After 3 successive wins, under the coaching of Rahul Dravid, India A defeated England Lions in the finals of Tri-series played at Kennington Oval, London just a few minutes ago. Despite Livingstone and Hains knocks, England Lions could only post a decent total. Chasing, India A struggled but contributions from everybody helped them to seal the title.
India captain Shreyas Iyer won the toss and decided to field first. Deepak Chahar got the early breakthrough dismissing Kohler- Cadmore for just 5. Khaleel Ahmed got another opener Gubbins cheaply for 12 at the score of 33. At the end of 10 overs, England Lions scored 41 for 2.
Livingstone and Hain steadied the England Lions with a brilliant partnership taking singles and hitting bad balls away for boundaries. Hain reached his half-century off 69 balls while Livingstone too reached his 50 off 63 balls. Both of them continued to hit the India A bowlers. Krunal Pandya got the important wicket of Livingstone for 83 ending a brilliant 152 runs stands for the 3rd wicket.
The England Lions lost wickets at regular intervals despite SR Hain century off 113 balls and was dismissed by Deepak Chahar for 108. From 211 for 3, It was a brilliant bowling display by the India A bowlers to restrict England Lions for 264 for 9 in 50 overs. For India A, Deepak Chahar and Khaleel Ahmed picked 3 wickets each.
Chasing 265 to win, the Indian openers Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal got the team off to a flying start adding 39 runs in just 6.1 overs. Shaw was dismissed for 15. Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill played with positive intent and scored 62 for 1 at the 10 overs.
Liam Dawson dismissed Shubman Gill and Mayank Agarwal in quick succession to leave India A at 83 for 3. Captain Sheryas Iyer and Hanuma Vihari steadied the innings with 67 runs stand for the 4th wicket. Iyer was dismissed for 44 off 44 balls by Mullaney.
Risbabh Pant and Hanuma Vihari put up 46 runs stand for the 5th wicket before Vihari was run out for 37. The stylish left-handed Pant reached his half-century off 57 balls while Krunal Pandya also played a crucial role with an unbeaten 34 off 37 balls. Both Pant and Krunal Pandya added unbeaten 71 runs for the 6th wicket to help India A win the match by 5 wickets with 10 balls to spare.
For England Lions, Liam Dawson picked 2 wickets, Fisher and Mullaney took 1 wicket each.
India A 267 for 5 in 48.2 overs (Pant 64*, Iyer 44, Mayank Agarwal 40, Krunal Pandya 34*, Liam Dawson 2/37) beat
England Lions 264 for 9 in 50 overs ( SR Hain 108, Livingstone 83, Deepak Chahar 3/58, Khaleel Ahmed 3/48, Shardul Thakur 2/42) by 5 wickets.