England captain Stuart Broad praised his middle-order batsmen for the part they played after wrapping up a six-wicket win over India in the one-off Twenty20 international at Old Trafford last night.
England made heavy work chasing their target of 165, but with 10 needed from Vinay Kumar’s final over Samit Patel hit three successive fours to guide England home with three balls to spare.
It ensured Broad’s first success in his second game in charge with Eoin Morgan (49) leading the way after his 73-run stand with Ravi Bopara (31 off 36 balls) set up the successful chase.
Broad insists the players were never concerned about the final result, even heading into the final over.
“The guys felt we had it under control,” he said. “Morgan played pretty well, and then for Ravi and Samit to finish it off was pretty special.
“We’re delighted with the win, but there are things we can improve on.
“We came back at India very well, especially in restricting them to 165 after the start they got. We lost an early wicket but the way Morgan and the guys batted was fantastic.
“The atmosphere was brilliant, and really helped the guys.”