Welcome to Sportstar’s coverage of the third ODI between India A and New Zealand A from the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.
NZ A innings
|New Zealand A 178 all out in 38.3 overs Target: 285||Last Wicket: Matthew Fisher 0(2) b Rajangad Bawa|
|Joe Walker (1*)|
|Rishi Dhawan 6-0-27-1||Raj Bawa 5-0-11-2|
Raja Bawa clears the tail with two quick wickets and India A records a 106-run win for a 3-0 series whitewash.
Kuldeep to Van Beek, OUT! That’s plumb in front. Kuldeep simply lands the ball on length and gets the ball to skid through to the pads.
Raj Bawa to Rippon, OUT! A sensational piece of fielding from Abhimanyu Easwaran! He steams in from short cover to take a catch with a full-length dive off Raj Bawa’s bowling. NZ is seven down now.
Rishi Dhawan goes short and Cleaver pumps the ball over fine leg for SIX. Dhawan to Cleaver, OUT! Straight up in the air and an easy catch for KS Bharat at cover. Cleaver falls after a stoic knock and India A inches closer towards the finish line.
Rahul Tripathi to Tom Bruce, OUT! Sixth List A wicket for Tripathi with his medium pace as skipper Tom Bruce falls cheaply.
Kuldeep to O Donnell, OUT! Kuldeep wafts one in and beats Robert O Donnell’s sweep to crash into the pads. Loud appeal and the umpire raises his finger,
FIFTY for opener Dane Cleaver. He reaches the mark with a SIX and continues to launch boundaries at regular intervals.
Raj Bawa to Chapman, OUT! Edged and taken by Sanju Samson. Chapman perishes after getting a start and Robert O Donnell walks in at 5.
Rahul Chahar to Rachin Ravindra, OUT! Cleans him up by hitting the top of off. Ravindra falls cheaply as Mark Chapman enters at 4.
Rahul Chahar is into the attack. Chahar to Bowes, OUT! Bowes sweeps one straight to the square-leg fielder. Abhimanyu Easwaran takes the catch as India finds its first breakthrough.
Cleaver, who has been promoted to open alongside, Bowes, has got the chase up to a good start with three boundaries inside the first six overs.
Kuldeep Sen from the opposite. Sen hits the deck hard and gets one to spring up from the deck to Bowes who flails for a moment as he leaps up. Sen overpitches and Bowes punches it through cover for FOUR.
Back for the chase: Shardul Thakur takes the new ball as NZ A openers Chad Bowes and Dane Cleaver walk out to the centre. Shardul skims through a neat over as Bowes and Cleaver start things off with a couple of singles.
INDIA A innings
|India A 284 all out in 49.3 overs||Last Wicket: Shardul 51 (33) Run Out Logan van Beek|
|Kuldeep Yadav (1*)||Rahul Chahar (0*)|
|Jacob Duffy 10-1-45-2||Michael Rippon 7.3-0-43-2|
Rippon to Chahar, OUT! Rocks back to pull the short ball over the fence but Chahar finds the deep mid-wicket fielder. Kuldeep Sen, OUT! A sensational partnership catch at the long-on boundary wraps the Indian innings.
FIFTY off 32 balls for Shardul Thakur! What a knock this has been. He has belted anything on length and back of a length. Duffy to Kuldeep, OUT! Shardul is run out at the non-striker’s. He perishes soon after reaching his half-century.
Short from Van Beek and Shardul pummels it over square-leg for another SIX. Length and Shardul wallops the ball over deep mid-wicket for another SIX! Van Beek hits the slot and Shardul carves the ball over mid-off for FOUR.
250 up for India as Shardul slams a SIX over wide long-off.
Van Beek to Dhawan, OUT! Dhawan is found short of his crease as he attempts a second run. Needless from the batter as India loses its seventh wicket. Kuldeep Yadav is the new batter in.
Shardul Thakur and Rishi Dhawan have put on 28 runs for the seventh wicket so far. Five overs to go and IND would want to push towards something above 270.
Duffy to Raj Bawa, OUT! A quick bumper from Duffy and Raj Bawa pulls it down to the deep mid-wicket fielder. India loses it sixth wicket as Shardul Thakur walks in.
Duffy to Samson, OUT! Duffy traps him in front for 54. Samson tries to play across the line as the ball skids on to hit his pad. Huge wicket for New Zealand as Samson fails to convert his knock into a big one. Raj Angad Bawa in at 7.
