India A v NZ A, 1st unofficial Test, Visakhapatnam, 3rd day August 30, 2013

Zol, Nayar tons earn India A draw

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New Zealand A 310 (Ronchi 125, Astle 63, Saxena 6-106) drew with India A 388 for 7 (Zol 110, Nayar 102*, Astle 3-106)

Centuries from Vijay Zol and captain Abhishek Nayar ensured India A held on for a draw against New Zealand A in Visakhapatnam on the final day. Zol also brought up a maiden century on first-class debut in the process.

Responding to a strong first-innings total of 310, thanks largely to Luke Ronchi's 125, India began the third day on 6 for 1 after Unmukt Chand fell late on the second day. Sarabjit Ladda, the nightwatchman, fell in the 18th over to leave India at 49 for 2.

In came Zol, who has been in red-hot form having posted scores of 128, 173 and 128 in the last few months, and along with Jiwanjot Singh, constructed a partnership of 77 for the third wicket.

Jiwanjot fell just two short of his half-century, bringing Manprit Juneja to the crease. Zol continued going from strength to strength, putting on a 97-run stand for the fourth wicket with Juneja. When Juneja was dismissed on 43 by Todd Astle, India were 77 behind the New Zealand total.

Abhishek Nayar stepped in and played a responsible knock, aiding Zol to a century on his first-class debut. Zol was bowled by Carl Cachopa after the pair had added 60 runs,. A small string of partnerships followed, as India looked to bat out time till stumps. Nayar stayed unbeaten on 102, while Astle was the pick of the bowlers with 3 for 106.

The teams are scheduled to meet again for a four-day match on the same ground from September 2.

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  • Ashok on August 31, 2013, 16:20 GMT

    @Shashipathy: Fan supporters like Sir_Ivor or Naresh 28 have been following the fortunes of the young Indian cricketers for a years! Talent & temperament are rare qualities, which are inherent in some & developed in other by incorporating the necessary qualities. A good example is Rohit Sharma who has a lot of talent by short in temperament which he is developing now. Gavaskar, Tendulkar & more recently Pujara are excellent example of inherent temperament + talent. It was seen in them from a very young age. Gavaskar (@age 20) totalled about 774 runs in his very first Test series vs. Great WI team! Pujara rattled off a century & double century in his very first full test series vs. England. Vijay Zol has that rare combo as well & he should be fast tracked to exploit it- Not a case of "Puppy Love" by any means! As for your concern about "not falling in love with bowlers", there have been a few cases- B.Kumar, Mohit Sharma, Aaron, Pandey & Rasool received lot of fan support too.

  • Naresh on August 31, 2013, 13:42 GMT

    @shashipathy - the facts speak for themselves. Batting wise there is enough talent. These guys have proved themselves ten times over. Their scoring has been achieved every way in the world. The spinners have also shown up with another youngster (Kaldeep yadav) coming to the fore. With Chand I still believe he can come good just needs guidance from a senior.

  • Dummy4 on August 31, 2013, 10:32 GMT

    guys.... cool under7, under19,list A all are below by far to international level. very less cricket s played in FC and below. so lets just make hiim play one season before bringing to international level.

  • Android on August 31, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    India always produce great batsmen we produce the legends like sunny,srt(greatest batsman after don in the history of cricket) rahul(best no 3 of last decade)now kohli(best odi bat alongside Santa in last 2years).they are all come in the prime list of batsmen in cricket's history wish zol will be there one day. morning shows he will. all the best kiddo.

  • hari on August 31, 2013, 4:53 GMT

    Doing away with predictions and suggestions, first let us look at Zol in the present 'form'. This lad seems to remind one of early Vinod Kambli. He has the patience to stay at the wicket and also has the strokes to score runs quickly. He has handled himself well till now and has focussed only on his game. Whenever given a chance he has tried very sincerely to prove himself and give his best. The series of tons he has scored in the past 6 months shows his dedication. He also seems to have the rare temperament which Sunny Gavaskar always talks about. Whether he is lucky to be from Sunny's state or not but he needs to be handled very carefully. The likes of Chand have already got into media hype and commercials. I am sure his poor run recently is because of distraction. Everyone cannot be a Kholi. Chand should realise it. Talent wise I think Zol is far superior to many youngsters of today. Being a lefty is an advantage. Eager to see more of him at all levels. All the best Zol.

  • James on August 31, 2013, 3:18 GMT

    Is the Maharashtra state team so good that Zol was not good enough to play for them last season?

  • raj on August 31, 2013, 1:19 GMT

    Great players are generally given their international break early. Zol needs to be fast tracked into the Indian team (just like SRT was at 15) to enhance his development. Zol might take a few matches to find his feet at Test level but he is a better investment then the likes of Rohit etc.

  • ESPN on August 30, 2013, 23:54 GMT

    Zol is a natural talent .hope the selectors give him the break .keep working hard pal

  • Ashok on August 30, 2013, 21:23 GMT

    Great reply Team India, Well Done!Vijay Zol has been scorching many a Cricket fields with his centuries. He seems to be following the footsteps of Gavaskar with meteoric rise at a young age of 18. Indian Selectors need to reward talented Zol, as they did for Tendulkar. Pujara, an immensely talented guy had his entry into Tests delayed inexplicably, even after he overcame his knee injury. Zol & Pujara have a lot in common as neither is willing to give away his wkt. cheaply. In addition Chand, Jiwanjot & Rahul are all terrific opening batsmen- each capable of partnering Dhawan. So Indian batting order up to #5 is in the safe hands due to so much talent available. If Aaron gets fit, India can reinforce B.Kumar, Mohit Sharma & Yadev with one more seamer. Ashwin, Ojha, Mishra are the spinners in addition to all rounder jadeja. Raina & Rohit Sharma are already there. So Indian team for SA Tour in December is looking very promising. The Selectors have tough choices with profusion of Talent!