Hamish Rutherford falls over while batting. @ Getty Images
Hamish Rutherford falls over while batting. @ Getty Images

New Zealand A opener Hamish Rutherford suffered a severe blow to his helmet and retired hurt on the opening day of the second unofficial Test against India A at Hamilton on Wednesday.

The left-handed batsman, who was played 16 Tests and four ODIs for the BlackCaps, was struck by fast bowler Mohammad Siraj when he was batting on nine. According to a report in ESPNCricinfo, Rutherford, who sat out for the remaining day, will see a doctor before any decision is made whether he will continue to play in the four-day match.

Meanwhile, New Zealand A captain Will Young smashed an unbeaten 117 as the hosts were 221/5 at stumps. Young, who was the among the top run-getters for New Zealand A s tour of UAE clobbered 12 boundaries and two sixes en route his 266-ball knock.

For India A, pacer Rajneesh Gurbani and Siraj snapped two wickets to reducing the hosts from 75/1 to 141/5. Young and Theo van Woerkom then stitched an unbroken 80-run partnership to steady the innings. Navdeep Saini ended with one wicket in his 20 overs.

The first of the three-match series ended in a draw last week.

Brief scores: New Zealand A 221/5 (Will Young 117*; Mohammad Siraj 2/26, Rajneesh Gurbani 2/36) versus India A