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Siddarth Kaul Takes Four as India A Complete Series Sweep Over New Zealand A

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Siddarth Kaul took four wickets as India A won the third and final unofficial ODI against New Zealand A at Mount Maunganui on Tuesday.

Siddarth Kaul took four wickets as India A won the third and final unofficial ODI against New Zealand A at Mount Maunganui on Tuesday.

Kaul ended the game with figures of 4/37 as India A cruised to a 75-run win and also completed a series clean sweep against the hosts.

Chasing 275 to win, the hosts could only reach 200 due to the fact that while many of their batsmen got decent starts, no one managed to bat through and make a big score.

Khaleel Ahmed got things rolling for India in the second innings when he removed George Worker in the first ball of the eighth over.

New Zealand’s other opener Hamish Rutherford was the next to depart in the fourteenth over when he edged one off Kaul’s bowling to Ishan Kishan.

Rachin Ravindra departed shortly thereafter courtesy of Axar Patel before Tim Seifert and Daryl Mitchell put together a 59-run stand to give the home team some reprieve.

However when Vijay Shankar cleaned up Mitchell, it triggered a collapse that saw them lose the last 6 wickets for 70 runs.

Kaul removed Seifert before Krunal Pandya got rid of James Neesham. Kaul would then dismiss Doug Bracewell and Lockie Ferguson before Gowtham claimed his second wicket of the match when he bowled Seth Rance to win the game.

Batting first, India A had scored 275 thanks largely to opener Anmolpreet Singh’s knock of 71. Much like the hosts, India’s batsmen also got starts but failed to convert them into big scores.

Besides Ishan Kishan (39), both Vijay Shankar (42) and Ankit Bawne (48) came close to scoring half-centuries but ended up falling short.

Skipper Manish Pandey, who had scored a century in the last game, could only manage a return of 5 runs this time around before being caught and bowled by Ferguson.

Krunal Pandya’s struggles with the bat also continued as the all-rounder, who recently made his T20I debut for India during the series against Australia, departed for a first-ball duck.

Kaul ended the series with seven wickets which was the most among the bowlers in the series. Among the batsmen, Shankar (188 runs) scored the most runs.