India A fight back
India A staged a recovery against New Zealand A thanks to a ton from Ambati Rayudu and wickets from Vinay Kumar and Shami Ahmed on Day 1 of the first unofficial Test between the two sides at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Lincoln, New Zealand.
Having been put in to bat first, India A reached stumbled to 136/4 after a 82 run opening stand between Unmukt Chand (54) and skipper Abhinav Mukund (42) when rain stopped play on Day 1. Ambati Rayudu (105) and Naman Ojha (41) staged a comeback with a 105 run partnership for the sixth wicket on Day 2, helping India A eventually post a first innings total of 339.
Vinay Kumar began India’s fightback with the very first ball of the NZ A innings, trapping opener George Worker for a LBW. Shami Ahmed struck twice, bowling Neil Broom first and Luke Woodcock after that. Vinay removed Dean Brownlie in between as NZ A slid from 29/1 to 52/4. Opener Tom Latham (54) and wicketkeeper Reece Young then steadied the NZ innings with an unbeaten 53 run partnership for the fifth wicket, taking them to 105/4 at Stumps on Day 2, trailing India by 224 runs.