279dThe Report by Arun Venugopal in Mumbai

Billings' 93 helps England XI hunt down 305

Sam Billings' 93 helped England to their first win of the tour, ensuring MS Dhoni's last match as captain of an Indian side did not go to plan

Match Centre

Commentator: Nikhil Kalro

9.15pm A result that never looked in much doubt after England's opening stand. Yes, they did have their struggles against spin but there were a lot more positives than their spin worries. You'd want to bowl second to this England batting line-up and choke them, but with dew a plausibility, who knows? Chants of "Dhoni, Dhoni," ring around the Brabourne Stadium. A fantastic warm-up game for both sides, proper insights into both teams.

Sam Billings: A great run against a very strong side. Everyone chipped in today. Sign of things to come. We've come in with a fresh mind, a different group. Only a couple of guys from the Tests, a lot of fresh minds. The IPL massively helped me out, playing wristspin and spin generally. Once you get comfortable, you can express yourself.

Pandya to Woakes, FOUR runs, through point and that will be the game. Full and wide, Woakes carves the ball in the gap and England show off their ODI prowess with a three-wicket win chasing 305
Pandya to Woakes, FOUR runs, that should be the game. Short and straight, Woakes hammers his pull through midwicket. No one there. Nicely played, right choice of stroke too

Mark: "@Jonas, it did occur to me that if the selectors don't yet want to ask Joe Root to play in all 3 formats AND captain the Test side, they could just ask Jos Buttler to do the job for a year."

Pandya to Rashid, 1 run, full and straight, an inside-edge just past the stumps.
Pandya to Rashid, no run, full and straight, driven straight to Mandeep at cover. A direct hit would have had Rashid. He jarred his bat down into the turf even though he'd have made his ground
Pandya to Rashid, no run, full and straight, defended back much to the joy of the rather packed Mumbai crowd

48 | 4 Runs | ENG: 298/7 (7 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 6.20, RRR: 3.50)

  • Chris Woakes3 (10b)
  • Adil Rashid5 (6b)
  • Mohit Sharma9-0-58-0
  • Hardik Pandya9-1-39-1
Sharma to Woakes, no run, and now a wild slog. Good length on middle, Woakes misses his heave. The stumps are undisturbed

England XI 2nd innings Partnerships

1st95AD HalesJJ Roy
2nd11SW BillingsJJ Roy
3rd6EJG MorganSW Billings
4th79SW BillingsJC Buttler
5th0MM AliSW Billings
6th99LA DawsonSW Billings
7th0CR WoakesSW Billings
8th17AU RashidCR Woakes