Abhinav Mukund’s fluent hundred was the highlight of their thrilling chase as India A scrambled to a high-scoring tie against England A to book a berth in the finals of the ongoing one-day tri-series in Worcester.
After Ian Bell led England A to a mammoth 343 for eight, India A managed to end level with the hosts courtesy a last-ball bye to enter the finals of the tournament from which the third team — West Indies A —has already crashed out.
The Indians will now be up against the Englishmen again in the summit clash tomorrow.
Shikhar Dhawan provided some early momentum by striking eight powerful boundaries, but the chase was anchored by his fellow opener Abhinav Mukund. The left-hander, who has scored a triple-century in first-class cricket, gave his side a chance of an unlikely win with a 120-ball 114 which included 12 fours. However, England Lions looked favourites for a fourth straight win when Ravi Bopara bowled him for 114 to leave India A requiring 94 runs from 69 balls with six wickets in hand.