Swann out to silence Indians

February 25, 2011 at 12:40 pm Leave a comment


England spinner Graeme Swann is determined to cause something of an upset this weekend when they face co-hosts India in Bangalore, despite coming off the back of far from convincing six-wicket victory against Holland in their opening game. England very nearly lost the match against the Dutch and only passed their target with six balls to go, in a display that will have hardly had the Indian players quivering in terror.

“There is nothing better than silencing an Indian crowd. You don’t want them to be screaming all day, because it’s ear-shattering,” he said.

It will take a significantly improved display from England if they are going to have any chance of beating this much fancied Indian side, particularly with the ball and in the field. Swann and Stuart Broad managed to pick up two wickets against the Dutch but the rest of bowlers were all over the shop, Jimmy Anderson going for nearly seven an over. The latest cricket world cup betting odds suggested the game against India was going to be tough enough as it is, but England will now have to show some real determination to bounce back from such a poor display.

In the field England looked a completely different team to the one that has looked to be one of the tightest fielding units in the world over the past few years. The final ten overs saw England put down a host of chances in the field with Swann himself guilty of putting down a sitter.

MS Dhoni’s side will go into the match as heavy favourites and it will be up to England to spring a surprise in front of a partisan crowd inside the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Nagpur.

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