September 24, 2012
ICC World Twenty20, Colombo
India 170-4 (20 overs) beat England 80 (14.4 overs) by 90 runs
England crashed to their heaviest defeat in Twenty20 cricket as they were humiliated by India in Colombo yesterday in what was effectively a dead group stage match.
Stuart Broad won the toss and asked India to bat first under the lights. India reached 170-4 from their 20 overs. Rohit Sharma top scored for India with 55 not out from 33 balls and he was well supported through the innings by Gautum Gambhir (45), and Virat Kohli (40).
Graeme Swann was the pick of the bowlers for England with 1-17 from his 4 overs as he got some assistance out of what was a dry surface. Looking back, England should have decided to play more than one spinner as Tim Bresnan was preferred to Samit Patel.
In reply, England were skittled out for just 80 in 14.4 overs. England’s old problems returned on the sub-continent as they failed to play the Indian spin bowlers with any authority. The returning Harbhajan Singh claimed figures of 4-12 from 4 overs, and leg spinner Piers Chawla took 2-13 as England collapsed.
England need to re-group ahead of the Super 8’s stage of the competition where they know they will have to improve drastically to reach the semi-finals.
The Scoop 24/09/12