Friday, February 19, 2010

Good performance from England!!

It was good to see England playing well and defeating the world champions, Pakistan. England's fielding has come up by leaps and bounds in recent times and in this game as well the fielding was good. Broad, Colly and KP were very good in the field. It was mainly fielding and some clever bowling by the England's medium pacers which made sure that Pak. would score only 129. The medium pacers mixed it up with slower deliveries and bouncers which is the right way to go on what seemed like a double paced wicket. Of course Swann picked up a couple of wickets but he has been consistent in recent times, so it isn't a huge surprise!

England lost a few early wickets as Denly again failed. I think it is high time that Denly is dropped with either Kieswetter or Lumb replacing him. It didn't look good at 19 for 3 as both Trott and Colly too got out. Trott has the habit of walking across his stumps and always looks like a lbw candidate or as he did today, chopping onto the stumps. He surely has to do something about it. Morgan and KP though came up with a fine partnership to ensure that England would win comfortably in the end. I have said this before that Morgan has a very good temperament and he again showed it today. He plays late and that helped him to do well on this wicket. As far as KP is concerned, I don't see much wrong in his technique but he just needs to spend some time in the middle and it was good to see him not trying to smash everything like he tried in South Africa but played a good supporting role to Morgan.

Pakistan were better in the field but their batsmen again were not up-to the mark. Malik and the sensible, Alam did try to resurrect the innings and in the end, Razzaq smashed a few but a score of 129 even on what seemed like a bit of double paced wicket was never going to be enough.

England aren't one of top T/20 sides but the team is moving in the right direction though selectors can't just keep picking Denly. England have to look at either Kieswetter or Lumb for sure.


Shridhar Jaju said...

It was nice to see to see KP bat in an assured manner after a long time. And Morgan is turning out to be quite a talent.

greyblazer said...

Yeah KP played better. In SA he was looking to slog everything, as a result he wasn't getting any timing.In most of the matches the bowlers didn't get him but KP gifted his wicket.

Morgan is looking very dangerous in the shorter formats of the game and he is in the IPL as well.