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

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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  • Raja on October 4, 2012, 17:37 GMT

    Rayudu may have been called for Mumbai Indians duties in Champions League.

  • sridhar on October 4, 2012, 11:01 GMT

    Why is Rayudu missing from this XI after scoring an amazing century in very poor batting conditions? Perhaps a comment is warranted in the report.

  • Dakshitha on October 4, 2012, 10:30 GMT

    Dhoni should realize the fact that... Since he has the HAND OF GOD.. to decide who gets the Meat & Who gets the AXE.... He should keep in his mind his HAND OF GOD will be handed over to some1 very soon... & his successor's first call would be to AXE Dhoni directly from the ROOT

  • Naresh on October 4, 2012, 10:12 GMT

    India continues to confound many with batting talent in abundance. lets put this to good use in the various forms of the game. Selectors have to be much better than the last ones. Mukund, Chand, Menaria, Mandeep, Rayudu on this tour. Back home in India - Pujara, Vijay, Bist, Rahane.

  • roshan on October 4, 2012, 9:29 GMT

    It is a great display of batting by mandeep,ashok menaria and praveen kumar. praveen kumar and b kumar bowled brilliantly. We look for change at the earliest in indian batting and bowling. Except rahul sharma, suresh raina, virat kohli, ashwin none play to the potential.It is a total collapse in batting and bowling. Murali vijay, jalaj saxena, b kumar are other inform players. rithuraj singh and shami ahmed already proved they have the potential. in fast bowling we need to call praveen and vinay kumar back with balaji also. varun aron and ishant also need some chance to comeback. If we had praveen, vinay and murali vijay india could have entered semifinal in 20-20.They were experienced and positive play to their potential. kaustubh pawar, sarul kanwar, uday kaul, rahul dewan, sunny singh, amitoze singh, pawan zuyal, gurkeerat singh, ankeet chavan and d chahar need exposure.

  • roshan on October 4, 2012, 9:17 GMT

    see their performances especially mandeep singh, ashok menaria,vinay kumar, b kumar. they really deserve place in indian team. other guy is murali vijay he is the other inform batsman. rithuraj singh, s a yadav, jalaj saxena, shami ahmed all perform well. let them play for india. i definitely feel sandeep patil may be watching this. he is a positive man with positive approach. he knows who wants to be in team and who not. sarul kanwar, manish pandey, mayank agarwal, rahul dewan, uday kaul, amitoze singh, kaustub pawar, murtuja vohra,sunny singh, shami ahmed, naman ojha, robin bist, ambati rayudu, t p sudhindra all will get definite nod in indian team. they performed well in first class level and will prove to be a great asset for india. This was a great performance by indian batsmen and bowlers. it is a great work...... keep it up

  • Sachin on October 4, 2012, 8:58 GMT

    Well done Guys, win this 4- day test match.

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