England v India, World T20 warm-up, Dhaka

Choked by spin, England lose second warm-up

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March 19, 2014

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India 178 for 4 (Kohli 74*, Raina 54) beat England 158 for 6 (Moeen 46, Jadeja 2-23) by 20 runs
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Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina shared an 81-run partnership, England v India, World Twenty20 warm-ups, Mirpur, March 19, 2014
Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina added 81 for the fourth wicket © ICC
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England found little improvement in their second World T20 warm-up against India and collected a second heavy defeat in as many days. Faced with a chase of 179, they never looked likely to get home and ended up well short.

There also remained uncertainty over the fitness of their captain, Stuart Broad, who bowled two overs in his first outing since the opening T20 against West Indies. He did not lead England in this match - Eoin Morgan retaining the captaincy because Broad was only due to play a brief role - and there is precious little evidence for England to judge Broad's health on.

England were choked by spin after the Powerplay, which yielded a profitable 51 for 1 against five overs of seam bowling. But by the end of the 12th over they had added only 25 more runs and lost Michael Lumb, stumped running down the wicket at Suresh Raina.

With the required run-rate approaching 13, Eoin Morgan slapped a full toss to long-on and Moeen Ali slog-swept to deep square leg, rendering the 30 in 18 balls Jos Buttler managed worthless late entertainment.

That England got within 20 was due to the seven overs of seam bowling MS Dhoni allowed them to face - those overs collectively cost 69.

India's target appeared too testing at the interval and was set largely thanks to an 81-run stand between Virat Kohli and Raina. They rebuilt the innings following three wickets in the Powerplay - Shikhar Dhawan to a very sharp catch from James Tredwell at cover point.

The final 10 overs brought 105 runs, including 17 off Stephen Parry's six deliveries and 19 off Ravi Bopara's only set. Kohli also flicked three leg-side fours in the final over from Tim Bresnan which cost 17.

Tredwell, who continues to be one the steadiest performers with the ball, believes improvement has been made: "I think we'd like the result to have gone our way but there were a lot more positives from this game than the last gone," he said. "We're on the right track, I guess. We head to Chittagong now and prepare for first game.

"In terms of concerns it's similar things to what we've had before. We stuttered a bit coming out of the Powerplay and that probably cost us a bit in terms of the game. That's not necessarily a concern but something to be wary of going forward."

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Posted by Damo_s on (March 20, 2014, 15:41 GMT)

In the poll for tournament favourites ... the 1748 people who voted for England have a great sense of humour. We (England) have absolutely no chance of winning this tournament with the current squad in spin friendly conditions.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2014, 14:40 GMT)

@Mr_ICC Thanks a lot for following and supporting Indian cricket. We are going through a low period currently. Sincerely hope we come out of it and entertain lots of fan like you.

Posted by KrikIndFan on (March 20, 2014, 12:46 GMT)

Dhoni just proved why his presence makes a big difference in limited over matches and why he's the most successful Indian captain ever. On the other hand, although the captain knows how, when and where to utilize the skills in these type of conditions, we are still struggling with our bowling which is not a pretty sight. Nothing but to rely more and again on our batsman. Glad to see Raina back in form. Pity, I can't watch these matches but thank you espncricinfo, reading your commentary is as good as watching live.

Posted by Juiceoftheapple on (March 20, 2014, 12:26 GMT)

Well, we have a batting line up that isnt very good against spin, but that won't change untill we start being scientific in our approach to picking players who can play spin overseas. but, its all pointless unless we pick a bowling squad that can take pace off the ball and bowl variation and tightly. Or find some unplayable quicks. The former is more likely. Are we saying there are other good slow/medium bowlers in England except for Bopara, Tredwell, Yardy and Collingwood?

Posted by Narender_sharma on (March 20, 2014, 11:15 GMT)

I think Parthiv patel plays better than Rohit sharma.. I dont know whats the problem with him he doesnt play aggresively and never intends to dominate bowlers and indeed plans to stay at crease.. he should either bat down with couple of more chances or retire from ODI and play test :)

Posted by ramz30380 on (March 20, 2014, 10:43 GMT)

@Cricketlover54 Champion Trophy was in England, Tri Series was in West Indies, Zimbabwe match was in Zimbabwe - and to my knowledge these are not in the subcontinent, so how can u call them fast track bullies?!

Please read my comment about the Indian population - why are u comparing the population of a country? 20.33 milliion in SL is vastly greater than 4.3 population in NZ, and cricket takes a backseat as NZ's mational sport is Rugby! Are u telling me that on population basis NZ is a better team than SL??? Have u seen any New Zealander mocking any subcontient teams???!!!! Why do u want to pull this on India alone???

@vkias u are so right - other countries are just jealous that Ind has a strong board, good infrastraucture, etc. Why wasnt there this much talk when Aus was beaten right left and center in all their foriegn tours until recently? Did the SLs drub the Aus team like that?! - I dont think so....

Posted by vkumar_086 on (March 20, 2014, 10:41 GMT)

Its amazing to feel as an INDIAN....that India has fans in even in non cricketing countries....very good TEAM INDIA...all the best for T-20 world cup

Posted by JG2704 on (March 20, 2014, 10:35 GMT)

@Codand Chips - Dont have a big argument about Bell or Woakes being there - even if I think there are better candidate , but could they not have given both a game by now?

For me Bresnan is our weakest link in the set up and his bowling has been abysmal - worse than Derbach. He lengths are too short and at his pace any width and it becomes fodder for the batsmen.

Dernbach's accuracy was astray but at least it looks that he is more often trying to bowl the right lengths. Jordan's 2nd spell was very decent and his figures didn't do his performance justice.

They will do with 3 pace options - even though I'd have either called up Patel or a spinner - so I'd go Jordanand Dernbach.I wish Broad was away from the set up but if If Broad bowls as he did yesterday (for most of the time where his lengths were fuller and better) then he gets the nod. Bres has been a good bowler for us in the past but he is abysmal right now

Posted by JG2704 on (March 20, 2014, 10:21 GMT)

@thozar on (March 19, 2014, 23:40 GMT)/ IndianCoolGuy on (March 19, 2014, 18:32 GMT) Folk were saying the same about the 2 groups in the last WT20 and then the 2 finallists both came from the weaker group

@ anustar on (March 19, 2014, 19:22 GMT) Yes there was

@ViratDevilliersFan on (March 20, 2014, 8:19 GMT) So you're basing your bad phase being over by beating the worst of the 8 main nations in the tournament? And the team you lol at as the weakes beat you just a couple of days ago.

Posted by Damo_s on (March 20, 2014, 10:11 GMT)

Oh dear. England are really struggling at the moment. Batting wise I think we would be ok if buttler or morgan find a bit of form. Bowling wise we are well below par, with only tredwell looking anything like whats required. Bresnan is ok but not really quick enough on these wickets, Dernbach!!! (dont get me started). We are a class bowler short of a having a good enough attack to get anywhere in this competition. Sad state of affairs.

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (March 20, 2014, 9:51 GMT)

I don't know what problem these SL fans have. We don't comment on your forums coz we don't care. We don't care about your players playing in IPL or not coz they are the most boring players ever. They don't have any impact on the game. Only thing they are good at is dirty tactics. Playing unfairly. Everytime IPL franchisee made a Sri lankan a captain of their team. That team got hammered everywhere and eventually the captain was dropped to carry drinks and warm the bench.

