Hyderabad XI v England XI, Tour Match, Hyderabad October 8, 2011

Bopara, Finn shine in scrappy win

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England XI 219 (Bopara 73, Woakes 46*, Khader 3-25) beat Hyderabad XI 163 (Yadav 47, Finn 4-28) by 56 runs
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A Steven Finn hat-trick helped England to a 56-run win in their tour opener against a Hyderabad XI at the Rajiv Gandhi Stadium. Finn dismissed Nos. 7, 10 and 11 in the 37th over to ensure a dominant end to what had been a scrappy first outing for England after they were bowled out for 219. They might not even have got as many as that had it not been for Ravi Bopara's fluent 73, which helped steady the innings after early wickets had been lost.

Hyderabad XI were by no means coasting before Finn's dramatic eighth over ended the match, although Arjun Yadav's 47 had at least kept them in with a shout. Finn had removed captain Dwaraka Ravi Teja - beaten for pace with the new ball - and returned to dismiss a slogging Amol Shinde, before bowling Kaneshuk Naidu and pinning Anwar Khan lbw to end the match.

Yet, his efforts masked just how much pressure England had been under for much of the match, and the contributions of Bopara and Chris Woakes, who cracked an unbeaten 46 before picking up two wickets, should not be underestimated.

On a slow pitch, England had lost Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen inside the first eight overs before Bopara entered to steady the innings, batting with a fluency not seen in his team-mates from the very beginning. Bopara got going with a straight six off Shinde's offspin, and after Jonny Bairstow was dismissed continued to hold the innings together with a 42-run stand in Samit Patel's company.

He reached his fifty from 62 balls and continued the good work to put together the highest stand of the innings with Woakes - 45 for the seventh wicket. When Bopara eventually fell, caught behind driving at Anwar Ahmed in the second over of the powerplay, England were 169 for 7 and under pressure once more.

Woakes did well to shepherd the tail and coax the score past 200, but the innings quickly subsided once his stand with Graeme Swann was broken and more than two overs were left unused as Jade Dernbach's run out brought England's effort to an end.

It looked as though Hyderabad XI might make a fist of their chase when Akshath Reddy hooked the first ball of the second innings, from Finn, over deep backward square for six, but England soon began to make inroads.

Hyderabad XI slipped to 12 for 2 before Yadav and Neeraj Bist got the innings back on track with a 55-run stand for the third wicket. Once they were parted, Woakes turned the tide England's way by removing Mohammed Khader and Ibrahim Khaleel with consecutive deliveries to leave the score at 99 for 5.

Shinde's aggressive 25 suggested the beginnings of a fightback, but his dismissal at Finn's hands brought the contest to a swift end.

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  • on October 10, 2011, 21:43 GMT

    Excellent domination by England. Good to see Bopara is in good form.

  • on October 10, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    Hyderabad 11, according to me is one of the worst teams in Indian domestic circuit. It is sad that BCCI decided to play them in this match. They could have played a Board's President's-11 or South India-11 or atleast another ranji team. There is no player in this team who represented even the South India team in the past. They have done a good job dismissing England for 219 but other Ranji teams like Karnataka-11 , TN-11 ,Mumbai-11 or Rajasthan-11 could have even won the match

  • JG2704 on October 9, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster again - Re firepower. Would you care to look at the current ICC ODI bowling rankings and see who is rated at 1 and where the highest ranked Indian bowler (who incidentally is not Zaheer) is ranked.These rankings - as with test rankings - reflect on how players have performed over a period of time and not just in English conditions and not just in Indian conditions. However , you are right in that conditions should favour India both in batting and bowling and the series is started with a totally clean slate @Rakhil Pakhetra - Sounds like you're not so confident about your own team beating England on a pitch England have had some experience on.

