IND-A vs NZ-A 3rd unofficial Test: Spinners shine as India A take upper hand against New Zealand A
IND-A vs NZ-A 3rd unofficial Test: On the second day of the third unofficial Test on Friday, the spin combo of Saurabh Kumar and Rahul Chahar shone with the ball to dismiss New Zealand A for 237 and give India A the first-innings lead.
Leg-spinner Chahar (3/53) and slow left-arm orthodox bowler Saurabh (4/48) shared seven wickets to knock out New Zealand A in 71.2 overs and give India victory. In the first innings of the four-day contest, the lead was 56 runs.
At the stumps, India A had amassed 40 runs in 11 overs, bringing their total lead to 96 runs.
The only Indian to be dismissed in their second innings was Abhimanyu Easwaran (4), who was LBW to Sean Solia.
In company with captain Priyank Panchal (17), Ruturaj Gaikwad, who made a century in the first innings, was batting on 18.
To counter India A’s 293 runs, New Zealand A got off to a disastrous start, losing half of their team within the first 100 runs.
Following the opening breakthroughs by Shardul Thakur (1/33) and Mukesh Kumar (2/48). Chahar joined the fray and claimed the wickets of Dane Cleaver (34). And captain Tom Bruce (13) to reduce New Zealand A to 99 for five.
However, the visitors’ innings saved by Mark Chapman and Solia, who put together 114 runs for the sixth wicket.
Solia’s innings featured seven fours. While Chapman’s fast 91 off 115 balls aided by eight boundaries and two overs of the fence.
With the removal of Chapman and the subsequent dismissals of Solia and Joe Walker in the 66th over. Saurabh gave India A the advantage by ending the potentially hazardous partnership.
Then, in a flash, Chahar and Saurabh finished off New Zealand A’s innings.
India A: 293 & 40 for 1 in 11 overs (Ruturaj Gaikwad 18 not out, Priyank Panchal 17 not out; Sean Solia 1/20) vs New Zealand A: 237 all out in 71.2 overs (Mark Chapman 92, Sean Solia 54; Saurabh Kumar 4/48, Rahul Chahar 3/53).