India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane got some much-needed game time under his belt, and in fact, grabbed the opportunity to remain unbeaten after scoring a century for India A in the drawn game against New Zealand A at Lincoln on Monday.
In response to New Zealand A’s 386 for nine, India A reached 467 for five in 109.3 overs when the game ended in a draw on the fourth and final day. The end of the second unofficial Test also marked the end of the A tour.
Rahane stayed unbeaten on 101 off 148 balls and his knock comprised 15 fours and a six. All the players who are part of the Test squad made handy contributions.
Shubman Gill, who has scored a double hundred in the first game at number four, continued his good run with the bat, making another hundred on day three, this time as an opener.
Resuming day four at 107, Gill made 136. Rahane then took over and scored a century. The first Test will get underway on February 21 at Wellington. A practice game will also be played before the series-opener.
Vijay Shankar also made a valuable contribution with a 66-run knock. Test number three Cheteshwar Pujara had made a solid half century on day three. He could only score a run on day four and was dismissed on 53.
Among the other Test regulars, off-spinner R Aswhin bowled 37.5 overs in the New Zealand innings, conceding 98 runs for two wickets.
Brief scores: New Zealand A 1st innings: 386 for 9 in 131.5 overs (Daryl Mitchell 103, Glenn Phillips 65; Sandeep Warrier 2/50) versus India A 1st innings: 467/5 in 109.3 overs (Shubman Gill 136, Cheteshwar Pujara 53, Ajinkya Rahane 101 not out; Blair Tickner 1/71, Ed Nuttall 2/98) ended in a draw