IND-A vs NZ-A 2nd Unofficial Test: Priyank Panchal, KS Bharat shine as India A score 229/6 against New Zealand A on Day 2
IND-A vs NZ-A 2nd Unofficial Test: On the second day of the rain-delayed second unofficial Test match against New Zealand A, India A reached 229 for six thanks to the tenacious 87 of captain Priyank Panchal and the valiant unbeaten 74 of wicketkeeper Kona Srikar Bharat.
Rain forced the cancellation of the first day’s play, and the short second day saw 66 overs bowled, with the majority of the top and middle-order hitters failing to make an impact.
Panchal, the team’s captain, scored 148 runs off 148 balls, hitting 12 fours and two sixes, while Bharat, who is still unbeaten, scored 104 runs off 104 balls, scoring 10 boundaries.
In a bind at 68 for four, the Panchal-Bharat partnership saved India A with a 117-run fifth-wicket stand.
The previous “Test’s” three centurions, Abhimanyu Easwaran (22), middle-order batsman Rajat Patidar (4), and NT Tilak Varma (0), were all out cheaply, while Ruturaj Gaikwad (5) suffered his second series defeat.
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In a 38-run partnership with Bharat, Shardul Thakur (26), a late addition to the team, helped India A surpass the 200-run threshold.
Jacob Duffy (2/55) and Logan van Beek (2/39) each grabbed two wickets for New Zealand A, while spinners Rachin Ravindra (1/20) and Sean Solia (1/58) both claimed one wicket.
At the halfway point of the first hour, Panchal and Easwaran had put together 37 runs, getting off to a good start.
Before right-arm bowler Van Beek, who was brought on as a replacement, He had the opener caught in the slips by captain Tom Bruce. Easwaran had done the majority of the scoring with five boundaries.
Gaikwad egged another away-going delivery from Van Beek to keeper Cam Fletcher behind the stumps.
After playing 16 dot balls, Patidar started to become impatient and was defeated by Duffy, who got a return catch.
Tilak’s defence broken during Duffy’s second spell thanks to him circling the wicket.
Prior to the skipper dismissed by Solia. Panchal & Bharat managed to score 117 runs at a rate of more than 4.5 runs per over in just over 25 overs.
Brief scores: India A 229/6 (Priyank Panchal 87, KS Bharat 74 batting; Logan Van Beek 2/39, Jacob Duffy 2/55) vs NZ A.