Welcome to Sportstar's highlights of the T20 World Cup 2021 warm-up match between India and England at the ICC Academy Ground in Dubai.
INDIA BEATS ENGLAND BY SEVEN WICKETS.
India made quick work of a challenging target of 189 set by England, as it romped home by seven wickets with an over to spare. With three runs needed from seven balls, Pant sealed the win with a glorious six as Chris Jordan conceded 23 runs off the penultimate over.
Indian openers provided a solid platform with an 82-run stand before KL Rahul perished for a 24-ball 51. Fellow-opener Ishan Kishan then paired with Rishabh Pant to ensure that the tempo never dropped as Kishan brought up his fifty in 36 balls before retiring on 70 off 46. Skipper Virat Kohli (11 off 13) and Suryakumar Yadav (8 off 9) fell in quick succession, but Hardik Pandya's (16 off 10) handy cameo didn't let the chase derail.
Earlier in the day, England was off to a brisk start after being asked to bat. The middle-order built on that momentum and Moeen Ali exploded lower down the order with 43 runs off 20 balls, hitting Bhuvneshwar Kumar for two sixes off the last two balls of the innings, to take his side to an impressive 188/5.
Jasprit Bumrah (1-26) and R Ashwin (0-23) were the only bowlers to go below 10 an over, while Mohammed Shami picked up three wickets but went for 40 in his four overs.
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IND 192/3 (19 overs): Jordan to bowl the penultimate over. FOUR! Yorker length but misses the line and Hardik drives it through covers. Balls flirts with the wide marker and umpire doesn't give the extra. Another dot and the pressure builds. No-ball and four! Full-toss over the waist and wide enough for the keeper to miss it. Runs to the boundary. FOUR! Hardik heaves on the free hit and gets a thick inside edge that finds the boundary at third. A couple of runs at midwicket. No-ball and Hardik takes a single. Jordan oversteps this time. SIX! Pant finishes it in style! Pulled gloriously for a six over midwicket. And that's the win for India. An inconsequential one but crucial in terms of gathering momentum ahead of the tournament proper.
IND 169/3 (18 overs): Willey back into the attack. Starts off with a wide. FOUR! Surya sinks to his knees and sweeps it to fine leg. OUT! Short and Surya goes for the ramp to run it down to a vacant third and gets an edge on it and the keeper does the rest. Hardik off the mark with a single off the last ball.
IND 163/2 (17 overs): Woakes to bowl out. FOUR! A much-needed boudary after three singles off the first three built some pressure. Pant pulls powerfully to the deep mid wicket fence. Two singles to end the over.
IND 154/2 (16 overs): Slower one and short from Jordan and Pant gets little power in the pull. Just one. Kishan slogs on the full and Livingstone drops a sitter deep midwicket. He has hurt his finger and is walking out of the ground. England will hope the damage is not serious. Kishan retires on 70 to make way for Suryakumar Yadav. Jordan bowls two consecutive wides down leg. Definitely not helping England's cause. Yadav off the mark with a nudge at mid-on that gets him a single.
IND 148/2 (15 overs): A slightly misdirected yorker from Woakes and Kishan doesn't need to be asked twice. A wristy blow through cover for FOUR! Eight come off the over.
IND 140/2 (14 overs): Moeen replaces Rashid. SIX! Pant goes down the track and lofts it over long-off. A one-handed six. SIX! Two in two and the same shot and the same result.
IND 126/2 (13 overs): Livingstone continues. A dot and two singles to start the over. OUT! Kohli is dismissed. Kohli doesn't get to the pitch of the ball and gets the top edge straight Rashid.
IND 123/1 (12 overs): Rashid continues. Single off the backfoot for Kohli and hundred comes up for India. SIX! Steps out fearlessly and slogs it over long-on for a six. SIX! Steps out and this time a maximum over deep extra cover. Masterful strokeplay. And that's a fifty for Kishan off 36 balls. FOUR! Kishan is merciless in his assault. Punched off the backfoot for a four past midwicket. FOUR! It's raining boundaries here. Short again and deposited past midwicket to the boundary again.
IND 99/0 (11 overs): Livingstone into the attack. FOUR! Kishan smashes of the backfoot and pierces the on-side field. Reverse-sweeps and misses and that's the over. Seven from it.
