Lincoln (New Zealand), Sept 27: Riding on Ambati Rayudu’s composed 105, India ‘A’ posted an impeccable 339 against New Zealand on the second day of the Unofficial cricket Test here on Thursday.
At the Bert Sutcliffe Oval, the hosts were reeling at 105/4 when bad light forced an early end to the day.
India ‘A’ began their day at 136/4 overnight, the aggressive Baroda batsman skillfully pulled his team from a messy situation. Rayudu was ably supported by the lower-order, who came up with some contributions.
Owing to Rayudu’s refined approach, India are in a commanding position against the hosts.
Rayudu revived the comeback with a defiant 59-run stand with Ashok Menaria for the fifth wicket. The Rajasthan batsman Menaria made a 47-ball 30 which included four boundaries. The duo steadied boat after a mini-collapse on day one.
Left arm medium pacer Neil Wagner dismissed Menaria and later Naman Ojha (41) capably supported Rayudu. The pair of Ojha and Rayudu added a crucial 105 runs for the sixth wicket.
Ojha belligerent knock included three fours and two sixes during his 59-ball stay. All-rounder Luke Woodcock had him caught and bowled.
At the other end, Rayudu’s innings too ended when edged Andy McKay to ’keeper Reece Young. Rayudu thumped 15 fours and a six.
After his departure, the lower order were packed soon.
In reply, the Kiwis were off to a disastrous start. Opener George Worker was trapped by R Vinay Kumar for naught.
His partner Tom Latham stood ground with an unbeaten 54.
Medium pacers Vinay and Shami Ahmed picked up two wickets apiece.
Reece Young (28 batting) and Latham were at the crease, leaving the match evenly poised.
Brief Scores: India ‘A’ (1st Innings): 339 all out in 86 overs (Ambati Rayudu 105, Naman Ojha 41, Neil Wagner 3/58, Andy McKay 3/71) vs New Zealand ‘A’ (1st Innings): 105/4 in 31.4 overs (Tom Latham 54 batting, Reece Young 28 batting, R Vinay Kumar 2/42, Shami Ahmed 2/29).