AIR India warmed up for this weekend's matches against Hong Kong by beating a Papu Butani Invitational XI by 45 runs at Mission Road yesterday. The tourists, who play Hong Kong selections at the Hong Kong Cricket Club today and at the Kowloon Cricket Club tomorrow, scored 253 for four off their 45 overs before restricting the Butani team to 208 for eight. Rajesh Sanil (46), Satish Samant (43) and Sandesh Kawle (21) all made useful contributions for the Indians before skipper Nandan Phadnis and Piyush Soneji took the tourists to their match-winning score. Phadnis was undefeated on 67 and Soneji struck an unbeaten 50 off only 23 deliveries, including three sixes and five fours. The four wickets were shared by Ravi Sujanani, Indy Chakrabarti, Jawaid Iqbal and Tarun Sawney. The Hong Kong side were well served by Rizwan Farouq, who top-scored with 72 before being run out, and left-handers Jonathan Orders and Sawney, both of whom made 37. After this weekend's games, Air India will meet a Hong Kong Cricket Association President's XI at the Kowloon Cricket Club on Monday. Led by Hong Kong coach Dermot Reeve, the Warwickshire and England all-rounder, the Hong Kong side will include four members of the squad selected to go to Kenya for the ICC Trophy in February and March. They are Mark Eames, Justin Strachan, Yarman Vachha and wicket keeper Ray Brewster. Of the other six, Matthew Johnson, David Crowe and Sujanani are all battling for the two vacant spaces in the Hong Kong squad. The President's XI is completed by batsmen Jason Penrose, Mike Swift and Rahul Sharma. Chairman of selectors Rod Eddington had planned to name the final two selections on January 7 but will bring that forward to Monday evening, with left-arm spinner Bharat Gohel, plus Sujanani, Johnson and Crowe all in the running. In another tour match at Sandy Bay yesterday, a Hong Kong University side beat Ewell Castle School from Surrey, England, by 31 runs. The University were dismissed for a modest 154 in 38 of the 40 overs, with Chris Hutton top-scoring on 42 not out and Phil Glenwright adding 27. Chris Dobson took four for 30 for the tourists. Bill Howarth bowled the University to victory, taking four for 22 off 18 overs of accurate medium-pace. Glenwright snapped up three for seven off two overs as the school were bowled out for 123 in the 38th over.