  • JG2704 on October 9, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    @Kitten - India depleted by injuries etc... England had a few too you know. Trott (our version of Dravid) was out for a few matches as I think was Morgan (who I wouldn't have picked anyway). You say that this time you are able to pick a lot of talented youngsters - but they could have done this in England but chose to go for their tried and tested experienced hands but only Dravid excelled and Dhoni and Kumaar came home with any credit , but if you go back to when the series started I'm sure all Indians would have backed the batsmen they had out there to score more heavily. Not sure if it's just me , but if India were to lose - and it's a big IF - can anyone see Kitten and others booing about India being without Tendulkar etc - too inexperienced.

  • JG2704 on October 9, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    @ Cpt.Meanster - I do like the way you have a go at others , citing biased opinions. Have you ever thought about what you write yourself? Also like the way others are having a go at England for the quality of their opposition. Sure , It was not a great score posted by our batsmen but it was our first match out there and personally I think a 50+ run victory in a low scoring game is an ok starting point. India will be favourites , due to the facts that they excel at this form of the game and that the pitches should suit their players better , just like with any country or even county for that matter.And yes India's 11 will be infinitely better that the side Eng just beat but hopefully Eng will improve also. Personally , I expect India to exact revenge - possibly emphatically - but if England do pull off a shock win , I wonder if they will get any credit from most Indian fans on these boards or if there will be another multitude of reasons meaning that this series is also meaningless?

  • 5wombats on October 9, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    @abhilash.medhi; this site exists to excite and encourage debate and discussion amongst those of us who are mad about this game and have a life-long passion for it. There is mud-slinging and brick-batting, but there is also praise where it is due and there is fun. I think you need to look at what some india "fans" have put on this conversation about a mere warm-up game to see what us England fans have had to put up with for months and months. It goes back to last Summer against Pakistan. Some of us have had enough so some of us and now fight fire with fire. Your comment; "you don't want the English to be hated for their fans" needs to be looked at hard by some of the india "fans" - because the word "English" could so easily be replaced by the word "indian". As it happens - @Cpt.Meanster and @5wombats have, in general, a healthy respect for each other!

  • on October 9, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    Cpt.Meanster - as 5wobats pointed out, we were told during our demolition of the Indian team over the summer that it didnt really mean anything as we had home advantage. Why is it any different now India has home advantage? Especially without Broad, Morgan, etc.

    See we've got the same excuses being lined up lol.....

  • sukhinvs on October 9, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    Hopefully India will be able to up their game to challenge England as they dominated India last summer but lookin on to the positives gambhir looks in decent form kohli is looking seriously awesome and Dhoni and Raina should back themselves to finish innings like they did in the back end of the series in england. bowlin wise weak and inexperienced but they still have some tricks in their bag.England look good really good it's nice to hear that pietersons in the team so that should be interesting.my prediction is 2-2 with the last game tie

  • YorkshirePudding on October 9, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    I personally wouldnt read too much into this game, yes a win is a win, but it highlighted issues with the batting against what was most probably a 2nd XI, the bowlers saved our blushes but come the 1st ODI it will be different. As for the accusations by some members about trolling by england fans, the indian fans have been rabidly doing that for the past 12 months against the england team, some still havent accpeted they were soundly beaten in the summer, we are still hearing about the injuries that stopped india performing, well all I can say is that top teams should have more than 1 bowler capable of taking wickets, and the batting was pretty much full strength for most of the test series, with Sehwag missing for the first two and Gambhir missing out at TB.

  • on October 9, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    Haha if england plays lyk dis indias gonna whitewash them.

  • on October 10, 2011, 21:43 GMT

    Excellent domination by England. Good to see Bopara is in good form.

  • on October 10, 2011, 9:07 GMT

    Hyderabad 11, according to me is one of the worst teams in Indian domestic circuit. It is sad that BCCI decided to play them in this match. They could have played a Board's President's-11 or South India-11 or atleast another ranji team. There is no player in this team who represented even the South India team in the past. They have done a good job dismissing England for 219 but other Ranji teams like Karnataka-11 , TN-11 ,Mumbai-11 or Rajasthan-11 could have even won the match

  • JG2704 on October 9, 2011, 15:18 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster again - Re firepower. Would you care to look at the current ICC ODI bowling rankings and see who is rated at 1 and where the highest ranked Indian bowler (who incidentally is not Zaheer) is ranked.These rankings - as with test rankings - reflect on how players have performed over a period of time and not just in English conditions and not just in Indian conditions. However , you are right in that conditions should favour India both in batting and bowling and the series is started with a totally clean slate @Rakhil Pakhetra - Sounds like you're not so confident about your own team beating England on a pitch England have had some experience on.

