India A ties up first 50 over game with New Zealand A

 . Last updated on October 11, 2017, 3:46 PM
India A ties up first 50 over game with New Zealand A
Ankit Bawnes strike helped India to level the match plying the last two balls of the inning.


The match between India A and New Zealand A at Visakhapatnam ended as a tie. The 50 overs match was shortened to 43 overs. New Zealand took on the pitch first scoring 269 runs for 6 wickets. India played strong in the chase but in the finishing over, remained a run short to the victory. New Zealand strangulated the team narrowing down the prospect of victory to 8 runs off the last 2 balls. However, Ankit Bawne hammered a six of the pre-ultimate delivery leaving the equation at 2 runs off a single ball. The batsman could take only a single run in the last delivery to draw the match.

Earlier in New Zealand's inning Glenn Phillips scored a century. The team lost two early wickets after which, Phillips steered the inning with a decent century. He remained until the end of overs being unbeaten with the score of 140 off 130. It was the third List-A century for the player.

India's chase was bolstered with Shreyas Iyer and Ankit Bawne. The primary defender in the inning were Scott Kuggeleijn and Todd Astle. The former emerged as a tough bet for the top batting order of India. In the beginning of the chase, India was slogged at 34 for 2 wickets. By the 15th over, the team further plummeted to 84 for 5 wickets, being attacked by Lockie Furguson.

After the early collapse, the partnership of 126 runs between Iyer and Bawne steered the inning. The players hauled India's score to the point of no danger. After 30 overs, India required 65 runs off 72 balls. Iyer scored 90 off 73 balls, until removed by Astle. It was Bawne, who walked the last mile of the match, while New Zealand bowlers were busy removing his partners at the other end. He scored an unbeaten 83 off 80 balls in the match.

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