Rahane, Raina get valuable game time in India A win

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Ajinkya Rahane opened the innings and set the base for India A’s chase with 91 © AFP

Ajinkya Rahane and Suresh Raina came into the second practice match needing a decent hit in the middle ahead of the limited-overs series against England. By the end of the match, they had the satisfaction of playing substantial knocks that helped India A saunter to a six-wicket victory over England XI with 10.2 overs to spare. While captain Rahane’s 83-ball 91 set the base for India A’s chase, Raina dashed to 45 off 34 before being dismissed with the game nearly in the bag.

Meanwhile, Rishabh Pant, who has earned his maiden national call-up for the T20Is against England, has had no shortage of hitting time: he followed up his unbeaten 32-ball 84 in a club game two days ago with a nerveless 59 off 36 balls to rattle England XI, who underachieved with the bat.

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