India was put in to bat and ended on 170-4, and England was all out for 80 in 14.4 overs in last night’s Group A game in Colombo, Sri Lanka. It was England’s lowest total in Twenty20 internationals and its worst defeat in the game’s shortest form.
“Our performance was good,” captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni said on the tournament’s website after India’s largest Twenty20 win in terms of runs. “Bigger teams await us and we need to be consistent. In every match, we have to be at our best.”
Both teams had already guaranteed a place in the Super Eight stage of the 12-nation tournament by beating Afghanistan. Ireland faces the West Indies in the final Group B match today with the winner joining pool leader Australia in the next phase.
Rohit Sharma top scored for India with 55 not out, while Gautam Gambhir made 45 and Virat Kohli 40. Man of the match Harbhajan Singh took 4-12 as only three England batsmen reached double figures. Opener Craig Kieswetter was the highest scorer with 35.
England captain Stuart Broad said his team can bounce back from the loss.
“We’ve had a really bad day but it doesn’t change our destiny,” he said. “Now we’ve got a job to do to refocus.”
Pakistan earlier beat New Zealand by 13 runs in Group D in Pallekele to get its campaign off to a winning start.
Man of the match Nasir Jamshed smashed 56 off 35 balls as Pakistan made 177-6 from its 20 overs, with New Zealand 164-9 in reply as spinner Saeed Ajmal took 4-30.
“My teammates gave me a lot of confidence in the dressing room and just told me to play my normal and natural game,” Jamshed said. “I hope I can now maintain these standards for the rest of the tournament.”
Even after the loss, New Zealand advances on run rate. Pakistan and Bangladesh meet tomorrow to decide the second team to qualify from the three-team group.
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