Ahead of the two-match unofficial Test series, Board President XI recorded an emphatic 152-run victory over England Lions on the second and final day of the warm-up match in Thiruvananthapuram.
Riding on half-centuries from skipper Ishan Kishan (55 not out) and Ricky Bhui (51 retired hurt), BP XI scored 246/6 in 59.3 overs in their second innings. Danny Briggs was the pick of the bowler for the Lions, claiming two wickets for 40 runs.
Bhui was involved in an 81-run stand with Akshat Reddy (49) to bail the BP XI out of trouble after the fall of Delhi batsman Dhruv Shorey (16) to Jamie Overton. Kishan followed up his first innings score of 40 not out with an enterprising 55-ball 55 which included 5 fours and 4 sixes.
In their second innings, England Lions lost Test discard Ben Duckett for 9, lbw to Aniket Choudhary. Steven Mullaney made only 2 runs but skipper Sam Billings (36 not out) and Will Jacks (21 not out) played out the rest of the overs. Set 235 to win, the tourists finished at 83 for 2 in 30 overs.
Earlier, the Lions had declared their first innings at 145 for 6 in 60 overs. In reply, BP XI made 134 for 5 in 30 overs.
Brief Scores: England Lions 145 for 6 in 60 overs (Sam Hain 40 not out, Ankit Rajpoot 4 for 20) and 83 for 2 in 30 overs (Sam Billings 36 not out) lost to Board President XI 134 for 5 in 30 overs (Ishan Kishan 40 not out) and 246 for 6 in 59.3 overs (Ishan Kishan 55 not out, Ricky Bhui 51) by 152 runs
(With PTI inputs)