As he steamed in from the Pavilion End at the KSCA Stadium on Sunday afternoon, a train was speeding on the nearby railway track. Umran Malik, in all probability, would have bowled quicker the speed of the train, the ball whizzing past opener Rachin Ravindra.
But unfortunately, the Jammu Express’ spell lasted only three overs, much to the disappointment of the goodly crowd, who had been looking forward to see him bowl, right from the beginning of the second cricket ‘Test’ between India A and New Zealand A.
Just 12.5 overs were possible on the final day, as the rains returned with a vengeance. The play had begun only at 1.46 PM. and the visiting side had scored 39 for two when the players came off the field for what would prove to be the last time, just two balls after tea.
Given the depressing weather, it was almost a miracle that there could be some play at all. Saturday was a complete washout, as was the first day. This day too was largely wet and windy.
Not surprisingly, India A declared its overnight total of 229 for six. That meant K.S. Bharat remained unbeaten on 74.
The New Zealand A inning began with Joe Carter, who made 197 in the first ‘Test’ in Bengaluru but at one drop, tucking Shardul Thakur into deep fine leg for a boundary. But before long, he was caught behind off Mukesh Kumar and then Shardul had Dane Cleaver playing into Tilak Varma’s hands in the gully.