India v England, only Twenty20, Kolkata October 28, 2011

Chastened England aim to stay at No. 1

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Match Facts


India v England, October 29, Kolkata
Start time 1830 (1300 GMT)

Big Picture


England have not won a match against India in India since 2006, and this Twenty20, strangely scheduled after the one-day series, is probably their best opportunity. The India players would have enjoyed the festivities over the three-day Diwali break. MS Dhoni visited his home in Jharkhand for the first time in four months after the fifth ODI, and his tweet on arriving at Eden Gardens on Thursday - "Kolkata, back on national duty" - did not reveal a great deal of enthusiasm at the prospect of this one-off game.

England's biggest weakness over the five one-dayers was that their batsmen struggled against India's spinners, and will hope that the reduced number of overs will make R Ashwin and co less effective. They will also have a new captain, and will need Graeme Swann's famed wit to lighten the spirits of some visibly frustrated players. Swann reckons England should just enjoy the match, after a testing series so far, and that may be their best bet against an India side that may struggle to find meaning in the match after having already battered England over the one-dayers.

The big test during this Twenty20 could well be for neither team, but for the Bengal Cricket Association. The sparse crowds that marred the ODI series were typified by the half-empty Eden Gardens stadium for the final one-dayer. The Diwali season may have been an excuse for that poor turnout, but with the festival now over, the number of people the organisers can bring through the gates on Saturday could be an indicator of where cricket in India is headed.

One thing that will not work in their favour is the odd scheduling of the match. The significance of a one-off Twenty20 games is debatable in any case, but at least when scheduled before an ODI series they may act as something of a preview to the series. Now, with India fans already high on the euphoria of the 5-0 drubbing and Diwali, it is questionable how many people remember England are even still here.

There are a few points of interest in the match, though. This is the first Twenty20 international since the ICC announced the official Twenty20 rankings. England are currently ranked first, but a loss will take them down to third, while India will want to improve their No. 5 ranking.

Form guide


India: LWWWW (completed games, most recent first)
England: LWWLL

Spotlight


Robin Uthappa has not played for India since 2008 but has been dominating domestic attacks in recent times. Innings of 92 off 36 balls and 64 off 20 in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy suggest he belongs at a higher level. Parthiv Patel's failures in the one-day series mean this is a good time for Uthappa to make a case for himself as a reserve opener in the limited-over formats.

Less than a year ago, Yusuf Pathan hit a couple of one-day centuries that seemed like they would cement his place in the India side for some time to come. A mediocre World Cup and a poor West Indies tour later, Yusuf found himself out of not just the playing XI but the squad. He too has been bludgeoning attacks in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and will have a real point to prove if he plays in Kolkata.

Since bursting onto the scene with 41 off 21 balls against India in Cardiff, Jonny Bairstow has had a poor run in internationals, and managed just 49 runs in four innings in the one-dayers in India. With a few other young dynamic batsmen coming into contention for the Twenty20s, Bairstow will want to ensure he is still head of the pack.

Team news

Both Yusuf and Uthappa should make it to the XI, in place of Ravindra Jadeja and Parthiv Patel, who is not in the Twenty20 squad. Gautam Gambhir is also missing the game to get married, and Manoj Tiwary should play in his place. Rahul Sharma was included in the squad on the back of his performances in the IPL so it would make sense to try him out in the Twenty20 format.

India (probable): 1 Ajinkya Rahane, 2 Robin Uthappa, 3 Virat Kohli, 4 Manoj Tiwary, 5 Suresh Raina, 6 MS Dhoni (capt and wk), 7 Yusuf Pathan, 8 R Ashwin/ Rahul Sharma, 9 Praveen Kumar, 10 R Vinay Kumar, 11 Varun Aaron

Alex Hales and Jos Buttler are in India specifically for the Twenty20 and should play. Jade Dernbach was replaced by Stuart Meaker for the final ODI, but has a decent Twenty20 record and could return to the side. If Kevin Pietersen doesn't recover from his thumb injury Ian Bell could slot in having previously been dropped for Twenty20 cricket.

