World T20 warm-up, Eng vs Ind: Unbeaten Kohli steers India home
Virat Kohli slammed yet another half-century as he led India to their maiden win at the World T20, beating England by 20 runs in their second warm-up game at Dhaka on Wednesday.
India were put in to bat first, after stand-in England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and elected to field. India's opening woes continued as both Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan were dismissed inside 5 overs, followed by Yuvraj Singh. Once again, Kohli stepped up, this time along with Suresh Raina at the other end to put up a crucial 81-run stand for the 4th wicket. The duo went hammer and tongs against a weak English bowling, whilst also completing their respective fifties.
Raina (54) departed in the 15th over, and India were 120/4, after which Kohli (74) inflicted more carnage in MS Dhoni's company. Both batsmen stitched a 58-run partnership and India posted a respectable total of 178/4 in 20 overs.
England were coming off a loss in their first warm-up game, and they struggled to cope this time around too. Faced with a steep target of 179, their batsmen were undone by India's spin attack. After comfortably sailing to 51/1 in the Powerplay overs, England could only manage 25 runs in the next 7 overs and also lost opener Michael Lumb (36). Moeen Ali (46) got a start, but failed to convert it. Morgan tried catching up with the soaring run-rate, along with Joss Buttler who smashed 30 off just 18 balls.
However, Jadeja (2/23) picked up important wickets of Moeen and Buttler, and England suddenly looked far from getting home. They ended up 20 runs short, putting up just 158 runs at the loss of 6 wickets.
India would want to carry their winning momentum into their opening World T20 match against arch rivals Pakistan on March 21 at Mirpur.