New Delhi,UPDATED: Jan 20, 2024 18:30 IST
India A claimed a remarkable draw against the England Lions in the first unofficial Test match, thanks to some resilient batting performances at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad. KS Bharat was a standout player for India A, scoring an unbeaten 116 off 165 balls, which played a vital role in steering his team towards safety.
Bharat’s innings was a masterclass in grit and determination, as he kept India’s innings under pressure from the formidable target set by the England Lions. Sai Sudharsan also made a significant contribution with a brilliant 97 runs from 208 deliveries, just short of what would have been a well-deserved century.
His efforts, along with Bharat, were instrumental in helping India A fight back. Manav Suthar added to the resistance with an unbeaten 89 from 254 balls, displaying patience and skill that left the England Lions bowlers further frustrated.
Earlier, England had set a big target of 489 runs by declaring at 553/8 in the first innings and 163/6 on in the second innings. India, on the other hand, were bundled out for 227 in the first innings. The match, which seemed to be going in favor of the England Lions, saw a change in momentum as India A showed commendable spirit in the last innings, scoring 103 runs without losing. any wicket in over 25 overs. The collective efforts of these batsmen ensured that India A finished the day on 398/5, effectively denying the England Lions a victory that seemed within reach.
Despite the challenging target of 489 runs set by the England Lions, India A’s batting line-up was determined, led by KS Bharat’s gritty century, Sai Sudharsan’s near century and Manav Suthar’s solid hitting, which managed to hold on to a heroic draw, demonstrated the depth and resilience of the team’s batting talent.