India ‘A’ warmed up nicely for its upcoming one-day series with a 92-run win against New Zealand ‘A’ in the first of the two practice games here on Friday.
Once Gill was out after hitting seven fours, Gaikwad joined forces with Suryakumar Yadav, who hit a 48-ball-50. The latter’s innings was laced with four fours and two sixes as the duo added 89 runs. While Suryakumar attacked, Gaikwad held anchor at one end. During the final phase of the innings, Krunal Pandya struck a 31-ball 41 with Sanju Samson (4) and Vijay Shankar (13) failing to make an impact.
New Zealand ‘A’ started off with an 82-run opening stand between Jakob Bhula (50) and Jack Boyle (42) but Khaleel (4/43) and Mohammed Siraj (2/33) did the bulk of the damage with the ball and helped India ‘A’ register an easy win.
Brief scores: India ‘A’ 279 for 8 in 50 overs (R Gaikwad 93, Suryakumar 50, S Gill 50) vs New Zealand ‘A’ 187 all-out in 41.1 overs (J Bhula 50, K Ahmed 4/43).