Rishabh Pant’s aggressive and Hanuma Vihari innings strengthened India’s position on the second day of the second practice match being played with pink ball against Australia ‘A’ by putting a restrained century and also cemented his claim of selection in the Test team. India took 386 for four in the second innings to take a total of 472 runs before Australia ‘A’ team was dismissed for 108 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, playing 73 runs off 73 balls, he hit nine fours and six sixes in his innings. Pant’s aggressive batting put Australia ‘A’ bowlers under pressure in the last session of the second day, with Pant replacing Wriddhiman Saha in the first Test of the day starting in Adelaide from 17 December to replace wicketkeeper Confirmed its claim.
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. Gill claimed the spot for the opener by putting up visible strokes, while Vihari could field an extra batsman in the form of Vihari. In the morning, Prithvi Shaw was dismissed in the second over. Shaw’s poor performance continued and if this is the case, he could lose his spot to Gill. Gill was unfortunate out, trying to play leg-spinner Mitchell Swapson in a 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. The TV replays did not reveal anything and there was no DRS or snikometer in the practice match. In such a situation, Gill had to return to the pavilion, with the 104-run partnership of second wicket of Gill and Mayank Agarwal also came to an end. Vihari and Ajinkya Rahane shared a 78-run partnership. The game stopped for some time due to rain in the middle. After Rahane (38) was dismissed, Pant came on the field and started playing the desired shots as soon as he came, completing his half-century in just 43 balls. Vihari hit 13 fours in his innings.