England's blip in concentration
If Kevin Pietersen was concerned with the way his team collapsed to 98 all out inside 26 overs in the warm-up match against Mumbai's reserves, he was determined not to show it, preferring instead to label it as "a blip" and "not really too much to worry about".
The 124-run defeat will have been a lesson to England: primarily not to drop their concentration levels in the wake of a convincing win, and to respect the opposition.
England were given a decent target to chase, as the Mumbai team made a modest 222-7, but Ian Bell and Paul Collingwood were both guilty of poor shots, which set the tone of the innings. Bell hung his bat outside the off stump and was caught behind when it looked as if he intended to leave it, while Collingwood chipped meekly to mid-on. Their team-mates weren't any better though. Samit Patel, Graeme Swann and James Anderson were the only batsmen to make it into double figures in what was an embarrassing batting display.
On a more positive note, what this match has served to do is show again how well James Anderson bowls with the new ball. He claimed an early wicket with a good away swinger, after wicketkeeper Matt Prior had missed a chance off his bowling in the very first over. Anderson has already said since arriving in Mumbai that he feels he's in a fight to regain his place, having been dropped for the Stanford match in Antigua.
Unfortunately for Ravi Bopara and Luke Wright, both missed out on chances to stake a claim. Bopara was out for nine, caught behind driving, while Wright made just one, playing on to a delivery from Kshemal Waingankar, a 23-year-old seamer who has played just one first-class match. Waingankar ripped through England's batting and celebrated a five-for with understandable jubilance.
Stuart Broad missed the warm-up game with a sore knee, but Pietersen believes he'll be fit for the first one-day international on Friday. However, if England stick with two spinners in Patel and Swann, Broad could possibly be the one to miss out.
Ryan Sidebottom is still a doubt with his Achilles problem, so things aren't too rosy for England as they head to Rajkot to take on an Indian side still buoyant after their Test series win over Australia.