India A v NZ A, 2nd unofficial Test, Vizag, 2nd day September 3, 2013

Bracewell, Sodhi defy India A

ESPNcricinfo staff

India A 94 for 2 (Juneja 43*, Jagadeesh 40*) trail New Zealand A 437 (Devcich 115, Anderson 100, Bracewell 96, Sodhi 57, Kulkarni 3-53) by 343 runs

Doug Bracewell and Ish Sodhi, Nos 9 and 10, defied India A with a 162-run partnership that stretched the New Zealand A innings to 437 on the second day of the second and final unofficial Test in Visakhapatnam. The home team were tottering at 16 for 2 in reply, but recovered to end the day on 94 for 2, still needing another 194 runs to make the visitors bat again.

Bracewell, who had seven first-class fifties prior to this game, was four runs short of his maiden hundred when he fell to the captain Abhishek Nayar for 96. By then, he had already clubbed 11 fours and one six during his 132-ball stay. Sodhi, the Ludhiana-born legspinner, played the ideal foil to Bracewell's aggression, and faced 10 more deliveries than his partner did to make his highest first-class score of 57, also his fourth fifty in the format in 16 innings.

Having kept the Indians at bay for about 12 overs on the first evening, the duo proved difficult to remove for more than 31 overs on the second morning, before Nayar bowled Bracewell. Four deliveries later, Sodhi was caught by Unmukt Chand off Dhawal Kulkarni to end the innings in the 122nd over. New Zealand A had added nearly 400 runs after having been reduced to 43 for 4 on the first morning.

Chand had his second failure of the series when he was caught behind for 4 in the fifth over off Mark Gillespie. After tormenting them with the bat, Bracewell delivered another blow to India A with the ball when he had Vijay Zol caught by Tom Latham for 2. Opener VA Jagadeesh and Manprit Juneja stabilized the innings thereafter. Both progressed to unbeaten forties by stumps, but the hosts still have a lot of work to do on the third day.

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  • Naresh on September 4, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    Had a look at M Juneja's average and was surprised to see his 1st class ave at 74. Wow these middle order batsman continue to make statements and dont know how the selectors will decide a team in future - a pleasant headache?

  • Dummy4 on September 4, 2013, 10:54 GMT

    To ZIMMYZIMMY ...if you want to know the basis of Jagadeesh's selection: Career Summary - List A/First Class Most runs in a Ranji season for Kerala - 871 runs at an average 72.58 of 2012/13 Season -surpassed the record of Former India player Sujit Somasunder (612 runs) set in 2002/03 season. 3rd highest run getter in Ranji season 2012/13 at all India Level after the league phase Most hundreds and most fifties in a season for Kerala Only the second batsman in Kerala Ranji history to 'carry his bat'. (199 Not out Vs Services 2012/13) Equaling the record set by K Reghunath (68 Not out Vs Mysore 1958/59)

    T 20 records The player with the most number of runs for Kerala Kerala player having the highest average of 37.5 per match The player with the highest strike rate ( 147.05) among all the batsman - in Top 10 innings for Kerala Most number of 50s for Kerala IT IS ONLY FAIR TO ARGUE WHY HE WAS NOT SELECTED TILL NOW

  • MAUSAM on September 4, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    dont know why jagdeesh n rakesh dhrub playing....wats the basis of selection..

  • James on September 4, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    Cricket would have been served better if the pitch would have been a bit more lively. There is not much fun if both sides just manage to get one innings each in four days. @Hardy1: here it is also due to the dead nature of the pitch. The lack of a genuine pace bowler or a wrist spinner in the attack obviously makes the attack a bit predictable once the pitch evens out.

  • Dummy4 on September 4, 2013, 5:08 GMT

    Watch out for this boy...Jagadeesh ...he has been denied all the deserved opportunities so far...

  • Android on September 3, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    totally different india A team that toured SA or was involved in the tri series against AUS and SA were these current A team plyers not good enough to tour SA or those players that played in SA have got too much of an ego not to play home against NZ

  • Dummy4 on September 3, 2013, 15:36 GMT

    Further confirmation: Unmukth Chand is NOT Virat Kohli. Let the kid toil hard and come up through the ranks, like most of the cricketers, who represented India.

  • Tahir on September 3, 2013, 14:19 GMT

    This India A bowling side did not look solid even the tailenders plundered it. Unmukt chand still fits in the U-19 teams and not coming upto the expections with the sernior side. He has to step up his game like Kohli to be permanent member of indian senior teams.

  • Orang on September 3, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    This continuing pattern of lower order batsmen feasting on Indian attacks is most disturbing. What is going wrong ? Is it complacency or the complete lack of killer instinct ? As for Unmukt Chand, he was unimpressive in the recent Emerging Nations Cup held in Singapore,and his poor form continues. He needs to prove himself at Ranji Trophy level before being considered for national colours.