Twin 0/0 dec­la­ra­tions in NZ first­class cricket

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - HTSPORTSMAX -

MUM­BAI: New Zealand’s first­class com­pe­ti­tion, the Plun­ket Shield, wit­nessed a thrilling penul­ti­mate-over fin­ish to a rain-hit match be­tween Cen­tral Dis­tricts and Can­ter­bury in Nel­son on Satur­day. How­ever, the match would be most re­mem­bered for a rare dou­ble 0 for 0 dec­la­ra­tion from both sides. Cen­tral Dis­tricts scored 352/7 in the first in­nings and won the match by 145-runs.

The 18,555 fans who turned up on Satur­day at the Ra­jiv Gandhi In­ter­na­tional Cricket Sta­dium here, mainly to watch their hero Vi­rat Kohli bat, got to see a dif­fer­ent show, one that fea­tured two cocky In­dian young­sters.

The 18-year-old Prithvi Shaw (70 — 53 balls, 11x4, 1x6) and 21-year-old Rishabh Pant (85 bat­ting — 120 balls, 10x4, 2x6) helped In­dia get their act to­gether at dif­fer­ent stages of the in­nings.

In re­ply to West Indies’ firstin­nings to­tal of 311, In­dia took flight on the wings of Shaw, then had a few jit­tery mo­ments get­ting re­duced to 102/3, los­ing skip­per Kohli be­fore tea to be re­duced to 162/4, and then fi­nally coast­ing on an un­beaten 146-run stand f or the fifth wicket be­tween Ajinkya Ra­hane (75 bat­ting — 174 balls, 6x4) and Pant to end Day 2 on 308/4. Some poor field­ing and two cru­cial dropped catches by the vis­i­tors lent a help­ing hand to the hosts.

CA­REER-BEST SHOW FROM UMESH

In­dia had wrapped up the vis­i­tors’ in­nings within half an hour on Satur­day with West Indies man­ag­ing to add just 16 runs to their overnight to­tal. Ros­ton Chase (106 — 189 balls, 8x4, 1x6) brought up his fourth Test hun­dred in the first ball of the sec­ond over of the day bowled by Kuldeep Ya­dav.

All three wick­ets went to Umesh Ya­dav, who re­turned ca­reer best fig­ures and best by a pacer on this ground with 6/88. His pre­vi­ous best was 5/93 against Aus­tralia in Perth in Jan­uary 2012. This was his sec­ond five-wicket haul in Tests.

Shaw got the In­dian in­nings off to a flier. He was off the mark in the first over by Shan­non

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