After India A posts 323, Tim Seifert helps New Zealand A fight back

Tim Seifert scored an unbeaten fifty to take New Zealand A to 121 for three in its first innings after dismissing India A for 323 on the second day of the third unofficial Test on Saturday.

Shubman Gill played a knock of 62 for India A.   -  Sudhakara Jain

Tim Seifert scored an unbeaten fifty to take New Zealand A to 121 for three in its first innings after dismissing India A for 323 on the second day of the third unofficial Test on Saturday.

Resuming on 248-4, India lost its remaining six wickets for just 75 with the pace duo of Lockie Ferguson (4-88) and Doug Bracewell (5-78) tormenting the visitor with three wickets each.

In reply, New Zealand A was 50 for two in 17.2 overs, before Seifert (55 not out) and GD Phillips (27) steadied the ship with a 59-run third-wicket partnership. Seifert had eight hits to the fence in his 140-ball unbeaten innings.

At stumps, R Ravindra (5) was giving company to Seifert with New Zealand A still trailing by 202 runs with seven wickets remaining in its first innings.

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Earlier, Shubman Gill, who was three runs shy of a fifty on the opening day, added 15 runs to his score before being dismissed by Ferguson in the 76th over, triggering a collapse. Overnight batsman V Shankar (71), too, was sent packing in the 78th over by Ferguson as India A slipped to 275 for six.

The 27-year-old pacer then picked his third wicket of the day, getting rid of K Gowtham (1).

K S Bharat (47) threw his bat to good effect, blasting seven fours and a six in his run-a-ball 47. But he soon lost support at the other end as Bracewell removed Mohammed Siraj (0), Rajneesh Gurbani (0) before accounting for the India A wicketkeeper batsman.

Brief score

India A: 323 all out in 89 overs (V Shankar 71, Shubham Gill 62; Bracewell 5/78, L Ferguson 4/88)

New Zealand A: 121 for 3 in 52 overs (TL Seifert 55 not out; Mohammed Siraj 2/25).