New Zealand A vs India A 2018: Top-Order Shines as the 1st Test Ends in a Draw
The first unofficial Test between India A and New Zealand A ended in a draw with the visitors going home with a lot of positives. The likes of Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, and Murali Vijay, who will fly to Australia to take part in the four-match Test series against Australia.
India posted 247 for three in their second essay as the umpires called off the Test. Ajinkya Rahane, who led India in this Test remained unbeaten at 41 runs while Hanuma Vihari impressed with his powerful hitting to finish at 51 runs.
Previously, Prithvi Shaw and Murali Vijay provided India A with a solid start adding 74 runs for the first wicket. This will give Vijay confidence ahead of the much-awaited Test series. On the other hand, Shaw looked composed in those challenging wickets scoring a quickfire half-century. Mayank Agarwal also chipped in with a handy 42-run knock batting at one drop. For New Zealand A, Theo van Woerkom, Doug Bracewell, and Blair Tickner bagged a wicket apiece.
Earlier, the Kiwi tail-enders had frustrated India A bowlers on the third day of play. Seth Rance played a superb knock of 69 off 57 balls, well supported well by number eleven Tickner (30) to take New Zealand A to 458 for 9 in reply to India A’s first innings total of 467 for 8.
India A will play two more games against New Zealand A but they will be without first-teamers Rahane, Vijay, Parthiv Patel, Shaw, and Vihari, who are all part of the Indian squad for the Test series against Australia.
Karun Nair will take over the captaincy duties from Rahane for the next two games.
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