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India A vs England XI Highlights: Sam Billings spoils MS Dhoni’s farewell as skipper

Sam Billings played a brilliant knock to guide England to a three-wicket win over India A to spoil Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s last match as the skipper. Batting first, Ambati Rayudu scored a brilliant century while Yuvraj Singh, Shikhar Dhawan and MS Dhoni chipped in with fifties as India reached 304/5.

cricket Updated: Jan 10, 2017 21:34 IST
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England beat India A by 3 wickets in the first warm-up game in Mumbai to spoil MS Dhoni’s farewell as skipper.(REUTERS)

Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s last match as skipper did not end well as a star-studded India A team lost to England XI by three wickets. This match served as a warm-up game before the ODI and T20 series between India and England starting in Pune on January 15. Catch the highlights of India A vs England XI here. (Ranji Trophy final highlights)

9:26 pm IST: Sam Billings played a brilliant knock to guide England to a three-wicket win over India A after spinner Kuldeep Yadav picked up five wickets. Batting first, Ambati Rayudu scored a brilliant century while Yuvraj Singh, Shikhar Dhawan and Mahendra Singh Dhoni chipped in with fifties as India A reached 304/5.

9:15 pm IST: Its all over as England beat India by 3 wickets in a hard-fought encounter!

9:13 pm IST: Chris Woakes hits a boundary as it’s game over for India A.. England need 2 runs more to win.

9:08 pm IST: 7 more needed for England to win the match! ENG 298/7

9:04 pm IST: A loose ball from Hardik Pandya and Adil Rashid gets the important boundary! England 294/7

9:02 pm IST: Big wicket! Pandya castles Sam Billings for 93! England 290/7

9:00 pm IST: A wicket maiden for Kuldeep Yadav! Things just got interesting ...

8:58 pm IST: 5 wickets for Kuldeep Yadav, but it’s almost game over for India A.

8:56 pm IST: 15 runs to win for England! It’s almost game over India A.

8:53 pm IST: 10 runs from the over. England are slowly inching towards the victory with 25 runs needed from 36 balls.

8:51 pm IST: Terrible miss by Yuvraj Singh as he drops Sam Billing on 84.

8:48 pm IST: England need 35 runs to win from 7 overs! It’s officially England’s game to lose!

8:45 pm IST: Slow but steady batting by Sam Billings and Liam Dawson as England are comfortably placed in the run chase. England 264/5

8:40 pm IST: A good over for the visitors. England 253/5 after 41 overs.

8:35 pm IST: Innovative strokeplay on display from Liam Dawson as England need 59 runs to win from 10 overs.

8:31 pm IST: Good bowling by Hardik Pandya as England reach 234/5 after 39 overs.

8:29 pm IST: Fifty for Sam Billings! England 232/5 against India A

8:25 pm IST: Sam Billings inch towards his fifty as England looks the favourite to win this contest. The visitors need 77 runs more from 12 overs.

8:18 pm IST: 37 overs gone. England 221 for 5. The visitors need 86 runs to win with 13.2 overs remaining.

8:06 pm IST: 200 comes up for England in the 34th over for the loss of 5 wickets. England 204/5

8:01 pm IST: 32 overs gone. England struggling at 194 for the loss of 5 wickets.

7:58 pm IST: Liam Dawson is the new batsman out in the middle and he will have to be careful against the in-form Kuldeep Yadav!

7:57 pm IST: It’s Kuldeep Yadav all the way as he traps Moeen Ali LBW for a duck! ENG 191/5

7:54 pm IST: Kuldeep Yadav gets his third wicket of the game as Jos Buttler is caught in the deep for 46. England 191/4

7:50 pm IST: England need 116 runs more to win from 20 overs.

7:45 pm IST: Superb batting by Sam Billings as England reach 178/3 after 29 overs. Game on!

7:42 pm IST: 28 overs gone. England 166 for the loss of 3 wickets.

7:40 pm IST: It’s not looking good for Yuvraj Singh the bowler! Two huge sixes for Jos Buttler as England race to 163/3.

7:38 pm IST: It has been a good fightback by England as they reach 150/3 in 27 overs. The visitors need another 155 runs with 7 wickets and 23 overs remaining.

7:31 pm IST: A good partnership is slowly forming between Sam Billings and Jos Buttler. England 146/3 after 26 overs.

