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2nd unofficial Test, Lincoln, February 07 - 10, 2020, India A tour of New Zealand

Match drawn


Rain washes out second day of Lincoln contest

New Zealand A stay stuck on 276 for 5 with Dane Cleaver and Daryl Mitchell at the crease

Dane Cleaver plays away to the off side

Dane Cleaver plays away to the off side  •  Getty Images

Stumps New Zealand A 276 for 5 (Phillips 65, Cleaver 46*, Khan 2-57) v India A
It was all rather damp and disappointing across in Lincoln, where the second day of the second and final four-day game between New Zealand A and India A had no cricket whatsoever. That left New Zealand at their overnight 276 for 5, with Dane Cleaver (46*) and Daryl Mitchell (36*) at the crease.
On the first day, Cleaver was again the thorn in India's side, playing a stubborn knock to make sure honours were even when play ended. After choosing to bat, New Zealand were in danger of finishing at a low score when they were 190 for 5, but Cleaver, fresh off his rearguard 196 in the previous game, dug in to keep the visitors at bay.
He received good support from Mitchell, who is back in the A team after the T20Is for the senior team against India. Mitchell ended the day with 36 against his name, and the two have so far added 86 for the sixth wicket.
The New Zealand top order - with the exception of Rachin Ravindra, who scored 12 - all got starts, but none of them could really carry on to score a big one. Glenn Phillips scored 65, but Hamish Rutherford stopped at 40, Will Young at 26, and Tim Seifert at 30.
Mohammed Siraj got India their first wickets, in back-to-back overs, when he ended the 67-run first-wicket stand with Rutherford's wicket in the 26th over and then accounted for Ravindra in the 28th. Shahbaz Nadeem had Young stumped not long after, and then, after a 76-run stand between Phillips and Seifert, Avesh Khan got into the act, removing both batsmen soon after one another.
Many of the India Test squad are taking part in the game - of them, R Ashwin is the only bowler, and he had a fruitless day, bowling 22 overs without success while conceding 63 runs.
The first four-day fixture, played at Christchurch's Hagley Oval, had ended in a draw.

India A Innings
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