India A thump England Lions by five wickets in Tri series Finals
India A register a comprehensive victory over England Lions in the final of the tri series at Kennington Oval by Five wickets. Team India chased down a target of 265 runs in 48.2 overs. It was a collective performance with Rishabh Pant emerging as the top scorer with an unbeaten 64 runs to see India home. Sam Hain scored 108 runs for the hosts getting England to a respectable total.
England were well placed on 185 for two after the 34th over. The pace attack of Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar and Khaleel Ahmed brought India back in the game. They restricted the hosts to a total that was well below par. At one point of time the Lions seemed as if they will easily cross the 300 run mark. But the versatile bowling line up of India showed their mettle in time when it mattered the most.
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Sam Hain scored 108 off 122 balls and Liam Livingstone made 83 off 82 balls. Both played scintillating knocks but all efforts went in vain as the lower middle order failed miserably to finish well.
India A looked strong from the outset. Lost the tri-series opener to Lions and came back to defeat them as well as beating West Indies A twice to lift the trophy.
Rishabh Pant starred in the final match with a fluent 64 run knock. “It was a good test for me as well as the team. Both teams fought hard through the series. The boys have been practicing really hard and eventually we got the result we wanted. Everyone wants to play for the country and if you do well, you will get the chance,” said Pant.