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

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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  • Dummy4 on October 10, 2011, 21:43 GMT

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

  • Dummy4 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

  • John 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.

  • John 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.

  • John 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?

  • Martin 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!

  • Dummy4 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.....

  • rahul 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

  • Jason 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.

  • Dummy4 on October 9, 2011, 12:07 GMT

    Haha if england plays lyk dis indias gonna whitewash them.

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