Pandey shows his class as India A clinches series

Indian batsman Manish Pandey lit up Bay Oval with a high quality century to clinch the one-day series against New Zealand A on Sunday.
Pandey shows his class as India A clinches series
India A captain Manish Pandey scored an unbeaten 111

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With 23 ODIs and 28 Twenty20 internationals to his name, Pandey showed his class as captain of India A with an unbeaten knock of 111 off 109 balls to seal a five-wicket victory in game two.

It saw it secure the three-match series 2-0 with one to play on Tuesday, after it chased down NZA’s 299-9 with one over to spare. It was a similar story in game one when India A overhauled NZA’s 308-6.

The host would be kicking itself for not kicking on to a total well over 300 after Central Stags Will Young (102 off 106) and George Worker (99 off 106) combined to set a platform with a second wicket stand of 190.

As its compatriots battled Australia in the first Test in Adelaide, India A still oozed class and with Pandey at the crease it was rarely troubled in its chase.

Pandey and Shreyas Iyer (59 off 63) put on 90 for the third wicket while senior NZA pace bowler Hamish Bennett (2-45 off seven) struck reasonably early.

A late double breakthrough from spinner Cole McConchie (2-39 off six) caused some jitters but Pandey kept it steady in his knock containing five fours and three sixes.

Whatever the result, Young’s form will be catching the eyes of national selectors Gavin Larsen and Gary Stead with a view to backup batting options for the home summer. Young handed over the Stags captaincy this summer and it’s clearly working. It was his third century for New Zealand A in the past seven weeks, after his 136 against Pakistan A in the one-dayer in Abu Dhabi then 123 against India A when opening in the first-class match in Hamilton last month.

Still NZA would have been disappointed with the way it finished from a dominant 199-1 in the 33rd over.Captain Corey Anderson chipped to long-on second ball then Worker played around one from spinner Axar Patel to be bowled one short of a century.

Allrounder Daryl Mitchell (45 off 28) gave late impetus in the absence of Jimmy Neesham who was rested for the match.

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