2nd warm-up one-day: Rahane hits fifty as India A score 163/1 in 25 overs Vs England
Mumbai, Jan 12: India A skipper Ajinkya Rahane put up a 119-run opening stand with his partner Sheldon Jackson to give the hosts a positive start in the second warm-up one day match against England at Brabourne Stadium here on Thursday (Jan 12).
Rahane (batting at 76) and Sheldon (59) played aggressively to take India A’s score past hundred before 18 overs. Rahane played aggressively with a strike rate of more than 108.
Sheldon was removed by England off-spinner Moeen Ali in the 19th over.
Promising young batsman Rishabh Pant was the new man to come into bat after Sheldon’s departure.
The 19-year-old Delhi Daredevils’ batsman also played with positive intent and scored runs quickly.
Pant (27*) along with Rahane took the host’s score past 150 within 25 overs as the visitors kept searching for the wickets.
Earlier batting first, England scored 282 for the loss of 9 wickets in 48.4 overs, thus setting a target of 283 the hosts to win. (Watch England’s batting highlights)
England skipper Eoin Morgan won the toss and elected to bat first against Rahane-led India A.
A late flurry from David Willey (38*) and Adil Rashid (39*) took the visitors to a respectable position after they were reduced to 211 for 9.
The duo put up a fifty-stand for the tenth-wicket to lift the visitors to a decent total. 71 runs were added for the last wicket by the two. Jonny Bairstow (64) and Alex Hales (51) were the top scorers for England.
Parvez Rasool was the pick of the bowlers for India as the spinner picked up 3 wickets from his quota of 10 overs and gave 38 runs. Ashok Dinda and Shahbaz Nadeem took two wickets apiece.
Earlier, the visitors have left out Liam Dawson and Sam Billings, who were the match winners in the previous practice match, and included Jonny Bairstow and Liam Plunkett in their 12-member line-up.
Pant was included in the Indian XI alongside his under-19 skipper Ishan Kishan.
Pant, who played an important role in India’s runners-up campaign at the U-19 World Cup in 2016, has made rapid strides to be selected selected in the T20 squad for the England series.
The spotlight will also be shared by another promising player Kishan. The Jharkhand player led India at the Under-19 World Cup in 2016 in Bangladesh where they lost to the West Indies in the final. He has produced some fine knocks in the domestic circuit which caught the attention of the selectors.
Among others, focus will also be on veteran Suresh Raina, who is making a comeback after a long hiatus and all-rounders Parvez Rasool, Vinay Kumar. All three players will be aiming to hit the right note ahead of the England series.
Youngsters Deepak Hooda and Vijay Shankar have also been included in the Playing XI. The bowling unit will be spearheaded by experienced pacer Ashoke Dinda and Kumar along with Pradeep Sangwan and off-spinner Rasool.
For England, everything went good in the first practice game, which they won by three wickets in Mumbai. The visitors would be expecting another all-round performance ahead of the first ODI against India, which starts on Jan 15 at Pune.
India A: Ajinkya Rahane (captain), Rishabh Pant, Suresh Raina, Deepak Hooda, Ishan Kishan (wicketkeeper), Sheldon Jackson, Vijay Shankar, Shahbaz Nadeem, Parvez Rasool, Vinay Kumar, Pradeep Sangwan, Ashok Dinda.
England: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler (wicketkeeper), Liam Dawson, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey and Chris Woakes.