Root sets up England win

Electing to bat, England posted 177 for eight and then restricted Mumbai to 163 for six in its allotted 20 overs. Joe Root, who walked in at number three, top scored with a 34-ball 48 that included three fours and two sixes, to help the visitor reach a competitive total.

Joe Root, who walked in at number three for England, top scored with a 34-ball 48.   -  Vivek Bendre

Opener Jay Bista’s half century went in vain as England continued its winning streak in ICC World Twenty20 warm-up games, defeating Mumbai by 14 runs at the Brabourne Stadium here ahead of its tournament opener on March 16.

Electing to bat, England posted 177 for eight and then restricted Mumbai to 163 for six in its allotted 20 overs. Four England players — James Vince, Jos Buttler, David Willey and Adil Rashid — were a part of the Mumbai team.

England openers — Jason Roy (32 off 21 balls) and Alex Hales (37 off 23 balls) — gave the team a good start and then >Joe Root, who walked in at number three, top scored with a 34-ball 48 that included three fours and two sixes, to help the visitor reach a competitive total.

Although skipper Eoin Morgan (11) fell cheaply, Root shared 69-run stand with Ben Strokes (30) for the fourth wicket and ensured the side move past 150-run mark.

It was a good practice for David Willy, who clinched a hat-trick in the last over of the England innings by dismissing Root, Moeen Ali and Chris Jordan.

Willy was the most successful for Mumbai with figures of three for 35, while Shardul Thakur and Adil Rashid picked up two wickets each.

Chasing a stiff 178-run target, Mumbai had a descent start with openers Jay Bista and skipper Shreyas Iyer (16) putting on 57 runs for the first wicket. Bista scored 51 off just 37 deliveries.

After Iyer’s dismissal, Bista and James Vince (45) rotated the strike and hit the loose balls away as they put on a 48-run stand for the second wicket. Bista, soon after completing his fifty, was caught by Reece Topley off Moeen Ali.

England was poor on the field with a couple of misfields and an overthrow that resulted in a boundary, and a dropped catch. Its bowlers made a strong comeback in the fag end of game taking regular wickets. While Akil Herwadkar was cleaned up by Topley for mere seven, Chris Jordan cleaned up both the set batsman Vince and Jos Butler (25).

Jordan and Topley took two wickets each, while Moeen Ali and Lian Plunkett took wicket apiece as England eked out a narrow win in the end.

Brief Scores:-

England: 177 for eight in 20 overs (Joe Root 48, Alex Hales 37; David Willy three for 35, Adil Rashid two for 33).

Mumbai: 163 for six in 20 overs (Jay Bista 51, James Vince 45; Reece Topley two for 26, Chris Jordan two for 34).