India A thump Leicestershire by record margin

Prasidh Krishna
©John Mallett

In their second practice match, India A (458-4) beat Leicestershire (177-10) by a huge 281-run margin on the back of hundreds from Prithvi Shaw (132) and Mayank Agarwal (151).

Batting first, India A got off to an unbelievable start with both openers Prithvi Shaw (132) and Mayank Agarwal (151) slamming centuries. When the first wicket actually fell, India A had already scored 221 runs in 26 overs and were well on their way for a huge score.

Shubman Gill (86) was promoted in the batting order and came out at number three. Gill and Hooda (38) scored a few quick runs. This helped in sustaining the momentum that was created by Shaw and Agarwal as India rocketed to 458 for 4 in their 50 overs.

There was no standout bowling performances from Leicestershire as all bowlers including Richard Jones (10-68-0), James Dickinson (10-87-1), Javid (10-91-2) and Harry Funnell (7-67-1) went for plenty.

Chasing such a mammoth target would always be an uphill task for Leicestershire. In such record cases the team tries to go hammer and tongs. Either it comes off and the team is successful in reaching somewhere close to the total or the entire side crumbles under the scoreboard pressure and is bowled out for a very low score.

The latter happened for Leicestershire as apart from openers Harry Dearden (31) and Swindells (28), no other batsman could hold his end. Only Captain Tom Wells (62) played a fighting knock to impart some respectability to the side.

Deepak Chahar backed his last performance to pick up 3 wickets once again, while each of Prasidh Krishna, Deepak Hooda and Axar Patel chipped in with two wickets each.

As it turned out, India A won the match by a comprehensive 281-run margin. The back to back wins would go a long way in boosting the confidence level of the side as they gear up for the tri-series.

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