India beat England by 20 runs
The 20-run victory over England in the last warm-up game puts the Indians in the correct frame of mind in front of more grave challenges coming up. The squad will take away ‘positives’, the other regularly used word by skippers to declare themselves and their teammates that all is well.
Virat Kohli played a vital role at No.3, like he does so frequently in the smaller formats of the match. He appeared in after Rohit Sharma fell shortly and Shikhar Dhawan too down soon by a luminous catch in the covers. But Rohit make sure that the England bowlers didn’t settle down.
Suresh Raina came in at No.5 in this match and made a half-century in naturally aggressive fashion. He smacks two sixes, the second of which was a drag over square leg for his fifty. Raina, who is at present only part of the Twenty20 team, also bang six fours and gained his runs at a strike rate of almost 175. The two batsmen ran up an 81-run place assisted the side defeat the harm reasoned by losing three wickets in the Power play overs. The captain ended off the innings in method, hitting one six and one four and stayed winning on 21 off 14 balls.