Ajinkya Rahane-led 'India A' dominate England to register a comfortable 6 wicket victory.
A flying start for England
England won the toss and decided to bat first. Openers Roy and Hales were going well but a hit wicket in the 5th over sent Jason Roy back to the pavilion. Ashok Dinda and Pradeep Sangwan failed to provide any breakthroughs which helped England score 81 runs in the first 10 overs. As pacers were not proving effective, Rahane introduced spin by replacing Dinda and Sangwan with Shahbaz Nadeem and Vinay Kumar.
Alex Hales and Bairstow completed their half centuries but weren't able to dominate the spinners. Constant pressure from spinners reaped rewards as Hales gave a catch to Rahane at mid-wicket, Nadeem's ball doing the trick. Eoin Morgan, who came out to bat next, threw away his wicket and was caught and bowled by Nadeem, resulting in the spinner taking two wickets in two balls.
England’s batting lineup crumbles under pressure
Ben Stokes joined Bairstow in the middle as England started building some momentum. Fortunately for India, Dinda bowled a perfect delivery to get Bairstow out for a well made 64. Butler came and went back immediately as Rasool got him for a duck.
Moen Ali and Woakes soon followed Butler on a score of 1 and 16 respectively, Stokes was the only hope for England. Indian bowlers were cleaning the England batting lineup with some impressive bowling and made sure he did not score big. Stokes gave a catch to Ishan Kishan at long-off as Rasool registered another wicket. With 14 overs to go, England found themselves in a tricky situation with the scoreboard reading 200-8
Tailenders provide some relief for England
New arrival Liam Plunkett could not hold out for much giving his wicket to Kaul on 8 runs but Willey and Rashid's partnership for the 10th wicket helped England post a competitive total. The duo scored 71 runs before Dinda took Rashid's wicket as England finished at 282.
Rahane and youngster Jackson thrash England bowlers
Indian openers began their innings on a positive note by taking the England bowlers to the cleaners. Woakes' 5th over was attacked by Rahane who hit three fours in the over and India reached a score of 34 after 5 overs. Indian batsmen completely took over the bowlers scoring 72 without any loss for 10 overs. Both the openers completed their half centuries with the youngster Sheldon Jackson impressing everyone with his technique.
Rishab Pant played a good inning of 59 along with Sheldon Jackson. Suresh Raina ended up with a score of 45! Well played guys????
— Jaanvi ???? (@imVjaanvi) January 12, 2017
Moen Ali got a breakthrough by finally getting rid of Jackson on a score of 59. Pant joined Rahane as India continued their assault. He played a blistering innings of 59 runs (8×4, 1×6) off 36 balls and entertained the crowd as Raina walked in to get some vital game time.
Raina makes a comeback
Raina was playing ODI cricket after a long time and true to his style started playing attacking cricket as soon as he arrived at the crease. He blasted Moen’s 31st over by hitting three fours. Rahane could not handle the delivery of Willey and was bowled by him before playing a magnificent knock of 93 runs.
Even with the dismissal of Rahane India A were in a good position with Suresh Raina striking the ball well. Playing his natural attacking game, he hit seven fours before departing while attempt to hit a six for a quickfire 45 runs (c Hales b Rashid). After Raina got out India were already in a winning position needing only 12 runs with 13 overs remaining. Deepak Hooda and Ishan partnered for the remaining 12 runs and lead India to a six-wicket victory in 39.4 overs.
England – 282 all out Hales 51(53), Bairstow 64(65); Rasool 3-38, Nadeem 2-41
India A – 283-4, Rahane 91(83), Jackson 59(56), Pant 59(36); Ali 1-46, Willey 1-32.
India A beat England by 6 wickets.