Posted by vkumar_086 on (March 20, 2014, 9:45 GMT)

Its amazing to feel as an INDIAN....that India has fans in even in non cricketing countries....very good TEAM INDIA...all the best for T-20 world cup

Posted by IndianCoolGuy on (March 20, 2014, 9:35 GMT)

@Lion_Wallaby: India has not trashed by SL in warm up game. Remember that you are talking about a game where there is no meaning for a win. Its just a game for practice. Dhoni has not played at all even though we were very close to the win. Once again I can justify my comments as SL is in a lucky group as NZ, SA, Eng are week spin playing teams and they do not have much spin power as well and playing in Bangladesh where SL is settled since 2 months and played a lot of cricket including tests. what else you need to say it as lucky. Check what has happened when SL played against WI warm up game? and see what has happened India played vs Eng? SL could not give a min fight against WI. LOL. U Lucky SL... once again.

Posted by vkumar_086 on (March 20, 2014, 9:35 GMT)

@Mr_ICC....absolutely mate....people are feeling jealous because of growth of India...why cant they also become like us.....yes BCCI is one of richest sports body in the world....it constantly helped in bringing talents (unlike SL, the team still revolves around 3 people, where India moved on after retirement of legends like Sachin, Dravid, Ganguly, Laxman and few people like Sehwag, Bajji, Zaheer are verging on retirement) and nurturing cricket even in non playing nations like Venezuela, Columbia etc....one more reason for the jealousy is because of BIG 3 status....im curiously waiting how SL will performs after the retirement of Sanga, Mahela and Malinga

Posted by   on (March 20, 2014, 9:20 GMT)

oh come on indian fans in the asia cup only dhoni was rested others (yuvraj singh, raina, gambhir and shewag) they were not perfomed well in their last serious so they were droped not rested, shewag is not even perform in domestic level, so your so called indian B team that was played in asia cup it's only missed dhoni others are the same members in your indian A team....................... plz publish cric info plz

Posted by vkumar_086 on (March 20, 2014, 9:16 GMT)

@Mr_ICC....absolutely mate....people are feeling jealous because of growth of India...why cant they also become like us.....yes BCCI is one of richest sports body in the world....it constantly helped in bringing talents (unlike SL, the team still revolves around 3 people, where India moved on after retirement of legends like Sachin, Dravid, Ganguly, Laxman and few people like Sehwag, Bajji, Zaheer are verging on retirement) and nurturing cricket even in non playing nations like Venezuela, Columbia etc....one more reason for the jealousy is because of BIG 3 status....im curiously waiting how SL will performs after the retirement of Sanga, Mahela and Malinga

Posted by ViratDevilliersFan on (March 20, 2014, 9:14 GMT)

@Mr_ICC-- tHANKS buddy..its preety hertening and good to see people around the world follow cricket and indian cricket team..yeah dude cricket is a religion in this part of the world..u guys are always welcome to india to witness a ipl match which strts from april first week every year... thank u venjuela citizens... cheers

Posted by vkumar_086 on (March 20, 2014, 9:05 GMT)

@MrCricket0099....everybody having freedom to support their team....you have no right to force and ask to support this team and that team....

Posted by Cricketlover54 on (March 20, 2014, 8:43 GMT)

@YousufAhmed. First of all why are you comparing a tiny minuscule island with a supposedly "Cricket mad nation" with population exceeding over a billion? Whats the logic of that comparison? Lol. India hasnt got a fraction of the talent as the other teams when you look in the big picture all the resources they have. Looking at the past results Ind had been performing in a word is SHOCKING. Its only going to get worse when in ENG and Aus. 0-19. HAHA.

@Ramz. Yes Ind won those, & I would say they deserved all those. But getting thrashed repeatedly outside the Subcontinent for more than 3 years (AUS, ENG, NZ, SA) brings up one word. FLAT TRACK BULLIES.

Posted by Haleos on (March 20, 2014, 8:39 GMT)

Why there are no reports of other two thrashings. One given by SA was enormous considering the team being trashed managed on 71 and is a front runner to win this trophy. The one that WI beat is an average team with so called legends who average just around 30 over 400 internationals and fail time and again when matters. So lets forget them. They can not play outside Asia as Yousufahmed1 pointed out.

Posted by true-cric-lover on (March 20, 2014, 8:38 GMT)

@Rajesh.Kumar and @Yousufahmed1 seems that u r hating SL cricket. Its ok mate keep continuing coz it will reduced ur blood pressure. BDW u can't affect SL cricket with those comments and it make no sense. @vkias mate as ur logic when IND play with full team with their strategies. Because according to u they send testing team for ASIA cup, make experimental in warm-up matches. Surely they will use their full strength in tomorrow match. But if IND loss tomorrow you can come up with another logic that we are keep experiment for IPL. LOL I think IND will now have some power with great Raina in the team. Good luck for IND but PAK is my wish.

Posted by geevee97 on (March 20, 2014, 8:37 GMT)

i dunno what the commentators are trying to say.. Shikar Dhawan hit a ball almost straight to the fielder which almost all fielders will catch.. Then they are saying he was unlucky. I think in future they might start saying this for every catch saying that the batsman was unlucky.. come on guys. You needn't praise a batsman needlessly for a rash shot.. a cut shot played by him should have been played better than that.. the way he played it was not correct.. then tell the way how he should have played it better.. that will please more intelligent audiences and that makes the audience intelligent also.. and don't treat an audience like this with these sort of crap.. please prepare something interesting before commenting

Posted by vkumar_086 on (March 20, 2014, 8:33 GMT)

@MrCricket0099....everybody having freedom to support their team....you have no right to force and ask to support this team and that team....

Posted by ITJOBSUCKS on (March 20, 2014, 8:29 GMT)

@ Yousufahmed1 I love your comments buddy especially the one "Definition of legend in SL -> Anyone who can stand on the field for 50 overs & has an average of 30 in ODI's "....LMAO!!!

Posted by vkumar_086 on (March 20, 2014, 8:29 GMT)

@LDuminda...where are you dear...i dont know how your team always get a place in weaker group in big tourneys unlike India, Australia, Pak....you are telling Australia is vulnerable to spin....poor cricketing knowledge....actually they learnt to play well against spin from IPL, WI also play well against spin as we have witnessed it in last T-20 world cup (it came as victorious in this tourney, which held in your spin friendly tracks, and your team failed miserably to chase 130 odd runs), third team is Pak, we all know hoe it plays against spin. Bangla having advantage of home conditions and it also plays well against spin....but in opposite group...except SL, nobody plays well against spin, not even SA and NZ...England is very weak team in these 8 countries....so SL is having better chance to reach semi final...but if you meet either India or Pak or WI in semis...surely this time also SL wont win T-20 world cup

Posted by vkumar_086 on (March 20, 2014, 8:24 GMT)

@LDuminda...where are you dear...i dont know how your team always get a place in weaker group in big tourneys unlike India, Australia, Pak....you are telling Australia is vulnerable to spin....poor cricketing knowledge....actually they learnt to play well against spin from IPL, WI also play well against spin as we have witnessed it in last T-20 world cup (it came as victorious in this tourney, which held in your spin friendly tracks, and your team failed miserably to chase 130 odd runs), third team is Pak, we all know hoe it plays against spin. Bangla having advantage of home conditions and it also plays well against spin....but in opposite group...except SL, nobody plays well against spin, not even SA and NZ...England is very weak team in these 8 countries....so SL is having better chance to reach semi final...but if you meet either India or Pak or WI in semis...surely this time also SL wont win T-20 world cup

Posted by Mr_ICC on (March 20, 2014, 8:20 GMT)

As some from a neutral country, i can understand the frustration some team have against India. They are richest board, powerful players who are well known in and around the world. When i travel People in Colombia, Venezuela, Peru, Brazil, Argentina only watch T20 to see their favoriate Dhoni bat, it is a treat. I start following cricket bcoz of Dhoni, and then I was introduced to greats like Sachin and Sourab. I want to come to India and watch an IPL match people who love cricket in South America are big fans of India team. I love Dhoni, Virat, Jadeja and Rohit and other name si cannot recollect.

