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September 5, 2013
New Zealand A 437 (Devcich 115, Anderson 100) and 176 for 3 (Cachopa 76, Latham 61) drew with India A 430 (Juneja 193, Jagadeesh 91, Gillespie 4-80)
Half-centuries from New Zealand A captain Tom Latham and Carl Cachopa consigned the second unofficial Test against India A to an expected draw. The visitors were on 176 for 3 when rain brought a premature end to the match.
Resuming the day at 408 for 7, India lost their remaining wickets to Mark Gillespie. He first had Dhawal Kulkarni caught and bowled for a hard-fought 10 off 79, ending the eighth-wicket partnership of 54. He followed it with the wicket of Manprit Juneja, who fell seven short of his double hundred, and then bowled Imtiaz Ahmed for a duck, giving New Zealand a slender lead of seven runs.
When they came to bat again, Neil Broom did not last long, falling lbw to Kulkarni in the second over to bag a pair in the match. The dismissal brought Cachopa to the crease, and he and Latham struck 20 fours together, taking the visitors past 100.
However, left-arm spinner Rakesh Dhurv dismissed both batsmen in quick succession, getting Latham caught by Unmukt Chand for 61 and trapping Cachopa lbw for 76. Derek de Boorder and Corey Anderson continued to resist before rain interrupted and only 1.2 overs were bowled after tea.
The series was drawn and the two teams will now play three one-dayers starting on September 8, before New Zealand head to Sri Lanka.
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