All the partnerships were crucial for India-A but Sarfraz Khan (36 runs) missed out on a big innings on a batsmen-friendly pitch even though he looked to be scoring well. Eswaran shared a partnership of 123 runs with Priyank Panchal (47 runs) for the first wicket. India lost the wicket of Ruturaj Gaikwad (21 runs) in the second over on the third day when Rachin Ravindra (2 for 96 runs) stumped him by wicketkeeper Cam Fletcher.
India A, however, continued to accumulate runs at a rapid pace. Patidar and Iswaran put on a partnership of 104 runs in 26 overs. Easwaran (13 fours, one six) completed his 16th first-class century in the first session. Left-arm wrist spinner Mitchell Rippon (1 for 101) bowled the Bengal opener.
Sarfraz hit five fours during his 64-run partnership with Patidar but was dismissed by the wicketkeeper after batting to pacer Jacob Duffy before the tea session. With Patidar joining Verma at the crease, the two rising players of the IPL put on a 167-run partnership in 41 overs.
After scoring nearly 400 runs in the IPL, Patidar is in excellent form. After this he also scored a match-winning century in the Ranji Trophy final and also scored a century while playing for India A for the first time. Hit 43 fours and 11 sixes against New Zealand A bowlers.