  • JG2704 on October 9, 2011, 15:05 GMT

    @Kitten - India depleted by injuries etc... England had a few too you know. Trott (our version of Dravid) was out for a few matches as I think was Morgan (who I wouldn't have picked anyway). You say that this time you are able to pick a lot of talented youngsters - but they could have done this in England but chose to go for their tried and tested experienced hands but only Dravid excelled and Dhoni and Kumaar came home with any credit , but if you go back to when the series started I'm sure all Indians would have backed the batsmen they had out there to score more heavily. Not sure if it's just me , but if India were to lose - and it's a big IF - can anyone see Kitten and others booing about India being without Tendulkar etc - too inexperienced.

  • JG2704 on October 9, 2011, 14:48 GMT

    @ Cpt.Meanster - I do like the way you have a go at others , citing biased opinions. Have you ever thought about what you write yourself? Also like the way others are having a go at England for the quality of their opposition. Sure , It was not a great score posted by our batsmen but it was our first match out there and personally I think a 50+ run victory in a low scoring game is an ok starting point. India will be favourites , due to the facts that they excel at this form of the game and that the pitches should suit their players better , just like with any country or even county for that matter.And yes India's 11 will be infinitely better that the side Eng just beat but hopefully Eng will improve also. Personally , I expect India to exact revenge - possibly emphatically - but if England do pull off a shock win , I wonder if they will get any credit from most Indian fans on these boards or if there will be another multitude of reasons meaning that this series is also meaningless?

  • 5wombats on October 9, 2011, 14:31 GMT

    @abhilash.medhi; this site exists to excite and encourage debate and discussion amongst those of us who are mad about this game and have a life-long passion for it. There is mud-slinging and brick-batting, but there is also praise where it is due and there is fun. I think you need to look at what some india "fans" have put on this conversation about a mere warm-up game to see what us England fans have had to put up with for months and months. It goes back to last Summer against Pakistan. Some of us have had enough so some of us and now fight fire with fire. Your comment; "you don't want the English to be hated for their fans" needs to be looked at hard by some of the india "fans" - because the word "English" could so easily be replaced by the word "indian". As it happens - @Cpt.Meanster and @5wombats have, in general, a healthy respect for each other!

  • on October 9, 2011, 14:03 GMT

    Cpt.Meanster - as 5wobats pointed out, we were told during our demolition of the Indian team over the summer that it didnt really mean anything as we had home advantage. Why is it any different now India has home advantage? Especially without Broad, Morgan, etc.

    See we've got the same excuses being lined up lol.....

  • sukhinvs on October 9, 2011, 13:09 GMT

    Hopefully India will be able to up their game to challenge England as they dominated India last summer but lookin on to the positives gambhir looks in decent form kohli is looking seriously awesome and Dhoni and Raina should back themselves to finish innings like they did in the back end of the series in england. bowlin wise weak and inexperienced but they still have some tricks in their bag.England look good really good it's nice to hear that pietersons in the team so that should be interesting.my prediction is 2-2 with the last game tie

  • YorkshirePudding on October 9, 2011, 12:32 GMT

    I personally wouldnt read too much into this game, yes a win is a win, but it highlighted issues with the batting against what was most probably a 2nd XI, the bowlers saved our blushes but come the 1st ODI it will be different. As for the accusations by some members about trolling by england fans, the indian fans have been rabidly doing that for the past 12 months against the england team, some still havent accpeted they were soundly beaten in the summer, we are still hearing about the injuries that stopped india performing, well all I can say is that top teams should have more than 1 bowler capable of taking wickets, and the batting was pretty much full strength for most of the test series, with Sehwag missing for the first two and Gambhir missing out at TB.

  • on October 9, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    Haha if england plays lyk dis indias gonna whitewash them.

