Friday, 28 October 2011

T20I: Indians regroup for last blast against England

KOLKATA: After a short Diwali break, it's back to business for Team India. MS Dhoni's men will have their only nets session ahead of Saturday's one-off Twenty20 International against England on Friday morning at the Eden Gardens while the visitors will have a knock in the afternoon.

With the hosts already upbeat after thrashing England 5-0 in the just-concluded 'revenge' series, they will be further bolstered by the inclusion of T20 specialists Yusuf Pathan and Robin Uthappa.

England, on the other hand, spent two leisurely days in the city as they sought to recover from the ODI mauling. With ODI skipper Alastair having returned home along with Jonathan Trott, off-spinner Graeme Swann will be leading the side. It's their batsmen who let the team down in the ODIs, with the visitors losing all their wickets for 47 runs just two days ago. Saturday night's match will be played on the same pitch, so it remains to be seen if the England players have learnt a lesson.

The English batters had no answer to the Indian spinners under lights on Tuesday. While skipper Alastair Cook said "the ball suddenly started to spin a lot more," after the match, Dhoni called it an "ugly-looking pitch".

KP, teammates enjoy Ganges cruise

England batsman Kevin Pietersen on Thursday enjoyed a cruise on the river Ganges with two of his teammates and tweeted about their memorable experience. "On a boat trip on the river Ganges ... we are so lucky doing the things we do," tweeted Pietersen, who also posted a picture showing him standing on the deck of the boat.

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