In the first match of the three-match ODI series, India A defeated New Zealand A by 7 wickets without any trouble, in which players like Shardul Thakur and Rajat Patidar played a special role.
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Sanju Samson may not find a place in the Indian team for next month’s T20 World Cup, but he has been given the command of the India A team for an important series and Samson has made a great start in this role. India A easily defeated New Zealand A by 7 wickets in the first match of the three-match ODI series. Samson not only showed amazing in his captaincy, but also played a small but important innings.
This series is important not only for Samson, but also for the bowling all-rounder Shardul Thakur, who was a regular part of the Indian team till a few months ago. Shardul also could not make it to the World Cup team this time and in such a situation, this is a good opportunity for him to prove his ability again and he performed effectively in the first match.
Shardul-Kuldeep made trouble
At the Chepauk Stadium in Chennai, it was Shardul Thakur who prepared the foundation of victory for India. He along with Madhya Pradesh fast pacer Kuldeep Sen completely destroyed the top and middle order of New Zealand One. New Zealand’s 8 wickets had fallen for just 74 runs, out of which 7 wickets were taken by both the bowlers.
New Zealand put on 89 runs for the ninth wicket, on the basis of which the team somehow managed to reach 167 runs. Shardul took 4 and Kuldeep took 3 wickets.
Good play by Prithvi Fail, Samson-Patidar
At the same time, apart from Samson, there was a lot of eye on another batsman in terms of batting – Prithvi Shaw. After batting well in the recent Duleep Trophy, Shaw was expected to bat with a bang in this series as well, but he failed in the first opportunity in front of a small score and could score only 17 runs. At the same time, Rituraj Gaikwad, who failed to capitalize on the opportunities he got with Team India, definitely batted well. Gaikwad continued his good form and played an innings of 41 runs.
In the end, captain Samson, along with Rajat Patidar, added 69 runs to lead the team to victory. This year, MP batsman Patidar, who was batting brilliantly in the first class and T20, continued his momentum in the ODI format as well and scored 45 runs at a fast pace. At the same time, Samson also played an unbeaten innings of 29 runs without any trouble, in which he also hit 3 excellent sixes and gave victory in 32 overs.