Published On: Tue, Jun 19th, 2018

Agarwal 151, Shaw 132 fire India A to record total

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India A 458 for 4 (Agarwal 151, Shaw 132, Gill 86) v Leicestershire

Mayank Agarwal and Prithvi Shaw smashed centuries as India A recorded the second-highest total in all List A cricket, against Leicestershire at Grace Road. This is their second tour game in the build up to the tri-series involving England Lions and West Indies A.

Agarwal, who holds the record for the most runs scored by an Indian in a domestic season (in 2017-18), top-scored with a 106-ball 151 in which he struck 18 fours and five sixes and he retired after 39 overs. His opening partner Prithvi Shaw, who made 70 in the team’s win in the tour opener against ECB XI, scored a 90-ball 132, his maiden List A hundred, as India A surpassed Nottinghamshire’s 445 for 8 to amass 458 for 4. This was 38 short of the all-time List A record held by Surrey – they had scored 496 for 4 against Gloucestershire in 2007.

Agarwal and Shaw added 221 in 26 overs, before the Under-19 World Cup’s MVP, Shubman Gill, replacing Hanuma Vihari at No. 3, enhanced his burgeoning credentials to make a 54-ball 86. While he hit seven fours and five sixes, the standout was the four successive sixes he hit against offspinner Aadil Ali in the 42nd over.

Rishabh Pant and Gill fell in successive overs to briefly halt India A’s charge, but a late cameo from Deepak Hooda vaulted them past 450, with the last 10 overs producing 105 despite losing a clutch of wickets.

As many as seven bowlers bowled, with fast bowlers Richard Jones’ 0 for 68 off 10 overs the least economical figures. Leicestershire handed debuts to as many as five players, while two others were only into their second game. In comparison, the India A XI featured three players with international experience and several others who are regulars for their domestic sides across formats.



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