XoXo Muchas Gracias From venezuela.

Posted by ViratDevilliersFan on (March 20, 2014, 8:19 GMT)

@cricketlover54- dude dude dude.. hang on !!! every team goes through a bad phase and now our indian team is also in. thank u for worrying for our team . our bad phases are over.. its ur turn and the matches we lose are only for bad luck ..kk so better u worry for ur mediocre team

Posted by ramz30380 on (March 20, 2014, 8:12 GMT)

@Cricketlover54 Ind won the Champions Trophy, the Tri Series in WI, a white wash 5-0 against Zimbabwe(all away), 3-2 against Aus, 2-1 against the Wi at home - all this came in 2013 - and u say time and again the Ind fails miserably?!

Being frank with u its such performances that rise the expectations of ppl on the Ind team where they are expected to win everything.. Plz talk whn the country that u are supporting wins tests in all these counties or performs as well as the Ind team has performed last year..

What is it with the 1.3 population? Does China win every sports event hands down?! Population has nothing to do with it.... Ind has given the world plenty of atheletes in many sporting fields - tennis, badminton, squash, chess, boxing, wrestling, etc. - cricket is not the only sport in the country - know ur facts before u comment! It is comments like these that draw the wrath of Ind fans!

Posted by vkumar_086 on (March 20, 2014, 8:12 GMT)

India would have won the practice match against SL well before 17th over....Dhoni said in press conference that he is going to check various combinations, so he did not come to bat....your famous bowler Malinga is not at all problem to Indian batsmen....as we have seen him enough in many matches....Kohli, Dhoni, Yuvi treated him like club bowler....India always play well against him....fortunately SL team is in easy group.....hope both teams meet in semi final....and INDIA come as victorious just like World cup final in 2011, CT semi final in 2013, WI tri series final in 2013

Posted by CodandChips on (March 20, 2014, 8:11 GMT)

It's complete madness. The previous WT20 was such a disaster, and one we went into ranked number 1. So we now approach the same tournament in very similar conditions with an almost identical squad, and somehow expect to win it. I just can't be bothered to continuously repost the same criticisms. But tbf Bopara has done alright recently. Tredwell has also appeared to replace Swann pretty well )even in the slips). But it is certainly depresssing that he football team has a better chance in the world cup than this team does in this WT20.

Also what exactly did Woakes and Bell do to deserve T20I places? Both are worthy test candidates imo, but T20? Bell hasn't played a T20 in ages, so may prove me wrong. Woakes is more a red-ball cricketer than white-ball. But perhaps their former Warwickshire coach Ashley Giles knows something I don't, just like he did with Rankin, who was selected vs New Zealand despite not having played domestic T20 in 3 years (and tbf did well).

Posted by vkumar_086 on (March 20, 2014, 8:09 GMT)

India would have won the practice match against SL well before 17th over....Dhoni said in press conference that he is going to check various combinations, so he did not come to bat....your famous bowler Malinga is not at all problem to Indian batsmen....as we have seen him enough in many matches....Kohli, Dhoni, Yuvi treated him like club bowler....India always play well against him....fortunately SL team is in easy group.....hope both teams meet in semi final....and INDIA come as victorious just like World cup final in 2011, CT semi final in 2013, WI tri series final in 2013

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (March 20, 2014, 8:04 GMT)

@ Cricketlover54 Is it coming from a fan of a team which has not won a single test series outside SL since 2000. Who is yet to win a single test match in AUS and IND, Who has not won a single ICC tournament outside ASIA. LOL. Same no. 7 team visited SL and employed their C team and still won. LOL. Colombo track LEGENDS. LOL.

Posted by ViratDevilliersFan on (March 20, 2014, 8:04 GMT)

i heard that some team which had won asia cup in 2014 .they were welcomed by open bus and parrades... hang on!!!!! this type of celebration for an asip cup ???..then i wonder what india should have won after winning 3 wc trophies nad 2 champions trophy titles.. i can know their feelings of losing in semifinals of major tounaments to india... india have 7 asia cup titles along with many more bilateral trophies in their own den by beating their colombo track bullies who avgs 30 even after playing 400 matches and called legends,....lol.. hahahhaha... cheers

Posted by MrCricket0099 on (March 20, 2014, 7:48 GMT)

@YousufAhmed. You're showing a lot of interest in Indian cricket despite you being "Pakistani" may I ask why? Did you convert to following Ind cricket? Maybe you should convert back, India is failing cricket.

Posted by Cricketlover54 on (March 20, 2014, 7:43 GMT)

To Indian fans I empathize with you. Time and time again your team fails miserably, recently against a ranked #7 you were outplayed in Tests and put to shame in ODI's. In Asia Cup another fail, In SA, you were clueless. What will happen next? All talk, 1.3 Billion population, no talent. Funny that all the comments from Indian fans critiquing other nations despite them failing almost everywhere in the world. what a shame.

Posted by AndrewsPraveen on (March 20, 2014, 7:36 GMT)

guys eng is always vulnerable to spin.. so winning against them is not a big issue... but pak is a good team... MS needs to find a pacer to pick wickets at start... i dont think buvi is in sorts... he dosent bowl the banana inswinger that he is known for and also dosent keep his eco down... and three spinners is a bad idea this idea backfired against the aussies in the last T20.. the pacers a big issue as far as batting i would go with virat and dhawan to open cause stats show virat is better opening in T20 and rohit at 5 his usual in MI...

Posted by ramz_01 on (March 20, 2014, 7:30 GMT)

@IndianCricFanClub wotz ur logic? wt said is match report here wen INDIA won only, whr is the match report indias match against SRI LANKA? dis is power of top 3? no no dis is favor of top 3. time wil tell whats da real face of india and after da tounament dnt say dat dis as a reason.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2014, 7:25 GMT)

Its time to change the Indian Batting order in T-20: 1. Dhawan 2. Virat 3. Raina 4. Rohit 5. Yuvraj 6. Dhoni 7. Jadeja 8. Ashwin 9. Mishra 10. Bhuvi 11. Shami. For ODIs: 1. Dhawan 2. Rahane 3. Virat 4. Rohit 5. Yuvraj 6. Dhoni 7. Raina 8. Jadeja 9. Bhuvi 10. Shami 11. Aroon. Than only our winning percentage will improve. For tests 1. Dhawan 2. Rahane 3. Pujara 4. Virat 5. Bawne 6. Rohit 7. Samson (if he is keeping)/ Uday Kaul 8. Harbhajan/ Jadeja 9. Shami 10. Aroon 11. Yadav.

Posted by arup_g on (March 20, 2014, 6:56 GMT)

Good win for India and with Pakistan getting thrashed by South Africa, Inda look in the better position for tomorrow's classic! Still major problems with India's seamers and as ever, they're really reliant on their spinners to save them so it looks obvious they'll go in with 3 front line spinners.

Batting is improving. Good to see Raina get runs after a long time. He needs to find consistent form and can be a big player for us with bat and ball, but needs to stay focused. Still a worry at the top of the order with Rohit and Dhawan - never looks like they're going to score big.

