SHANKAR HELPS INDIA A TO 4-WKT WIN VERSUS NZ A
Riding on half-centuries from Vijay Shankar and Shreyas Iyer, India A beat New Zealand A by four wickets in the first unofficial ODI at Mount Maunganui on Friday. Asked to bat, New Zealand A posted 308/6 courtesy half-centuries from Jimmy Neesham (79*), Hamish Rutherford (70) and Tim Seifert’s 59. For India A, seamer Siddarth Kaul took two wickets. In reply, India A batsmen scored at a good rate and overhauled the target with six balls to spare. Shankar remained unbeaten on 87 while Iyer hit 54. Brief scores: New Zealand A 308/6 in 50 overs (Jimmy Neesham 79*, Hamish Rutherford 70; Siddarth Kaul 2/74) lost to India A 311/6 in 49 overs (Vijay Shankar 87*, Shreyas Iyer 54; Hamish Bennett 2/65) by four wickets.