Hyderabad:The top order wobbled again but skipper S Badrinath led by example and hit a sedate unbeaten 69 to fashion India A's comprehensive five-wicket win against their New Zealand counterparts in the Tri-Series cricket tournament in Hyderabad on Wednesday.
After Badrinath inserted the visitors, Piyush Chawla (3-43) and Praveen Kumar (2-17) shared five wickets between them to shoot out the visitors for 167 in 44.5 overs with Neil Broom (52), Peter Fulton (40) and Grant Eilliot (35) making useful contribution with the bat.
Chasing a meagre target, the Indians could not settle into any rhythm as the top order continued its slipshod show before Badrinath and in-form Yusuf Pathan (34 not out) put their foot down and stitched together an unbeaten 43-run stand to see the hosts through with 15.2 overs to spare.
Badrinath's 88-ball unbeaten knock included seven hits to the fence apart from two sixes.
Yusuf played a violent 20-ball knock of unbeaten 34 with two boundaries and three sixes in it.
The Kiwis ran into trouble early in their innings, losing three wickets for eight runs inside seven overs.
Fulton and Broom then arrested the slide with defiant knocks to avert any immediate setback. Though they managed to stave off the Indian attack for a while, putting together 89 runs in the process, the run rate remained modest and from 97 for three, they suddenly slumped to 110 for six.