Canterbury (Kent), Aug 27: Joe Denly's century went in vain as India eked out a thrilling five-run win over Kent in a rain-curtailed 20-over-a-side practice match at the St Lawrence ground here.
With the win over Kent last night, India registered its second victory on English soil.
The Indians had earlier defeated Sussex by six wickets in their first limited overs practice match at Hove on Thursday.
Chasing India's competitive 164 for six, Denly turned out to be the lone warrior for Kent with the bat as he anchored the hosts innings with a 68-ball 100.
Martin van Jaarsveld and Darren Stevens tried hard to give Denly support from the other end with an identical 17 but once the centurion departed Kent's chase fell apart and the home team could only manage 159 runs for the loss of five wickets in 20 overs.
Left-arm seamer RP Singh shone with the ball for India picking up two wickets for 36 runs while Munaf Patel (1/22) and R Ashwin (1/30) scalped a wicket each.
Earlier, sent into bat Virat Kohli slammed a quickfire 78 to help India post a competitive 164 for six.
Kohli started from where he left against Sussex yesterday, and notched up his second half century of the tour in just 52 balls with the help of seven boundaries and three towering sixes.
India's other half centurion against Sussex, Rohit Sharma gave Kohli good support from the other end with a run-a-ball 30. PTI