Shardul, Patidar star in India ‘A’ win over New Zealand ‘A’ | Cricket News

CHENNAI: Shardul Thakur (4-32) and Rajat Patidar (41-ball 45) played a key role in India ‘A’ earning a seven-wicket win over New Zealand ‘A’ in their opening day match at Chepauk on Thursday. Shardul combined well with medium-paced compatriot Kuldeep Sen (3-30) to fire the visitors for 167. In response, Patidar with the opener Ruturaj Gaikwad (41) and Rahul Tripathi (31) ensured the hosts finished things off with 109 balls to spare.
Shardul and Kuldeep left the Kiwi side reeling at 27 for 5 in the clash’s 7.3 overs. Shardul started the slide for the visitors by clearing opener Chad Bowes (10) at 3rd. Kuldeep, operating on the other side, also kept a tight leash on the beaters. The Kiwis’ situation only got worse when they slipped to 74 for 8 in the 19th and were in danger of being knocked out for a low total. However, Michael Rippon (61, 4×4) and Joe Walker (36) came together and their 89 run position for the 9th wicket gave the Kiwi total respectability.
Both Rippon and Walker held off India’s “A” bowlers during their 126-delivery stand. The stand ended when Walker was exhausted in the 39th before Shardul got rid of Rippon — caught by Rishi Dhawan — to end the Kiwis’ innings. Shardul felt the flurry of wickets at the start set the tone for the game. “It was a good batting pitch, but luckily we had wickets early on which helped a lot. We didn’t expect them to lose so many wickets (at first). With the game starting at 9 a.m., the wicket had something for the bowlers for the first hour and we were able to take advantage of that,” Shardul said after the game.
A target of 168 has never tested the Indian “A” batting formation. After losing Prithvi Shaw (17) early, Ruturaj, along with Tripathi, stitched up a 56-run partnership for the second wicket to keep the team on track. India ‘A’ lost Ruturaj and Tripathi in quick succession, but skipper Sanju Samson (29 noes) and Patidar teamed up to help the team wrap things up in 31.5 overs. Patidar and Sanju looked comfortable during their unbroken 69-point position for the fourth wicket. Patidar’s 41-ball hit was studded with 7 fours. On the other end, Sanju’s innings contained a four and three sixes.
Brief notes: New Zealand ‘A’ 167 in 40.2 overs (Michael Rippon 61, Joe Walker 36; Shardul 4-32, Kuldeep Sen 3-30). India ‘A’ 170-3 in 31.5 overs (Rajat Patidar 45 no, Ruturaj Gaikwad 41, Rahul Tripathi 31, Sanju Samson 29 no). India ‘A’ won by 7 wickets

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