England Beat India By 3 Runs To Keep Semis Hope Alive

Bowl at the throat and knock them over! That seemed to be the motto for the English bowlers against India at Lord’s on Sunday. The tactic which had worked so beautifully for the West Indies on Friday, was tried by England too and with massive success. Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina both fell to short and pacy deliveries from Ryan Sidebottom in the second and fourth over as defending champions India crashed out of the ICC World Twenty20 tournament on Sunday.
Set to chase 154 to stay alive in the competition, after their seven wicket drubbing at the hands of West Indies, India, who won the toss and rather curiously chose to field, despite the Super 8 game being a knock out affair, never really recovered from those twin setbacks finished at for 150 for 5 and lost by three runs. Yusuf Pathan played a brave knock in the end to end with 33 not out of 17 balls but he could only do so much.
The loss is just deserves for the team and its captain who chose to treat Lord’s as a laboratory to conduct experiment
after experiment when commonsense cricket would have been enough. Fielding first, sending Jadeja at 4 ahead of Yuvraj and Yusuf Pathan, when the scene was set for the in-form hitters to explode, bowling Yuvraj ahead of Harbhajan and fielding like novices, India, it seemed, only had one plan. To crash out and let their fans down. Even Sachin Tendulkar’s presence in the Indian dressing room and a packed house, mostly made up of Indians, didn’t
seem to inspire Dhoni and his boys. Why did he promote a struggling Jadeja (25 off 35 balls) ahead of a man who’s in brilliant hitting form and leave too much on his Yuvraj’s plate, God alone knows.
Earlier, India chose to to drop Irfan Pathan and Pragyan Ojha and include RP Singh and Ravindra Jadeja instead. England rode on Ravi Bopara’s run-a-ball 37 and Kevin Pietersen’s entertaining 46 and threatened to post a huge score, but Ravindra Jadeja dismissed them both and Harbhajan Singh bowled a tight spell which helped India to comeback and restrict the hosts to 153 for 7.