Rajat Patidar Smashes 2nd Ton, Ruturaj Gaikwad Hits 94 As India A Close In On Win

Rajat Patidar’s dream season got even better with a second hundred of the rubber, while team-mate Ruturaj Gaikwad narrowly missed a ton as India A capped off a series win against New Zealand A in the third ‘Test’. With the previous two unofficial ‘Tests’ of the three-match series ending in tame draws largely due to inclement weather, Priyank Panchal’s team created a chance as New Zealand A made the third and penultimate day at 20 for one. ended, chasing a mammoth 416.

After left arm spinner Saurabh Kumar was brought on the attack early, he sent Rachin Ravindra off to get the ball rolling.

This was after an impressive second innings show by the India A batters, with only Abhimanyu Easwaran (8) failing to break the 50 run mark as the hosts declared their second innings at 359 for seven.

Continuing his love affair with Chinnaswamy Stadium, Patidar hit 109 from 135 balls, his third first-class hundred at the same venue in three months. He had previously scored a hundred here in the Ranji Trophy final, followed by 176 on his India ‘A’ debut two weeks ago.

It was a game to remember for Gaikwad as he completed his first innings 108 with a ravishing 94, which included 11 limits.

It was off-spinner Joe Walker who got him caught by Mark Chapman, but by then the CSK batter was involved in more than two centuries of partnerships — 122 with his skipper Priyank Panchal (62) for the second wicket and 102 with Patidar for the third wicket.

Patidar, who hit 13 fours and two sixes, then found a capable ally in Sarfaraz Khan (63 from 74 balls) and they added 108 runs in just 20 overs, while India A looked for a total of 400 plus before New Zeeland A for the last 90 minutes of the day.

Sarfaraz used his feet well against Ravindra and Walker, hitting seven fours and two sixes.

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It was a nice knock, but his failure in the previous games could haunt him as the 50 came when the pressure was literally gone.

Short scores: 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).

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