Hain, Pope fifties help secure draw for England Lions

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ENGLAND LIONS TOUR OF INDIA, 2019

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Sam Hain followed his first-innings effort of 61 with a crucial match-saving 57 off 178 deliveries

Sam Hain followed his first-innings effort of 61 with a crucial match-saving 57 off 178 deliveries © Getty

England Lions’ top order got some valuable batting practice as they helped deny India A a win on the final day of the first four-day game in Wayanad, Kerala.

India A had declared the previous day with a mammoth lead of 200, thanks to a double hundred from Priyank Panchal and a century from Srikar Bharat. Needing to bat out the day to prevent India from winning, the Lions rode on half centuries from Sam Hain and Ollie Pope, and cameos from Max Holden and Sam Billings to end at 214/5.

Duckett was the first one to fall, with the openers having kept India A at bay for more than 15 overs. Jalaj Saxena was the wicket taker, but regular scalps were missing for the hosts. Holden departed next, in the 23rd over. Hain and Pope, however, put their heads down to share 105 runs for the third wicket and leave the result of the match a foregone conclusion.

Their stand came off nearly forty overs, and the Lions by then had ensured there was no way back for the hosts. India A clawed back with the wickets of Billings, Pope and Hain towards the end, but the win was never within reach.

Brief scores: England Lions 340 and 214/5 (Ollie Pope 63, Sam Hain 57, Jalaj Saxena 2-41) drew with India A 540/6 (Priyank Panchal 206, Srikar Bharat 142; Zak Chappell 3-105)

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