India A vs England practice match, Highlights: Visitors win by 3 wickets after Billings, Roy heroics

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India A vs England practice match, Highlights: Visitors win by 3 wickets after Billings, Roy heroics
  • 21:38 (IST)

    That's it from us here. A very emotional moment for the entire country to have witnessed Dhoni turn out for the last time as captain in India colours. He had taken India to fantastic heights in all forms of the game, but unfortunately, every good thing has to come to an end. Let's look forward to India scaling even bigger heights under Virat Kohli now. 

    Don't forget to catch our live updates from the first ODI between India and England on 15 January in Pune. India have a number of players in good form and so does England, and it promises to be a cracker of a contest in the ODI/T20 series. Till the next time, it's goodbye.

  • 21:28 (IST)

    Ambati Rayudu: I was happy that I worked hard in the last 6 months. I was hoping to react to the ball and not think too much. I feel Dhoni is the best captain India has ever had. It a very emotional (tonight). I am happy I got a hundred in his last match (as captain). Dhoni definitely is a living legend. Virat is also developing into a great captain. So Indian cricket is in good hands. The best part about Dhoni is that he keeps things calm and there is no panic and helps the youngsers.

  • 21:23 (IST)

    Hero of the match Sam Billings says all the boys did fantastically well and credits the IPL for helping him massively in playing spin. Says Dhoni is a hero not only in India but for cricket generally.

  • 21:18 (IST)

    It's all over! Woakes hits another boundary and England win by 3 wickets. The visitors notched up 307/7 in 48.5 overs in reply to 304/4 by India A. 

    England may have won the match, but the attention is firmly on Dhoni. The spectators chant "Dhoni... Dhoni.." and give him a rousing applause. A loss for Dhoni in his final match as captain in India colours, but what a career as a captain it has been!

  • 21:14 (IST)

    Four! Woakes pulls Pandya for a boundary to take England within touching distance.

  • 21:11 (IST)

    England need 7 runs off the last two overs. The visitors are surely the favourites to win this match.

  • 21:06 (IST)

    New batsman Adil Rashid cracks a boundary. England 294/7 after 47 overs, needing just 11 runs to win off 18 balls. 

  • 21:04 (IST)

    Out! Pandya takes out Billings seven short of his century. A superb innings by the England nevertheless. Can India A win it still?

  • 21:00 (IST)

    A fine couple of deliveries by Kuldeep has new batsman Woakes in all kinds of trouble. Kuldeep has been the stand out bowler for India A in this match, without a doubt. England need 15 runs off 4 overs.

  • 20:58 (IST)

    Out! Dawson caught and bowled by Kuldeep, who takes a five-for. But is it all too late? 

  • 20:57 (IST)

    England need just 15 runs off 30 balls. A fine performance by Billings, who is approaching his 100. 

  • 20:45 (IST)

    Kuldeep into the attack now. Dhoni will be looking to pick up wickets. For starters, the Billings-Dawson partnership has to be broken if India A are to have any chance to win.

  • 20:41 (IST)

    Another boundary for Billings. If he stays at the crease for the next five overs, England will be the favourites to win this contest.

  • 20:37 (IST)

    That's cheeky from Billings. Turns Nehra to the fine leg fence from outside off stump. With that the 50-run partnership up between Billings and Dawson.

    The next ball is despatched to the square leg fence. England 246/5 after 40 overs. They need under run-a-ball in the last 10 overs.  

  • 20:32 (IST)

    A vicious bouncer by Pandya, who follows it up with another beauty that beats Dawson all ends up.

  • 20:30 (IST)

    Four! A fortuitous boundary gets Billings to his half-century.

  • 20:29 (IST)

    A superb delivery by Nehra cuts Billings in half and in the next delivery beats Billings again, this time with one that moved away. Then he induces a leading edge off Billings' bat. The ball passes perilously close to the fielder at backward point.

  • 20:23 (IST)

    England looked to be in considerable trouble having lost Buttler and Moeen one after another, but Billings and Dawson are putting up a strong fight.

  • 20:20 (IST)

    Pandya hits Billings on the helmet and the latter looks to be in some degree of discomfort.

  • 20:19 (IST)

    Brilliant effort by Sanju Samson at backward point almost produces a wicket for India A. 

  • 20:14 (IST)

    Dawson picks up another boundary as a desperate dive by Rayudu goes in vain. England 212/5 after 35 overs.

  • 20:08 (IST)

    Dawson pulls Chahal for a boundary. England 204/5 after 34 overs. And it's drinks. 

  • 19:56 (IST)

    Out! Kuldeep gets another as Moeen Ali departs without troubling the scorers.

  • 19:55 (IST)

    Out! A big wicket for India A. Jos Buttler goes. Kuldeep gets his third wicket. 

    Kuldeep has given a good account of himself in the next match and beats next man Moeen Ali all ends up with one that goes away.

  • 19:46 (IST)

    Four! Billings reverse sweeps Kuldeep for two boundary. Dhoni's team will have to find a way to break this partnership. Billings and Buttler have already put on 66 runs off 66 balls.

  • 19:40 (IST)

    Buttler hits Yuvraj for two consecutive sixes. England 162/3 in the 28th over.

  • 19:39 (IST)

    England bring up their 150 in 27 overs. Buttler is not out on 18 off 25, and Billings 25 off 37.

  • 19:33 (IST)

    Four! Buttler drives Yuvraj for a boundary. Billings, on the other hand, is almost caught and bowled by Yuvraj. The ball, however, eludes  Yuvraj.