IND 92/1 (10 overs): Kohli and Ishan nudge Rashid about to pick seven from the over. Time for the hydration break.
IND 85/1 (9 overs): FOUR! Rahul brings up his fifty with a glorious drive through cover. WICKET! However, the sublime knock comes to an end off the very next delivery as he picks out Moeen Ali. Wood has the last laugh! Kohli joins Ishan in the middle and gets off the mark with a single straightaway.
IND 78/0 (8 overs): Rashid with spin from the other end. Stems the flow of runs with just five from it. Rahul and Kishan deal in singles.
IND 73/0 (7 overs): Moeen in with spin. FOUR! Crunched on the off. SIX! Short and Rahul goes deep in the crease to launch it over square leg. Swept fine for a single and Kishan will keep strike.
IND 59/0 (6 overs): Jordan brought in. Punched off the backfoot by Rahul and a single. 50 up for India. Kishan is stung, probably on the lower hip bone as he misses the pull. SIX! KL Rahul slogs it straight as an arrow for a six. The ball lands in a neighbouring ground. Two singles to end the over.
IND 49/0 (5 overs): Wood into the attack. FOUR! Kishan smashes it down the ground for a boundary as Wood pitches it in the slot. Kishan pulls and misses. SIX! Pulled and connects this time to send it over square leg. FOUR! Short again and pulled again by Kishan for a boundary at deep square leg.
IND 33/0 (4 overs): FOUR! Pulled again by Rahul and four down fine leg. FOUR! Plays through the line as Woakes offers some width. Good comeback from Woakes with a wide yorker. SIX! Smoked for a six over square leg. FOUR! Full on the pads and flicked away by Rahul behind square leg.
IND 15/0 (3 overs): Willey continues. Kishan steps out early and gets a thick inside edge onto the pads. Dropped! Kishan flicks and gets some air on the ball as Woakes drops it at long-on. Close again and just short of Livingstone at deep midwicket. Kishan struggling as just two come from the over.
IND 13/0 (2 overs): Woakes from the other end. Kishan beaten twice off the first two balls. Kishan connects this time but drives straight to mid-off for a dot. FOUR! Short and wide outside off and Kishan smashes it past cover. Kishan retains strike with one off the last ball.
IND 8/0 (1 over): Rahul off the mark with a single. Dhoni is seen having a chat with mentor Dhoni in the dressing room. FOUR! Willey strays on the legs and Rahul pulls it away for a four behind square leg.
India begins the chase. KL opens with Ishan Kishan.
ENG 188/5 (20 overs): Bhuvi to bowl the last over. Under the pump and wide ball. Full outside off and Moeen can't get it away. Low full-toss on the off and driven through the air for two. Two more next ball. FOUR! Perfect length outside off, Moeen swings to get a lucky edge that runs away to third for four. SIX! SIX! Moeen is on fire, plonking to sixes in two balls to end the innings perfectly. A forgettable outing for Bhuvi. Was getting very predictable with his line and length at the end.
ENG 167/4 (19 overs): Bumrah to bowl out. A brace to start with. Full and sliced past point. OUT! No answers to an unplayable yorker and Bairstow departs. Woakes gets off the mark with a single. Great from Bumrah as only three come off the last four. Three yorkers followed by a back of length slower one that floats over the stumps.
ENG 161/4 (18 overs): Shami to bowl out. Dot and a brace on the overthrow as Kohli misses a direct hit. FOUR! Straight and full and hit straight back over the bowler. FOUR! Slightly wider this time and Moeen swings to find leather on wood and it runs away down deep mid wicket. Single to end the over.
ENG 149/4 (17 overs): Bhuvi reintroduced. Full and misses the line as Moeen plays an uppish drive for two at deep extra cover. Very wide on off and Pant misses to allow an extra run. Great comeback with a yorker. Moeen can do nothing but to defend it back to Bhuvi. FOUR! Short and smashed over cover. Stand and deliver stuff! A brace to end the over. 12 from the over.
ENG 137/4 (16 overs): Moeen new man in. Bumrah back into the attack. Short on leg and it gets full on Moeen. Single off the edge. Good running as Bairstow nudges it to long on for a couple. FOUR! Full outside off and Bairstow steers it to the deep backward point boundary. Low full toss again and Bairstow misses. Loud appeal from Bumrah turned down.
