India 'A' struggle at 106-4 against England Lions

Lynette Rowe
July 20, 2018

England Lions wrapped up a comprehensive 253-run victory on the final day of their four-day unofficial Test at New Road, as India A were rolled aside for 167 midway through the afternoon session, having started the day at an uncompromising 11 for 3. Nair then became Woakes' first wicket of the innings, and his third of the match, when he was caught by Nick Gubbins for 13. Meanwhile, seven players are participating in the game who have already featured in the global arena.

Though Pant is nominally the reserve wicketkeeper in India's 18-man Test squad, behind Dinesh Karthik, this was his second fifty of the match, following his first-innings 58, and was produced against a strong and multi-faceted attack. For us to get Murali Vijay tonight is big, he's a class player, and also Prithvi Shaw who played very well in the first innings.

Mohammad Siraj led the way for the visitors with a four-wicket haul, while Shahbaz Nadeem had three and Ankit Rajpoot scalped two, including the prized wicket of Cook for 180 from 268 deliveries with 26 boundaries.

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Although, Navdeep Saini gave an early breakthrough in the form of Rory Burns who scored just five. Other prominent names, apart from Malan, are Chris Woakes, Sam Curran, Dom Bess and Jack Leach.

While that topic will be broached for some time to come, India A's bowling would have made Rahul Dravid, the head coach, proud as they managed to salvage more than some pride after being sent on a leather hunt on the opening day. He was pinned in front by James Porter, the 25-year-old pacer from Essex, to kick-start the fall of wickets at this end.

Mayank Agarwal and Nair fell to Matthew Fisher in back-to-back overs from the paceman, before Curran had Shaw packed off. Shaw soon could not cope up the pressure and he gifted his wicket to Sam Curran. India is still trailing by 279 runs.

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