Ronchi ton takes NZ A to 310, Saxena takes six

Visakhapatnam: Veteran Luke Ronchi smashed a quickfire century as New Zealand A recovered from a precarious position to post a respectable 310 against India A on the second day of their three-day match here on Thursday.

For India A, all-rounder Jalaj Saxena did the star turn with his off-breaks grabbing six for 106 in 22.4 overs, while left-arm spinner Rakesh Dhruve got two wickets.

At stumps, India A were six for one having lost Unmukt Chand (4) cheaply. Tomorrow is the last day of the first-class match.

New Zealand were in trouble at one point with the scoreboard reading 106 for six before Ronchi`s swift counter-attacking knock of 125 off only 110 balls changed the course of the New Zealand A innings at the Port Trust Stadium.

The 32-year-old Ronchi struck 16 fours and four huge sixes and was involved in a 146-run partnership for the seventh wicket with Todd Astle (63, 157 balls, 7x4), who dropped anchor at the other end. Ronchi, in fact, reached his 50 with a huge six over long-on off Dhruve.

When Ronchi, who had made his international debut for Australia before shifting to his native country, was finally trapped leg-before by seamer Dhawal Kulkarni`s incoming delivery.

"There was a bit of help for the spinners but basically it was a flat track. I took my chances and I am happy that it paid off," Ronchi told reporters at the post-match conference.

Earlier, opting to bat on the second day, Saxena impressed one and all with his control although Ronchi did take him on after the initial trouble. The MP all-rounder was not afraid to flight the ball and varied the length.

"I am happy that I could execute my plan perfectly as I have worked on certain variations. The caught and bowled dismissal (Derek de Boorder) that I got was the best among the six," Saxena said.


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