New Zealand A v India A, 1st unofficial ODI, Lincoln September 19, 2012

India A edge home in low scorer

ESPNcricinfo staff

India A 180 for 7 (Mandeep 34, McClenaghan 3-42) beat New Zealand A 176 (de Boorder 62, Ellis 45, Unadkat 4-44) by three wickets

India A began their tour of New Zealand on a winning note, beating New Zealand A by three wickets in the first unofficial ODI in Lincoln. India chose to bowl and broke through early, with left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat getting opener Hamish Rutherford for a duck. From there on, India struck at short intervals, reducing New Zealand to 54 for 6. It was left to keeper Derek de Boorder and captain Andrew Ellis to rescue them, and they did, putting on 80. De Boorder was the only batsman in the match to score a half-century, making 62 off 85. Unadkat finished with the best figures: 44 for 4.

India began their chase decently, with Abhinav Mukund and Unmukt Chand putting on an opening stand of 52 in a little under 15 overs. Once Mitchell McClenaghan had Abhinav though, a mini collapse ensued in which India lost 4 for 26. A 38-run stand between Mandeep Singh and Ambati Rayudu got them briefly back on track, before two more quick wickets courtesy McClenaghan - one of which was a run out - caused another wobble. Rayudu batted through though, and found support from No. 8 Rahul Sharma, to take India home with 16 balls to spare.

The match was initially scheduled to be played on Tuesday, but had to be postponed to Wednesday because of an unfit pitch at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval. Only six overs were possible on Tuesday, before the umpires, Phil Jones and Wayne Knights, abandoned the game. Wednesday's match was at the same venue but on a different track.

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  • DINESH on September 21, 2012, 7:45 GMT

    NAMPALLY: Where you got those facts and figures? So far India played one match in the WCT20. In that match Balaji took 3/19 in 3.2 overs. I don't understand how he could give 10 to 12 runs per over. Even in the practice match of SL also he took 3 wickets for 20 + runs. In the pak practice match he gave way more runs. Against Pak, Balaji alone given away 12 runs per over? In one match he didn't perform well. It doesn't mean that he is a bad bowler or he is to be replaced with greaaaaaaaaaaaat Vinay.

  • Dummy4 on September 20, 2012, 21:33 GMT

    well done India A...hope to see players from this team in National Squad

  • Deepak on September 20, 2012, 12:31 GMT

    @crindo77 - When will the world realize that pace bowling is not all about bowilng quick? One of the greatest fast bowlers of all time Glenn McGrath too was only a 130-140kph bowler. (Not comparing Vinay to McGrath, but just saying)

  • level_headed_ on September 19, 2012, 19:43 GMT

    While Congrats are in Order for India A team... I do not understand those who recommend Vinay Kumar and Mithun to T20 WC based on an unofficial ODI game against an A team!! The only indian player to look for is Unmukt Chand *period*

  • Dummy4 on September 19, 2012, 19:20 GMT

    Congratulations to Team India, these youngsters will learn a lot about NZL conditions, this tour is vital for them! Good luck for the tour.

  • Naresh on September 19, 2012, 13:29 GMT

    Rayudu and Madeep two gutsy crickers to watch for future.

  • Naresh on September 19, 2012, 13:22 GMT

    Best way to form an opinion on a bowler like Unadkat is to send them on tours like this. let them loose and see how good they are. A good left armer, needs more physique but has the height - more like Ishant.

  • Ashok on September 19, 2012, 13:09 GMT

    I wish to correct one on my comments about the opening bowlers who were Unadkat & Vinay kumar, NOT Mithun & Vinay. My apologies for the error.

  • Ashok on September 19, 2012, 13:04 GMT

    Congrats. for the Win, India. Fine display by Rahul Sharma who was mainly instrumental in carrying India to victory with a fine knock of 31 batting #8. The report says Rayudu carried India to victory with "support" from Rahul which should have been other way round because Rahul did most of the scoring at a much faster rate. Why is Rahul Sharma in India A when he should have been in the Indian T-20 world squad, who are struggling without any decent bowlers!. Rahul bowled his 10 over quota & got 2 wickets for 34. Both Mithun & Vinay Kumar looked far better than Balaji in the world T-20 squad. They are both bowling at under 3 runs/over whilst Balaji is at 10 to 12 runs/over. I agree with Satish's comment that both Rahul & Vinay should have been with India T-20 team replacing Chawla & Balaji. Hopefully the Indian selectors will take note of their folly & rectify it in future games. Keep it up India A. Well Done!

  • debarata on September 19, 2012, 11:50 GMT

    Vinay Kumar; is he back? Running in at three times the speed of his actual delivery with deadly medium pace, he is the heir apparent to Indian bowling. After the rather severe mauling he received from Warner, I was afraid he would be psychologically scarred for life, like Devang Gandhi was. However IPL experience has stood the chunky medium pacer in good stead; after Warner dismissed him with straight sixes over his head in Perth, Vinay simply shrugged and stormed in at breakneck speed to deliver his next delivery non chalantly at a mind blowing 128 kph. And Dhoni smiled in satisfaction. Keep it up Vinay; cricket needs a few laughs.

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