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India 'A' lose 3rd ODI, series ends in tie

New Zealand 'A' won the third and final unofficial ODI by 65 runs and square the series 1-1 here on Sunday.

Press Trust Of India |September 23, 2012, 5:24 PM IST
India 'A' lose 3rd ODI, series ends in tie

Lincoln: A listless display by India 'A' allowed New Zealand 'A' to win the third and final unofficial ODI by 65 runs and square the three-match series 1-1 here on Sunday.

The Indian boys won the first match and the second ended in a tie.

For the second successive game, the India 'A' middle order faltered and they were bowled out for 163 in 42.1 overs, after the hosts rode on Daniel Flynn, Neil Broom and Derek de Boorder's half centuries to post 228 for eight in 50 overs at the at Bert Sutcliffe Oval.

Medium pacer R Vinay Kumar emerged as the best Indian bowler, returning figures of three for 36, while Shami Ahmed bagged two for 39.

There was a wicket each for Jaydev Unadkat and Ashok Menaria.

The Indian chase was steady to start to start with as Unmukt Chand and skipper Abhinav Mukund added 46 runs for the first wicket in 12.1 overs.

But barring Chand, who compiled 46 off 76 balls and, to an extent Menaria (30 off 24), Indian batsmen lacked the willingness to fight it out against the in-form New Zealand bowlers.

Even Chand and Menaria failed to make use of the starts they got.

Chand showed intent, hitting seven fours and a six, but his dismissal to Trent Boult triggered a mini collapse as the visitors lost three wickets for ten runs.

Left-arm seamer Neil Wagner was the wrecker in chief as he picked up four wickets for 36 runs. Legspinner Tarun Nethula chipped in with three for 46, while there were two for Boult.

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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 5046 120
2 New Zealand 2829 109
3 England 4366 104
4 South Africa 3177 102
5 Australia 3672 102
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1 England 6745 125
2 India 7071 122
3 New Zealand 4837 112
4 Australia 5543 111
5 South Africa 5193 110
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2 Australia 6986 269
3 England 5568 265
4 South Africa 4720 262
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