Thiruvananthapuram, Jan 29 : Rishabh Pant unbeaten 73, led India A to a comfortable six-wicket win in the fourth unofficial one-dayer here on Tuesday.
With this win, India has taken a lead of 4-0 in the five-match series. India A, while chasing 222, overhauled the target in 46.3 overs with the help of the Pant and Deepak Hooda’s knocks. KL Rahul, who returned from suspension in the last game against the England Lions, scored 42 off 77 balls.
Pant scored 73 off 76 balls with three sixes and six fours. The Indian wicket-keeper put on 119 unbeaten runs for the fifth wicket with Hooda, who scored a run-a-ball 47. Later, off-spinner Matthew Carter ended his journey.
After the early dismissal of opener Ruturaj Gaekwad, Rahul took the charge and kept India A innings going. Rahul put on 59 runs for the second wicket with Ricky Bhui (35).Earlier, the Lions won the toss and opted to bat first, but it wasn't a great start for the lions as the Mumbai paceman Shardul Thakur sent both openers Alex Davies (15) and Will Jacks (11) to pavilion.
Along with Shardul, Deepak Chahar and Avesh Khan came into to attack and they managed to clinch two more wickets. Lions were 55/4 in the 15th over. However, Young Ollie Pope guided the Lions to a respectable total with a 103-ball 65 while all-rounder Steven Mullaney provided the late impetus, scoring 58 off just 54 balls.
For India A, Thakur claimed 4/49 while Chahar picked up 2/38. The home side will now face the Lions on Thursday for the fifth and final contest hoping to complete the whitewash. (UNI)