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Alastair Cook makes India A bowlers toil hard on Day 1

Alastair Cook makes India A bowlers toil hard on Day 1

Captain of Surrey and a prime contender for the opening slot in the English Test XI, Rory Burns is leading the England Lions in this match.

Burns can be proud of his decision to bat first after winning the toss as Lions stand at 310 for two at the end of Day 1. Though personally Burns did not have a great first innings and was dismissed by Navdeep Saini in the fourth over.

However, after that it was nothing but a lengthy slog for the India A bowlers. Former English captain Alastair Cook (154*) and talented Middlesex batsman Nick Gubbins (73) ensured that India A did not pick any wickets for one and a half sessions.

Gubbins was finally scalped by Ankit Rajput who was the most economical of the India A bowlers. Rajput bowled 16 overs at an economy of 2.56, picking up just one wicket.

However, there was no respite for the India A bowlers as David Malan, who has been recently released from the England ODI squad, joined Cook at the crease.

Alastair Cook, on the other hand, looked in full flow and determined to leave a mark. The unbeaten 154-run knock would have given him a lot of confidence as he did not have too many runs under his belt going into the five-match Test series against India.

David Malan (59*) too staked his claim for the Test side. Malan did not have an impressive Test series against Pakistan which put his spot under threat.

When play was called off due to bad light, Alastair Cook and David Malan were at the crease with England all set for a big score. The India A bowlers would have to take a few wickets on Day 2 and take them early, if they wish to bounce back in the match.

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