Mumbai, Jan 12: Skipper Ajinkya Rahane, young Rishabh Pant struck brilliant fifties as India A registered a convincing six-wicket win over England in in the second warm-up one day match at Brabourne Stadium here on Thursday (Jan 12).
Chasing a target of 283, India A lost just four wickets and achieved the total in 39.4 overs with 62 balls to spare.
India A achieved the target without any trouble as the foundation of the run chase was laid by the opening pair of Rahane (91) and Sheldon Jackson (59). The duo put up a 119-run-stand for the first wicket to give the hosts a positive start, and India A never looked back.
Rahane and Sheldon played aggressively to take India A's score past hundred before 18 overs. Sheldon was removed by England off-spinner Moeen Ali in the 19th over.
Promising young batsman Rishabh Pant was the new man to come into bat after Sheldon's departure. The 19-year-old Delhi Daredevils' batsman didn't disappoint his selection in India's T20I squad as he played with positive intent and scored runs quickly.
The youngster scored a brilliant 59 in just 36 deliveries before getting dismissed by Adil Rashid in the 28th over.
Pant and Rahane took the host's score past 150 within 25 overs as the visitors kept searching for the wickets. (Watch England's batting highlights)
Veteran India cricketer Suresh Raina also contributed with the bat as the southpaw scored 45 (34 balls). Ishan Kishan (5*) and Deepak Hooda (23*) took the hosts comfortably home.
Skipper Rahane missed out on a brilliant hundred as was dismissed at 91 (83 balls). The right-handed batsman played aggressively with a strike rate of 109.63. Rahane's knock will certainly help him seal a spot in the Playing XI, possibly as the opener, when India play against England on Sunday (Jan 15).
As for England bowlers, Jake Ball, David Willey, Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid took one wicket apiece. No English bowler managed to build any pressure over Indian batsmen as every batsman scored runs freely.
Earlier batting first, England scored 282 for the loss of 9 wickets in 48.4 overs, thus setting a target of 283 the hosts to win.
England skipper Eoin Morgan won the toss and elected to bat first against Rahane-led India A.
A late flurry from David Willey (38*) and Adil Rashid (39*) took the visitors to a respectable position after they were reduced to 211 for 9.
The duo put up a fifty-stand for the tenth-wicket to lift the visitors to a decent total. 71 runs were added for the last wicket by the two. Jonny Bairstow (64) and Alex Hales (51) were the top scorers for England.
Parvez Rasool was the pick of the bowlers for India as the spinner picked up 3 wickets from his quota of 10 overs and gave 38 runs. Ashok Dinda and Shahbaz Nadeem took two wickets apiece.
Earlier, the visitors left out Liam Dawson and Sam Billings, who were the match winners in the previous practice match, and included Jonny Bairstow and Liam Plunkett in their 12-member line-up.
Pant was included in the Indian XI alongside his under-19 skipper Ishan Kishan.
Pant, who played an important role in India's runners-up campaign at the U-19 World Cup in 2016, has made rapid strides to be selected selected in the T20 squad for the England series.
The spotlight was also shared by another promising player Kishan, however he didn't get much to show. The Jharkhand player led India at the Under-19 World Cup in 2016 in Bangladesh where they lost to the West Indies in the final. He has produced some fine knocks in the domestic circuit which caught the attention of the selectors.
Youngsters Deepak Hooda and Vijay Shankar were included in the Playing XI. The bowling unit was spearheaded by experienced pacer Dinda and Kumar along with Pradeep Sangwan and off-spinner Rasool.
For England, everything went good in the first practice game, which they won by three wickets in Mumbai.
India A: Ajinkya Rahane (captain), Rishabh Pant, Suresh Raina, Deepak Hooda, Ishan Kishan (wicketkeeper), Sheldon Jackson, Vijay Shankar, Shahbaz Nadeem, Parvez Rasool, Vinay Kumar, Pradeep Sangwan, Ashok Dinda.
England: Eoin Morgan (captain), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler (wicketkeeper), Liam Dawson, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Ben Stokes, David Willey and Chris Woakes.