IND-A vs NZ-A 1st unofficial Test: Joe Carter misses double century by whisker but puts New Zealand A in strong position
IND-A vs NZ-A: On day two of the 1st unofficial Test on Friday, Joe Carter narrowly missed a double century but gave New Zealand A a commanding lead over India A.
Carter, who started the day on 73, continued to bat for 305 balls, assisting New Zealand A in their first-inning 400 all out total.
At 153 for five, they had started the day. Carter put on a one-man performance as the only batsman to score 40 runs or more before earning his highest first-class total.
With opener Abhimanyu Easwaran (87 batting off 120) close to a century. India A responded by scoring 156 for one in 37 overs. Priyank Panchal, the captain, died after making 47 off 83 balls.
Carter! @ndcricket skipper Joe Carter bringing up a 100 for New Zealand A against India A early on Day 2 in Bangalore. His first for NZ A. LIVE scoring | https://t.co/trJaGGKdgw #INDAvNZA pic.twitter.com/alc1JNlz4K
— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) September 2, 2022
At stumps, Easwaran was in the middle with Ruturaj Gaikwad (20 batting off 19). India A 244 run still trail.
After taking three wickets on the first day, bowler Mukesh Kumar earned a well-deserved five-wicket haul on his debut.
Indian bowling was not as successful on day two as it had been on day one due to the weather. Mukesh was excellent once more, while the rest performed worse. Mukesh broke the 87-run stand between Carter and Sean Solia to provide the decisive breakthrough (32).
Easwaran and Panchal shared a 123-run stand for the opening wicket, giving the Indians a strong start. After Panchal’s expulsion, Gaikwad demonstrated aggressive intent by smashing two fours and a six.
Brief Scores: NZ A 1st Innings 400 all out in 110.5 overs (Joe Carter 197; Mukesh Kumar 5/86, Arzan Nagwaswalla 1/75, Yash Dayal 1/75, Kuldeep Yadav 1/119)
India A 1st innings: 156/1 in 37 overs (Abhimanyu Easwaran 87 batting).