Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bopara Is Backing England to Shine

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Bopara Is Backing England to Shine

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RAVI BOPARA knows England face a huge test of their World Cup aspirations this weekend - but is confident they will rise to the occasion against India.

The favourites and cohosts await England at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Sunday fresh from their 87-run win over Bangladesh in Dhaka in the tournament's opening match.

England's six-wicket success against Holland in Nagpur was significantly less convincing, fielding lapses and moderate bowling putting the onus on them to chase 292-6 under the lights.

They managed it, though - thanks, in part, to Bopara's unbeaten 30 from only 20 balls.

India will nonetheless be much more difficult opponents and Bopara said: "It will be one of our toughest challenges on this tour.

"We know what the Indian batsmen are capable of, but we do have our plans.

"We know where to bowl to certain players to keep them quiet."

For Bopara, who grew up watching his father's native India play almost as much as he did England, it will be a special occasion if he keeps his place ahead of second spin option Mike Yardy. …

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