Ajinkya Rahane warms up for New Zealand with century

It was the Mumbai batsman's 33rd century in first-class cricket.

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Ahead of India's Test series against New Zealand slated to start next week, Ajinkya Rahane scored an unbeaten century for India A in the second four-day unofficial Test match against New Zealand A at Lincoln on Monday.

Responding to the home team's 386/9d, India A responded by piling on the runs in little time. When Ajinkya Rahane, an Icon Player in the first season of the T20 Mumbai league, walked out to bat the score was a hefty 250/2 in the 59th over.

Following the dismissal of Shubman Gill, after he had racked up his century, the Mumbai batsman put on a 120-run partnership for the fourth wicket with Vijay Shankar to further strengthen the visitors' stand.

Ajinkya Rahane brought up his fifty with a four in 85 balls and his hundred in style after he smashed Glenn Phillips for a six to go from 91 to 97, played a dot and then hit another boundary to bring up his ton in 148 balls.

Along with that maximum, Ajinkya Rahane hit 15 fours in the innings and raced from fifty to hundred in just 63 balls, thus ending with a strike rate of 68.24, as he left the field unbeaten on 101, the 31-year-old's 33rd first-class century in 143 matches.

India A had scored 467/5 as a result with both the unofficial Test matches between India A and New Zealand A ending in a draw, bringing a conclusion to the tour.

India will play New Zealand in a two-match Test series starting on 21st February.

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