Unofficial Test: Shubman Gill hits double century as India A secures a draw

India A batsmen dominate Day Four against New Zealand A; Priyank Panchal and Hanuma Vihari score centuries.

Among the runs: Shubman Gill backed up his 83 in the first innings with a double-century in the second.   -  Getty Images

Shubman Gill gave a good reason for India’s selectors to retain him in the Test squad on Sunday, scoring an unbeaten double-century for India A against New Zealand A in the first unofficial Test at the Hagley Oval here.

Gill’s unbeaten 204 (279b, 22x4, 4x6) and centuries from Priyank Panchal (115, 164b) and Hanuma Vihari (100 n.o., 113b) helped the Indians put up a much-improved batting performance in their second dig after their tame surrender in the first. The batsmen dominated Day Four and steered their side to 448 for 3 as the match was drawn.

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It was a one-sided show; India A scored 321 runs for the loss just a wicket, that of Panchal. After Panchal’s dimissal, Gill and Vihari, the middle-order batsman, shared an unbeaten 222-run partnership for the fourth wicket.

Forgettable outing

Mayank Agarwal, who will open alongside Rohit Sharma in the two-Test series against New Zealand later this month, had a forgettable outing in the game as he got out for a duck in both innings.

After a fine double century, Gill is likely to retain his place in the Test squad. The 20-year-old was also part of the squad in the home series against South Africa and Bangladesh, but did not get a game. He is likely to warm the bench in the upcoming Test series as well, with India having a settled opening pair.

The Test squad will be announced soon. The first Test of the two-match series begins in Wellington on February 21.

The second unofficial Test between New Zealand A and India A will be held at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Lincoln, from Friday, February 7.

Brief Scores
  • India A 216 (Shubman Gill 83, Hanuma Vihari 51, Michael Rae 4 for 54) and 448 for 3 (Shubman Gill 204 n.o., Priyank Panchal 115, Hanuma Vihari 100) drew with New Zealand A 562 for 7 dec. (Dane Cleaver 196, Mark Chapman 114, Will Young 54).

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