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01-Sep-2011 03:05:00 GMT
England v India, Only Twenty20, Old Trafford

Morgan and Dernbach Star in T20 Victory

Manchester: Eoin Morgan struck a quick-fire 49 off 27 balls as England overpowered India by six wickets in the one-off Twenty20 international on Wednesday.

Left-hander Morgan was the hero of England's chase of 166, striking seven fours and a six.

Morgan put on 73 runs for the fourth wicket with Ravi Bopara (31 not out) off only 49 balls to lead England to a comprehensive victory despite Ajinkya Rahane's 61 off 39 balls.

Jade Dernbach (four for 22) and captain Stuart Broad (two for 37) helped the hosts with a flurry of wickets as the visitors scored only 61 runs, losing nine wickets from the final eight overs.

Thirty-three of them were scored by Suresh Raina who marked Tim Bresnan and Broad for special attention, smashing them for three sixes, as he took only 19 balls for his cameo.

The hosts actually gave Indians a lesson in Twenty20 cricket as they scored their runs with a mix of defence and attack.

The visitors, in contrast, appeared to play to the gallery and largely got their runs in fours and sixes -- as many as 92 of 165 came off boundaries.

England lost debutant Alex Hales (0) to Praveen Kumar off only the second ball of the innings but experienced Kevin Pietersen gave an impetus to the innings with a stroke-filled 33 off 23 balls with five fours.

Pietersen and opener Craig Kieswetter (18) guided England to 54 for one in the power-play but then the hosts lost both of them in the space of three runs to bring the match back on an even keel.

Kieswetter offered a simple catch at short cover and Pietersen was stumped off the first ball by Virat Kohli.

Morgan then seized back the initiative with 17 runs off Rohit Sharma in the ninth over of the innings, slamming the part-time off-spinner for two fours and a massive six over mid-on.

England were 90 for three at the end of the 10th over. They took two balls more than India did for their 100 runs -- 68 balls to India's 66 balls.

Morgan played a sensible knock but departed unhappily as he believed Rohit Shem at point hadn't caught him cleanly off Munaf Patel.

But after Morgan departed at 134 for four in the 16th over, the hosts needed just 32 off 29 balls.

Bopara and Samit Patel (25 not out) then ran briskly between the wickets and hit the odd boundaries to bring the equation to 13 from the final two overs.

Munaf Patel bowled the penultimate over, a brilliant effort as he conceded only three runs from the over.

Needing 10 off the final over, bowled by Vinay Kumar, the first delivery was a wide and the next three were hit for fours by Patel as England reached home with three balls to spare.

Brief scores
165 (Rahane 61, Dernbach 4-22)
England 169 for 4 (Morgan 49)
Results England won by six wickets
MOM Jade Dernbach (England)

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