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Bairstow, Borthwick shine in England`s big win over Hyderabad

Hyderabad: England prepared for the ODI series against India in style as they trounced Hyderabad XI by a huge margin of 253 runs in their second warm-up game with Jonny Bairstow smashing an unbeaten century and Scott Borthwick taking five wickets for the visitors, on Tuesday.

Bairstow slammed an a whirlwind 104-run knock off just 58 deliveries as England XI produced a dominating batting display to amass a mammoth 367 for four.

They then shot out the local side for a paltry 114 in 35.1 overs with leg-break bowler Borthwick wreaking havoc with figures of 10-0-31-5.

Except for openers Akshat Reddy (37) and D Ravi Teja (27) no Hyderabad batsman could resist the British attack as they lost the last nine wickets for just 45 runs.

Reddy and Teja collected 69 runs for the opening wicket but the scoring rate was too slow as they took 15.1 overs for those run when a mammoth target was before them.

Borthwick dismissed Reddy to break the partnership and then ripped apart the Hyderabad top-order.

After dismissing Reddy, Borthwick scalped next man in Hanuman Vihari (0) two balls later and then returned to send back Teja.

Medium-fast bowler Stuart Meaker (3/30) polished off the lower-order by taking three wickets and it was a smooth win for British team ahaed of ODI series, beginning Friday.

Earlier, coming onto bat at number five, Bairstow stole the show with a whirlwind 104-run knock off just 58 deliveries after captain Alastair Cook (85), Craig Kieswetter (71) and Jonathan Trott (74) gave England a solid start.

Bairstow used his long-handle to great effect and smashed a sorry-looking Hyderabad attack to all parts of the ground from the word go. He hit as many as six boundaries and eight sixes en route his unconquered innings.

The visitors made up for their poor batting performance in the first practice game as Cook and Kieswetter shared quickfire 159 runs in 104 deliveries for the opening wicket after opting to bat.

While Cook was aggressive at the top, smacking 11 fours and a six, Kieswetter played the role of a shit-anchor with three boundaries and as many hits over the fence.

Left-arm pacer Mehdi Hasan (3/63) snarred all the three English wickets -- Cook, Kieswetter and Kevin Pietersen (10) -- with Trott becoming a run out victim.

If the 159-run opening stand was not enough, Bairstow and Trott added to Hyderabad`s misery by stitching 143 runs for the fourth wicket in just 95 deliveries to take England past the 35-mark.

Hyderabad, who failed to overhaul England`s modest 219-run target in the first warm-up match, will now have to produce a spell-binding batting effort to get over the imposing total.

PTI

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