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India A beat New Zealand A, take unassailable lead in five-match series

Shahbaz Nadeem and Abhimanyu Easwaran were the stars for India A as they defeated New Zealand A by 64 runs to help the hosts take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the five-match series.

cricket Updated: Oct 13, 2017 21:05 IST
Press Trust of India
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Shahbaz Nadeem, who played for the Delhi Daredevils in the IPL in 2017, picked up four wickets to help India A beat New Zealand A to take an unassailable lead in the series. (BCCI)

Opener Abhimanyu Easwaran and left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem were the star performers for India A in their comfortable 64-run win over New Zealand A in the fourth unofficial ‘ODI’. The win helped them clinch the five-match series.

India A have now taken an unassailable 2-0 lead with back-to-back wins after the first game was abandoned due to inclement weather and the second match ended in a tie.

Opting to bat first, India A scored a healthy 289 for 6 in 50 overs and then bowled the Kiwis out for 225 in 45.1 overs.

Easwaran anchored the innings with a patient 83 off 104 balls that had seven boundaries. He added 86 runs for the second wicket partnership with Ankit Bawne (39). Deepak Hooda (59 off 64 balls) also did his bit but it was all-rounder Vijay Shankar (61 off 33 balls), who upped the ante in the end with four boundaries and five sixes.

For New Zealand, opener George Worker (108) fought valiantly but none of the other batsmen could cross 50-run mark. Nadeem with 4 for 33 was the pick of the India A bowlers while pacer Siddharth Kaul picked 3 for 25.

Brief Scores:

India A: 289/6 in 50 overs (Abhimanyu Easwaran 83, Vijay Shankar 61, Deepak Hooda 59) beat New Zealand A 225 in 45.1 overs (George Worker 108, Shahbaz Nadeem 4/33, Siddharth Kaul 3/25) by 64 runs.

First Published: Oct 13, 2017 21:03 IST