Rahane scores hundred as India 'A' draw with NZ 'A'

Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane warmed up for the Test series in New Zealand with an unbeaten 101. File photo: AFP

Lincoln: Indian vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane warmed up for the Test series in New Zealand with an unbeaten hundred for the touring 'A' side in the drawn four-day game against New Zealand 'A' here on Monday.

In response to New Zealand 'A's 386/9, India 'A' reached 467/5 in 109.3 overs when the game ended in a draw on the fourth and final day. It also marked the end of India 'A's tour.

Rahane stayed unbeaten on 101 off 148 balls and his knock comprised 15 fours and a six.

Shubman Gill, who scored a double hundred in the first game at No. 4, continued his good run with the bat, making another hundred on day three, this time as an opener.

Resuming day four at 107, Gill, who too is part of the Test squad, went on to make 136.

Rahane took over from there and got much needed time in the middle ahead of the first Test beginning in Wellington on February 21. A practice game will also be played before the series-opener.

Vijay Shankar also made a valuable contribution with a 66-run knock. Test No. 3 Cheteshwar Pujara had made a solid half century on day three. He could only score a run on day four and was dismissed for 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' 386/9 in 131.5 overs (Daryl Mitchell 103, Glenn Phillips 65; Sandeep Warrier 2/50) drew with India 'A' 467/5 in 109.3 overs (Shubman Gill 136, Cheteshwar Pujara 53, Ajinkya Rahane 101 not out; Ed Nuttall 2/98).

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