India A player Shikhar Dhawan (3R) celebrates with teammates after taking the catch to dismiss England XI captain Eoin Morgan during the first warm-up one day cricket match between India A and England XI. (AFP)

7:27 pm IST: Another dropped catch! This time, the culprit is Mandeep Singh! ENG 136/3

7:23 pm IST: Yuvraj Singh is introduced into the attack. He had a great day with the bat, can he do it with the ball?

7:17 pm IST: Good bowling by Yuzvendra Chahal as the England batsmen are finding it difficult to pick up his spin. ENG 129/3 after 22 overs

7:14 pm IST: England had a good start, but the three wickets have stunted their progress! ENG 125/3

7:09 pm IST: 20 overs gone. England are 122 for the 3 wickets. India A were 75/1 at the same situation.

7:06 pm IST: A much needed boundary for Jos Buttler as England reach 121/3 after 19 overs.

7:04 pm IST: What a catch! Shikhar Dhawan takes a blinder to dismiss Eoin Morgan for 3. ENG 112/3

India A captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (L) celebrates after the dismissal of England XI batsman Jason Roy during the first warm-up one day cricket match between India A and England XI at the Cricket Club of India (CCI) stadium in Mumbai. (AFP)

7:00 pm IST: England skipper Eoin Morgan is the new batsman out in the middle.

6:57 pm IST: It’s Kuldeep Yadav once again as he dismisses Jason Roy for 62! England 106/2

6:53 pm IST: 100 comes up for England in the 16th over thanks to a huge six from Jason Roy.

6:50 pm IST: Sam Billings is the new batsman for England.

6:49 pm IST: Kuldeep Yadav gets the breakthrough for India as Alex Hales departs for 40! England 95/1

6:47 pm IST: The introduction of Kuldeep Yadav almost worked out for India, but the LBW appeal was turned down.

6:45 pm IST: A well-made fifty for Jason Roy as he brings up the milestone in 48 balls! England 95/0

6:42 pm IST: Explosive batting by Alex Hales as England reach 88/0 after 18 overs. They need 218 runs more to win.

England XI batsman Alex Hales plays a shot during the first warm-up one day cricket match between India A and England XI at the Cricket Club of India (CCI) stadium in Mumbai. (AFP)

6:36 pm IST: Yuzvendra Chahal introduced into the attack and Jason Roy wasted no time to sweep his fourth ball past the fine leg boundary. England 69/0

6:32 pm IST: 11 overs gone. England are cruising at 61/0.

6:27 pm IST: Dropped! Jason Roy plays the ball in the air but Shikhar Dhawan was unable to hold on to the catch!

6:20 pm IST: Mohit Sharma is introduced into the attack. England brings up their 50 in the 9th over.

6:12 pm IST: It has not been a pleasant outing for Ashish Nehra till now as he has conceded 33 runs in 4 overs. England 39/0 after 7 overs

6:04 pm IST: Lucky escape for Jason Roy as the ball hits his inside edge and misses the stumps by a very small margin! England 20/0 after 5 overs.

6:00 pm IST: Steady start by both the England opening batsmen. England 15/0 after 4 overs.

5:51 pm IST: Good start by Hardik Pandya as he concedes just two runs. England 10/0 after 2 overs.

5:48 pm IST: Strong start by England as Jason Roy gets a couple of boundaries in the very first over.

5:44 pm IST: Jason Roy and Alex Hales are the openers for England while Ashish Nehra will start proceeding for India A.

5:40 pm IST: India have opted for four specialist bowlers in this match. Mohit Sharma and Ashish Nehra are the pace bowlers, while Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav will take care of the spin department.

5:36 pm IST: When a cricket fan invaded the pitch to get close to Mahendra Singh Dhoni:

5:24 pm IST: A look at the sea of spectators who were present at the stadium to watch the warm-up game.

5:20 pm IST: India A had a very slow start to their innings, but the batsmen showed great character to take the team to a fighting total of 304. Now, the onus will be on the bowlers to defend the total.

5:10 pm IST:

5:07 pm IST: Ambati Rayudu scored a brilliant century while Yuvraj Singh, Shikhar Dhawan and Mahendra Singh Dhoni chipped in with fifties as India reach 304/4 against England.

5:04 pm IST: Another six! India A cross 300 with one ball left in the innings!

5:01 pm IST: Fifty for MS Dhoni! An innings fit for the occasion from the former India ODI skipper!

