India A edge home in low scorer
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.