<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="Manprit Juneja's unbeaten 178 takes India A to 408/7 against New Zealand A on Day 3" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130904191556.jpg" title="Manprit Juneja's unbeaten 178 takes India A to 408/7 against New Zealand A on Day 3" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> India A trail New Zealand A by 29 runs with three wickets in hand © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Visakhapatnam: Sep 4, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> Young Gujarat batsman <a href="/tags/Manprit-Juneja/post" target="_blank">Manprit Juneja</a> showed perfect temperament for longer format, scoring a patient unbeaten 178 in India A's first innings score of 408 for seven against New Zealand A at stumps on third day of the second unofficial 'Test' at Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.<br /> <br /> A week short of his 23rd birthday, Juneja batted throughout the entire third day adding 135 runs to his overnight tally of 43. He also put on a huge 197-run third wicket stand with Vasudevan Jagadeesh (91), who missed out on a ton by just nine runs.<br /> <br /> Juneja then let his skipper <a href="/tags/Abhishek-Nayar/post" target="_blank">Abhishek Nayar</a> (58) dominate in a quickfire 88-run partnership for the fourth wicket.<br /> <br /> For New Zealand, pacer <a href="/tags/Doug-Bracewell/post" target="_blank">Doug Bracewell</a> was the most successful bowler picking up three for 78.<br /> <br /> The Indians, who trail New Zealand A by just 29 runs with three wickets remaining, will be hoping that Juneja scores a double century before the bowlers get another shot at the Kiwi line-up on the final day on Thursday.<br /> <br /> Juneja made the headlines couple of seasons back when he scored a double hundred on Ranji Trophy debut, and this fifth first-class century in just 12 matches speaks volumes about the right-hander's talent.<br /> <br /> He has already impressed the national selectors with a couple of half-centuries for India U-23 in the recently concluded ACC Meet in Singapore.<br /> <br /> Juneja today faced 336 balls (equivalent to 56 overs) for his knock, which included 19 boundaries and a six.<br /> <br /> The best part about Juneja's innings was his unflappable concentration. He was ready to leave a lot of deliveries early on and waited patiently for the loose balls. He never looked in any hurry to go for the runs yet scored at a steady clip.<br /> <br /> India A on Wednesday 314 runs losing five wickets in the 86 overs.<br /> <br /> Credit should also be given to Kerala opener Jagadeesh who played 200 deliveries for his 91, hitting nine boundaries in the process. He was finally castled by Bracewell playing to a wrong line.<br /> <br /> The most entertaining innings of the day was certainly played by Nayar, who scored his 58 at more than run-a-ball. He faced 55 balls to smash eight fours and a six before becoming Bracewell's third victim of the day.<br /> <br /> <strong>Brief scores:</strong><br /> <br /> <strong>New Zealand A</strong> 437 (Anton Devcich 115, Corey Anderson 100; Dhawal Kulkarni 3 for 53) lead <strong>India A</strong> 408 for 7 (Manprit Juneja 178*, Vasudevan Jagadeesh 91, Abhishek Nayar 58, Doug Bracewell 3 for 75) by 29 runs.