Shahbaz Nadeem picked up a 4-for    IANS
Shahbaz Nadeem picked up a 4-for IANS

On the end of the opening day, India A are in the driver s seat against New Zealand A, trailing by 72 runs. At the Dr. Gokaraju Liala Gangaaraju ACA Cricket Ground, Mulapadu, Vijayawada on Saturday, New Zealand A opted to bat. The hosts bundled them for a mere 147 runs, and are 71 for the loss of 2 wickets in reply. Ravikumar Samarth is unbeaten on 38 ba alongside Karun Nair (7*). The duo will like to bat for long and ensure a mammoth lead on Sunday.

Earlier in the day, George Worker and Jeet Raval put up a decent 72-run opening stand before Shahbaz Nadeem drew first blood. From thereon, New Zealand found it hard to build partnerships. India A bowlers ran through their batting line-up; picking up successive wickets. Their attacking spells soon reduced New Zealand to 81 for 6 and barring wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Seifer, no one posed a threat in front of Indian spinners. Seifert fought alone, desperate to find a partner at the other side. Nadeem, along with Karn Sharma, dominated and bundled out visitors for a paltry 147 after tea.

Both Karn and Nadeem picked up 4 wickets each while Mohammed Siraj contributed with a 2-for.

For India, though opener Priyank Panchal could not add more than 14 runs, his partner Samarth stayed unbeaten till stumps. Ish Sodhi was the only successful bowler, dismissing Panchal and Sudip Chatterjee (1).

Brief scores:

New Zealand A 147 (George Worker 33, Jeet Raval 34, Tim Seifert 35*; Mohammed Siraj 2 for 30, Karn Sharma 4 for 58, Shahaz Nadeem 4 for 39) lead India A 71 for 2 (Ravikumar Samarth 38*, Karun Nair 7*; Ish Sodhi 2 for 11) by 76 runs.