Abu Dhabi: Fast bowler Jade Dernbach looked for a successful start to the one-day series against Pakistan after anchoring England's comfortable win over Lions in a practice match on Friday.
The 25-year-old Surrey paceman took 3-21 to wreck England Lions for a paltry 96 before England achieved a revised target – set to give them some practice ahead of four-one-day match series against Pakistan – of 230 on three wickets.
Jonathan Trott made 75 not out and captain Alastair Cook finished with 68. England face Pakistan in the first one-day in Abu Dhabi on Monday.
Dernbach, summoned to enforce England's one-day squad during the World Cup 2011 but made his debut only in June last year, hoped his form continues.
"I hope it can continue," said Dernbach. "It was a nice way to start, to set the tone - and that's a job we need to do in this series to be successful."
Besides Dernbach, Steven Finn also took three wickets on Friday. Dernbach said getting early wickets is the key.
"The aim in any one-day cricket is to take early wickets. You're giving yourself the best possible opportunity of slowing down the scoring rate. If we can keep doing that on a game-to-game basis, we'll be all right," said Dernbach.
He stressed the practice match will give England good preparations.
"There are a few training sessions scheduled under lights. It was just important we got used to the conditions, for guys who might not have played at this stadium before.
South Africa-born Dernbach also toured Sri Lanka with the Lions, an experience he said helped him.
"It's going to be slightly different here, but spending a bit of time in the subcontinent is not going to do me any harm - getting that experience under my belt and trying to use it in all the best possible situations."