Four out of the six Indian batsmen who got to bat scored fifties to help India A finish with 340/5 at the end of play on day one of the first unofficial Test against New Zealand A at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui on Friday.
At stumps on the first day of the four-day game, the experienced Parthiv Patel was batting on 79 off 111 balls, with Vijay Shankar slated to join the wicketkeeper in the middle on Saturday.
Having made 86 off 150 deliveries, Hanuma Vihari, who made his Test debut in England with a half-century, was dismissed in the last ball of the day.
Vihari hit eight boundaries during his stay in the middle, while Patel has so far found the fence 10 times.
Also scoring fifties were Mayank Agarwal (65) and the 19-year-old Test opener Prithvi Shaw (62).
After the visitors opted to bat first, India A were given a fine start by Shaw and his senior partner Murali Vijay, who fell for 28.

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