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PHOTOS: England Lions crush India 'A' in tri-nation opener

June 22, 2018 22:57 IST

IMAGE: India 'A' were bowled out for a modest 232 before England Lions chased down the total in 41.5 overs with seven wickets in hand. Photograph: Ashley Allen/Getty Images

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, in Derby, 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 a lot of runs.

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 caught behind by wicketkeeper Ben Foakes.

Skipper Iyer (42) and wicketkeeper-batsman 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 seven.

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.

Brief Scores:

India 'A': 232 in 46.3 overs (Rishabh Pant 64 off 78 balls, Shreyas Iyer 42,  Liam Dawson 4/30, Tom Helm 3/33)

England Lions: 233/3 in 41.5 overs (Nick Gubbins 128 no, Sam Hain 54).

Result: England Lions win by seven  wickets.

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