5:00 pm IST: India A reach 281/4 after 49 overs with MS Dhoni batting on 44! Can he reach his fifty with just one over to go in the innings?

4:55 pm IST: 48 overs gone. India A 273/4 with MS Dhoni unbeaten on 38.

4:51 pm IST: It has been a calm innings from MS Dhoni till now as he reaches 32 runs in 28 balls. India A 265/4 after 47 overs

4:48 pm IST: The Dhoni fever is clearly there in Mumbai as a fan dodges security to enter the ground in order to get close to the former India skipper!

4:47 pm IST: India A lose two quick wickets as they reach 258/4 after 46 overs.

4:44 pm IST: WICKET! Not a good outing for Sanju Samson as he departs for a golden duck after being caught in the deep. India A 257/4

4:41 pm IST: it’s two wicketkeepers out in the middle for India as Sanju Sampson comes out to bat.

4:39 pm IST: 250 comes up for India A in the 45th over, but they lose Yuvraj Singh as he is caught in the deep for 56! India A 250/3

4:33 pm IST: Two boundaries for MS Dhoni in the over as India A race to 245/2 after 44 overs.

4:27 pm IST: The atmosphere is electric as MS Dhoni takes a quick double. India A 234/2 after 43 overs.

4:19 pm IST: Ambati Rayudu brings up his century and retires not out. MS Dhoni is out in the middle!

4:15 pm IST: Fifty for Yuvraj Singh as the flamboyant left hander reaches the milestone with a four!

India A batsman Yuvraj Singh plays a shot during the first warm-up one day cricket match between India A and England XI at the Cricket Club of India (CCI) stadium. (AFP)

4:10 pm IST: Yuvraj Singh is just 5 runs away from a brilliant fifty! India A 210/2

4:08 pm IST: Another six for Ambati Rayudu as India A cross 200! It has been a special batting performance by the 31-year old!

4:06 pm IST: A huge six over long on as India A reach 197/2 after 38 overs

4:02 pm IST: 37 overs gone. India A are 182/2 with Yuvraj and Rayudu both looking quite comfortable.

3:58 pm IST: The Yuvraj Singh show continues as India A reach 178/2 after 36 overs!

3:51 pm IST: Yuvraj Singh has shown great touch till now as India A 173/2 after 35 overs.

3:45 pm IST: It’s deja vu time for England as Yuvraj Singh dispatches the ball for two huge sixes! India A 172/2

3:38 pm IST: What a shot! A brilliant boundary for Yuvraj Singh straight down the ground as India A bring up their 150 at the end of the 32nd over.

3:36 pm IST: 31 overs gone. India A are batting on 143/2 with Rayudu and Yuvraj out in the middle.

3:31 pm IST: Yuvraj Singh is known to be shaky against spin at the start of his innings and England will be looking to take advantage! India A 139/2

India A's Ambati Rayudu plays a shot as England XI's wicketkeeper Jos Buttler looks on. (REUTERS)

3:28 pm IST: A huge roar from the crowd as Yuvraj Singh is the new batsman for India A!

3:26 pm IST: WICKET! Jake Ball strikes! Shikhar Dhawan is caught behind for 63! India A 136/2

3:18 pm IST: It’s Ambati Rayudu’s turn as he also brings up his fifty! India A 128/1

3:15 pm IST: Solid batting by both Dhawan and Rayudu! India A 118/1

India A batsman Shikhar Dhawan reached his fifty in 73 balls against England. (AFP)

3:12 pm IST: Fifty for Shikhar Dhawan as he brings up the milestone in 73 balls! India A 110/1

3:06 pm IST: Back-to-back boundaries for Rayudu! Shikhar is batting on 49, but it seems that he may not be the first person to score a fifty today!

3:02 pm IST: 22 overs gone. India A reach 79/1 with both batsmen looking quite comfortable out in the middle.

2:56 pm IST: Shikhar Dhawan and Ambati Rayudu have steadied the innings as India A reach 75/1 after 20 overs against England.

2:55 pm IST: England are going to introduce their second specialist spinner as Adil Rashid steps up for the visitors.

2:54 pm IST: 19 overs gone. India A 72/1 (Dhawan 38*, Rayudu 23*)

2:50 pm IST: Meanwhile, Mumbai are 179/6 at tea against Gujarat in the Ranji Trophy final.

