Third unofficial Test Preview: New Zealand A vs. India A
Third unofficial Test Preview: New Zealand A vs. India A

The second unofficial Test between India A and New Zealand A ended in a draw after rain affected proceedings throughout the game. The Indian bowlers started on a high, reducing the Kiwi cricketers to 100 for 4, before Will Young anchored the innings, scoring 123 in 272 deliveries. India's fast bowlers Rajneesh Gurbani, Navdeep Saini and Mohammad Siraj bowled economically and made full use of the overcast conditions. With the weather in Whangarei expected to be cloudy on the days of the Test as well, they can get into the game once again.

The New Zealand bowlers on the other hand looked ineffective in the 46 overs that they bowled to India in the second match. Three of the four Indians made more than 40 runs, with Ravikumar Samarth leading the way with an unbeaten fifty. If rain does stay away, the Indians would want to better the performance and go all-out for a win.

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Wicket-keeper: K Srikar-Bharat (8 credits)

While Srikar Bharat did not get a chance to bat in the second game, Cam Fletcher was out for a duck, so the choice for the slot is a tricky one. However, I have opted for the Indian player as he has been able to impress more in his short career. While the Kiwi player averages just over 25 in his FC career, the Indian, with five hundreds in 55 matches, has an average of 36.45. He is a safer bet behind the stumps as well.

Batsman: Mayank

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