India ‘A’ whitewash Kiwis
Ashok Menaria and Kedar Jadhav cracked half centuries to enable India A inflict a 3-0 whitewash on New Zealand A with athrilling two-wicket victory in...
Visakhapatnam: Ashok Menaria and Kedar Jadhav cracked half centuries to enable India A inflict a 3-0 whitewash on New Zealand A with athrilling two-wicket victory in the third and final unofficial ODI match here on Thursday. India completed the task with four balls to spare with Mandeep Singh playing a 27-ball unbeaten 37-run cameo towards the end. He hit three boundaries and a six during the all-important knock.
Chasing a stiff 291-run target, the host’s suffered a top-order collapse before all-rounder Menaria scored a quick-fire 69 off 52 balls that included two fours and eight sixes. He was involved in a brilliant 128-run fifth wicket stand off just 107 balls with Jadhav (57), which denied the Black Caps a consolation win. A late counter-attack by Mandeep then made sure that the hosts won the match comfortably.
Having sealed the three-match ODI series already, India tested their bench strength today by giving a chance to spinner Jalaj Saxena and batsman Sanju Samson. Earlier, opener Anton Devcich top-scored for New Zealand A with a 85-ball 66, studded with eight boundaries, while Corey J Anderson (59) and skipper Tom Latham (53) also hit half centuries each to contribute to the team's total after India A asked them to bat. The Indians were sloppy on the field today as they dropped two catches, including that of Anderson's to allow the New Zealand post a huge total of 290 for nine.
Basant Mohanty (2/39), Menaria (2/45) and Jalaj Saxena (2/60) picked up two wickets each for India A. In reply, India lost four wickets for just 79 runs on the board in 19.2 overs, despite opener Robin Uthappa scoring a fine 50-ball 46 with the help of six fours and a six. From 79 for four in 19.2 overs, Menaria, in the able company of Jadhav, helped his team score 100 more runs in the next 12 overs. Firing on all cylinders, Menaria hit a four off Devcich to bring up his half-century in just 26 balls with the help of two fours and six sixes. Mark Gillespie was the pick of the bowlers for New Zealand 'A' with figures of three for 43.
Brief scores: New Zealand ‘A’: 290 for nine (Anton Devcich 66, Corey Anderson 59, Basant Mohanty 2/39) lost to
India ‘A’: 291 for eight in 49.2 overs (Ashok Menaria 69, Kedar Jadhav 57, Mark Gillespie 3/43).