IND-A vs NZ-A 1st unofficial Test: Tilak Varma scores maiden ton, Kuldeep Yadav gives better account as India A-New Zealand A match ends in a draw
IND-A vs NZ-A 1st unofficial Test: The first “unofficial Test” between India A and New Zealand A finished in a tie on Sunday, with promising batsman Tilak Varma scoring his first-ever first-class hundred and Kuldeep Yadav bowling with much more control.
The match ended after New Zealand scored 133 for 4 in their second innings.
It happened after India. Priyank Panchal, the captain, proclaimed his team’s innings to be 571 for 6; Tilak had scored a superb 121 off 183 balls to become the third centurion of the innings.
Kuldeep Yadav’s 2/38 in 22 overs was the standout performance of the Indian bowlers. The left-arm wrist spinner did no harm to his cause as the game limped towards a draw by bowling with far more control and accuracy than he did in the first innings, when he conceded 119 runs in 34 overs.
Chad Bowes, the right-handed opener, was dismissed with a classic left-arm wrist spinner’s googly (five off twenty balls).
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Ruturaj Gaikwad got the edge at slips as Bowes pushed himself forward to play a defensive stroke but the delivery turned away after pitching.
He also caught Mark Chapman plumb in front, but in the second innings, it was encouraging to see how he changed the tempo of his deliveries and allowed the ball to have some air.
The fact that Kuldeep continued to lengthen his legs throughout the game’s 56 overs was its best aspect. As Rahul Chahar is expected to receive a game, he will play at least one more of the two remaining “Tests”. Before playing domestic cricket for UP and departing for the Bangladesh tour.
Tilak shines on India A debut
Prior to this “unofficial Test,” Tilak had only competed in four first-class matches, with a best score of 90.
However, on that particular day, he finished a well-deserved ton. The first of many that one might anticipate from the blade of the young Turk from Hyderabad.
The left-handed batsman, who rose to prominence with the Mumbai Indians in this year’s IPL. He hammered nine fours and six sixes.
Easwaran (132), who batted against the new ball and laid the groundwork, must also taken into consideration. Meanwhile, Patidar (176) pounded the New Zealand A bowlers into submission.
However, just because there not as much pressure because India A already in a comfortable position doesn’t mean that Tilak’s efforts should disregarded.
Brief Scores: New Zealand A 400 and 133/4 in 61 overs (Rachin Ravindra 40, Kuldeep Yadav 2/38). India A 571/6 (Abhimanyu Easwaran 132, Rajat Patidar 176, NT Tilak Varma 121).