Left arm spinner Saurabh Kumar took five wickets to play a big part in India A’s series, taking the 113-run victory over New Zealand A in the third and final ‘unofficial test’ here on Sunday. The 416 goal was ruled out but New Zealand A looked at one point to try and tie a draw before losing the last five wickets for under 50 runs only to be ejected for 302 in 85.2 overs. Saurabh, who has been on the margins of the senior national team, had figures of 5/103 in 27.2 overs and a nine-wicket match-haul after taking four in the first innings.
The interesting aspect of Saurabh’s scalp all came from the leg-by-decision, with at least three armballs for the right-handers.
Sarfaraz Khan (2/48), who had a disappointing run with the bat, played a significant hand when his leg fractures got rid of senior international Mark Chapman (45), who shared 82 runs for the fourth wicket with centurion Joe Carter ( 111).
More than the number of runs, the pair had hit 20 overs and won the match in the second session with New Zealand A comfortably placed at 197 for three.
Chapman was hollowed out while trying to attack Sarfaraz. The bowler got a second wicket with a googly that captured Robert O’Donnell (19) perpendicular up front.
Once New Zealand A was 222/5 with a few hours of play to go, it became easier for Saurabh to turn up the pressure as he started attacking the stumps more, leaving Black Caps’ second team on the defensive. had to go.
Braving the Indian attack, Carter was eventually cleared by Mukesh Kumar before Saurabh returned to trap Jacob Duffy’s leg.
Patidar, Mukesh shine bright
While the first two Tests were canceled due to rain, India’s at bat was satisfactory throughout the series, with almost all specialized batters under runs.
Skipper Priyank Panchal had two half-centuries and one nearly 50 (47) score, while his opening partner Abhimanyu Easwaran had a hundred in the opening match.
But the man who stood out above the rest was Rajat Patidar, who could defeat Sarfaraz Khan in the long run as far as the call to India is concerned.
Patidar, who has gone straight to stardom after the last IPL, was in a league of his own in his first India A series with two hundred in three games.
While Ruturaj Gaikwad cashed in on himself in the last game with a century and 94, Sarfaraz is the only one to miss points when it mattered.
He may have scored an attacking half-century in the final Indian innings, but Sarfaraz would be the first to know that he didn’t score those points under pressure.
Among bowlers, the Bengal man Mukesh Kumar was the surprise package as he consistently harassed the New Zealand batters with the new ball in all matches. Saurabh also kept himself in the test team’s fray with this feat.
Short scores: India A 293 and 359/7 decl vs New Zealand A 237 and (goal 416) 302 (Joe Carter 111, Mark Chapman 45, Saurabh Kumar 5/103, Sarfaraz Khan 2/48).
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