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July 24, 2006
New Zealand A 3 for 218 (Ryder 114, Fulton 54*) beat India A 216 (Gambhir 64, Badrinath 63, Gillespie 5-35) by 7 wickets
A brutal century to Jesse Ryder and five wickets from Mark Gillespie steered New Zealand A to an easy seven-wicket win over India A in Cairns. Ryder produced a stunning 114 from only 84 balls to kick-start the reply after Gillespie disrupted India A's innings with 5 for 35 from 9.4 overs.
India A started their final game of the Top End Series by being sent in by Peter Fulton and the opener Robin Uthappa quickly became Gillespie's first dismissal. Gautam Gambhir steadied the side with 64, but only Subramaniam Badrinath, who collected 63 before falling to Gillespie, offered any other meaningful support and they were dismissed within 50 overs for 216.
Ryder's muscular display - he blasted 10 fours and six sixes - covered the second-ball loss of Jamie How and when he was stumped attempted a third boundary clearance in a row off Tejinder Pal Singh, New Zealand A were in comfort at 3 for 182. Fulton made sure of the win with an unbeaten 54 while James Marshall picked up 13 as they finished with almost 16 overs to spare
New Zealand A's final game of the series is on Thursday against Pakistan A, who play Australia A in a 50-over game on Tuesday.
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