India A slogs New Zealand A by 2-0 in warm up fixture

 . Last updated on October 4, 2017, 3:13 PM
India A slogs New Zealand A by 2-0 in warm up fixture
Karn Sharma and Nadeem Khan toppled the New Zealand team in the fourth day of the second match.


The New Zealand team touring India faced a two-match defeat in the warmup games. The New Zealand A lost the second unofficial Test as well against India A. India won the latest match by 26 runs and an inning. The first match was a victory by 31 runs and an inning. Both the Test were played at Vijaywada. It was a 2-0 win for India A. In the second match, team India bolstered with the spells from Karn Sharma. He wreaked a five-wickets haul to wobble New Zealand A in the match. The player is currently through an intensive form. He has taken 31 wickets within a very short span starting with the latest Duleep Trophy season. His average is 15.29.

New Zealand started the match invading the pitch. In the first inning, the A team scored 211 runs. Colin Munro scored 65 runs as the highest score. Karn Sharma and Shardul Thakur knocked three wickets each for India. India started the inning with a hefty strike. Batting its first inning, the home team scored 447 runs batting 110 overs with 10 wickets. The top score was from Ankit Bawna, 162, followed by 82 off Shreyas Iyer. Another half century was from wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel, scoring 65 runs. In the inning, Ish Sodhi took three wickets and other were shared among New Zealand A bowlers.

After India ended its stretch, New Zealand found itself trailing behind by massive runs. The team started the chase, but it was not enough to win the second match. In the fourth or the final day, the A team started with 104 for 1. It was a chance to win as they required only 132 with both a day and wickets in hand. There was an intensive partnership between Jeet Raval and Henry Nicholls in the match for 85 runs. It was extended to 11.3 overs. The prospect was good, but the wobble started with Karn and Nadeem Khan taking the batting line-up up to a total meltdown. New Zealand lost nine wickets for 86 runs. The rest of the batsmen barely scored double digit runs.

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