Updated: Monday, 03 February 2014 13:09 | By Agence France-Presse

India's New Zealand Test warm-up ends in draw

India's under-fire batting line-up gained valuable match practice on Monday as the tourists' two-day Test warm-up against a New Zealand XI ended in a draw.

India's New Zealand Test warm-up ends in draw

India's Ambati Rayudu bats during day two of the two-day Test against the New Zealand XI in Whangarei on Febuary 3, 2014 - by Michael bradley

India declared at 313 for seven on day two in response to the hosts' 262 for nine declared, with wicketkeeper-batsman Ambati Rayudu unbeaten on 49 after Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane retired on 59 and 60 respectively.

All-rounder Ravi Ashwin also made a good start before Shawn Hicks bowled him for 46 in encouraging signs for an Indian line up that failed to shine with the bat in a 4-0 one-day international series loss to the Black Caps.

The first of two Tests between New Zealand and India starts in Auckland on Thursday.

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