England (probable): 1 Craig Kieswetter (wk), 2 Alex Hales, 3 Ian Bell/Kevin Pietersen, 4 Ravi Bopara, 5 Jonny Bairstow, 6 Jos Buttler, 7 Samit Patel, 8 Graeme Swann, 9 Tim Bresnan, 10 Jade Dernbach, 11 Steven Finn

Pitch and conditions


The pitch at Eden Gardens for the fifth one-dayer was slow and started to offer considerable turn as the match wore on. There will not be as much deterioration over 40 overs, but if the matches here during the IPL were any indication, the Twenty20 may not be as high-scoring as some might hope.

Stats and trivia


  • This will be the first Twenty20 international England will play on Indian soil. The two have played each other three times in T20s, with England leading the head-to-head 2-1

  • This will be the first Twenty20 international played in India since 2009. There have been just three completed T20Is in India before, and the home side have a 2-1 record

  • With 1011 runs, Kevin Pietersen has the second-most runs in Twenty20 internationals among all batsmen. Only Brendon McCullum has more

Quotes


"We don't play enough Twenty20 internationals in a tour. I would look forward to the time when every tour would have at least a three-match Twenty20 series."
Graeme Swann is not pleased that England will play just one Twenty20

Dustin Silgardo is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • northumbriannomad on October 29, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    Both teams, and both sets of supporters, need a holiday. Make the boards play each other in a series of 37 one-day internationals in India, followed by a return series of 29 matches in England. Then a one-off Twenty20 in Outer Mongolia during the Plague of Locusts season. No sponsorship allowed, but all players must wear on their chests a big photograph of a goose laying a golden egg, getting shot dead.

  • Rohitg77 on October 29, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    I dont think england can beat india in india in test cricket.look at the way they played our second choice spinner jadeja.india should have gave a tough time to england in england had those injuries didn't happen..

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on October 29, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    While T20 can be anybody's game, I think India is going to win this match.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on October 29, 2011, 11:23 GMT

    @Dave Brown, do not laugh..England will play a test series against India soon...revenge will be done for you at that time too...

  • Salih on October 29, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    @Dave Brown yes buddy.. all talks of revenge even makes us laugh.. when England has never won any kind of match against India in India, be it the real form of cricket- Test or ODI, how can we term it revenge..Its just usual business for India with a young side. And England can keep the summer record as a souvenir for their coming years.. something which happens like Haley's comet.. next tour in December 2012 buddy.. and hopefully we can settle this next year..

  • JG2704 on October 29, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    Don't think I like our chances too much. T20 can be a bit of a lottery and the rankings are certainly likely to change. It would be a bonus if we kept our T20 number 1 ranking and I hope KP recovers as I feel he is an infinitely better OD/T20 plyer than Bell , who I believe gets picked purely on his test form. Also good luck to our younger guys like Hales and Buttler and I hope that Dernbach (if selected) learns not to overuse the slower ball as batsmen have got wise to it. @Randyoz - god you're bitter about England. Still we must be doing something right to get you caring about England losing

  • IndiaNumeroUno on October 29, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    "truest form of cricket" ROFL!

    Enough of these farcical comments... The 5-0 Diwaliwash has shown that England are incapable of playing ANY form of cricket!!

  • on October 29, 2011, 9:51 GMT

    Best team with the current player will be......... 1. uthappa 2. Anikya rahane 3. kohli 4. raina 5. dhoni 6. yusuf 7. jedeja 8. ashvin 9. P kumar 10 V kumar 11 V aaron

  • kolusu on October 29, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    England can fight for T20 because they have good team for T20 and as well i would like to see uthppa and yusaf batting today

  • jmcilhinney on October 29, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    I have a suspicion that one reason England have been pretty woeful in ODIs is because they have been unable to find a happy medium between the extremes of test and T20. Hopefully they will just go all out in this game and keep their #1 T20 ranking rather than getting stuck in the middle ground as they did in the ODIs. Of course, because of the smaller number of matches played, T20 rankings are not to be taken as seriously as test and ODI rankings and will likely fluctuate much more. With players like Hales, Kieswetter, Buttler and Bairstow, England really do have the potential to put on a show here. They had potential in the last 5 ODIs too though, so who knows.

