Irfan Pathan and MS Goni scripted a sensational fightback with a 26 ball rapid fire 63 run partnership after India looked gone for all money at 58/5 around 9th over . The duo hit 9 sixes in all , some of them as big as 103 metres long as Indian legends suddenly erupted like a volcano from a slumber to get England totally off guard . It was Monty Panesar , who created enough damage early with wickets of Kaif , Yuvraj (22) and the mighty Tendulkar (9) getting him stumped . Badrinath could not force the pace and England looked in full control till Irfan ( 61 notout off 34 balls) erupted with stupendous hitting all round the ground and soon joined by Manpreet Gony ( 35 off 16 balls) who was smashing the balls into the crowds after Yusuf Pathan (17) left at 99/6. However after a stirring fightback , Indian legends fell short by 6 runs in last over with Ryan Sodebottom just about succeeding to check the run flow. Panesar (3/15) was the best bowler for England .
Earlier Kevin Peitersen (75 off 37 ) looked in total command as he was hitting with great power and timing and hit 5 monster sixes to entertain the big crowd as other batters played quick cameos to take England to an imposing total of 189 in their 20 overs . For India , Irfan Pathan took 2 wickets and bowled well in patches while Yusuf took 3/26.
This is India’s 1st loss in 2 games while England pick up 2 successive wins to place them at the top of the group .