Rahul and Kishan Lead India’s Warm-Up Win Against England

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.

Livingstone, Injured and out of the Cup?

England will start their World Cup campaign officially on Saturday against the former champions, the West Indies. 

However, England might have to go ahead without the in-form Liam Livingstone. The English-man was injured last night against India. Ishaan Kishan’s Leg side shot, was almost caught by Livingstone, as he injured his finger and dropped the catch. Although the warm up victory wasn’t the goal, India still picked up the momentum heading into their clash with Pakistan. 

Liam left the field immediately after the botched fielding effort with the team physio as he injured the little finger of his left hand. 

Moen Ali, who got England to a score of 188 to set up a target of 189, commented on the whole situation post match. “I think he’s alright,” he said. “I think it’s just bruising on the back of the hand but I think he’ll be fine. Obviously it was a bit of a scare at the time but he said it was fine, so hopefully he’s all good. He’s a brilliant player – he’s been playing really well over the last couple of years. Hopefully he can carry that form into the World Cup and I feel like it’s going to be a big stage for him.”