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Kohli, Raina fire India to victory

England falls 20 runs short, after half-centuries by Indian duo take the side to 178 for 4 in warm-up fixture

Kohli, Raina fire India to victory  - Cricket News
Virat Kohli's unbeaten 74 took India to 178 for 4 before it restricted England to 158 for 6.
Half-centuries by Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina gave India a comfortable 20-run win over England in its second warm-up game at the ICC World Twenty20 2014 in Dhaka on Wednesday (March 19).
After being asked to bat, Kohli's unbeaten 74 and Raina's 54 took India to 178 for 4 in 20 overs at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium . England fell short of the total by 20 runs, ending on 158 for 6 after being hampered by a lack of significant partnerships
England’s openers, Michael Lumb and Alex Hales, gave the side a promising start with a 43-run stand in five overs. With the main bowlers ineffective, Mahendra Singh Dhoni turned to Raina, who provided a breakthrough in his second over. Lumb, batting well on 36, charged down the track only to miss the ball completely and get stumped by Dhoni. 
Five overs later, with England needing 92 from 42 balls, Eoin Morgan threw his wicket away, giving an easy catch to Yuvraj Singh at long-on to leave the score 87 for 3 in 13.1 overs.
While India was having a forgettable day as a fielding side with Varun Aaron dropping Moeen Ali twice - once on 16 and the second time two overs later on 22, England couldn’t capitalise. 
When Moeen Ali was finally caught, by Ajinkya Rahane off Ravindra Jadeja on 46, the game slipped further away from England's grasp at 128 for 4, with 51 needed from 18 balls. 
Although Ravi Bopara and Jos Buttler have previously taken England to wins in the final overs of a game, they failed to do so this time. Shami bowled Bopara for 2 in the penultimate over while Ravindra Jadeja returned to have Buttler stumped for an 18-ball 30.
Earlier, after being asked to bat, India got off to a slow start with Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma putting on 15 in 3.1 overs. Both openers fell in consecutive overs and once Yuvraj was caught behind by Buttler for 1, England would have been happy with India 39 for 3 in six overs. However, from there, India catapulted ahead courtesy an 81-run stand between Kohli and Raina.
Mindful of the need to rebuild India’s innings, Raina and Kohli rotated the strike comfortably, taking India to 81 for 3 in the 12th over. Raina then went into an assault mode scoring 18 in just four balls with a sequence of 4,4,6,4 to reach a 31-ball 54. Raina’s fifth attempt in the over to go over the boundary line was met by an athletic Chris Jordan who took a diving catch.
Dhoni then got together with Kohli for an unbroken fifth-wicket stand worth 58 runs, with the latter comfortably moving past 50 in just 38 balls. With three fours in the final over, Kohli lifted India to what proved to be an eventually match-winning total.
England used eight bowlers, but only Chris Jordan and James Tredwell bowled their full quota of four overs. Jordan leaked 37 runs but accounted for Yuvraj while Tredwell was economical, giving away only 20 runs, albeit wicketless. 
India will take on Pakistan in its first Super 10 game on Friday while England faces New Zealand on Saturday. 

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