New Zealand A vs India A, 2nd Unofficial One-Day, Review: Manish Pandey leads from the front to seal the series

Will Young and Worker's brave effort with the bat was undone by Pandey's brilliance.

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India A have sealed the three-match One-Day series against New Zealand A by chasing down 300 runs in the second match at the Bay Oval. Manish Pandey‘s impeccable run continued in the limited-overs format as he slammed a century in the chase and proved his mettle once again strengthening his position to get selected for the upcoming ODI series against Australia.

Chasing a mammoth total, the visitors didn’t get off to a great start today as their openers Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill were back in the hut with only 58 runs on the board in the 12th over with the express of Hamish Bennett and Seth Rance troubling them consistently. But Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey then joined hands and played sensible knocks.

They added 91 runs for the third wicket and most importantly concentrated on not playing many dot balls. Iyer once again looked impressive and scored a half-century but failed to kick on and was dismissed on 59 runs by Bennett. The in-form Vijay Shankar walked out to the middle and he rode his last match’s form. Meanwhile, Pandey was looking sublime at the other end as he kept on manoeuvring the ball.

Eventually, he stitched another big partnership with Shankar and took the team close to the victory. The duo added 123 runs in less than 20 overs to take the team close. But, as it happened in the previous game, a wicket fell when the things were getting close. Shankar was the culprit this time as he perished after scoring 59 with four fours and a solitary six.

But Pandey, being the captain, took all the responsibility to take the team over the line and also slammed a century to remain unbeaten on 111 off just 109 balls with five fours and three sixes. India A won the match with one over to spare and have now sealed the series.

Will Young’s century propels the Kiwis

Earlier in the morning, New Zealand A were sitting pretty at 199/1 thanks to a sensational partnership of 190 runs between George Worker and Will Young. While the former missed out on a well-deserved ton, his partner scored a ton and was sent back on 102. But the Kiwi innings derailed then courtesy of wickets falling at the regular intervals.

They had a good chance to post a mammoth total of around 350 but they needed a blitzkrieg from Daryl Mitchell even to reach 299 in the end. However, all the hard work has been undone once again as their bowlers had no answers to Pandey’s brilliance.

Brief Scores

New Zealand A 299/9 after 50 overs (W Young 102, G Worker 99; K Gowtham 1/40, S Kaul 1/36)

India A 300/5 after 49 overs (M Pandey 111*, S Iyer 59, V Shankar 59; C McConchie 2/39, H Bennett 2/45)

Result: India A won by five wickets.

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