NPS v India A, Quadrangular A-team one-day series July 24, 2014

Mohit, Vohra shine in India A win

ESPNcricinfo staff

India A 4 for 218 (Vohra 88, Rayudu 70*) beat National Performance Squad 9 for 217 (Head 56, Mohit 4-48) by six wickets

India A climbed to the top of the Quadrangular A-team one-day series table with a comfortable six-wicket win over National Performance Squad (NPS). The bonus-point win meant India A had 10 points from three games.

The win over NPS was set up by the India A bowlers, particularly Mohit Sharma, who took 4 for 48. Two of Mohit's strikes - Matthew Short and Travis Head - broke substantial stands for the first and sixth wickets. He then broke into the NPS tail with the wickets of Ashton Turner and Alex Gregory. In between, Karn Sharma and Rishi Dhawan, the replacements for Parvez Rasool and Jaydev Unadkat, chipped away at the NPS line-up. Left-arm spinner Akshar Patel also picked up two wickets, dismissing Sean Willis and Kelvin Smith.

India A's third change to their playing XI, Manan Vohra, made an impact on his first game. Replacing Unmukt Chand at the top, Vohra combined with Ambati Rayudu to consolidate India A's chase after Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey and Manoj Tiwary were out cheaply. Vohra and Rayudu added 108 runs for the fourth wicket and the side was on the brink of a win, when Vohra was dismissed for 88. His innings came off 95 balls with 12 fours, while Rayudu finished unbeaten on an 80-ball 70.

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  • Dummy4 on July 25, 2014, 11:37 GMT

    Going on test series, in place of Sikhar Dhawan (bouncy pitches is his weakness) they can give chance to Parvez Razool and somebody from batting side need to get promotion as opener. Even previous test we saw one spinner we need additionally. Parvez can bat as well he can take the wickets in bouncy pitches. But Aswin cannot do same like him, especially in bouncy pitches.

  • Pritam on July 25, 2014, 7:02 GMT

    Congratulations young team India !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Android on July 24, 2014, 17:57 GMT

    india a should promote sanju into top order. ..bcz he is in great form. .should drop uthappa. .and give a chance to jadhave

  • Matt on July 24, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    You can't take too much out of the performances against the NPS. This is basically an under 20's team and the most experienced player today was Behrendorff with 15 matches. Really teams should be smashing this lot.

  • Android on July 24, 2014, 15:30 GMT

    robin uttappa defnetly failure this tour bt he will hitting cenchury next 3 maches atleast 1..shure

  • Sai on July 24, 2014, 15:15 GMT

    It is really baffling to see the team management still playing Sanju Samson at 6 despite his good form. He bats at 3 for Kerala as well as RR. During the tough conditions in the first match against the really good Australian A attack, he was the lone man to stand his ground. After that knock, he should have been promoted at to 4 or at least 5 in the batting order. He just faced 20 balls in the last 2 games. How can he showcase his talent enough during this tour coming so late in the order.

    He has easily been the most consistent of the lot considering performances across Ranji season, IPL and U-19 WC.

    Even Cricket Australia has identified him as one of the TOP TEN to watch out for.

  • Moorthy on July 24, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    It is sorry to note that Kedhar Jadhav is the only player NOT TO BE GIVEN A GAME. Dont understand why every team he is a part of, hesitate to give him opportunities. For Delhi daredevils he was sent at number six. Here in India A team, he is yet to get a chance. may be the skipper and his erstwhile middle order batsmen, are vary to give him a chance, fearing his talent and the obvious successful performance that will follow.

  • Steve on July 24, 2014, 14:08 GMT

    Another failure for Uthappa. After his KKR heroics in this year's IPL, I thought he is finally coming around to grab his chances for spot in the Ind team. I am almost convinced this tour is the end of trial period for him as far as internationals is concerned. Hope he proves me wrong though.

  • jayaesh on July 24, 2014, 12:46 GMT

    @Khem Thakur, it is indeed good to see young brigade do well in Australia and yes Robin Uthappa has been a disappointment but unless there has been some drastic change in his batting technique or any basic flaw in his batting this tour should not be held against him, one cannot ignore his performances in Ranji Trophy,other domestic competitions ,some A team matches held in India and the IPL where he singlehandedly carried KKR to the play offs.

  • Animesh on July 24, 2014, 11:56 GMT

    I'm really happy to see our Medium Pacers like Mohit, Kulkarni, Rishi, Umesh etc doing well. India Need good fast bowlers more than anything else to be competative at world cup 2015..