Mount MaunganuiParthiv Patel scored the first goal with 94 before India to declare at 467 for eight but his players fought in the face of New Zealand's strong response in the first unofficial test at Mount Maunganui on Saturday.
Choosing to beat after beating the pitch, India A stated their first innings after some useful contributions from low-scout picks. Visitors were 340 for five on stumps on opening day at the Oval Bay.
Midfielder pacer Blair Tickner was the most successful player in the home team, returning 4/80 numbers.
New Zealand gave a strong response, reaching 176 for one on stumps on day two. Hamish Rutherford, son of former New Zealander captain Ken, was strong against 106 balls, reaching 16 limits and six. His opening partner, Will Young, made 49 before falling for the spinner Krishnappa Gowtham.
Gowtham was the only player in India to win a wicket, while New Zealand A quarterbacks made 121 runs. Mohammed Siraj and Gowtham did most of the bowling, while the medium Deepak Chahar proved to be ineffective.
Earlier, the experienced Patel narrowly missed a hundred, having been fired by 94 by Tickner, who had previously bagged the wickets of Murali Vijay and Mayank Agarwal.
The wicket-keeper's scrimmage did not hurt the Indian innings when Vijay Shankar stepped up to score a whopping 62 balls, while Gowtham scored 47.
While Rutherford looked good, Glenn Phillips was giving him company with 13 runs of 60 balls at the end of the game.
On the first day, veterans Murali Vijay and Ajinkya Rahane failed to make the opportunity before the series of tests against Australia, falling to 28 and 12, respectively. But young Prithvi Shaw, Hanuma Vihari and Mayank Agarwal each scored a half-century to put the team in a comfortable position.
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