ICC World Twenty20: India beats England by 90 runs, Harbhajan shines

Harbhajan Singh 150x150 ICC World Twenty20: India beats England by 90 runs, Harbhajan shinesThe Indian cricket team has won the Twenty20 match played against England played at R Premadasa Stadium, Colombo.

The day was off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, he took 4 important wickets for just 12 runs in his 4 overs spell. Undoubtedly, this was a great comeback international match for Harbhajan.

Earlier, England captain Stuart Broad won the toss and elected to bowl first.

India started batting with regular opener Gautam Gambhir and nightmare Irfan Pathan, Pathan was out on 8 runs, but Gambhir played superbly and made 45 runs hitting 5 fours.

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sherma played nice and made 40 and 55 respectively. India made 170 runs in 20-overs.

Chasing a 171 runs target, England never looked in good shape, they lost wickets at regular interval. Irfan pathan gave early success to team India.

Harbhajan Singh playing his first international match after a long time, took 4-12 in his 4 overs spell.

Captain MS Dhoni is very happy with Harbhajan’s performance. The England cricket team was bowled out for just 80-runs and India won the amthc by 90-runs.

After the match, England captain Stuart Broad said, “Yeah it was poor. All round really. We were okay with 171, but India bowled really well. We weren’t as efficient, but we were happy with 171. We played across the line too much. It was worth looking at playing one fewer spinner because we could afford to lose. I don’t agree we can’t play spin. Certainly in training. We have been learning. We have had a very bad day, but that doesn’t affect the rest of the tournament. we get onto the bus, and play out Super 8s. It doesn’t change where we go.”

On the other hand, Indian captain MS Dhoni said, “It was an efficient performance. People might say we were slow for the first 15, but we were not over-aiming. We had five bowlers, we knew that. It was a difficult decision, but we requested the seniors to rest so that we could pick the best XI.”

Dhoni said, “And we opened with Irfan because he is a gutsy player. He may not look pretty, but he responds to the call. Now we have got a problem of plenty with spinners with both of them doing well today. About Rohit, it is important if guys are responding to give them a few extra games. Yes, we have got dififcult decisions to make. Not to forget that the players who missed out today have won a lot of games for India on their own.”

Man-of-the-Match, Harbhajan Singh said, “It’s been a hard year. Being out of the side. Other boys were doing really well, so it was really difficult for me to make a comeback. For me it was an important game. I hadn;t played international cricket for a full year. Getting a wicket first or second ball gives you a lot of confidence. This award is for my mom and those who have stuck with me. In T20 cricket, it’s important to just read the game. I have tried to cut down my run-up a bit. I was running in too fast, and struggling to find my areas. So I was consciously coming in off a short run, and slowly. This India short is everything for me. I don;t know what I would do if not playing for India. I would like to thank the Essex people too.”

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