Dubai/IBNS: India defeated England by seven wickets in the first warm-up match of T20 World Cup at ICC Academy Ground here Monday.
After being pushed to bat first losing the toss, England posted a challenging total of 188/5 in 20 overs.
Jonny Bairstow (49 off 36 balls), Moeen Ali (unbeaten 43 off 20 balls) and Liam Livingstone (30 off 20 balls) played the anchor role in piling up the total.
While Jasprit Bumrah picked the valuable wicket of Bairstow, three wickets were clinched by Mohammed Shami leaving one for Rahul Chahar.
Chasing the target, two Indian openers- Ishan Kishan (70 off 46 balls) and KL Rahul (51 off 24)- took the lead role in helping the men-in-blue to go past the opponent's total.
Though skipper Virat Kohli was sent back to change room for just 11, wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant (unbeaten 29 off 14 balls) and allrounder Hardik Pandya (12 off 10 balls) safely took India to home.
With one over to spare, India scored 192/3, beginning their Dubai T20 World Cup tour on a positive note.