Rashid stars in England's warm-up win over NZ

On the back of Adil Rashid's three wickets and solid batting from the top order, England defeated New Zealand by six wickets in a warm-up match at the Wankhede Stadium.

Adil Rashid dismissed captain Kane Williamson, and middle-order batsmen Luke Ronchi and Mitchell Santner.   -  Getty Images

Spinners picked up eight of the 12 wickets as England and New Zealand enjoyed a fruitful afternoon at the bustling Wankhede Stadium on Saturday. For the record, it was England which won the warm-up tie by six wickets.

Kane Williamson started the boundary fest, collecting 42 of his 63 runs through fours and sixes. No other batsman made even 20 as the Kiwis finished with 169 for eight in front of a boisterous crowd. With the 100-mark up in the 10th over, New Zealand was well on its way to a rollicking finish, but leggie Adil Rashid (4-0-15-3) and off-spinner Moeen Ali (4-0-30-1) applied the brakes at the right time.

England’s reply was as good, with Jason Roy going great guns en route to a blistering 55 off 36 balls. A flurry of wickets in the middle overs pegged it back, but Alex Hales’s 44 and some good hitting from Jos Buttler, who made an unbeaten 24 off just nine, ensured a comfortable win. The match saw as many as 38 fours and six maximums.

The teams also took part in a Super Over contest, which England won quite easily.

Brief Scores:

New Zealand 169 for seven in 20 overs (Kane Williamson 63; Reece Topley two for 39, Adil Rashid three for 15) lost to England 170 for four in 19.2 overs (Jason Roy 55, Alex Hales 44; Mitchell Santner two for 24, Nathan McCullum two for 25).

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