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India 'A' Comprehensively Defeated by England Lions

India 'A' failed to maintain the momentum garnered from emphatic wins in back-to-back warm-up games as a thoroughly professional England Lions cruised to a seven-wicket victory in the opening encounter of the tri-nation A series, here on Friday.

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  • Updated: June 24, 2018, 8:05 AM IST
India 'A' Comprehensively Defeated by England Lions

Derby: India 'A' failed to maintain the momentum garnered from emphatic wins in back-to-back warm-up games as a thoroughly professional England Lions cruised to a seven-wicket victory in the opening encounter of the tri-nation A series, here on Friday.

Left-handed opener Nick Gubbins anchored the innings to perfection with an unbeaten 128 as Lions chased down a modest target of 233 in only 41.5 overs.

Gubbins' innings was studded with 10 boundaries and two sixes. He added 134 for the second wicket with Sam Hain (54) and 61 for the third wicket with Liam Livingstone (27) to finish the match in style.

The two Indian spinners -- offie Krishnappa Gowtham (0/51 in 7 overs) and left-arm orthodox Krunal Pandya (0/57 in 8.5 overs) proved to be costly as they leaked runs while defending a small total.

Earlier, India 'A' captain Shreyas Iyer opted to bat but unlike warm-up games against second string side, his batsmen couldn't relive the magic.

Both openers Prithvi Shaw (7) and Mayank Agarwal (24) were uncomfortable against the swing bowling of Tom Helm (3/33) and Reece Topley (1/35). Both were dismissed nicking to keeper Ben Foakes.

Skipper Iyer (42) and 'keeper Rishabh Pant (64 off 78) added 71 runs for the fourth wicket but Iyer and Vijay Shankar's (0) quick dismissals pegged back India 'A' and Pant's dismissals after hitting seven fours and two sixes saw them reeling at 180 for 7.

Left-arm spinner Liam Dawson (4/30) was the wrecker-in-chief during middle overs as the visitors failed to score quickly. Courtesy Axar Patel (25) and Deepak Chahar (21), India 'A' managed to reach 232 but were bowled out in 46.3 overs.

In reply, Gubbins always had things under his control as he hit Chahar and Gowtham for a six each apart from finding the gaps with ease.

The partnership with Hain sealed it in favour of Lions before Livingstone hit a couple of more sixes off Gowtham to put the finishing touches.



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RankTeamPointsRating
1 New Zealand 3198 118
2 Australia 3028 116
3 India 3085 114
4 England 4326 106
5 South Africa 2499 96
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2 India 6102 117
3 New Zealand 3716 116
4 Australia 4344 111
5 South Africa 3345 108
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2 Australia 6800 272
3 India 10186 268
4 Pakistan 7516 259
5 South Africa 5047 252
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