It was a day of contrasting fortunes for two English sides on Tuesday (June 19). While in Nottingham, England smashed 481 for six against Australia, another English side – Leicestershire – were taken to cleaners by India A at Grace Road.
India A went on to win the game by 281 runs to warm-up in style for the tri-series involving England Lions and Windies A.
Mayank, Shaw broke Leicestershire’s back
Mayank Agarwal, fresh off a stunning season in the Ranji Trophy, top-scored with a 106-ball 151. His knock contained 18 fours and five sixes before he retired after 39 overs. On the other hand, Prithvi Shaw, who made 70 in the team’s win in the tour opener against ECB XI, scored a 90-ball 132, his maiden List A hundred.
In reply, Leicestershire were bowled out for just 177. With a mountain to climb in front of them, Leicestershire batsmen failed, as their innings lasted just 40.4 overs. For India A, their fast-bowlers did exceedingly well by taking six wickets. Deepak Chahar starred with the ball, picking up three while Prasidh Krishna took two for 48 from eight overs.
Asked to bat first, Agarwal and Shaw added 221 in 26 overs. The stand ended when Shaw departed. However, the much-needed wicket did not bring any respite for Leicestershire, as Agarwal kept on going strong. Shubman Gill joined him, and he started playing the big shots right from the outset.
The duo added 179 runs for the second wicket before Agarwal was retired hurt for 151.
Gill enhanced his reputation by smashing 86 off 54 balls. While he hit seven fours and five sixes, the standout was the four successive sixes he hit against off-spinner Aadil Ali in the 42nd over.
Rishabh Pant and Gill fell in successive overs to briefly halt India A’s charge, but a late cameo from Deepak Hooda helped India A to cross the 450-run mark. The last ten overs produced a staggering 105 runs for the visitors.
In reply, Harry Dearden and Harry Swindells added 44 runs for the first wicket which went on to become the highest stand for the innings. They kept on losing wickets at regular intervals. Skipper Tom Wells offered some fight to make 62 before becoming the penultimate batsman to be dismissed in the 41st over.
India A 458 for 4 (Agarwal 151, Shaw 132, Gill 86) beat Leicestershire 177 (Wells 62, Chahar 3-24, Hooda 2-9, Axar 2-18) by 281 runs.