Hanuma Vihari hits tons while India scores 263 against New Zealand XI on Day 1 of the warm-up game
Hamilton: Hanuma Vihari is brave hundred and seasoned Cheteshwar Pujara The 93 were the bright spots in an otherwise terrible batting performance of India on the first day of their warm-up match against New Zealand XI.
The three designated openers: Mayank Agarwal (1), Prithvi Shaw (0) and Shubman gill (0) - The sewing and bouncing test failed, falling at a low price.
With Captain Virat Kohli opting for an intense net session during the warm-up game, India managed only 263 without any, apart from Vihari (101) and Pujara able to score even 20 runs on a Seddon Park track that had a deck of liberal herb.
What would worry the management of the Indian team was the failure of the first three games.
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Shaw and Gill were undone by the additional rebound, while Agarwal could not counteract the movement of the seam.
New Zealand runner Scott Kuggeleijn (3/40) got the ball back awkwardly during his first spell and Shaw's dismissal was the ugliest.
Kuggeleijn, who was hitting the deck hard, put one in Shaw's ribcage leaving the batter in a crouching position. The eyes were not on the ball with the bat's face closed. The awkward blow shot up and was taken by Rachin Ravindra in the short leg.
Agarwal, who has been in a horrible form in recent times, then surpassed a delivery for goalkeeper Dane Cleaver behind the stumps.
Another classic Test match dismissal was Gill, who was given no. 4 slots in the absence of the Kohli pattern.
Kuggeleijn's snort grew big with Gill, who tried to defend himself, but the thick edge flew to the hollow, doing 5 by 3 in no time.
Ajinkya Rahane (18) He was out at the end of the first hour, beating one of the slips, before Vihari and Pujara stopped the rot and obtained a 195-race position.
Once they saw Kuggeleijn's first spell and skiddy Blair Tickner, the batting became easy in the second and third session.
Once the spinners were in operation, Pujara pulled Ish Sodhi over the long leg by six, while Vihari also hit three on the ground with Ravindra's left arm.
Pujara was finally in the final session trying to hook Gibson even when Vihari reached the three-figure mark.
India lost the last six wickets for 30 races, but what stood out as a sore thumb was another bad selection of Rishabh Pant's shot when he tried an ugly hoick out of Ish Sodhi's bowling just to be caught by the man with additional coverage .
Not getting a single game in the over-overs series must have affected Pant's confidence, as he threw his gate when he could have scored a good 35 to 40 runs without any pressure.