England won the first of the two warmup games against India A by three wickets. There, much of the
India ‘A’ came with an inspiring batting performance, led by captain Ajinkya Rahane with a 91-run innings, to chase down a 283-run target inside 40 overs against England in Mumbai. They won the second warm-up game by six wickets. England had won the first game by three wickets on Tuesday.
England were off to a brisk start with Jason Roy and Alex Hales before Indian spinners broke through and picked some quick wickets in the middle overs. Parveez Rasool had three wickets. A 71-run last wicket stand for England pushed them to 282 before they were bowled out in the 49th over.
India A openers Ajinkya Rahane and Sheldon Jackson were off to a flier and both scored their fifties. Jackson was the first to fall but Rahane continued his good work. New batsman Rishabh Pant smoked a 34-ball 59 before falling. Suresh Raina also scored 45 off just 34 balls. Rahane fell for 91 but by this time India A were on the verge of victory. Deepak Hooda remained not out on 23.
All over! India A win by six wickets.
A dominating display in batting from India A as they cruise home with six wickets in hand. 11.2 overs still remaining in their innings. Fifties from Jackson, Rahane, Pant
India A just four runs away from winning the second warm-up game against England. They have six wickets in hand
WICKET! Suresh Raina c Alex Hales b Jake Ball
Suresh Raina had scored 45 off just 33 balls before he tries to go for another big one but is caught by Alex Hales. India A lose their fourth wicket
Suresh Raina and Deepak Hooda at the crease now. No India A batsmen has a strike rate of less than 100 in this innings
WICKET! Ajinkya Rahane 91 b David Willey
That is the end of an exceptional innings from the skipper. Willey gets one past his defence. India A still strong
Suresh Raina is the new man in and he begins with some cracking boundaries. He has raced to 23 off 18 balls with the help of 4 boundaries
WICKET! Pant c Hales b Rashid
Rishabh Pant falls after a sensational innings of 59 runs. India A are 197 for the loss of two wickets now. 86 runs more needed
FIFTY! A half-century for Rishabh Pant
The flamboyant batsman gets to a half-century off just 32 balls. Great striking from him as he gets a brilliant fifty
25 overs gone and India A reach 163 for the loss of only one wicket. They need 120 more runs off 150 balls remaining
150 up for India A at the end of the 23rd over. Rahane is going strong for them and Rishabh Pant, as he is known for, starts on an aggressive note
Rishabh Pant is the new man in for India A and Ajinkya Rahane is at the other end for him. India A are 132 for the loss of one wicket after 21 overs
WICKET! Sheldon Jackson c Bairstow b Moeen Ali
Moeen Ali gets the breakthrough with the wicket of Jackson. The 119-run stand has been broken. Jackson out for 59
FIFTY! Sheldon Jackson also brings up his half-century
Half-century for Jackson as well. He scores it off 47 balls and India A cross the 100-run mark
FIFTY! Ajinkya Rahane with a half-century off just 45 balls
Rahane with a captain’s innings. Five fours and a six in that innings of his.
After 10 overs, India A are 72 for no loss. Need 211 more runs in 40 overs Rahane is batting on 39* and Jackson is batting on 33*
No England bowler has been able to trouble the India A openers. Rahane and Jackson playing some excellent shots. India A are 67 for no loss after first 9 overs
Nice start from the Indian openers as they bring up the fifty in the eighth over. After eight overs, India A are 57 for no loss.
Five overs gone and India A are 34 for no loss. Both Rahane and Jackson have taken the aggressive approach and scoring at a quick rate
Sheldon Jackson and Ajinkya Rahane are walking out to the middle to open the innings for India A. They are chasing 283-run target in 50 overs
England all out for 282 in the second warm-up game against India A
50-run stand also up for the last wicket between Rashid and Willey. The latter doing most of the scoring in that stand. England need those runs
David Willey is not giving up. He gets another six and England have gone past 260. This is now a good total and India A have to work really hard to beat England
45 overs bowled and England are 247 for the loss of nine wickets. Nice recovery from the visiting batsmen. David Willey and Adil Rashid at the crease now
David Willey smokes a six in the 42nd over and England are 228 for the loss of nine wickets after that over
WICKET! Liam Plunkett c Rishabh Pant b Siddarth Kaul
England lose their ninth wicket and we are headed towards a low scoring match. 39 overs bowled and England are 211 for the loss of nine wickets
Rasool has picked up three wickets now. He is the leading spinner for India A in this match. England struggling
200 up for England but not before they lose eight wickets. 38 overs have been bowled in this innings. Woakes already back in the hut.
