India’s youngsters led India to a convincing victory in their warm-up match against England. KL Rahul, Ishaan Kishan and Rishabh Pant batted outstandingly under the warm Dubai night sky last night.
KL and Kishan opened the batting for India after England gave them a target of 189. The young pair partnered up to score 82 runs pretty quickly as India looked comfortable with the bat.
KL was the first to score a 50, and soon was dismissed, at 51. Ishaan Kishan however, stayed at the crease for a while longer, as he went on to score 70 runs in just 46 balls. Pant later on came in to score 29* and created a short but vital partnership with the returning Hardik Pandya to win India the game.
Pant finished off in style with a huge six, showing shades of his hero and the current mentor for Team India, MS Dhoni.
In terms of bowling, Shami took 3 important wickets to limit England, while Bumrah conceded the least of all at 26 runs in 4 overs, also crucially bowling out Bairstow. Chahar and Bhuvaneshwar the controversial picks from team India proved to be extremely expensive, with Kumar conceding a whopping 54 runs in 4 his 4 overs.
India will play Australia in their second and last warm-up match on Wednesday before starting their World Cup campaign against Pakistan on Sunday.