England won with Hong Kong by 169 runs in their ODI warm-up match in Abu Dhabi with Moeen Ali top-scoring on 71.
Moeen Munir Ali came back to his form as England racked up a huge 169-run win over Hong Kong in their one-day international warm-up match.
Eoin Morgan’s team began their limited-overs campaign in Abu Dhabi by posting a score of 342-8 against their associate opponents with Moeen scoring 71.
Alex Hales (64) and Jos Buttler (38) also scored some confidence-boosting runs, while Jason Roy provided most of England’s early momentum, with 42 off 32 balls in an opening stand of 63 with Hales.
It was hard to see Hong Kong’s reply getting competitive – and so it proved – with David Willey taking four wickets, Reece Topley and Adil Rashid two apiece as England skittled Hong Kong for 173.
Hales and Roy’s positive start with the bat earlier in the day was undone when Roy fell lbw in the ninth over – trying to push Tanwir Afzal to leg and undone perhaps by one that just stopped a little in the pitch.
Hales moved past his 50 and Joe Root, Morgan – in his first innings since being hit on the helmet by a Mitchell Starc bouncer at Old Trafford in September – and James Taylor all scored double-figures scores, before Buttler put on 56, one of four half-century partnerships in the innings, with Moeen.