India A vs New Zealand A: Mukesh Kumar impresses with three wickets as New Zealand A score 156/5 on Day 1

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India A vs New Zealand A: Mukesh Kumar impresses with three wickets as New Zealand A score 156/5 on Day 1
India A vs New Zealand A: Mukesh Kumar impresses with three wickets as New Zealand A score 156/5 on Day 1

India A vs New Zealand A: Mukesh Kumar impresses with three wickets as New Zealand A score 156/5 on Day 1

India A vs New Zealand A: On Day 1 of the first “Unofficial” Test, Bengal seamer Mukesh Kumar bowled to a probing channel throughout as India A stifled New Zealand A to 156 for five before poor lighting called off play.

The right-arm fast-medium bowler got the ball to travel both ways when playing for a representative national team (India U-19, India U-23, India A or Senior India) for the first time. He concluded with stats of 13-4-34-3, taking a wicket in each of his three sessions.

Mukesh really took wickets with the new (4.3 overs), semi-new (35.3 overs), and old ball (57.4 overs) because only 61 of the potential 90 overs could be played.

Mukesh was by far the best bowler on the day, even though two left-arm pacers, Yash Dayal (13-2-35-1) and Arzan Nagwaswalla (13-2-34-1) both claimed a wicket each.

In contrast to the other two, who were letting them leave a lot of deliveries, he not only bowled to a probing channel but also forced the New Zealand hitters to play the majority of his deliveries.

Chad Bowes, the opener, pushed one to Ruturaj Gaikwad at first slip after Mukesh got one to move a little.

When left-hander and Black Caps Test player Rachin Ravindra (12), sent to open, tried to drive a fuller length delivery, only to surrender a catch to Rajat Patidar at second slip, Nagwaswalla struck at the stroke of an hour.

When Abhimanyu Easwaran held on to a catch in the second slips to dismiss southpaw Mark Chapman (15), who had only played in a T20I in the month of July, Dayal entered the list of wicket-takers.

Even though he barely entered the batting order in the fifth over, right-handed No. 3 Joe Carter (73 off 170 balls) displayed excellent control. In his innings, Carter has hit 10 fours so far.

Carter and captain Robert O’Donnell (24) appeared to have things under control after putting up a 49-run partnership, but India A captain Priyank Panchal called Mukesh back for his post-lunch spell with the semi-new ball.

At 100 for four in the 36th over, New Zealand A was in trouble thanks to a fullish delivery that cut back just enough to hit O’Donnell in front of the wicket.

In his first competitive red ball game in more than 18 months, Kuldeep Yadav (0/44 in 19 overs) didn’t appear to be penetrative enough. Wicketkeeper Cam Fletcher (13 off 66 balls) defended tenaciously for close to two hours.

After a 49-run stand in just over 22 overs, Mukesh returned for his third stint and got the old ball to break back in and find Fletcher’s pads.

Brief Scores: NZ A 1st Innings 156/5 (Joe Carter 73 batting, Mukesh Kumar 3/34, Arzan Nagwaswalla 1/34, Yash Dayal 1/35) vs India A.