Willey hat-trick restricts England

David Willey bagged a hat-trick as England set a Mumbai XI 178 to win their final ICC World Twenty20 warm-up match at the Brabourne Stadium.

Joe Root was the pick of England batsman with 48 off 34 balls, including two sixes, but he was the first of three consecutive wickets Willey would collect in the final over as England finished on 177 for eight.

The Yorkshire all-rounder, alongside Jos Buttler, Adil Rashid and James Vince, lined up in the Mumbai XI side made up of local-based players as all 15 members of England’s squad got a run out ahead of their World T20 opener against West Indies on Wednesday.

England, who chose to bat, began brightly with Jason Roy and Alex Hales guiding them to 55 from their first five overs.

But Rashid, who collected three wickets in their warm-up win against New Zealand, would dismiss Roy for 32 with his third ball with a reverse-paddle ending up in the hands of short third man.

Joe Root top scored for England with 48 off 34 balls as they took on some familiar faces in a Mumbai XI

Hales was the next man to go after he was caught and bowled by Rashid for 38, leaving England 78 for two in the ninth over.

After England skipper Eoin Morgan was run out for 11 by Rashid, Ben Stokes and Root put on a fourth-wicket stand of 69 to steer them to 162.

Stokes smacked Mumbai’s Shardul Thakur for six before attempting one big shot too many as he picked out mid-off next ball for 30.

Sam Billings became Thakur’s second scalp, falling for eight, before Willey’s final over antics.

Root was caught in deep off, Moeen Ali skied an effort into the hands of Mumbai wicketkeeper Jay Bista and Chris Jordan then fell for a golden duck with the final ball of England innings.

Source: ECB

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