India A v NZ A, 2nd unofficial Test, Vizag, 1st day September 2, 2013

Anderson, Devcich tons prop up NZ A

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New Zealand A 300 for 8 (Devcich 115, Anderson 100) v India A

Centuries from Corey Anderson and Anton Devcich resurrected a New Zealand A innings that was failing at 43 for 4 to set up a competitive total in the second unofficial Test against India A in Visakhapatnam.

Right-arm seamers Dhawal Kulkarni and Imtiaz Ahmed forced New Zealand to doubt their choice to bat first as the former dismissed Neil Broom in the second over. Carl Cachopa became Kulkarni's second wicket and Luke Ronchi, fresh off a century from the first match, fell for a duck to Imtiaz in the space of eight balls. Tom Latham, the only top-order batsman to reach double figures, was trapped leg before by Shrikant Wagh to leave New Zealand in a precarious position.

They recovered when Corey Anderson, the 22-year old allrounder who was awarded with a national contract in July, and Anton Devcich put on 165 runs for the fifth wicket. Devcich, 27, made his first-class debut in 2005 and averages a modest 23.05 with three fifties. He played his last first-class game for Northern Districts in December 2012 but in January this year, he struck an unbeaten 92 in the HRV Cup and with Brad Wilson set up the highest stand for any wicket that season.

While the batsmen ahead of them barely attempted to hike the pace, Anderson's ton came at a strike-rate of nearly 80 - an increase of 40 from Latham, with 16 fours and two sixes. Devcich wasn't too far behind as he struck 15 fours to record his maiden first-class century.

Offspinner Jalaj Saxena, coming off a six-wicket haul in the first match, retrieved some momentum late in the day, as he accounted for Todd Astle who had added 52 with Devcich for the seventh wicket, before dismissing the latter for 115.

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  • Dummy4 on September 3, 2013, 11:40 GMT

    @ kiwicricketnut on (September 3, 2013, 6:31 GMT) With this team of yours, your point is very valid. And, today they proved it . I was referring to an over-whelming pattern displayed by the Indian teams, against various opposition, in various matches, with different set of players fielded by India.

    Since, I made the comment, in response to this particular match, I can't fault you at all. I had been making similar comment about India's problem with the lower half of the opposing batsmen several times, over the past few years. It was an expression of disappointment at India's inability to lick the problem.

    By the way, I am extremely happy to see very good new players emerging to represent New Zealand. Over the years, players from NZ had been the most decent guys to visit India. I am really happy for you all. Also hope, some of these boys will be included in the national team, when India visits NZ in Jan '14. (I have the same positive feeling about West Indies too.)

  • jared on September 3, 2013, 11:23 GMT

    @ jose puliampatta, tail ender is a pretty lose term, just because someone bats below 7 in the order doesn't mean he can't bat yet is still given the derogative title of tail ender, i think astle has a first class century, bracewell has a couple of 90's to his name, sohdi has some first class 50's as well and i think all of them average over 20 with the bat at first class level, to me they are bowling allrounders and there is no disgrace in not being able to get them out cheaply. while none of these guys will probably bat any higher in the order i think tail ender should be a term used for the danny morrisons, chris martins, courtney walshs and glen mcgraths of the world, not someone with the ability of doug bracewell

  • Dummy4 on September 3, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    Good to see Corey Anderson score runs in a pressure situation. Well Done!

  • Dummy4 on September 3, 2013, 7:18 GMT

    @Post by kiwicricketnut on (September 3, 2013, 6:31 GMT).

    Sodhi & Bracewell ARE tail-enders, no? (Happy to know that NZ has regular national level batsmen at 9 &10. Great. Really. Good show!)

    Of course, when India starts the struggle at the fall of 4th wicket (against any team), the opposition batsmen are NOT tail-enders.

    At the fall of 5th wicket, yes they face the impenetrable wall against the lower middle order.

    If the agony starts after the 6th or 7th, more often than not it is India who is struggling against tail-enders.

    Yes, Capt. Meanster, occasionally India tail-enders also torment the opposition. But, if you take the frequency and consistency, I still hold my view. Statistically, it can be proved. But I am very happy that India is still doing well in recent years -- more so within India!!

  • jared on September 3, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    bit of rubbish on here about not being able to dismiss the tail. corey anderson is not a tail ender, while devcich was an interesting selection he isn't a tail ender either, infact the only guy who can't bat is gillespie so you would have an arguement if you couldn't dismiss him but the rest can bat, surprised mitchell isn't playing but devcich turned out to be a master stroke, hopefully the selectors take note of this performance and give anderson more international exposure, good on him. come on bracewell a ton would do your confidence the world of good, always under achieved as a batter.

  • Android on September 3, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    It is the same old story for both teams: the Indians can't clean up the tail and the New Zealand top order fails leaving the middle order and tail to try post a competitive total. Still, a very good knock by Anderson, I hope to see him getting a go in the number 6 or 7 spot in the national team this summer.

  • Dummy4 on September 3, 2013, 5:43 GMT

    same horror story against fire power to knock them off

  • Dummy4 on September 3, 2013, 5:42 GMT

    A team or National is the same story..can't dismiss the tail of opposition and that shows the absence of real striking power. Once the tail drags on, the frustration element creeps in and 250/5 score normally drags on a to a 400 like score in general. same story here..half hour and it is 327/8....

  • Dummy4 on September 2, 2013, 22:49 GMT

    Good innings from Corey Anderson

  • William on September 2, 2013, 21:27 GMT

    Good innings from Andraon and Devcich, hopefully Anderson is included for the bangladesh tour instead of brownlie who will struggle in the spin friendly surfaces that are likely to be encountered there. Another horrible start from our top order and yet again needing bailed out from the middle order, proving why they aren't in the black caps

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