India A vs England Lions: KL Rahul rediscovers form as hosts pile on 219/1 on Day 2 of 1st unofficial Test

Out-of-favour India opener KL Rahul was back amongst the runs, his unbeaten 88 steering India A to 219/1 on Day 2 of the first unofficial Test against England Lions at Wayanad on Friday.

Press Trust of India, Feb 08, 2019 21:23:53 IST

Wayanad, Kerala: Out-of-favour India opener KL Rahul was back amongst the runs, his unbeaten 88 steering India A to 219/1 on Day 2 of the first unofficial Test against England Lions at Wayanad on Friday.

India 'A' came up with a strong reply to England Lions' first innings score of 340, courtesy Rahul and Priyank Panchal, who was unbeaten on 89.

File photo of KL Rahul. AP

File photo of KL Rahul. AP

Navdeep Saini's five-wicket haul helped the host restrict the Lions, who resumed the day at 303 for five. Apart from Ben Duckett (80), there were half-centuries for Sam Hain (61) and Will Jack (63).

The stylish Rahul, who played a few matches in the preceding ODI series against the Lions but couldn't get going, started slowly, scoring 12 off 57 balls.

He played with assurance and in Panchal's company added 171 runs for the second wicket.

Rahul looked compact and left a lot of balls early in his innings. After settling down, he played some delightful shots all round the wicket, including a few beautiful drives.

The stylish Karnataka batsman, who had a dismal Australia tour, handled the Lions pace bowlers and spinners with equal ease.

Rahul was sent back from Australia following the conclusion of the Tests after he and Hardik Pandya were caught in a massive controversy over their loose remarks on women during a television show. The BCCI revoked their interim suspension pending an inquiry.

Following that, he was picked in the India A limited-overs squad for the ODIs against the Lions. Friday's knock would give him a lot of confidence in the wake of his recent on and off field struggles.

Gujarat batsman Panchal matched Rahul stroke-for-stroke and played some lovely shots, hitting 16 fours in all.

Earlier in the day, Saini picked up three of the five wickets to fall in the first session, triggering the Lions's collapse from 321 for six to 340 all out.

Updated Date: Feb 08, 2019 21:25:26 IST


IPL 2019 POINTS TABLE

Pos. Team P W L D Pts.
1
Mumbai
14 9 5 0 18
2
Chennai
14 9 5 0 18
3
Delhi
14 9 5 0 18
4
Hyderabad
14 6 8 0 12
5
Kolkata
14 6 8 0 12
6
Punjab
14 6 8 0 12
7
Rajasthan
14 5 8 0 11
8
Bangalore
14 5 8 0 11
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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 5372 125
2 India 5669 121
3 South Africa 4488 115
4 New Zealand 3729 113
5 Australia 4342 109
6 Pakistan 3846 94
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