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Nadeem, Karn knock over New Zealand A for 147

Wisden India logo Wisden India 23/09/2017

Ish Sodhi took two vital wickets late on day one against India A. © Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images Ish Sodhi took two vital wickets late on day one against India A. Shahbaz Nadeem and Karn Sharma shared eight wickets between them to bundle out New Zealand A for 147 in 63 overs before R Samarth's unbeaten 38 carried India A to 71 for 2 on the opening day of the first four-day match on Saturday (September 23).

After Henry Nicholls, the New Zealand captain, opted to bat first at the Dr. Gokaraju Liala Gangaaraju ACA Cricket Ground in Vijayawada, George Worker (33) and Jeet Raval (34) got their side off to a decent start. The two put on 72 runs for the opening wicket before Worker, the left-handed batsman, became Nadeem's first victim. New Zealand's innings unravelled quickly as they lost their next five batsmen for just nine runs, slumping to 81 for 6.

© Provided by Wisden Nadeem, the Jharkhand left-arm spinner, picked up four of the first six wickets to fall and was well supported by Mohammed Siraj, the right-arm pacer, who got the other two. None amongst Nicholls (5), Will Young (0), Tom Blundell (1) and Todd Astle (0) reached double digits.

Tim Seifert, the wicketkeeper-batsman, then added 40 runs with Scott Kuggeleijn (17) for the seventh wicket and took his side past the 100-run mark. While Nadeem did most of the early damage in the innings, Karn Sharma -- who had replaced K Gowtham in the squad after the latter was suspended on disciplinary grounds -- picked up the last four wickets to knock New Zealand out for a below-par total.

Seifert remained unbeaten on a 114-ball 35, and was the side's top scorer. Nadeem finished with figures of 4 for 39 while Karn took 4 for 58.

In reply, India's opening duo of Samarth and Priyank Panchal started steadily, adding 50 runs for the first wicket. Ish Sodhi, the legspinner then got rid of Panchal (14) and Sudip Chatterjee (1) in quick succession to give New Zealand a smidgeon of hope of making a comeback in the game.

However, Samarth was joined by Karun Nair (7*), the captain, and the two made sure that India ended the day without any further hiccups and just 76 runs behind New Zealand's total.

Brief scores: New Zealand A 147 in 63 overs (George Worker 33, Jeet Raval 34, Tim Seifert 35 n.o.; Shahbaz Nadeem 4-39, Karn Sharma 4-58, Mohammed Siraj 2-30) v India A 71/2 in 25 overs (R Samarth 38 n.o.; Ish Sodhi 2-11).

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