England on Tuesday made a promising start to their limited over tour as they defeated India A by three wickets in the first warm-up match at the Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai. Chasing a stiff target of 305, the Eoin Morgan-led side rode on the innings of Sam Billings (93) and Jason Roy (62) to seal the victory with seven balls to spare.
India A, after being asked to bat first, reached a strong total of 304/5 which was backed by a brilliant unbeaten century by Ambati Rayudu (100 retired out).
Opener Shikhar Dhawan (63), recalled flamboyant batsman Yuvraj Singh (56) and captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni (68 not out) also made useful half-centuries to take the home team beyond the 300-run mark.
For the visitors, medium pacers David Willey and Jake Ball picked up two wickets each. The three-match ODI series kicks off in Pune on Sunday.
India A: 304-5 (Ambati Rayudu 100, Mahendra Singh Dhoni 68 not out, Shikhar Dhawan 63, Yuvraj Singh 56; David Willey 55-2, Jake Ball 2-61).
England: 307-7 in 48.5 overs (Sam Billings 93, Jason Roy 62, Jos Buttler 46; Kuldeep Yadav 5-60).