New Zealand A vs India A: 3rd Unofficial Test, Cobham Oval – Day 2 Review; The Day 2 of the third unofficial Test between New Zealand and India once again ended on an equal note for both the sides. Doug Bracewell and Lockie Ferguson were the stars for the Kiwis while it was a collective effort for the Indian side.
Doug Bracewell, Ferguson wraps up Indian innings:
After ending the day one on a positive note, the first session entirely belonged to Kiwis, as Doug Bracewell and Ferguson knocked down the Indian tail out. Though Gill and Vijay Shankar stood out in the middle for a while, run-scoring never came freely.
Initially, Lockie Ferguson sent back both the overnight batsman Vijay Shankar and Gill, and then, it was Bracewell, who wrapped up the Indian innings. The half-centuries from the duo saw India put 323 runs on the board.
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Mohammad Siraj struck.
In reply, India started with Rajneesh Gurbani and Navdeep Saini while Kiwis opened their innings with George Worker and Will Young. Though the first spell didn’t see any wickets, it was Siraj, who gave the breakthrough by getting the edge of Worker.
Then it was Krishnappa Gowtham, who disturbed the stumps of Will Young to put India in the driver seat. However, Tim Seifert batted beautifully to put Indians at bay with his gutsy knock.
He smashed an unbeaten 55 to his name in support with Glenn Philips’ 27. Just when things looked bleak for India, Siraj once again struck by knocking out Philips from the crease. However, Rachin Ravindra hung in the middle to avoid further hiccups.
India A – 323/10 (Vijay Shankar 71, Bracewell 5/78, Ferguson 4/88)
New Zealand A – 121/3 (Seifert 55*; Siraj 2/25)
Match Progress – New Zealand A trail by 202 runs with 7 wickets in the kitty.