England in India 2012-13 January 6, 2013

India A spoil Giles coaching debut

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India A 224 for 4 (Vijay 76, Mukund 57, Dernbach 2-23) beat England XI 175 (Bell 91, Menaria 3-43, J Saxena 2-13) by 53 runs (D/L method)

Ashley Giles' first game in charge of England's ODI side ended in a convincing defeat against India A in Delhi in the first of two warm-up matches ahead of the one-day series.

Giles named Ian Bell, with whom he has had a close association at Warwickshire, to open the England innings with Alastair Cook standing down from the opening match with a heavy cold. The opportunity to open the innings introduced what could be perceived as a straight shoot-out for the role with Kevin Pietersen.

Bell responded with 91 from 89 balls to strengthen the possibility that he will be Cook's opening partner in the first ODI in Nagpur on Friday, with Pietersen batting at No. 3 in the absence of Jonathan Trott. Hgave chances on 21 and 35 and had they been taken England's plight would have been considerably worse.

Bell's response was designed to hearten England's new one-day coach during an otherwise dismal batting display on a cold, foggy day in which England collapsed to 72 for 6 in search of a target of 229 in 39 overs and eventually lost by 53 runs under the Duckworth-Lewis method.

In a match reduced to 39 overs because of bad light, England were up against it from the moment that the Tamil Nadu opening pair, Abhinav Mukund and M Vijay assembled a century opening stand.

Mukund, known to England after playing for India in their Test defeats at Lord's and Trent Bridge in 2011, famously once put on 462 with Vijay for Tamil Nadu in a Ranji Trophy match, only two runs away from the world record, but on this occasion 118 in 24 overs was enough to deflate England.

James Tredwell, who can anticipate a leading role in the five-match ODI series in the absence of his fellow offspinner, Graeme Swann, then had Mukund stumped for 57. Samit Patel bowled Vijay for 76 from 75 balls but an unbeaten half-century from Maharashtra's Kedar Jadhav, maintained the impetus.

England's prize scalp of Pietersen fell to Sreesanth, who was making a much-publicised reappearance after two toe operations which threatened to end his career and which confined him to a wheelchair for several months.

As Bell battled on, England then lost five wickets in nine overs. Jalaj Saxena's offbreaks soon accounted for Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler and Buttler's Somerset team-mate, Craig Kieswetter, found no immediate release from a shaky year in an England shirt when he fell for a fifth-ball duck, medium-pacer Mohit Sharma having him caught at the wicket.

Kieswetter's ODI place is assured in the absence of his fellow wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow for personal reasons, but if England become fearful about the reliability of their batting order, Buttler could face competition for the final batting place from Joe Root.

England switch from the Model Sports Complex to the Feroz Shah Kotla to face Delhi in the second warm-up game on Tuesday.

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  • Dummy4 on January 9, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    India-A have Started!!! Now its turn for India!!! Come on India...

  • Mark on January 8, 2013, 15:26 GMT

    @JG2704 I suspect that the BCCI would run into legal problems if it tried to restrain British passport holders who have qualified for nationality through birth rather than through residence (e.g. KP) from representing England. Nationality laws in the UK give offspring the right to British nationality through either parent. Would there be a problem for people if KP had been born in Jamaica or, like Nasser Hussain, in Delhi, I wonder?

  • spirit on January 8, 2013, 15:16 GMT

    how come there is no fight and self boasting from various fans here except few?but nice to see honest assessment from fans from both sides,as an indian fan i wont be surprised if india lose the series and wont be surprised either if india won it courtesy few player who's gives their everything to stake their claim in the all important ind-aus series but overall its advantage England bcoz the way indian team is playing especially their batsman its gonna be another hard time for team india,my take Eng 3-2

  • John on January 8, 2013, 12:43 GMT

    @gsingh7 on (January 08 2013, 09:46 AM GMT) So by that logic neither should IPL sides be allowed all these imports. In fact Delhi Daredevils (for example) should only be allowed to play Delhi born players. At least all our imports live in England and have done for some time in order to qualify

  • gurinder on January 8, 2013, 12:03 GMT

    delhi is 96/0 in 17 and these same bowlers will be beaten to fences by indian national team come the odis, i see three peat 5-0 whitewashes in coming fortnight

  • gurinder on January 8, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    talk current issues no one player from outside country in sub continent teams same can not be said of aus and england, icc must take lead from fifa to ensure fair play and integrity

  • Sharon on January 8, 2013, 10:24 GMT

    @ gsingh7 on (January 08 2013, 09:46 AM GMT) rubbish. Are you saying that players like KS Ranjitsingji, Duleepsinghji, Nawab Iftikar, Ali Khan, Raman Subba Row were "transferred" between nations?!?! nonsense. If there had been hard regulation regarding these fine INDIAN players then world would never have heard of them. World would be barren. England gave these players their chance. Would you rather it was otherwise?!?! It is clear to me that some people simple do not understand or have any concept of migration of peoples. Example in subcontinental history are many and manifest. Look them up. Start with 1947....

  • John on January 8, 2013, 9:48 GMT

    @maddy20 on (January 08 2013, 06:35 AM GMT), actually, I'd say that Cook's second innings in the first Test was the turning point in that series.

  • gurinder on January 8, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    maddy is right , icc must put end to import cricketers like kp, like what fifa did , if u cant find 11 english born men then no need to play the game, one day bcci will pressure icc to put end to such tranfers between nations

  • John on January 8, 2013, 9:04 GMT

    @WheresTheEmpire on (January 07 2013, 13:18 PM GMT) It's probably more a shock because they expected the temperatures which they played in a fortnight or so ago but nice comms nonetheless

    @maddy20 on (January 08 2013, 06:35 AM GMT) It's unusual for you not to make wild predictions but maybe you're finally learning after your recent woes. India will probably win handsomely and the pressure is hugely on them because despite Eng's ranking , they are not an established ODI side and the home fans will be demanding. As for your comms re nationality (which is old hat and desperate) , could Eng fans also cite that we are a much smaller nation where cricket isn't as big a sport as it is in India. In fact we don't even play 50 over cricket at domestic level. Re taking the imports away , we only had one of those players you mentioned playing in the T20 series which we drew. Granted he starred but then we also had Jade who was a liability