All-round India overwhelms ECB XI

Prithvi Shaw's free-flowing 70 at the top coupled with fifties by Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant helped India A to a formidable total.

Prithvi Shaw top scored for India.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Prithvi Shaw struck a 61-ball 70 as India A thumped ECB XI by 125 runs in a tour match at Headingley, Leeds.

Chasing a mammoth 329 to win, ECB XI could never hit the ground running - not one of its top three batsmen got a fifty - as the Shreyas Iyer - led side got its tour off to a winning start. Matthew Critchley top scored with 40 off 48 balls but found little support from his team-mates; Will Jacks and George Hankins the only other two batters to cross the 20-run mark.

From 62/2, the host slipped to 210/10, thanks to left-arm spinner Axar Patel, who claimed 2 for 21 and Deepak Chahar, who returned figures of 3 for 48.

Earlier, put into bat, India A amassed 328 for eight at the end of 50 overs. The Mumbai opener displayed his prowess, hammering three sixes and seven boundaries at a strike rate of 114.75 before falling to medium pacer Ryan Higgins.

Shaw's dismissal didn't deter India A's momentum which continued to score at just under seven runs an over. Iyer (54, 45b, 1x6, 5x4) and Ishan Kishan (50, 50b, 2x6, 4x4) struck rapid fifties to keep the visitor in contention for a score in excess of 300. 

Higgins was the pick of the bowlers, snapping up four wickets for 50 from his 10 overs.

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