  • northumbriannomad on October 29, 2011, 12:22 GMT

    Both teams, and both sets of supporters, need a holiday. Make the boards play each other in a series of 37 one-day internationals in India, followed by a return series of 29 matches in England. Then a one-off Twenty20 in Outer Mongolia during the Plague of Locusts season. No sponsorship allowed, but all players must wear on their chests a big photograph of a goose laying a golden egg, getting shot dead.

  • Rohitg77 on October 29, 2011, 12:18 GMT

    I dont think england can beat india in india in test cricket.look at the way they played our second choice spinner jadeja.india should have gave a tough time to england in england had those injuries didn't happen..

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on October 29, 2011, 12:08 GMT

    While T20 can be anybody's game, I think India is going to win this match.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on October 29, 2011, 11:23 GMT

    @Dave Brown, do not laugh..England will play a test series against India soon...revenge will be done for you at that time too...

  • Salih on October 29, 2011, 11:15 GMT

    @Dave Brown yes buddy.. all talks of revenge even makes us laugh.. when England has never won any kind of match against India in India, be it the real form of cricket- Test or ODI, how can we term it revenge..Its just usual business for India with a young side. And England can keep the summer record as a souvenir for their coming years.. something which happens like Haley's comet.. next tour in December 2012 buddy.. and hopefully we can settle this next year..

  • JG2704 on October 29, 2011, 10:57 GMT

    Don't think I like our chances too much. T20 can be a bit of a lottery and the rankings are certainly likely to change. It would be a bonus if we kept our T20 number 1 ranking and I hope KP recovers as I feel he is an infinitely better OD/T20 plyer than Bell , who I believe gets picked purely on his test form. Also good luck to our younger guys like Hales and Buttler and I hope that Dernbach (if selected) learns not to overuse the slower ball as batsmen have got wise to it. @Randyoz - god you're bitter about England. Still we must be doing something right to get you caring about England losing

  • IndiaNumeroUno on October 29, 2011, 10:45 GMT

    "truest form of cricket" ROFL!

    Enough of these farcical comments... The 5-0 Diwaliwash has shown that England are incapable of playing ANY form of cricket!!

  • on October 29, 2011, 9:51 GMT

    Best team with the current player will be......... 1. uthappa 2. Anikya rahane 3. kohli 4. raina 5. dhoni 6. yusuf 7. jedeja 8. ashvin 9. P kumar 10 V kumar 11 V aaron

  • kolusu on October 29, 2011, 9:31 GMT

    England can fight for T20 because they have good team for T20 and as well i would like to see uthppa and yusaf batting today

  • jmcilhinney on October 29, 2011, 9:20 GMT

    I have a suspicion that one reason England have been pretty woeful in ODIs is because they have been unable to find a happy medium between the extremes of test and T20. Hopefully they will just go all out in this game and keep their #1 T20 ranking rather than getting stuck in the middle ground as they did in the ODIs. Of course, because of the smaller number of matches played, T20 rankings are not to be taken as seriously as test and ODI rankings and will likely fluctuate much more. With players like Hales, Kieswetter, Buttler and Bairstow, England really do have the potential to put on a show here. They had potential in the last 5 ODIs too though, so who knows.

  • on October 29, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    Spare us Swanny, spare us. One Twenty20 is one too many....let alone 3. How about suggesting squeezing in a Test match rather than advocating more pointless Twenty20s?

  • on October 29, 2011, 8:51 GMT

    All this talk of revenge makes me laugh. England is a test side. Everyone in England knows we are poor at the shorter format and no one really cares. I am disapointed we don't get to play a test part of the tour, then Inda could try and get some revenge, though i think in the truest form of cricket we would give India a run for thier money... even in India.

