Stuart Broad expects India to bounce back
Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad expects India will end their winless run against England before the end of the current tour.
Broad masterminded the tourists' latest defeat as England claimed a six-wicket win in the one-off Twenty20 international at Old Trafford last night.
Broad's first win as England captain was, however, only sealed in the final over when Samit Patel hit three successive boundaries to carry his side past India's 165 all out.
The close contest was a far cry from the Test series, which England won 4-0, to offer an injury-depleted India a much-needed boost ahead of the five-match one-day international series.
India were only crowned world champions in the 50-over game in April, but a long injury list and their poor form so far on tour is set to see them go into the series as underdogs.
Despite that, Broad expects India to provide a renewed threat when the ODI series begins in Chester-le-Street on Saturday.
"They've got some world-class talent in their team. They are the 50-over world champions so we know the danger they present," he said.
"We are certainly not going to take any game lightly."
Asked if he expected India to break their tour duck in the series, he added: "Well yeah, of course.
"We know how dangerous India are. We need to focus on what we're doing, we're playing good cricket at the moment with guys standing up and performing on the big stage.
"That's something we want to continue with."
Young quick Jade Dernbach led England's success last night as he claimed four for 22 - the equal-best figures by an England bowler in Twenty20 cricket.
It helped restrict India after they had got off to a flyer thanks to a debut half-century from Ajinkya Rahane.
A 73-run stand in 49 balls between Eoin Morgan (49) and Ravi Bopara (31 not out) then set up the successful chase finished off by Patel.
"It was a fantastic game of cricket. We probably didn't start as well as we would have liked to have done," Broad said.
"Certainly in the first 10 overs we got it wrong.
"We need to assess that but the way we clawed it back is a testament to the side.
"To bowl India out in a Twenty20 format is brilliant. We know that wickets stop the scoring rate.
"Jade getting his four-for was fantastic. He showed all of the skills that got him into this England side.
"A special mention also has to go to Eoin Morgan with the way he batted.
"He's been the best one-day batsman for a little while now. He let Ravi go at a run a ball."
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