Sanju Samson-led India A defeated New Zealand A in the first unofficial ODI between the two teams at Chepauk Stadium on Thursday. The hosts won by 7 wickets as skipper Sanju Samson put the finishing touches to a memorable victory as India A took a 1-0 lead in the series.
This, after the India A skipper came out to strike, saw the crowd go crazy at the sight. Numerous videos surfaced on the internet in which the crowd chanted “Sanju, Sanju” as he made his way downtown.
He thoroughly entertained the crowd, even hitting a six on the third ball he encountered after taking the bat. Likewise, India A skipper completed the job with half a dozen runs.
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Samson transitioned from batting to bat in the 21st and in no time at all, the video of him receiving effusive applause went viral.
Sanju Samson closes the game with a six over long-on
What a debut for him as India – A team captain
This is an incredible reception from the crowd in Chennai when #SanjuSamson enters the stadium to bat
— Adaleru RM (@Adaleru07) September 22, 2022
The India A skipper scored 29 from 32 balls, including a boundary and three sixes.
Shardul Thakur and Kuldeep Sen together created a deadly effect as they contributed 7 wickets together at the home of Chennai Super Kings (CSK).
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The visitors were narrowed to 27/5 thanks to a deadly opening spell for India A, but the Kiwis racked up a total of 167 thanks to Michael Rippon’s 61-run inning.
That wasn’t enough, as the home team reached the required total in 32 overs.