Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Sen star as India ‘A’ beat NZ ‘A’


A superb performance by medium-pacers Shardul Thakur (4-32) and Kuldeep Sen (3-30) helped set up a seven-wicket win for India ‘A’ against New Zealand ‘A’ in the first one-dayer here on Thursday.

Sent in to bat by India ‘A’ captain Sanju Samson, incisive bowling by Thakur and Sen had the visiting team in trouble from the start.

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At one stage, the New Zealanders looked in danger of being bundled out for less than 100, but some rearguard action by Michael Rippon (61, 104 balls, 4 fours) and Joe Walker (36, 49 balls, 3 fours, 1 six) helped them post 167 in 40.2 overs. The Sanju Samson-led team overhauled the target set by the Kiwis in 31.5 overs with the captain (31 not out, 1 four, 3 sixes) and Rajat Patidar (45, 41 balls, 7 fours) finishing the job.

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