India 'A' came up with a strong reply to England Lions' first innings score of 340, courtesy Rahul and Priyank Panchal, who was unbeaten on 89.
The stylish Rahul, who played a few matches in the preceding ODI series against the Lions but couldn't get going, started slowly, scoring 12 off 57 balls.
He played with assurance and in Panchal's company added 171 runs for the second wicket.
Rahul looked compact and left a lot of balls early in his innings. After settling down, he played some delightful shots all round the wicket, including a few beautiful drives.
Rahul was sent back from Australia following the conclusion of the Tests after he and Hardik Pandya were caught in a massive controversy over their loose remarks on women during a television show. The BCCI revoked their interim suspension pending an inquiry.
Following that, he was picked in the India A limited-overs squad for the ODIs against the Lions. Friday's knock would give him a lot of confidence in the wake of his recent on and off field struggles.
Earlier in the day, Saini picked up three of the five wickets to fall in the first session, triggering the Lions's collapse from 321 for six to 340 all out.
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