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Taking wickets was the key: Broad
Thursday 01 September 2011

England’s T20 captain Stuart Broad felt that the key to defeating India in the one-off T20I was to take wickets.

"Taking wickets is the best way to stop scoring rates. We didn't hit our length in the first 10 overs but the way we came back and bowled them out showed the character and skill of our bowlers," said Broad on Wednesday.

India were 104 for one in the 13th over but then fell apart to be all out for 165 in the final over.

"We didn't start well but the way we bowled in the final 10 overs was brilliant. We decided taking wickets was the positive option. It kept the pressure on the new batters. It showed the value of picking wickets even in limited overs game.

"We didn't hit our length, bowl our best ball and gave too many four-balls. But their batsmen also came out with intent to hit the ball. There was no margin of error as the ball skidded on in early overs. You needed to be really spot on with deliveries and that showed as both sides made good scores in the first six overs.

"Thereafter it became harder to score. We wanted to slow down after India went to a flyer."

Broad had words of praise for young Indian opener Ajinkaya Rahane, and was unwilling to rule out the visitors' chances in the forthcoming one-day series.

"He played fantastically well. He used his crease well, stepped across and hit on the leg-side. Our length wasn't spot on.

"But India are 50-over world champions. We know the danger they present to us. We are not going to take the game lightly. We need to focus on what we are doing and we want to continue with our performance on big stage.

"It was fantastic to see a few guys stand up and delivery today."

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