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Morgan guides England to six-wicket win over India

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

cricket Updated: Sep 01, 2011 02:23 IST
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Eoin Morgan struck a quickfire 49 off 27 balls as England overpowered India by six wickets in the one-off Twenty20 international in Manchester 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) 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.