New Zealand A v India A, 2nd unofficial Test, 4th day October 6, 2012

Mukund hits ton in rain-hit draw

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India A 554 for 8 dec (Mandeep 193, Menaria 173) and 246 for 4 dec (Mukund 132*) drew with New Zealand A 424 (Brownlie 106, Rutherford 99) and 0 for 0

Less than 32 overs of play were possible on the fourth and final day between India A and New Zealand A before rain intervened to confirm a draw in Lincoln, leaving the series tied 0-0. It was another day on which the batsmen dominated, with India A captain Abhinav Mukund going on to make an unbeaten century, his first in two A tours this year.

Mukund, who opened in five Tests for India last year, had a torrid time in the Caribbean during the A tour earlier this year, scoring only 46 runs in six innings. In this series, he got a couple of starts in the first match but didn't make a big score in either innings.

India A had stretched their lead to 376 a few minutes before lunch when it started to rain. India A declared on that score, asking the home side to score at 6.44 an over if they wanted to win. Three balls into the second session, though, it began to rain again and the game was abandoned soon after.

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  • Naresh on October 8, 2012, 19:12 GMT

    Have heard negatives about Vijay, Mukand and Dhawan as openers. Also Rahane wants a middle slot. So no one is ready to takeover from SHewag/Gambhir We might have to persist with them.

  • Naresh on October 8, 2012, 14:00 GMT

    @smith Robertson - He is one for the future. Still young for U19. This was a test for him vs NZ on tour. He has not lit any fires with his batting. Still a long way for him to go. India would choose from Vijay, Dhawan, Mukund, Rahane for openers role. For India this is one area of concern since Gambhir/Shewag are not doing anything of note.

  • Manesh on October 8, 2012, 11:25 GMT

    @Smith Robertson. He is not Sachin to score 100 in every match. Let him learn by some games. Why you have angry on him???

  • Dummy4 on October 6, 2012, 21:14 GMT

    Anustup Majumder is a classy batsman. He scored 4 100s in 5 matches for bengal and east zone last season. I was really imoressed seeing him in whatever little oppurtunities he got in IPL

  • Cricket on October 6, 2012, 15:47 GMT

    Mandeep Singh looks to be a good player. the selectors need to watch him closely. Ashok Maneria looks a good canditate for the No.6 position in the Indian test team, where Dhoni wants a left hander

  • Dummy4 on October 6, 2012, 11:42 GMT

    What happened to so called 'talent' and 'prospect' "Unmukht Chand" 7 is a great score in an A team I guess :D

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