Hanuma 101, Pujara 92 highlight India's poor batting show vs NZ XI in tour match

YB WEB DESK. Dated: 2/15/2020 10:55:30 AM


Hamilton Feb 14 After a top-order wobble put India in deep trouble, the ever-reliant Cheteshwar Pujara in combination with Hanuma Vihari dragged the visitors towards safety with fighting knocks in the ongoing tour match vs New Zealand XI in Hamilton. India were reeling at 38/4 after the 1st hour of play on Friday but Pujara and Vihari combined for a 195- run stand to put the tourists on the road to safety. While Pujara fell 8 runs short of a well deserved hundred, Vihari reached the milestone soon afterward taking 182 balls for his century. The righthander chose to retire soon after completing his hundred at the score of 101*. Earlier India's decision to test their batting on a nippy Hamilton morning backfired as 3 of India's top-4 were dismissed for a total of 1 run. New Zealand fast bowler Scott Kuggeleijn made life difficult for the visitors removing opener Prithvi Shaw for a 4-ball-duck in the first over itself. Shaw's opening partner Mayank Agarwal (1) was the next to fall getting caught by Dane Cleaver of the bowling of Kuggeleijn. Next ball, newcomer Shubman Gill also fell for a golden duck after being caught by the wicketkeeper Tim Seifert as the Indians were in deep trouble at 5/3. Pujara, who was looking solid in defence at the other end seemed to be weathering the storm with Ajinkya Rahane .

 

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