India takes on England on their one-off Twenty20 International at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. India won the toss and choose to bat.
England still have a chance to redeem itself in the T20 series after the disastrous whitewash against India on their 5-match ODI tour. The last time they played India in Kolkata was a convincing defeat by 95 runs. England will have a new captain Graeme Swan instead of instead ofhoping to reverse the trend.
England currently hold the number one spot in the ICC T20I rankings but will slip to third if they lose to India. England shuffles their lineup in favor of Alex Hales and Jos Buttler to get a game while Jade Dernbach and Kevin Pietersen on the bench. Alastair Cook andare not available to play.
For India squad, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are hoping extend their impressive performance since the 5-ODI series going into this one day affair T20 International. MS Dhoni is looking to beat England in this format to move up their T20I rankings to second.
Yusuf Pathan andwill also seen in action today in place of Gautam Gambhir and Varun Aaron along with spinner Rahul Sharma who sat on the bench on ODI series. Regardless, India wants to extend their winning streak into the T20I match.
India Vs England One-off Twenty20 International match begins in low pace. It's a strong start for England bowlers actually with Steven Finn took early wicket right at the start from Rahane, followed by Bresnan off to Uthappa. Finn continued his mastery adds two more to make it 3 total while Bresnan and Bopara add 2 wickets each.
It's a poor start on the part of India as well with only Raina showing some meetle scoring 39 off 29 balls in 17 overs. India batters sub-par performance just rendered them 120/9 in 20 overs. MS Dhoni hold his composure adding 21 runs and Kohli slow start with just 15 together with Tiwary.
UPDATE: England won by 6 wickets and can go back home with their heads held high as they finally managed to win a match on this tour. One important thing is they still preserve the number one spot of ICC T20 rankings. All in all England has a very good chance to chase the target of 121. England rode on Kevin Pietersen (53) and Samit Patel (21) took the game away from India with their positive batting. Kevin Pietersen is the Man of the Match for his superb bats.
England won by 6 wickets
Man of the match: Kevin Pietersen
1st Innings IND: 120/9 (20)
2nd Innings ENG: 121/4 (18.4)
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