India produced a power-packed performance with the bat on Monday to beat England by 7 wickets in their first warm-up match at the T20 World Cup in Dubai. Chasing 189 for victory, the 2007 champions rode on destructive half-centuries from Ishan Kishan and KL Rahul to cross the finish line with 6 balls to spare.
Kishan and Rahul opened the batting and added 82 for the first wicket to lay a solid foundation for the run chase before the latter got out against the run of play for 51 to Mark Wood.
Virat Kohli, who dropped to No. 3 to accommodate Rahul at the top, suffered a rare failure with the bat, scoring just 11 off 13 balls.
But Kishan carried on attacking the English bowlers and top-scored with 70 not out off 46 balls with 7 fours and 3 sixes before being replaced by Suryakumar Yadav, but the move didn’t work as he couldn’t fire as per expectations and got out for 8 with India needing 21 off 15 balls.