Shaw, Sanju make use of opportunity
The in-form Prithvi Shaw flourished again as India A notched up a convincing five-wicket victory over New Zealand A in the first one-dayer on Wednesday.
A day after being picked as Shikhar Dhawan’s replacement in India’s ODI squad for the matches against New Zealand’s senior team, the 20-year-old Shaw smashed 48 off 35 balls to lay the foundation for the visiting team’s chase.
Shaw hit five fours and three sixes with his runs coming at a strike-rate of 137.14.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Sanju Samson, who replaced Dhawan in the T20I squad, blazed away to a 21-ball 39, while Suryakumar Yadav hammered 35 off a mere 19 deliveries.
Chasing a modest 231 after opting to bowl, India A completed the task with more than 20 overs to spare at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval.
With the ball, Mohammed Siraj was the most successful for India A, picking up three wickets for 33 runs in 6.3 overs.
Quite a few home team players got off the blocks easily, but could not go on to make substantial contributions. Rachin Ravindra top-scored with 49 off 58 balls and skipper Tom Bruce made 47 off 55.
India A got their chase off to a brisk start with Shaw and his opening partner Mayank Agarwal (29) picking the gaps at will.
The visitors had raced to 79 in 9.1 overs when Shaw fell to James Neesham. Captain Shubman Gill (30) got out after getting his eye in and after that, Samson showed his prowess, smoking two maximums and three boundaries.
Brief scores: New Zealand A 230 in 48.3 ovs (R. Ravindra 49; M. Siraj 3/33). India A 231/5 in 29.3 ovs (P. Shaw 48, S. Samson 39). India A won by 5 wickets.