India vs New Zealand | Hanuma Vihari Hits Ton as Openers Falter on Day 1 of Practice Game

Hanuma Vihari scored a century and Cheteshwar Pujara fell Eight runs in need of a ton however the remainder of India’s batting line-up flattered to deceive within the first day of the three-day warm-up match towards a New Zealand XI at Hamilton on Friday (February 14).

India have been dismissed for 263 in 78.5 overs with each the highest and middle-order failing to do a lot to press their case for inclusion in India’s taking part in XI for the primary Take a look at towards New Zealand on February 21 at Wellington.

Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal, who opened for India through the recently-concluded ODI collection that the guests misplaced 3-0, have been despatched out to start proceedings for the guests however solely managed scores of Zero and 1 respectively.

Shubman Gill, one other potential opener within the absence of the injured Rohit Sharma, additionally failed to hold on his good run of kind from the India A collection and was dismissed for a first-ball duck.

Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane then fell for simply 18 off 30 balls, lowering India to 38-Four earlier than Pujara (92) and Vihari (101) put collectively a 195-run stand to save lots of India from what appeared like a collapse.

Pujara was ultimately dismissed earlier than reaching triple figures however Vihari had no bother citing his ton, though he was run out shortly after reaching the milestone.

The 26-year previous’s dismissal triggered a lower-order collapse. Rishabh Pant, who has been dropped from the white-ball sides in favour of KL Rahul retaining wickets, scored simply 7 earlier than going for an enormous shot and holing out.

Wriddhiman Saha and Ravichandran Ashwin have been each dismissed for geese whereas Umesh Yadav (9) and Ravindra Jadeja (8) could not stick round lengthy sufficient to take India previous the 300-run mark.

Ish Sodi (3-72) Scott Kuggeleijn (3-40) have been the decide of the bowlers for the hosts.

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