Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill failed to open their account in the practice match against New Zealand XI at Seddon Park in Hamilton. Competing for the opening spot, both the players were dismissed by pacer Scott Kuggeleijn. Shaw was dismissed on the fourth delivery of the opening over while Gill, facing his first delivery, was dismissed in the seventh over.
Opener Mayank Agarwal continued his poor run on the tour and only managed one run before being dismissed by Kuggeleijn. Irrespective of his performance, Mayank is confirmed to open the innings in the first Test that starts next week.
However, the team management will have to wait and see if both Shaw and Gill can manage big scores in the second innings. One of these two is confirmed to open the innings but the coaches are yet to decide on who will get a place in the playing XI.
Prior to the practice match, Gill pressed his case for selection by scoring a double-century and following up with a century for India A. Shaw hasn’t played any first-class match on the tour so far.
Hanuma VIhari scores ton, Cheteshwar Pujara out for 93
After top order’s failure, Pujara and Vihari came to the team’s rescue and added 195 runs for the third wicket. Pujara missed out on scoring must-deserved century as he was dismissed on 93 off 211.
Vihari, who is likely to make it to the playing XI in the opening Test, scored a century before making way for other batsmen. Vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane was dismissed on 18 off 30.
Batting for the first time on this tour, Rishabh Pant managed seven off 10 while Wriddhiman Saha failed to open his account off six deliveries that he faced.
Kuggeleijn and Ish Sodhi shared six wickets between themselves. Jack Gibson chipped in with two wickets while James Neesham got the wicket of Rahane.