INDIA A TOUR OF NEW ZEALAND 2018
Cricbuzz Staff •
Mohammed Siraj claimed four wickets for India A. © PTI
Only 152 overs of play were possible across four days at the Seddon Park in Hamilton as Mohammed Siraj and Will Young shared the bragging rights in the second unofficial Test between India A and New Zealand A. The game saw its closure an hour after Tea on the final day after both teams decided that a result was not possible because of all the time lost due to rain.
Young scored a fine 123 in New Zealand’s total of 303/7 while Siraj starred with the ball for the visitors with a four-fer. Left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem went wicketless but remained the most economical bowler of the game as all wickets – 9 in total – fell to pacers on a batsmen-friendly pitch. On batting front, both Indian openers- Abhimanyu Easwaran and Mayank Agarwal – missed out on fifties but the former would feel glad to have gotten an opportunity to showcase his skills in his first game on the tour.
Lockie Ferguson, who’s had a fantastic ODI series against Pakistan, couldn’t create as much an impact with his pace as he conceded 44 runs in 10 overs having shared the new ball alongside Wellington’s Seth Rance. Canterbury’s all-rounder Theo van Woerkom, batting at eight, displayed great composure with a gritty fifty whilst weaving a crucial 87-run stand with Young after a top-order collapse. Barring that, there weren’t any notable contributions as India’s front-line pacers Rajneesh Gurbani and Navdeep Saini only managed three wickets between them in 49 overs.
The third and final unofficial Test is set to be played in Whangarei’s Cobham Oval where weather is predicted to be dicey once again with heavy rains looming large on the radar.
Brief scores: India A 159/2 in 46 overs (Ravikumar Samarth 50*; Blair Tickner 1/35) drew with New Zealand A 303/7 decl in 106 overs(Will Young 123; Mohammed Siraj 4-59)