India A beat England XI by six wickets in the second and final 50-overs a side warm-up match in Mumbai on Thursday. Winning the toss and electing to bat, England were bowled out for 282 in 48.5 overs. For the visitors, the top scorer in the innings was Jonny Bairstow, who made 64. Alex Hales also chipped in with a half-century as he stroked 51. Also Read - Sanjay Manjrekar on Ajinkya Rahane Ahead of CSK vs DC IPL 2021 Clash: Not a Supporter of Him in T20s
Looking at the bowling performance by India A, Parvez Rasool was the standout performer as he bagged three scalps, conceding 38 runs in his quota of 10 overs. In response, the hosts got the target in 39.4 overs. Captain Ajinkya Rahane stroked 91 as Sheldon Jackson and Rishabh Pant made 59 each for the hosts. None of the England bowlers managed to impress but the pick among them was Moeen Ali, who had figures of one for 46 in seven overs. Also Read - Chhattisgarh Naxal Attack: Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane Pay Heartfelt Tribute to Martyrs
England had earlier won the first warm-up match by three wickets and would have liked a better outing on Thursday to carry the much-needed momentum into the three-match ODI series that starts on Sunday. England are captained by Eoin Morgan in the 50-overs format and have a had a different approach to the format in recent times with the likes of Jason Roy and Hales playing like dashers at the top of the order. Also Read- India A vs England XI: As it happened Also Read - IPL 2021: Delhi Capitals' Ajinkya Rahane Gears up For Season
But India are a strong team in home conditions and under captain Virat Kohli, will be hard to beat. England’s best chance against India is to start the series well and put pressure on the hosts by making the remaining games like it is a do or die situation for them. Also Read- Team India gets new ODI kit ahead of England series
All the three ODI games as well as the three T20Is that follow later will be played under lights and in the current cold weather across the country, dew may play a big part and teams may prefer chasing. England have experienced both batting first as well as batting second in the warm-up games and should feel relatively comfortable going into the first ODI in Pune.