India 'A' bowlers made to struggle

Middle-order batsmen Corey Anderson and Anton Devcich staged a spirited fightback after early jitters as New Zealand 'A' ended their first day's play at 300 for eight against India 'A' in the second and final four-day 'Test' match.

Left proved to be right for the Kiwis as the two left-handers Anderson (100) and Devcich (115) added 165 runs for the fifth wicket after India A bowlers had reduced New Zealand A to 43 for four by the 18th over.

While Anderson smashed 16 fours and two sixes off left-arm spinner Rakesh Dhurv during his 126-ball knock, Devicich was stodgy facing 185 deliveries hitting 15 boundaries in the process.

Mumbai seamer Dhawal Kulkarni (2/26) and off-spinner Jalaj Saxena (2/69) were the most successful bowlers while left-arm seamer Shrikant Wagh, Uttar Pradesh medium pacer Imtiaz Ahmed and Dhurv also got a wicket apiece.

India A began well as Kulkarni quickly sent back opener Neil Broom (0), who edged an outswinger from the Mumbaikar straight into the gloves of CM Gautam.

Carl Cachopa (3) was Kulkarni's second victim caught by Ahmed. Last match's hero Luke Ronchi (0) was snared by Unmukt Chand off Ahmed's bowling as New Zealand were reduced to 17 for three.

Tom Latham (21) along with Anderson stuck around for six overs before Wagh coming back for his second spell angled one into the left-handed opener who was struck plumb in-front.

That was the last success the Indians enjoyed for nearly 40 overs as Anderson and Devcich took the attack back to the opposition camp.

Brief scores: New Zealand A: 300/8 in 89 overs (Anton Devcich 115, Cor­ey Anderson 100; Dhawal Kulkarni 2-26, Jalaj Saxena 2-69) vs India A.

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