Live score and updates: India A goes down fighting against England in MS Dhoni’s probable last as skipper

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New Delhi | Updated: January 10, 2017 9:30:46 PM

India A, under MS Dhoni, didn't allow England sail comfortably.

Ambati Rayudu scored a fine century, which was eclipsed by fireworks from Dhoni and Yuvraj. (Reuters)Ambati Rayudu scored a fine century, which was eclipsed by fireworks from Dhoni and Yuvraj. (Reuters)

An struggling England on Tuesday somehow managed to beat India A in first warm-up game played at Mumbai’s Brabourne Stadium. Former Indian Captains was leading the side against England, probably for one last time.

Here are all the higlighlits of the game:

9.12 pm: Woakes smashes a four, as England beat India a by 3 wickets.

9.10 pm: England need 6 runs to win with 9 deliveries remaining.

9.05 pm: England now need 11 to win with 18 deliveries left.

9.03 pm: Rashid smashes a four, now England needs 11 to win.

9.02 pm: England needs 15 to win with four overs remainig. Will Dhoni be able to spell some magic!

8:20 PM: England: 245/5 (40 overs)

Sam Billings: 42 (50)

Liam Dawson: 10 (17)

Runs have dried for England. India A has pulled things back nicely after conceding a quick start. The ball is turning and Dhoni might turn to his other spinning options soon. The crowd would be hoping to see Yuvi with the ball in hand. Wait, he is taking his finger tapes off!

The spinners have started to dominate proceedings here. Kuldeep has been very impressive in three overs picking up two important wickets. That’s Dhoni strength on display for the last time, spinners owning the game for him!

8:12 PM: Kuldeep Yadav to Dawson, FOUR, nicely played, waits for the ball to drop short, sees a gap and deflects the ball through third man. A clever shot. Field manipulation.

7:02 PM: Caught! Chahal strikes. Morgan departs for 3. The England captain failed to time his reverse-sweep and Shikhar Dhawan was athletic enough to hop on to that one. India A back in the game.

6:55 PM: Caught!! Another one for Kuldeep Yadav! Well caught by Mohit Sharma. That one stayed in the air forever. Roy departs after blistering knock. England 107/2 after 16.4 overs. Captain Eoin Morgan walks in to bat.

6:51 PM: Sam Billings is the new man in. He was highly impressive in the last edition of Indian Premier League and will try to earn place in the playing XI for the ODI series with a good performance here.

6:50 PM: Gone! Kuldeep Yadav provides India A, the first breakthrough. Caught by Sanju Samson, first wicket down for England.

6:47 PM: England: 95/0 (14 overs)

Jasopn Roy: 53 (50)

Alex Hales: 40 (34)

Fifty for Jason Roy. Full-length delivery from Yujvendra Chahal, Roy got on his feet and smashed it pass the third-man. The England opener has arrived in style in the sub-continent. He has attacked the bowling from the word go. Alex Hales is slowly catching up too. Dhoni needs a wicket soon!

Watch out India, ODI series isn’t going to be as easy as the Test series. This England team has sharper teeth than their Test counterparts. Going by what we have witnessed so far, the ODI series is going to be a thrilling one.

6:20 PM: England: 42/0 (8 overs)

Jasopn Roy: 31 (33)

Alex Hales: 9 (16)

Jason Roy has got England off to a good start. The pocket-sized opener has smashed his way to 31 with the help of 5 fours and a six. Veteran Ashish Nehra has been on the receiving end so far giving away 33 runs from his four overs. Hardik Pandya has been good from the other end and has maintained a tight line. If the openers continue to bat like this, Dhoni might have to turn towards the spinners in search of a wicket.

5:45 PM: England run-chase in the practice match begins on a fine note, as opener Jason Roy struck two classy boundaries of 37-years old comeback fast bowler Ashish Nehra. With England batting deep, if the openers get going, then it might be difficult for the Indian bowlers to defend. Likewise, the spin twin of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal becomes key for India. Yuvraj too can chip in with some overs.

5:00 PM: Final over of the Indian innings and Dhoni goes berserk as he starts the over with a huge SIX off Chris Woakes. The 2nd ball was hit for a boundary. The 3rd ball was pitched short and Dhoni hoicked it over wicket-keeper Jos Buttler. The 4th ball went for 2. 5th ball was in Dhoni’s slot as he cleared the left leg and swings the bat hard over square leg for another maximum. While the final ball of the innings was a perfect yorker, which allowed the Indian captain to get just a single. The last over ball by ball read – 6, 4, 4, 2, 6 and 1; as 23 runs came off the final over.

India A- 304/4 in 50 overs. (Ambati Rayudu- 100, MS Dhoni- 68*, Dhawan- 63, Yuvraj Singh- 56)

4:50 PM: An ardent fan of MS Dhoni breaches the security, runs towards him, and touches his feet. Dhoni graciously shakes hand with him. Such is the greatness and fan-following Dhoni commands! However, he was chased away by policemen.

