India A captain Sanju Samson received a warm welcome from the crowd during the first ODI in Chennai. watch

India A captain Sanju Samson received a warm welcome from the crowd during the first ODI in Chennai.  watch


India A is currently playing against New Zealand A in a three-match unofficial ODI series. The ODI is followed by a three-match Test series, in which India A won 2–0. The hosts advanced the ODI series 1-0 after beating the visitors by seven wickets at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Thursday. The second and third ODI will be played at the same ground on Sunday and Tuesday respectively. After deciding to bowl, India A bundled out New Zealand A for 167 in 40.2 overs.

Shardul Thakur was the pick of the bowlers as he finished the match with figures of 8.2-1-32-4. Meanwhile, Kuldeep Sen also returned figures of 7-0-30-3.

For the visitors, Michael Rippon (61) and Joe Walker (36) put on 89 for the seventh wicket as New Zealand A posted 74 for six.

In reply, India A chased down the target by seven wickets in 31 overs.

After the opening wicket of Prithvi Shaw, Ruturaj Gaikwad (41) and Rahul Tripathi (31) gave India a solid platform before skipper Sanju Samson (29 not out) and Rajat Patidar (45 not out) took them across the line. .

Samson received a warm welcome from the Chepauk crowd when he came out to bat.

Earlier this week, India’s T20 World Cup squad was announced and Samson didn’t even find a place in the reserve. Compared to the right-handed batsman who trended on Twitter, fans were upset over his absence in the line-up.

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India A squad: Prithvi Shaw, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Rahul Tripathi, Rajat Patidar, Sanju Samson (c), KS Bharat (wk), Kuldeep Yadav, Shabaz Ahmed, Rahul Chahar, Tilak Verma, Kuldeep Sen, Shardul Thakur, Umran Malik, Navdeep Saini, Raj Angad Bao

The second and third ODI will be played at the same ground on Sunday and Tuesday respectively.

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