    When is the next test tour of India?

  • on October 29, 2011, 8:30 GMT

    I want yusuf & uthappa to launch some diwali rockets to celebrate the ODI series win. GO FEARLESS

  • Full-Blooded-Wallop on October 29, 2011, 7:48 GMT

    Will love to some full blooded wallops from yusuf and utthappa, these two guys are a must in any t-20 side.Go.

  • ravi_shankar88 on October 29, 2011, 7:24 GMT

    India's odi momentum doesn't matter in a t-20 match.t-20 is more like a lottery,anybody can win.but i guess in eden gardens pitch,the side bat first has a big chance of winning the match. cheers.....

  • DINESHCC on October 29, 2011, 6:15 GMT

    STEPHEN KISSOON: WHEN? WITH WHOM? HOW? WHERE? WHY? WHAT?

  • RandyOZ on October 29, 2011, 4:31 GMT

    Who actually cares? Although I would love to see England get spanked again!

  • Fast_Track_Bully on October 29, 2011, 4:19 GMT

    It will be same as ODIs...England will collapse one more time...

  • fredie on October 29, 2011, 3:23 GMT

    best chance for india to dislodge eng from no 1 stop.Remember we were no 1 test team and now no 3 team.If we beat them today they would move from no1 to no 3 position....revenge complete

  • on October 29, 2011, 3:01 GMT

    @stphen@ stop ur thotna...england will allout under 50 run! lolz

  • asthomas911 on October 29, 2011, 2:20 GMT

    MY TEAM FOR TODAY 1) UTHAPPA 2) YUSAF 3) KHOLI 4 )RAINA 5) DHONI 6) JADEJA 7) ASHWIN 8) RAHUL SHARMA 9) PRAVEEN KUMAR 10) AARON 11) VINAY KUMAR

  • mks_619 on October 29, 2011, 1:41 GMT

    The match might be very low scoring. IF Eng are to win, they will have to play with 2 full time spinners

  • SnowSnake on October 29, 2011, 1:30 GMT

    My heart says England win and my mind says India win. Go figure!

  • terrifyingwarriors on October 29, 2011, 1:18 GMT

    @ Stephen Kissoon-- hahahahaha.. man ur funny

  • on October 29, 2011, 1:08 GMT

    Thrashing of England on the cards again. Make it 6-0 India, and show the English the door!

  • on October 29, 2011, 0:54 GMT

    Shame there aren't at least three T20 games rather than just the one - which begs the question, WHY? Am I being overly suspicious of the ICC in suspecting that they probably request each individual board to limit the number of international T20s as the T20 format represents a formidable threat to the continuation of ODI cricket (which, as we all know, brings in far more advertising revenue, as the games last far longer than T20s). Come to that, I'd favour scrapping the ODI format altogether (&, no, not because England have just been thrashed by India, but because the middle overs are so damn tedious) & playing 7-match bi or tri-lateral T20 series instead. Imagine a tri-lateral T20 series between India, Pakistan & England. Mouth-watering.

  • on October 29, 2011, 0:43 GMT

    im excited to see uthappa

  • Meety on October 28, 2011, 23:26 GMT

    Momentum with the Indians, but after all this is a one off T20 match, who cares!

  • on October 28, 2011, 23:07 GMT

    england will win by a 100 runs

  • on October 28, 2011, 22:42 GMT

    Best XI for tomorrow 1.Robin 2.Rahane 3.Kohli 4.Yusuf 5.Raina 5.Dhoni 7.Pk 8.Ashwin 9.Sharma 10.Yadav 11 Aaron this should be the batting order they follow

  • Nampally on October 28, 2011, 21:19 GMT

    India should play both Rahul & Ashwin since these guys are weak agianst Spin. Rahane, Uthappa, Kohli, Raina, Y.Pathan & Dhoni should be the 6 batsmen backed up by Kumar, Ashwin & Rahul who can all bat. It must be borne in mind that Indian batting should not slip below #6 so that other 5 do not have to bat. With Pathan & Uthappa the big hitters and Raina , Kohli & Dhoni equally big hitters, there should be enough runs on the board in 20 overs - close to 200. Rahul was very effective in IPL. So here he must just cut down the runs to minimum. So India stands a good chance to win this final game. The fielding needs to be as tight as it was in the ODI, with similar side. Can India complete a 6-0 England whitewash? Good luck MSD. I am sure the team will go all out to win.

