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September 27, 2012
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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