New Zealand A struggle with spinners in second heavy defeat against India A in first class cricket match
A brave second innings 94 by Henry Nicholls was not enough to stop the New Zealand A cricket team suffering a heavy loss by an innings and 26 runs against India A in their first-class cricket match in Vijayawada.
The tourists had no answer to the India A spin bowlers and suffered their second loss by an innings in-a-row in the series.
Nicholls and Jeet Raval put on a 105-run second innings partnership for the second wicket as New Zealand A tried to save the match on the final day of the four-day fixture on Tuesday (NZ time).
Unfortunately New Zealand A's chances went once Raval was dismissed for 47 as the tourists collapsed from 124 for two, to make a total of 210, as they fell short of making their opponents bat again.
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India A spinners Karan Sharma and Shahbaz Nadeem caused problems for the New Zealand A batsmen.
Leg break bowler Sharma picked up five wickets for 78 runs in the second innings and eight wickets for the match, while left arm orthodox spinner Nadeem snared four wickets second innings wickets and six for the match.
Earlier in the game New Zealand A batted first and posted 211 with Colin Munro top scoring with 65.
In reply India A's Ankit Bawne batted New Zealand A out of the game with 162 not out, and helped his team to an imposing 447, while Ish Sodhi took three wickets for 120 runs.
The attention for both teams turns to five one-day matches, with the first one starting on Friday (NZ time).
At a glance
New Zealand A 211 (Colin Munro 65, Jeet Raval 48, Tim Seifert 44*; S Thakur 3-34, K Sharma 3-49, S Nadeem 2-41) and 210 (Henry Nicholls 94, Jeet Raval 47; K Sharma 5-78, S Nadeem 4-41 ) lost to India A 447 (A Bawne 162*, S Iyer 82, R Patel 65, P Panchal 46, K Nair 43; Ish Sodhi 3-120) by an innings and 26 runs.