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Cleaver 196 sets up New Zealand A’s victory push

Dane Cleaver’s score of 196 allowed New Zealand A to drive for a triumph on the final day. India A made 127 for 2 in the second innings at the end, still tracking their hosts by 219. Agarwal seized ducks but Priyank Panchal and Gill held something constant in the final session with their unbeaten 68-run stand.

Easwaran got off the line on the fourth ball before Michael Rae had Agarwal taken by Cleaver to India A early. There was a 58-run stand between Easwaran and Panchal but the former fell to Ajaz Patel in the 14th over to give New Zealand a late opening in the day.

In a tricky situation, Gill and Panchal then saw off 143 deliveries to ensure there was no further damage. Panchal completed his half-century off 71 balls with a boundary against Patel as the visitors kept their hopes alive of salvaging a draw.

Brief scores: India A 216 & 127/2 (Priyank Panchal 67*) trail by New Zealand A 562/7 (Dane Cleaver 196, Mark Chapman 114; Ishan Porel 2-90) by 219 runs.

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