ENGLAND Lions were defeated by 60 runs as India A sealed the ODI series victory in the third limited-overs game in Trivandrum.
The Lions’ bowlers were miserly and picked up regular wickets as India A were bowled out for 172 in 47 overs.
Somerset’s Lewis Gregory dismissed captain Ajinkya Rahane with the first ball of the match, as the batsman shouldered arms to an off-cutter and was given out LBW. Gregory’s Somerset team-mate Jamie Overton picked up three wickets including KL Rahul, who was playing his first match since his suspension.
Spinners Danny Briggs and Matt Carter combined for just 45 runs in their 20 overs, with Carter taking two wickets on an impressive Lions debut.
England endured a poor start with the bat, falling to 23/3 before Ben Duckett (39) and Ollie Pope (27) steadied the ship. The pair put on 47 for the fourth wicket but Pope’s dismissal started a run of four wickets for eight runs in the Lions’ middle-order.
Krunal Pandya took 4/21 to take the game away from the Lions, with two matches remaining in the series
The fourth ODI in the five-match series takes place at the same ground on Tuesday.