India A vs England Lions: Ben Duckett helps visitors pull off consolation win in final ODI to avoid clean sweep

Ben Duckett's knock of 70, which included 10 fours and a six, helped the visiting team overhaul India A's score of 121 all out in 35 overs, amid mounting tension.

Press Trust of India, Jan 31, 2019 18:57:55 IST

Thiruvanathapuram: Ben Duckett starred with an unbeaten 70 as England Lions pulled off a narrow one-wicket win over India 'A' in a low-scoring fifth and final match of the unofficial ODI series here Thursday to prevent a clean sweep by the hosts.

Duckett's knock, which includes 10 fours and a six, helped the visiting team overhaul India A's score of 121 all out in 35 overs, amid mounting tension.

India A clinched the five-match series 4-1 despite losing the final match by one-wicket. Twitter @BCCIdomestic

India A clinched the five-match series 4-1 despite losing the final match by one-wicket. Twitter @BCCIdomestic

Earlier, opting to bat after skipper Ankit Bawne won the toss, the India 'A' batsmen found the going tough on a wicket aiding the bowlers.

KL Rahul (0) who struggled in the previous two matches of the series, was dismissed off the first ball of the match. He was bowled by right-arm paceman Lewis Gregory for a duck to continue his run of low scores.

England Lions struck at regular intervals as only three host batsmen — Siddesh Lad (36), Axar Patel (23), Deepak Chahar (21) reached double figures.

Test specialist Rishabh Pant, who was picked in the squad to enable him get some time in the middle ahead of the T20 series in New Zealand, fell for a 14-ball 7 to seamer Jamie Overton.

Mumbai batsmen Lad held firm even as wickets tumbled around him, hitting seven boundaries in his 40-ball knock, before nicking one to 'keeper Alex Davies of Overton.

At 72 for 7, India 'A' was in danger of being bowled out for less than 100 before Patel and Deepak Chahar (who hit two fours and a six) added 30 runs for the 8th wicket.

Pace bowler Overton was the most successful Lions bowler with 3 for 24 while fast-medium bowler Tom Bailey took two wickets.

In reply, England Lions lost opener Will Jacks (6) in the second over as Deepak Chahar had him caught by Lad.

Tight bowling by the Chahar brothers — Deepak (3 for 25) and leg-spinner Rahul (3 for 43) and Axar Patel (2 for 22) meant the English team had trouble in reaching the small target.

The visiting captain Sam Billings, who has had a good run in the series, fell for 8 to Deepak Chahar.

Left-handed Duckett, who played four Tests before finding himself on the sidelines, battled hard and kept his cool even as the other batsmen failed to cope against some good bowling from the Indians.

He hit 10 fours and a six in his knock and enabled the Lions secure a consolation win in the company of the No.11 Tom Bailey (1 not out).

The teams will next play a two-match series of unofficial tests, starting on 7 February in Wayanad.

Brief scores: India 'A' 121 all out in 35 overs (Siddesh Lad 36, Craig Overton 3 for 24) lost to England Lions 125 for 9 in 30.3 over (Ben Duckett 70 not out, Deepak Chahar 3 for 25, Rahul Chahar 3 for 43).

Updated Date: Jan 31, 2019 18:57:55 IST


World Cup 2019 Points Table

Team p w l nr pts
Australia 7 6 1 0 12
New Zealand 7 5 1 1 11
India 5 4 0 1 9
England 7 4 3 0 8
Bangladesh 7 3 3 1 7
Pakistan 7 3 3 1 7
Sri Lanka 6 2 2 2 6
West Indies 6 1 4 1 3
South Africa 7 1 5 1 3
Afghanistan 7 0 7 0 0





Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3663 105
5 Australia 2640 98
6 Sri Lanka 3462 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5720 124
2 India 5990 122
3 New Zealand 4121 114
4 South Africa 4674 111
5 Australia 4805 109
6 Pakistan 4107 93
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 Australia 5471 261
5 India 7273 260
6 New Zealand 4056 254