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Ind A vs Eng Lions,1st unofficial Test: Preview & Prediction

K.L. Rahul
K.L. Rahul
Modified 06 Feb 2019


Team India is set to host the English Lions for two unofficial four-day games in Krishnagiri Stadium, Wayanad, Kerala. Both the games will be played at the same venue on February 7 and 13. India would be hoping to maintain their winning form in the white clothes as well when they take on England Lions. The visitors, however, will be eyeing to turn their fortunes around and give the Indian team a good fight, unlike the ODI series. After leading the series by 4-0, India A failed to clean sweep the English side as they lost the final ODI by 1 wicket.

Having won the toss, India decided to bat first in the final unofficial ODI. The decision backfired as India were bundled out for just 121 runs in 35 overs. Siddhesh Lad played a sensible knock of 36 runs while Axar Patel (23) and Deepak Chahar (21) made some crucial contribution down the order. The Lions started the chase terribly as they lost early wickets. Ben Duckett played a match-winning knock to take his side over the line. He remained unbeaten at 70 runs to give the visitors their first victory of this tour.

England Lions would be hoping to gain some confidence from that win to perform in the longer format of the game. KL Rahul, who has not been in form this season, must be eager to get some runs under his belt. Ankit Bawne will lead the home side for both the matches.


Date: Thursday, February 7, 2019

Time: 9 AM IST

Venue: Krishnagiri Stadium, Wayanad

League: England Lions tour of India 2019

Live Telecast: Sony Network


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Recent Form


India – L, W, W, W, W

England – W, L, L, L, L


Team News


  • KL Rahul will feature in the playing XI
  • Ankit Bawne will lead the 14-man squad




India A- Ankit Bawne(c), Siddhesh Lad,  Shardul Thakur, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Priyank Panchal, Ricky Bhui, Srikar Bharat, Shahbaz Nadeem, Lokesh Rahul, Mayank Markande, Navdeep Saini, Avesh Khan, Jalaj Saxena, Varun Aaron

England A – Dominic Bess, Ben Duckett, Danny Briggs, Sam Billings, Zak Chappell, Lewis Gregory, Sam Hain, Max Holden, Ollie Pope, James Porter, Tom Bailey, Will Jacks, Steven Mullaney, Matthew Carter, Jamie Overton, Alex Davies

Probable Playing XI


India A

  1. Srikar Bharat
  2. KL Rahul
  3. Ankit Bawne(c)
  4. P Panchal
  5. Abhimanyu Easwaran
  6. Jalaj Saxena
  7. S Nadeem
  8. Navdeep Saini
  9. Shardul Thakur
  10. M Markande
  11. V Aaron/Avesh Khan


England A

  1. Alex Davies
  2. Sam Hain
  3. Ollie Pope
  4. Ben Duckett
  5. Sam Billings
  6. D Bess
  7. L Gregory
  8. S Mullaney/W Jacks
  9. D Briggs
  10. J Porter/Z Chappell
  11. J Overton
Published 06 Feb 2019, 18:33 IST
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