ENG 130/4 (15 overs): Shami to put some pace back onto the ball. Wide down leg and Bairstow steals a single. Wide again on leg and Pant does well to keep it from running away to the boundary. SIX! Full and Bairstow slogs it over long-on over the ropes. Clean hit! OUT! It's a toe-crusher and goes through! Livingstone is cleaned up.
ENG 118/3 (14 overs): Chahar bowls out. SIX! Too full outside off and Livingstone picks it up with ease for a six. Good comeback next ball for a dot. FOUR! Short and punished over long-on. FOUR ! Half-volley on off and Livingstone whips it down deep point for a boudary. No-ball and one to end the over. 17 off it.
ENG 101/3 (13 overs): Ashwin to bowl out. Bairstow reverse-sweeps it to third for a boundary. Single next ball. Hundred up!
ENG 93/3 (12 overs): Chahar continues. Livingstone goes down the track but has no timing on it. Lofts it to deep extra cover and Hardik is just two short. FOUR! Same shot and gets the timing this time as the bowl crosses the ropes at long-off on one drip. FOUR! Short on leg and Livingstone swivels to deposit it at deep square leg for a boundary.
ENG 81/3 (11 overs): Ashwin to bowl his third. Good length from Ashwin, keeping it slightly short. Full on the legs and single for Livingstone. Just two from it and Ashwin is piling on the pressure.
ENG 79/3 (10 overs): OUT! Malan makes room to smash on the off but it's a wrongun from Chahar and he misses and ball hits timber. Chahar troubling right-handed Livingstone, spinning it away from him.
ENG 75/2 (9 overs): Ashwin continues. Tight from Ashwin, keeps it down to just five runs. Bowls to dots to Malan to end the over.
ENG 70/2 (8 overs): Rahul Chahar with leg- spin from the other end. FOUR! Full on the stumps and Bairstow smashes it straight for four. FOUR! Uppish drive and four again at deep extra cover. 3 singles follow and 11 runs come from it.
ENG 59/2 (7 overs): Ashwin to introduce spin. Single for Bairstow first ball. Ashwin to the left-hander, and Malan punches it off the backfoot for one. FOUR! Malan makes room and goes inside out to run it down deep extra cover.
ENG 51/2 (6 overs): Shami to bowl his second over. Shami bowls around the wicket to the left-handed Malan who runs it to third for one. OUT ! Slightly short from Shami and Roy tries to find the gap on the backfoot, but finds the fielder at short fine leg instead. Bairstow the new man in.
ENG 45/1 (5 overs): Bumrah is back into the attack. Low-full toss on the toes first up. Change in length and Malan is beaten on the off. FOUR! Lucky boundary. Perfect yorker but Malan gets the outside edge and it runs away past the keeper to the boundary at third. Beaten again on the full on the off. FOUR! Malan finally connects and does it convincingly. Drives through covers for a four.
ENG 37/1 (4 overs): Shami replaces Bumrah. FOUR! Buttler finds the boundary first ball. A dot follows. FOUR ! Smashed straight down the ground over Shami's head for another boundary. Under pressure next ball and WIDE. OUT! Shami knocks Buttler over. Malan in at 3. Single for Malan straightaway. Dot to end the over.
ENG 27/0 (3 overs): Bhuvi continues. FOUR ! Full and Roy plonks it down to the long-on boundary. Big no-ball from Bhuvi and gets away with just a single off the free hit. Confusion in the middle and Buttler survives a direct hit run out chance. FOUR! Roy swivels and laps it behind for a four down fine leg.
ENG 14/0 (2 overs): Bumrah to share the new ball. Yorks it in first ball and Buttler tucks it away for three more. Good signs for India as Bumrah is getting in the yorkers consistently. Three singles follow. Six off it.
ENG 8/0 (1 over): Bhuvi to Roy to get the match underway. Tucked away off the pads for three runs down square leg. FOUR! Buttler drives through the off and times it beautifully to find the boundary. Single, punched off the backfoot to deep point.
Pitch analysis shows the pitch getting better to bat on. Pakistan beat West Indies earlier in the day on the same ground, chasing 131 in 15.3 overs.
