Ishan leads BPXI to win against England Lions

Board President XI recorded a 152-run win against England Lions in the two-day warm up match at Thiruvananthapuram.

Ishan Kishan's 55 off 55 balls (4x5, 5x6) helped Board President XI post a strong total against England Lions.   -  Special Arrangement

The intend and eagerness of Board President XI players to impress was the cornerstone of a fine 152-run win in the two-day warm up match against England Lions at the KCA-St.Xavier's College ground here on Monday.

Captain Ishan Kishan (55 not out) led a slew of impressive batting performances by Board President XI on the final day which set England Lions an improbable target of 235 to chase in 30 overs.

But the response from England Lions was muted and laboured to 82 for two off 30 overs. The only positive for England Lions in the second innings was captain Sam Billings' confident knock (36 not out). 

BP XI's captain Ishan's love affair with the ground continued as he belted a quickfire half century off 55 balls which was studded with four sixes and five fours.

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In the morning, England Lions chose to test its bowling resources by giving extended spells to medium pacers. Jamie Overton, the impressive of the pacers, drew the first blood when he had opener Dhruv Shorey ballooning a return catch.

However, BP XI batsmen Akshath Reddy (49) and Ricky Bhui (51 retired) survived the torrid phase and scored freely when the spinners came on. The duo added 81 runs for the second wicket until Akshanth Reddy holed out to the deep falling short of a fifty, but Ricky Bhui completed his half century and retired. The English spinners took a hiding from Ishan Kishan whose belligerent innings enabled Board President XI to score 246 for six off 60 overs.

The scores

England Lions 145 for six & 82 for two in 30 overs (Sam Billings 36 not out) lost to Board President XI 134 for five & 246 for six in 60 overs (Ishan Kishan 55 not out, Ricky Bhui 51 rtd, Akshath Reddy 49).