England v India, World T20 warm-up, Dhaka March 19, 2014

Choked by spin, England lose second warm-up

ESPNcricinfo staff

India 178 for 4 (Kohli 74*, Raina 54) beat England 158 for 6 (Moeen 46, Jadeja 2-23) by 20 runs

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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  • Damo 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Mehul 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.

  • Simon 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?

  • Narender 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 :)

  • Ramya 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....

  • VIJAY 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

  • John 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

  • John 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.

  • Damo 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.

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