Delhi v England XI, tour match, Delhi

Dhawan ton inflicts second defeat for England

The Report by Amit Shetty

January 8, 2013

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Delhi 295 for 4 (Dhawan 110, Milind 78*, Tredwell 2-49) beat England XI 294 for 5 (Bell 108, Morgan 52, Sood 3-45) by six wickets
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Shikhar Dhawan plays one through the off side, North Zone v West Zone, Duleep Trophy, 1st day, Chennai, October 6, 2012
Shikhar Dhawan's hundred led Delhi to a shock win against the England tourists © K Sivaraman
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England suffered their second successive defeat in a tour game as their bowlers failed to defend 295 against Delhi at the Kotla in seemingly bowling-friendly conditions. The ineffectiveness of the bowlers against a side possessing only a couple of known players is a worrying sign for Ashley Giles, the coach, ahead of the first ODI that begins in three days' time on a likely flat track in Rajkot.

Choosing to bat first, the England batting clicked after they had collapsed to 175 all out in the previous warm-up match. Ian Bell followed up his 91 against India A with a century that helped other players to attack around him and post a daunting 294. However, they were not prepared for a backlash from Shikhar Dhawan, the Delhi opener, whose aggressive hundred set the tone for the other batsmen as Delhi overhauled the target comfortably in the penultimate over.

While Bell's innings had been scratchy, Dhawan's was dominating right through. Whether it was Jade Dernbach, Stuart Meaker, Steven Finn or Chris Woakes, Dhawan played freely against them all. He drove majestically and was quick to pull anything short, the extra pace offered by the England bowlers suiting his strokeplay. When Meaker pitched short to him, he pulled one deep into the stands at midwicket for one of his three sixes.

Dhawan, who has been on the fringes of India selection for sometime, also staked his claim for the opener's role in the national XI. Virender Sehwag, India's regular opener, has already been dropped and Gautam Gambhir's position at the top isn't any firmer.

His 100 came off 98 balls with a slog-swept six off Tredwell. Dhawan also found solid support from 21-year-old batsman Milind Kumar, who remained unbeaten on 78.

The Delhi batsmen, though, were helped by some wayward bowling by the England bowlers, who were also a touch short throughout the innings. The seamers were taken for 188 runs in 30.3 overs on a track where the India and Pakistan fast bowlers found help a couple of days ago.

James Tredwell, deputising for the rested Graeme Swann, accepted that England needed to improve markedly in the opening ODI against India in Friday.

"It's obviously not been ideal," he said. "We like to go in and win these games but we've not hit our skills in the way we'd have liked. We need to make some improvements in the next couple of days. We didn't hit our lengths consistently enough to build pressure over periods of time.

"The result is irrelevent, but to be able to turn it around in the next couple of days going into the first ODI is crucial. We all have massive pride in our performances so when things don't go to plan it's disappointing. We can build on that disappointment and put it right going into the first game."

While the bowling attack suffered, England's experienced batsmen made most of their time in the middle. Apart from Bell, three other batsmen - Alastair Cook, Eoin Morgan and Craig Keiswetter - made useful contributions and got the much-needed batting practice ahead of the five-match series.

Bell, who opened the batting along with Cook, looked uncomfortable initially as the ball didn't come on to the bat and seamer Parwinder Awana troubled him with a tight line outside off. But he saw through the period by dropping anchor at his end and letting Cook play aggressively.

Cook, the England captain, was in good touch and two of his shots - a cover drive and a backfoot punch through cover-point - both off Awana, stood out. He scored 44 before seamer Sumit Narwal breached his defence, but an opening stand of 70 had already given the visitors a good start.

Although Joe Root and Samit Patel missed out, Morgan and Kieswetter attacked in the latter half of the innings, scoring 52 and 41 respectively, to put up a strong total. The bowling today, however, let the advantage slip through.

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Posted by Al_Bundy1 on (January 11, 2013, 4:05 GMT)

@MAR00N5 - Delhi side won against England because big names like Sehwag, Gambhir, and Kohli did not play. If those 3 had played instead of Dhawan, Chand, and Milind, Delhi would have lost by a huge margin.

Posted by A_Vacant_Slip on (January 10, 2013, 19:48 GMT)

@JG2704 hello mate. H111 - whatever next!? This h must stand for Hideous yes? :-)

Posted by jango_moh on (January 10, 2013, 19:20 GMT)

i hope the selectors open their eyes and atleast drop gambhir... how many times do u need to fail to be dropped!!! i think the indian batting will come through in time, even in tests eventually!! and i think there's actually some good prospects in terms of pace bowling too... B kumar, ahmed, ishanth sharma, ofcourse yadav, pathan and a few others like awana, varun aron (if fit).... its the spinners that im worried about, no real super talent there.. ashwin is good for shorter format, i think he can be good in tests if he can be consistent and not try 100 things!!! nywys, hope ind wins this series... best of luck to both teams, eng def has a chance given the current state of ind....

Posted by JG2704 on (January 10, 2013, 17:14 GMT)

@Meety on (January 10 2013, 00:58 AM GMT) PS- To be fair to H111 (who I rarely agree with and has the most inapt user name ever) , there were no whitewash predictions. In fact I remember clearly H111 saying against the Whitewash/Thrashing predictions he/she thought it would be a tight series

Posted by JG2704 on (January 10, 2013, 17:13 GMT)

@Sirviv - It's a difficult one. Patel is batting way too high at 3 or even 4 for me. This time last year he was trusted to bowl 10 overs or at least 7 or 8. To me his batting isn't good enough if he's only bowling a few overs per game. One Ind fan said these were good pitches for pacers so maybe we have got the balance ok (although I'm not totally convinced) and we're just not bowling well. Even if it's a pitch helpful to pace they still have to bowl it in the right places and from what I've seen in shorter formats recently very few have done this. If it were up to me I'd consider trying to fit Wright into the side for a batsman and then Briggs for one of our Patel.That way we have 3 specialist quicks , 2 specialist spinners and a spare medium/fast option. Obviously we could bring Briggs in for Patel but if one of our bowlers has a mare we have no fill ins

Posted by JG2704 on (January 10, 2013, 17:08 GMT)

@MAR00N5 on (January 10 2013, 13:45 PM GMT) Let's see what happens. None of us were saying for sure that our team would have won with our absentees and no one is saying this is a good performance either. India probably will start as favourites and may well win by whitewash but if they do , so what? But we had plenty of derogatory comments pre test series and after the 1st test. At the end most of the posters had disappeared.BTW I don't think anyone would have Monty or Broad in the ODI side right now anyway. PS funny that an Indian fan (a country whose population is hugely greater and where cricket is the number 1 sport) should mock any other team for underachieving after the last 12 months you've had

Posted by Mitch1066 on (January 10, 2013, 16:43 GMT)

Team should be 1 cook 2 bell 3 pietersen 4 Morgan 5 Patel 6 kieswetter 7 Bresnan 8 meaker 9 Briggs 10 tremlett 11 Finn

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