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England bat first in crucial clash with India

Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and chose to bowl against England in their Super 8 Twenty20 World Cup clash at Lord's on Sunday.

India have replaced Pragyan Ojha and Irfan Pathan with Ravindra Jadeja and RP Singh. England have brought in Ryan Sidebottom in place of Adil Rashid.

The match is a do-or-die battle for both India and England as the losing team will be out of the tournament.

Dhoni has exhorted his men to remember how they had lost the opening game of the Super Eight round to New Zealand in the 2007 Twenty20 World Cup and then went on to win successive matches to qualify for the semi-finals and finally claim the trophy.

Similar could be the road ahead for India, according to Dhoni, after his side suffered a crushing seven-wicket defeat at the hands of the West Indies in their Super Eight opener at Lord's on Friday.

Eerily, after the New Zealand defeat in 2007, India had England and South Africa as their next two opponents. And, same is the line-up for them this time around - a match-up against England on Sunday followed by one against South Africa on Tuesday.

India had crushed England in 2007 but an absolute ignominy was the fate of young Broad who was hit for six sixes by Yuvraj Singh in one over - an ultimate humiliation for any bowler worth his salt.

There is something about Twenty20 which brings out the worst in Broad, otherwise a respectable young bowler who, over the years, has secured a permanent place in England side.

In the opening match of the ongoing T20 World Cup, it was Broad who had fumbled against the Netherlands, missing three run-out chances and then sending an overthrow which allowed the minnows to record their most famous international victory.

Ironically, Broad had bowled nearly six perfect yorkers in that final over but like a script cast in stone, he was the reason why England ended up as losers.

He has also been hauled up by the ICC not to repeat his controversial attempts to distract South African batsmen in their Super Eight match, which have been declared as "not an appropriate action".

However upbeat that might sound, England and their supporters would surely know their culprit if Broad was to enact yet another disaster for it surely would mean the end of the road for his team.

source - indiatimes.com
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