Ed Barnard made a promising debut for England Lions even though he ended up on the losing side in the Tri-Series match with India A at the Fischer County Ground, Leicester.

The Worcestershire all-rounder picked up two wickets and was one of only three Lions player to top 30 with the bat as they went down by 102 runs.

Barnard came into the attack as the fifth bowler and broke an opening stand of 165 by Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill by dismissing the latter for 72.

Agarwal went onto make 112 as India totalled 309-6 in their 50 overs.

Barnard was entrusted with bowling the final over and his final delivery accounted for Deepak Hooda (33) who was caught behind by Ben Foakes.

He finished with 2-51 from his 10 overs and was England’s most economical bowler.

Barnard then batted at number eight and came to the wicket with the Lions struggling at 116-6 in the 24th over.

But he and Liam Dawson featured in the best stand of the innings in adding 67 in 11 overs.

Barnard made 31 off 36 balls with three boundaries before he was eighth out at 185 – bowled by Khaleel Ahmed.

Only Dawson (38), Foakes (32) and Barnard made more than 30 as the Lions were bowled out for 207 in 41.3 overs.

Barnard and the Lions are next in action at Northampton on Thursday against West Indies A who last week took on a youthful Worcestershire side at Blackfinch New Road.