Broad upbeat ahead of India clash
September 22, 2012 13:27:31 UK
England captain Stuart Broad believes his team are in a good place ahead of tomorrow's Twenty20 clash with India, after thrashing Afghanistan in their opening game.
Stuart Broad is happy with England's start.
Broad knows that tomorrow's match in Colombo will be another kettle of fish compared with their first match in Group A – a 116-run victory.
Since England have arrived in Sri Lanka to defend their T20 crown, they have been impressive in their warm-ups and opening match.
"I believe the match against India will be a good one. They have a huge fan following and hopefully it will be an exciting contest. Having played Australia and Pakistan in the two warm-up games, we are well-prepared to take on India," the skipper said.
Both sides are through to the Super Eights following navigating the potential banana skin of Afghanistan.
India skipper MS Dhoni is likely to keep faith with seamer Zaheer Kahn, despite the left-armers poor form. Kahn's three overs against Afghanistan went for 32 runs without claiming a single wicket.
Meanwhile, the wickets in Sri Lanka have been bouncier than expected, allowing pace bowlers to play a greater role than usual in T20 cricket, which tends to put more emphasis on spin bowling. Jade Dernbach, Steven Finn and Broad lined up as a three-man pace attack for the Three Lions against Afghanistan.
England look set to keep an unchanged side, after all-rounder Luke Wright smashed an impressive 99 not out to answer any critics over his place batting at number 3.
England are 1.72 to beat India, while Dhoni's side can be backed at 2.10.
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