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Cricket news - India A bulldoze past New Zealand A in tour opener

Prithvi Shaw slammed five fours and three sixes in his knock of 48.

Prithvi Shaw slammed five fours and three sixes in his knock of 48.

India A got off to a splendid start on their tour of New Zealand as they bulldozed past their hosts in the first one-day game at Lincoln. Chasing a modest 231, the India A batsmen took an aggressive approach and continued in the same vein throughout the run chase to quite remarkably win by 123 balls to spare.

Prithvi Shaw, who had hammered a 150 in a warm-up game, got his team off to a flier again in the company of Mayank Agarwal. Smashing three sixes and five fours, Shaw looked set for another big score before getting dismissed in the last over of the powerplay. James Neesham, who picked up the wicket, struck in his following over as well to get rid of Agarwal this time for 29 to give New Zealand A hopes of a comeback. However, Sanju Samson and Shubman Gill joined forces and continued playing an attacking brand of cricket to quickly put India A on top again.

The duo put on 66 for the third wicket with Samson appearing to play in T20 mode following his inclusion again in the senior squad again post Shikhar Dhawan's injury. The Kerala batsman hit a 21-ball 39 whereas Gill consolidated with a 36-ball 30. Even though both batsmen fell in the span of three deliveries, the home side found no respite as Suryakumar Yadav also came out all guns blazing for an 18-ball 35. Vijay Shankar and Krunal Pandya then finished proceedings to hand the hosts a crushing defeat.

Earlier in the day, the India A bowlers put up a clinical show to keep New Zealand A to just 230. Rachin Ravindra and George Worker started off well with a half-century stand and at the end of the 16th over, they were well placed at 80/1. Vijay, who came in at first change, got rid of Ravindra for 49 to break a promising stand. Glenn Phillips was then run out after a solid start to his innings but it was Tom Blundell's dismissal that hurt the home side the most.

By the end of the 30th over, New Zealand A were 145/3, possibly aiming for a score around 280 but that's where the slide began. Blundell was dismissed for 16 and his wicket triggered a collapse. Neesham failed to make a mark with the bat gifting Axar Patel his second wicket and then skipper Tom Bruce followed suit in the 36th over. Facing a herculean task to bat out the overs, New Zealand A were bowled out in the 49th over, falling at least 45-50 runs short of a competitive target.

Brief scores: New Zealand A 230 in 48.3 overs (Rachin Ravindra 49, Tom Bruce 47; Mohammed Siraj 3-33, Axar Patel 2-31) lost to India A 231/5 in 29.3 overs (Prithvi Shaw 48, Sanju Samson 39; James Neesham 2-25) by five wickets

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