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That’s it! India A has won the game by 6 wickets. Brilliant batting by the top order. Ajinkya Rahane led the way by scoring 91 runs and was supported by his opening partner Sheldon Jackson who smashed 59 runs as well.
The highlight of the match was young Rishabh Pant. His dismantled the England bowling attack by scoring 59 runs off just 36 balls. Suresh Raina also eased his way to 45. Deepak Hooda (23) and Ishan Kishan (5) remained not out as India A chased down the target of 283 runs in just 39.4 overs.
4:30 PM: 233/3 (32.1 overs)
Gone! Bowled! captain Ajinkya Rahane departs after a good knock of 91 runs. The Mumbaikar would have wanted to reach the three-figure mark but has ensured that his team sails past with ease. Just 50 more required and Suresh Raina (23) is joined by Deepak Hooda.
3:15 PM: India A: 85/0 (13 overs)
Ajinkya Rahane: 45 (39)
Sheldon Jackson: 40 (39)
Openers have looked rock solid till now. Those who follow domestic cricket must be aware about the big hitting capabilities of Sheldon Jackson but Ajinkya Rahane has also taken an attacking approach here.
2:15 PM: England: 282 all out (48.5 overs)
Jonny Bairstow -64, Alex Hales – 51, Parvez Rasool – 38/3
A good first half! Lots of ups and downs. England started off well, India A pulled things back in the middle-overs but the lower-order helped England to a fighting total.
Spinners bowled really well for India A. Parvez Rasool finished with the figures of 38/3 while Shahbaz Nadeen picked up two wickets too. Fast bowlers disappointed for most half of the innings.
This will take some effort to chase down. Ajinkya Rahane will have to lead from the front while Suresh Raina might play a crucial role in the run-chase as well. The 19-year-old Rishabh Pant will be under pressure to live up to the hype around his name.
12:15 PM: England: 165/6 (30 overs)
Ben Stokes: 23 (36)
Chris Woakes: 0 (5)
Superb bowling by the India A bowlers in the middle overs has shifted the game in its favour. Jos Butler (0) and Moeen Ali (1) were dismissed without disturbing the scoreboard much while Ashoke Dinda got rid of Jonny Bairstow after a good knock of 64 runs.
11:30 AM: England: 119/3 (19 overs)
Jonny Bairstow: 41 (41)
Ben Stokes: 1 (4)
Shabaz Nadeem has brought India A back in the game by picking up two wickets on consecutive balls. The left-arm orthodox dismissed Alex Hales (51) after getting rid of England captain Eoin Morgan on the very next ball. Morgan’s poor run continues as he failed to open his account.
In the last match it was Kuldeep yadav who fought the lone battle for India A, this time it could be Nadeem. He needs more support from the other end.
10:45 AM: England: 73/1 (9 overs)
Alex Hales: 27 (25)
Jonny Bairstow: 20 (14)
Great start for England despite losing the wicket of Jason Roy (25) who was unfortunate to get hit wicket. The run-rate is over 8 and we might be up for another high scoring contest here. Real test of Ajinkya Rahane’s leadership skills.
10:15 AM: England: 22/0 (3 overs)
Alex Hales: 9 (9)
Jason Roy: 13 (9)
England openers have started the innings well once again. They are up against a relatively inexperienced opening bowling pair of Pradeep Sangwan and Siddharth Kaul.
9:45 AM: England have won the toss and opted to bat first.
Here are the two line-ups:
England (from): Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan(c), Jos Buttler(w), Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, David Willey, Jake Ball, Liam Dawson, Jonny Bairstow, Sam Billings
India A (from): Rishabh Pant(w), Ishan Kishan, Ajinkya Rahane(c), Suresh Raina, Deepak Hooda, Vijay Shankar, Sheldon Jackson, Pradeep Sangwan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Parvez Rasool, Ashok Dinda, Vinay Kumar
9:3o AM: Good morning folks! Here we go, another exciting match awaits at the Brabourne stadium, Mumbai. England was brilliant against a strong India A side two days ago and would look to replicate their performance against Ajinkya Rahane’s men.