January 8, 2013
Tour match, Delhi
England 294-5 (50 overs) lost to Delhi 295-4 (48.3 overs) by six wickets
England crashed to their second warm up defeat in India as they lost to Delhi by six wickets, despite a century from England opener Ian Bell.
Batting first, England posted a very competitive 294-5 from their allotted 50 overs. Bell was back to his best form as he scored 108 from 125 balls, including 9 fours and 2 sixes. He was well supported at the top of the innings by Alastair Cook who made 44.
Eoin Morgan who has established himself in the middle order for England made a classy 52, and there was also a quick-fire 41 not out from Craig Kieswetter at the back end of the innings.
In reply, England would have been disappointed not to defend this target as Delhi moved to a comfortable victory. Shikhar Dhawan led the way for Delhi by making 110 as England’s bowlers looked ineffective.
James Tredwell was the pick of the bowlers for the tourists claiming 2-49 from 9 overs but England seamers lacked control and discipline.
England’s first ODI with India begins on 11th January at Rajkot in what is a best of five match series. Despite two poor performances in the warm-up matches England will still fancy their chances against an Indian side who have recently lost a one-day series against Pakistan.
The Scoop 08/01/13