Ind A vs NZ A 1st unofficial Test: Rutherford ton puts game back in balance

Hamish Rutherford scored a hundred while Parthiv Patel missed out on one on a day when batsmen from both camps made merry.

Hamish Rutherford's 169-ball 106 was studded with 16 fours and one six. (File Picture)   -  afp

Hamish Rutherford struck a hundred in the first innings as New Zealand A finished the second day's play on a comfortable 176 for one against India A in the first unofficial Test here on Saturday.

Rutherford's 169-ball 106 was studded with 16 fours and one six. Glenn Phillips was at the other end at stumps, batting on 13.

In a match that was still only in its second day, the host began ominously, as Rutherford and Will Young put on 121 for the first wicket before off-spinner Krishnappa Gowtham trapped Young in front for 49.

Gowtham (1 for 33) and Mohammed Siraj (0 for 42) did the bulk of the bowling for India A while right-arm seamer Deepak Chahar had a poor outing as he conceded 32 runs off his six overs.

Patel misses out on century

Earlier, wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel fell six short of a deserving hundred when he was caught behind off Blair Tickner. The Kiwi pacer had previously accounted for top-order batsmen Murali Vijay and Mayank Agarwal.

Patel's dismissal, however, didn't deter all-rounder Vijay Shankar who scored an impressive 62 off 96 balls and along with Gowtham (47 off 73 balls), powered India to 467/8 before captain Ajinkya Rahane decided to declare.

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