First unofficial test: India A road of 219 races after 562 from New Zealand A

CHRISTCHURCH: India A was left with an arduous task of saving the first unofficial test after New Zealand A he achieved a 562 mammoth in his first innings here on Saturday.

Responding to the first total entries of India A of 216, the hosts declared shortly after losing their seventh wicket on the third and penultimate day at the Hagley Oval.

In their second rehearsal, the visitors were 127 for two when the bad light ended four games before, having reduced the deficit to 219 runs.

At the end of the game, Priyank Panchal & Shubman gill were batting on 67 & 33, respectively.

Starting the day on a comfortably-placed 385 for five, overnight batsmen Dane Cleaver & Mark Chapman consolidate their team's position with a 268-run partnership for the sixth wicket.

Batting 111 overnight, Cleaver made 196 of 344 balls, while Chapman, who started the day before the 15th century, made 114 of 245 deliveries.

Wicketkeeper Cleaver hit 20 boundaries & a six while spending 482 minutes at the crease, while Chapman found the fence 11 times in his 377-minute stay in the middle.

Batting at number eight, Cole McConchie managed an unbeaten 50 of 74 balls while adding 114 runs for the seventh wicket with Cleaver, underpinning his team's total.

The Indian bowlers toiled hard with Ishan Porel & S Sandeep Warrier getting two apiece.

When they came to bat for the second time in the game, the visitors again lost their prolific starter Mayank Agarwal for nothing, at the first time.

Abhimanyu Easwaran fell by 26 to leave India A at 59 by two.

Short scores

India A: 216 & 127/2 in 37 overs ( Priyank Panchal 67 batting, Shubman gill 33 batting)

New Zealand A: 562 for 7 in 160.3 overs (Dane Cleaver 196, Mark Chapman 114; S Sandeep Warrier 2/91, Ishan Porel 2/90).

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