Karn, Nadeem take eight each as India A thrashes New Zealand A

New Zealand's inability to play spin was apparent in its second innings, wherein it got out for 142 after being bundled out for 147 in the first. India scored 320 runs in its only innings.

Karn Sharma picked up four wickets and gave away 62 runs in the second innings.   -  KAMESH SRINIVASAN

Leg-spinner Karn Sharma and left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem took eight wickets apiece as India A cantered to an innings and 31-run victory against New Zealand A in the first unofficial ‘Test’ here on Monday.

New Zealand's inability to play spin was apparent in its second innings, wherein it got out for 142 after being bundled out for 147 in the first. India scored 320 runs in its only innings.

In the second innings, Karn took four for 62 while Nadeem scalped four for 51. Pacer Shardul Thakur took the other two wickets.

The Railways leg-spinner had a match haul of eight for 120 while Nadeem had slightly better figures of eight for 79.

The Kiwis started their day at 64 for two and could resist only for just over 31 overs as they folded out in only 63.1 overs.

Openers George Worker (35) and Jeet Raval (21) were the only two batsmen, who had individual scores of 20 plus in the second innings.

In fact, such has been plight of New Zealand batsmen in the two days and one session of cricket, none of them got a halfcentury in the two innings.

The next match will be played at the same venue from September 30 to October 3.
 

                                                                            SCORECARD

New Zealand A 147 and 142 (George Worker 35, Karn Sharma 4/62, Shahbaz Nadeem 4/51). India A 320.

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