A top-order getting runs and a bowling unit that looked incisive, while the India team of recent vintage may not possess such luxuries another set of Men in Blue, India A, used it to good effect and sealed a 53-run (D/L method) win over England XI at the Air Force Sports Complex ground in Palam in New Delhi on Sunday.
Openers Murali Vijay and Abhinav Mukund showed how vital a steady opening partnership is to a team’s fortunes, putting together a 118-run opening stand after England XI captain Ian Bell sent India A in.
Vijay top-scored with a 75-ball 76, while Mukund struck a more sedate 57 off 81 deliveries.
After the southpaw’s dismissal, first-drop Kedar Jadhav struck a brisk 52 to guide the hosts to 224/4 in their allotted 39 overs. India discard S Sreesanth then bowled a superb spell first up, giving away just seven runs in five overs.
Brief scores : India A 224/4 in 39 ovrs (M Vijay 76) bt England XI (I Bell 91) by 53 runs (D/L method).