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England Lions threaten to run away with the game as India A lose early wickets

Alastair Cook 180 for England Lions

Continuing from their overnight score of 310 for two, the Lions would have certainly expected a lot more with the bat than they achieved.

England Lions 423 (Alastair Cook 180, Dawid Malan 74; Mohammed Siraj 4-79) lead by 279 runs

India A 144-4 (Prithvi Shaw 62; Matthew Fisher 2-24)

The first wicket to fall on Day 2 was of Alastair Cook who was able to add 26 more runs to his overnight score of 154 as he was bowled by young pacer Ankit Rajpoot. David Malan departed soon.

After the dismissal of the two mainstays of the middle order, there were no other significant contributions from the English A batting. As the team folded up for 423, the score was still a very good one. But the team would have expected a lot more given the solid start.

However, the England A bowlers compensated for that. James Potter rapped Murali Vijay (8) on the pads to draw first blood. Vijay has joined the India A team for preparation ahead of the the five-match Test series against England.

Prithvi Shaw scored a steady half century but two quick wickets in Mayank Agarwal (0) and Karun Nair (4) put pressure on the team. Indian Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane (26*) and prodigy keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant (37*) then weathered the storm.

With Rahane and Pant being unbeaten at the close of play, India still trail by a long margin of 279 runs. The India A batsmen would have to show a lot of application for them to remain in the match.

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