3rd Test: Patidar’s ton puts India A in strong position against New Zealand A

Bengaluru, Sep 17 (IANS) Rajat Patidar’s impressive century put India A in a strong position against New Zealand A in the third unofficial Test, at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, here on Saturday.
Chasing a target of 416 for victory, New Zealand went into stumps at 20/1 on Day 3.
Continuing his good form, Patidar struck his second three-figure score against New Zealand A in the series. His unbeaten 109, along with Ruturaj Gaikwad’s 94, Priyank Panchal’s 62 and Sarfaraz Khan’s 63, powered India A to 395/7 in their second innings, extending the lead past 400, following which they declared.
India A started the day at 40/1, with Gaikwad and Panchal resuming their partnership. Both registered half-centuries as they extended their stand to 122 for the second wicket before Panchal was caught and bowled off Joe Walker.
Two more century partnerships ensued – 102 between Gaikwad and Patidar, and 108 between Patidar and Sarfaraz – as the New Zealand A bowlers were left deflated. India A’s scored at a brisk rate of 4.22, which kept visitors under the pressure throughout the innings, with late strikes from Rachin Ravindra only providing them a small consolation.
In reply, Ravindra, who also opened the innings, was trapped leg-before by Saurabh Kumar in the 14-over period that New Zealand A had to bat before stumps.
While the first two four-day games ended in draws, the hosts India A have a good chance of securing a 1-0 series win over New Zealand A.
Brief scores: India A 293 & 359/7 decl (Rajat Patidar 109, Ruturaj Gaikwad 94, Sarfaraz Khan 63, Priyank Panchal 62; Rachin Ravindra 3-65) lead New Zealand A 20/1 (Rachin Ravindra 12; Saurabh Kumar 1-13) by 395 runs.

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