Ajinkya Rahane will lead India A in this match © Getty Images (File Photo)
Ajinkya Rahane will lead India A in this match © Getty Images (File Photo)

India A take on England in the second warm-up match at Brabourne Stadium Mumbai. This will be the final warm-up game ahead of the One-Day International (ODI) series between India and England, which will begin from January 15 at Pune. India A under MS Dhoni’s captaincy lost the first match by 3 wickets and would like to have some momentum on their side as they kick start their limited-overs campaign. Ajinkya Rahane has been named India A’s captain for this game. He is the only player, who is part of the ODI squad playing this match. Rishabh Pant and Suresh Raina – who will be part of this match, have been named in India’s T20 International (T20I) squad.

England put up a good display in the first match. Sam Billings and Jason Roy got excellent fifties to ensure England got over the line after India A had piled on 304 for 4. Ambati Rayudu scored a superb century. Dhoni and Yuvraj – both part of the ODI set up – finished with an unbeaten 68 off 40 and 56 off 48 respectively. But in this match, the teams are completely different. There were “Dhoni, Dhoni” chants buzzing in the stadium in the first game as it was his final match as captain of an Indian team. But this game will not witness anything close to that. However, the local boy Rahane will be in action.

However, this gives England an opportunity to play three players Ben Stokes, Jonny Bairstow and Liam Plunkett in the match after they were rested for the first game. Stokes and Bairstow previously had a long tour of India, where they played all five Tests against the hosts, which they lost 4-0. Joe Root will once again miss this game as he is expected to join the side on the very day itself due to the birth of his first child,

England have been a dominant force since the World Cup 2015 debacle and had an excellent 2016. They showed that their limited-overs side are a force to be reckoned with after a good show in the first warm-up match. All players got a good outing in the first game, barring England captain Eoin Morgan, who was brilliantly caught by Shikhar Dhawan at slip for just 3. Chinaman bowler picked up 5 out of the 7 wickets to fall, but he will not play a part in the second game.

India A still have quality spinners in Parvez Rasool, Shahbaz Nadeem and also the part-time off-spinners of Raina. Their fast bowlers consist Pradeep Sangwan, Ashok Dinda and Karnataka captain Vinay Kumar. India A in this match will not be short of wicketkeeping options. They have Ishan Kishan, Pant and also Sheldon Jackson, who are capable of performing the task if called upon.

This will be a good chance for Rahane to get some runs under his belt. He had an average Test series against England and scored just scored one fifty in the five ODIs against New Zealand, opening the innings in the absence of Dhawan. For Raina, it will be good chance to show to the selectors that he can still play the 50-over format at the highest level as well, while for Pant, it will be all about continuing his performance in domestic cricket into this game.

While England will want to test their bench strength, it will be a good opportunity to dent their confidence ahead of the first ODI. But the first warm-up match would have given England a lot of confidence and they will look forward to put up another strong fight here as well.

Squads:

India A: Ajinkya Rahane (c), Rishabh Pant (wk), Suresh Raina, Deepak Hooda, Ishan Kishan (wk), Sheldon Jackson (wk), Vijay Shankar, Shahbaz Nadeem, Parvez Rasool, Vinay Kumar, Pradeep Sangwan, Ashoke Dinda

England: England: Eoin Morgan (c), Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Liam Dawson, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey, Chris Woakes

TIME: 09.00 IST | 03.30 GMT