Lincoln (New Zealand), Oct 3: Ashok Menaria and Mandeep Singh hit unbeaten centuries to lead India A to a strong start against New Zealand A on the first day of the second unofficial Test here at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval on Wednesday.
At close of play on the opening day of the four-day game, India A had powered themselves to 433/4 in 88.2 overs when bad light stopped play. Both Menaria (164 batting) and Mandeep (169 batting) were still at the crease.
India A captain Abhinav Mukund won the toss and chose to bat. His decision looked wrong initially as Unmukt Chand fell early for just seven runs. Soon the captain too followed him to the pavilion for 12 runs. India A were 31/2 in eight overs.
But India A recovered as number three batsman Anustup Majumdar made a fine 56 off 91 balls with eight fours and was involved with Mandeep for 106-run partnership for the third wicket. Later Suryakumar Yadav fell cheaply for nine.
After Majumdar's dismissal, Mandeep was joined by Menaria and they were together till the end of the day. So far they have associated for 294 runs. They came together at 139/4 in 33.4 overs.
Mandeep, the right-handed batsman from Punjab, scored 20 fours and one six in his 169. Menaria hit 21 boundaries and two sixes. The left-handed Menaria, who plays for Rajasthan, was the more aggressive of the two. His 164 came off 169 balls.
For New Zealand A, right-arm medium-fast bowler Brent Arnel took 3/70 in 22 overs. Left-arm paceman Andy McKay had one wicket for 116 runs in 22.2 overs.