India's test batsmen warm up for test series

Last updated 05:00 04/02/2014

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India's batsmen profited from some useful time in the middle against a New Zealand XI ahead of the first cricket test starting on Thursday in Auckland.

India made 313 for seven declared from 93 overs yesterday in reply to the New Zealand XI's 262 for 9 in the drawn two-day match at Whangarei's Cobham Oval.

Almost all the Indian top order had handy time at the crease with Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma both making half centuries before retiring.

Ambati Rayudu posted 49 and Ravi Ashwin 46 although the home side had some early success with India losing both openers cheaply after they had resumed at 41 without loss.

Pace bowler Ili Tugaga dismissed Murali Vijay in his first over of the day for his overnight score of 15 while Shikhar Dawan only added 10 before being run out.

India slipped to 93 for three when Roald Badenhorst trapped the accomplished Cheteshwar Pujara leg before for 33 but then Rahane and Sharma added 99 for the fourth wicket to spare any blushes.

Short scoreboard: New Zealand XI 262-9 dec drew with India 313-7 dec. (M Rahane 60, R Sharma 59, A Rayudu 49, R Ashwin 46, C Pujara 33, S Dhawan 26).

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