  • spence1324 on October 28, 2011, 20:59 GMT

    Any other england fans not happy with G SWANN being our t 20 stand in captain? they should give to KP!

  • on October 28, 2011, 20:55 GMT

    i am very big fan of english crickrt team since 1996 i noted time and time again in sub continent tours english team always not played series cricket here most of the time their senior players excuse to play thats why always english team tour with young players in sub continent

  • on October 28, 2011, 20:43 GMT

    Good selection by an Indian selectors, But Pathan should open with Ajinkya Rahane, I know he will change the game for India INSHALLAH! Best of Luck Team India!! :)

  • on October 28, 2011, 20:12 GMT

    Can England prove t20 Champ?????????????????

  • indianzen on October 28, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    Grame Swann is not pleased that England will play just one Twenty20.... why mate, wanna loose it to India as 3-0 like ODI series? ha

  • Apoorv_Says on October 28, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    India's eleven looks really exciting...hope uthappa n yusuf fire...we need some post diwali fireworks!!!

  • abiindia on October 28, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    at least two and a decider??

  • TheUltimateTruth on October 28, 2011, 19:33 GMT

    Jadeja should play ahead of Tiwary. That way, we would have a decent bowling option if either Vinay Kumar or Varun Aaron were to go for runs -- without costing India a batsman. The other option would be to bring in Jadeja in the place of Rahane, if Kohli or Tiwary can open.

  • couchpundit on October 28, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    Title reflects authors state of mind...LOL

  • Gupta.Ankur on October 28, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    Its an highky in-consequential match........england are lucky that they are not supposed to play tests now.......otherwise it would have been a white-wash there as well.......

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  • Gupta.Ankur on October 28, 2011, 18:28 GMT

    Its an highky in-consequential match........england are lucky that they are not supposed to play tests now.......otherwise it would have been a white-wash there as well.......

  • couchpundit on October 28, 2011, 18:52 GMT

    Title reflects authors state of mind...LOL

  • TheUltimateTruth on October 28, 2011, 19:33 GMT

    Jadeja should play ahead of Tiwary. That way, we would have a decent bowling option if either Vinay Kumar or Varun Aaron were to go for runs -- without costing India a batsman. The other option would be to bring in Jadeja in the place of Rahane, if Kohli or Tiwary can open.

  • abiindia on October 28, 2011, 19:42 GMT

    at least two and a decider??

  • Apoorv_Says on October 28, 2011, 19:46 GMT

    India's eleven looks really exciting...hope uthappa n yusuf fire...we need some post diwali fireworks!!!

  • indianzen on October 28, 2011, 19:56 GMT

    Grame Swann is not pleased that England will play just one Twenty20.... why mate, wanna loose it to India as 3-0 like ODI series? ha

  • on October 28, 2011, 20:12 GMT

    Can England prove t20 Champ?????????????????

  • on October 28, 2011, 20:43 GMT

    Good selection by an Indian selectors, But Pathan should open with Ajinkya Rahane, I know he will change the game for India INSHALLAH! Best of Luck Team India!! :)

  • on October 28, 2011, 20:55 GMT

    i am very big fan of english crickrt team since 1996 i noted time and time again in sub continent tours english team always not played series cricket here most of the time their senior players excuse to play thats why always english team tour with young players in sub continent

  • spence1324 on October 28, 2011, 20:59 GMT

    Any other england fans not happy with G SWANN being our t 20 stand in captain? they should give to KP!