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Manish Pandey’s classy century helps India A clinch series

Captain Pandey remains unbeaten on 111, Shreyas Iyer and Vijay Shankar hit crucial fifties

Manish Pandey’s classy unbeaten century and crucial half-centuries from Shreyas Iyer and Vijay Shankar helped India A chase 300 in the second unofficial ODI against hosts New Zealand A. With the visitors getting to the target with an over to spare, India A clinched the series 2-0 at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui with a game left to be played on Tuesday at the same venue.

While all eyes were on the senior team in Adelaide, the India A put up another scintillating performance. The in-form middle-order once again laid the foundation with Iyer’s second consecutive half-century and Shankar’s fourth straight half-century of the tour.

Captain Pandey 111* (109b, 5x4, 3x6) anchored the chase brilliantly as he first put on 90 with Iyer for the third wicket to recover from a precarious 58/2 when both Shubman Gill and Mayank Agarwal were dismissed for an identical score of 25. Once Iyer was dismissed for a 63-ball 59, Pandey stitched a 123-run stand off 19 overs with Shankar. The all-rounder, who was pivotal in the first win with a telling contribution of 87, once again played a fine knock to bring India A closer to victory.

Off spinner Cole McConchie’s twin strikes with India needing 29 from 27 made things interesting but Axar (12* from 11) remained calm as India crossed the finish line in the penultimate over.

Earlier, left-arm fast Khaleel Ahmed struck in the first over removing Hamish Rutherford but fellow opener George Worker and No. 3 Will Young put on a big 190-run partnership. Khaleel broke the partnership and Axar stuck from the other end as he bowled Worker for an agonizing 99. K Gowtham dismissed captain Corey Anderson for zero and New Zealand A were reduced to 215-4. Wickets kept tumbling as all-rounder Daryl Mitchell (45 off 28) gave them late impetus as they finished at 299.

Brief scores:
New Zealand A 299/9 in 50 overs (Will Young 102, George Worker 99; Khaleel Ahmed 2-65, Navdeep Saini 2-68) lost to India A 300/5 in 49 overs (Manish Pandey 111*, Vijay Shankar 59; Cole McConchie 2-39) by five wickets


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Smriti, Harmanpreet & Poonam named in ICC's Team of the Tournament

Harmanpreet named Captain of the side

The International Cricket Council (ICC) today announced the team of the tournament of the ICC Women’s World T20 2018 based on performances during the 16-day tournament held across three venues in the West Indies.

Three players each from England and India, two from Australia and one each from Pakistan, New Zealand and the Windies have been named in the eleven, which was selected by an esteemed selection panel that included three former international players.

India captain Harmanpreet Kaur, one of two captains to make the squad along with Pakistan’s Javeria Khan, has been named to lead the team, with player of the tournament Alyssa Healy of Australia, India’s left-handed opener Smriti Mandhana and England’s Amy Jones nominated to bat ahead of her.

All-rounders Deandra Dottin of the Windies and Allyse Perry of Australia, and England fast bowler Anya Shrubsole are the seam bowlers in the squad with off-spinner Leigh Kasperek of New Zealand, leg-spinner Poonam Yadav of India and left-arm spinner Kirstie Gordon of England the slow bowlers. Bangladesh’s new-ball bowler Jahanara Alam has been named as the 12th player.

The selection panel comprised former players and commentators Ian Bishop, Anjum Chopra and Ebony Rainford-Brent, journalist Melinda Farrell and ICC’s General Manager – Cricket, Geoff Allardice.

ICC Women’s World T20 2018 Team of the Tournament (in batting order):

Alyssa Healy (Australia) – 225 runs
Smriti Mandhana (India) – 178 runs
Amy Jones (England, wicketkeeper) – 107 runs, 5 dismissals
Harmanpreet Kaur (India, Captain) – 183 runs
Deandra Dottin (Windies) – 121 runs, 10 wickets
Javeria Khan (Pakistan) – 136 runs
Ellyse Perry (Australia) – 60 runs, 9 wickets
Leigh Kasperek (New Zealand) – 8 wickets
Anya Shrubsole (England) – 7 wickets
Kirstie Gordon (England) – 8 wickets
Poonam Yadav (India) – 8 wickets

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