India ‘A’ sweep series vs New Zealand ‘A’ | Cricket News

CHENNAI: Average pace Raj Angad Bawa (5.3-0-11-4) played with the ball as India ‘A’ beat New Zealand ‘A’ by 106 points on matchday three to sweep the series 3-0 at Chepauk tuesday. The hosts, batting first, scored 284 runs, then eliminated their opposition for 178 runs.
Bawa, one of the standout performers of India’s triumphant U-19 World Cup campaign earlier this year, has shown why he is highly rated. The 19-year-old, who made his India ‘A’ debut in the second game of the series and took 1-14, entered the wicket-taker board by dismissing Mark Chapman (11) — caught by Sanju Samson — in his first spell.
Others to contribute for the hosts include leg spinner Rahul Chahar (2-39) and Kuldeep Yadav (2-29).
New Zealand ‘A’ remained in contention thanks to fly-half Dane Cleaver’s 89-ball 83. Once Rishi Dhawan (1-27) got rid of Cleaver — caught by Srikar Bharat — Bawa returned for his second outing the Kiwi innings. Bawa got rid of Michael Rippon (29), Jacob Duffy (1) and Matthew Fisher (0) to clear the visitors in 38.3 overs.
The first half saw the hosts benefit from crucial contributions from skipper Sanju (54), Tilak Varma (50) and a late touch from Shardul Thakur (33-ball 51) to finish with a competitive total.
Bawa, the star of the show, credited Shardul with keeping him calm. “He asked me not to do anything different and stick to what works for me. Before this match, I spoke with him to understand how he was able to maintain his overall skills. He insisted about finding a good balance in practice — don’t play too much in practice or too less. That was also the case with the hitters,” Bawa said after the game.
Ahead of the domestic season, Bawa — who made his first-class debut earlier this year for Chandigarh — wants to gain more experience and improve in his craft. As well as attending a camp at the NCA in Bengaluru, Bawa interacted with Australian rhythm ace Glenn McGrath during a short camp at the MRF Pace Foundation here. “He made minor changes to my loadout and startup and that helped me,” Bawa said.
Short scores: India ‘A’ 284 in 49.3 overs (Sanju Samson 54, Tilak Varma 50, Shardul Thakur 51; Rippon 2-43, Duffy 2-45). New Zealand ‘A’ 178 in 38.3 overs (D Cleaver 83; Raj Bawa 4-11). India ‘A’ won by 106 runs

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