England lifted by boo boys

ICC World Twenty20 2009

James Foster & Graeme Swann

James Foster and Graeme Swann successfully appeal for a stumping against India's Yuvraj Singh

Captain Paul Collingwood admitted England being booed on their home ground provided the motivation to knock holders India out of the ICC World Twenty20.

Collingwood's team faced a cacophony of jeers as they made their way from the nursery practice ground ahead of the Super Eights match at Lord's, which England won by three runs to keep their own title hopes alive.

That hostility from the India supporters left a pre-match team talk redundant.

"It was good because I didn't have to make any sort of motivational speech before we went out," revealed Collingwood after the three-run win. "They pretty much did it for us.

"It hurt a few people and it was also a bit strange because we were on our home ground - the home of cricket.

"But the performance showed how much we wanted it. It was a magnificent effort tonight.

"Ideally we would have had 10 or 15 more runs but the way we went about it and the plans that we had worked perfectly.

"We took wickets at the right times and a couple of times we did something special - like the James Foster stumping."

Foster's moment of magic terminated Yuvraj Singh's assault after just nine balls - he hit two sixes in a rapid 17 - while England's plan to pepper India with short stuff was key.

"One of the ways to go against India is to be aggressive," said Collingwood.

"Obviously on the quicker pitches they sometimes do struggle with the bounce.

"We wanted to exploit that and to defend a total like that against a batting line-up like India's means the boys can be very proud of themselves."

Collingwood, whose side now face West Indies tomorrow in what is a must-win encounter to make the semi-finals, was confident of success when India headed into the final three overs requiring 39.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Mahendra Singh Dhoni apologised to India's fans after they were knocked out of the ICC World Twenty20 by England

Although India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and fellow big hitter Yusuf Pathan were at the crease, he had left pace trio James Anderson, Stuart Broad and Ryan Sidebottom with an over apiece.

"Once the last three overs came down, I knew I had my three big men to bowl and I was pretty confident from that point," Collingwood added.

"I know what these guys can do and the skills they have got, and I have a lot of belief in them as captain.

"The pressure comes into it but I know they are very steady when it comes down to that pressure.

"Of England's future prospects, he added: "There is only 18 hours before we are back on the field again, this will be fresh in our memories, and hopefully we can use the feelgood factor.

"It has been a little bit of a rollercoaster ride all the way through this tournament, a bit up and down, but we have to keep going for it because we are not going to win this tournament if we are complacent.

"I said beforehand that if we won four games we would win the World Cup. Now we have brought it down to three."

Left-armer Sidebottom celebrated his recall with two early strikes in defence of 154 - and prevented India scoring the 19 required from the final over.

"It was a great team effort," Sidebottom said. "It's a great feeling to have all the boys around you, celebrating together, and I will remember that for a long time."

Dhoni, who sent India into raptures by claiming the crown at the inaugural 20-over event in South Africa two years ago, apologised to his cricket-mad country for their exit.

"I am very disappointed, frankly speaking," he said. "I don't think we have any excuse, our performance was not up to the mark, and hopefully it was a good learning lesson for us.

"We made a few mistakes, to keep them to 153 meant we did a brilliant job.

"We understand fans are upset but we can say that we are more upset than them, although we understand their emotion."


Skipper Paul Collingwood joins the celebrations following England's impressive victory over India

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