India A v NZ A, 2nd unofficial Test, Vizag, 4th day September 5, 2013

New Zealand A lead in high-scoring draw

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • Naresh on September 6, 2013, 7:00 GMT

    The Indian ODI squad now takes on NZ with Chand leading. Whatever is happening to Chand? His form has been sliding and that early promise has disappeared. Others are leapfrogging him. Does he need a good coach? While Chand fails Sandeep Sharma is a real class act in bowling. Both are ex-U19 players.

  • Dummy4 on September 5, 2013, 14:55 GMT

    I am very happy for New Zealand; for ALL the talented new players,most of whom seem to be ready to step into the national team. Good show. And, congrats.

  • Dummy4 on September 5, 2013, 14:50 GMT

    Juneja, Pujara, and Rahane should be primarily groomed for the longer format. If they display multi-format skills over a period of time, we will all take it as a bonus.

    We have less bench strength for Tests than for ODIs & T-20s. So these three are rare and precious.

  • Ashok on September 5, 2013, 12:49 GMT

    Sadly, India keep on producing flat wkts. which can only result in drawn matches, especially in a 4 day match. This series merely confirmed that India has some talented batsmen in Nayar, Zol, Juneja & Jagdeesh to name 4. The bowling still remains poor with no dominant or impressive bowler forthcoming. Kulkarni & Saxena have been cold & warm for last couple of years with no consistency at all. NZ had plenty to feel happy about. Devcich, Anderson, Bracewell, Cachopa & Latham all seemed to be promising cricketers. Now that the 2 Tests are done, at least the ODI's will not be futile drawn games, unless rain washes them off. So for the results orientated fans, at least drawn games will be a history. India will have a good squad & are likely favourites. Good Luck.

  • Salil on September 5, 2013, 12:14 GMT

    The guy who has impressed me most in this series is Dhawal Kulkarni. Bowls consistently at good speeds. An improvement over the last few years. And gets wickets regularly at a great economy! He's definitely my pick of this series. I would also add Abhishek Nayar to that list. Quick scorer. That's always good.

  • Naresh on September 5, 2013, 11:20 GMT

    Great for NZ - their cricket has been on a downhill slope of late. Some A team players showing good batting form, except the pitches did not encourage a victor. For India Juneja shone - this guy must be tested out on good foreign pitches with high bounce.