Dinda takes five in India A's 129-run win
India A 248 (Vijay 45, Pathan 44, McCullum 6-90) and 336 (Raina 146, Arnel 4-38) beat New Zealand A 330 (Redmond 51, Marshall 51, Parmar 3-57) and 225 (Marshall 47, Dinda 5-60) by 129 runs
Ashok Dinda's five-wicket haul wrecked New Zealand A's middle order and helped India A take a 1-0 lead in the two-match series. Amit Mishra, the legspinner, celebrated his call-up to the Indian Test squad with three wickets to support Dinda's effort as India A wrapped up a 129-run win.
Resuming on 41 for 1, the overnight pair of Aaron Redmond and Peter Fulton took the score to 90 before Mishra struck twice in the same over. Both were dismissed in their 30s and New Zealand needed at least one solid partnership to entertain thoughts of saving the game. Greg Hay and James Marshall began the repair work and they resisted for another 20 overs. It was only in the 49th over of the innings when the wheels came apart for New Zealand.
Dinda was on a hat-trick after he removed Hay and Neil Broom, and New Zealand had lost half their side for 148. Dinda dismissed Nathan McCullum soon after for 3 and the tail couldn't give enough support to Reece Young, who remained unbeaten on 39. Dinda took the last two wickets to finish with 5 for 60, his third five-wicket haul in first-class cricket.
India also had their captain, Suresh Raina, to thank for setting up the win. His blazing 146 on the third day helped push the target past 300. The second and final match of the tour begins on Friday at the same venue.