Kings XI Punjab’s Mayank Agarwal blasted his way to a 106-ball 151, to set up a 281-run victory for India A against Leicestershire at Grace Road, Leicester on Tuesday. Agarwal and Prithvi Shaw were involved in a 221-run opening stand which put the wind in India A’s sails right at the start.
After winning the toss, captain Shreyas Iyer chose to bat first to make full use of the conditions. It was a decision that suited Agarwal just fine as he made merry on a run heavy belter of a track to tear the opposition bowling apart. His innings included 14 fours and 5 towering sixes. He was scoring at a strike rate of above 140 before he retired hurt after reaching a ton and a half in the 39th over.
Agarwal, who also recently broke the record for the most runs scored in a single Indian domestic season, is going from strength to strength and has now shown his class in the List A category. His innings helped India A reach the third highest total in all List A cricket.
Axar Patel, one of the Kings’ mainstays over the years, picked up 2 wickets for 18 runs when Leicestershire come in to bat, taking the wheels off their chase. Patel, Deepak Chahar (3/24) and Deepak Hooda (2/9) kept the pressure on throughout the second innings to ensure a huge win for the visitors. The hosts were eventually bundled up for 177 runs.