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India A loses to England Lions in tri-series final

New Delhi: Cheteshwar Pujara’s brilliant unbeaten 87 went in vain as Andrew Gale scripted a successful runchase to help England Lions beat India A by five wickets in the finals of the tri-series tournament at Worcester.

Pujara, who finished as the tournament’s highest run-getter, and Abhinav Mukund (62) guided India A to an imposing 278 for seven after England Lions won the toss and elected to field.

But India’s bowling lacked teeth to defend the total as Gale, who top scored with 90, Steve Davies (55) and Darren Stevens (68 off 53 balls) helped England Lions to romp home with eight balls to spare.

Jaidev Unadkat was the pick of the bowlers for India A with two wickets, while Jaskaran Singh, Iqbal Abdulla and Dhawan scalped one each.

Earlier, India A made a good start with openers Mukund and Shikhar Dhawan adding 68 runs in the first ten overs. However, from there on, England Lions kept India A in check and affected timely breakthroughs with left-arm spinner Stephen Parry scalping three wickets.

Brief Score:

India A: 278 for seven in 50 overs (Cheteshwar Pujara not out 87, Abhinav Mukund 62; Stephen Parry 3/48, Liam Plunkett 2/51)

England Lions: 279 for five in 48.4 overs (Steve Davies 55, Andrew Gale 90, Darren Stevens 68; Jaidev Unadkat 2/46).

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