So, it has finally come down to this! After weeks of pulsating clashes that has seen ebbs and flows rise to accentuating levels, two teams remain in contention of being crowned champions in India-A tri-series, 2018. It will be England Lions vs India A in the finals what is expected to be a riveting contest, on July 02, 2018.
Venue:- Kennington Oval, London
When:- Monday, July 02, 2018, 03:30 PM IST
Both sides have met twice in the league-stage leading into the finals. While EN-A, on the back of an all-round bowling performance by the likes of Liam Dawson (4-30) and Tom Helm (3-33) defeated IN-A by seven wickets in the tournament opener, IN-A came storming back to notch-up an emphatic 102-run win in the later stage of the tournament. India’s win was engineered on the back of their top-3 in Agarwal (112), Gill (72), and Hanuma Vihari (69), who led their team to a towering 6-309 in 50 overs, before the bowlers in Thakur (3-30) and Khaleel Ahmed (2-30) bowled EN-A out for a poultry 207. With one win apiece, both teams would like to put-up a strong show in the all-important finals, in a bid to claim bragging rights.
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With the finals set to be played on one of the flattest cricket pitches in the country, one can expect a run-feast at the expense of the bowlers. The Oval is traditionally a slowish wicket and will aid spinners during the latter part of the game.
Avg 1st innings score: 249
Avg 2nd innings score: 213
Highest Total: 3-322 (48.1 overs) by Sri Lanka vs India, Champions Trophy 2017
Lowest Total: 10-103 (41 overs) by England vs South Africa
Highest Chased: 3-322 (48.1 overs) by Sri Lanka vs India, Champions Trophy 2017
Lowest Defended: 5-260 (50 Ov) by Australia vs England
Deepak Chahar and Krunal Pandya have been called-in as injury replacements of Jasprit Bumrah and Washington Sundar in India’s T20I squad against England. They might miss out on tomorrow’s EN-Avs IN-A finals.
Last minute injuries notwithstanding, England-A is expected to field the same eleven that defeated Windies-A in the last group stage match.
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Steven Mullaney (c), Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Chris Jordan, Nick Gubbins, Liam Dawson, Tom Helm, Matthew Parkinson, Reece Topley, Matthew Fisher, Liam Livingstone, Ben Foakes (wk), Sam Hain
G H Vihari, Shreyas Iyer (c), Shardul Thakur, Axar Patel, Krishnappa Gowtham, Rishabh Pant (wk), Deepak Hooda, Ishan Kishan, Prasidh Krishna, Krunal Pandya, Prithvi Shaw, K Khaleel Ahmed, Mayank Agarwal, Vijay Shankar, Shubman Gill, Deepak Chahar
The probable EN-A vs IN-A playing 11 is listed below.
Wicket-keeper: Ben Foakes
Batsmen: Nick Gubbins, Sam Hain, Liam Livingstone, Tom Kohler-Cadmore
All-rounder: Liam Dawson, Reece Topley
Bowlers: Steven Mullaney (c), Tom Helm, Ed Barnard, Matthew Fisher
Wicket-keeper: Rishabh Pant
Batsmen: Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer (c), Hanuma Vihari
All-rounder: Axar Patel, D Hooda (D: Krunal Pandya)
Bowlers: Prasidh Krishna, Shardul Thakur, K Khaleel Ahmed (D: Deepak Chahar)
For England Lions, the likes of Tom-Kohler Cadmore (161 runs in four matches), Nick Gubbins (177 runs at 59.00), and Sam Hain (248 runs at 124.00) will once again be the spearheads of their batting-unit.
In bowling, L Dawson has taken 12 wickets at 10.25 and has been ably supported by Reece Topley (eight wickets at 13.12).
For India-A, Mayank Agarwal has been in the form of his life. The Karnataka batsman en-route to 402 runs in five games, has already scored two tons, including a swashbuckling 112 against EN-A in the last game.
In bowling, Axar Patel (nine wickets at 15.44), and the duo of Khaleel Ahmed (five wickets at 26.60), Shardul Thakur (six wickets at 21.50) have had a great tournament thus far.