Ben Duckett kept firing at the other end – his 86-ball stay the crease studded with 10 boundaries and one hit over the fence. @ Twitter/England Cricket

Thiruvananthapuram: It doesn’t seem to be going India’s way today. After the senior team were crushed to an embarrassing eight-wicket loss in New Zealand, the India A team too fell short by one wicket to the England Lions, who have pocketed a consolation win in the fifth and final match on Thursday. India A won the series 4-1.

The hosts were skittled for a paltry 121 in just 35 overs with fast bowler Jamie Overton emerging as the pick of the bowlers with three for 24 in his seven overs at 3.43.

In reply, England Lions chased down the target in 30.3 overs, but no before some last-minute drama which saw the match go down to the final wicket. (ALSO READ: Rishabh Pant, Shardul Thakur star as India A go 4-0 up against England Lions)

In an otherwise shoddy batting display by both sides at the Greenfield Stadium in Trivandrum, Ben Duckett stood firm and held the visitors’ innings together. The 24-year-old Northamptonshire batsman top scored with an unbeaten 70 off 86 to seal the chase.

On a notorious wicket, England Lions kept losing wickets at found themselves half their side back in the hut with 87 on the board in the 17th over.

However, Duckettk kept firing at the other end – his 86-ball stay the crease studded with 10 boundaries and one hit over the fence. For the last wicket, Tom Bailey did well to resist the onslaught facing 11 deliveries for his unbeaten 1 as England Lions managed to scrap through by a thrilling one-wicket win. (ALSO READ: India A take series against England Lions with third straight win)

For India, Deepak Chahar and Rahul Chahar pocketed three wickets apiece. While, the pacer Deepak went for 25 run in his five overs, legspinner Rahul was a tad bit more economical – going for 43 runs in his 9.3 overs.

Earlier, Siddhesh Lad top scored with 36 as India A were bowled out for 125. KL Rahul once again flopped – this time departing for a golden duck – after showing some promise scoring 42 in the previous match. Skipper Ankit Bawne departed to Bailey without troubling the scorers after facing 17 deliveries. India A’s second-highest scorer came in Axar Patel, who added 23 off 52. (ALSO READ: India A crush England Lions to go up 2-0)

Besides Overton, Bailey chipped in with two wickets in his eight overs and went for 23 runs.

Brief scores: England Lions 125/9 in 30.3 overs (Ben Duckett 70*; Deepak Chahar 3/25, Rahul Chahar 3/43) beat India A 121 all out in 35 overs (Siddhesh Lad 36; Jamie Overton 3/24) by one wicket