Fast bowler Mohammed Siraj was at his devastating best during the first unofficial ODI game against New Zealand A at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval on Wednesday. Siraj’s effect of destruction was witnessed when he made a complete mess of Kiwi batsmen’s stumps.
He looked like a different bowler altogether when he rattled two of his three wickets that saw stumps flying into the sky. His second wicket, which dispatched Ajaz Patel packing, had the middle stumps rolling over by a stupendous delivery.
Siraj’s third and the final wicket of the team’s innings also saw a similar replay as the off-stump went flying into the air for Jacob Duffy as the latter made his way back to the dressing room. Mohammed Siraj was the best bowler for the team as he returned with impressive bowling figures of 3/33 in his 6.3 overs.
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It is worth mentioning here that Khaleel Ahmed and Axar Patel picked up two wickets each, while Vijay Shankar and Rahul Chahap with a wicket apiece.
India A beat New Zealand A by five wickets
Chasing the target of 231, India A were off to a superb start as Prithvi Shaw (48 off 35 balls) and Mayank Agarwal (29 off 29) built a good platform with 79 runs. But two quick wickets broke the flow of momentum before Indian skipper Shubman Gill (30 off 35) and Samson (39 off 21) steadied the ship by adding 66 runs for the third wicket helped India gain the much-needed confidence.
Suryakumar Yadav switched to T20I mode ahead of the IPL as he scored a fiery 35 off 19 balls. Without any further hic-cups, Krunal Pandya and Vijay Shankar helped India A win the game by 5 wickets with more than 20 overs to spare.
When asked to bat first, the majority of the Blackcaps batsmen got a start but failed to bat long as they got out without long partnerships. Opener Rachin Ravindra and captain Tom Bruce were the best batsmen on the day with 49 and 47 respectively.