  • abhilash.medhi on October 9, 2011, 11:39 GMT

    @5wombats, Cpt.Meanster and all the rest of you: Can I just put things into perspective here? I agree that England was by far the better team this summer and that India was completely outplayed. There can be no excuse for losing so badly. But just like England is now dominating world cricket, India too has had its time in the sun. For more than a decade, India alone had a respectable record against the great Australian team. Also, winning a World Cup, let's accept it, at home or otherwise is a big deal. With the present group of players, England can remain no. 1 for a long time. England fans however should bear in mind that just like the Australian team was hated for its players and the Indian for its board, you don't want the English to be hated for their fans. Peace.

  • sidsway14 on October 9, 2011, 10:03 GMT

    @landl47: i totally agree with you. players (stars as they are put) missing is as lame an excuse indians can argue with. indians were pathetic and english were too good is the right thing. being an indian i can feel the pulse of the cricket lovers here. they find it hard to accept things. but i dont. england are a much better team and i like the fact tht quality youngsters are emerging in the england team. cardiff match was really good. and i hope england will put up a better batting performance and @ Tom Peters: 4-1 prediction is a bit stiff given the conditions and the english capability in odis. still i want the better team to win. and that the English team.

  • spence1324 on October 9, 2011, 9:51 GMT

    Hope steven finn turns into a good one day player for england because he has some serious pace(94+mph)and attack's the stumps,yes he leaks a few runs but takes wickets,with experience he should improve that.@CPT MEANSTER the site welcomes constructive comments,yours are not, you seem to be haveing a hissey fit about something.

  • anshu.s on October 9, 2011, 9:46 GMT

    Hopefully Hyderabad will put a better fist of it in 2nd match when they will have 2 of there best batsmen back in young sensation Gh Vihary n B.Sandeep n if P.Akshat Reddy can avoid silly runouts then he can be a danger too ....

  • on October 9, 2011, 9:33 GMT

    @Tom Peters: let the actual indian team come..this was not even a shade of what is going to happen to english players..and ohh. BTW hyderabad x1 is the weakest team of ranji plate league..they even got bowled out for 21..we know out domestic structure better than the indian media..and i would say, england will not even have real practice from these tour matches..i am delighted that they are playing against the weakest team of ranji ha ha ha ha

  • on October 9, 2011, 9:29 GMT

    oh come one..hyderabad is worst team amongst the indian ranji now..one of rajasthani bowler had bowled them out for 21...and the highest batting avg amongst them is 36..england did not even get a decent team for practice..and they themselves got out for 219..ha hahaha

  • on October 9, 2011, 9:05 GMT

    i sincerely think think Team India will have to really struggle against this mighty english team, see they are at least winning in practice games..but where is Indian team ? few are enjoying club games and late night parties. where are others? why they are not found in nets ?

  • 5wombats on October 9, 2011, 8:46 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster; since you have asked for a reply, here it is. We were constantly, tediously reminded throughout the English Summer how india getting beaten in England didn't actually count - because it was in England. That is actually very insulting and @Dave Rothery is simply repaying it. Similarly - we were told, relentlessly and strenuously - that England were only winning because they were playing a weakened india side, even though india, as @landl47 points out, were pretty much at full-strength by The Oval, where, in very indian conditions England thrashed india yet again. As for trolling - you will find that I am repaying @Gupta.Ankur in his exact same coin, in language he can understand. I am simply giving the facts, and the facts speak for themselves; Summer 2011, played 10 won 0 but this obviously wasn't enough of a reality check for some people and any kind of indian excusing or bragging in these circumstances is not acceptable.

