Friday, 24 September 2021

England suffer warm-up defeat

MUMBAI: England fell to a comprehensive defeat in their final warm-up match before Sunday’s first ODI, going down by six wickets to India ‘A’ in Mumbai. After half-centuries from Alex Hales and Jonny Bairstow had put the tourists in a strong position, captain Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler were dismissed for golden ducks as England collapsed and it took a final wicket stand of 71 between David Willey and Adil Rashid to take them to 282. That never looked likely to be enough and so it proved, Ajinkya Rahane making 93 and fifties for Sheldon Jackson and Rishabh Pant helping India ‘A’ get across the line with more than 10 overs to spare. Having won the toss, England began brightly and had reached 46 inside five overs when Jason Roy (25 from 16 balls) was dismissed in unusual fashion, a Pradeep Sangwan (2-64) bouncer striking him on the helmet, with a fragment breaking off and dislodging a bail. Hales (51) and Bairstow added another 74 for the second wicket before Shahbaz Nadeem (2-41) removed the former. Morgan then gifted the left-arm spinner a second with his first ball of the next over, lobbing up a simple return catch.

Ashok Dinda (2-55) got rid of Bairstow (64) and Moeen Ali (1) in successive overs with vice-captain Buttler also offering up a gentle caught and bowled chance, that was taken by Parvez Rasool, in between as England lost three wickets in eight balls. Rasool (3-38) also accounted for Ben Stokes (38) and Chris Woakes (16) as England crumbled, only an aggressive stand between Rashid (39) and Willey (38no) adding a degree of respectability to the total. A rapid opening partnership of 119 between Rahane and Jackson (59) kept England firmly on the back foot and it only got worse after Ali (1-46) removed Jackson, as Pant (59 from 36 balls) came out firing. The 19-year-old hammered 19 from a Jake Ball over and England were relieved to see the back of him as he picked out Hales on the long on boundary to give Rashid (1-51) his first wicket. Rahane eventually fell seven short of his century, bowled by Willey (1-32), having hit 10 fours and a maximum in his 83-ball innings and Ball (1-46) had Suresh Raina (45 from 34 balls) caught by Hales. The game was up long before then though and with Deepak Hooda (23no) at the non-strikers’ end, Ishan Kishan (5no) hit the winning runs three overs later. Watch the first ODI between India and England from 7.30am on Sunday.

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