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (March 20, 2014, 6:37 GMT)

@ electric_loco_WAP4 SL fan Logic - "Sanga is the world famous cricketer in Sri Lanka. So what if he never gets mentioned by former legends of different teams, so what they only argue between Lara, Sachin and ponting. It doesn't matter, sanga has 19 centuries after playing only 362 matches and has a great average of 40 but some kohli guy has only 19 centuries after playing a whopping 131 matches and has an ordinary average of 52. We don't care. we have never had a cricketer who averages over 41 in ODIs ever. coz we don't care. Sanga is the God of cricket. Since his debut SL has not won a single test series outside SL. Real God of cricket. Even Mahela is Lord of Lords, his average after 400 odis is breathtaking 33.33 and 16 centuries. Similar to Sir Jadeja's batting average. What a playa. "

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (March 20, 2014, 6:34 GMT)

Definition of a Legend in Sri Lanka. Anyone who can stand on the field for 50 overs and has an average of around 30 is a Legend. LEGEND OF THE GAME.

Posted by job_eapen on (March 20, 2014, 6:34 GMT)

@subnys u are absolutely right mate... India enter the tournament with nothing to lose...!! happy to see Raina back in action... I believe India might have a pretty good chance in this event... The match against SL , India would have won had Dhoni did bat... and against Eng in the 2nd match happy to see India had won it convincingly.. Only area of concern is their opening, Dhawan and Rohit need to get into form, they cant always hope the middle orders will bail them out in all games...!!

and the bowling, need to find the correct rhythm and combination...!

Hope they do perform good...!! All the best India...!!

Posted by Rajesh.Kumar on (March 20, 2014, 6:21 GMT)

Sri Lanka is the most boring and dull team among all cricket playing nations. Except for Sanath Jayasurya (who is long gone) these players have no flair, and are boring and uninteresting. While Sri Lankans are proud of all the non-descript trophies their team wins, I will accuse SL to bore the cricketing fraternity to death with their style of play. Death by boredom...that is what SL is all about...

Posted by ViratDevilliersFan on (March 20, 2014, 6:18 GMT)

@lions_wallsby-- i mentioned india as my 3rd favourites and srilanka the last..lol.. after all the thrashing u have got from india in the recent years u must be wondering how srilanka manged to beat india in the warm up match..lol in a practice game.. see u with the reasults in april first week .then we gonna compare lankan with mighty indians... see yaa ...cheers

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (March 20, 2014, 6:04 GMT)

@ electric_loco_WAP4 Kohli looking clueless. LOL. He alone is superior than your average 30 legends who never get mentioned anywhere. LOL.

Posted by Yousufahmed1 on (March 20, 2014, 6:00 GMT)

@ Lion_Wallaby "Thrashed" You Sl fans really have your own little world. Where you are the best. Average 30 is for Legends. I guess you don't remember that India played Kohli at 6 when he is no. 3 and Dhoni didn't even bat. If Dhoni would have batted India would have won by 17th over against your mediocre team.

Posted by prady5688 on (March 20, 2014, 5:50 GMT)

Raina is a big talent.Mike hussey has also praised him.His shot selection is outstanding.we know that he is vulnerable to shot balls if he will sort it out than he will become one of the legends to admire.He can be handy for test too. Pl z Guys don't defame them when they are in poor form.

Posted by IndianCricFanClub on (March 20, 2014, 5:35 GMT)

@ramz_01.. mate i think u have forgotten that we played only warm up game, if we would have played with our actual batting order we would have won well before 20th over.

Posted by anupkeni on (March 20, 2014, 5:34 GMT)

Looking at Team India's two warm-up matches against Sri Lanka and England, it is quite clear that players like Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma are merely IPL/CLT20 heroes who will never succeed in T20Is. Opening partnership is certainly a matter of concern for Team India along with pace bowling. Unless Team India change their opening combination, it will be very difficult for Team India to qualify for the semi-finals from the group which includes teams like Pakistan, West Indies, Australia and possibly Bangladesh. Also Dhoni should not bat at lower than number 5, because if he does then Team India will be 20-25 runs short in every match.

Posted by subnys on (March 20, 2014, 5:27 GMT)

India once again find themselves in a nothing-to-lose position before a big tournament. As was the case before 1983WC, 2007-T20WC and CT2013. On all previous three occasions India triumphed. So maybe this time too it will. India has nothing to show in their report card of last 6-7 months, but just two wins. That too against Afghanistan and Bangladesh. The law of averages might just catch up at the right time. And in any tourney, peaking at the right moment defines the moment of glory. If India is going to find a right combo at the top in the Jan 2015 then I don't mind them losing in March 2014.

Posted by tanstell87 on (March 20, 2014, 5:27 GMT)

having lost 4 World cup finals in 5 years (2007 to Australia, 2011 to India & T20WC in 2009 to Pak & 2012 to WI) can understand Sri Lankan fans's celebration after winning Asia Cup & beating India without Dhoni,Yuvraj,Sehwag & Gambhir...enjoy these rare wins against India... btw who won last year's Champions Trophy semi-final & WI tri series final against Sri Lanka...? oh i forgot was it India ?

Posted by   on (March 20, 2014, 5:15 GMT)

Suresh Raina, the left handed batsman, is a great asset In Middle order for team India and Raina had been troubling by shot balls for a few years and Opponent Bowlers used to take the advantage of his weak point. But Suresh Raina has now developed his skills while playing shot balls, he is keeping the bowl down which is a Good sine. If Raina performs In this manner In limited overs' cricket, who knows he will be back In test matches too....

Posted by victortrumpet on (March 20, 2014, 5:04 GMT)

God some of the Indian supporters are sounding shrill.

Posted by Lion_Wallaby on (March 20, 2014, 5:03 GMT)

ViratDevilliersFa: Hahaha! With the recent form India is favourite to win the world cup!!! ohh stop it. I got a tummy pain

Posted by   on (March 20, 2014, 4:59 GMT)

Cricinfo, can we please make the articles less rhetorical and ambivalent and more crisp and succinct?

Posted by   on (March 20, 2014, 4:52 GMT)

practice matches are abt PERMUTATION AND COMBINATION so please people stop making a fuss about it for god sakes!

Posted by vipinchirackal on (March 20, 2014, 4:51 GMT)

most of the people at this forum has taken an account only for blaming and shouting at india.most of the time they find some rubbish and childish reasons for justifying their sole aim.the paradox is that when sreelanka narrowly won an asia cup thats the biggest trophy in the world and when inda won world cup and champons trophy they had a hundred reason to underestimate that success.but indian cricket team is still unscathed by all theses criticism.

Posted by MPeter999 on (March 20, 2014, 4:39 GMT)

Well done guys... It was a very good effort and the overall performance was great... Seam bowling dept looks vulnerable. Last night was not V.Aaron's night... Missed catches, looked confused and just bowled 1 over for 13 runs... He could have got a more fair chance... First of all let's see if he gets a match again in this WT20... My wish is Aaron and Shami plays in place of Bhuvi... Overall a Clean Performance Except India most of the teams have a separate Jersey for T20... So my request to BCCI and Nike is to design a decent T20 Jersey for India... Lets showcase Men in Blue in different looks in all 3 Formats... I liked the First T20 jersey for India with Indian flag design... But BCCI and Team did not like it... So my request to Nike is to design a T20 Jersey for India which is not very complicated and let it be unique and which suits Men in Blue... Hope this message reaches the ppl who matter and I hope we will see Men in Blue in a new T20 look as soon as possible... Thank you...

Posted by Sridhar.A on (March 20, 2014, 4:38 GMT)

90 percent of the comments here talks about Rohit being the poor opener and a liability at the top.....The whole world knows it....Every Indian knows it.......but why the hell Dhoni, Fletcher and the team management is not understanding that.....I am puzzled

Posted by Oracle_Magus on (March 20, 2014, 4:37 GMT)

I fail to understand what are we still complaining about after a convincing win. Some wants Gambhir and others Binny and some just keeps complaining all the time. Binny cannot be termed as an all rounder in international cricket for sure, if he is then even Virat is also one. Both ball at the same pace for starters and the 5 overs we saw from Binny he never had any sting. He may be a hard hitting batsmen which we have many. And Gambhir on the other hand is not consistent even in domestic cricket now. It's not players that win, but the team. So just support our team friends and that's all that required from your end. We have a great team, but in any game you need luck, our support will surely bring it to our team. Hope you have seen how WI thrashed Lankans yesterday. Every team has their chances here and I believe that we will win for sure. We are soo good at complaining dear friends, why not put in that energy to wish and support our current team. Cheers!

