India A v New Zealand A, 3rd unofficial ODI, Visakhapatnam September 12, 2013

India A sweep series after thriller

ESPNcricinfo staff
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India A 291 for 8 (Menaria 69, Jadhav 57, Gillespie 3-43) beat New Zealand A 290 for 9 (Devcich 66, Anderson 59, Latham 53) by 2 wickets
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India A completed a clean sweep in the one-dayers over New Zealand A though they faced much stiffer competition in the final game after the visitors put up 290. India A were in trouble during the chase at 79 for 4 before quick half-centuries from Ashok Menaria and Kedar Jadhav, and a calm cameo from Mandeep Singh helped pull off a tight two-wicket win.

India have hardly been troubled in the previous two games, as their solid top order set up comfortable chases, but this time a rejigged order didn't provide a strong start. Unmukt Chand, who hit half-centuries in both previous matches, and Sanju Samson fell attempting the ramp shot, before Robin Uthappa and Sachin Baby were dismissed in the space of four deliveries.

The required rate was touching seven at that stage, before the spinners allowed India back into the chase. Menaria clubbed three sixes and a four off a wayward over from legspinner Todd Astle and Jadhav hit two sixes and two fours off the other legspinner Ish Sodhi as 66 runs came in six overs. Menaria needed only 26 balls for his fifty, while Jadhav was a bit more watchful, taking 53 deliveries.

At 207 for 4 after 37 overs, India were in control of the chase. Scott Kuggeleijn, though, put New Zealand ahead with a double-wicket maiden, removing both the set batsmen. It was left to Mandeep, batting at an unfamiliar No. 7 position, to ensure the clean sweep, helped by crucial contributions from Jalaj Saxena and Rahul Sharma. Things were so tense that words were exchanged between Rahul and Mark Gillespie after the pair collided when the former took off for a run.

With three overs to go, and only three wickets remaining, India still needed 25, but Kuggeleijn undid his earlier good work by leaking 18 off the over. "My aim was to bat till the end," Mandeep said after finishing unbeaten on 37. "One good over could change the whole scenario, I was waiting for that over."

India were made to work so hard for the win due to a solid effort from New Zealand's batsmen. Luke Ronchi got a duck, but Carl Cachopa was the only other batsman in the top five to miss out on a half-century. Anton Devcich completed a successful tour by top scoring with 66, while the youngsters Corey Anderson and Tom Latham also helped themselves to fifties. It still wasn't enough to prevent a second-string India A team from winning 3-0.

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  • on September 12, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    Ashok Menaria's clean swings has reminded me of the Yuvraj Singh at his best. This cricketer resembles Yuvraj in many ways. Way to go Menaria! Keep performing well. His list A averages will definitely go up in the coming days. It was surprising not too see more of you in the IPL 6 season for RR having played just one game. I am not sure if it is due to any injury or something else. But I am excited to see you in the coming champions league T20. And congratulations to the Indian A team for sweeping the series 3-0.

  • on September 12, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    Good tactic to keep back Mandeep for the last leg. And, he did a Dhoni.

    Ashok Menaria, is ready to be picked. Good backup for Ravindra Jadeja.

    The best thing which happened in this series is that each match rested on the shoulders of the team; not just one (or two) persons. Many good candidates to add to the bench strength, if not for the main team.

    Overall, good show by India.

  • kiwicroat111 on September 16, 2013, 2:03 GMT

    @kiwicricketnut yes croatian ancestry here but no more bias towards devcich than I am anderson, cachopa... I here where you are coming from regarding the old timers but I guess if they were shut out completely they wouldnt be playing at all. I see Devcich is the only new inclusion... read it like a book.

  • kiwicricketnut on September 15, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    @ kiwicroat111. na i'd never pick papps, redmond, or butler, like i said i like the selectors picking the up and coming talent rather than the first class bullies who plunder runs every year or take bucket loads of wickets, yet let us down at the highest level. but you can't deny the numbers those 3 put up last season, quite impressive and on merit probably deserved an A tour. i'd imagine going by your screen name that you have some croatian ancestry which might lead to a little bit of bias towards devcich. he has impressed me of late and is a player on the rise but there are a few players in line for international duty before devcich but if he has another bumper season then the selectors will have no choice but to give him a go.

