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Rashid and Roy lead England to victory

A superb spell of bowling from Adil Rashid and Jason Roy’s half-century ensured England kicked off their ICC World Twenty20 campaign with a six-wicket warm-up win against New Zealand in Mumbai.

Kane Williamson had got the Black Caps off to a flyer after they won the toss and chose to bat, but leg-spinner Rashid grabbed 3-15 from four tidy overs to restrict them to 169 for eight.

Roy and Alex Hales added 77 for the first wicket, the Surrey man dominating the scoring with 55 off 36 balls, and although they fell, Jos Buttler guided England over the line with four deliveries to spare as he smashed 24 off nine balls.

Reece Topley made an early breakthrough for England as Chris Jordan took a diving catch to remove Martin Guptill for 16.

Williamson and Henry Nicholls then put on 65 off just 38 balls, before Moeen Ali dismissed the latter with Rashid taking the catch.

Jason Roy reverse sweeps on his way to 55 from 36 balls as England beat New Zealand by six wickets in a World Twenty20 warm-up

Rashid then stemmed the flow of runs, having Williamson stumped for a 39-ball 63 and also removing Luke Ronchi and Mitchell Santner.

Ross Taylor added an unbeaten 19 from 20 balls, but received little support from the lower order as Nathan McCullum and Mitchell McClenaghan were caught behind off Ben Stokes and Jordan respectively either side of Topley bowling Grant Elliott.

England’s openers plundered 55 from the powerplay, and Roy swiped a huge six as Santner’s first over went for 14.

The spinner had his revenge when Roy holed out to Trent Boult, and Joe Root also fell to the slow left-armer when he picked out Tim Southee on 12.

Hales was caught and bowled by McCullum for 44 and Eoin Morgan also departed to the off-spinner for 20, but with 20 needed from two overs Buttler hit Boult for six as 14 came from the penultimate set of six, before finishing things with a boundary off Southee.

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