India delivered a stunning team effort as they crushed England by a huge margin of 90 runs in Colombo. The spinners came to the party as Harbhajan Singh and Piyush Chawla shared 6 wickets between them.
Wtih four changes in their team, India's first experiment failed as the decision to use Irfan Pathan as opener backfired with Steven Finn sending him back to the pavilion early on.
Virat Kohli was stroking the ball fluently and looked set for a big score. His 40 runs of 33 balls gave India the boost they needed and while he was at the crease the English bowlers had their work cut out.
Gautam Gambhir was looking in good touch as he hit 45 runs from 38 balls and picked things up after Kohli's departure.
The finishing touches to the innings were given by Rohit Sharma who hit a well made 55 with 5 fours and a huge 6 over the cover region. His contribution was the reason India finished with 170/4 in their 20 overs.
England's run chase suffered early damage as Irfan Pathan did his job with the ball getting the wickets of Alex Hales and Luke Wright to peg back England's hope of a good start.
Comeback man Harbhajan Singh gave the Englishmen a grim reminder of why he is known as the 'Turbanator' as they danced to his tune having no clue to his off spinners. He finished with excellent figures of 4 for 12 from 4 overs with 2 maidens.
Piyush Chawla answered the call from the selctors with the ball as he gave Bhajji good support picking up a couple of wickets. The pair spun a web around the England batsmen as they collapsed from 39/2 to 60/8.
England were finally bowled out for 80. The 90 run win was India's biggest margin of victory in T20 Internationals. England narrowly escaped being bowled out for the lowest score in the format. This win will keep Team India pumped up for the Super Eights whereas England have to get their act together before the next phase of the tournament.
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