India win toss, elects to bowl against England in first T20 match at Pune

Mahendra Singh Dhoni will have to put Test series loss on the back burner and motivate his teammates for the shortest format of the game © Getty Images

Pune: Dec 20, 2012
 
India won toss and opted to bowl against England in the first Twenty20 match of the Airtel series at Pune.

Under-fire for the first Test series loss to England in 28 years and and with his captaincy under the scanner, skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni will have to put these issues on the back burner and motivate his teammates for the shortest format of the game.
 
To the home team’s advantage, a younger lot of players some of who were not part of the Test series like flamboyant all rounder Suresh RainaRohit Sharma and Ambati Rayudu would give India the much-needed edge and enthusiasm.

England offspinner James Tredwell makes his T20 debut.

England: Alex Hales, Michael Lumb, Luke Wright, Eoin Morgan (c), Samit Patel, Jos Buttler (wk), Tim Bresnan, James Tredwell, Stuart Meaker, Danny Briggs, Jade Dernbach

India: Gautam Gambhir, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni (c & wk), R Ashwin, Piyush Chawla, Ashok Dinda, Parvinder Awana

Catch live scores and ball-by-ball commentary of the first Twenty20 match at Pune between India and England here