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