Tour Match (D/N), Mumbai (BS), Jan 10 2017, England tour of India
(48.5/50 ov, target 305)307/7
England XI won by 3 wickets (with 7 balls remaining)
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• The 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

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Commentator: Nikhil Kalro
Scorecard summary
India A304/5(50 overs)
Ambati Rayudu100 (97)
MS Dhoni*68 (40)
David Willey2/55(10)
Jake Ball2/61(10)
England XI307/7(48.5 overs)
Sam Billings93 (85)
Jason Roy62 (57)

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.

Hardik 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

Hardik 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."

Hardik to Rashid, 1 run

full and straight, an inside-edge just past the stumps.

Hardik 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

Hardik to Rashid, no run

full and straight, defended back much to the joy of the rather packed Mumbai crowd

end of over 484 runs
ENG: 298/7CRR: 6.20 RRR: 3.50
Chris Woakes3 (10)
Adil Rashid5 (6)
Mohit Sharma 9-0-58-0
Hardik Pandya 9-1-39-1
Sharma to Woakes, no run

and now a wild slog. Good length on middle, Woakes misses his heave. The stumps are undisturbed

Sharma to Woakes, no run

full and straight, the leg side field is open but Woakes premeditated a dab into the off side. Takes it off the stump and carves to point

Sharma to Woakes, no run

a legcutter on middle, played down towards gully

Sharma to Rashid, 1 run

hit towards mid-off, who dives to his left to save three. Another nice slap from Rashid, wanted to go over the top though

Jonas: "We won't me missing his captaincy either. Buttler is a good captain, arguably could be considered for the test job. "

Sharma to Woakes, 1 run

full and wide outside off, creamed to the sweeper cover

SPK: "Amazed to see that England bowling looks so strong without Anderson and Broad!" With respect, they aren't fantastic one-day bowlers

Sharma to Woakes, 2 runs

dabbed down to third man. An easy couple with Nehra patrolling that boundary

end of over 474 runs • 1 wicket
ENG: 294/7CRR: 6.25 RRR: 3.66
Adil Rashid4 (5)
Chris Woakes0 (5)
Hardik Pandya 9-1-39-1
Kuldeep Yadav 10-1-60-5
Hardik to Rashid, no run

full and straight, defended

Hardik to Rashid, no run

beauty. Good length outside off, moved away - not sure if it was a legcutter or seamed away - and beat Rashid. A top-order batsman may have edged that

Hardik to Rashid, FOUR runs

shot! Back of a length outside off, Rashid stands in his crease and nails his slap between cover and mid-off

KL: "it's like publish one comment for every delivery :D" I'm trying

Hardik to Rashid, no run

good length outside off, dabbed towards point

Chants of "DHONI, DHONI"

Hardik to Rashid, no run

whoa! Almost hits off stump. My gosh. Back of a length on off, hits Rashid on the body and almost trickles into off stump

Stanley Stearma: "I think Morgan can maintain his T20 place as that's the format he's performed in best recently. With regards to ODI, I think his days are numbered. Roy, Hales, Root, Billings, Stokes, Buttler, Ali, Dawson, Woakes, Willey, Rashid is a strong team in India, with Ball, Plunkett to come in for a spinner. "

Hardik to Billings, OUT

bowled for 93! Billings just cannot believe it. Michael Vaughan like dismissal. Full, nothing delivery down leg, Billings misses a flick, the ball hits his pad or trouser and deflects onto the leg stump. Billings has his mouth open in disbelief. The ball wasn't even going to hit leg stump without Billings' pad. At least he scored 93 before this

Sam Billings b Pandya 93 (85b 8x4 0x6) SR: 109.41


Mark Knowles: "I love Morgan but he is going to need a big score really quickly or he won't be in the side for long. Billings has to play now and probably at 3. That shunts everyone down one but leaves us short of bowlers if Morgan stays. "

end of over 46Wicket maiden
ENG: 290/6CRR: 6.30 RRR: 3.75
Chris Woakes0 (5)
Sam Billings93 (84)
Kuldeep Yadav 10-1-60-5
Yuzvendra Chahal 10-0-56-1
Kuldeep to Woakes, no run

another googly outside off, skewed to point. A wicket maiden to end a fantastic spell, 5 for 60

Kuldeep to Woakes, no run

flat through the air, Woakes goes back and pushes the ball back to the bowler

Kuldeep to Woakes, no run

another flat googly on middle, pushed back

Match details
Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai
TossEngland XI, elected to field first
SeriesEngland tour of India
Hours of play (local time)13.30 start, First Session 13.30-17.00, Interval 17.00-17.45, Second Session 17.45-21.15
Match days10 January 2017 - daynight (50-over match)
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Anil Dandekar
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Pashchim Pathak
TV Umpire
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Rohan Pandit
Match Referee
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Shakti Singh