Juneja misses double in another draw

Series drawn as India 'A' and New Zealand 'A' share the honours again.

Missing out: Manprit Juneja

VISAKHAPATNAM: The second unofficial ‘Test’ between India ‘A’ and New Zealand ‘A’ petered out into a draw on the fourth and final day as bad light brought a premature halt to play at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, here on Thursday.

The result was a foregone conclusion, and the only ray of interest on an otherwise bland day of cricket was whether Gujarat batsman Manprit Juneja would complete a deserving double-century.

Juneja resumed on Thursday morning on 178, but was out seven runs short of the landmark when he was caught off the bowling of medium-pacer Mark Gillespie.

Juneja’s early dismissal also prevented India ‘A’ from taking the token first-innings lead. The hosts, beginning Day 3 on 408/7 in reply to the Kiwis’ 437, were shot out with a seven-run deficit, as seamers Gillespie and Doug Bracewell finished with a combined seven wickets for the innings.

In the 50-odd overs possible before bad light curtailed further play, New Zealand ‘A’ reached 176/3 in their second innings, thanks to breezy knocks by opener Tom Latham (61) and Carl Cachopa (76).

The first ‘Test’ between the two sides, at the same venue, was also a draw. The teams will now play a three-match 'ODI' series that begins on September 8.

Brief scores:
New Zealand ‘A’ 437 & 176/3 in 51.2 overs (Latham 61, Cachopa 76) drew with India ‘A’ 430 in 135.3 overs (Jagadesh 91, Juneja 193, Nayar 57, Gillespie 4/80, Bracewell 3/80).   

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