Luke Ronchi scored a counter-attacking hundred as New Zealand ‘A’ fought back from 106/6 to post 310 in the first unofficial Test against India ‘A’ in Vizag on Thursday. Ronchi stroked his way to a brilliant 125 (110 balls, 16x4, 4x6) and added 146 for the seventh wicket with Todd Astle (63, 157 balls, 7x4) at the Port Trust Diamond Jubilee Stadium. Astle then returned to dismiss opener Unmukt Chand (4) as the hosts ended the second day on 6/1 in three overs.
The first day’s play was called off due to showers, but India made up for lost time by reducing the hosts for 55/4. Ronchi then joined hands with Jimmy Neesham and the duo took the visitors past the 100-run mark. But two quick wickets, that of Neesham and Derek de Brooder put India right on top.
That’s when Ronchi found an able ally in Astle. The duo turned it around by holding fort for 32 overs. Jalaj Saxena was the pick of the bowlers, the off-spinner finishing with 6/106.