Jaydev Unadkat was once again the pick of the Indian bowlers with figures of four for 47 from his 10 overs.
The Indian chase started on a steady note as Under-19 World Cup hero Unmukt Chand (23) and skipper Abhinav Mukund (66) combined for a 52-run opening stand.
Unmukt`s departure in the 15th over had little impact on the chase as number three Naman Ojha (62) joined hands with Mukund for a 99-run partnership.
The Indians were cruising along at 150 for 1 before Mukund`s departure in the 34th over after a 83-ball knock, that included four boundaries and a couple of sixes, triggered a slide. Ojha was dismissed in the very next over after four fours and two hits over the fence.
Barring Ambati Rayudu`s unbeaten 46, not a single Indian lower midle-order batman could make a noteworthy contribution. The Indians seemed headed for a defeat but somehow managed to hang on for a tie after equalling the score.
The third and final match of the series is scheduled for Sunday.
New Zealand A: 249-9 in 50 overs (Broom 82, Unadkat 4-47).
India A: 240-9 in 48 overs (Mukund 66, McKay 5-50).