Old Trafford, Sep 1: India's disastrous tour of England has resumed after they were comprehensively beaten by a young English side by 6 wickets in the one off T20 game played at the Old Trafford on Aug 31. India have now lost all their matches against England in this tour and their only wins have come against county sides in practice matches.
Chasing India's target of 165 runs, England were off to a dismal start, losing opener A D Hales in the second delivery of their innings. Praveen Kumar trapped him LBW for 0. Pietersen, who then joined Kieswetter continued with his fine form and it seemed as if his company was boosting the confidence of his fellow batsman. The duo put on 58 runs in 5.5 overs, and were separated after Munaf Patel had Kieswetter out caught by Raina for a 13-ball 18.
Pietersen too didn't last long and was stumped by Dhoni of Virat Kohli for a very well made 23-ball 33. It was then when, one can say that the match was decided as Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara, played cautiously yet aggressively to take the match away from the Indians. Later, when Morgan was removed for 49 by Munaf Patel, that Bopara and Patel took their side home with 6 wickets and three deliveries to spare.
Bopara and Patel remained unbeaten on a 36-ball 31 and 16-ball 25 respectively. For India, Munaf Patel was the pick of the bowler, while Ashwin and Vinay kumar were big letdowns. Both of them conceded close to 10 runs an over and couldn't pick up a wicket.
Earlier, M S Dhoni won the toss and elected to bat first. The Indian opening pair of Rahane and Patel started off in a spectacular fashion by putting on 39 runs in a 4.4 overs. Rahane in particular was the most impressive of the entire Indian batting line-up as he cut, drove, flicked and pulled with elan. Patel was then dismissed by Dernabch for a 12-ball 10 and that bought on Rahul Dravid, who was playing his first and last T20 international.
The duo then gave the English bowlers a spectacular glimpse of Indian batsmanship as they went on put 65 runs in seven overs. Dravid was caught by Morgan of Bopara but not before carting Samit Patel for three sixes in his 21-ball 31. Rahane, who was also making his debut had by then reached his half-century and was removed by Broad for a fabulous 39-ball 61 that included eight hits to the fence.
Then after the Indian batsmen, with the exception of Suresh Raina fell like nine pins as England clawed their way back into the game. Raina scored 33 of 19 balls and was removed by Bresnan. In the end, India were all out for 165 in 19.4 overs.
India, now take on England in a five-match ODI series that starts on Sep 3.