Young wicket-keeper batsmen Rishabh Pant (103 *) and Hanuma Vihari (104 *) scored superb centuries against Australia A on the second day of the second practice match. India have strengthened their position on the second day of this practice match being played with pink ball and also confirmed their selection in the Test team. India took 386 for four in the second innings to take a lead of 472 runs.
Earlier, Australia A team was dismissed for 108 runs in response to India’s 194 runs. Pant needed 19 runs to reach a century when Jack Wildermath was throwing his last over of the second day. Pant completed the century by hitting four fours and a six and is playing 103 runs off 73 balls. He hit nine fours and six sixes in his innings.
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Vihari, on the other hand, played an unbeaten innings of 104 runs off 194 balls. Young batsman Shubman Gill scored 65 runs in 78 balls with the help of ten fours. Pant’s aggressive batting put Australia A bowlers under pressure in the last session of the second day. Along with this, Pant also confirmed his claim for the place of wicketkeeper in place of Wriddhiman Saha in the day-night Test starting in Adelaide from 17 December.
Gill claimed the spot for the opener by placing visible strokes. At the same time, India can field an extra batsman in the form of Vihari. In the morning Prithvi Sau was dismissed in the second over. Sav’s poor performance continued and if this situation persists, he could lose his spot to Gill. Gill got out unfortunate. He attempted leg-spinner Mitchell Swepson to play the flick shot but missed.
The bowler appealed for a leg-before, while the ball went to the first slip where Sean Abbott dived and caught the catch. Nothing was revealed from the TV replays and there was no DRS or snikometer in the practice match. In such a situation, Gill had to return to the pavilion.
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With this, the 104-run second wicket partnership of Gill and Mayank Agarwal also came to an end. Vihari and Ajinkya Rahane shared a 78-run partnership.
The game stopped for a while due to rain in between. After Rahane (38) was dismissed, Pant came on the field and started playing the desired shots as soon as he came. He completed his half-century in just 43 balls. Vihari hit 13 fours in his innings.