Li­ons, In­dia ‘ A’ play out a draw

The Asian Age - - Sport -

In the In­dian team, you get one good bats­man, another one comes along. — Colin Munro, New Zealand opener

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 four at 20 for no loss, 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 K L 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 Pope, a highly rated bats­men who has played two Tests so far, joined forces and de­fied the In­dia ‘ A’ bowlers for the next cou­ple of hours. They were will­ing to play the wait­ing game and didn’t miss out on scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. The 105- run part­ner­ship went a long way in en­sur­ing that the vis­it­ing team, who were at the re­ceiv­ing end in the ODI series pre­ced­ing the ‘ Tests’, stayed in the game. Brief scores: Eng­land Li­ons 340. & 214/ 5 in 83 overs ( Ol­lie Pope 63, Sam Hain 57, Sax­ena 2/ 41) drew with In­dia ‘ A’ 540/ 6 decl.

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