England emerged victorious from their final warm-up match ahead of the Super 10 stage of the latest ICC World Twenty20 tournament on 14 March. The 2010 winners followed up their six-wicket win over New Zealand at the weekend by beating a Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) XI – featuring four of their own players – by 14 runs at the Brabourne Stadium.
England openers Jason Roy and Alex Hales combined for 69 after captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and elected to bat, while Joe Root hit 48 – the highest score of the match – and Ben Stokes added 30 as the visitors finished on 177-8. With England looking to ensure that all 15 members of their squad got a full run-out, Jos Buttler, Adil Rashid and James Vince all played for the opposition. David Willey also donned a dark blue shirt and claimed the wickets of Root, Moeen Ali and Chris Jordan with an impressive final over hat-trick.
Wicket-keeper Buttler was also involved in the dismissals of Sam Billings and Ali. Rashid finished with figures of two for 33 from his four overs and the Yorkshire leg-spinner also played a big part in running out his usual skipper. Jay Bista struck 51 during the subsequent chase, while Vince played some classy stroked but was just five runs short of his half-century when he was yorked by Jordan. Buttler reached 25 before suffering a similar fate and Mumbai eventually made 163-6, 14 runs short.
England begin their latest T20 World Cup campaign against Darren Sammy's West Indies at the Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday 16 March. The Super 10s begins a day earlier as hosts India meet New Zealand in Nagpur. Bangladesh and Afghanistan will join the eight top-ranked full member nations after winning their respective first-round groups.