Openers fail; Hanuma Vihari, Cheteshwar Pujara come to rescue on Day 1 of warm-up game

Openers fail; Hanuma Vihari, Cheteshwar Pujara come to rescue on Day 1 of warm-up game

HAMILTON: Hanuma Vihari's gutsy hundred and therefore the seasoned Cheteshwar Pujara's 92 were the brilliant spots in an otherwise dreadful batting performance by India on the primary day of their warm-up game against New Zealand XI here.

All the three designated openers -- Mayank Agarwal (1), Prithvi Shaw (0) and Shubman Gill (0) -- failed the seam and bounce test, falling cheaply.

With skipper Virat Kohli choosing an intense net session over the warm-up game, India managed only 263/9 with none aside from Vihari (101 retired) and Pujara ready to score even 20 runs on a Seddon Park track that had liberal grass covering.

What would worry the Indian team management was failure of all the three openers.

Shaw and Gill were undone by the additional bounce while Agarwal did not counter to seam movement.

New Zealand pacer Scott Kuggeleijn (3/40) got the ball to rear up awkwardly from length during his first spell and Shaw's dismissal was the ugliest one.

Kuggeleijn, who was hitting the deck hard, got one into Shaw's rib-cage leaving the batsman in no position to duck.

The eyes weren't on the ball with the bat face closed.

The awkward hit ballooned up and was taken by Rachin Ravindra at short leg.

Agarwal, who has been in horrible sort of late, then edged an away going delivery to keeper Dane Cleaver behind the stumps.

Another classic match game dismissal was Gill, who was given the no.

4 squeeze absence of skipper Kohli.

The snorter from Kuggeleijn grew big on Gill, who tried defending but the thick edge flew to gully making it 5 for 3 in no time.

Ajinkya Rahane (18) was out by the top of the primary hour, edging one to the slips, before Vihari and Pujara stemmed the rot and got a 195-run stand.

Once they saw of Kuggeleijn's first spell and therefore the skiddy Blair Tickner, batting became easy within the second and third session.

Once the spinners were operational , Pujara pulled Ish Sodhi over long leg for a six while Vihari also hit three down the bottom off left-arm spinner Ravindra.

Pujara was finally call at the ultimate session trying to hook Gibson whilst Vihari need to the three-figure mark.

India lost the last six wickets for 30 runs but what stuck out sort of a sore thumb was another shot selection by Rishabh Pant when he tried an unsightly hoick off Ish Sodhi's bowling only to be caught by the person at extra cover.

Not getting one match within the limited-overs series must have dented Pant's confidence as he threw away his wicket when he could have scored an honest 35 to 40 runs with none pressure.