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India A outplay England A by 102 runs

Mayank Agarwal strikes second ton in as many days as England succumb to their first defeat

England Lions fell to their first defeat of the A-Team Tri-Series as a dominant India A side ran them out by 102 runs at the Fischer County Ground.

A century from the in-form Mayank Agarwal and fifties from Shubman Gill and Hanuma Vihari saw India A rack up an impressive 309-6; a figure that threatened to be higher at 165-0 before some disciplined bowling looked to have got England back into the game.

However, the Lions never looked close to chasing it down as they were bowled out for 207 in the 42nd over on a pitch that slowed as the game wore on. They lost regular wickets as six batsmen passed 20 but none made more than Liam Dawson’s 38.

The Lions will now look to beat West Indies A on Thursday at the County Ground, Northampton to guarantee a place in the Tri-Series final at the Kia Oval next Monday (July 2).

Earlier on, India A won the toss and opted to bat first on a glorious day in Leicester.

Before play Worcestershire all-rounder Ed Barnard was presented with his Lions cap by England Head Coach Trevor Bayliss. Barnard replaced Topley who was rested as a precaution while Matt Parkinson came into the team for Chris Jordan who joined up with the England side ahead of tomorrow’s Vitality IT20 against Australia.

India A got off to an excellent start, racing to 50 without loss in the 9th over. Eighteen-year-old opener Gill took a liking to Tom Helm, hitting the Middlesex seamer for three boundaries in his first over.

Lions skipper Steven Mullaney made a double change, taking pace off the ball with the introduction of Liam Dawson and Matt Parkinson. Gill waited just two balls before coming down the pitch to hit Dawson back over his head for four and followed it up by launching Parkinson over long on for the first six of the day.

Gill’s fellow opener, Agarwal then looked to get after both bowlers, hitting three sixes in consecutive overs to race to 50. Gill reached his half century in the following over in slightly more sedate style with a single off Dawson as India charged to 130-0 after 20 overs.

Mullaney and debutant Ed Barnard managed to slow the scoring and the squeeze paid dividends as Barnard picked up the well-deserved wicket of Gill for 72. The opener could only find Helm at short third man to end an opening partnership of 165.

Agarwal continued undeterred and reached his hundred from 97 balls after driving the returning Parkinson through Sam Hain at extra cover for two - his third century of what is becoming a prolific tour. He eventually fell chipping Mullaney to Matt Fisher at cover for 112.

Fisher followed that up with his first wicket of the day as Rishab Pant (7) holed out to Kohler-Cadmore at deep midwicket to leave India 217-3.

India A captain Shreyas Iyer came and went for 6 after a leading edge from a Fisher delivery looped to Parkinson at extra cover.

Vihari (69) and Deepak Hooda (33) steered India A past the 300 mark to finish on 309-6. Barnard (2-52) and Fisher (2-58) were the pick of the Lions bowlers while Parkinson showed real quality to come back after some initial rough treatment from the Indian openers.

In reply, Shardul Thakar struck twice in quick succession. Nick Gubbins was trapped leg before for 22 before Tom Kohler-Cadmore (7) was bowled after playing around one. Prasidh Krishna then found a way through Hain as England slipped to 32-3.

Lancashire Captain Liam Livingstone and Ben Foakes put on 43 before the Livingstone was caught in the deep by Krishna for 17 - a steepling catch running around from long on off the bowling of Krunal Pandya; brother of India star Hardik Pandya.

That wicket brought Lions captain Mullaney to crease, who briefly threatened to bring the Lions back into the game. He hit Krishnappa Gowtham for three consecutive boundaries before finding Pandya at point.

The Lions were staring down the barrel and the Surrey keeper Foakes was next to go, run out for 32 after being sent back looking for a quick single.

Dawson and Bernard combined for a 67-run partnership that kept the Lions alive until Dawson (38) picked out long on from Hooda’s first over. Barnard followed shortly after for 30 to end their hopes.

The wickets were shared around the Indian bowlers with Thakur finishing with 3-53.

The win for India A leaves them joint top of the table with the Lions on two wins apiece.

June 28: Lions v West Indies A (County Ground, Northampton)

June 29: India A v West Indies A (County Ground, Northampton)

July 2: Final (Kia Oval)


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India Women to face New Zealand in WT20 opener

According to the event format, the top two sides from each group of five will advance to the semi-finals
Indian players celebrates the wicket of Danielle Hazell of England during match six of the women's tri-series, India v England at the Brabourne Stadium, Mumbai, India on the 29th March 2018

Photo by Vipin Pawar / BCCI / SPORTZPICS

The International Cricket Council announced the schedule for the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2018, to be held in the West Indies from 9 to 24 November.

The 10-team tournament, featuring three-time champions Australia, reigning ICC Women’s World Cup winners England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and defending champions the Windies, plus two qualifiers, will be played across three venues in the Caribbean.