  • kiwicroat111 on September 13, 2013, 23:12 GMT

    @kiwicricketnut I find it hard to believe that you say Papps, Redmond and Butler should be in the mix here for nza. They have been true and tried again at various levels and although at times have been ok performers, they are well past it. This is the problem with nz cricket, never look outside the square. Anderson should be a definate for sure and others have put their hand up on this tour. Do t see Latham as a quality odi/t20 international but someone like Devcich who the last 2 years of the Hrv cup has been ND's best performers bat and ball... Ca hope is another that nz could do with

  • bbnn on September 13, 2013, 20:25 GMT

    Hope Meneria will get chance to play in RR eleven in the coming CLT20,he is in good hitting forn and he is bowling well too RR need a spinner in their linup only Praveen Thambe is available ,Dravid ignored Meneria in this IPL he played only 2 or 3 games i don't know the reason

  • kiwicricketnut on September 13, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    while this is more of a development team than a true NZA team with the likes of flynn, neesham, small, and big performers in first class cricket like papps, butler and redmond missing, i prefer the NZA team to be used this way to develop the up and comers of our game rather than the first class bullies, i think its more beneficial for our game in the long run. i dont see the series defeat as a huge failure, more of a huge learning experience in about as foreign conditions from nz as possible for all involved. players like anderson, latham, milne and cachopa all had reasonable tours and more games for the black caps for these guys is a must, this tour has also been the making of devcich who i never rated now looks like a contender for odi selection with the bat, still bowls pies with the ball in my opinion,mitchell should of got more game time but all in all the tour is a success.

  • harithavsoman on September 13, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    @PrathameshYamgar your team has 12 players so such a team can't be selected.

  • kiwicroat111 on September 13, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    Any bolsters looking likely in the black caps odi and t20 side for Bangladesh tour

  • Smart_animesh on September 13, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    @ PrathameshYamgar : Dear It is heard to get 6 quality allrounders in a team. Plus ODI is not only about batting. You can stop the flow of runs of opposition by picking up regular wickets only. That is why we need at least 2-3 good bowlers in ODI teams.

  • on September 12, 2013, 14:59 GMT

    Ashok Menaria's clean swings has reminded me of the Yuvraj Singh at his best. This cricketer resembles Yuvraj in many ways. Way to go Menaria! Keep performing well. His list A averages will definitely go up in the coming days. It was surprising not too see more of you in the IPL 6 season for RR having played just one game. I am not sure if it is due to any injury or something else. But I am excited to see you in the coming champions league T20. And congratulations to the Indian A team for sweeping the series 3-0.

  • on September 12, 2013, 14:46 GMT

    Good tactic to keep back Mandeep for the last leg. And, he did a Dhoni.

    Ashok Menaria, is ready to be picked. Good backup for Ravindra Jadeja.

    The best thing which happened in this series is that each match rested on the shoulders of the team; not just one (or two) persons. Many good candidates to add to the bench strength, if not for the main team.

    Overall, good show by India.

  • kiwicroat111 on September 16, 2013, 2:03 GMT

    @kiwicricketnut yes croatian ancestry here but no more bias towards devcich than I am anderson, cachopa... I here where you are coming from regarding the old timers but I guess if they were shut out completely they wouldnt be playing at all. I see Devcich is the only new inclusion... read it like a book.

  • kiwicricketnut on September 15, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    @ kiwicroat111. na i'd never pick papps, redmond, or butler, like i said i like the selectors picking the up and coming talent rather than the first class bullies who plunder runs every year or take bucket loads of wickets, yet let us down at the highest level. but you can't deny the numbers those 3 put up last season, quite impressive and on merit probably deserved an A tour. i'd imagine going by your screen name that you have some croatian ancestry which might lead to a little bit of bias towards devcich. he has impressed me of late and is a player on the rise but there are a few players in line for international duty before devcich but if he has another bumper season then the selectors will have no choice but to give him a go.

  • kiwicroat111 on September 13, 2013, 23:12 GMT

    @kiwicricketnut I find it hard to believe that you say Papps, Redmond and Butler should be in the mix here for nza. They have been true and tried again at various levels and although at times have been ok performers, they are well past it. This is the problem with nz cricket, never look outside the square. Anderson should be a definate for sure and others have put their hand up on this tour. Do t see Latham as a quality odi/t20 international but someone like Devcich who the last 2 years of the Hrv cup has been ND's best performers bat and ball... Ca hope is another that nz could do with

  • bbnn on September 13, 2013, 20:25 GMT

    Hope Meneria will get chance to play in RR eleven in the coming CLT20,he is in good hitting forn and he is bowling well too RR need a spinner in their linup only Praveen Thambe is available ,Dravid ignored Meneria in this IPL he played only 2 or 3 games i don't know the reason

  • kiwicricketnut on September 13, 2013, 7:39 GMT

    while this is more of a development team than a true NZA team with the likes of flynn, neesham, small, and big performers in first class cricket like papps, butler and redmond missing, i prefer the NZA team to be used this way to develop the up and comers of our game rather than the first class bullies, i think its more beneficial for our game in the long run. i dont see the series defeat as a huge failure, more of a huge learning experience in about as foreign conditions from nz as possible for all involved. players like anderson, latham, milne and cachopa all had reasonable tours and more games for the black caps for these guys is a must, this tour has also been the making of devcich who i never rated now looks like a contender for odi selection with the bat, still bowls pies with the ball in my opinion,mitchell should of got more game time but all in all the tour is a success.

