The India A team led by batsman Manish Pandey cruised to a superb win over NPS in their second last group stage match. India A was chasing a total of 208, riding on the brilliant show of bowlers the visitors were able to stop the NPS batting line up on a total of 207 and chased the total with 12 overs still to go.
After winning the toss captain Manish Pandey decided to bowl first. The decision proved to be correct as the Indian speedster Varun Aaron claimed the first wicket on the first ball of the second over giving India A dream start. NPS recovered from that blow as MT Renshaw and SB Harper shared 76 runs for the second wicket. After Renshaw’s dismissal, Harper teamed up with MW Short and both put up 52 runs on the board.
This was the last half century partnership for NPS as soon after Harper’s dismissal, the team started losing consecutive wickets and the last 7 batsmen could just add 80 runs to the team’s total.
Varun Aaron topped the bowling chart with 3 wickets; other bowlers supported him well by controlling the flow of run at the other end as every regular bowler bowled under an economy rate of 4.00. Only the part-timer Shreyas Iyer who bowled 4 overs had an economy rate of 5.75.
The India A team had an easy target to chase, Mandeep Singh and Karun Nair opened the batting to chase an easy target but both of them were back in the changing room before completion of 10 overs on a personal score of 4 and 14 respectively. It looked like Indian team will face downfall as NPS as captain Manish Pandey too failed with the bat which increased concern in the Indian camp.
Shreyas Iyer and his senior Kedar Jadhav then took over the charge and shared a match-winning partnership of 135 runs between themselves. This partnership was the deciding factor of the match. Shreyas Iyer made some adjustments in his batting as per the demand of match. Jadhav too controlled himself but he was keeping up batting pace with regular singles and doubles. Iyer before getting out on a score of 62, ensured that team India is in a safe position.
Hardik Pandya joined Jadhav at the crease to complete the remaining task. Both of them celebrated India’s win when Jadhav took an off the second ball of 39 over from DJM Moody. Jadhav played a remarkable inning of 93 of just 83 balls which helped Indian team to register this win. He was awarded Man of the Match award for this miraculous innings.
India A will now face Australia A in their last group stage match.
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