Joe Carter plays a shot against India A in Bengaluru.© Twitter
Joe Carter missed a double century by just three runs but put New Zealand A in a strong position against India A on day two of the first unofficial test in Bengaluru on Friday. Carter, who resumed the day at 73, went on to hit for 305 balls and helped New Zealand A to post 400 in their first innings. They had resumed the day at 153 to five. It was a one-man show from Carter, who was the lone batter to break the 40-run mark before hitting his highest first-class score.
In response, India A were 156 for one in 37 overs with opener Abhimanyu Easwaran (87 batting off 120) for nearly a century. Captain Priyank Panchal was killed after scoring 47 from 83 balls.
Ruturaj Gaikwad (20 at bats on 19) stood in the middle next to Easwaran on punches. India A still course of 244 runs.
On his debut, pacemaker Mukesh Kumar took a creditable haul of five wickets after taking three wickets on opening day.
Indian bowling was not as effective as the first day affected by rain. Mukesh was impressive again, but the others could have done better. Mukesh was the one who got the crucial breakthrough by breaking the 87-run tie between Carter and Sean Solia (32).
The Indians got off to a promising start with Easwaran and Panchal sharing a 123-run tie for the opening wicket. After Panchal’s dismissal, Gaikwad showed aggressive intentions by breaking two fours and a six.
Short Scores: NZ A 1st Innings 400 all-out in 110.5 overs (Joe Carter 197; Mukesh Kumar 5/86, Arzan Nagwaswalla 1/75, Yash Dayal 1/75, Kuldeep Yadav 1/119) India A 1st Innings: 156/1 in 37 overs (Abhimanyu Easwaran 87 at bat).
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