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

India A sweep series after thriller

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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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  • 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