Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Broad Makes Winning Start

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Broad Makes Winning Start

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Byline: Matt Somerford

STUART Broad claimed his first win as England Twenty20 captain following a last-over six-wicket win against India at Old Trafford last night.

Jade Dernbach's record-equalling figures of four wickets for 22 runs by an England bowler paved the way for victory in the one-off match after India were bowled out for 165.

England made heavy work of their chase, but with 10 needed from Vinay Kumar's final over Samit Patel hit three successive fours to guide England home with three balls left.

It ensured Broad's first success in his second game in charge with Eoin Morgan (49) leading the way after his 73-run stand with Ravi Bopara (31 off 36 balls) set up the successful chase.

England had initially looked set to concede a far bigger total after opener Ajinkya Rahane blazed a debut half-century. The right-hander plundered 61 from 39 balls while fellow first-gamer, 38-year-old Rahul Dravid, added a quickfire 31 as the tourists passed 100 in 69 balls.

But England's bowlers, led by Dernbach, who equalled Durham all-rounder Paul Collingwood's England-best figures taken against Sri Lanka in 2006, clawed their way back as India lost their final five wickets in 13 balls.

England's chase got off to a terrible start when Alex Hales, one of two debutants alongside Jos Buttler, was trapped lbw for a duck by Praveen Kumar from the second ball.

Despite the early loss, Craig Kieswetter and Kevin Pietersen played unhindered to combine for 58 from 37 balls.

Both struck the ball sweetly, with Pietersen surviving a tough dropped chance by Parthiv Patel on 11, although they both fell in quick succession to cause some alarm.

Kieswetter offered a simple chance to Suresh Raina off Munaf Patel before Pietersen was stumped down the legside.

Morgan and Bopara then seemed to have the chase in hand when they combined in a stand of 73 from 49 balls. The pair were happy to pick the gaps but also chose their moments to attack, blasting 17 off one over from part-timer Rohit Sharma.

They looked set fair to take England home before Morgan was caught by Sharma on 49, with the television umpire confirming his low catch. …

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