Centuries by first class debutant Vijay Zol and Mumbai all-rounder Abhishek Nayar enabled India ‘A’ to draw their first ‘unofficial’ Test versus New Zealand ‘A’ at the Port Trust Diamond Jubilee Stadium here, on Friday.
Zol scored 110 while Nayar powered his way to an unbeaten 102, as India finished on 388/7 at the end of the third and final day, in reply to New Zealand’s first innings 310.
India ‘A’ resumed on 6/1 and lost another wicket when No.3 batsman Sarabjit Ladda was caught and bowled by leg-spinner Tom Astle.
A series of good partnerships took the hosts to safety from a dicey 49/2. First came the third-wicket alliance of 77 between Jiwanjot (48) and Zol, followed by which Zol and Manprit Juneja (43) combined for 97 runs.
Maharashtra's 18-year-old Zol completed his maiden First Class ton on debut before he was bowled by medium-pacer Carl Cachopa. This cleared the decks for Nayar to enliven the proceedings with a brisk hundred.
Nayar took just 110 deliveries for his 102 and had 14 fours and a six in his knock. Leggie Astle finished with 3/106.
The second and final ‘unofficial’ Test of the series will be played at the same venue September 2 onwards.
New Zealand 'A' 310 (Ronchi 125, Astle 63, Saxena 6/106) drew with India 'A' 388/7 in 93.5 overs (Zol 110, Nayar 102, Astle 3/106).
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