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New Zealand A bulldoze Aus A

September 15, 2008 19:37 IST

Mark Gillespie mowed down the top order while Jeetan Patel polished the tail as New Zealand A thumped their Australian counterparts by 129 runs in the first match of the A Team Triangular Series, in Hyderabad on Monday.

Opting to bat first, the Kiwis reached 235 for nine in 50 overs with meaty contribution from Peter Fulton (75), Martin Guptill (33) and Neil Broom (30). 

Defending the total, Gillespie (3 for 37) and Patel (4 for 16) run through the Australian batting order and only Cameron White (42) and Luke Ronchi (27) managed double digit score as the Aussies folded for just 106 in just 26.1 overs.

New Zealand A had a quiet start to their innings, losing Aaron Redmond (5) in the fourth over and the run rate was just over three.

Fulton then upped the tempo, hitting Peter Siddle for three boundaries. Erratic Shaun Tait could not escape his anger too as Fulton treated him with complete disdain. 

At the other end, Guptill was not quiet either as he smote two sixes to show his belligerent streak. Once he exited, James Marshall (25) continued the tempo before Phil Hughes took an extraordinary catch to remove him.

Doug Bollinger then removed Fulton but by then, the Kiwi skipper had hit 75 runs off 101 balls with the help of 12 boundaries. Apart from Broom, none of the subsequent batsmen could get going and the Kiwis eventually settled for 235 for nine.

Australia A had an ominous start to their chase with Gillespie removing Hughes with the fifth delivery of the innings and scalping David Hussey (0) in his next over.

Ronchi and White tried to stem the rot but once Gillespie trapped Ronchi in the seventh over, Australia witnessed an incredible batting collapse.

Only White managed to keep his reputation intact. He fell in the 23rd over when he erred in judging a run and Guptill caught him short of crease. White's subdued 72-ball 42 included seven hits to the fence.

In all, as many as five Australian batsmen -- half their batting order -- had duck against their names and their reply ended in the first delivery of the 27th over when Jeetan Patel had Peter Siddle stump for three.

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