Prithvi Shaw Shreyas Iyer Ishan Kishan India A
From left: Prithvi Shaw Getty Images, Shreyas Iyer AFP, Ishan Kishan IANS (file photos)

India A crushed England Cricket Board XI by 125 runs at Headingley. India A scored 328 for 8 after Alex Davies of Lancashire asked them to bat. Prithvi Shaw, captain of the 2018 World Cup-winning India Under-19 side, went berserk from the start. Of the 43 scored in the first 5 overs, his partner Mayank Agarwal had scored only 4. Shaw kept the onslaught going despite losing Agarwal. Hanuma Vihari (38) helped Shaw add 84 in 90 balls. Shaw carved out an exquisite 70 in 61 balls, studded with 7 fours and 3 sixes.

India lost three quick wickets, of Shaw, Vihari, and Vijay Shankar within 20 runs and 30 balls, but captain Shreyas Iyer (54 in 45 balls, 5 fours, 1 six) and wicketkeeper Ishan Kishan (50 in 46, 4 fours, 2 sixes) took charge thereafter. Iyer and Kishan (another former Under-19 World Cup captain) scored quickly, putting up 99 in 80 balls. Krunal Pandya and Akshar Patel also joined in the carnage, and even Deepak Chahar and Prasidh Krishna joined in the fun.

The top four scorers, Shaw, Iyer, Kishan, and Vihari, all fell to Gloucestershire seamer Ryan Higgins. ECB XI went after Prasidh almost immediately, taking 40 off his first 3 overs. However, the others (Chahar, Khaleel Ahmed, Shankar, and Akshar) bowled tightly and kept taking wickets.

Prasidh returned later to dismiss Harry Finch. Derbyshire all-rounder Matt Critchley hit out for a 48-ball 40, but ECB XI folded inside 37 overs.

Brief scores:

India A 328 for 8 in 50 overs (Prithvi Shaw 70, Sanju Samson 54, Ishan Kishan 50) beat England Cricket Board XI 203 in 36.5 overs (Matt Critchley 37; Deepak Chahar 3 for 48) by 125 runs.