Iyer, Shaw and Kishan script stupendous victory for India A versus ECB XI
Deepak Chahar was the pick of India's bowlers.
Updated - Jun 18, 2018 1:31 pm
The India A team, captained by Shreyas Iyer, is currently in England for a full-fledged tour. They played the England Cricket Board (ECB) XI in the first tour match at Leeds and comprehensively won the contest by a margin of 125 runs. Iyer’s men racked up a mammoth score of 328 for the loss of 8 wickets following which the hosts were bundled out for 203 within 37 overs.
Alex Davies’ ECB XI’s skipper, won the toss and elected to field first and the decision backfired as India notched an opening stand of 43 runs in 31 balls. Prithvi Shaw was severe on the bowlers and did most of the scoring. On the contrary, Mayank Agarwal, Shaw’s opening partner, couldn’t find any momentum and perished for only 4 runs. Shaw carried on his own merry way, this time with Hanuma Vihari.
He eventually scored 70 runs from 61 balls, including 7 boundaries and 3 sixes. To India’s agony, both Viihari and Shaw were nipped out by Ryan Higgins in the 21st over. Vijay Shankar couldn’t stand up and managed only 11 runs. Nevertheless, Ishan Kishan, who replaced Sanju Samson, and captain Iyer carved a 99 run stand to bring the momentum back for the visitors.
India dominate hosts
Kishan and Iyer’s half-centuries ensured that India breach the 300-run mark comfortably. During the run-chase, Davies and Co lost wickets way too frequently and never posed any sort of threat to the Indian bowlers. The second-wicket stand of 47 runs between George Hankins and Ben Slater reignited some hopes for the hosts, but following their dismissal, things went downhill.
Right-hand batsman Matt Critchley played a useful hand of 40 runs lower down the order, but it wasn’t going to be enough to bring his team back in contention for a triumph. Deepak Chahar was the pick of India’s bowlers with 3 wickets for 48 runs. India’s next match is scheduled against Leicestershire at the Grace Road on June 19. The triangular series involving India A, England Lions and Windies A starts on June 22.
India A: 328/8 in 50 overs; (Prithvi Shaw 70, Shreyas Iyer 54; Ryan Higgins 4/50, Delray Rawlins 1/33)
ECB XI: 203 all out in 36.5 overs; (Matt Critchley 40, Ben Slater 37; Deepak Chahar 3/48, Axar Patel 2/21)
India A beat ECB XI by 125 runs