India v England, 2nd Twenty20, Mumbai December 21, 2012

India seek to build on T20 boost


Match facts

December 22, 2012
Start time 1900 (1330 GMT)

Big Picture

One-off or two-match Twenty20 series are usually lacking in context, and that's even more the case on this England tour which is taking place a couple of months after the premier, global T20 tournament has ended. But, for a side beaten in a home Test series for the first time in eight years, the positives have been few, and the limited-overs games offer an opportunity to push for more. There were encouraging signs for India in Pune; they fielded with intensity and Yuvraj Singh returned to his match-winning ways.

Described as a side in transition in Tests, India looked much more at home in the shorter format as opposed to England, under a stand-in captain and a new-look team. Alex Hales stood out for England with his display of clean striking at the top of the order - he's one of three Nottinghamshire players from the first T20, each of whom have been told by their county that they will not be allowed to the play in the IPL next season.

Form guide

(Most recent first)
India: WWWLW
England LLWLL

In the spotlight

Ajinkya Rahane has been made to wait for a Test debut but has been impressive in the shorter formats. He pulled off a couple of cleanly-struck straight sixes in the first game and looked good for more before he mistimed one to mid-on. Often talked up as a future member of the Indian Test top order, Rahane's opportunities in the international arena have been very limited, just four so far this year.

Samit Patel has had more chances but hasn't had the best of years. He lost his place in the Test XI this series, though chipped in with a quick 24 in the first T20 international in Pune. He's got another T20 game to finish 2012 on a brighter note.

Team news

Jonny Bairstow has left the squad and flown back to England for "family reasons". Jade Dernbach was expensive in his three-over spell in Pune and England could consider giving Middlesex seamer James Harris a go in his place.

England (possible): 1 Michael Lumb, 2 Alex Hales, 3 Luke Wright, 4 Eoin Morgan (capt), 5 Samit Patel, 6 Jos Buttler (wk), 7 Tim Bresnan, 8 James Tredwell, 9 Stuart Meaker, 10 Danny Briggs, 11 James Harris.

Should India wish to make a change, they have Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the Uttar Pradesh seamer, or Abhimanyu Mithun, on the bench.

India (possible): 1 Gautam Gambhir, 2 Ajinkya Rahane 3, Virat Kohli, 4 Yuvraj Singh, 5 Suresh Raina, 6 MS Dhoni (capt and wk), 7 Ravindra Jadeja, 8 R Ashwin, 9 Bhuvneshwar Kumar/Parvinder Awana/Abhimanyu Mithun, 10 Piyush Chawla, 11 Ashok Dinda.

Stats and trivia

  • India's win over England in Pune was their second-best against a non-'minnow' team in terms of balls to spare; they had won with 15 balls to spare against Pakistan in the World Twenty20.
  • Yuvraj Singh's effort was the 16th instance of a player scoring 30 or more and picking up three or more wickets in the same game. He's done it twice.


"I felt each and every bowler, apart from Yuvraj, bowled at least one bad over in the game. But I'm overall very happy with the performance."
MS Dhoni on India's win

"We got off to a great start. Alex Hales played tremendously well along with Luke Wright but in that middle period we failed to kick on and score. That positivity wasn't there in our batting and we lacked about 15 or 20."
England captain Eoin Morgan

Siddhartha Talya is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on December 22, 2012, 13:10 GMT

    go INDIA go..!!! RAHANE will get a 50 2day..;) !!!!!!

  • Dummy4 on December 22, 2012, 13:08 GMT

    i thing that to day match hero is youraj singh

  • John on December 22, 2012, 13:00 GMT

    @Bruisers on (December 22 2012, 11:51 AM GMT), the fact that KP is being rested means that this is not England's best T20 side but, that said, it's certainly not the second XI some would have us believe. There are some good exciting young players in there and they can make an impact. The bowling needs to tighten up though. Dernbach has eased up on the variations a bit but he needs to get his line and length right. Bresnan was also far from menacing and I'm not sure about Briggs as a limited-overs bowler. Would have thought that Kerrigan would get the job in preference but it looks like they'll be bowling Patel in game 2.

  • John on December 22, 2012, 12:57 GMT

    @satyatalwar on (December 22 2012, 12:17 PM GMT), England prioritise Test cricket because it is the proper cricket. Despite the story that some England fans try to tell, limited-overs cricket is important to England, but certainly not as important as Test cricket. As for players, the vast majority prefer Test cricket because it's a true Test of their skills, both physically and mentally. Many still enjoy limited-overs cricket and certainly appreciate the money on offer in T20 but, for the game itself, most would choose Test cricket as their preferred format.

  • Dummy4 on December 22, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    I would like to say that England should do well this time as the team is led by Eoin Morgan and there is no Stuart Broad. All the best to this team to perform well.

  • GAURAV on December 22, 2012, 12:53 GMT

    @AbhishekSingh It's not India's fault that england is players short. Indis is also missing pathan, sachin, ganguly, dravid, laxman, zaheer, harbhajan, yusuf pathan etc etc. Problem with england is that they can't hire T-20 players from south africa like in test matches

  • Dummy4 on December 22, 2012, 12:42 GMT

    @Bruisers... LOL.. kidding ??.. what difference can one bowler make ??.. didn't yuvraj make a difference last time.. Where is KP ??.. If zaheer can play so does Jimmy Anderson :P.. England are playing their B team here.. Giving opportunities to youngsters.. They don't even care about this .. England team is currently Celebrating Christmas Back home and We Indians are struggling for Pride and some Consolation after a Humiliating Defeat at home

  • Dummy4 on December 22, 2012, 12:41 GMT

    come on india we want to see top in t20 tables..

  • Dummy4 on December 22, 2012, 12:37 GMT

    I agree. This bowling attack of England looks to be in shambles.

  • satyatalwar on December 22, 2012, 12:17 GMT

    I see a lot of English fans comment that the shorter format is not important to the ECB or the English players. Its simply a case of sour grapes! Even a kid knows that the shorter format - 20 and 50 overs both, is the format that is more popular the world over, draws more crowds, money and this is important - attention from the players themselves. The inverted logic of these fans is -the format that is important is the one in which we are good at! LoL! In any engagement a win is win a loss is a loss. Period!

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