George Worker’s 135 runs in 144 ball helped New Zealand A to win in the three-match one-day series against India A in Christchurch. Visitors lost by 29 runs.
Worker Faces Difficulty Before The Midway:
George Worker didn’t get a lot of support at a when the hosts were in a difficult situation at 109 for 5 before the midway mark. But Jimmy Neesham and Cole McConchie partnered with him to put on a solid score.
Put in to bat, New Zealand lost wickets very quickly as Rachin Ravindra and Glenn Phillips edged to wicketkeeper Ishan Kishan and the scoreboard read 45 for 2 after 11 overs. Ishan Porel then struck twice in the same number of balls by nipping in sharp deliveries to uproot Tom Bruce’s off stump and trap Tom Blundell lbw for a duck.
Mark Chapman edged one against Krunal Pandya and the hosts were battling. Their difficulties increased when Neesham retired hurt in the 31st over.
George Worker, in any case, found a partner in McConchie, who struck a brisk 56 off 54 balls, and raised his thirteenth List A hundred. George Worker struck all his six sixes on the offside in the cover and long-off district yet the greater part of his 12 fours went ahead of the leg side.
Both of them took the score past 250. George Worker fell attempting to pull Porel fine, however, giving a catch to Mohammad Siraj at third man.
Neesham returned by then and remained unbeaten on 33 off 31. Porel completed with a noteworthy 3 for 50 with two maidens in his ten overs and Axar Patel finished with a miserly 10-0-33-1.
A few India batsmen got starts but failed to turn them into good scores after Prithvi Shaw fell early when he swung hard against Kyle Jamieson to lose his off stump.
Ruturaj Gaikwad (17) gave a catch to cover with the main edge of a harmless delivery. Mayank Agarwal pulled a short ball to square leg and Suryakumar Yadav edged a short rising delivery to the wicketkeeper, leaving India on 88 for 4 in the eighteenth over.
Kishan (44) and Vijay Shankar (41) sewed a partnership 58 to revive India. Their partnership was broken when Kishan tapped a delivery to mid-off to take a single that didn’t exist.
Vijay fell soon as well and Pandya struck 51 off 48 balls but India required 56 from the last five overs and with just three wickets left, they lost the match.