  • kitten on October 9, 2011, 8:00 GMT

    Whether we like it or not, the Indian Team during the tour of England were affected by injuries right from the onset. They were without most of their top players for the most part, and they were being hit by injuries match after match. This time in India, insprite of Sehwag, Yuvraj, Tendulkar, Zaheer, Ishant et al not being available, the Indian team will be able to boast a few very talented youngsters, and lets not forget, they will be playing under their own conditions, and it will be foolish of anyone to presume that England will have the same success they had under their own conditions in England. Let us all not get too overemotional, and upset, but wait for the contest to start in just a few days time, and then all will be revealed, and we can then make valid criticisms one way or another, in favour or against either team. I, personally feel India will perform much better that what they did in England, and we will have a good series. Can't wait for the series to start.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge on October 9, 2011, 7:56 GMT

    Oops. England won. In India. With their youngsters. Like I said, oops

  • kevinpp24 on October 9, 2011, 7:34 GMT

    @Gupta.ankur, there is no fairy tale for England and no Eng fans said that. Eveb if you think a fairy tale is on then let me remind you its already been ended by WI in T20 which India couldn't do. Thank god Eng lost to WI before Ind(if that realy happens). No English fans said we will dominate India in India but we will give a good fight atleast. I guess you are still in school.

  • landl47 on October 9, 2011, 6:21 GMT

    @Cpt. Meanster: India's side for the final test in England (one of those they lost by an innings) was Sehwag, Gambhir, Dravid, Tendulkar, Laxman, Raina, Dhoni, Mishra, RP Singh, Sharma and Sreesanth. Perhaps you'd list the 8 or 9 players missing from that team that you feel would have been selected otherwise? I can only think of 3- Zaheer, Praveen Kumar and (maybe) Yuvraj, though Yuvraj was out of the side at the start of the tour, with Raina being preferred. Bhaji hasn't even been picked for the India ODI side, so he isn't a factor and there's no way India would have dropped any of the top 5 or Dhoni- in fact, Kohli was avaiable for selection but wasn't called on. Actually, once the young players came in India played better; they still lost, but by less. I'm fed up with Indian supporters trying to gloss over how badly India was beaten. 196 runs, 319 runs and two innings defeats and the defeats got heavier as the 'regulars' came back. Frankly, sir, your statement is just plain wrong.

  • Cr1cket_Lover on October 9, 2011, 5:14 GMT

    If this is a scrappy win, England will take it in each match in this series. I think England is playing below their recent form, and they still managed to win by 56 runs. I wonder what the press writes would call a win by 100 runs. Our team should let the youngsters play even if we lose all matches - might as well get youngsters ready for WC 2015, starting now.

  • on October 9, 2011, 4:30 GMT

    Hey indians.Stop being so proud of your team.And that's because Indians couldn't beat the English team in their own den in the wc but england demolished them.And Please don't give silly excuses of absence of players absence. And english team under Freddie flintoff had more injury issues when they toured India and had to play with a second string team,yet they managed to draw the tests. But if you guys still want to keep boasting,keep doing it at your own peril.Because england can play spin even better than you and i am quite sure Swanny can rip through indians in these pitches.Oh hey surely you people aren't forgetting about 2015 wc.You need a bunch of high speed pacers and batsmans with proper technique to survive there.And aussies pace battery has always demolished indians in india & so will england with pace+spin+fielding this time.My prediction 4-1 in favour of england

  • simon_w on October 9, 2011, 3:21 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster: "This site welcomes constructive comments not stupid ones." -- ahh, if only that were true....

  • jmcilhinney on October 9, 2011, 2:53 GMT

    @diehardcricketfan3, why? Is there some unfair advantage because the Indian players have never played on this ground before?

  • jmcilhinney on October 9, 2011, 2:48 GMT

    England will be disappointed with this batting effort, no doubt. I guess one good outcome is that all batsmen got some time in the middle and can learn from whatever mistakes they may have made. Let's not forget that these warm-up games are not about winning and losing but about the touring side taking the opportunity to get the right people into a position to do well in the real games ahead. Bopara and Woakes, two players who could do with impressing selectors, did just that. All batsmen got a feel for the conditions and can now spend some time reflecting on how they will deal with them. There's some people saying that this less than stellar performance from England means that they will lose the up-coming series. If England romp home in their next warm-up game, will those same people be saying that England will win the series? If England learn from these two games then they have been worthwhile.

  • on October 9, 2011, 2:29 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster. When you say that India had to cope without 8-9 of their best players during the England tour, who exactly do you mean? What would be India's first choice Test XI in your opinion?

