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Report: Warm-up – Middlesex vs Indians

Virat, Rayudu among runs; Karn picks three wickets as Indians win by 95 runs

The Indians defeated Middlesex by 95 runs in the one-day warm-up match at the Lord’s. Virat Kohli (71) and Ambati Rayudu (72) were mainly responsible for India’s score of 230 all-out after they were inserted in to bat by Middlesex.

India’s bowling performance was a true team show as every bowler barring part-time slow bowler, Ravindra Jadeja, picked up at least a wicket. Karn Sharma cleaned up the tail to finish with 3 for 14 in 4.5 overs.

Defending a modest 230, the Indians got off to a good start, dismissing both Middlesex openers in the first three overs.

It was Bhuvneshwar Kumar who drew first blood, getting Nick Gubbins to edge one to the keeper in the third over. Mohammad Shami produced the perfect full and straight delivery to bowl Dawid Malan out off the first ball of the fourth over.

Sanju Samson took two more catches behind the wicket when Umesh Yadav and Mohit Sharma dismissed Paul Stirling and Eoin Morgan respectively. Dhawal Kulkarni joined his fellow pacers on the wicket-takers’ list by getting rid of Ryan Higgins. Middlesex had lost half their side for 67 runs in the 17th over. In all, Samson held three catches and affected a stumping.

John Simpson and Andy Balbirnie steadied the ship for a while before Ashwin broke the stand trapping the former lbw in the 28th over. The Middlesex innings fell apart when Rayner was run out.

Batting first, the Indian openers departed inside six overs with the score just 29. While Shikhar Dhawan (10) hit one straight into the hands of mid-off, Rohit Sharma (8) holed out at third man on the side of the 45-yard boundary. Ajinkya Rahane’s (15) stay at the crease lasted for 26 balls before he miscued an uppish drive at mid-on.

Virat Kohli and Ambati Rayudu came together with the Indians on 52 for 3 in the 14th over and put up a stand of 104 runs.

Virat played and missed a few in the first couple of overs before settling down well at the crease. He got off the mark with a well timed straight drive for four off Steven Finn before working his way to his first half-century on this tour. It was a typical Virat one-day knock – busy yet relaxed and sensible yet laced with some fine shots to fetch nine boundaries, one of which was the innings’ only six.

Virat got fine company in Rayudu, who played himself in before unleashing the big shots. He took special liking to pacer Gurinder Sandhu and left-arm spinner, Ravi Patel, sending them for three fours each.

The flourishing partnership ended on 104 when left-arm spinner, Ravi Patel, got Virat to nick to the wicketkeeper. Patel came back to get rid of Ravindra Jadeja, who holed out in the deep.

Rayudu retired on 72 after the last ball of the 40th over and the next two balls fetched the wickets of R Ashwin and Stuart Binny. Ollie Rayner, the off-spinner, missed the hat-trick. The slide, however continued for India as Rayner dismissed Sanju Samson and last man in, Suresh Raina, to end the Indian innings on 230 in 44.2 overs.

Shirin Sadikot

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Report: England vs India (Women), 1st ODI

Heather Knight and Charlotte Edwards help England to victory
Report: England vs India (Women), 1st ODI

England women won the rain truncated 1st ODI by 42 runs by the Duckworth/Lewis method against India women at the North Marine Road Ground in Scarborough. With weather having the final say, the 110-run opening stand between Charlotte Edwards and Heather Knight proved crucial as England took a 1-0 lead in the bilateral series of the ICC Women's Championship.

Having restricted India to 193 in 47 overs, England were set a revised target of 184 in 42 overs after rain interrupted the game for the second time. Edwards and Knight got England off to a flying start. It was only in the 21st over that Ekta Bisht ended the flourishing partnership. 17 runs later Rajeshwari Gayakwad sent back Knight to give a glimmer of hope for India women to get back into the game. Although England lost Lauren Winfield a few overs later, the hosts cruised along at a steady pace and were 153 for three when rain halted the match once again.

The weather continued to look bleak and with the rain refusing to stop, there was no scope for further play handing the England Women a 42-run victory by the D/L method. Sarah Taylor and Lydia Greenway were unbeaten on 20 and 1 respectively.

Earlier, after putting India to bat, Anya Shrubsole picked up the wickets of Thirush Kamini and Karu Jain early to leave the visitors on 13/2 in the sixth over. Skipper Mithali Raj then joined opener Smriti Mandhana in an effort to stabilise the Indian innings. The pair added 64 runs for the third wicket until Mithali Raj was sent back by Jenny Gunn for 34 with the scoreboard reading 77/3. With the innings reduced to 47 overs, Mandhana continued to anchor the innings from one end. 31 runs later, Heather Knight sent back Harmanpreet Kaur for eight.

Vellasawamy Vanitha joined the opener in garnering runs but Mandhana was run out for 74 ending the blossoming partnership between the duo. The pair added 46 for the fifth wicket. Jhulan Goswami followed her back while Vanitha was removed by Knight in the next over. Knight also castled N Niranjana a bit later to leave India on 174/8 and finish with three wickets. However a 14-ball 21-run cameo by debutant Shikha Pandey along with a 19-run unbroken stand with Ekta Bisht helped India to a total of 193 in 47 overs.

Brief scores:

India 193/8 in 47 overs (S Mandhana 74, H Knight 3/28, A Shrubsole 2/47) lost to England 153/3 in 30.1 overs (C Edwards 57, H knight 53) by 42 runs by D/L method.

Prajakta Pawar

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