Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane slam fifties as India draw tour match vs New Zealand XI

Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane retired on 59 and 60, while Ambati Rayudu remained not out on 49 as India scored 313 for seven in response to New Zealand XI's 262/9 declared.

updated: February 03, 2014 13:46 IST
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Whangarei: The Indian top-order failed to convert good starts but Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane struck morale-boosting fifties ahead of the Test series as the visiting team's two-day practice match against New Zealand XI ended in a draw here on Tuesday.

India batted out the second day, finishing at 313 for seven declared in 93 overs, with Rahane (60) and Rohit (59) getting some much-needed runs ahead of the two-Test series against New Zealand starting February 6 in Auckland. This was in reply to the hosts' score of 262 for nine declared on the first day.

The Indian batting started from their overnight score of 41/0, with openers Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay looking to bat for time. But they couldn't stay at the wicket for a long duration, as both fell early in the first hour of play. (Also read: Dhawan fails again)

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