Sam Billings top-scored for England with 93    Getty Images
Sam Billings top-scored for England with 93 Getty Images (File Photo)

MS Dhoni s final match as captain of an Indian side ends in a defeat as England register first win on this tour as they thump India A by 3 wickets in a well-contested first warm-up match at Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai. Sam Billings 93 eventually took England over the line. Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav picked up his maiden List A five-for, but that was not enough for India A to restrict England. England got off to a good start with Jason Roy and Alex Hales setting the tone for the middle-order. Roy started the innings with a flurry of boundaries in the first over from Ashish Nehra. He initially looked set to take the match away from India A. England had scored 58 without losing a single wicket in the first 10 overs.

The opening pair added 95 in 14.3 overs, before Kuldeep struck in his very first over. Kuldeep got rid of Hales for 40 and then struck in his second over as well, getting rid of the set Roy for a 57-ball 62. Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal went for some runs in his initial overs, but he came back to remove England skipper Eoin Morgan courtesy a brilliant catch from Shikhar Dhawan at first slip. Dhawan plunged to his left to nab the bullet generated from Morgan’s full-blooded reverse-sweep. From 95 for no loss, they crumbled to 112 for 3 at the end of the 18th over.

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Jos Buttler and Billings then added 79 off 74 for the fourth wicket. Kuldeep then returned to the attack and dismissed Buttler as he holed out in the deep for 46 off 38. Two balls later he trapped Moeen Ali in front for a duck. Liam Dawson showed he is no mug with the bat once again as he played a handy supporting role to Billings on his way to a 47-ball 41, but more importantly added 99 for the sixth wicket in just 93 balls. With Dawson s dismissal, Kuldeep picked up his fifth wicket of the match, but the match was still England s to lose.

India had a glimmer of hope when Hardik Pandya cleaned-up Sam Billings for 93. England still needed 15 off 23 at that stage. England needed 7 more to win of the final two overs, but had just 3 wickets in hand. But Chris Woakes smacked two back-to-back boundaries off Hardik Pandya s penultimate over of the innings to had England the win.

Earlier, India made 304 for 4 after winning the toss and electing to bat first. Ambati Rayudu scored a magnificent century. Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh turned the clock back as they slammed magnificent half-centuries. Dhoni remained unbeaten on 68 off 40, plundering 23 runs off the final over of the innings off Woakes. Yuvraj too crafted a pleasing to eye 56. Shikhar Dhawan found some form as well, slamming 63 off 84, opening the innings.

Ajinkya Rahane will lead India A in their next game. as they take onEngland in the second warm-up match on Thursday the last one before the One-Day International (ODI) series begins on January 15 at Pune.

Brief Scores:

India A 304 for 4 in 50 overs (Shikhar Dhawan 63, Ambati Rayudu 100*, Yuvraj Singh 56, MS Dhoni 68*; David Willey 2 for 55, Jake Ball 2 for 61) lost tp England 307 for 7 in 48.5 overs (Jason Roy 62, Sam Billings 93; Hardik Pandya 1 for 48, Kuldeep Yadav 5 for 60) by 3 wickets.