New Zealand A v India A, 2nd unofficial Test, 1st day October 3, 2012

Mandeep and Menaria make merry

ESPNcricinfo staff

India A 433 for 4 (Mandeep 169*, Menaria 164*) v New Zealand A

Punjab batsman Mandeep Singh and Rajasthan's Ashok Menaria made big unbeaten centuries as India A hammered New Zealand A's bowling on the first day of the second unofficial Test in Lincoln. Mandeep and Menaria put on 294 for the fifth wicket as India A scored at nearly five an over to pile on 433 for 4 by stumps after choosing to bat.

Such a dominant day didn't look likely for the visitors early on as both openers, Abhinav Mukund and Unmukt Chand, were dismissed early. Anustup Majumdar scored a quick half-century to lift India A above 100 by lunch, but Northern Districts' right-arm fast bowler Brent Arnel gave New Zealand A the edge as he removed both Majumdar and Suryakumar Yadav in quick succession.

There was no more success for the home side after that, though, as Mandeep and Menaria made light of an attack which had four players who represented New Zealand over the past year. Mandeep, 20, brought up his fourth first-class century off 147 deliveries with a steer to third man, while Menaria, 21, was even quicker, needing only 90 balls to reach his hundred. Both batsmen remained aggressive till the end of the day, with Otago's Sam Wells proving the most expensive of the bowlers, giving away more than a run-a-ball.

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  • Swastik on October 4, 2012, 5:55 GMT

    Lincoln is *the* flattest pitch you'll find... I'd not rate these performances really high at all. On the other hand, those who performed on the WI tour a few months ago really stand out.

  • karthik on October 4, 2012, 4:06 GMT

    Suhailmarsh - No one has commented abt Rohit !! Why do u ask all to mind words for no reason?!

  • Naresh on October 3, 2012, 20:51 GMT

    Are u oz,eng fans watching these flat track bullies scoring heavy in NZ. Rayudu is more than likely on rotation. We all know what a gutsy player he is. Time for wholesome changes in team INDIA. We have guys like VIJAY, PUJARA, DHAWAN,BIST, RAHANe scoring heavy in India and now these guys in NZ matches. This shows batting is in good hands its the bowlers to worry about.

  • Shakir on October 3, 2012, 18:01 GMT

    Why no Rayudu, Undadkant & Shami? Is it a rotation policy or drop whoever performs.

  • Dummy4 on October 3, 2012, 17:54 GMT

    Why Rayudu is not playing in this match. He did very well in this tour especially in difficult times. He saved india A thrice in this tour to achieve one win, one tie and one draw. He is the best player in this tour. so, where is RAYUDU

  • suhail on October 3, 2012, 15:05 GMT

    Please mind ur words. Rohit and all senior batsmen played well for India. Don't blame them. They only lost 1 game out of 5. ROHIT such a great talent. Beautiful player.

  • Dummy4 on October 3, 2012, 13:17 GMT

    congrats really happy for ur performances.i am fan of mandeep singh. SA Yadav come on man ur better than this i was stunned seeing ur last year(ur 1st year) first class details if i was srikanth (selector) u would in t20 wc squad instead of rohit cheers from hyderabad

  • ram on October 3, 2012, 13:14 GMT

    Where the hell RAYUDU gone.. He is is performing well in this tour.. He already hits a ton in the 1st test in difficult conditions. Is he INJURED or DROPPED ??

  • raj on October 3, 2012, 13:13 GMT

    Was Rayudu injured - He scored a century in the first match??

  • Dummy4 on October 3, 2012, 12:18 GMT

    brent arnel wasn't left arm last time he played. poor reporting.

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