3rd unofficial Test: Spinners shine as India A take upper hand against New Zealand A | Cricket News

BENGALURU: The spin duo of Saurabh Kumar and Rahul Chahar shone with the ball to group New Zealand A for 237 and give India A the lead in the first set on day two of the unofficial Third Test on Friday.
Orthodox slow left arm bowler Saurabh (4/48) and leg spinner Chahar (3/53) shared seven wickets between them to knock out New Zealand A in 71.2 overs and give India a lead of 56 points in the first innings of the four-day game.
At the stumps, India A was 40 for an over on 11, extending their overall lead to 96 runs.
Abhimanyu Easwaran (4) was the only Indian wicket to fall in his second round, LBW against Sean Solia.
Ruturaj Gaikwad, who scored a century in the first race, beat 18 in the company of the skipper Priyank Panchal (17).
Earlier, New Zealand A had a torrid start to the innings in response to India A’s 293, losing half their side by 100 runs.
After Shardul Thakur (1/33) and Mukesh Kumar (2/48) gave early breakthroughs, Chahar joined the party and collected the wickets of Dane Cleaver (34) and captain Tom Bruce (13) to reduce New Zealand A’s 99 for five.
But Mark Chapman and Solia resurrected the visitors’ innings, netting 114 runs for the sixth wicket.
While Chapman went a quick 91 on 115 balls, with eight boundary assists and two over the fence hits, Solia’s shot was decorated with seven fours.
Saurabh broke Chapman’s dangerous wicket partnership, then fired two more New Zealand A batters – Solia and Joe Walker – in the 66th to give India A the upper hand.
Chahar and Saurabh then wrapped up the New Zealand A innings in no time.
Short scores:
India A: 293 & 40 for 1 exceedance out of 11 (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).

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