Amit Mishra finishes with six wickets; Vijay, Pujara in good stand
Chennai: New Zealand ‘A’ lost seven wickets for 45 runs in Saturday’s morning session at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium, plunging to 315 all out on day two of the second four-day match.
Igniting the fuse for India ‘A’ was Amit Mishra, who took four wickets for 19 runs in his 12-over spell to finish with a six-for. An unbroken fourth-wicket partnership of 106 between M. Vijay and Cheteshwar Pujara saw India ‘A’ through to stumps at 162 for three.
Continuing the good run
Vijay sustained the touch he had shown in the first game, punching the seamers in front of the wicket, and pulling Nathan McCullum for two sixes. Singles flowed after Pujara strode in; both batsmen manoeuvred the bowling with light feet and deft wrists.
When Trent Boult came around the wicket, Pujara harnessed his pace and the crease’s depth with an impish late cut, patting the ball gently to bisect slip and gully.
In the same over, Vijay also cut him for four: squarer and more robust.
The day began with R.P. Singh shining the second new ball, hoping for a second shot at rhythm. In his second over — his second of four maidens in a four-over spell — he curled one into Greg Hay, and hit his pads on the shuffle, in front.
Turn and dip from Mishra defeated James Marshall, whose top-edged sweep was caught by Ravindra Jadeja sprinting towards the midwicket boundary on the turn.
Reece Young played for imaginary turn to succumb leg-before to Jadeja. McCullum also fell lbw, missing a sweep off Mishra; seven for 314.
The tail proved vestigial; the last three wickets all fell at 315.
India ‘A’ lost Sahil Kukreja early, caught behind off Boult. Suresh Raina walked in, made 11, and departed leg-before to left-armer Bradley Scott’s first ball of the series.
Sourav Ganguly began with an open-faced waft that went for four between second slip and gully, and made 14 in an hour before James Marshall’s direct hit from square leg found him short of the crease.
New Zealand ‘A’ — 1st innings: A. Redmond b R.P. Singh 105, M. Guptill c Pujara b Mishra 80, P. Fulton c Saha b Mishra 5, G. Hay lbw b R.P. Singh 49, J. Marshall c Jadeja b Mishra 31, B.J. Watling c Saha b Mishra 10, R. Young lbw b Jadeja 13, N. McCullum lbw b Mishra 7, B. Scott lbw b Jadeja 0, T. Boult (not out) 0, I. O’ Brien lbw b Mishra 0; Extras (b-3, lb-7, nb-4, w-1): 15; Total (in 120 overs): 315.
Fall of wickets: 1-190, 2-195, 3-229, 4-275, 5-285, 6-305, 7-314, 8-315, 9-315.
India ‘A’ bowling: R.P. Singh 21-7-57-2, Dinda 19-4-48-0, Sangwan 15-3-55-0, Mishra 35-12-81-6, Jadeja 24-8-50-2, Raina 6-1-14-0.
India ‘A’ – 1st innings: S. Kukreja c Young b Boult 0, M. Vijay (batting) 76, S. Raina lbw b Scott 11, S. Ganguly (run out) 14, C. Pujara (batting) 49; Extras (b-10, lb-1, nb-1): 12; Total (for three wkts. in 62 overs): 162.
Fall of wickets: 1-1, 2-24, 3-56.
New Zealand ‘A’ bowling: O’ Brien 11-4-25-0, Boult 13-4-29-1, Scott 13-5-24-1, McCullum 21-4-55-0, Redmond 3-0-15-0, Guptill 1-0-3-0.