Posted by ITJOBSUCKS on (March 20, 2014, 4:25 GMT)

@Lion_Wallaby & other srilankans...Please check facts before you talk some rubbish!!! India would've won the practice match against SL if they had not changed the batting order(BTW, Dhoni didn't bat)....India was basically trying different combinations regarding batting & bowling unlike srilanka whose sole intention was to win the win the match rather than giving somebody else to bowl other than malinga in the death overs to see if it works or not!!!

@electric_loco_WAP4, you always seems to be live in the land of dreams..wake up mate!!! I've never seen anyone hitting six over cover against mendis other than Kohli...even yuvraj also played well against mendis & other spinners..Mendis was brutally murdered by WI batsmen & Russel arnold siad that "Is mendis being kicked out WT20?" !!! Looks like you are badly hurt b'coz of the way kohli treats Srilankan bowlers(like club bowlers) everytime!!!

Posted by ramz_01 on (March 20, 2014, 4:22 GMT)

lol match report is here when india won, thr z no match report when india lost to SRI LANKA

Posted by usernames on (March 20, 2014, 3:58 GMT)

@Lion_Wallaby -- Living in a la-la land, are you? India B almost defeated your A team in Asia Cup and when you are being beaten left and right, you can do nothing but take solace in the warm up wins which don't go into the register. :-)

Posted by   on (March 20, 2014, 3:57 GMT)

Frankly speaking on current form, England and India are the worst 2 teams among the Top 8. So this match even though it is a practice match proved a couple of things. a) We are not the worst (England are below us) b) We are not going to come back winless in this tournament unlike the SA and NZ tour. We atleast have a win in practice game. From the subcontinent teams Srilanka look the best. Among non-sub continent teams, WI and AUS look the best while SA willa lways reach semi finals. They may choke in semis. Pakistan are always unpredictable.So they might blow up all predictions. So I would predict srilanka, west indies, australia and South Africa. Pakistan is the dark horse. I support India and I sincerely hope that they will prove my prediction wrong. Let us wait and see.

Posted by Big_Brother_of_Cricket on (March 20, 2014, 3:48 GMT)

It's funny to see Indian fans justifying their future losses even before the tournament starts. Guys, please believe in your team. You have a good batting line up and good spin attack, which are needed in these conditions. No worries about fast bowlers because even the best pacers in the world will have a hard time in BD. Furthermore, it's immature to say that SL is lucky to be in the other group with NZ, SA, ENG and probably Ireland. It was not chosen randomly or based on luck, the groups are chosen according to the rankings and as you may know Sri Lanka ranks No1 in T20s. If your team was not able to be No1 ranked team it is not SL team's fault.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2014, 2:33 GMT)

Dhavan, Kholi, Raina, Rohith, Yuvi, Dhoni, Jadeja, Binny, Ashwin, Shami, Buvi.. My Line up for Team India. Kholi Should open. Also well balanced left and right comb..

Posted by Insightful2013 on (March 20, 2014, 2:10 GMT)

I think India might do very well. I think T20 is down to batting which India seems blessed with. I think that if bowlers were even a wee bit clever and not enamored with their skills and more interested in bowling to suppress run making, they would be more successful. Somehow the bowlers priority appears convoluted. Wickets doesn't win T20 matches, minimal runs do! Poor dodgy England! Only my countrymen would make the resounding changes they did prior to such a competition. And, we will never admit that we got it wrong. Oh no, stiff upper lip needs vindication. I do so love our rigidity! Still, even though I've lived in multiple countries nothing beats living in the British countryside. Hip Hip Winkfield, Berks. Hope we never change!

Posted by Lion_Wallaby on (March 20, 2014, 1:48 GMT)

@ IndianCoolGuy: How many batsmen in your great spin playing nation got out for spinners in the Asia cup?? Lucky you for not getting in the Sri Lankan group as you guys will be kicked off by SL,NZ,SA and Eng as always

Posted by LDuminda on (March 20, 2014, 1:23 GMT)

It's really funny that lot of indian fans are already crying saying that their team is in a difficult group and Sri Lanka in a easy group. SL won the Asia cup few days ago by beating all the so called good teams of spin(Ind/Pak/Bang).and SL beat Ind in the warm match aswell.also SA are not that bad against spin and they beat Pakistan convincingly in the Warm up. and England have won 2010 WT20 when playing in West Indies where most pitches conducive for spin.Yes NZ and ENG are weak against spin so are AUS and WI.If India can not qualify for semis that is because they are the weak team in the group..and not because other teams in thier grup are the strongest..SL no 1 in T20 Ranking for a reason and SA are no 3...In 2009 / 2010 / 2012 SL Qualified to the Knockout stages by beating any team which came there way...i won't say that they will definitely lift the cup this time but they have the potential...

Posted by JoshFromJamRock on (March 20, 2014, 1:12 GMT)

I will definitely watch every match of group 2. Can't say the same about group 1 but one thing's for sure - England will not win a match (yes I too feel Ireland will beat them).

India has a solid lineup but apart from Kohli and Dhoni willing to put the team on their shoulders. Most of the guys have "give-away" shots that could be exploited by accurate bowling and good captaincy.

While I give Australia the favorites (just over Windies) on paper, I feel India have a greater chance of beating the Aussies as they are more susceptible to spin than the Windies. Seeing Watson struggle against Tahir the other day raised some question marks for sure.

Posted by wapuser on (March 20, 2014, 1:04 GMT)

The only best spin department is Pakistan. let us see how Indian batting will respond to that. cant wait let.the game begin

Posted by   on (March 20, 2014, 0:47 GMT)

Was Mishra & Aaron trying to prove that Dhoni had been right in the past to keep them on the bench? May be, yesterday wasn't just Mishra's day.

Aaron's fielding was hilarious in a practice match; but could be suicidal in a real one. Was it just a case of nerves?

Rohit may be a good batsman; but as along as he opens in the short form, India's chances to win goes down drastically. It is like asking India to run a 100 meter sprint hanging a 30 Kg stone around their neck.

Posted by Lion_Wallaby on (March 20, 2014, 0:45 GMT)

@ IndianCoolGuy: Lucky India to not play in the group Sri Lanka in as they would have got trashed as in the practice match and also in Asia cup.

Posted by   on (March 20, 2014, 0:23 GMT)

Can India maintain their record of not losing to Pak in the World Cups in both the formats. Though Pak is unpredictable as we saw against SA's match. Indian bowling is unpredictable too. Now teams of average quality manages a decent score of 130 at least after poor starts. So batting is not an issue, but to defend 130 odd you would need a spirited bowling effort, which, India may find difficult to produce in the competition.

Posted by electric_loco_WAP4 on (March 20, 2014, 0:20 GMT)

@JontyG-Wishful thinking!Ind bowling's going to be easy pickings.Batting-exc. Kohli-is looking clueless v spin,struggling v quicks.Pak will look to easy win v Ind in opener bef. it gets tough later.Look fwd. to see Afridi facing Aaron,Rainas p/timers!-:)

Posted by thozar on (March 19, 2014, 23:40 GMT)

@IndianCoolGuy, I also posted it in another thread about the imbalance between the 2 groups. As always, we get the tough group and Sri Lanka gets the easy group. Even if we didn't get England, we should have at least got South Africa or New Zealand in our group. That would have corrected the balance somewhat.

