India vs Australia A 2nd Practice Match, Day 2 Highlights: India in command with Pant, Vihari centuries; leads by 472 runs

Australia A vs India, 2nd Practice Match Day 2 Highlights: India rode on centuries from Hanuma Vihari and Rishabh Pant to end Day 2 on 386/4 at Sydney Cricket Ground.

Updated : Dec 12, 2020 17:14 IST

Hanuma Vihari in action.
Hanuma Vihari in action.

Hanuma Vihari in action.

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's Live Coverage of Day two of the second practice match between India and Australia A at the Sydney Cricket Ground, in Sydney.

Day 2 Stumps - India 386/4, leads by 472 runs

This has been a fantastic day for India as Rishabh Pant and Hanuma Vihari slam centuries to put the Indians in a commanding position. The likes of Mayank Agarwal and Ajinkya Rahane too played their part and the team seems to be raraing to go when the first Test starts in Adelaide.

India 340/4 after 86 overs: Century for Vihari and this has been a quality knock and what a way to warm-up ahead of the first Test. India in commanding situation.

India 291/4 after 75 overs: Vihari is nearing is century and India might declare any moment now.

India 233/3 after 66 overs: Vihari and Rahane are in complete control and the India captain with a punch off the backfoot has showed his class. India bossing at the meoment with the lead over 300.

India 224/3 after 63 overs: The final session has begun and both Vihari and Rahane will aim to consolidate India's position further. Declaration, not in sights, for now.

Dinner Break - India 223/3 after 61 overs (Hanuma Vihari 57, 113b, 8*4, Ajinkya Rahane 26, 51b, 5*4); leads by 308 runs

India 208/3 after 55 overs: Hanuma Vihari gets to his half-century and this is a fine batting show by the middle-order batsman. Ajinkya Rahane is motoring on nicely. 

India 178/3 after 47 Overs: Rahane gets off the mark with a boundary to sweeper cover. Vihari is batting on. How long before India consider a declaration? Will they? Meanwhile, India's lead has swelled past 250 - 264.

India 161/3 after 42 overs: Mayank Agarwal plays a false stroke and he departs for 61. However, this has been a sublime knock ahead of the first Test and he has been impressive. Top knock. Ajinkya Rahane joins Vihari.

India 155/2 after 40 overs: Both batsmen have been very patient but assured at the same time. The pink ball is doing a but and a couple of LBW shouts have been denied by the umpire. The lead is over 240. 

India 138/2 after 33 overs: Quality half-century from Mayank Agarwal and he has shown some real good intent, spent time in the middle and worked hard for his half-century, while playing some exquisite shots.

India 123/2 after 31 overs: Agarwal and Vihari are building a partnership and this has been a controlled innings by Agarwal as he approaches his half-century.

Tea Break: India 2/111 - leads by 197 runs

India 108/2 after 25 overs: Shubman Gill departs as Swepson strikes to break the stand. Gill goes for a well-made 78-ball 65 and he has presented a real case for himself for the first Test. Hanuma Vihari joins Mayank Agarwal.

India 92/1 after 20 overs: Both Gill and Mayank continue to score runs and this has been disciplined batting from both the batsmen. Good signs ahead of the first Test.

India 77/1 after 16 overs: Excellent half-century from Gill and this has been a superb knock. He got a start in the first innings but failed to convert. However, this time he has come out with much more positive intent and has played some lovely shots. India's lead crosses the 150-run mark.

India 55/1 after 12 overs: Shubman Gill is playing some lovely shots and has moved to 37 off 39 balls and is looking solid. Mayank, too is looking good and is putting in the hard yards. He is batting on 12 off 28 balls.

India 25/1 after 6 overs: Agarwal and Gill have steadied the ship after the early loss of Prithvi Shaw. Both batsmen are leaving the ball well and are playing with caution, occasionally finding the boundary.  

India 5/1 after 2 overs: Poor start from India as Prithvi Shaw once again fails to showcase his batting skills as he falls early in the very first over. Absolute no feet movement and Shaw smacks straight into the hands of the fielder at cover point. Mayank Agarwal is joined by Shubman Gill.

Day 1 Stumps - India bowls out Australia A for 108; leads by 86 runs.

India pacers  Shardul Thakur  and  T. Natarajan,  along with offspinner  Washington Sundar,  have been retained as back-up cum net bowlers for India's Test series in Australia, starting December 17.

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Barring the trio, all the other members of the limited-overs' leg who did not make the cut returned to India on Friday.

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Natarajan, the left-arm pacer who was a stand-out performer in the T20I series, was always supposed to stay on as a net bowler, Thakur was asked to stay once Ishant Sharma was ruled out of the series.

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Washington would primarily come in handy as a net bowler with his uncanny off-spinners.


India : Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane, K. L. Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Hanuma Vihari, Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill, R. Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Rishabh Pant (wk), Wriddhiman Saha (wk).

Australia A : Sean Abbott, Joe Burns, Alex Carey (c, wk), Harry Conway, Cameron Green, Marcus Harris, Nic Maddinson, Ben McDermott, Mark Steketee, Will Sutherland, Mitchell Swepson, Jack Wildermuth.

Match Starts : 9am IST.

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