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India A Win Series 3-0 After Clinching Low-scoring Clash Against Kiwis

PTI |October 15, 2017, 8:40 PM IST
India A Win Series 3-0 After Clinching Low-scoring Clash Against Kiwis

Visakhapatnam: Bowlers Karn Sharma and Shardul Thakur used the long handle to good effect as India A beat New Zealand by three wickets in the final unofficial 'One Dayer' to clinch the five-match series 3-0 here on Sunday.

Chasing a paltry target of 174, India A were 90 for six at one stage before Shardul (40 off 32 balls) and then Karn (38 no, 49 balls) guided the team to victory in just over 32 overs.

Shardul, in fact, celebrated his India call-up by getting one for 19 in 4 overs during the New Zealand innings that folded for 173 in 44.2 overs.

India A captain Rishabh Pant used as many as seven bowlers, with Basil Thampi returning figures of three for 19 in six overs. What should have been an easy chase turned out to be a difficult one as Abhimanyu Easwaran (49 off 51 balls) looked the only batsman comfortable at the top of the order.

His innings had six boundaries and a six but the season's first triple centurion, Prashant Chopra (0), had another horrible outing after scoring only 13 in his first match in India A colours.

Skipper Pant, who is in the midst of a bad patch, did not help his cause either after being cleaned up by pacer Scott Kuggeleijn for 1. He had scored 2 in his previous match. At 90 for six, it was Karn and Shardul, who steadied the ship with a 43-run stand in 10 plus overs before the Mumbai speedster was dismissed.

At 133 for seven, India A needed another 41 runs with only three wickets remaining. Karn anchored the innings in the company of Shahbaz Nadeem (7 no) to take the hosts past the finishing line.

Brief Scores:

New Zealand A 173 in 44.2 overs (George Worker 39, henry Nicholls 42, Basil Thampi 3/19, Mohammed Siraj 2/27, Shahbaz Nadeem 2/34)

India A 174/7 (Abhimanyu Easwaran 49, Shardul Thakur 40, Karn Sharma 38 no). India A win series 3-0.

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Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3631 113
2 New Zealand 2547 111
3 South Africa 2917 108
4 England 3778 105
5 Australia 2640 98
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Rank Team Points Rating
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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Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 7365 283
2 England 4253 266
3 South Africa 4196 262
4 India 8099 261
5 Australia 5471 261
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