IND-A vs NZ-A Third ‘Test’: Rajat Patidar scores 2nd ton, Ruturaj Gaikwad misses by 6 runs as India A close in on win
IND-A vs NZ-A Third ‘Test’: Rajat Patidar’s perfect season just got even better with his second hundred of the match, and Ruturaj Gaikwad narrowly missed a century as India A edged closer to defeating New Zealand A in the third “Test” today.
Priyank Panchal’s squad has a chance after the first two unofficial “Tests” of the three-match series ended in dull draws, mostly because of bad weather. New Zealand A finished the third and penultimate day on 20 for one while attempting to chase down a massive 416.
When left-arm spinner Saurabh Kumar entered the attack early, he started things off by dismissing Rachin Ravindra.
The hosts declared their second innings at 359 for seven following an outstanding second innings performance by the India A hitters, with only Abhimanyu Easwaran (8) failing to surpass the 50-run threshold.
With 109 off 135 balls, Patidar resumed his love affair with the Chinnaswamy Stadium. And scored his third first-class hundred there in the past three months. He had previously hit a hundred here in the Ranji Trophy final, and a fortnight later. He had struck 176 on his India ‘A’ debut.
For Gaikwad, it was a game to remember as he added a delicious 94. That contained 11 boundaries—to his first innings total of 108.
He was caught by Mark Chapman thanks to off-spinner Joe Walker. But by that point, the CSK batsman had been a part of two century-plus partnerships. 122 with his captain Priyank Panchal (62) for the second wicket. And 102 with Patidar for the third wicket.
Patidar, who smashed 13 fours and two sixes, then joined forces with Sarfaraz Khan (63 off 74 balls). Adding 108 runs in just 20 overs as India A sought a 400-plus total. Before turning the day’s final 90 minutes over to New Zealand A to bat.
Against Walker and Ravindra, Sarfaraz effectively utilised his feet, scoring seven fours and two sixes.
The fifty came when the pressure was figuratively off. But his failure in the other games could come back to haunt him.
India A 293 and 359/7 decl (Rajat Patidar 109, Ruturaj Gaikwad 94, Priyank Panchal 62, Sarfaraz Khan 63, Rachin Ravindra 3/65)
New Zealand 237 and (Target 416) 20/1 (Saurabh Kumar 1/13).