On the day one (14th February) of the three-day warm-up against New Zealand XI, Team Indian batters hugely struggled, except Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari. Like the many other newcomers, Rishabh Pant also missed out the opportunity.
Before the beginning of the two-match Test series of the ongoing tour, the Indian cricketers are playing a three-day warm-up game at Seddon Park (Hamilton). The visitors decided to bat first after winning the toss.
At stumps, the Indians were bowled out for 263 runs. While only three batsmen managed to reach the double-digit scores, four players failed to open their accounts.
Cheteshwar Pujara scored 93 runs and Hanuma Vihari hit a century for Indians
After providing 33-runs partnership for the fourth wicket with Cheteshwar Pujara, the Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane lost his wicket on just 18 runs.
Pujara and Hanuma Vihari rescued the team from the tough situation and set up a 195-run partnership for the fifth wicket. After completing their respective fifties, both were positively approaching their centuries.
The No. 3 batsman Pujara missed out his century by just seven runs as he was dismissed on 93 runs off 211 balls (11 fours and only six).
Soon after that wicket, Vihari completed his well-deserving century. After scoring 101 runs off 182 balls (10 fours and 3 sixes) before he retired (for particular innings).
Rishabh Pant scored only seven runs:
After Vihari’s return to the dressing room, the Indians batting faced collapse as they only added 18 more runs before getting all-out. While the wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant (7) again missed out an opportunity to impress, Wriddhiman Saha and Ravichandran Ashwin failed to score a run.
Another recent failure means there are slim chances to see wicketkeeper-batsman Pant’s action, in the forthcoming Test series against the hosts New Zealand.
Umesh Yadav remained not out on nine runs and the No. 11 batsman Ravindra Jadeja only scored eight runs before losing his wicket.
Apart from Scott Kuggeleijn (3/40), the leg-spinner Ish Sodhi (3/72) also took three wickets in that innings. Uncapped right-arm pacer Jake Gibson (2/26) bagged two wickets, including Cheteshwar Pujara, and James Neesham (1/29) got one wicket.