Vihari And Pujara Scored Well:
Indian players Hanuma Vihari and Cheteshwar Pujara gave an amazing batting performance on the first day of their warm-up game against New Zealand XI. Hanuma Vihari scored 101 runs in 182 balls and Cheteswar Pujara scored 93 runs in 211 balls.
The batting performance of India on this day was ultimate. Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, the three players appointed as openers but failed in the bounce and seam test, with a very low score.
Virat Kohli, the captain of India was selected for batting in the net session practice match. In this match, India scored only 263 runs in which Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari were able to score even more than 20 runs on a Seddon Park track that had broad grass covering.
Three opener’s failure has been a worrying point on the Indian team management.
Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill couldn’t recognize the extra bounce and lost their wickets while Mayank Agarwal also failed to counter the ball movement.
Scott Kuggeleijn Dismissed 3 Players With His Bowling:
Scott Kuggeleijn, the New Zealand bowler bowled in a backbreaking manner in the first spell and dismissed three players. Out of which Prithvi Shaw’s dismissal was a shocking one.
Kuggeleijn, while he was about to hit the deck hard he got Prithvi shaw’s one rib-cage. Because of this Shaw was not ready to face the ball. The eyes were not on the ball with the bat face closed.
The ungainly hit swelled up and was taken by Rachin Ravindra at short leg.
For the most part, Mayank Agarwal was in shock, at that point, Dane Cleaver who stands behind the stumps moved a step away. Another ideal Test coordinate rejection was Gill, who was given the no. 4 opening position without Kohli, the captain of India.
The snorter from Kuggeleijn became huge on Gill, who had a go at safeguarding yet the thick edge traveled to ravine making it 5 for 3 in a matter of seconds.
Ajinkya Rahane (18) was out before the finishing of the first hour, edging one to the slips before Hanuma Vihari and Cheteswar Pujara stemmed the decay and got a 195-run stand.
India lost 6 wickets in Only 30 runs, but when Ish Sodhi tried an ugly chick bowling Rishab Pant’s shot was stuck out. That was caught by a man at extra cover.
Even Pant is not participating in one match in the limited over international series, that must destroy Pant’s confidence. But he could have scored good 30 to 40 runs without any tension.