India A, fresh off a crushing first win over New Zealand A, have pushed themselves into a formidable position at the halfway stage of the second first-class match of the tour in Vijayawada.

Responding to NZ A's modest first innings 211, India A were 204 for four before Ankit Bawne and former international wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel took over, sharing an unbroken 154-run stand to leave the hosts 360 for four at stumps on day two.

Bawne, whose first-class average is an impressive 51, will start day three on 116, having completed his 16th first-class century, and Patel is on 56.

Earlier Shreyas Iyer hit a rapid 82 off just 79 balls but bad light forced an early finish to New Zealand's relief.

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The match is being played in daylight hours but with a pink ball as part of India's preparation for more cricket using the game's latest innovation.

Legspinner Ish Sodhi has taken two for 107 but off only 19 overs, while seamers Seth Rance and Scott Kuggeleijn have one wicket apiece.