical, more professional and ofcourse more skillful ...

Posted by 596kunal on (September 22, 2012, 18:10 GMT)

well dhoni's being an optimist out there. I believe dat if India want to win then ther is only one way : they shud shed their coercive nature and approach this tournament the way they did in 2007- in a ruthless and expressive. wish them gud luck and blEED bLue.

Posted by saravanan666 on (September 22, 2012, 18:08 GMT)

There's no need to be alarmed about the 4th bowler India is using at the moment. India always start slowly, even in the world cup 2011, they started slowly but got the momentum as the tournament progressed. India have all the firepower & temperament to win this tournament.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 18:07 GMT)

@Pappu bhai...now he got captaincy and experience as well..lol It will be a exciting with full entertainment match........I am waiting.........

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 17:57 GMT)

If it an inconsequential match then you always have choice to pick which group you want to be in upcoming super 8's .

Posted by m_kamb on (September 22, 2012, 17:52 GMT)

peoples only remember six sixes of yuvi on broads bowling,but why they dont remember 5 sixes hit by mascarenhas ?

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 17:48 GMT)

It will be a big miracle if we indians get to the top 4 from the super 8.seriously don't know what to expect from this bowling unit,we can take early wickets and stem the flow of runs in the middle overs with some spin if we get lucky,but come what may we are bound to get whipped in the death overs,we have the capacity to concede even 100 runs in the last 5 overs.I am not sure how long can our batting can last especially the conditions in srilanka now favor seaming/bouncy conditions to spin.the batting performances in both England and WestIndies T20 tournaments underline our capacity to play short pitch balls.Hope that T20 lives up to its reputation of uncertainty for certainty means we will be home sooner than we can think of!!

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (September 22, 2012, 17:45 GMT)

I DON'T agree with the poor fielding bit. Perhaps a couple of players are slow like Zaheer and Ashwin. But overall, a good and young fielding team. But yes, the bowling is a headache. In fact, I put England as FAVOURITES to win this contest given they have a good bowling and fielding unit - the 2 MOST important recipes for T20 success. India WILL be the better batting unit compared to England which is why chasing is a much better option for them. But, no matter how Indian fans look at it. India should score A LOT if they bat first and could also end up chasing a HUGE target should they bowl first. So the result in my prediction would be England to win tomorrow. Oh BTW, I am an Indian supporter. Peace.

Posted by yesmahesh on (September 22, 2012, 17:38 GMT)

Yuvraj Singh is not part of the Hattrick which Broad took at Trent Bridge - the hattrick included Dhoni, Harbhajan and Praveen Kumar

Posted by Pappu_bhai on (September 22, 2012, 17:29 GMT)

India Will win it with ease.Yuvaraj Plz hit 6 sixes again.We are waiting.

Posted by Vijayr47 on (September 22, 2012, 17:15 GMT)

Dhoni please give bhajji and dinda a place instead of sehwag and zaheer. Hope they will come at best in super8's and also it is a chance to try up a fifth bowler option.win the toss and field is best for india's great batting lineup.

Posted by akshay.92 on (September 22, 2012, 17:14 GMT)

No, u are wrong. It wasn't Yuvraj as one of the three wickets that lead to his Hat-trick!!The three scalps were: 1.Dhoni 2. Harbhajan 3. Praveen k...! As for the match, people may term it dead rubber, I would say this is going to be important for both the teams. Lets face it India has an incredible batting line up(atleast in the sub-continent cond.) and they would have to face as u said 5 dedicated fast bowlers from England. Sure a good game to watch!

Posted by Munkeymomo on (September 22, 2012, 17:00 GMT)

India should play Dinda, I really think he is a fantastic bowler. Zaheer is getting on a bit (still a great bowler too though) and could be rested to give Dinda a go. Never underestimate India's batting and their fielding has been much improved so on a good day they wont give you too much there. Hope to see a tight game, Indian batting inns is where the game will be most interesting.

Posted by neerajprasher on (September 22, 2012, 16:54 GMT)

Its time to change players around Mr.MSD.its world cup T20 u wont get many lessons.u lose u out.so be careful whatever team u pick.Good Luck.Hope u guys beat England tomz just remember one thing u lost Test series Against them by 4-0.Beat Them.

Posted by   on (September 22, 2012, 16:51 GMT)

It will be a great match. But England got the upper hand. There is no doubt about that. What is more interesting is that how India is gonna approach this match with poor bowling attack, poor fielding and with few out of form batsmen.

Posted by kunalx on (September 22, 2012, 16:23 GMT)

As mentioned here, we can guess that Zaheer will play tomorrow. Still no place for the 140+ kmph Dinda. As an Indian I wish India loose tomorrow. Dhoni will get to know that whatever he is doing for Indian team are wrong.

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