Great job boys. We thumped England today but it was expected. Tougher examinations will follow. Let us go and win this whole thing in couple of weeks and show the world who the real champions are. chak de India.

Posted by JG2704 on (March 19, 2014, 23:20 GMT)

Not quite the thrashing I feared but pretty comprehensive nonetheless.

For me our weakest link right now is Bresnan. His lengths by and large are not good and regularly seems to go for runs. His wicket ball was lucky not to have cleared the boundary. Tredwell seems our only consistent performer with bat or ball in this format at the moment and if he starts going for runs it becomes an even bigger problem. Broad bowled some better lengths and while I would not have him out there still , ikf he is to come into the side it should be at the expense of Bres. Jordan - especially in his 2nd spell - bowled better than his figuers showed and if he continues to bowl those sort of lengths on a consistent basis he could be part of a silver lining on the dark clouds that is England's SF future. We still desperately need to improve batting vs spin.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2014, 23:03 GMT)

I think MSD should bat up in the batting order. Bcoz he in good form and he is capable to play new ball. If he gets more time and balls to play means india gets more score simple is that.

Posted by Naresh28 on (March 19, 2014, 22:27 GMT)

Indian pace bowlers are not playing well in all formats. This might cost them. They need to play to their strengths - batting and spin.

Posted by Patchmaster on (March 19, 2014, 22:23 GMT)

Wow - Ashley Giles seem to really have a clear plan, and things seem to be really on track for this competition..........

Posted by Htc-Android on (March 19, 2014, 22:09 GMT)

@sidh78. Dot forget that we got the toughest group for the next years world cup in Australia. We are grouped with AUS, NZ, ENG for next years world cup. These are not easy teams to handle in Australian conditions. On the other hand India got an easy group with SA, Pak, WI. Only SA is a tough team in these condtions. WI and Pak are inconsistent in these conditions.

Posted by Htc-Android on (March 19, 2014, 22:03 GMT)

@sidh78. So do you think guys like AB, Amla, Morgan, Williamson cant play spin very well? Australia and WI play spin very well. Are you serious man? Last time I checked it was only Clarke who plays spin very well in the Aussie team and he is not in the squad. The rest dont know whats spin bowling means(Dont forget they lost 4-0 to India). Same goes with WI. They are probably one of the worst team against spin. Last time when they toured BD, they lost the ODI series 3-2 to them. Teams like Aus, SA, WI, ENG, NZ, will do well on flat wickets, but cant see them surviving on these slow wickets Against Subcontinental sides. Most likely IND and PAK will qualify to the semis after beating two easy teams WI and Aus.

Posted by BigINDFan on (March 19, 2014, 20:51 GMT)

@Nampally - Maybe Ind can try what Netherlands did and replace Rohit with Uttappa! Not going to happen as we are sure of that. Ind's fast bowling or lack thereof will be a liability in this WC, hence they are better off chasing than setting a target. MSD has to change his team combination for almost every match in this group since Pak, WI, Aus and BD are different teams that are extremely dangerous in this format. My preferred batting order is

Dhawan, Ashwin, Kohli, Raina, MSD, Rohit/Yuvraj/Rahane, Jadeja, Binny, Mishra, Bhuvi/Aaron, Shami

Ashwin's technique against short and fast bowling is really good and he can score quickly along with Dhawan. Rohit and Yuvi are out of form but they can compete for middle order with Rahane. Binny and Mishra must be in the team to bat deep down the order and bowl in the middle overs. Bhuvi and Aaron are weak but Shami can improve since he does take wickets though expensive.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2014, 20:43 GMT)

Why don't the sub-cont teams just pick 4 spinners and 2 all round spinners? I will stop watching T20 when that happens. Spinners were always picked last so why not invent a game that makes the quicks useless.... It's akin to cheating. Doctor spinning slow goat tracks.... meh i'm over this game already.

Posted by mohito11 on (March 19, 2014, 20:42 GMT)

Please get rid of Dhawan and Rohit. These two cant perform at all. How many chances would you give them. Rohit can only perform on Indian pitch and afraid to play big shots when not playing in India. It has recently shown in past several innings that rohit and dhawan are not good openers and always put millions of Indian hope down. They both afraid to play aggressive and always put the middle order in lot of pressure. we need openers who are reliable and put good runs on the board with their bat and be consistent. I rather see uttapaa and sewag or even gambhir to open for us.

Indian selectors needs to wake up and start making changes.

Posted by Nampally on (March 19, 2014, 20:40 GMT)

@SandipManjrekar: The only missed opportunity in the 2 friendlies was not testing out Binny who was so good in IPL & in ODI formats. In the only game he played, he should have been sent #5 in place of Rahane, when the batting order was already turned topsy turvy! Yet he was sent after Jadeja. Secondly, Aaron should have bowled his full 4 overs in the first T20 + 4 overs with the new ball, today. It appears Dhoni pre-selects a XI & sticks with it with no room for those "outside that XI". Fortunately he is giving more bowling to Raina, who showed his skills today too. As for the opening bats, Rohit is not an opener. Uttappa the best T20 opener is not even in the squad! Two guys missing from this squad who could have turned the tables are: Karan Sharma- leg spinner + Uttappa- both "Outsiders" for Dhoni but match winners for India. As we stand, India has to score 200 consistently to Win with their 3 spinners-Ashwin, Jadeja & Raina! Shami +2nd pacer have to be economical. Good Luck India.

Posted by Snambidi on (March 19, 2014, 20:23 GMT)

While iOn one side India had a comfortable win,the Neighbour Pakistan was thrashed by SA.Pakistan batting first were all out just for a paltry 71. India is to face Pak in the first regular match in this World T20 on21st. So it looks like a new strategy of Pakistan to get beaten. Badly so that India could take them Lightly .With this,they could get a chance to beat India. This is just my imagination.But the way in which such a mighty Team Pakistan lost cheaply makes me to to think so.Pakistan is capable of adopting any kind of Strategy to beat India. Any how let us wait & see on 21st March.

Posted by Vivfan on (March 19, 2014, 20:19 GMT)

@JontyG. That is because of the fact that India cant win outside the subcontinent.. The hammering they got in NZ, SA, Asia Cup, Australia, my god this list goes on. And once Ind won one games they would be in for the title? With what bowling attack/batting attack? Keep Dreaming. Pathetic Team

Posted by   on (March 19, 2014, 20:11 GMT)

Can somebody rell me why Binny is not bowling. Isn't he supposed to be playing the role of an all rounder.

Posted by Oracle_Magus on (March 19, 2014, 20:11 GMT)

And finally a convincing win which has been eluding team India for a long time. Though the Openers still needs to brush up, with Raina back in form, and ever consistent Virat and MSD in the middle order, they can afford to take their time. Spinners are doing a great job, but the unpredictable Dew will play a good role in the outcome of the remaining evening matches. This may put the spin heavy Asian team on the back foot. Lankan loss against WI was unexpected, but With the fire Power in WI team, it won't be a surprise if they repeat the Last WT20 feat here too. Aussies too has put on a great show today. With the form Pak team is in it is really tough to choose any favourites in Group A. Every match us important and we will surely have a good competition here. May the best team win. Cheers!

Posted by LAKingsFan on (March 19, 2014, 20:07 GMT)

@IndianCoolGuy: Nohit is NOT a successful player anywhere in the line up in any form of cricket. Period. End of story.

Criticizing Nohit itself is a waste of time. I don't know what to tell about people who endorse Nohit.

