Nagpur:  After their rough performance in the opening match against Netherlands, England captain Andrew Strauss hopes that India would be deceived into taking his side lightly. Both teams are set to clash in a much-anticipated World Cup match scheduled for Sunday.

England were handed a scare by the Dutch on Tuesday when Strauss' men were left to chase a challenging 292. Although the English won but Strauss conceded that the performance was anything but convincing on the bowling and fielding fronts.

 "Hopefully India will take us lightly after this performance," Strauss told reporters at Nagpur.     

"We generally raise our games against better sides. We are very excited about playing India in Bangalore. There will be a great atmosphere and we will back ourselves to beat them," he insisted.

The England captain also praised Dutch all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate, who scored 119 runs besides knocking off a couple of wickets.

On the positives from the match, Strauss said it has to be the fine batting which enabled the team to chase down the stiff target.

"It was a little bit tighter than we wanted it at the end. We probably didn't use the power play as we would have liked, but I think we always had the batting under control. We can take some confidence out of that," he added.

 

(With Agency inputs)