India allrounder Vijay Shankar’s unbeaten knock of 87 off 80 balls helped India A overhaul a target of 309 in 49 overs
India allrounder Vijay Shankar’s unbeaten knock of 87 off 80 balls helped India A overhaul a target of 309 in 49 overs

India allrounder Vijay Shankar’s unbeaten knock of 87 off 80 balls and Shreyas Iyer‘s run-a-ball 54 helped India A overhaul a target of 309 in 49 overs set by New Zealand A in the 1st unofficial ODI in the three match series at the Mount Maunganui on Friday.

After New Zealand A posted 308/6 riding on opener Hamish Rutherford’s 70 and allrounder Jimmy Neesham’s belligerent 48-ball 79 at No.6, India A started well with openers Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill adding 61 runs in 9.3 overs for the opening wicket.

The partnership was broken by Lockie Ferguson who cleaned up Agarwal for 24 off 29. Three overs later, Gill fell to Doug Bracewell for 37 off 34. One down Shreyas Iyer then took charge and along with skipper Manish Pandey put on 85 runs for the second wicket in quick time to keep India A on track.

But NZ A came back with the wickets of Pandey for 42 and Iyer for 54 in the same over bowled by Hamish Bennett. However, Shankar and Kishan conjured 116 runs for the fifth wicket in just 17.1 overs. Kishan fell to Ferguson in the 43rd after scoring 47 off 43 balls, followed by the wicket of Krunal Pandya (9) taken by Neesham.

But, Shankar saw his team home with one over remaining.

Earlier, after being put in to bat, NZ A openers George Worker (35) and Rutherford added 83 runs for the opening wicket before Worker was run out by Krishnappa Gowtham. In the company of Will Young (32), Rutherford got to his fifty, but was the second wicket to fall – taken by Gowtham – in the 24th over.

Three overs later, big-hitting skipper Corey Anderson was sent packing by Delhi’s Navdeep Saini for 6 while Siddharth Kaul knocked over Young’s timber soon after.

Wicketkeeper batsman and Tim Seifert and Neesham then drove NZ A, adding 82 runs for the fifth wicket in the 45th over, before Seifert (59) fell to Khaleel Ahmed, while Kaul accounted for Cole McConchie for 6 an over later.

Neesham then went berserk as NZ A raced from 266/6 in 47.1 overs to 308/6 in 50.

Brief Scores: India A 311/6 (Vijay Shankar 87*, Shreyas Iyer 54; Hamish Bennett 2/65) beat New Zealand A 308/6 (Jimmy Neesham 79*, Hamish Rutherford 70; Siddarth Kaul 2/74) by four wickets