India-A struggled to 144 for four in 44 overs after veteran Alastair Cook’s marathon 180 powered England Lions to 423 all out on the second day of the only four-day unofficial Test here.
Young opener Prithvi Shaw top-scored with 62 (82b, 8×4) for India-A, but others such as Test specialist Murali Vijay, Mayank Agarwal and skipper Karun Nair failed to get going. Fast-medium bowler Matthew Fisher took two wickets for Lions.
Starting the day on 310 for two, the overnight pair of centurion Alastair Cook (154) and Dawid Malan (59) added 35 runs before Cook fell, which ended a 181-run partnership for the third wicket.
The scores: England Lions 423 in 128.5 overs (A. Cook 180, N. Gubbins 73, D. Malan 74, Siraj four for 79, Nadeem three for 46) vs. India-A 144 for four in 44 overs (P. Shaw 62, A. Rahane 26 batting, R. Pant 37 batting).
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