The Sunday Post (Inverness)

LIONS CRUISE TO A SERIES WIN IN ABU DHABI

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England Lions defeated Pakistan A by four wickets for the second consecutiv­e Twenty20 clash in Abu Dhabi.

England’s bowlers again restricted Pakistan to a belowpar total, the home side managing only 139 for nine from their 20 overs in the second of their two-match unofficial T20I series. Captain Shan Masood was the only batsman to really get going, hitting 42 from 32 balls, while Adil Amin was the only other Pakistan player to pass 20.

Jamie Overton and Liam Livingston­e were the pick of the bowlers with three wickets each, while only conceding an average of a run a ball.

Livingston­e completed a fine game by top-scoring with the bat at No. 6, hitting 35 off 19 balls to guide England over the line, including a six off the final ball.

Alex Davies hit 25 from 17 balls and Lewis Gregory 26 off 16 as England made their target with seven balls to spare for a 2-0 series win.

Meanwhile, Cheteshwar Pujara was unbeaten on 40 at the end of the third day of the first Test as India built a lead of 166 over Australia with seven wickets remaining.

Pujara, who made 123 in the first innings, was twice given out to Nathan Lyon when on eight and 17, but survived two reviews to help India move into a commanding position on 151 for three.

Lyon gave hope to most in a crowd of over 30,000 at the Adelaide Oval by removing India skipper Virat Kohli (34) late in the day for a crucial breakthrou­gh.

India began their second innings with a slender 15-run lead after restrictin­g Australia to 235 all out and extended their advantage despite the blow of losing Kohli, caught off an inside edge by Aaron Finch, in the 58th over.

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Jamie Overton

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