ICC World Twenty20 Warm-up Matches, 2021
Venue: ICC Academy, Dubai
Date & Time: 18 October 2021
RR: 10.11 | India beat England by 7 wickets
That's it from this warm-up match! The next set of warm-up games will be played on 20th October. At 2 pm local (10 am GMT), India will be in action against Australia and England will be entertaining New Zealand whereas at 6 pm local (2 pm GMT), Afghanistan will face West Indies and Pakistan will meet South Africa. Do join us then. Cheers!
The bowling from India though was good only in patches. In fact, both teams struggled with the ball. Barring Ravichandran Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah, all the Indian bowlers proved to be expensive. For England, David Willey and Liam Livingstone were decent but the rest struggled. Dew also played its part late in the evening and this will be another challenge in the coming games.
At the halfway stage, India needed another 97 runs and had they lost a few wickets there, this game could have slipped away. Ishan Kishan's stunning attack on Adil Rashid in the 12th over eased down the equation for India and from there on, they kept on finding the boundaries to always stay close to the required rate. Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya staying in the middle and closing the chase would please India even more.
A dominating batting show by India to pocket this warm-up game! It got a bit close towards the end but it was always their game to lose. The Men in Blue got most of the boxes ticked, if not all, in their batting department. KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan displayed great form in the recently concluded Indian T20 League and showed that they are not done yet. Their opening partnership almost did half the job and Ishan extended his stay after that to carry on with his onslaught.
Hardik Pandya is in next.
Liam Livingstone is leaving the ground. Let's hope it's not a fracture. Also, Ishan Kishan is done with his warm-up, enough of practice and he is making way for Suryakumar Yadav.
Chris Woakes is back on. 0/23 in his 2 overs so far.
Change in bowling. Moeen Ali (1-0-14-0) is back into the attack with two left-handers in the middle.
Rishabh Pant walks in next.
Drinks break! India have started off this run chase in a fine manner as their openers raised an 82-run stand and laid the platform. Now, from the last 10 overs, they need 97 more and if they can continue with the same tempo, then they should pouch this game. England would be hoping to snare more wickets and quickly too as they look to apply the brakes to India's charge. Liam Livingstone to bowl after the break.
Update - A word regarding the other two games going on at the moment. In match number 4 between Sri Lanka and Namibia, the former are cruising as they are 50/3 in 8 overs and just need 47 more in 12 overs. Barring any surprise, this should be a win for the Islanders. In the other warm-up match between Australia and New Zealand, the Kangaroos are at 80/3 at the end of the 10th over and need 79 more in 60 deliveries. It could be a close finish in this clash.
The Indian skipper, Virat Kohli makes his way out now.
Time for some express pace as Mark Wood is back on. He gave 15 off his solitary over.
Change in bowling. Spin from both ends as Adil Rashid is going to bowl!
Spin time! Moeen Ali has the ball in hand now.
Change. Time for Chris Jordan to have a crack at this Indian opening pair!
Bowling change? Yep. Mark Wood is unleashed into the attack!
Chris Woakes to operate from the other end.
David Willey comes steaming in but KL Rahul is not ready. He stops the bowler.