No playing XI for India. Eleven will bat and field.
England Playing XI: Jos Buttler (c), Jason Roy, Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, David Willey, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.
What the captains said
Jos Buttler: Everyone is excited. Good to get together. Obviously, he (Morgan) is having a rest after those weeks in the IPL. Gives others a chance of exposure. I’m sure India are going to come hard at us, there will be a lot of intensity. Some have come from the IPL for us while many are coming directly from back home. It’s about adapting to the team roles. Pushing for places is important, it’s something that’s driven us over the last many years. There is a lot of competitiveness and it really drives the guys. It’s been healthy for us.
Virat Kohli : We will bowl first. We have had success in the past. So we want to create that same energy. The IPL is right up there, but this is paramount. Adapatability, how plays where is what matters. We are pretty solid in how we are going to start in the first game. We will look to give game-time to most of them. Things were different before IPL, now it's difficult to look beyond KL Rahul. He's been solid up front. I will be batting at 3 . That's the only thing I can say for now.
Toss update coming up shortly. India wins the toss and decides to bowl. Jos Buttler replaces Morgan as England captain for the match.
Match starts at 7:30 PM. Toss at 7 PM.
India Predicted Playing XI: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Varun Chakaravarthy.
England Predicted Playing XI: Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.
A look at the Indian spinners in the UAE leg of IPL
Varun has been the most impressive Indian spinner in the second phase of the IPL by a distance. With R Ashwin not bowling the off-spinners as regularly to turn the ball away from the left-handers, Varun might just edge out the veteran in the race to the XI.
While the three contenders for the opening slot have good numbers, KL Rahul is likely to beat the skipper as Rohit's partner at the top. Moreover, with Suryakumar's form still under a cloud, Kohli's experience will come in handy in the middle-order.
IND vs ENG DREAM11 FANTASY TEAM
Wicketkeepers: Jonny Bairstow, Rishabh Pant
Batters: Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Jason Roy
All-rounders: Ravindra Jadeja (c), Moeen Ali (vc)
Bowlers: Jasprit Bumrah, Varun Chakaravarthy, Mark Wood
IND 7/7 | ENG 4/7 | Credits left: 0.0
Virat Kohli's men will look to plug a few gaps in their T20 World Cup 2021 XI ahead of their marquee clash against Pakistan in the Super 12 on October 24 as they take on Eoin Morgan's England in a warm-up game today.
The spotlight will be on whether all-rounder Hardik Pandya bowls and if the team is looking at playing him as a specialist batter, in which case the bowling combination might have to be revised.
Will India go in with the pace duo of Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, or will it opt for a spinner less and open the door for Shardul Thakur, which will add a bit of depth to the batting, remains to be seen.
With Ravindra Jadeja's spot in the final eleven almost confirmed, we might see a toss-up between mystery spinner Varun Chakaravarthy and the seasoned Ravichandran Ashwin for the second spinner slot.
There has been a lot of anticipation about the opening combination as KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan vie for a slot alongside vice-captain Rohit Sharma. After India hosted England for five T20Is earlier this year, skipper Kohli also emerged as a candidate for the job.
In the middle-order, wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant's role as a finisher will also need to be firmed up as we may see Hardik promoted at No. 5 to allow him to get his eye in after a lacklustre IPL season.
With so many questions likely to be answered during the course of the game, the warm-up will be an exciting prospect that will set the tone and the team combinations for the tournament.
- Dhruva Prasad
India : Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Varun Chakravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur.
Reserves: Shreyas Iyer, Axar Patel, Deepak Chahar
England: Eoin Morgan (c), Jason Roy, Sam Billings, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Moeen Ali, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, David Willey, Christ Woakes, Tymal Mills, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.
Reserves: Reece Topley, James Vince, Liam Dawson
WHERE TO WATCH T20 WORLD CUP 2021 - INDIA VS ENGLAND WARM-UP LIVE?
The match will be aired LIVE on Star Sports 1 , Star Sports 1 HD , Star Sports 1 Hindi , Star Sports 1 Hindi HD , Star Sports 1 Tamil , Star Sports 1 Telugu and Star Sports 1 Kannada . The match will also be live streamed on Hotstar .
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