Another big blow for England and their hopes of a big total take a hit as Ben Stokes departs. He is caught at long off for 36.
England are 198 for the loss of 8 wickets in the 36th over
32 overs bowled in the England innings and they are 178 for the loss of six wickets. Woakes and Stokes at the crease with the former on 13* and latter on 25*
England were cruising nicely but have been rattled now. Nadeem first and now Dinda. They are just into the 30th over with only four wickets in hand
WICKET! Moeen Ali c Rishabh Pant b Ashoke Dinda
Wicket number six for India A. England 165 for the loss of six wickets. Brilliant bowling from Dinda he strikes again
WICKET! Jos Buttler c&b Parveez Rasool
India A strike again! Two wickets in three balls. Rasool has a wicket. England in trouble as half of their team is back in the pavilion
WICKET! Jonny Bairstow c Rishabh Pant b Ashok Dinda
Dinda strikes on his last ball of the over and England lose their fourth wickets. They only have 163 runs on the board after 27 overs
150 up for England in the 25th over. Bairstow on 57 from 55 balls while Stokes is on 16 from 23.
Jonny Bairstow brings up his fifty from 53 balls. He’s up to 51 and England are 137/3 in the 23rd over
After 21 overs, England are 126/3 at a run rate of six an over. Jonny Bairstow on 45 and Ben Stokes on 16. Nadeem with two wickets in his six overs which have resulted in only 21 runs. Equally economical so far is another spinner in Parveez Rasool.
Eoin Morgan c & b Nadeem 0(1)
Golden duck for the England captain. Goes for a nought off the first ball. Shahbaz Nadeem gets his second wicket. England are 116/3. New man in is Ben Stokes.
Alex Hales c Rahane b Nadeem 51 (53)
Shahbaz Nadeem strikes to remove the half centurion Alex Hales from the middle. Taken by captain Ajinkya Rahane. England are 116/2 after 17 overs. New man in is Eoin Morgan
Alex Hales brings up his 50 from 49 balls at the Brabourne Stadium. Jonny Bairstow going strong alongside – 36 runs from 32 balls. Shahbaz Nadeem and Vinay Kumar the new bowlers employed by India A. England are 112/1 after 16 overs
Strong start for England in Mumbai. They’re up to 81/1 after 10 overs. Alex Hales on 34 (30) and Jonny Bairstow 21 (15). Pradeep Sangwan in five overs has conceded 44 runs while picking the wicket of Jason Roy. Siddharth Kaul bowled two overs and went for 11. While, Ashoke Dinda has conceded 26 runs in three overs
New man in for England is Jonny Bairstow. He’s off to a brisk start too. Off to 20 runs from 14 balls. New bowler in use for India A is Ashoke Dinda and he proves to be expensive so far – 18 runs from two overs
Jason Roy hit wicket Sangwan 25 (15)
Scenes! Jason Roy departs off the last ball of the third over by Sangwan. The England opener has hit wicket himself and the visitors lose their first. Bizarre dismissal too. Sangwan’s bouncer hit Roy on the helmet and a side of the protective gear falls on the wicket and he’s gone hit wicket. Unfortunate that! They’re 42/1 after 5 overs
Five overs bowled at the CCI and England are 42/0 in the fifth over. Jason Roy on 25 and Alex Hales on 17. Pradeep Sangwan an expensive start for India A. He’s conceded 31 runs in 2.5 overs. Siddharth Kaul has been the economical of the two by going for 11 runs in two overs.
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Jason Roy and Alex Hales have England underway in the second warmup game. For India A, Pradeep Sangwan and Siddharth Kaul get the ball rolling. First three overs produce 20 runs
India A: Ajinkya Rahane (c), Suresh Raina, Sheldon Jackson, Rishabh Pant (wk), Deepak Hooda, Ishan Kishan, Vijay Shankar, Vinay Kumar, Pradeep Sangwan, Parveez Rasool, Siddharth Kaul
Substitutes: Ashoke Dinda, Shahbaz Nadeem, Sujit Nayak
England: Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Jonny Bairstow, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (wk), Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, David Willey, Jake Ball
Substitutes: Sam Billings, Liam Dawson
TOSS: England have won the toss at CCI, Mumbai and they’ve opted to bat first. In the previous game, the visitors had chosen to bowl.
