Hanuma Vihari and Rishabh Pant produced the opposite, unbeaten hundreds while Shubman Gill and Mayank Agarwal compiled useful half-centuries as the India XI controlled proceedings against Australia A in a practice match at the Sydney Cricket Ground. India XI 382/4, were in front by 472 to play on Day 2.
However, the India had fumbled at start of the day with Mark Sheketi removing Prithvi Shaw. At that time, Aggarwal and Gill joined forces to stitch for the second wicket of 104 runs. However, against the run of the game, Gill fell to Mitchell Swepson, with Shaun Abbott thumping a brilliant catch at slip. All-rounder Jack Wildermuth then dismissed Mayank for a catch by Patrick Rowe.
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With 161 reading for score 3, Rahane and Vihari put together another useful partnership of 78 runs before Steketee dismissed the former. This was followed by an entertaining, unbeaten partnership of 147 runs in 23 overs with Pant-Vihari. Vihari completed his century in the 86th over with Wildermath. Meanwhile, Pant pressed the accelerator pedal, made squares of fours and sixes.
The wicket-keeper-batsman hit nine fours and six sixes, and ended the day with four fours and a six to Wildermuth. In the process, he also scored his century with a four off the final ball of the day. With Hundred, Pant pushed his case forward to India’s playing XI for the opening Test in Adelaide. Meanwhile, Stackett took a few wickets for Australia A.
At the beginning of the day, Steketee replaced Harry Conway at the venue of the concert. Rowe is another concert in which Victoria replaces wicketkeeper-batsman Cameron Green.
Summary: India XI 194 (1st Inns) and 386/4 2nd Inn (Hanuma Vihari 104 *, Rishabh Pant 103 *; Mark Steketee 2-54)
Australia A 108 – 1st Inns. India leads by 472 runs.