Unadkat stars in India A triumph

India A packed off the hosts for 176 before overhauling the target in 47.2 overs.

Lincoln (New Zealand): India A made heavy weather of a small chase before beating New Zealand A by three wickets in the first limited overs match here on Wednesday.

Electing to bowl first, India A packed off the hosts for 176 before overhauling the target in 47.2 overs. The match took two days to complete after it was postponed on Tuesday due to an unfit pitch at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval here.

The Indians kept it tight in the bowling department with Jaydev Unadkat being the wrecker-in-chief with a four-wicket haul.

The New Zealand suffered the first jolt in the sixth over when opener Hamish Rutherford was dismissed after facing 13 deliveries that could not fetch him a single run.

The hosts were five down for 51 runs before wicketkeeper-batsman Derek de Boorder (62) and skipper Andrew Ellis (45) combined for an 80-run stand. Boorder was the more aggressive of the two batsmen, slamming four boundaries and a six in his 85-ball knock.

Brief Scores

New Zealand A: 176 in 48.2 overs (Derek de Boorder 62, Andrew Ellis 45, Jaydev Unadkat 4/44). India A: 180/7 in 47.2 overs (Mandeep Singh 34, Unmukt Chand 32, Mitchell McClenaghan 3/42).

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