Hanuma Vihari gets out in a bizarre way against New Zealand A
Vihari crossed his half-century in just 79 balls with the help of eight sumptuous boundaries.
Updated - Jan 30, 2020 1:46 pm
India A is currently locking horns with New Zealand A. The first of the two four-day matches got underway at the Hagley Oval in Christchurch. After having lost the One-day series with back-to-back defeats in the final two fixtures, the India A unit was desperate to shrug off the ignominy and start afresh in the four-day fixtures. The Kiwis won the toss and opted to put the Indian batting unit in.
India A opted to go with the opening pair of Abhimanyu Easwaran and Mayank Agarwal with Prithvi Shaw warming the bench. And, one dismissal that really summed up the day for the visitors was the dismissal of their captain Hanuma Vihari.
India A had lost both of their openers in Mayank Agarwal  and Abhimanyu Easwaran for a 39-ball 9 within the first 15 overs with Sean Solia and Jacob Duffy doing the early damage. And, when Priyank Panchal followed suit for a 47-ball 18, India A was in more than -bother with the score reading at 3-34 in 17 overs. But, post that both Shubman Gill and skipper Hanuma Vihari steadied the ship with a gritty 119-run-stand for the fourth wicket.
Vihari crossed his half-century in just 79 balls with the help of eight sumptuous boundaries. But just as he was threatening to make a really big score, a bizarre dismissal led to his undoing. It all happened during the 41st over the Indian innings when India A captain played a beautiful looking sweep-shot off Cole McConchie. But, the sweep shot proceeded to hit shin of Rachin Ravindra at short-leg before bouncing all the way back to the wicketkeeper Dane Cleaver took an easy age.
Hanuma Vihari’s bizarre dismissal sums up a forgettable day for India A
Post the dismissal of Hanuma Vihari, the onus was on Shubman Gill to spearhead the innings and convert his half-century into a really big score but he too was dismissed shortly thereafter for a run-a-ball 83. India A then proceeded to lose their last five wickets for 33 runs and were eventually bowled out for 216 in 54.1 overs.
New Zealand A then proceeded to finish off the day at 2-105 in 33 overs with Will Young still unbeaten at 26. India A got the crucial wicket of Rachin Ravindra  late in the day and the visitors will be looking to cash-in on it, come day 02.
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