Pope, Hain help Eng­land Lions es­cape with draw

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - —PTI

Wayanad: Ol­lie Pope (63) and Sam Hain (57) stood out on the fi­nal day with fight­ing half-cen­turies as Eng­land Lions drew the first un­of­fi­cial Test against In­dia ‘A’ at the Kr­ish­na­giri sta­dium here on Sun­day.

Be­gin­ning Day 4 at 20/0, open­ers Ben Duck­ett (30) and Max Holden (29) looked pos­i­tive and brought up the team’s 50 in the 12th over.

In­dia ‘A’ cap­tain Ankit Bawne ro­tated his bowlers around, in an at­tempt to break the part­ner­ship. How­ever, Duck­ett and Holden made smooth progress, hit­ting some crisp shots in the process.

Pace­man Avesh Khan got the first break­through for the home side, when he had Duck­ett caught by KL Rahul af­ter the open­ers had added 82.

Holden went seven overs later, giv­ing Jalaj Sax­ena, who plays for Ker­ala in do­mes­tic cricket, his first wicket in the sec­ond in­nings. Hain and 21-year old Po­pe­de­fied the In­dia ‘A’ bowlers for the next cou­ple of hours.

Brief scores: Eng­land Lions 340 & (o/n 20/0) 214/5 in 83 overs (O Pope 63, S Hain 57; J Sax­ena 2/41) drew In­dia ‘A’ 540/6d

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