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Tour Game, Day 2: Vihari, Pant tons highlight India's batting dominance vs Australia A

Hanuma Vihari and Rishabh Pant notched up hundreds while Shubman Gill and Mayank Agarwal scored half-centuries as India consolidated their position to end the Day 2 at 386/4, securing a 472-run lead over Australia A, in the three-day pink-ball game in Sydney on Saturday.

While India lost Prithvi Shaw early, Gill, who had scored 43 in the first innings, came out all guns blazing. The right-hander scored 65 off 78 balls, creaming 10 fours as he and Agarwal put up a 104-run stand before Mitchell Swepson got Gill out in the 25th over just before the tea.

Agarwal brought up his half-century in the second session. But he got out for 61 as Jack Wildermuth gave Australia A their third wicket, breaking a 53-run partnership between Agarwal and Hanuma Vihari.

Vihari was joined by skipper Ajinkya Rahane. The two kept the scorecard ticking and took India to 200 in the 52nd over. Three overs later, Vihari completed his fifty before the pair completed a half-century stand.

Mark Steketee broke the Vihari-Rahane partnership in the final session of the day as he got Rahane out for 38. Pant replaced Rahane in the middle shortly before the rain stopped play at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

The Vihari-Pant duo took India past 250 in the 71st over. Pant then hit two sixes in the space of two overs while Vihari hit three fours in the 75th over to move closer to the 90-run mark.

Pant, who played an aggressive brand of cricket, zoomed to a 43-ball fifty before Vihari completed a well-compiled ton. While Australia A looked to contain Pant, he dashed those plans.

He was batting on 81 at the end of the penultimate over of the day and then, hammered 4 fours and a six in the last over to complete a sensational 73-ball ton. While Pant remained unbeaten on 103, Vihari scored 104 not out as the pair’s unbroken 147-run stand took India to 386/4 at stumps.  

Brief Scores: India 194 all out and 386/4 (Hanuma Vihari 104*, Rishabh Pant 103*; Mark Steketee 2/54) lead Australia A 108 all out (Alex Carey 32, Marcus Harris 26; Navdeep Saini 3/19, Mohammad Shami 3/29) by 472 runs