Indian team enters the Age of Virat Kohli
Cricket evenings tend to blur into one another without leaving much of a residue in the mind. Pre-game practice sessions that is. The white ball keeps flying here and there, cries of ‘watch out’ ring the arena, and from a distance it seems everything seems a hit-and-giggle affair as the batsmen tend to just flex their muscles. Sometimes, just sometimes, you can sense a bit of gravitas in the proceedings. Like on Wednesday in Pune. The premise was the baton-passing moment between MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli but it felt too much to hope for anything to actually eventuate between the two in public in a training session.
Surely, they aren’t going to give dramatic visuals of intense chats that can be interpreted as ceremonial handover? Surprise, though, was in the air under a crimson Pune sky with rolling hills framing the ground.
Kohli and Dhoni started talking pretty early in the piece. They warmed-up for the practice together, standing near the boundary line, and began chatting. It continued for a good 10-15 minutes and continued as they jogged together. Not long after they finished the respective batting stints, they again joined together near the nets and went on and on. Dhoni with his hands loosely clasped behind his back, and Kohli, with his pads still on. Wave of arms from Dhoni, nod of heads from Kohli, and they went on like this for another 20 minutes. Most times, it would seem any interpretation of a chat would be pointless exaggeration but it felt somehow different out there last evening. Suffice here to say they weren’t just discussing the dinner plans.
It was one of those evenings when the normally reticent Dhoni spoke a lot. And it wasn’t just to Kohli. Anil Kumble too was dragged in for a meaty conversation involving England’s batting. Based on the way they batted in the warm-up game in Mumbai. Dhoni of course not only revived his faithful’s hopes with a breakneck half-century but was in the best place behind the stumps to observe how the England batsmen, Sam Billings in particular, used the reverse sweeps and the conventional sweeps, and numerous deflections behind point. He was seen and heard communicating it to Kumble, indicating the field placings that would be best suited for the visitors.
Dhoni’s voice was not only heard at the ground but also made its presence in the press interaction of R Ashwin. Sometimes we can miss how the change of captains not only affects the strategies, attitude, and all the rest of the jazz but it also percolates down to simple stuff like a bowler adapting to where he should now address his communication.
With Dhoni, Ashwin says, it was simple- from “top of the mark to the keeper”. Now he has to switch his head here and there, find Kohli at midwicket or covers and communicate. These can take some getting used to in the frenzy of the ODIs and T20s.
There was another point that Ashwin made which was probably a more important one in delineating the captaincy styles of Dhoni and Kohli. The stereotype has it that Kohli is more aggressive of the two – it’s been taken as granted but Ashwin spelt out the nitty-gritty of it.
Apparently, or according to Ashwin anyway, it’s in the way how Kohli tends to go for wickets not worrying about the runs.
“Virat on occasions can be a little aggressive and that’s the one thing that I need to try and adjust to. And obviously giving those extra runs to try and get a wicket is not such a bad thing,” Ashwin said.
It’s not as if Ashwin was interpreting from the Tests that he has played under Kohli but he referenced an ODI series in October 2014 against Sri Lanka. Led by Kohli, India whitewashed the neighbours 5-0 — a one-sided series that’s otherwise remembered for Rohit Sharma’s 264 — and Ashwin says he felt the difference in the styles then. “He likes attacking, he likes picking wickets through the middle overs. Even at the cost of some runs,” Ashwin said.
It’s an extremely interesting point. Dhoni wouldn’t let things necessarily drift in the middle overs of ODIs – certainly not like how he can at times do in Tests – but there was a general pattern about it. He would try controlling the boundaries, would seem as if he is plugging along with a general sense of run-rate that he was willing to let the opposition flow along. And in England, the hosts will be up against a team that thrives on going hammer and tongs through the middle period between the 15th and 40th overs.
Ashwin says Kohli is a bit different in that regard. That he would try pushing for wickets in the middle overs which means as a bowler, Ashwin has to mentally prepare and sort out his thought process accordingly. “That seems like a good headline, doesn’t it? The difference in communication styles, what is required from me,” Ashwin said in jest.
Dhoni would remain a man much sought after in the matches of course. Not just because of his experience or because of his stature but because where he stands in the games, behind the stumps. “I feel Mahi is going to hold the key because he’s the keeper and he’s going to bring that invaluable experience with him. It’s going to be very, very important that we try and take as much as valuable inputs from him and try and take the team forward,” Ashwin said.
Forget the game, it seems, even in the practice sessions, Dhoni’s inputs are being constantly sought and given. For, when Dhoni talks, the Indian team still listens.