Dean Brownlie pulled New Zealand ‘A’ out of trouble with a fighting century as India ‘A’ lost its stranglehold at stumps on the third and penultimate day of the second unofficial Test here on Friday.

Resuming the day at a precarious 198 for five in reply to India’s mammoth 554 for eight declared, Brownlie (106) stitched two century partnerships to save the Kiwis from humiliation.

New Zealand ‘A’ declared its innings at 424 for seven, 130 behind India’s first innings total, after Brownlie’s dismissal caught by skipper Abhinav Mukund off Suryakumar Yadav.

India ‘A’ managed 119 for the loss of two wickets, an overall lead of 249 runs, when stumps were drawn.

The scores: India ‘A’ 554 for eight decl. and 119 for two (Unmukt Chand 44, A. Mukund 56 batting) vs New Zealand ‘A’ 424 for seven decl. (Rutherford 99, Brownlie 106, Woodcock 58, Wells 69, Bhuvneshwar three for 94).

More In: Cricket | Sport