India vs Australia 2020-21: Centuries from Vihari and Pant put India ahead on Day 2 of warm-up clash

First Published Dec 12, 2020, 10:46 PM IST

India are taking on Australia in a three-day warm-up clas at the Sydney Cricket Ground. India are coming off mixed luck in the limited-overs, having lost the ODIs (1-2) and winning the T20Is (2-1). India are the defending champions of Border-Gavaskar Test Trophy.

<p>Visitors India are off to a dominating start in the longest format, as they have torn apart hosts Australia on Day 2 of the three-day warm-up clash, at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), on Saturday. India possess a lead of 472 runs, thanks to twin centuries from Hanuma Vihari (104*) and Rishabh Pant (103*).</p>

Visitors India are off to a dominating start in the longest format, as they have torn apart hosts Australia on Day 2 of the three-day warm-up clash, at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG), on Saturday. India possess a lead of 472 runs, thanks to twin centuries from Hanuma Vihari (104*) and Rishabh Pant (103*).

<p>India began their second innings on Day 2, after bowling out Australia for 108 and possessing a lead of 86 runs in the first innings on Day 1. However, they were off to a shaky start, losing opener Prithvi Shaw for mere three to Mark Steketee, at the score of four.</p>

India began their second innings on Day 2, after bowling out Australia for 108 and possessing a lead of 86 runs in the first innings on Day 1. However, they were off to a shaky start, losing opener Prithvi Shaw for mere three to Mark Steketee, at the score of four.

<p>Nonetheless, it was followed by a 104-run stand between fellow opener Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill, before the latter departed for 65 to Mitchell Swepson. It was followed by a 53-run stand for the third wicket, between Mayank and Vihari. However, the former fell for 61 to Jack Wildermuth, at the score of 161.</p>

Nonetheless, it was followed by a 104-run stand between fellow opener Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill, before the latter departed for 65 to Mitchell Swepson. It was followed by a 53-run stand for the third wicket, between Mayank and Vihari. However, the former fell for 61 to Jack Wildermuth, at the score of 161.

<p>In came skipper Ajinkya Rahane, who played a below-par knock of 38, before being dismissed by Steketee, as he contributed to a 78-run stand along with Vihari. However, it was the pair of Vihari and Pant that just nailed it, as the duo maintained an unbeaten 147-run stand. Furthermore, both scored their 21st and seventh First-Class century, as India finished Day 2 on 386/4, while they possess a whopping lead of 472 runs.</p>

In came skipper Ajinkya Rahane, who played a below-par knock of 38, before being dismissed by Steketee, as he contributed to a 78-run stand along with Vihari. However, it was the pair of Vihari and Pant that just nailed it, as the duo maintained an unbeaten 147-run stand. Furthermore, both scored their 21st and seventh First-Class century, as India finished Day 2 on 386/4, while they possess a whopping lead of 472 runs.

<p>As for the Australians, the bowlers did struggle, while Steketee was the best performer, claiming 2/54. Meanwhile, India look set to declare on Day 3, as they are in the driver's seat to win this tie.<br />
<strong>Brief scores: India 194 &amp; 386/4 (Vihari 104*, Pant 103*; Steketee 2/54) lead Australia 108 by 472 runs.</strong></p>

As for the Australians, the bowlers did struggle, while Steketee was the best performer, claiming 2/54. Meanwhile, India look set to declare on Day 3, as they are in the driver's seat to win this tie.
Brief scores: India 194 & 386/4 (Vihari 104*, Pant 103*; Steketee 2/54) lead Australia 108 by 472 runs.

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