Karn, Vijay shine as India 'A' beats New Zealand 'A'

After Karn's five-wicket haul, a fighting fourth wicket stand of 64 between Shreyas Iyer and Vijay Shankar followed by a fifth-wicket stand worth 54 between the latter and Deepak Hooda decisively swung the third one dayer India A’s way.

India 'A's Karn Sharma in action against New Zealand 'A'. The spinner returned with figures of 5/21.   -  C.V. Subrahmanyam

A fighting fourth wicket stand of 64 between Shreyas Iyer (37, 2 x 4, 3 x 6) and Vijay Shankar (47 not out, 7 x 4, 1 x 6), followed up by the fifth worth 54 between the latter and Deepak Hooda (35 not out, 3 x 4, 2 x 6) decisively swung the third one dayer India A’s way against New Zealand A at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy international stadium on Wednesday. 

The Kiwis were restricted to 143 largely by Karn Sharma’s bag of five for 21. Operating uninterrupted from the D.V. Subba Rao end, the Vidarbha leggie’s guiles cleaned up the latter half of the visiting side including top scorer Henry Nicholls (35, 3 x 4).

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After the tourists opted to bat, the left-handed duo of George Worker and Colin Munro set off to a sedate start. Thereon, bowling changes paid dividends each time.

First change Hooda sensing Worker’s patience was running thin lured him out, Goswami doing the rest. Munro edged to his end, held by Sharma at backward of point off Basil Thampi’s slower one. 

Tuesday night’s centurion Glenn Phillips let down his defences early. this time. Shankar’s first delivery, a straight one crashed into the woodwork, pegging back the middle stump considerably. 

Tom Bruce perished sweeping against Sharma’s spin, the top edge picked up by short fine leg Nadeem. Nicholls’ loft off Sharma’s wrong un fell short with long on Mayank Agarwal.

Tim Seifert was caught and bowled by Shahbaz Nadeem. Sharma then ran through the lower order bowling his wrist spinning counterpart Todd Astle, snaring Ish Sodhi to sole slip Hooda and castling Colin de Grandhomme, the latter’s bat hurtling towards the square leg umpire when it slipped from his hands in an attempted heave.

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India A’s response was not exactly solid, Prithvi Shah pouched by stumper Seifert off Astle. Agarwal was also caught behind but off Lockie Ferguson, while Shreevats Goswami had his timbers rattled by Sodhi.

The onus again fell on Shreyas Iyer to revive the host’s sinking fortunes. Yet to open his account, the home side skipper popped a chance to short leg Phillips, who spilt the chance off Ferguson. Kept quiet for an entire over by Astle, Iyer in the next hoisted him into the sight screen. Another full toss from the leggie Iyer launched into the galleries behind cow corner.

BRIEF SCORES

New Zealand A 143 in 37.1 overs (Henry Nicholls 35; Karn Sharma five for 21) lost to India A 144 for four in 24.4 overs (Shreyas Iyer 37, Vijay Shankar 47 not out, Deepak Hooda 35 not out).