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Ind A-NZ A one-day ends in thrilling tie

Shreyas Iyer slams 90 off 73 balls; Ankeet Bawane hits unbeaten 83

BCCI Staff in Mumbai 2017-10-11 02:10:08

Chasing 270 runs in the rain-reduced 42-overs-a-side game, Ankeet Bawane (83* off 80) helped the hosts to 269 for nine off the last ball to tie the scores. After the hosts were left reeling at 84 for five, Bawane partnered Shreyas Iyer (90 off 73) in reviving the innings. But after the end of the 126-run stand, Bawane put up a determined fight to take India ‘A’ closer to the target and equalled the scores with little support from the lower-order.

While Scott Kuggeleijn claimed openers – Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal - Shreevats Goswami was removed by Lockie Fergusan. Todd Astle then dealt a double blow with the wicket of Vijay Shankar and Deepak Hooda in one over to push the hosts on backfoot.

Skipper Iyer then led the counter-attack with Bawane. The stylish batsman clobbered the NZ ‘A’ bowling to seize the momentum back from the visitors while Bawane played the perfect foil and held one end up. Iyer smashed seven boundaries and five sixes as he brought India ‘A’ back into the game. However, with 60 runs required off 59 balls, Iyer was sent back by Astle.

With the home team on 210 for six and facing an uphill task, Karn Sharma joined Bawane in taking the chase forward, but Astle struck again to claim the lower-order bat with the team on 217 for seven. Shardul Thakur too didn’t last long and was sent back by Kuggeleijn for one. With the game precariously poised at 223 for eight, Shahbaz Nadeem took guard opposite Bawane. The pair added 36 runs to keep the innings in the fray but off the last ball of the penultimate over, Nadeem was bowled by Matt Henry for seven.

With 11 runs required off the last over, Siddharth Kaul joined Bawane in the middle. He took a single off the first ball. In a nail biting finish, Bawane strove to take his team across the line, albeit could only level scores.

Earlier, once NZ ‘A’ elected to bat, Kaul claimed George Worker with 25 runs on the board and followed up with the wicket of Colin Munro to leave the visitors on 37 for two. Glenn Phillips anchored the visiting side to a solid 269 for six with an unbeaten 140-run knock. He was involved in a 74-run partnership with Henry Nicholls followed by a 96-run partnership with Tom Bruce to boost the total. 

While Nadeem claimed Nicholls off his own bowling, Karn accounted for Bruce and Tom Blundell to leave the opposition on 216 for five. And Kaul followed up with the wicket of Kuggeleijn a while later. Phillips and Matt Henry saw their side complete their quota of overs and set India ‘A’ a respectable target.