Ishan Kishan’s Desperate Fight Not Enough For India A To Secure Series-Decider Victory
India A suffered the unofficial ODI series defeat (lost by 2-1) against the hosts New Zealand A after losing a thrilling game in the third and final match of this series.
On Sunday (26th January), they played that series-decider at Christchurch. India A captain Mayank Agarwal decided to field first after winning the toss.
New Zealand A had a poor start in this game as all the top-order batsmen struggled against the Indian bowlers. At one stage, the hosts were struggling on 105/6 in 27th over. However, the 25-year-old former Hong Kong international cricketer Mark Chapman became the hero for the hosts as he rescued the team from that critical situation and built up a strong partnership with Todd Astle. Both these Kiwi international players put the 136 runs partnership for the seventh wicket, and it helped the team to cross the 250 runs mark in the first innings.
Astle lost his wicket on 56 runs off 65 balls (2 fours and only six). On the other hand, Chapman played a superb knock of unbeaten 110 runs off just 98 balls (10 fours and only six). Their batting helped New Zealand A to manage the first innings total of 270/7 (50 overs).
Indian pacer Ishan Porel (3/64) took three wickets while the young leg-spinner Rahul Chahar (2/46) scalped two wickets.
India A scored 265 runs
Indian openers Prithvi Shaw and Ruturaj Gaikwad provided a solid start with the first wicket partnership of 79 runs. But once that partnership was broken, India A lost their next wickets at regular intervals. While Shaw scored 55 runs off 38 balls (8 fours and only six), Gaikwad played the knock of 44 runs.
During the tough period at chasing, wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan played strong cricket and made desperate attempt to win that match, but the team just failed to secure that victory. Struggling on 188/6, Kishan had a game-changing 69-run partnership with Axar Patel (32) for the seventh wicket, but they lost the last three wickets in quick succession. India A were bowled out for 265 runs (49.4 overs) as the hosts won the match by five runs. Unlucky Kishan was not out on 71 runs off 84 balls (8 fours).
Among the New Zealand bowlers, Kyle Jamieson (4/49) bagged four wickets, and Ajaz Patel (3/44) got three wickets. Also, Todd Astle (1/37) and Rachin Ravindra (2/43) took one and two wickets respectively.
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