India A vs England Lions, 2nd Unofficial Test, Day 2 – Review: Hosts hold all the aces thanks to a brilliant bowling effort
A total of 17 wickets fell on the day.
At 282/3, India A looked to be in complete command at the end of play on day-1. However, things have turned out to be the complete opposite with the bat when the hosts took the field on the second day. The middle-order and the lower-order capitulated as the English bowlers were on the top of their game.
For the last seven wickets of the innings, the team only managed to add 110 runs which was quite disappointing. Karun Nair, the overnight batsman, got out in the first over that was bowled on the day. Medium pacer Zak Chappell got the better of him as he ended up giving a catch to Ollie Pope. Siddhesh Lad also fell to the same bowler for just 9 runs.
Srikar Bharat helps the side prevent the embarrassment
Things would have gone awry in the first session of play had Srikar Bharat not stepped up. The side was down to 297/6 with Jalaj Saxena also falling prey to Chappell. But, with some support from the bowlers, Bharat played a quickfire knock. He put on 46 runs from just 53 balls in an innings that included 6 fours and 1 six.
But as he ran out of partners at the other end, he tried to get some quick runs in. In the process, he got out LBW to Danny Briggs. Had it not been this knock from the wicket-keeper batsman, the collapse would have been even worse. India A was finally bowled out for 392 runs in under 30 overs in the day.
However, despite the collapse, the bowlers were on fire. They cleaned up the England Lions within no time to gain the advantage back. With Navdeep Saini and Shahbaz Nadeem leading the way with three wickets each, the visitors were bowled out for just 140 runs. Pope was the leading run-scorer with 25 runs.
Since they had a 252-run lead, India A decided to enforce the follow-on. The English openers managed to survive the last 6 overs of the day as the scoreboard read 24/0.
India A, 1st Innings: 392/10 in 114.4 overs (Abhimanyu Easwaran 117, KL Rahul 81, Zak Chappell 4/60)
England Lions, 1st innings: 140/10 in 48.4 overs (Ollie Pope 25, Max Holden 19, Navdeep Saini 3/30)
England Lions, 2nd innings: 24/0 in 6 overs (Ben Duckett 13*, Max Holden 5*)
Match Situation: England Lions trail by 228 runs.