4:45 PM: Young, promising batsman from Kerala Sanju Samson got out off the very first ball off David Willey. The ball was clipped in the air but carried till deep-mid wicket to the safe hands of Alex Hales.

4:40 PM: Yuvraj departs for 56 off 48. Tries to pull a short ball that was banged towards him. Caught by Adil Rashid, bowled by Jake Ball. We are heading into the last 5 overs of Indian innings. MS Dhoni has a strike rate of 168.0 in the last 5 overs!

4:30 PM: India looks good to get past 300 now. With the Yuvraj-Dhoni duo in the middle, cricket fans at Brabourne can expect the ball to disappear many a times for SIX!

India A- 234/2 in 43 overs; Yuvraj- 54 (44), Dhoni- 4 (9)

4:20 PM: Ambati Rayudu gets a hundred!! Well-played man. He drives it towards mid-off and scampers for a single. Gets the ton in 97 balls. And now he walks back to the pavilion. And the crowd roars its loudest as Team India ‘A’ captain MS Dhoni walks in. He joins Yuvraj Singh, who seems to be on a murderous mood.

4:15 PM: It’s down to the final 10 overs. India A have taken the 3rd and final batting power-play. Rayudu is marching towards getting a deserved ton, while Yuvraj is inching towards a half-century. And he gets there. 50 for Yuvraj, as he pulls Woakes for a boundary !!

4:00 PM: Ambati Rayudu has put up a strong statement by batting carefully so far; guiding India through.

India A- 182/2 in 37 overs

Rayudu- 77 (84); Yuvraj- 31 (30)

3:31 PM: Comeback man, Yuvraj Singh walks in to a huge roar of cheer. Yuvi is making a comeback in the ODI side after almost 3 years. The newly-married is accompanied by his wife Hazel Keech.

3:30 PM: Jake Ball to Dhawan, and he is out caught by Jos Buttler!! It was a lovely delivery from Ball, where he shortened his length outside off and got it to nip away a fraction. Dhawan went for it and edged. The southpaw made a good comeback though. Dhawan hit 63 runs from 84 balls, hitting 8 fours and a SIX.

3:10 PM: India A: 110/1 (25 overs)

Shikhar Dhawan: 53 (73)

Ambati Rayudu: 47 (53)

Four, fifty for Shikhar Dhawan! What a comeback for Shikhar Dhawan and right when it mattered! He got injured, was dropped from the side but has answered his critics well. The Delhi opener would have his eyes set on the three-figure mark now. Ambati Rayudu has been solid as well. Both these batsmen have provided the platform for a big total.

The run-rate has been on the lower side so far but with Dhoni, Yuvraj and Pandya to follow expect some fireworks in the second half of the innings.

2:42 PM: India A: 53/1 (16.2 overs)

Shikhar Dhawan: 30 (53)

Ambati Rayudu: 14 (20)

Oouch!! That must have hurt! that throw from the fielder hits Rayudu on the wrist. Physio is out on the field.

Slower bowlers have brought the run rate down. Moeen Ali is giving a tough time to the batsmen. India’s current rate is slightly less than 3.50.

2:30 PM: India A: 43/1 (13 overs)

Shikhar Dhawan: 25 (40)

Ambati Rayudu: 9 (14)

Both the batsmen have been watchful since the departure of Mandeep Singh. Shikhar Dhawan has good off to a decent start and should look to convert it into a big score.

Ambati Rayudu is the new man at the crease. He has a point to prove to the selectors after being overlooked for the ODI series.

2:05 PM: India A: 25/1 (7.3 overs)

Shikhar Dhawan: 17 (21)

Mandeep Singh: 8 (24)

Willey to Mandeep, bowled! Beautiful delivery from the left-armer. Came with an angle, pitched on the middle stump and swung in to breach the gap between bat and pad. That’s the end of Mandeep Singh. He didn’t look comfortable during his stay.

1:50 PM: India A: 14/0 (4 overs)

Mandeep Singh smashes Willey through the covers to ease down the pressure. The youngster from Punjab got off to a tentative start but that boundary will help his confidence.

1:30 PM: Mandeep Singh and Shikhar Dhawan are out to bat, Chris Woakes will start the proceedings for England.

Strong words from MS Dhoni at toss. The former India captain says that he will continue to captain in the IPL and also Jharkhand in the domestic cricket. He also thanked the fans for having his back.

Cricket club of India felicitates MS Dhoni ahead of the match for his contribution to Indian cricket as the captain.

1:00 PM: Captain Eoin Morgan wins the toss for England and opts to bowl first.

England (Playing XI): Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Sam Billings, Eoin Morgan(c), Jos Buttler(w), Moeen Ali, Liam Dawson, Chris Woakes, Adil Rashid, David Willey, Jake Ball

India A (Playing XI): Shikhar Dhawan, Sanju Samson, Ambati Rayudu, Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni(w/c), Mandeep Singh, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohit Sharma, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ashish Nehra

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