  • harithavsoman on September 13, 2013, 6:38 GMT

    @PrathameshYamgar your team has 12 players so such a team can't be selected.

  • kiwicroat111 on September 13, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    Any bolsters looking likely in the black caps odi and t20 side for Bangladesh tour

  • Smart_animesh on September 13, 2013, 6:22 GMT

    @ PrathameshYamgar : Dear It is heard to get 6 quality allrounders in a team. Plus ODI is not only about batting. You can stop the flow of runs of opposition by picking up regular wickets only. That is why we need at least 2-3 good bowlers in ODI teams.

  • Fast_Track_Bully on September 13, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    congrats to India A. Happy to see all teams winning all formats.

  • kiwicroat111 on September 13, 2013, 5:07 GMT

    Devcich has been a good performer in the sub continent. Surely can't be far behind Anderson for black caps call up. Nice aggressive batter they isn't afraid to take it to the bowler much like anderson... Something tht could be handy in bangladesh

  • on September 13, 2013, 0:29 GMT

    @ Peyush Goel on (September 12, 2013, 16:30 GMT). Yes: I agree with you. And, stand corrected. It was the image of Wasim Akram which came to my mind. Without the visuals, and just from the commentary, I presumed that Cory is in that mould; if not in that class.

  • Samhar on September 12, 2013, 22:12 GMT

    Very sloppy writing from the ESPN staff. While both set batsman fell in an over, Scott K only gets a wicket maiden not a double wicket maiden since one of the batsmen was run-out! In fact, Scott K only has one wicket in the whole innings. Sloppy is what it is!

  • on September 12, 2013, 20:01 GMT

    Maneria turned the game for India A. And, contributions from Jadhav, Saxena Mandeep and Rahul were key in victory. I loved the way, Maneria and Jadhav counter-attacked them. Would surely love to see them performing, and, Maneria- performer of the series, to get selected in National team. Good going, India.

  • PrathameshYamgar on September 12, 2013, 18:07 GMT

    please answer my question any one.

    why dont teams pick up 5 batsmen, 1 wicketkeeper and 6 all rounders in an odi side

    cant 11 batsmen chase 300 in an odi. That equates to 29 runs per batsmen.

    are today's batsmen that really bad that they cannot score 29 runs please answer my question sir anyone

    afterall odi cricket is about chasing, not picking up wicket

    please provide an answer to me sir

  • on September 12, 2013, 17:42 GMT

    really good performance for india A team this will help india team to keep every1 on their toes with this type of reserve player nobody will remain in the team after too many faiiers

  • Cpt.Meanster on September 12, 2013, 17:40 GMT

    @bleedred: What a ridiculous comment ! What has the free fall of the Indian Rupee got to do with India A's performance ?

  • Temuzin on September 12, 2013, 17:29 GMT

    @Naresh: Chand was not as consistent as we would like him to be but one almost century and another half century in 3 outing is not that bad. I am hopeful things will improve for him.

  • on September 12, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    @Jose Puliampatta: Indians are usually troubled by left arm seamers but not just every left armer. I can't remember any left arm medium pacer troubling India, ever. Left arm bowlers who can bowl good line and length and move the ball around at pace, usually pose an awkward angle, especially for the right handed batsmen. Core, being a part timer would miss most of those things by a mile.

  • Nampally on September 12, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    What a "come from behind" win for India to sweep the 3 Test series. NZ fought hard to set a target of 291 for India to chase aided by fine knocks by Devcich, Anderson & Latham. This was the highest score by the NZ team. While the 2 Sharmas - Sandeep & Rahul- bowled economically to control the runs, the wkt. takers were Mohanty, Menaria & Saxena. Skipper Chand decided to chance his arm by putting Samson & Sachin Baby high up in the batting order. This back fired on him when India found themselves 4 down & chasing the target @ 7 runs/over. But Menaria & Jadhav took up the challenge & hit their way brilliantly to 207 in 37 overs before both were dismissed. Menaria was magnificient with 8 Sixers in in his knock of 69. Mandeep was left to get 84 runs in 13 overs. Fortunately Saxena & Rahul Sharma provided excellent support to chase the target with 4 balls to spare!. Menaria, Jadhav & Mandeep, each got an over yielding nearly 20 runs. This really sealed the deal. Great Teamwork India!

  • on September 12, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    Astle, the left armer Vs Cory: Indians are more comfortable with left arm slow, than left arm pace bowlers. Though Cory is not a regular bowler, the Captain could have used a bit more of Cory, the "bowler". I really expected that, and posted that comment during the play (not published) itself.

