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Juneja misses out on 200 as India A match ends in a draw

Visakhapatnam: Manprit Juneja missed out on a deserved double hundred while New Zealand A’s top-order got some much needed batting practise against India A bowlers as the second unofficial Test between the two sides predictably ended in a draw.

In reply to New Zealand A’s first innings score of 437, Indians finished their first innings seven runs short at 430. In the second innings, the Kiwis finished at 176 for three in 51.2 overs as the umpires decided to call off the match after taking consent of the two skippers.

The honours were shared as both the Test matches failed to yield any positive outcome for either of the two teams.

The only interest in the final day’s play was whether young Juneja (193, 362 balls, 20×4, 1×6) would get to score his second first-class double hundred but seamer Mark Gillespie (4/80 from 29.3 overs) dismissed him caught by Corey Anderson.

Resuming the day at 408 for seven, India added 22 more runs with Juneja scoring 15.

Gillespie used his slower delivery to good effect as Dhawal Kulkarni (10) was caught and bowled. Juneja was the next man out, while Imtiaz Ahmed was also castled by him as he finished with four wickets.

With a result out of question, New Zealand A skipper Tom Latham (61, 100b, 7×4) put his head down to get some runs.

After Neil Broom (0) was trapped LBW by Kulkarni, Latham in company of Carl Cachopa (76, 139 balls, 13×4) added 128 runs for the second wicket.

Left-arm spinner Rakesh Dhurv (2/45) removed the two set batsmen in successive overs. (PTI)

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