Manoj Tiwarys unbeaten half-century (51) went in vain as India paid the price for a top-order collapse to lose their second T20 match of the Emerging Players Tournament against New Zealand by five wickets.
Put in to bat,India scored 154 for 5 in their allotted 20 overs with Tiwary top-scoring. The Bengal batsman and Abhishek Nayar (45),batting at number five and six respectively,were instrumental in taking Indias score past 150 after the top-order flopped against fast bowler Hamish Bennett (3/20). Naman Ojha also chipped in with a 15-ball unbeaten 26. Openers Ajinkya Rahane and Murli Vijay scored 10 and nine,respectively,while captain S Badrinath,batting one-down,contributed just six runs. Virat Kohli,who followed in next,was out for a three-ball duck at the Albury Oval.
New Zealands emerging players rattled up 156 for five with Colin de Grandhomme top-scoring with 60. Right-arm off-spinner R Ashwin took three for 22 from his four overs while Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Amit Mishra took one wicket each. Defending a competitive total,the Indian seamers failed to get the early breakthrough with Martin Guptill and De Grandhomme scoring freely.
Brief scores: India Emerging Players 154 for 5 (Manoj Tiwary 51,Abhishek Nayar 45; Hamish Bennett 3/20) lost to New Zealand Emerging Players 156 for 5 (Colin de Grandhomme 60,R Ashwin 3/22)