  • on September 12, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    Menaria, Jadhav, and Mandeep have proved that they are at a different league, compared to Samson & Sachin Baby. The two Kerala boys are still young and can definitely graduate to the next level soon (particularly Samson). Be patient, the two boys and their fans.

  • on September 12, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    Menaria, Jadhav, and Mandeep have proved that they are at a different league, compared to Samson & Sachin Baby. The two Kerala boys are still young and can definitely graduate to the next level soon (particularly Samson). Be patient, the two boys and their fans.

  • vsroc on September 12, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    Posted by Venkat Sraman on(September 12,2013) Team India 'A' rose to the occasion well in the final ODI against New Zealand 'A' to achieve a clean sweep.Full credit to the team work of youngsters of India 'A' for 3-0 series victory.Special mention for the useful contribution from Ashok Meneria,Kedar Jadhav and Mandeep Singh that enabled them to win in a thriller.

  • Naresh28 on September 12, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    Congrats to both teams for putting up good performances. NZ despite losing would have gained some valuable options for their senior team. Menaria and Uthappa played well in this series. Chand still a bit inconsistent. Menaria showing good form with bat and ball.

  • on September 12, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    Onwards and upwards Indian cricket. No stopping these Indians. Jai hind!!

  • harithavsoman on September 12, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    indian cricket is going up and indian rupee is going down

  • on September 12, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    Congrats to India A though this was a real tough match the third one, they somehow managed to win.

  • on September 12, 2013, 13:52 GMT

    Congrats to India A though this was a real tough match the third one, they somehow managed to win.

  • harithavsoman on September 12, 2013, 14:10 GMT

    indian cricket is going up and indian rupee is going down

  • on September 12, 2013, 14:29 GMT

    Onwards and upwards Indian cricket. No stopping these Indians. Jai hind!!

  • Naresh28 on September 12, 2013, 14:32 GMT

    Congrats to both teams for putting up good performances. NZ despite losing would have gained some valuable options for their senior team. Menaria and Uthappa played well in this series. Chand still a bit inconsistent. Menaria showing good form with bat and ball.

  • vsroc on September 12, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    Posted by Venkat Sraman on(September 12,2013) Team India 'A' rose to the occasion well in the final ODI against New Zealand 'A' to achieve a clean sweep.Full credit to the team work of youngsters of India 'A' for 3-0 series victory.Special mention for the useful contribution from Ashok Meneria,Kedar Jadhav and Mandeep Singh that enabled them to win in a thriller.

  • on September 12, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    Menaria, Jadhav, and Mandeep have proved that they are at a different league, compared to Samson & Sachin Baby. The two Kerala boys are still young and can definitely graduate to the next level soon (particularly Samson). Be patient, the two boys and their fans.

  • on September 12, 2013, 14:56 GMT

    Menaria, Jadhav, and Mandeep have proved that they are at a different league, compared to Samson & Sachin Baby. The two Kerala boys are still young and can definitely graduate to the next level soon (particularly Samson). Be patient, the two boys and their fans.

  • on September 12, 2013, 15:00 GMT

    Astle, the left armer Vs Cory: Indians are more comfortable with left arm slow, than left arm pace bowlers. Though Cory is not a regular bowler, the Captain could have used a bit more of Cory, the "bowler". I really expected that, and posted that comment during the play (not published) itself.

  • Nampally on September 12, 2013, 15:22 GMT

    What a "come from behind" win for India to sweep the 3 Test series. NZ fought hard to set a target of 291 for India to chase aided by fine knocks by Devcich, Anderson & Latham. This was the highest score by the NZ team. While the 2 Sharmas - Sandeep & Rahul- bowled economically to control the runs, the wkt. takers were Mohanty, Menaria & Saxena. Skipper Chand decided to chance his arm by putting Samson & Sachin Baby high up in the batting order. This back fired on him when India found themselves 4 down & chasing the target @ 7 runs/over. But Menaria & Jadhav took up the challenge & hit their way brilliantly to 207 in 37 overs before both were dismissed. Menaria was magnificient with 8 Sixers in in his knock of 69. Mandeep was left to get 84 runs in 13 overs. Fortunately Saxena & Rahul Sharma provided excellent support to chase the target with 4 balls to spare!. Menaria, Jadhav & Mandeep, each got an over yielding nearly 20 runs. This really sealed the deal. Great Teamwork India!

  • on September 12, 2013, 16:30 GMT

    @Jose Puliampatta: Indians are usually troubled by left arm seamers but not just every left armer. I can't remember any left arm medium pacer troubling India, ever. Left arm bowlers who can bowl good line and length and move the ball around at pace, usually pose an awkward angle, especially for the right handed batsmen. Core, being a part timer would miss most of those things by a mile.