After winning the one-day series by a comprehensive 4-1 margin, the India 'A' side would want to carry the winning momentum into their two match Test series against the England Lions as well. The first of the two Unofficial Tests will be played at the Krishnagiri Stadium at Wayanad in Kerala from Thursday.
The hosts have some well known international and domestic names in their squad. KL Rahul has been included after a good outing in the final one day match. The presence of domestic batting talents like Ankit Bawne, Abhimanyu Easwaran and Siddhesh Lad also tell about the might of their batting lineup.
The visitors, on the other hand, would be looking forward to an improved showing after they were totally ran over in the one dayers. However, they raised the English fans' hopes with an assuring victory in the final One day even though it was a dead rubber clash. And they would want to carry that momentum into this match as well.
Weather and Pitch conditions: Rain and thunderstorms are in prediction for scattered parts in the first two days of the match. That might make the pitch a bit difficult to bat for the openers. Fast bowlers will also get a lot of help due to overcast conditions.
Predicted Starting XIs:
India A: Ankit Bawne (Captain), KL Rahul, AR Easwaran, Priyank Panchal, Ricky Bhui, Siddhesh Lad, K.S. Bharat (WK), Jalaj Saxena, Navdeep Saini, Avesh Khan, Varun Aaron
England Lions: Sam Hain, Ben Duckett, Ollie Pope, Sam