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Confident India A aim to seal series against New Zealand A

Updated: Monday, September 9, 2013, 21:17 [IST]
 
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Confident India A aim to seal series

Visakhapatnam, Sep 9: After notching up a convincing win in the opening game, India A will look to seal the three-match unofficial ODI series against New Zealand A when the two sides clash in their second encounter at the Dr Y S Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium here tomorrow (Tuesday).

Riding on India discard Robin Uthappa's century and his match winning stand with skipper Unmukt Chand (94) in the first match, the Indian team overhauled the target with six wickets to spare, after two matches of the unofficial Test series ended in tame draws.

Uthappa, who is in ODI exile, would be hoping to produce another sparkling show to catch the eyes of national selectors with limited overs series against West Indies and South Africa in sight.

Unmukt would be disappointed on losing out on a three figure mark but after his twin failures in the Test series, the flamboyant knock yesterday signalled his return to form.

The 20-year-old looked at ease and thrashed Kiwi bowlers all around the park and set up the Indian victory by adding 178 runs for the first wicket.

Though the Indian middle-order didn't have much to do in the first match, the likes of Rajasthan left-hander Ashok Menaria, Maharashtra's Kedar Jadhav and talented batsman Sanju Samson of Kerala would be itching to deliver whenever the opportunity comes.

The bowlers too stuck to a disciplined line and length and kept a check on the New Zealand A batsmen's scoring rate, making their team's task easier after they were asked to field.

PTI

Story first published:  Monday, September 9, 2013, 15:45 [IST]
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