Saxena takes six as ton-up Ronchi saves New Zealand 'A' blushes

Luke Ronchi's counterattacking century and Jalaj Saxena's six-wicket haul were the highlights of the second day's play in the first unofficial Test between India 'A' and New Zealand 'A' in Visakhapatnam. India 'A' was 6 for 1 in response to New Zealand 'A''s 310 at Port Trust Diamond Jubilee Stadium at stumps today.

The first day's play was washed out by rain.

New Zealand 'A' captain Tom Latham elected to bat first, but his decision appeared to have backfired when the tourists slipped to 55 for 4 inside 19 overs with Saxena taking three of those wickets. Latham's opening partner Neil Broom was run out for 10; and then it was time for the Saxena show as he had Latham and Daryl Mitchell caught before getting Carl Cachopa stumped by CM Gautam.

Ronchi goes against the tide

Ronchi, who came in to bat with the score at 46 for 3, got the tourists back on track as he and Jimmy Neesham (27) added 50 runs for the fifth wicket; but then the visitors again suffered a quick double blow as Rakesh Dhurv dismissed Neesham and then Saxena caught DC de Boorder off his own bowling, to leave New Zealand 'A' reeling at 106 for 6.

Ronchi, who has also represented Australia in ODIs and Twenty20 Internationals, then went on the attack against the India 'A' bowlers and was well supported by Todd Astle, as the pair shared a 146-runs partnership for the seventh wicket. Their stand was broken by Dhawal Kulkarni who trapped Ronchi LBW, but not before he had hit 16 boundaries and four sixes in his 110-balls 125.

The 26-years-old off-spinner Saxena then wrapped up the innings when he dismissed Astle, who had grafted his way to 63 off 157 balls; and Ish Sodhi. New Zealand 'A''s score was boosted by last man Mark Gillespie, who hit three sixes in his 11-balls 21*.

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India 'A' suffered an early jolt in their reply when Astle had Unmukt Chand caught behind by de Boorder.

Jiwanjot Singh and Sarabjit Singh are the batsmen in the middle when India 'A' will resume their innings tomorrow morning.


BRIEF SCORES: New Zealand 'A' 310 in 77.3 overs (Luke Ronchi 125, Todd Astle 63, Jalaj S Saxena 6-106, Rakesh Dhurv 2-35) vs India 'A' 6 for 1 in 3 overs (Unmukt Chand 4, Todd Astle 1-4).

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