Duckett stars as England Lions reach 303 for 5 vs India A on Day 1 of 1st unofficial Test

first_img Press Trust of India WayanadFebruary 7, 2019UPDATED: February 7, 2019 21:48 IST Duckett, in particular, played with a lot of assurance as England Lions scored big on Day 1 vs India A (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTS Ben Duckett top-scored for England Lions vs India A on Day 1 in WayanadSteven Mullaney and Will Jacks remained unbeaten on 39 and 40, respectively at stumpsWhile Navdeep Saini picked up two wickets, left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem failed to provide India A with breakthroughEngland Lions overcame a mid-innings stutter to reach 303 for 5 at stumps on day one of the first unofficial Test against India A here Thursday.Sent into bat by home skipper Ankit Bawne, the Lions got off to a solid start with openers Ben Duckett (80) and Max Holden (26) sharing an 82-run stand in 23.3 overs.Duckett, in particular, played with a lot of assurance as the visitors negotiated the opening hour without any loss.Navdeep Saini struck the first blow in the 24th over when he had Holden nicking a delivery to keeper K S Bharat.Sam Hain then joined Duckett and added 44 runs before the opener was bowled by Shardul Thakur with a delivery that came in.Duckett hit 15 fours during his 118-ball knock.Hain held fort even as Test discard Ollie Pope (8) and captain Sam Billings (9) fell with India A fighting back.Kerala All-rounder Jalaj Saxena then ended Hain’s 167-ball vigil, having him caught behind for 61.Steven Mullaney (39) and Will Jack (40) then defied the India A bowlers, mixing defence with some attractive shots, to add 65 runs for the unbroken sixth-wicket partnership.Saini was the best bowler for the home team with 2 for 57, while Thakur, Saxena and Avesh Khan scalped a wicket each.Brief scoresEngland Lions 303 for 5 in 90 overs (Ben Duckett 80, Sam Hain 61; N Saini 2/57).Also Read | 20 years on: A look back at Anil Kumble’s historic 10-wicket haul vs PakistanAlso Read | Ranji Trophy 2018-19: Rs 3 crore prize money for victorious VidarbhaAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India A vs England LionsFollow Ben DuckettFollow Navedeep Saini Duckett stars as England Lions reach 303 for 5 vs India A on Day 1 of 1st unofficial TestBen Duckett slammed 80 while Sam Hain scored 61 as India A bowlers struggled to contain the England Lions batsmen on Day 1 of the 1st unofficial Test in Wayanad on Thursday. advertisementlast_img read more

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