- Sinchan Saha | September 5, 2022 | 2:05 pm
Promising batter Tilak Varma scored his maiden first class hundred while Kuldeep Yadav bowled with considerably more control as the first ‘unofficial Test’ between India A and New Zealand A ended in a tie on Sunday.
The match ended after New Zealand scored 133 for 4 in their second innings.
This was after India A captain Priyank Panchal pronounced his team;s innings at 571 for 6 with Tilak becoming the third centurion of the innings with a fine 121 off 183 balls.
The highlight of Indian bowling was Kuldeep Yadav’s 2/38 out of 22 overs. While the match wandered towards a draw, the left-arm wrist spinner caused no harm to his goal, bowling with much more control and accuracy contrasted with his most first innings exertion when he offered 119 runs in 34 overs.
The delivery to dispose of right-handed opener Chad Bowes (5 off 20 balls) was an exemplary left-arm wrist spinner’s googly. Bowes pushed forward to play a defensive stroke however saw the delivery turn away after pitching and the edge was taken at sneaks past Ruturaj Gaikwad.
He also caught Mark Chapman plumb in-front was heartening to see in the second innings was the way in which he differed the speed of his deliveries and gave the ball air.
The most outstanding part of the match was Kuldeep adding miles to his legs with a total of 56 overs in the game. He will essentially play one more ‘Test’ among the leftover two (as Rahul Chahar is set to get a game) and afterward play domestic cricket for UP prior to going for the Bangladesh tour.
TILAK SHINES ON INDIA A DEBUT
Tilak had played just four first class games before this ‘informal Test’ and his highest score was 90. Yet, on the day, he finished a well-deserved ton, first of the numerous that one would anticipate from the cutting edge of the young turk from Hyderabad.
The left-handed player, who became well known in the current year’s IPL with Mumbai Indians, hit nine fours and six sixes.
While one needs to consider that Easwaran (132) batted against the new ball and set the foundation while Patidar (176) literally hammered the New Zealand A bowlers into submission. However, one can’t limit Tilak’s effort just because the tension was a bit less with India A already in a comfortable position.
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Brief Scores: New Zealand A 400 and 133/4 out of 61 overs (Rachin Ravindra 40, Kuldeep Yadav 2/38). India A 571/6 (Abhimanyu Easwaran 132, Rajat Patidar 176, NT Tilak Varma 121).