England collapse to another defeat

November 17, 2008 at 1:22 pm Leave a comment


2nd ODI – India bt England by 54 runs

England’s batting order again struggled as they collapsed from 182-3 to 191-7
to set the tone for another heavy defeat. I t started off very well for England
with Stuart Broad taking 3 wickets in 4 overs to restrict India to 29-3 off 8
overs. That brought to the crease an on form Yuvraj Singh, along with that a
bowling change to bring Flintoff into the attack, hoping to snare the prize wicket
early. However, some wayward bowling allowed Yuvraj to score 11 runs off his
first 6 balls, setting him up nicely for the innings. He led a Indian recovery
along side opener Gambhir who scored a good 70 before becoming Pietersen’s
first victim of the tour. The following Indian batsmen came out and played sensibly
giving the strike back to Yuvraj to score his 2nd successive century, before
finally falling as broads 4th wicket in the 39th over. He scored 118 off 122
balls, 15 fours and 2 sixes, not as explosive as the 1st match but looking at
the pitch this was a excellent knock. With Yuvraj finally gone, England hoped
to restrict the hosts to 275-280 but Yusuf Pathan came in with a blistering knock,
scoring 50 off just 29 balls on his birthday. His batting took the final total
to 292-9, a total which was well above the 220-240, which was predicted a good
score before the game.

The England openers who have received criticism for not providing England
with a good start are likely to receive even more criticism. Bell run out first
over scoring one, Shah then came to steady the ship guiding England to 72-1
off the 15 overs of powerplay. Prior struggled his way to 38 off 64 deliveries,
raising the question of Prior’s role as an opener. Opening with Bell, you would
expect Prior to play the aggressive role to take advantage of the powerplay,
however, he has failed to do this in the last couple of innings. Owais Shah
batted well before he was bogged down by the spin combination of Yuvraj and
Harbijan, eventually losing his wicket scoring his seventh ODI fifty. He was
bowled lbw by Yuvraj, who removed Prior just 7 runs later to remove the two
batsmen who looked in, that left England behind still chasing 184 off 24 overs,
a rate over 7 p/o. That brought Pietersen and Flintoff to the crease, with
the increasing run rate, realistically one of these batsmen would have to stay
until the end. With both struggling to get away with the spinners and the rate
climbing above 10 an over, Pietersen decided to employ the final powerplay.
That brought immediate success with Flintoff scoring 21 off the first powerplay
over. They ended up scoring 59 off those 5 overs to put themselves back into
the game. However, cue a typical England collapse. Yuvraj returned to snare
the wicket of Flintoff and KP in the same over to leave England struggling
with 11 overs to go, with the rate at around 11. There was no telling resistance
from the bottom order, with England collapsing from 182-3 to 238 all out.

1st ODI – India bt England by 158 runs


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