NZ A vs IND A: Dane Cleaver ton puts Kiwis in front

Dane Cleaver smashed an unbeaten century as New Zealand A amassed 385 for five in its first innings on the second day of the first unofficial Test.

Dane Cleaver of New Zealand A bats during Day 2 of the Test Series between New Zealand A and India A at Hagley Oval on January 31, 2020 in Christchurch, New Zealand.   -  GETTY IMAGES

Dane Cleaver smashed an unbeaten century as New Zealand A put India A in a tight spot by amassing 385 for five in its first innings on the second day of the first unofficial Test here on Friday.

After Will Young (54) completed his half-century, the host suffered a mini-collapse, losing three wickets cheaply but Cleaver (111 off 194 balls) and Mark Chapman (85 off 187 balls) resurrected the innings, adding an unbeaten 209 runs for the sixth wicket.

Cleaver sent the ball across the fence 16 times, while Chapman smashed eight boundaries in his innings. At stumps, New Zealand had taken an overall lead of 169 runs. On day one, India A was all out for 216.

 

Resuming at 105 for 2, overnight batsmen Young (54) and Ajaz Patel (38) added 66 runs before the former was sent back in the 49th over by S Sandeep Warrier.

Young’s fifty was laced with six boundaries, while Patel hit four fours and three sixes in his 66-ball innings. In the 50th over, Glenn Phillips (4) was trapped in front by Shahbaz Nadeem, while one over later Patel was dismissed by Warrier as the Kiwis slipped to 176 for 5.

Cleaver and Chapman then joined hands to take the Black Caps closer to the 400-run mark.

For India A, Warrier claimed two wickets, while Mohammed Siraj (1/104), Ishan Porel (1/61), Nadeem (1/67) accounted for one wicket each.