  • on October 9, 2011, 2:20 GMT

    Haha forget the victory margin of 56 runs,england were bowled out for 219 runs only n couldnt play full 50 overs against a very weak Plate B Team of Indian domestic circuit.But BCCI,r u mad?y provide them practice on slow turners,2nd practice match should be on a flat pitch so tht slow pitches be used in real odis.

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 9, 2011, 1:20 GMT

    @Dave Rothery: Sir, your comment is a spineless one. Where do you think England beat India a month back ? at home or on Planet XYZ ?? so if India beats England at home, do you think that victory is of any lesser value ?? a billion Indians will not think so. @Stephen Kisson: I read some of your previous comments here. You clearly seem to have an anti-India agenda going. If you don't like the Indian team then please keep it to yourself. This site welcomes constructive comments not stupid ones.

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 9, 2011, 1:11 GMT

    @Swombats: Sir, you speak of trolling yet you yourself are speaking as if the English are playing India yet again in England. My dear, do you REALLY thing the English need a 90 mph bowler in these conditions ? my friend, Zaheer doesn't bowl 90 mph yet he's easily a better bowler than any of the current crop of Indian AND English bowlers in Indian conditions. You need brains, not pace in India. India still have talented youngsters who bat and bowl pretty decently. I thought you would understand WHY India had a bad summer apart from England's good performance. Their injuries also had a huge impact on the outcome. Do you think ANY team would do well without 8 or 9 of their star players ? please think well and reply back to me.

  • Meety on October 8, 2011, 23:42 GMT

    Nothing coud be gleaned from this match, other than Woakes is developing nicely into some form of genuine allrounder. This match wasn't even List A, & the Indian side were either rookies or players in their late 20s who haven't made an impact yet, (& probably never will). As was said by @D Brown, Poms were on a hiding to nothing, if they had flogged this team (probably should of), it was just a team that is not up to List A standard. Poms performance a C+.

  • maddy20 on October 8, 2011, 23:18 GMT

    @5Wombats In India firepower does not mean bowling at 90KPH. It means spinners who can rip, turn and flight the ball. The English team will be up against two of the finest spinners in the domestic circuit Rahul Sharma(Leg-break) and Ravichandran Ashwin(off-break). As for playing spin in subcontinental conditions there are few batsmen better than Gambhir, Raina, Virat and Dhoni not to mention Rahane and the like. @OhhhhMattyMatty Strongest side? you are talking about a side that got bowled out for 21 in our domestic circuit recently. The team England played against yesterday are not even regulars of the Hyderabad Ranji Squad like Anwar Ahmed(who does not have a proper cricinfo profile) and the other bowlers being those who have played less than 10 games in Ranji(FC cricket). If anything you can call it a rag-tag team. Wait till you play against the real Indian side.

  • on October 8, 2011, 22:38 GMT

    minor problems england will still beat india 5-0

  • Rakesh_Sharma on October 8, 2011, 20:43 GMT

    What do you mean by " SCRAPPY WIN". Bad Heading. It is an ezcellent win by a big 56 run.

    Also England Tour now will not be as bad as India's Tour of England. They will have atleast one win under their belt.

  • 5wombats on October 8, 2011, 20:34 GMT

    @Cpt.Meanster - what "firepower" are you talking about? Take a closer look; It is ENGLAND who have firepower; 90mph+ bowler (Finn), the best spin bowler in the world (Swann), Bresnan - useful in a dustbowl, Dernbach - who has more than a few tricks up his sleeve. ALL of these bowlers are better than anything india can put on display. Then there's Patel and Bopara, who for my money are better than any indian bowler too - although my friends in Southall disagree. I'm at a loss to think what india are going to try and beat England with - because England's bowlers are just better than indias. This was already proved in the Summer. @Kritika Prasad; Well well! india struggled against Somerset team (without Kieswetter or Trescothick) and lost to Northamptonshire (LOL). England team definitely outplayed them when the international matches were played.

