Chennai:New ball bowler Ashok Dinda picked up five wickets as India A defeated New Zealand A by 129 runs in the first four-day cricket match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Wednesday..
Requiring 355 to win, the Kiwis were never in the hunt and folded up for 225 in the first over after tea as Dinda took two wickets off consecutive deliveries to finish with figures of 18.4-4-60-5.
The second and concluding match of the series will be played at the same venue from Oct 3 to 6.
Earlier, double strikes by leg-spinner Amit Mishra, who came away with a three-wicket haul, and Dinda scuttled the Kiwi hopes that were resting on their batsmen to play out the minimum of 108 overs.
It was a struggle for the Kiwis batsmen who were far from convincing, be it negotiating pace or spin. However, Indians, who sent down 11 no-balls and three wides, tended to stray allowing some relief and freedom to the batsmen.
The game irrevocably turned India's way in the 10th over this morning when Mishra removed the two overnight not out batsmen Aaron Redmond (37) and skipper Peter Fulton (39) in the same over.
Thereafter, Greg Hey (20) and James Marshall (32 batting) put on 58 runs for the fourth wicket when Dinda struck a double-blow.
Bowling with considerable fire and enthusiasm, Dinda had Hey and new man Neil Broom plumb in front with consecutive deliveries that jagged back sharply.
The fast bowler nearly achieved a hat-trick when he rapped Nathan McCullum on the pads, but umpire Suresh Shastri turned down the appeal.
In the post-lunch session, the Kiwi batsmen were rendered virtually strokeless, barring an occasional hit, as wickets continued to tumble at regular intervals.
James Marshall offered some dour resistance while making 47 and adding 47 runs for the seventh wicket with Reece Young (39 not out), but never really able to defy the Indian attack on a pitch that afforded some turn and inconsistent bounce.
Marshall fell leg before to Mishra and soon, Michael Mason departed, caught at short-leg off Mohnish Parmar as Kiwis went to tea at 223 for eight.
Dinda, bowling first over after the break, removed Trent Boult and Brent Arnel off consecutive deliveries to end the Kiwi innings.