The finalists of the ICC Women’s World T20 Qualifier in the Netherlands from 7 to 14 July will complete the line-up of the November tournament, which is the first stand-alone ICC Women’s World Twenty20 event. The teams participating in the Qualifying event are Bangladesh, Ireland, the Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Scotland, Thailand, Uganda and the United Arab Emirates.

All 23 matches of the ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2018 will be broadcast live to maintain the momentum and focus on women’s cricket, while the Decision Review System (DRS) will be used for the first time in any ICC World Twenty20 event, ensuring consistency in the use of technology in top world-level events.

Defending champions the Windies are in Group A along with England, South Africa, Sri Lanka and Qualifier 1 from the Netherlands event, while Australia, India, New Zealand, Pakistan and Qualifier 2 will be in Group B.

The event kicks off at the Guyana National Stadium, starting with India and New Zealand. In the second match, Australia will play Pakistan and the Windies round off the day playing Qualifier 1 under lights. This venue will also host matches between arch-rivals India and Pakistan on 11 November and trans-Transman adversaries Australia and New Zealand two days later.

The Darren Sammy Cricket Ground in St Lucia will be the other venue for the group stage with the first match there pitting England against Sri Lanka on 10 November, while the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in Antigua will host both semifinals on 22 November and the final on 24 November.

ICC Women’s World T20 Tournament Director, Jennifer Nero: “The West Indies is one of the great places in the world for sports, entertainment, and culture. Cricket is the heartbeat of the West Indies and we want to showcase all these offerings during the tournament. It will be fast-paced, exciting and action-packed with lots of enjoyable moments. This is the Year of the Woman, and the world’s top teams will be coming.”

“I want to urge the fans to come out and see the best players in the modern game. Women's cricket is growing at a rapid rate as we saw from last year's ICC Women's World Cup in England, and teams are getting stronger. Here in the West Indies, we are committed to playing a major role in the continued growth and development of the sport. We want to invite the cricket world to be part of this exhilarating world-class event on and off the field.”

India captain Harmanpreet Kaur: “The announcement of the schedule marks the countdown to this big event and we are all really looking forward to playing in the West Indies. The ICC Women’s World Twenty20 will be a competitive tournament with some tough league matches early on and no team can take it easy at any stage. Naturally, expectations will be high from our team after our World Cup final appearance last year and we aim to be at our best during the tournament.”

Windies captain Stafanie Taylor: “It is great to host the cricket world here in the West Indies. This is a great place to play cricket and we know our fans will enjoy every moment of the tournament. It’s extra special as our families and friends will get to see us playing on home soil in a huge international tournament. It is also wonderful to have the cricket world see what the game is like in the region, how we celebrate and enjoy ourselves, and feel the vibes, the music and the culture.”

“We won the last edition in India and that was an amazing feeling. We are now playing at home and it would be even better to win again, this time in front of our supporters at home. We know the grounds, the pitches and most importantly, we know what is required. We’re playing for the people of the West Indies and we want to win again for them.”

Australia captain Meg Lanning: “It’s the next big tournament on the horizon and we have a good chance to nail down our T20 game-plan and focus. The group is always looking forward to World Cups and this time around is no different. The World Cup last year did not go as well as we would have liked to, so we are very hungry to become world champions again. We know it is a very open competition and you need to be consistent and be brave with how you play but we are in a very good space to go down that path and see that when the time comes we are playing really good cricket.

England captain Heather Knight: “We’re really excited about the World T20 in the Caribbean. It’s an amazing chance to become double world champions but we have a lot of hard work to do first. We showed in India in our tri-series that we’re capable of playing very good T20 cricket but we need to keep improving as a side and add more consistency to our game.”

New Zealand captain Suzie Bates: “We always go to those tournaments thinking we can do really well. We have a really explosive lineup and in India (ICC Women’s World Twenty20 2016) I thought we played really good cricket but got beaten by the eventual winners Windies in the semis. Always, the goal for the side is to get to the semifinals and then making sure we can play our best cricket in the knockout stage.

Pakistan captain Bismah Maroof: “The ICC Women’s World Twenty20 is one of the top events that everyone waits for with anticipation. Last year’s World Cup and many other subsequent matches have shown a rise in standards of women’s cricket and I’m sure there will be a lot of good cricket played in the West Indies too. Our players are looking forward to the tournament with great anticipation and will give it our best shot as the league phase kicks off on 9 November.”

South Africa captain Dane van Niekerk: “We love playing in the West Indies. It’s quite special, you don’t see places like that. I’m really excited because we enjoy playing Twenty20 cricket. I think we have a very dynamic side. We have hitters, we have runners, we have variation in the bowling attack as well. We are a free-spirited team and we enjoy it because we can express ourselves.”

Sri Lanka captain Chamari Athapaththu: “Our emphasis will now be on the World Twenty20 as that is a huge ICC event in which every team wants to do well. Everyone understands the challenges of T20 cricket and I’m sure no team would like to take it easy at any stage of this challenging tournament. We will be aiming to do well in all departments of the game and come up with some striking performances.”

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