Rishabh Pant hits 73 not out, KL Rahul finds form as India A beat England Lions

first_img Rajarshi Gupta ThiruvananthapuramJanuary 29, 2019UPDATED: January 29, 2019 17:38 IST KL Rahul scored 42 in his 2nd match since his suspension over Koffee with Karan controversy was lifted. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRishabh Pant scored 73 not out off 76 balls as India A beat England Lions on TuesdayKL Rahul found some form after the Koffee with Karan controversy and scored 42Shardul Thakur took four wickets for India AKL Rahul scored 42 off 77 balls as India A beat England Lions by 6 wickets in the 4th unofficial ODI in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday. Chasing 222 to win, Rahul found form after the Koffee with Karan controversy.KL Rahul was suspended along with Hardik Pandya after their controversial statements on chat show Koffee with Karan. The pair was asked to return home before the ODI series began earlier in January. However, the Indian board later decided to lift the suspensions pending the appointment of an ombudsman.While Pandya flew out to New Zealand picked 2 for 45 in India’s series-clinching victory on Monday, KL Rahul stayed back to play for India A. He, however, managed only 13 in his first game after returning from suspension.KL Rahul was part of the Indian squad for the Test series in Australia. But he was dropped after the first two matches following scores of 2, 44, 2 and 0. He returned for the New Year’s Test in Sydnet but got out for 9 in the only innings India batted.Meanwhile, Rishabh Pant, sent back home to hone his finishing skills, gave a fine exhibition of his talent. Pant was the second highest scorer in the Test series in Austraia after Cheteshwar Pujara but he was not named in the ODI squad for the series against the Aussies and New Zealand.Ravi Shastri said the team wanted Pant to polish his finishing skills and insisted he was in reckoning for a World Cup berth.Against England Lions, Pant walked in to bat at No.5 and added crucial runs for Deepak Hooda for the fifth wicket. Pant took his time to get going and was happy for Hooda to play the aggressor as he built his innings smartly.advertisementPant has often been guilty of playing too many shots too early but he showed gradual improvement during the Test series Down Under.Both Pant and Hooda finished not out as the highest scorers in the Indian innings, having scored 73 and 47, respectively.Earlier, Shardul Thakur took a four-wicket haul while Rahul Chahar took two wickets to restrict England Lions to 221 for 8.India A had already sealed the five-match series with a 60-run win on Sunday.Also Read | Hardik, Rahul were gracious when I apologised: Karan Johar tells India Today at DavosAlso Read | KL Rahul scores 13 on return but India A win series with 60-run win over England LionsAlso Read | Glad Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul’s suspensions were lifted: Rahul DravidFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow KL RahulFollow Rishabh PantFollow Deepak HoodaFollow Shardul ThakurFollow India AFollow England Lions Rishabh Pant hits 73 not out, KL Rahul finds form as India A beat England LionsKL Rahul scored 42, Rishabh Pant made 73 not out while Shardul Thakur took four wickets as India A defeated England Lions by 6 wickets in the 4th unofficial ODI in Thiruvananthapuram.advertisementlast_img read more

No 7 Michigan rolls past No 11 North Carolina 8467

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Charles Matthews had 21 points and seven rebounds, and Zavier Simpson spearheaded another impressive defensive effort by No. 7 Michigan, which rolled to an 84-67 victory over No. 11 North Carolina on Wednesday night.Jordan Poole scored 15 of his 18 points in the second half for the Wolverines (7-0), who led 39-35 at halftime and then shut down the Tar Heels’ fast-paced offence for a while. North Carolina (6-2) came in averaging 96.6 points per game, but Michigan was allowing half that at 48.3. The Tar Heels ended up between those two extremes, but a good deal closer to the lower number.Michigan outscored North Carolina 34-16 in the first 12:13 of the second half. At times, just getting a shot to the rim felt like an accomplishment for the Tar Heels. An alley-oop dunk by Jon Teske put the Wolverines up 49-39, causing North Carolina to take a timeout. Matthews provided an even more emphatic highlight later on, slamming home an offensive rebound while drawing a foul.Matthews completed that three-point play to make it 56-42, and then Teske and Matthews blocked shots at the other end. A 3-pointer by Poole made it 63-43.Michigan led 73-51 before North Carolina went on an 11-0 run. Matthews halted that with a 3-pointer.North Carolina was sharp offensively early, taking a 21-11 lead, but the Wolverines responded with a 19-4 run that included 10 points by Iggy Brazdeikis. Michigan closed the half on a bright note as well. Matthews sank a 3-pointer, then the 7-foot-1 Teske dove on the floor to secure a loose ball, helping set up a 3 by Poole in the final seconds.BIG PICTURENorth Carolina: The Tar Heels were on the road — and they’re certainly not alone in losing big to Michigan this season. Villanova fell by 27 to the Wolverines at home. But this was an ugly night for North Carolina, which started well on the offensive end and still ended up shooting 39 per cent for the game.Michigan: The Wolverines probably wish the NCAA Tournament started now. Matthews had a terrific all-around game at both ends of the court, and Michigan showed yet again that it can shut down even a talented offensive team for extended stretches.POLL IMPLICATIONSMichigan has the win over Villanova and this rout. If the Wolverines make it through the rest of the week without a loss, they could move up a few spots, depending on what teams above them do. North Carolina figures to drop after a second loss in seven days.UP NEXTNorth Carolina: The Tar Heels host UNC Wilmington on Wednesday night.Michigan: The Wolverines open their Big Ten schedule at home against Purdue on Saturday.___More AP college basketball: https://apnews.com/Collegebasketball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25Noah Trister, The Associated Press read more