FIFTY for captain Sanju Samson off just 61 deliveries. The skipper has steadied the ship with a mature knock comprising a four and two sixes. Can he make it a big one this afternoon?
Fisher to Bharat, OUT! Chipped straight to the cover fielder. Matt Fisher gets his second and India has lost two wickets in quick succession. Rishi Dhawan is in at 6. He gets off the mark with a FOUR past cover.
FIFTY for Tilak Varma. Ravindra to Tilak, OUT! Miscues the slog-sweep and Van Beek takes a fine catch at mid-wicekt. An excellent knock comes to an end as New Zealand break a 99-run stand. KS Bharat in at 5.
150 up for India A as Tilak slog-sweeps Rachin again over deep mid-wicket for SIX. Samson and Tilak have deftly switched gears and move towards their respective half-centuries.
India A dealing in sixes at the momentum. Tilak Varma launches the first ball of Rachin Ravindra over extra cover for SIX.
Rippon wafts one in and Samson steps out to smash a massive SIX over long-on and moves into the thirties.
Van Beek comes around the wicket and fends one short to Samson who smacks it over mid-wicket for SIX.
100 up for India A with Samson stepping out to hit Rippon to the long-on fence for FOUR - first boundary in five overs for IND.
Samson and Tilak have been watchful in their early stand together. Michael Rippon into the attack. The odd ball is stopping for the spinner on the track and Samson waits late on a length ball that nearly slid underneath his bat.
Walker to Tripathi, OUT! Tripathi attempts to sweep and is trapped plumb in front as Walker tosses the ball fuller up to the stumps. He is distraught as he walks back. Tilak Varma in at 4.
Matt Fisher to Abhimanyu Easwaran, OUT! Easwaran is caught behind while trying to play another upper-cut off Fisher. Falls after a breezy 39. Skipper Sanju Samson is in at 3.
Matt Fisher replaces Jacob Duffy. He starts with the short stuff to Easwaran. Easwaran cuts Fisher over point for FOUR. FOUR more as Fisher gives room for another cut over cover. Easwaran lofts the ball over extra cover this time and gets his third FOUR in the over.
Logan Van Beek has hit a terrific length first up, five dots on the trot. A touch fuller this time and Easwaran drives beautifully through cover for FOUR.
Short from Duffy and Tripathi swivels to pull him behind square leg for FOUR. Width on offer and Tripathi cuts the ball through backward point for two runs.
Maiden for Logan Van Beek as he maintains a tight line around the stumps against Tripathi.
Logan Van Beek from the opposite end
Duffy starts with a couple of wide deliveries. He rushes one onto Easwaran’s pads and hits him high on the knee roll. Easwaran finishes the over in style with a crisp drive through cover for FOUR.
And here we go. Abhimanyu Easwaran and Rahul Tripathi open for India. Jacob Duffy takes the new ball.
India A XI: Abhimanyu Easwaran, Rahul Tripathi, Sanju Samson (c/wk), KS Bharat, Tilak Varma, Rishi Dhawan, Raj Angad Bawa, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Rahul Chahar, Kuldeep Sen
New Zealand A XI: Rachin Ravindra, Chad Bowes, Mark Chapman, Dane Cleaver (wk), Tom Bruce (c), Robert O Donnell, Michael Rippon, Logan Van Beek, Joe Walker, Jacob Duffy, Matt Fisher
TOSS: India A won the toss, opt to bat
TOSS updates coming up
Live visuals have Kuldeep Sen, Umran Malik and Shardul Thakur bowling on the side-strip. Seems like India A is going all-out once again after the first match.
India A skipper Sanju Samson and head coach VVS Laxman are the first to enter the field. They have a good look at the pitch and have a quick chat before proceeding to the warm-ups.
2nd ODI Recap
India A beat New Zealand A with a tricky four-wicket triumph in the second unofficial One-Day at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Sunday.
Kuldeep Yadav's hat-trick and a chase, replete with thrills and spills, ensured Sanju Samson's men took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.
Chasing New Zealand's 219-run total - a marginal improvement from the first match - India A was off to a blazing start with Prithvi Shaw's quickfire half-century. A middle-order collapse meant that the lower-order all-rounders Shardul Thakur (25 n.o.) and Rishi Dhawan (22 n.o.) had to intercept and save the day.
