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Panchal and Bharat’s half-centuries, India A’s 229 for six

Hubballi, Sep 9 (PTI) India A recovered from a poor start as captain Priyank Panchal and Srikar Bharat scored 229 for six on the second day of the rain-hit second unofficial cricket Test against New Zealand A here on Friday.

Due to rain and wet ground, not a single ball could be bowled on the first day while only 66 overs could be played on the second day.

At the end of the day’s play, Bharat was at the crease after scoring 74 runs off 104 balls with the help of 10 fours while Rahul Chahar is supporting him with four runs. Opener Panchal scored 87 runs in 148 balls with 12 fours and two sixes.

New Zealand A won the toss and elected to bowl and soon India A’s score was reduced to 68 for four.

Logan Van Beek (2 for 39) gave New Zealand A their first breakthrough when opener Abhimanyu Easwaran (22) was caught by skipper Tom Bruce.

Van Beek then got Ruturaj Gaikwad (05) caught by wicketkeeper Dane Cleaver.

Jacob Duffy (2 for 55) dismissed Rajat Patidar (04) and Tilak Verma (00) in successive overs to take India A to 68 for four.

Panchal and Bharat then stitched a 117-run partnership for the fifth wicket.

Panchal, however, was on his way to a century when Sean was caught by Solia off Cleaver, ending his century partnership with Bharat.

Bharat, along with Shardul Thakur (26), took the team’s score beyond 200 runs.

Rachin Ravindra gave India the sixth blow by getting Thakur caught by Mark Chapman in the final moments.

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