A classy century from Nick Gubbins (128*) and a 4-wicket haul from Liam Dawson (10-30-4) helped England Lions (236-3) beat India A (232-10) by 7 wickets with more than 8 overs remaining.
India A won the toss and decided to bat first. As it turned out, it was not a very good toss to win as the ball gripped on the tacky surface. Opener Prithvi Shaw (7) was the first wicket to fall who was dismissed by Tom Helm (7.3-33-3). Mayank Agarwal (23) and Shubman Gill (37) then promised to stitch a solid partnership but Agarwal fell to Topley (6-35-1) and Gill to Liam Dawson (10-30-4).
Rishab Pant played a lone hand as India A failed to bat out their overs against England Lions in the opening match of the tri-series.— Circle of Cricket (@circleofcricket) June 22, 2018
IND A 232 46.3 ov (Pant 64 Iyer 42 Dawson 4/30 Helm 3/33) pic.twitter.com/42dD691eJC
Shreyas Iyer (42) and Rishabh Pant (64) batted well in the middle order. While Iyer batted with caution, Pant gave the Indian innings the much required impetus. Despite Axar Patel (25) and Deepak Chahar (21) contributed in the lower order, the team was all-out for 232 in the 47th over.
As England Lions came out to chase the below par total, Shardul Thakur (7-30-2) drew first blood by dismissing T Kohler-Cadmore (7) in the 4th over.
However, Nick Gubbins and Sam Hain (54) did not give India A too many chances as they compiled a classy partnership. Liam Livingstone (27) and wicketkeeper Ben Foakes (8*) did the cleaning up job as Gubbins remained unbeaten on 128 to see his team through to a convincing victory.
The Lions will now face Windies A today in their 2nd match of the tri-series.
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