Ravindra, Carter fifties help NZ cross 200
After crumbling to 27 for five inside the PowerPlay in the previous match, NZ skipper Robert O Donnell remained confident as he chose to bat on a fresh strip. Sanju Samson's side fielded three changes with Kuldeep Sen - the wrecker-in-chief in the first match - being replaced by all-rounder Raj Bawa. Rahul Chahar and Tilak Varma also received a place in the XI.
In Sen's absence, Umran Malik was promoted from first-change to open the attack alongside Shardul Thakur. Featuring in just his third List A match, Umran showed signs of improvement when he began his spell with a maiden. Kiwi opener Chad Bowes struck three boundaries inside the first six overs but eventually slashed one to Tilak at point off Umran for 15. Skipper Samson took to spin in the ninth over with leggie Rahul Chahar. Chahar struck almost instantly as he dismissed Dane Cleaver for 9.
The situation opened doors for another collapse before Joe Carter and Rachin Ravindra salvaged a response. While Carter dropped anchor, Rachin took on the bowlers with occasional boundaries across the square. The southpaw breezed to his fifty in 53 balls as New Zealand crossed the 100-run mark in 21 overs. However, India struck back in the space of three balls in the next over.
New Zealand undermined Dhawan's uncanny lines and paid the price. Dhawan cramped up Rachin on 61 when he attempted to cut and found Ruturaj Gaikwad at point. Skipper Robert O Donnell fell for a two-ball duck as he dragged one onto the stumps with Dhawan completing a double-wicket maiden.
Meanwhile, Carter trudged at the other end as he lost Tom Bruce (10) and Sean Solia (28) to Bawa and Kuldeep within the next 10 overs. Carter struck his first boundary - a six - to move into the 40s. With wickets tumbling at the other end, Carter loosened up to hit two more maximums against Kuldeep before Chahar eventually dismissed him for 72.
Kuldeep, Umran impress
Umran was effective in the brief spells during the middle phase as he registered figures of 8-1-34-1. He was conscious of keeping the ball away from the shorter lengths and proved to be difficult for the batters to deal with.
With Shardul proving ineffective in his second and third spells, Samson resorted to Kuldeep towards the death. The left-armer deceived Logan Van Beek with a slower delivery that took the leading edge to Shaw at cover. Joe Walker was caught behind by Samson as Kuldeep went full and straight to find the outside-edge next ball. The 27-year-old Kuldeep, who has been in and out of the national side in limited-overs, capped off a hat-trick as he skid the ball through length to trap Jacob Duffy and bundled New Zealand with the last ball of his spell (4/51).
With two packed stands of raucous spectators in sight, Shaw and Gaikwad put on a blitzkrieg that dazed the New Zealand bowlers after the lunch break. Shaw sped off the blocks with a swivel-pull for four in the first over from Duffy. Gaikwad got into the act in the second over when he flicked Van Beek through mid-on for four. The pair raced to a 50-run stand in 37 balls with Shaw acing a one-handed six over mid-wicket against Solia.
The Mumbai batter pummeled every bowler that came along and notched up his fifty off just 26 balls with another six. New Zealand received a breather when it dismissed Gaikwad for 31 but that did not deter Shaw, who upped the ante with Rajat Patidar. Shaw, who racked up two centuries in the Duleep Trophy over the last two weeks, looked set for a List A century before being caught flailing on 77 off 48 deliveries and triggered concerns in the Indian camp.
NZ's short-ball ploy; Tilak, Bawa misfire
After bearing a pounding in his first spell, Duffy returned with a clear tactic to strangle the top-order filled with right-handers. The right-armer came around the wicket with a short-ball ploy to Patidar who was threatening to take off after hitting three boundaries. Duffy sent Patidar packing with a surprise bouncer that flew off the top edge to the square-leg fielder.
Duffy then dismissed Tilak Varma for a golden duck in his next over as the batter tapped a fuller ball from Duffy down the leg-side to the keeper. Meanwhile, Samson who had walked in at 4, survived a streaky top-edge of another bouncer that skipped the keeper in the same over.
Samson weathered the storm briefly as his stroke-laden knock led India towards the 200-run mark. Van Beek, who took a leaf out of Duffy's methods, then sent in a barrage of short balls to Samson in the 26th over. While Samson pulled one to the square-leg fence for four, he was deceived by a slower bouncer that angled away. Samson's (37) mistimed pull was grabbed by an excellent full-length dive from Bowes at square-leg. India soon fell into a spot of bother when Van Beek bounced out Bawa for a duck in the same over.
However, Dhawan, who had a muted stand with Samson, carefully led India over the line as Shardul added the final touches with a six and a four in the 34th over.
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