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Cricbuzz news India A collapse as Woakes gets into rhythm and enjoy livescore, commentary, points table, upcoming schedule, team ranking, match ranking and Series info. 18 Thursday October 2018 013152000000

Chris Woakes believes he will be fully fit and ready to go for the first Test against India at the start of August, after six overs and two wickets on a day when England Lions heaped misery on India A. The star of the show was Sam Curran, though, whose figures of five for 43 were secured in a collapse of six for eight that ended the visitors' first innings in a flash. A Lions declaration and three quick wickets later, India will return on the final day, a monumental 410 runs from victory and seven wickets from defeat.*^^18 Thursday October 2018 023152000000

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Cricinfo news India A collapse as Woakes gets into rhythm and enjoy livescore, commentary, points table, upcoming schedule, team ranking, match ranking and Series info.18 Thursday October 2018 013152000000

Both Woakes and Curran featured in the last Test match, where England beat Pakistan at Headingley to square a two-match series, though it is Woakes who will keep his place. Curran, a late call-up to replace allrounder Ben Stokes who failed a fitness test on that first morning back in June, found an extra gear as cloud cover engulfed New Road in the hour before lunch to skittle India A out for 197. With Stokes out of the second Test as he is due at Bristol Crown Court to face charges of affray, Curran may not be out of the picture for long. A further wicket from the 20-year-old, along with two from Jamie Porter, sent India A to stumps on 11 for three in their second innings, after the Lions came and went with 194 for five, declared, in their second effort.*^^18 Thursday October 2018 023152000000

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Vcricket news India A collapse as Woakes gets into rhythm and enjoy livescore, commentary, points table, upcoming schedule, team ranking, match ranking and Series info. 18 Thursday October 2018 013152000000

Woakes played a hand in both: breaking the key partnership between Rishabh Pant and Ajinkya Rahane, bowling Jayanth Yadav and then pitching in with a breezy 28 with the bat. The 29-year-old is stepping up his recovery from a right quad tear linked to a flare-up of a chronic right knee problem, which started in earnest last week when he played for Warwickshire 2nd XI. This match leads into a four-day Championship match for the county's 1st XI against Middlesex at Lord's in the last round of first-class fixtures before the Test series.*^^18 Thursday October 2018 023152000000

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*^^ "I'll get through a couple of spells tomorrow, and if there's no effect there then I'll look to play in that game for Warwickshire with no limitations or anything. It felt good, I'm really pleased with how I've come through the first three days. It's nice to come back after a bit of a lay-off, and play in a competitive game like this against good players. The rhythm was there, there's no ill effects, and it's just a matter of getting more overs under my belt now. As the game's gone on I certainly feel like I'm getting close to full tilt."*^^18 Thursday October 2018 023152000000

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*^^ As for India, Pant marked his maiden Test call-up with a score of 58 from 111 balls. There was a big score waiting for Pant: the brunt of the heavylifting had been done on Day Two and there was plenty more time to knuckle down. His fifth four, off his 78th delivery, took him to a seventh first-class fifty. He did get a life on 41 when a return shot to bowler Jamie Porter was put down.*^^18 Thursday October 2018 023152000000

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*^^ The next misjudgement would be his downfall, leaving a delivery from Woakes, despite the right armer coming in from around the wicket, which accounted for his off-stump and began the cascade of late wickets. Woakes' second followed soon after, but Curran was the man with the devastating touch.*^^18 Thursday October 2018 023152000000

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*^^ There was a hint of fortune to the first: a swinging delivery tickled down the leg side by Ajinkya Rahane, on 49, giving Ollie Pope his second catch of the innings. The very next ball, Shahbaz Nadeem was trapped in front first ball to leave Curran on a hat-trick. It was not forthcoming, but two further LBWs to make it four wickets in 17 balls to bring India A's first innings to a close.*^^18 Thursday October 2018 023152000000

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*^^ Despite boasting a lead of 226, the follow-on was not entertained - these matches, generally, are used for the benefit of the individuals rather than the team, especially so close to a Test series. But opening hopefuls Nick Gubbins and Rory Burns were unable to use their second goes to put up a score. While Gubbins had notched 73 in the first innings before edging behind a snorting delivery in the second innings for nine, Burns bettered his first score of five before also falling, caught behind, for what until then was an accomplished 38.*^^18 Thursday October 2018 023152000000

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*^^ Both were undone by the impressive Mohammed Siraj, who could have bowled himself into contention for an appearance in the Test series. Though not in the squad announced by the BCCI for the first three Tests, question marks over the fitness on Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar will mean India need to call on those who have been active throughout this A tour of England. After picking up four wickets in the first innings, Siraj looks to be at the front of that list.*^^18 Thursday October 2018 023152000000

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*^^ It was the first wicket he picked up - that of Alastair Cook - that would give him the most satisfaction. The former England captain, fresh from 180 in the first innings, was bowled through the gate to a ball that moved more than expected, clipping the off stump to leave the Lions 11 for one. But Burns' determination, combined with a second half-century of the match for Dawid Malan and a maiden one for Pope reinforced the lead to 421 before a declaration was made.*^^18 Thursday October 2018 023152000000

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*^^ A further blow to India and the A side came within five balls of the restart when Jamie Porter bowled Murali Vijay. It means that the opening batsman, who was looking to use this game to blow off the cobwebs, faced just 39 balls for eight runs. While he did score a Test hundred against Afghanistan in his previous competitive match, back in June, he now approaches the warm-up match against Essex next week needing more than his fair share of crease time.*^^18 Thursday October 2018 023152000000

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*^^ Brief scores: India A 197 (Prithvi Shaw 62; Sam Curran 5-43) & 11/3 (James Porter 2-4) need another 410 runs vs England A 423 & 194/5d (Dawid Malan 56; Mohammed Siraj 3-55)*^^18 Thursday October 2018 023152000000

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