When the Indian cricket team arrived in England as the defending T20 title, MS Dhoni’s men were the favorites to take the trophy again. India was placed in a relatively weaker group with teams such as Bangladesh and Ireland, and made their way to the Super Eight stage. However, the smooth start was soon shaken up by a 7-wicket loss against the West Indies in their first Super Eight match. India were now in dire need of a win as they faced England at Lords Stadium on 14 June 2009.
After winning the draw, Captain Donnie decided to go in first hoping for an early share to put the English side under pressure. In the second half of the match, Yuvraj Singh provided his side with the needed early success when he sent off English opener Luke Wright, after which Kevin Petersen joined Ravi Popara in the tuck.
Under pressure, the duo slowly began getting the bat back on track and tailoring a partnership of 71 throws before Bobara was cleaned by Ravindra Jadeja. And only when Petersen was gradually approaching fifty, was he also dismissed by Jadeja on the thirteenth. After Petersen’s dismissal, the wicket kept dropping at regular intervals and England’s track record couldn’t really take off. England finished at 153 for 7 points in the 20 allotted to her.
In response, India also didn’t have a great start and lost two blades in quick succession. While Gautam Gambhir started well, his innings failed to quicken his pace and he was fired at 26th in the 11th. The decision to send Jadeja behind star-studded Yuvraj Singh in fourth also cost India heavily. Multiplication in no. 4 He scored 35 balls 25 before he was sent off by Graeme Swan. Yuvraj hit 9 balls 17 before becoming the second goal for Swan.
Near the end of the chase, the partnership between Dhoni (30 of 20) and Yusuf Pathan (33 of 17) gave India some hopes but it was not enough as India fell 3 runs away from the winning goal in the final. He finished the match at 150 to 5. India ceded their second consecutive win in the eight premier stages, nearly ending the team’s campaign in the tournament. Ryan Sidebottom “Man of the Match” was judged 2 to 31 on 4 overs.
Dhoni’s team showed unfortunate form at T20 WC 2009 and ended that with another defeat against South Africa in their last match.
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