England's build-up for the one-day series against India was left in disarray after they slumped to a humiliating warm-up defeat against Mumbai.
England embarrassed in Mumbai
MUMBAI // England's build-up for the one-day series against India was left in disarray today after they slumped to a humiliating warm-up defeat against Mumbai. Just three days before the opener to the seven-match series in Rajkot, the tourists were dismissed for a lowly 98 in reply to Mumbai's 222 for seven. Facing a team made up mostly of club professionals, England never recovered from losing their first five batsmen inside the first 12 overs ? with seamer Khsemal Waingankar, who has played only one first-class match in his career, claiming five wickets. It follows a similarly shambolic effort in Antigua in the Stanford showdown when they were dismissed for just 99, and leaves the tourists facing an intensive few days of practice before they face India on Friday. England restricted Mumbai to a modest total, after deciding to bowl first, with Samit Patel and Steve Harmison claiming two wickets each. It took a determined 65 from the left-hander Sushant Marathe and a quick-fire 37 off 35 balls, which included three sixes and a four, from Shaoib Shaikh to guide Mumbai even to that respectable total. But having performing impressively against more modest opposition on Sunday, England's brittle batting was exposed against the new ball ? and they failed to recover from their dismal start.