New Zealand A v India A, 2nd unofficial Test, 2nd day October 4, 2012

India A bowlers increase advantage

ESPNcricinfo staff

New Zealand A 198 for 5 (Rutherford 99) trail India A 554 for 8 dec (Mandeep 193, Menaria 173) by 356 runs
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India A continued to dominate the second four-day match against New Zealand A in Lincoln as their bowlers backed up the strong performance of the batsmen. India's new-ball bowlers Vinay Kumar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar took two wickets apiece as the hosts lost half their wickets and were still more than 350 runs behind.

There was some disappointment for India A in the morning as neither Ashok Menaria nor Mandeep Singh, the overnight batsmen who resumed in their 160s, posted a double-century. Their marathon 318-run stand came to an end when Menaria was bowled by Sam Wells for 173. There was no let-up in the scoring rate even after both Menaria and Mandeep fell, as Vinay slammed a 41-ball half-century to hasten the declaration.

The cornerstone of New Zealand's reply was a 99 by Hamish Rutherford, son of former New Zealand batsman Ken. After walking in second ball, on the dismissal of opener George Worker for a golden duck, Rutherford had a 83-run partnership for the second wicket with Tom Latham, who scored a century in the first match. He also put on 57 for the third wicket with Neil Broom, and looked set for a century but was run-out at the wicketkeeper's end attempting a single. New Zealand A captain Reece Young was dismissed in the final over of the day, caught by wicketkeeper Naman Ojha leaving India A completely in charge.

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