Shaw, Agarwal, and bowlers help India A register sensational victory over Leicestershire
Leicestershire were bowled out for 177 runs.
Published - Jun 20, 2018 1:46 am | Updated - Jun 20, 2018 1:46 am
After their resounding victory versus ECB XI, Shreyas Iyer and his India A boys took on Leicestershire for their second practice match at the Grace Road in Leicester. They backed their win with another thumping performance as they brushed aside Tom Wells and Co by a mammoth margin of 281 in their second and final tour match before the commence of the triangular series on June 22.
India A won the toss and elected to bat first and the decision turned out to be a masterstroke. Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal opened the batting and churned out a partnership of 221 runs in 26 overs. They pounced on every opportunity and ensured that their team clinch the ascendancy early in the match. The stand was broken when Shaw was cleaned up by Ateeq Javid.
The teenager notched 132 runs from 90 balls with as many as 20 boundaries. Following Shaw’s dismissal, Shubman Gill joined Agarwal and the duo took India past the 400-run mark with seven overs remaining. Agarwal eventually scored 151 runs from a mere 106 balls. Gill was unfortunate to miss out on a century and could only manage 86 runs at a strike rate of 159.26.
Another dominating show from Iyer’s men
Some lusty blows from Deepak Hooda ensured that India A posted a daunting target of 459 for their opponents to chase down. During Leicestershire’s run-chase, Harry Dearden and Harry Swindells got them off to a steady start with a stand of 44 runs in 8 overs. Prasidh Krishna disturbed Swindell’s woodwork after which the visiting team didn’t look back.
Wickets kept tumbling at regular intervals and the bowlers ensured that the County side doesn’t get a foothold into the match. Amidst the flurry of wickets, skipper Wells played a gutsy knock of 62 runs from 93 balls, but he got no semblance of support from his partners and his team were bowled out for 177 runs in the 41st over. Deepak Chahar was India’s leading wicket-taker with three of them.
India A: 458/4 in 50 overs; (Mayank Agarwal 151, Prithvi Shaw 132; Ateeq Javid 2/91, James Dickinson 1/87)
Leicestershire: 177 all out in 40.4 overs; (Tom Wells 62, Harry Dearden 31; Deepak Chahar 3/24, Deepak Hooda 2/9)
India A beat Leicestershire by 281 runs