MIRPUR, March 19 (PTI): India gained the much-needed boost ahead of their ICC World T20 opener against Pakistan when they comfortably defeated England by 20 runs in their second and final warm-up game here today.
Riding on a cavalier unbeaten 73 off 47 balls from Virat Kohli and an equally entertaining 54 off 31 balls from Suresh Raina, India scored an imposing 178 for four in 20 overs. It was a good enough total for the bowlers to restrict the opposition to 158 for six.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni used seven bowlers in all and Ravichandran Ashwin was again the best bowler in the park as he returned with economical figures of one for 20 from four overs.
Brief scores: India 178/4 (Virat Kohli 74 not out, Suresh Raina 54, Ravi Bopara 1/25). England: 158/6 (Moeen Ali 46, Michael Lumb 36; Ravindra Jadeja 2/23).