Morgan and Buttler out first ball as England flop against India A

England will enter the one-day international series against India on the back of a chastening defeat to an A side in Mumbai.

Sam Billings' 93 guided England to victory at the Brabourne Stadium on Tuesday, but they were hapless in defeat two days later as India A chased down 283 with more than 10 overs to spare.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, England's captain and vice-captain, Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler, each fell for first-ball ducks with both caught and bowled, to Shahbaz Nadeem and Parvez Rasool respectively.

Jason Roy's dismissal was unfortunate, the opener given out hit wicket after protective flaps under his helmet came lose and dislodged the bails.

Alex Hales (51) and Jonny Bairstow (64) registered fifties but only a last-wicket partnership between Adil Rashid (39) and David Willey (38) dragged England to a respectable score.

An inability to prevent damaging collapses cost England as they were trounced 4-0 in the Test series, and the theme continued here as they went from 163-3 to 165-6 in eight balls - including Bairstow and Buttler's wickets.

India A captain Ajinkya Rahane led from the front with a fine knock of 91 that featured 10 fours and a six.

Rahane has just one fifty in his last six ODI innings, but restored confidence with a composed effort before he was bowled by Willey.

England's bowlers were no match, however, Sheldon Jackson and Rishabh Pant registering fifties and Suresh Raina contributing 45 as the hosts cantered home.

The first ODI is in Pune on Sunday.
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