  • on October 8, 2011, 20:24 GMT

    It is also good to see the strenght and depth of the English bowling. Woakes - England's 1 (Anderson), 2 (Broad), 3 (Tremlett), 4 (Bressean), Arguably 5 (Onions), 6 (Shazard) 7 (Finn), 8 (Dernbach) - bowler has come into the side after a good start against the Aussies and continued his good form. Especially pleasing is the prospect of yet another allrounder - Broad, Swann, Bressian - imagine a test/odi side with all players having made a first class centuary. I, to a certain degree, agree that Engand lack a superstar in their batting line-up, but to have the depth of batting they have do they need one? As was shown against India (and Pakistan, Australia last year) if England are 7 down a bowler steps up and does the business! Just imagine if we did have a truly world class batsman as well! This is what will make us a world class side - strenght and depth!

  • SaravananIsTheBest on October 8, 2011, 20:22 GMT

    Tour has began finally, ENG started with the win... Bopara is the key... Hope to see a good contest...

  • on October 8, 2011, 20:07 GMT

    As we've been told England has no chance on sub continent wickets, I think its a fantastic result - India winning at home will hardly be anything to be proud of will it?

  • Truemans_Ghost on October 8, 2011, 20:00 GMT

    Well Kritika, if Engand carry on struggling to 56 run victories I'll be content. Batting is a worry, but the concern for teams visiting India is whether their bowlers can take wickets. Bowling a team out cheaply can't be a bad thing

  • OhhhhMattyMatty on October 8, 2011, 19:13 GMT

    So one of India's strongest domestic sides are demolished by England's youngsters. Meanwhile, during the Summer, India were losing, by the 1st innings 2 day rule, against a Northants 2nd XI.....

  • Cpt.Meanster on October 8, 2011, 18:58 GMT

    Well.... a win is a win I guess. BUT, if this is what England could manage against what was REALLY a make shift Hyderabad XI then I suppose it won't get easier for them against team India. India have the firepower to excel in these conditions and batsmen who play spin much better than England. However, England would gladly take this experience and get acclimatised to the conditions. The first game is here.

  • cheguramana on October 8, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    Watch out India ! if the team does not do well against England even in home conditions, the public will be really turned off cricket ! and then the entire commercial structure of cricket in India, which is really nourishing the whole world of cricket will be in danger!

  • on October 8, 2011, 18:41 GMT

    @ Gupta.Ankur... what are you saying??? Yes England played well to have an easy victory which shows their bowlers will be good enogh for the Indians... And batting was not the worst. They will get better with the time having another practice match. So, a good series it will be, I am sure.

  • demon_bowler on October 8, 2011, 18:37 GMT

    I liked the look of Woakes when he played in Australia and I'm glad he's being given another go. He's got the right temperament to succeed at this level. Bopara is also proving his value to the side. This match report makes it sound closer than it was simply because the big names at the top of the order didn't fire. Well, hello, the other players are in the side for a reason. That's what I like about England at the moment, there's always someone who steps up and delivers.

  • 5wombats on October 8, 2011, 18:27 GMT

    I think the writing is on the wall for india - has been since they got off the plane in England and then commenced an 8 match losing streak. indias fairy-tail ended the moment they took the field against England - who then crushed them 4-0 in the Test Series (with 2 Innings defeats), crushed them in the T20 and then crushed them 3-0 in the ODI series. The india tour of England in 2011 was perhaps the most disastrous in the whole long proud history of indian cricket. Except for Dravid, the performances of their so-called "legends" was particularly pitiful. As for this warm up game - good of the authorities to produce a pitch for our fast bowlers to exploit. The groundsmen really need to be careful not to repeat the mistake of producing a pitch with pace and bounce for Finn and Woakes when the real ODI's start - otherwise it'll be a massacre. Or have I misread that pitch report?

  • on October 8, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    A hiding to nothing really: If we had won handsomely - it was only a poor side etc; if we had lost we're rubbish... as we did, win by a resonable margin, it was expected. A proffessional display - we won. You can only play who is put in front of you, we done that and won. I'd be happy to win every game by this margin. First game of the tour, a slightly experimental side and still comfortble. Lots of positives. Bring on the main course! P.S hard luck somerset. A pauper amongst princes and still held their own! (Can't wait for next season!)

