68 overs Indians 217 for 4 (Pujara 87*, Vihari 85*, Kuggeleijn 3-40) v New Zealand XI
Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill. On a inexperienced Seddon Park pitch that provided the brand new ball steep, tennis-ball bounce, Scott Kuggeleijn took simply 3.2 overs to tear out the three contenders to open for India within the first Take a look at in Wellington subsequent week.
From 5 for 3, which grew to become 38 for 4, the Indians recovered courtesy an unbroken stand of 179 between Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari, and had been 217 for Four on the drinks break halfway by way of the ultimate session. Each noticed off the early discomfort earlier than bedding in towards the older ball, on a pitch that flattened out as soon as it misplaced its early moisture.
It was far trickier to bat on at first, nonetheless, and it could be harsh to learn an excessive amount of into the scores of 0, 1 and Zero towards the names of the three opening candidates.
4 balls after the Indians had opted to bat, Shaw was out for a duck, caught at quick leg, fending one which rose unexpectedly in direction of his throat from wanting a size. In Kuggeleijn’s fourth over – the seventh of the Indians’ innings – Agarwal fell for one which left him exterior off stump, and edged behind to Dane Cleaver.
On the eve of this match, Gill had spoken concerning the want for India to make sure New Zealand do not take too many wickets with the quick ball within the Checks. A brief ball despatched him on his manner right here, although it was a tough one to barter, climbing awkwardly within the fourth-stump channel. Gill, who had made 83, 204* and 136 in his final three innings, was out first ball, opening up and fending to gully.
The ball continued to nip round for the following half hour or so, and seam motion consumed Ajinkya Rahane, caught at slip off James Neesham, after he had appeared fairly stable in a 33-run fourth-wicket stand with Pujara.
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