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India A Ride on Manish Pandey's Ton to Clinch Series Against New Zealand A

Cricketnext Staff | Updated: December 9, 2018, 3:32 PM IST
India A Ride on Manish Pandey's Ton to Clinch Series Against New Zealand A

India's Manish Pandey. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)

Manish Pandey's unbeaten century and half-centuries from Shreyas Iyer and Vijay Shankar helped India A beat New Zealand A in the second one-day game in Tauranga on Sunday (December 9), thus taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

Put in to bat, New Zealand A made 299 for 9 in 50 overs, courtesy a century from Will Young (102) and a 99 from opener George Worker. India chased the target with an over and five wickets to spare, with Pandey unbeaten on 111.

India's openers - Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill - scored 25 each before falling, leaving India 58 for 2 in the 12th over. Iyer and Pandey then steadied the ship with a 90-run stand for the third wicket. Iyer slammed six fours and a six before falling for 59 off 63 balls.

Vijay then took over, giving solid company to Pandey. The two added 123 for the fourth wicket to put India on course for a win. The chase got a jolt when off-spinner Cole McConchie dismissed Vijay (59 off 56) and Ishan Kishan for a duck, off successive deliveries in the 46th over.

India needed only 29 runs at that stage though, which Pandey handled in the company of Axar Patel.

Earlier, New Zealand's innings was set up by a 190-run stand for the second wicket between Worker and Young. However, they could not make use of the platform and failed to reach 300. Daryl Mitchell, the No. 6, played a cameo with 45 off 28. Siddarth Kaul and Navdeep Saini got two wickets for India, although both were expensive.

Brief Scores:

New Zealand A 299/9 in 50 overs (Will Young 102, George Worker 99, Daryl Mitchell 45) lost to India A 300 for 5 in 49 overs (Manish Pandey 111, Vijay Shankar 59, Shreyas Iyer 59) by five wickets

First Published: December 9, 2018, 3:32 PM IST

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