Posted by eggyroe on (March 19, 2014, 20:06 GMT)

So there we have it,England thrashed in 2 warm up games for a Micky Mouse tournament.I personally do not care,when the ultimate for any cricketer should be the Test Match Arena.When all is said and done Test Match Cricket has survived since 1877,and in England & Australia the Test Match Game is King. Interrnational One Day Cricket only started in 1971 to entertain the crowd in a rained off Test Match in Melbourne.If there are many reasons to re-invent One Day Cricket for different occasions and to suit different spectators many times then the brand cannot be that good.All I can say is long live Test Match Cricket when the cream rises to the top,and sub-standard hack it and wack it players disappear into the long grass never to return.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2014, 19:58 GMT)

I think Rohit should fall down the order and Rahane should open to replicate the form they show in IPL.

Dhawan/Rahane/Kohli/Rohit/Raina/Yuvi/Jadeja/Dhoni/Mishra/Ashwin/M Shami.

I know 2 seamers is the norm, but then we only have 1 place for one.

Posted by desiboy454 on (March 19, 2014, 19:56 GMT)

Good job team India, I feel if MSD batted against SL we woulda won. Big problem I see is pace bowlers in the beginning and death. They seam clueless and just drop the ball in where ever. I think 2 Pacers have to be Shami & Aaron, bhuvi seams to be letting the batsmen make a mistake and get out rather than trying to get them out himself. 1 Other thing I noticed;since Rohit is not going to get dropped, I think in t20, he can come in at 1 down as he does in IPL. Virat can definitely open in t20s, he has many times for RCB and done well! Yuvi and Raina are a must, as I said before.. even in ODIs middle order Yuvi and Raina anyday ahead of Rahane and Rayadu. ANYDAY! so my xi for this tournament: 1. Dhawan 2. Virat 3. Rohit 4. Yuvi 5. Raina 6. MSD 7. Jadeja 8. Ashwin 9. Mishra 10. Shami 11. Aaron... It will be very hard for any team to get thru to semis in this group, Bangladesh is most likely the 5th team in. LETS GO TEAM INDIA

Posted by Herath-UK on (March 19, 2014, 19:44 GMT)

Indian Cool guy seems to be shaking in his boot even before the tournament starts looking at all the three teams in his group & even of BD who he suddenly found 'a very decent team' - what a climb down. He wanted the lift the cup with no contest. Sri Lanka would have liked to have got those three Asian teams in their group who they have beaten repeatedly in BD recently.

Posted by wapuser on (March 19, 2014, 19:31 GMT)

India needs solid opening pair.Rohit sarma is bad choice

Posted by FRpunk on (March 19, 2014, 19:27 GMT)

@Matadore Ha Ha . I agree . England`s Jersey looks Terrible .

Posted by FRpunk on (March 19, 2014, 19:24 GMT)

@ IndianCoolGuy I Think Opening with Jadeja could be a Good Move . He can Score Quickly and Honestly he would add Much needed Firepower which the Openers are Lacking at the Moment . Its just been Boring Cricket from the Indian Openers . I think it would be Best to Use Yuvraj as a Finisher . Raina should come ahead of him . Yuvraj could be Lethal at the end .

Posted by anustar on (March 19, 2014, 19:22 GMT)

There was no article when India lost 1st warm up match.

Posted by BailsRgo on (March 19, 2014, 19:21 GMT)

So, the England Comedy Cricket Team emerge from a successful series against West Indies to plough yet another hysterical furrow in Bangladesh in their pre-World Cup warm up matches. Morgan is delighted with the progress and other writers suggest England are well on their way to win the tournament such has been the improvement. I mean it takes some doing conceding 110 runs off the last ten overs!! The sigh of Captain Broad emerging from the dug-out on two occasions to bowl six deliveries and then scoot off the pitch again was memorable for its crassness. Just what do England think they are doing and just who do they think they are?????

Posted by FRpunk on (March 19, 2014, 19:18 GMT)

@Nampally How many Chances Does Rahane Needs to Prove that he is Not Fit for Limited overs Cricket ? He is a Fantastic Batsmen in Test , But his Odi Record has Been Medicore and he takes up too much time . Yuvraj on the other Hand is a Match Winner . I Think it would be Best to Have Yuvraj as a Finisher and Give him the Licence to just go out there and Express himself . and i am Damn Sure that Yuvraj would be a Much Better bet than Rahane when the Team Needs 50 from the Last 5 overs or so .

Posted by Temuzin on (March 19, 2014, 19:08 GMT)

JontyG:Totally agree with you. Same problem Jaddu has if succeeds in bowling people say yeah he is triple centurion and should make more runs. if bats good but then he should be bowling better, he is our main spin bowlers. Team India cant win So called Indian fans have already sorted it out.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2014, 19:05 GMT)

I dont know why didnt they use stuart binny in the top of the order even in the warm up match. He is a hard hitting batting alrounder. he is not getting any chance to bowl also. Another funny thing with Bhuvi. His last 3 wickets haul was on 10.10.2013 after that he played 18 oneday internationals and got only 10 wickets @ 5.43 with maximum of 2 wickets haul of only 2 times. Indian dont want a fast bowler who is getting one or two wickets or wicketless. Include the bowlers like pankaj singh.

Posted by Srini_Chennai on (March 19, 2014, 19:00 GMT)

@Sandip Roy: India or in fact any team can't win a test in T20 WC. Comment about test matches when India play tests. I don't know what is wrong with you people. Concentrate on the task in hand rather than dreaming and worrying about future tours.

Posted by   on (March 19, 2014, 18:59 GMT)

kick out Rohith sharama he is only ipl player only his achievement 200 runs hitting in bangloru bating track piches he is well suport also bombay. selectore .dhoni thats why consistency he failuring and getting chance bring gambir and uttappa fr opening slote...if rohith play opening india forgett t20 this year ..kohli and dawan should open rohit is best fr middle order ..what yu say guys

Posted by Cpt.Meanster on (March 19, 2014, 18:47 GMT)

Well done to India first of all. Now, this practice game proves 2 things - Rohit Sharma is unfit to open the innings and MS Dhoni needs to bat up the order a lot more. Also, it's time for Bhuvaneshwar Kumar to be shown the door. He's way too expensive and even ordinary players like Moen Ali and Lumb were able to put him away. India are in a tough group. It won't be easy against better batsmen from teams like AUS, WI and PAK. So India need to sort out their fast bowling issues quickly. I also reckon their batting order is totally out of place. Kohli should open the innings with Dhawan, Raina should be no.3 and MS Dhoni should come in at 4. India should also play 3 spinners every game unless there is heavy dew. I simply won't understand the logic behind playing 3 fast bowlers especially when NONE of them can contribute with the bat and go for plenty of runs. So a lot of questions for Team India to address.

Posted by ramz30380 on (March 19, 2014, 18:37 GMT)

@ Sandip Roy no offense mate... but this is a 20-20 tournament, we cant talk abt test cricket here! There is plenty to debate on that - and trust me you will get ur chance when we tour Eng - I am waiting for that!!! For now, lets relax and blend in...

Posted by JontyG on (March 19, 2014, 18:32 GMT)

Any result by team India is a problem for few of the so called Indian Supporters. They win, its not a big issue, they loose, they aren't fit to play international cricket - Get life guys.

Anyways, Good job in the 2 practice matches by the team, especially the spin dept and then Raina, coming into form. UV and MSD have shown signs of come back and Virat is always in form. Just that one of the fast bowlers (aaron was in superb form against SL) and one of the openers should click and we (Team India) would be in for the Title

Dhawan/Rohit/Rahane Kohli Raina Yuvraj MSD Rahane/Rayudu Jaddu Ashwin Shami Aaron/Bhuvi

Go India !!!

