Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 1 November 2014

England take heart from Twenty20 ‘away’ win

Paul Collingwood revealed boos from the Indian supporters provided the motivation for England's narrow World Twenty20 victory at Lord's yesterday.

Collingwood's men were victorious in their must-win contest by three runs — eliminating the defending champions in the process.

And the Durham all-rounder explained at the post-match presentation ceremony: "Obviously there were a lot of Indian fans here today and we got booed by them when we came off the Nursery ground after training earlier.

"It's a bit strange, to be honest, on your home ground. And it gave everyone the motivation to go out and put a party piece on."

He continued: "There are areas I thought we could improve on. I thought maybe we could have got 160 plus, 170 at one stage.

"But it was a fantastic performance — the way the bowlers came out and put them under a lot of pressure.

"We hoped the wicket would have a bit of pace in it today and

thankfully it went through pretty well."

Victory against the West Indies today will book England's place in the last four of the competition, and Collingwood continued: "Tomorrow's a huge game — we've been playing the West Indies for what seems like the last half a year.

"Both sides know each other very well, they have some dangermen in that side but we'll enjoy this victory and know we have a massive job tomorrow.”

England produced a composed display to defend their score of 153 for seven.

Recalled left-armer Ryan Sidebottom claimed two wickets with the new ball but it was wicketkeeper James Foster's brilliant stumping of Yuvraj Singh which proved the pivotal moment.

Yuvraj struck two sixes in his rapid 17, including one from the first ball he received, before lifting his foot to disastrous consequences against off-spinner Graeme Swann.

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