Sunday , May 22 2022

The first unofficial test: Testing experts get hit in the tied Cricket Nevs affair


MOUNT MAUNGANUI: Testing specialists in Australia – veteran Murali Vijay and young Prithvi Shav and Hanuma Vihari – helped half a century on the last day of the first unofficial "test" of India A against New Zealand A, which ended in a red draw.

India A scored 247 for 3 in the 65th minute in the second inning when the match was canceled.

However, Shav (50, 53 balls) and Vijay (60, 113 balls) got enough time to play because they added 74 races for their first career, mainly due to the contribution of a young Mumbaikara who hit eight and six.

Test vice captain Ajinkia Rahane (41, 94 balls) and Vihari (51 no, 63 balls) added 86 races to a unbroken fourth-yellow card.

On the last day, with little chance of a result, two of the older Vijay and Rahane lowered their heads and showed great application.

Young Shaw did not last long when he was shortly after the end of the second century. Shav was caught by Villa Ioung delivered by Doug Bracevella.

In-form Maiank Agarval (42) joined Vijay and the duo added 81 runs in his second career, while Agarval was an aggressor. Karnataka, the right-hander, hit six borders and six.

Blair Tickner got rid of Agarwal, leaking through the defense, and Vijay followed closely, giving Theo van Voerkom a lead.

Rahane and Vihari then dropped the next 25 breaks with minimal moments. In fact, the thunderstorms were quite aggressive with three-fourths and three-sixths in just 63 balls, while the sword ranged to draw.

Brief Scores: India A 467/8 decl and 247/3 (Murali Vijai 60, Prithvi Shav 50, Hanuma Vihati 51 no, Ajinkia Rahane 41 no, Maiank Agarval 42). New Zealand A 458/9.

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