India A toppled New Zealand A in the first unofficial Test by an inning and 31 runs. India cut short the match to three days taking down New Zealand line up with intensive spin attacks. While New Zealand repeated similar mistakes in both the innings to tackle India's spin options. It was Karn Sharma and Shahbaz Nadeem who raised the alarm bar for New Zealand. Both bowlers took four wickets each in each of the innings finishing with eight wickets individually.
Sharma's tally in the match was 8 for 120 runs. In the second inning, New Zealand A could only score 142, lagging largely behind India's score. In the last day, the team lost 8 wickets falling from 64 for 2 in the beginning to 142 all out at the end. On New Zealand's side, the best figures came up from Ish Sodhi. The bowler picked up five wickets.
The New Zealand batting line up remained largely futile against India's attack. In the final inning, the score of 20 emerged as the highest. Tim Seifert played 35 balls as the highest in the inning. He was also the top scorer of the inning hitting 35. Among the visitor batsmen, Jeet Raval and George Worker added some substance in the inning. After the short partnership between the openers India bowlers broke into the total collapse. In 11 overs, New Zealand was reduced to 98 for 5 wickets. India bowled only 31.1 overs in the inning.
In the earlier inning, batsmen Shreyas Iyer scored a century. The player knocked 108 off 97 balls. Also, another half century was from R Samarth, scoring 54 off 100 balls. India played only a single inning scoring 320. Another hefty strike was from Rishabh Pant scoring 67 off 41 balls. In reply, New Zealand played two innings scoring 147 and 142. The match was at Vishakhapatnam.
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