Broad - A really bad day
England captain Stuart Broad insisted his side are not vulnerable against spin despite slumping to a 90-run defeat to India in Colombo.
Last Updated: 23/09/12 8:15pm
England Twenty20 captain Stuart Broad insisted his side are not vulnerable against spin despite slumping to a 90-run defeat to India in Colombo.
The reigning ICC World Twenty20 champions were bowled out for just 80 in the Group A contest - their lowest ever total in the shortest form of the game.
Harbhajan Singh took 4-12 and leg-spinner Piyush Chawla finished with 2-13 as England managed to last just 14.4 overs in pursuit of India's total of 170-4.
Broad admitted it had been a "really bad day" but could at least take some comfort in the fact his side had already qualified for the Super Eights stage of the tournament in Sri Lanka by beating minnows Afghanistan.
"I've seen the guys play spin extremely well, certainly in training, we've been learning in Sri Lanka and we've developed well," he said.
"We've had a really bad day today but it doesn't affect our destiny. We still get on a bus tomorrow to Kandy and play in the Super Eights.
"We were pretty happy with 170. We made a few mistakes in the field and we probably didn't hit our straps as well as we could have done but we didn't get it right with the bat at all.
"India got it very right - I thought they bowled very nicely.
"We played across the line a bit too much whereas against Afghanistan we struck the ball so straight and very cleanly."
Broad's opposite number Mahendra Singh Dhoni believes England will be able to adapt to the spin-friendly conditions in Sri Lanka and expects the reigning champions to get stronger as the tournament goes on.
"It is something that is a bit new and different to them," he said.
"In the sub-continent, at times when it starts turning the ball really stops - so you have to be really careful when playing those drives.
"It is a bit different, compared with England. But they are a very good side that has done really well in the last year. So you will see them adapt to conditions and get better in the future."