England beat New Zealand by six wickets in World T20 warm-up

Before they start their campaign for real on Wednesday, England got a much-needed confidence boost by beating New Zealand in Mumbai

England beat New Zealand by six wickets in World T20 warm-up
England celebrate one of Adil Rashid's wickets (image via: Getty)

England's preparations for their upcoming World T20 campaign got a major boost on Saturday, when they beat New Zealand by six wickets at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

After losing the toss, England bowled first and after a poor start in the field, they managed to restrict the Kiwis to 169 from their 20 overs, with Adil Rashid picking up 3-15 from his four overs. 

In reply, a solid 77-run opening partnership between Jason Roy and Alex Hales set the platform for the successful chase, which was finished off in the final over by Jos Buttler who scored an unbeaten 24 from nine balls. 

Jos Buttler in full-flow against New Zealand (image via: Getty Images)

Rashid shines with ball after seamers struggle

If there is one major weakness in this England side, then it looks right now to be the seam attack. Without the injured Steven Finn, who will miss the tournament, the fast bowling stocks could come under a lot of pressure doing this tournament. 

Opener Kane Williamson took a real liking to the pace attack early on, finishing with 63 off 39 balls, including ten boundaries. Liam Plunkett took some real punishment, bowling just one over in the innings which was plundered for 19 runs. 

At the midway stage, the Kiwis were going at around ten-an-over and looked set for a score close to 200, before the spinners took over and clamped down the run-rate. 

Rashid was excellent, conceding just 15 runs from his alloted four overs, whilst accounting for the wickets of Williamson, Luke Ronchi and Mitchell Santner

Some big hitting late in the innings by Grant Elliott and Tim Southee put the England seamers under pressure once again, eventually restricting New Zealand to 169-8 from their 20 overs. 

Reece Topley, Ben Stokes and Chris Jordan all went for more than nine-an-over from the 11 overs they bowled between them, which will be a slight concern going into the competition for real. 

Buttler adds to burgeoning reputation with quickfire 24 to claim final-over win

England began their reply perfectly, with Hales and Roy adding 77 for the opening partnership in eight overs. 

Roy was the first to go, when he was caught off Santner for 55 off 36 deliveries, which included seven fours and a pair of sixes. Joe Root then came-and-went for 12, with Hales the third batsman to lose his wicket for 44 off 36 balls. 

With the Hales dismissal, England still needed 42 off the final four overs, and they eventually prevailed with four balls to spare.

Eoin Morgan played well for his 20, but it was Buttler who stole the show, hitting an unbeaten 24 off nine balls, which included a run of three boundaries in three balls in the penultimate over as England breezed to victory. 

England start their campaign against the West Indies on Wednesday in Mumbai, before matches against Afghanistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka to complete the group stages.

In the second warm-up game of the day at the Wankhede, South Africa beat India by four runs thanks to 67 from JP Duminy and 56 from Quinton de Kock.