India A overcome slide to tie game
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Their middle-order batting woes lay exposed but India A did just enough to avoid a defeat and settle for a thrilling tie against New Zealand A via the Duckworth-Lewis method in the truncated second unofficial ODI match on Friday.
Chasing a revised target of 241 in 48 overs after bad light halted proceedings, India A ended their innings on 240 for nine to tie the match and be 1-0 up in the three-match series after having won the lung-opener.
New Zealand A had made 249 for nine on the scoreboard but bad light forced the officials to revise the target for India at Bert Sutcliffe Oval.
Electing to bat, the Kiwis could not have asked for a worse start as they lost two wickets for just 20 runs.
But opener George Worker (61) and No.4 Neil Broom (82) shared a 149-run stand to rescue the hosts. While Worker's knock came off 81 deliveries, Broom's steady knock consumed 108 balls. Both the batsmen steered the innings with some fine strokes that formed the bedrock of the fightback.
Worker sent down seven hits to the fence, while Broom struck nine fours and a six in his aggressive knock. Worker was eventually run out by R Vinay Kumar and Broom followed him to the dressing room a few deliveries later by becoming Rahul Sharma's only victim of the match.
Some handy contributions down the order helped the Kiwis to reach a competitive total. Jaydev Unadkat was once again the best of the Indian bowlers with figures of four for 47 from his 10 overs.
The Indian chase started on a steady note as Under-19 World Cup hero Unmukt Chand (23) and skipper Abhinav Mukund (66) combined for a 52-run opening stand.
Unmukt's departure in the 15th over had little impact on the chase as No.3 Naman Ojha (62) joined hands with Mukund for a 99-run partnership.
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