Posted by IndianCoolGuy on (March 19, 2014, 18:32 GMT)

India , Pakistan , Australia, West Indies - all 4 are dangerous teams and now Bangladesh which is also very decent team in their home ground is about to join this group only. Other hand lucky SriLanka is settled with non Asian & poor sprin playing countries like SA, Eng and New Zeland and supposedly Irland.

U Lucky SL.. as always... Enjoy..

Posted by prakash_mishra on (March 19, 2014, 18:27 GMT)

India will have a difficult time qualifying for the Semis, given the group they are placed in. I am not at all saying that they won't qualify or can't qualify, but it is going to be a real difficult task with WI, Aussie, Pakistan and BD (Most probably) in the same group. Pace bowling is a howling joke and it is getting worse day by day. B.Kumar is a real lost cause like many others who represented India before (Pathan, R.P, Munaf, Shreesanth, Ishant,Balaji and the list goes on). Shami is very expensive almost always and Aaron is clueless (though I blame team mgmt for that). I don't think with such a pathetic bowling at your service, you can hope to win this world cup. Couple of days is too less to improve. So, as it seems at this moment, I don't see India being able to win this world cup. May be they can qualify for Semis, but that too looks really bleak at this moment. Still I wish them all the best and hope something happens and they win this world cup. Good luck!!!

Posted by IndianCoolGuy on (March 19, 2014, 18:27 GMT)

Rohit is very successive at middle order in T20. He has very good track record in the middle order for Mumbai, Deccan charges earlier, and in 2007 world t20 as well. Please drop him from opening and place him in the middle order. My playing eleven in the below order. Please MSD consider this.

1.Dhawan 2.Jadeja 3.Virat 4.Yuvi 5.Rohit 6.MSD 7.Raina 8.Ashwin 9.Mishra 10.Bhuvaneshwar 11. Shami

Depending on situation & form Yuvi/Raina can alter their positions. but Rohit MUST be in the middle order itself. Opening we can try with Jadeja. I am sure that he can utilize the power play and can score at least 25 to 30 quick runs which is more than enough from him. India chances are depended on opening pair. we can take 2007 t20 world cup or 2011 world cup examples where Sehwag and Gambir was very successive as openers. Rohit is not a natural opener but good middle order batsmen. And I wonder where is Munaf Patel, Praveen, Irfan patan? those could have better choice than Varon Aron in t20.

Posted by ramz30380 on (March 19, 2014, 18:26 GMT)

The xperiments are over - now to face the real heat when India takes on Pakistan on the 1st real pulsating encounter in the tournament....

My XI wud be Rohit, Dhawan, Raina, Kohli, Yuvraj, Dhoni, Jadeja, Ashwin, Mishra/Aaron, Kumar, Shami....

This will give a blend of bat, spin and pace - If Raina and Yuvraj can bowl 2 overs each, then Mishra can be dropped as both SRJ and Ash are more than handy with the bat whn needed....

Posted by JustIPL on (March 19, 2014, 18:22 GMT)

England are not in a good form. India could not chase an easy target in the last match against SL. This match proved that india falls short in the absence of dhoni. I agree with ganguly that these matches are just for practice and nothing more should be extracted from it. When india lost the first warmup then no article was written but with this win india hopes are flying all around.

Posted by sidh78 on (March 19, 2014, 18:20 GMT)

Eng, Nz,SA are very weak against spin but they become worst against spin in this slow pitches of bangaladesh.so i think SL team is very lucky hear.SL team easily qualify for SF without any hard work.if pak ind are in this group they also easily qualify for SF.even bangaladesh also.but in other groups pak ind WI aus bang all are very good agaist spin.so very toufgh matches in this group.i think icc made wrong group in wt 20.very inbalancing groups.

Posted by dreamliner on (March 19, 2014, 18:17 GMT)

English seam bowling is a joke. After have India 39-3 after the first six overs, the bowlers failed to contain, and let them come back with over 100 in the last 10 overs giving our batsmen a tough above par chase. Good batting practise though.

Posted by cooljack_143 on (March 19, 2014, 18:14 GMT)

Ind need to kick Rohit out & play an extra spinner in form of Amit Mishra to hav any chance of getting to semis. Rohit isn't doing any good to the team . I wonder what is Stuart BINNYs role in the team??MSD won't have luxury of playing 13 players in the real tournament. Why didn't yuvraj bowl??? Is he kept as a surprise element ?? Team ind going into main draw with still questions on their line up for XI. I guess others teams already sorted out that.

Posted by SandipManjrekar on (March 19, 2014, 18:10 GMT)

2 warm up games had given enough opportunities to Ind Mgmt for testing suitability with various options available. But MS & tour mgmt wasted every options with predetermined selections. If counting the positives, then Raina's return is welcome for us. I wish Mishra to be part of every game but it is unlikely as MS favors RJ & Ashwin. Hitting every ball of Mishra out of park by MS in practice sessions gave enough hint to us about his plans not to include him in final 11. It is harsh on his part getting demoralized this way as his previous performances in recent Asia cup & on Zim tour were encouraging. Same as about poor Varun & Rahane. Looking at the pitch & dew conditions here, 7 batsmen+2 seam+ 2 spin would be ideal one. These warm up games could have tested new combi of Dhawan & Rahane (phenomenal success with RR in IPL) as openers which allows hesitant Rohit to play at 4-6 spot with aggressive approach. Unfortunately nothing will change as of prev tours which may hurt us.

Posted by Nampally on (March 19, 2014, 18:04 GMT)

Thanks to Kohli & Raina's fine partnership, India rallied after yet another poor opening stand. Dhawan & Rohit Sharma failed to click again. Thankfully Dhoni did not change the batting order this time & gave Kohli & Raina time to rally with their aggressive batting- both contributing over 50. Yuvraj seemed again out of place at #4. India need Kohli, Raina & Dhoni batting 3,4 & 5. It appears Yuvraj's era has come to an end as he fails repeatedly against pace bowling. Rahane or Binny may be a better substitute. Ideally Uttappa should have been in the squad as the opener & Rohit batting @#6. Rohit is not an opening bat whilst Uttappa is a specialist opener who can bat aggressively. The Selectors need to understand this basic fact. Rohit 's slow batting in T20 is a liability at the opening spot. India is failing in the Power play overs! The openers need to go @ 7 runs/over for 5 overs to give India a chance to win Matches. Even Now Uttappa can be flown in, Wishful but Positive thinking!

Posted by   on (March 19, 2014, 17:59 GMT)

20-20 doesn't prove anything...need to win test matches to become a real hero...

Posted by vkumar_086 on (March 19, 2014, 17:57 GMT)

Best of luck team India in next round....

Posted by Matadore on (March 19, 2014, 17:46 GMT)

England's jersey is harmful for eyes to watch.... (i reduced the contrast nd brightness of my tv :p ) Back to the old Blue one than experimenting with red!

Posted by wapuser on (March 19, 2014, 17:38 GMT)

It was a good contest of bat and ball but the real test will be against Pakistan. A contest between indian batting and Pakistan bowling. The match of the tournament I suppose.

Posted by indianzen on (March 19, 2014, 17:37 GMT)

Asian countries are good player of spin, unlike england and SA and AUS who FOLD to spoin... Tredwell, Bopara and Broad are a joke to England's T20...

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India v Sri Lanka at Dhaka - Apr 6, 2014
Sri Lanka won by 6 wickets (with 13 balls remaining)
India v South Africa at Dhaka - Apr 4, 2014
India won by 6 wickets (with 5 balls remaining)
Sri Lanka v West Indies at Dhaka - Apr 3, 2014
Sri Lanka won by 27 runs (D/L method)
Pakistan v West Indies at Dhaka - Apr 1, 2014
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