Rishabh Pant, Hooda and Shardul shine as India A thrashes Eng Lions by 6 wickets in 4th one-day

India A was led by Ankeet Bawane.

Shardul Thakur picked four wickets | TwitterThe fourth one-day match between India A and England Lions was played Greenfield Stadium in Trivandrum. India A has already won the series by winning the first three matches and many changes were made in this game.

Ankeet Bawane captained the side and Rishabh Pant, Avesh Khan, Deepak Hooda, and Ruturaj Gaikwad came into the team.

England Lions won the toss and chose to bat first, keeping in mind the spinning nature of the pitch. However, this time the fast bowlers rattled the top order of the Lions, as Shardul Thakur removed the openers, Davies, and Jacks for 15 and 11 respectively. Rahul Chahar removed Hain and Avesh Khan removed Duckett.

Ollie Pope (65) and Steven Mullaney (58*), along with Sam Billings’ 24 steadied the innings a bit. However, Shardul Thakur returned to remove the tail and Lions ended their innings on 221/8 in 50 overs.

Shardul Thakur starred with figures of 4/49, while Rahul Chahar picked 2/38 and Avesh Khan picked a solitary wicket.

In reply, Lewis Gregory removed Ruturaj Gaikwad for a duck. But KL Rahul (42) and Ricky Bhui (35) added 59 runs to steady the innings. But Will Jacks removed Rahul and captain Bawane for 12, while Mullaney removed Bhui.

However, Rishabh Pant played an amazing responsible knock of 73* in 76 balls with 6 fours and 3 sixes and along with Deepak Hooda, who scored a run-a-ball 47 with 2 fours and 2 sixes; took India A to a brilliant 6 wicket win.

India A went 4-0 up in the five-match series.

ENG LIONS 221/8 (O POPE 65, S THAKUR 4/49) lost to IND A 222/4 (R PANT 73*, D HOODA 47*) by 6 wickets


By Jatin Sharma - 29 Jan, 2019

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