NPS v India A, Quadrangular A Team one day series August 21, 2016

India A thump NPS for bonus-point win

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India A 7 for 304 (Nair 72, Samson 54, O'Donnell 2-46) beat National Performance Squad 218 (Cartwright 65, Heazlett 60, Kulkarni 3-38, Unadkat 3-43) by 86 runs

File photo - Karun Nair stitched together important partnerships with the rest of India A's middle order © AFP

India A surged to the top of the points table in the Quadrangular A team one day series with a bonus-point, 86-run win over the National Performance Squad (NPS) in Townsville on Sunday. Karun Nair and Sanju Samson scored 72 and 54 respectively to help India A post a formidable 7 for 304, the highest team total of the tournament so far, after which India A's bowlers bundled NPS out for 218 in 46 overs. The pace pair of Jaydev Unadkat and Dhawal Kulkarni took three wickets each.

India A had raced off to 27 in the first three overs, after being put in to bat by NPS. They lost opener Faiz Fazal to left-arm seamer Tom O'Donnell in the fourth over. Nair, who opened the innings, anchored India with an 85-ball 72, which included seven fours, while at No. 6, Samson took charge towards the slog overs, striking 54 off 42 balls with three fours and as many sixes. Bookended between the two fifties, were contributions from Shreyas Iyer (45), Manish Pandey (31) and Kedar Jadhav (45) that ensured India kept up a healthy scoring rate in the middle overs.

After the early loss of Caleb Jewell, the NPS chase stabilised through a 108-run partnership for the second wicket between the in-form Hilton Cartwright and Sam Heazlett. Cartwright's 65 was his second successive fifty, while Heazlett maintained his place at the top of the tournament's run charts with 60. Both batsmen were dismissed in the space of four overs and the NPS chase fell apart after that, as the team lost their last seven wickets for 62 runs.

This was the first defeat of the series for NPS, and the action now moves from Townsville to Mackay.

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  • Karthikeyan on August 23, 2016, 8:58 GMT

    Mid-way through this tournament, one would have to say "well done " to the Ind A team to have come back strongly in alien conditions. However, it still has to be wary of the current Aus A team, which, even though; it is not as strong as the Aus A XI team of yore, of the early-to-mid 90s (with stars such as Mike Veletta, Mark Lavender, Greg Blewett, Stuart Law, Martin Love / Lee Carseldine (late 90s), Tom Moody*, Paul Reiffel, Mike Whitney, PA Emery (wk), Joe Angel, & Stuart MacGill)- is still a force to reckon with. The Aus A team, in its heyday, gave full-time Cricket-playing nations- a run for their money, in the mid-90s. When Aus A was playing, it was usually a quadrangular with Aus also fielding its first XI. Of the 31 times such series has been played in Aus in the last 37 years, Aus reached the finals 90 % of the time; won it 75 % of the time, & blanked the opposition 2-0 in triple headers, a mind-blowing 70 % of the time. Only Aus A has been able to put a dent into that record.

  • pvm3003222102 on August 23, 2016, 7:41 GMT

    Hopefully Samson makes strides enough to be called to the national squad. I personally have high hopes of him and see him as the future WK for India across all formats.

  • Naresh on August 22, 2016, 20:06 GMT

    Like Sran amongst the fast bowlers and Nathu has not been put throw his paces. Believe he is fast.

  • Nishant on August 22, 2016, 15:33 GMT

    Good win but I still have some questions: 1. Why Iyer did not get chance in first two games given his 2 super sessions of Ranji and he is the most aggressive batsman in this team given his strike rate in FC 2. Why Unadkat again and again, why not Sran when we have him in the team and performed very good in his limited chance. 3. Why Fazal is in this team when he has no future in the Indian team, Try some one else like Mandeep(debating one). Well definitely Dravid knows better then all of us but i could not find any explanations for these.

  • binu on August 22, 2016, 12:20 GMT

    Where is Sandeep Sharma and Kuldeep Yadav? Why they are ignored?

  • Nandan on August 22, 2016, 11:26 GMT

    Agree with SamRoy Nathu, Rajpoot or Saini over Unadkat, and please pray Sarfaraz he and Sanju(needs to work on his temperament) are the next big things in Indian Cricket.

  • Naresh on August 22, 2016, 7:18 GMT

    India has another core of players forming in Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Samson Yadav, Nair(captaincy material), Akshar Patel, Rayudu, Khan. The second string can compliment our senior team. In this regard we are in better state than other countries. Our U19 team has also assured us of a constant supply of talent. India should now cocentrate on a U23 team to bridge the gap and thus allow many talented players the opportunity to work up to the big league. Emerging players only a few tournaments a year.

  • Manesh on August 22, 2016, 7:00 GMT

    Nice to see future stars of India doing well as a team. Ind has such a good talent pool so that we can make 3-4 quality teams simultaneously.

  • barun on August 21, 2016, 19:16 GMT

    I agree with Samroy regarding unadkat,he seems to be missing that extra something which is required for international cricket.I think the likes of rajpoot,saini,nathu and aniket should be given more chances in the future.The continued non selection of kuldeep yadav is baffling as a chinaman is rare and he's no chris martin with the bat as well.Shreyas iyer is one fantastic prospect,will be probably another in the long line of indian batting greats.

  • ARVIND on August 21, 2016, 18:37 GMT

    India A team should ideally have only those players who are likely to represent India in the near future and those who are in and out of the national side. This team has some players like Unadkat, Fazal, etc. who are unlikely to represent India except for Zimbabwe tours. Won't be a bad idea to even include someone like Raina in this team who still can't play short pitch bowling but is more likely to be picked for India than the above mentioned players. Even Naman Ojha would not have been a bad pick as he is atleast likely to represent india inn longer format.

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