India A has registered their fourth straight win over England Lions in the unofficial ODI series at Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday, 29 January 2019. Chasing a mere target of 222, Rishabh Pant hit 73 not out while out of form opener KL Rahul also found his form by scoring 42.
As it happened:
England Lions won the toss and asked India to bowl first. Shardul Thakur was the star performer for India as he picked up 4 wickets in the innings. He got rid of Alex Davies (15) and Will Jacks (11) in the first power play while he got Lewis Gregory (1) and Jamie Overton (13) in the death overs.
Ollie Pope who made his Test match debut against India last year and gave the glimpses of his talent, shone for the England Lions. He made 65 (103) until he was run out by KL Rahul. Sam Billings who plays in the Indian Premier League for the Chennai Super Kings made 24 (49) while Steven Mullaney made a quick 58 (54).
For India, Shardul Thakur picked up 4 wickets giving away 49 runs in his 10 overs. Rahul Chahar claimed 2 wickets giving away 38 runs in his quota of 10 overs and Avesh Khan picked up 1 wicket.
England Lions made 222/8 in 50 overs, giving India a chasable target of 223.
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India’s run chase
India didn’t have a good start. Ruturaj Gaikwad departed for 0. KL Rahul had a miserable Australian tour and the controversy that followed post the Koffee with Karan episode which made him miss 4 games but now he has got the permission to play with the enquiry pending.
Rahul found his form in the game. He made 42 (77). He hit 2 fours and 2 sixes. Ricky Bhiu made 35 (42) but it was the attacking Rishabh Pant that made the game an easy win for India. He made 73* (76) which included 6 boundaries and 3 sixes. He was also supported by Deepak Goods who made 47 (47).
India won the game with 6 wickets and nearly 4 overs to spare. The next match will be played on January 31.
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