Rishabh Pant and Hanuma Vihari put themselves in the reckoning for next week’s first Test with contrasting hundreds as India thoroughly dominated Australia A in the pink ball warm-up match here on Saturday.
Needing 19 runs to reach his century when Jack Wildermuth commenced the second evening’s final over, Pant clobbered him for 4, 4, 6, 4, 4, to remain unbeaten on 103 off only 73 balls.
Overall, he hit nine fours and six sixes.
At the other end, Vihari laboured his way to a fine 104-run knock off 194 balls.
Also staking a claim for selection is young Shubman Gill, with an elegant 65 off 78 balls and 10 sweetly-timed boundaries.
Day 2 highlights
In the final session of play, Pant’s aggressive approach paid dividends as he smashed the Australia A bowlers to all corners of the Sydney Cricket Ground, and the southpaw making a strong case for himself for the wicketkeeper’s job in…