  • diehardcricketfan3 on October 8, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    @ surya saxena: ya... england shouldn't be allowed to practise in the first odi venue... they should be schedule to practise in the local matches ground...

  • on October 8, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    Well well! they struggled against Hyderabad team.(LOL) Indian team will definitely outplay them :)

  • on October 8, 2011, 18:14 GMT

    Bopara starts on the right foot. I hope that he can cement his place in the side.

  • TikkaMasala on October 8, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    lol Gupta. One scrappy game and you think they are going downhill? England line up is good with a decent number of young uns. Even better, 3 warwickshire players :) If anything there is going to be more pressure on India to perform at home. Definitely going to be an interesting series.

  • landl47 on October 8, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    Good start for England- winning the first game by 56 runs is a nice way to get the tour started. The first 4 batsmen didn't make any runs, which allowed the later players to get some time in the middle under their belts. Bopara is going to be a crucial part of the England side, I feel pretty sure. The bowling and fielding, as usual with England, did the job. Kieswetter made his second consecutive half-century in Somerset's T20 game today, so he's in form. I don't know which wall you're referring to, Gupta.Ankur, but the only person who has written on it is you.

  • on October 8, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    it's not right for Hyderabad XI beacause England XI have a nice team

  • on October 8, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    The slow pitch really tested England,two practice match at Hyderabad will really be helpful in the first ODI at d same venue

  • Gupta.Ankur on October 8, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    I think writing is on the wall for England ; which says that their fairy-tale is going to end.....

  • 1st_april on October 8, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    Ideal start for England....the fine lessons are supposed to be learned in tour games....hope they get better

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  • 1st_april on October 8, 2011, 17:09 GMT

    Ideal start for England....the fine lessons are supposed to be learned in tour games....hope they get better

  • Gupta.Ankur on October 8, 2011, 17:25 GMT

    I think writing is on the wall for England ; which says that their fairy-tale is going to end.....

  • on October 8, 2011, 17:32 GMT

    The slow pitch really tested England,two practice match at Hyderabad will really be helpful in the first ODI at d same venue

  • on October 8, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    it's not right for Hyderabad XI beacause England XI have a nice team

  • landl47 on October 8, 2011, 17:58 GMT

    Good start for England- winning the first game by 56 runs is a nice way to get the tour started. The first 4 batsmen didn't make any runs, which allowed the later players to get some time in the middle under their belts. Bopara is going to be a crucial part of the England side, I feel pretty sure. The bowling and fielding, as usual with England, did the job. Kieswetter made his second consecutive half-century in Somerset's T20 game today, so he's in form. I don't know which wall you're referring to, Gupta.Ankur, but the only person who has written on it is you.

  • TikkaMasala on October 8, 2011, 18:05 GMT

    lol Gupta. One scrappy game and you think they are going downhill? England line up is good with a decent number of young uns. Even better, 3 warwickshire players :) If anything there is going to be more pressure on India to perform at home. Definitely going to be an interesting series.

  • on October 8, 2011, 18:14 GMT

    Bopara starts on the right foot. I hope that he can cement his place in the side.

  • on October 8, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    Well well! they struggled against Hyderabad team.(LOL) Indian team will definitely outplay them :)

  • diehardcricketfan3 on October 8, 2011, 18:16 GMT

    @ surya saxena: ya... england shouldn't be allowed to practise in the first odi venue... they should be schedule to practise in the local matches ground...

  • on October 8, 2011, 18:24 GMT

    A hiding to nothing really: If we had won handsomely - it was only a poor side etc; if we had lost we're rubbish... as we did, win by a resonable margin, it was expected. A proffessional display - we won. You can only play who is put in front of you, we done that and won. I'd be happy to win every game by this margin. First game of the tour, a slightly experimental side and still comfortble. Lots of positives. Bring on the main course! P.S hard luck somerset. A pauper amongst princes and still held their own! (Can't wait for next season!)