New Zealand A crash to another heavy defeat

Basil Thampi

India A spinners Karan Sharma and Shahbaz Nadeem caused problems for the New Zealand A batsmen.

Resuming at 104 for one, the New Zealanders looked good when opener Jeet Raval and Nicholls put on 105 runs for the second wicket before the former was trapped lbw while trying to play a half-hearted pull off left-arm spinner Nadeem in the 12th over of the day.

In reply India A's Ankit Bawne batted New Zealand A out of the game with 162 not out, and helped his team to an imposing 447, while Ish Sodhi took three wickets for 120 runs.

National cricket selection committee chairman M.S.K Prasad, who watched the last two days of action, lauded the India-A performance and felt it was a reminder of the kind of bench strength available.

By contrast the Indian selectors have made a decision to pick two separate A teams for the 5 one-dayers against New Zealand A starting on Friday.

While B Aparajith was drafted in for the last two games, his twin B Indrajith, whose 280-ball 200 for Red against Blue was one of the highlights of the Duleep Trophy, didn't feature in the 50-over sides.

India A (for first three One-day games): Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Shreyas Iyer (Captain), Deepak Hooda, Shubman Gill, Shreevats Goswami (wicketkeeper), Shahbaz Nadeem, Karn Sharma, Vijay Shankar, Shardul Thakur, Siddarth Kaul, Mohammed Siraj, Basil Thampi.

The India A side will play five one-day games against New Zealand A in Vizag from October 6 to 15, after the completion of the ongoing four-day game in Vijaywada.

Mumbai cricketer Shreyas Iyer will lead Board President's XI.

Board President XI team: Prithvi Shaw, Shivam Chaudhary, Shreyas Iyer (Captain), Karun Nair, Gurkeerat Mann, Milind Kumar, Rishabh Pant (wk), Shahbaz Nadeem, Rahul Chahar, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jaydev Unadkat, Avesh Khan.



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