2:49 pm IST: A good over for India A as Shikhar Dhawan and Ambati Rayudu take India A to 69/1 after 18 overs.

2:43 pm IST: A look at Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s preparation ahead of this match:

2:40 pm IST: A minor injury concern for Ambati Rayudu as a throw catches him on the wrist. India A 53/1

2:36 pm IST: 50 comes up for India A in the 16th over as Jake Ball concedes 5 runs from overthrows.

2:35 pm IST: Shikhar Dhawan has shown good touch till now, but the run rate is still extremely poor as India A reach 45/1 after 15 overs.

2:24 pm IST: Change from both ends as Jake Ball is also introduced from the other end. But, it was not a good start for the medium pacer as Shikhar Dhawan dispatched him for a boundary on his second ball. India A 42/1 after 12 overs.

2:19 pm IST: First change in bowling for England as Moeen Ali is introduced in the attack.

2:16 pm IST: It has been an extremely slow start by India A as the England bowlers have shown good control on their line and length. India A 33/1 after 10 overs

2:11 pm IST: The Cricket Club of India (CCI) is letting the spectators enter the ground for free and it can safely be said that the warm-up match has a bigger crowd than the on-going Ranji Trophy final in Indore. India A 28/1 after 9 overs

2:07 pm IST: Ambati Rayudu is the next batsman for India A as they reach 25/1 after 8 overs.

India A's Mandeep Singh reacts as he is bowled by England XI's David Willey. (REUTERS)

2:05 pm IST: WICKET! Mandeep Singh was not looking comfortable at all and David Willey castled him for 7 to hand England the first breakthrough! India A 25/1

1:55 pm IST: 6 overs gone. It has been a really slow start for India A as they reach 24/0

1:48 pm IST: After a shaky start, Mandeep Singh joins the party with a crunching cover drive. India 13/0 after 4 overs.

1:43 pm IST: What a shot! Finally a show of intent from the Indian batsmen as Shikhar Dhawan hits the first boundary of the match. India 9/0

1:40 pm IST: Cautious start by the openers as India reach 3/0 after 2 overs.

1:35 pm IST: A good start for Chris Woakes as he gets a maiden on the first over of the innings.

1:32 pm IST: Mandeep Singh and Shikhar Dhawan are the openers for India A while Chris Woakes will start the proceedings for England.

1:29 pm IST: Time to take a look at the India A team which will be facing England:

1:27 pm IST: Mahendra Singh Dhoni will be captaining the India A side today and the Cricket Club of India felicitated him ahead of the warm-up match.

1:24 pm IST: Here’s a look at the England XI:

1:13 pm IST: Dhoni has been feted by the Cricket Club of India. This has been a wonderful gesture for one India’s best cricket captains. (Read: According to Ravi Shastri, Ganguly not among best skippers in India)

1:08 pm IST: England XI win toss and will field vs India A.

Old habits die hard. On Monday, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was amongst the first to come out for the practice session at the iconic Brabourne Stadium. As the rest of the squad members went about playing a customary football match, Dhoni too joined in and even scored a goal. Football, of course, was his first love.

India A team captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (R) warms up with team mates during a training session at the Cricket Club of India (CCI) stadium in Mumbai on Monday. (AFP)

Old habits die hard. After captaining India for nine years, Dhoni monitored the net session for around 30 minutes before finally padding up for a stint in the nets that lasted for close to two hours under lights.

England, who got thrashed 4-0 in the five-match Test series before Christmas last year in India, will like to gain the maximum from this match. Limited overs skipper Eoin Morgan knows that the Indians are a deadly lot in the shorter format of the game. The India A team is studded with IPL stars like Shikhar Dhawan, Yuvraj Singh, Hardik Pandya, Ambati Rayudu and Ashish Nehra.

The Cricket Club of India should see a full house. Entry for the day-night match is free.

India A (From): YS Chahal, S Dhawan, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, S Kaul, Kuldeep Yadav, Mandeep Singh, A Nehra, HH Pandya, AT Rayudu, SV Samson, MM Sharma, Yuvraj Singh

England XI (from): MM Ali, JM Bairstow, JT Ball, SW Billings, JC Buttler, LA Dawson, AD Hales, EJG Morgan, LE Plunkett, AU Rashid, JE Root, JJ Roy, BA Stokes, DJ Willey, CR Woakes