NZ A v India A, 1st unofficial Test, Day 2, Lincoln September 27, 2012

Rayudu, bowlers put India in control

ESPNcricinfo staff

New Zealand A 105 for 4 (Latham 54*, Ahmed 2-29) trail India A 339 (Rayadu 105, Wagner 3-58) by 234 runs

A century from Ambati Rayudu, combined with a strong bowling effort from Vinay Kumar and Shami Ahmed helped India A take control of the first unofficial Test against New Zealand A in Lincoln.

After New Zealand seized the initiative towards the end of a rain-affected first day, India started the second day strongly with a half-century stand between overnight batsmen Rayudu and Ashok Menaria. Menaria was dismissed by Neil Wagner for 30, but Rayudu held firm to consolidate India's position with a century stand with Naman Ojha that lifted India to 300 for 5 before Ojha was dismissed for 41. Rayudu fell soon after reaching his century; his 105 included 15 fours and one six. Neil Wagner and Andy McKay made short work of India's tail as the last four wickets fell for 12 runs, India ending up on 339.

New Zealand started poorly as George Worker was dismissed by Vinay Kumar of the first ball of their innings. Neil Broom fell with the score on 30 to Shami Ahmed and with Kumar and Ahmed picking up another wicket each, New Zealand looked in trouble at 52 for 4. However opener Tom Latham finally got some support from No. 6 Reece Young. The duo put on an unbroken 53-run stand for the fifth wicket to guide New Zealand past 100 before bad light brought an early end to the day's play. Latham was unbeaten on 54 and New Zealand will look to him and Reece (28*) to get closer to India's first-innings total.

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  • P Subramani on September 27, 2012, 11:38 GMT

    Shami Ahmed is a star in the making. He is just 23 and has already come under Wasim Akram's tutelage. I am sure Wasim willspare no effort in making this boy a man in terms of bowling. Rayadu was always good. he has not made it only because a flaw in his temperament. He should definitely be playing in the ODIs.

  • Dummy4 on September 27, 2012, 10:58 GMT

    He is Consistent performer from Last few years...hopefully we can see him in next level...all the best rayudu

  • Satish on September 27, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    Vinay was good with the ball. Though he was hated by most critic fans, i still believe he is the best of the lot available in the shorter formats. Has enough variations and can be depended with the new ball more than anyone else. He will be my third seamer along with Irfan and Zak(For how long he will be the leader i am not sure though). Ishant is another pick. My fast bowling pool will have Zak, Irfan, Vinay, Ishant, Umesh, Aaron and Dinda preferred in the same order for shorter format and Irfan and Vinay moving to last two in test cricket.

  • Sriram on September 27, 2012, 8:46 GMT

    @Indan_fight - This XI was also picked by Srikanth. Yes he has been a little circumspect at times, but he still has picked some good XIs..Shammi is only in his second season of hard cricket, its nice he is getting exposure around the globe, but we know what happened to Mithuns, Unadkats and Aarons and even Ishant to some extent, who were brilliant in thier first season but their second season was nothing to note. No need to push him, but get him in India A and push him in Ranji, if he shows consistency he can then be pushed into India squad. BTW apart form Mukund there is none from CSK or Tamil Nadu, despite J Kaushik having a brilliant season.

  • Dummy4 on September 27, 2012, 8:12 GMT

    So glad to see Unmukt Chand among runs again ! He is good in fast and bouncy conditions. Congrats to Ambati too. Way to go, BOYS.

  • Naresh on September 27, 2012, 7:54 GMT

    Rayudu and Shami Ahmed are two gutsy Indian players. This trip is certainly proving to be good for some of our players. At the end of the day we have assembled more potentials for team India. My only wish is that players are limited to age 35 and not beyond , with only few rare talents who can continue playing for our test side.

  • Sony on September 27, 2012, 7:34 GMT

    I thought rayudu had a poor technique to survive against quality fast bowling attacks in test matches. Am not fully sure about how strong is the bowling attack. But since its new zealand, conditions will be suited to swing bowling for sure. Only a guy with good technique can negotiate the amount of swing available in new zealand. If he can be consistent, then we will soon see him in indian team.

  • RAJAN on September 27, 2012, 7:17 GMT

    shami ahmed is nice prospect for India,He can swing the ball with pace.Will be a nice addition to Indian bowling line up.Srikanth's time gone,hope for so me genuine selection,not only csk players.

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