Spinning duo Saurabh Kumar and Rahul Chahar shone with the ball to tie New Zealand A for 237 and give India A the first innings lead on the second day of the third unofficial Test in Bengaluru on Friday. Slow Orthodox bowler Saurabh (4/48) and leg spinner Chahar (3/53) shared seven wickets to knock out New Zealand A in 71.2 overs and give India A a 56-run lead in the first innings of the four day game.
At stumps, India A was 40 for one in 11 overs, extending their overall lead to 96 runs.
Abhimanyu Easwaran (4) was the only Indian wicket to fall in their second innings, LBW to Sean Solia.
Ruturaj Gaikwad, who scored a century in the first innings, struck at 18 in the company of skipper Priyank Panchal (17).
Previously, New Zealand A got off to a stormy start to their innings in response to India A’s 293, losing half of their squad within 100 runs.
After Shardul Thakur (1/33) and Mukesh Kumar (2/48) made the first breakthroughs, Chahar joined the party and took the wickets of Dane Cleaver (34) and captain Tom Bruce (13) to take New Zealand A to 99 to reduce. for five.
But Mark Chapman and Solia brought the visitors’ innings back to life, scoring 114 runs for the sixth wicket.
While Chapman made a quick 91 from 115 balls, using eight boundary posts and two hits over the fence, Solia’s knock was decorated with seven fours.
Saurabh broke the dangerous-looking partnership with Chapman’s wicket and then sent two more New Zealand A-batters – Solia and Joe Walker – over in the 66th to give India A the upper hand.
Chahar and Saurabh then closed the innings of New Zealand A in no time.
Short Scores: India A: 293 and 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).
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