  • 19:28 (IST)

    Dropped! Mandeep Singh fails to latch on to a sharp chance. He gets two hands to the the ball but doesn't take the chance. At this level, though, you expect these  catches to be taken.

  • 19:24 (IST)

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  • 19:22 (IST)

    India A have put a lid on the scoring. Only 10 runs have been scored in the last 4 overs.

  • 19:05 (IST)

    Out! Brilliant one-handed catch by Dhawan takes out Eoin Morgan. England 112/3 after 18 overs. The visitors losing their way a bit. A wicket for Chahal. 

    Jos Buttler joins  Sam Billings in the middle.

  • 18:58 (IST)

    Out! Roy hits one way up in the air and Mohit Sharma takes a fantastic running catch. Second wicket for Kuldeep Yadav. Roy departs after a good hand. England lose two quick wickets. They are 106/2 in the 17th over. 

  • 18:54 (IST)

    Six! Roy is in great form, hits Chahal for a maximum and brings up England's 100. England 106/1 in 16 overs.

  • 18:50 (IST)

    Out! Hales departs fro 40, caught by Samson off Kuldeep Yadav. However, it has to be said, the delivery didn't deserve a wicket, but India A won't mind. They will take them in whatever way they come. 

  • 18:48 (IST)

    Kuldeep Yadav into the attack and a huge appeal for LBW against Hales straightaway, but it is turned down.

  • 18:46 (IST)

    Four! A fine reverse sweep by Roy to bring up his fifty off 49 balls. A strong statement of purpose by the England opener before the limited-overs series against India. Is Virat Kohli watching?

  • 18:43 (IST)

    And a boundary to end a very expensive over by Mohit Sharma. England well on course. They are 88/0 after 13 overs. 

  • 18:40 (IST)

    The boundaries are coming thick and fast now. Two already in Mohit Sharma's over. And now a six. Dhoni would have to find a way to stop the flow of runs.

  • 18:38 (IST)

    Roy gets two boundaries off Chahal - one off a reverse sweep and another off a conventional sweep. England looking completely in control. 

  • 18:29 (IST)

    England reach 58/0 in 10 overs. Roy and Hales going strong. 

  • 18:26 (IST)

    Pandya induces an edge off Roy. A tough chance for Dhawan at slips, but not taken. England get a reprieve.

  • 18:25 (IST)

    Hales brings up England's fifty in the 9th over with a boundary, as India A search frantically for the first wicket.

  • 18:22 (IST)

    Alex Hales finds the gap at mid-wicket and gets a boundary. England scoring at a good rate of over 5 runs an over.

  • 18:20 (IST)

    Mohit Sharma comes into the attack now. And a big appeal by Dhoni on the first ball itself. Turned down.

  • 18:12 (IST)

    Roy goes on the offensive and pulls Nehra for a six. And then gets a fortuitous boundary - a French cut' to the fence.

  • 18:08 (IST)

    A characteristic backhand flick by Dhoni as he tries to run the batsmen out. Draws a huge applause from the crowd.

  • 18:01 (IST)

    A maiden over by Pandya. England 15/0 after 4 overs. Roy not out on 9 off 15 balls and Hales on 6 off 9.

  • 17:59 (IST)

    A big appeal for LBW against Jason Roy off Pandya, but turned down by the umpire. The ball looked like going down leg and was also a bit high.

  • 17:51 (IST)

    Pandya beats Hales outside the off stump. Dhoni is going on the offensive with a very attacking field.

Mumbai: His stellar reign as India's national skipper is over but Mahendra Singh Dhoni will have captain written against his name one last time when the talismanic wicketkeeper-batsman leads out India 'A' against England in the first practice match here on Tuesday.

File photo of MS Dhoni. AFP

File photo of MS Dhoni. AFP

Dhoni took the cricketing world by surprise when he announced his decision to step down from leadership last week, giving Virat Kohli the reins of captaincy in all three formats of the game.

However, he would be leading India A in the first of two warm-up games scheduled for the tourists at the Brabourne Stadium. But the match itself is expected to be watched by just a handful of spectators as heavy police presence is expected to keep away the fans.

The game is being held under the cloud of the Supreme Court's sacking of the top BCCI President Anurag Thakur and Secretary Ajay Shirke, making most of the senior functionaries of the body ineligible to cling to their posts.

While there have been reports of the disgruntled and ousted Board officials trying to persuade some BCCI-affiliated units from hosting games of the England tour, CCI has decided to go ahead and conduct both the warm-up games in right earnest.

As such there is no immediate threat to tomorrow's first day/night warm-up game as well as the second game featuring another India A squad to be led by Ajinkya Rahane on 12 January which is to be held as a day game.

The focus on the first game will be not only on Dhoni but also on recalled limited over specialists -- Yuvraj Singh and Ashish Nehra -- who were both members of the triumphant squad led by the Ranchi superstar that regained the 50-over World Cup in 2011.

This is the first and last competitive game all these three ageing stalwarts will have before the six-match, 3 ODIs and 3 T20s, limited-overs series between India and England commencing on 15 January at Pune.

While Dhoni and Yuvraj have been included for both the ODI and T20 International series, Nehra has found himself back in only the T20 squad.

All three players have had a lengthy break from cricket going into the warm-up match against the Eoin Morgan-led England squad.

The injury-prone 37-year-old Nehra has not played during the entire domestic season so far for Delhi, and thus will be keen to get quickly into the groove and also assess his match fitness.

The 35-year-old Yuvraj last played for India in the World T20 in March 2016 and has not played ODIs since December 2013, losing his place in the 50-over game after averaging just 18.53 in his last 19 matches.

With PTI inputs.


Updated Date: Jan 10, 2017 21:38 PM

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