The Indian wicket-keeper batsman, Rishabh Pant smashed Australia A bowlers all across the iconic Sydney Cricket Ground during the second of the three-day pink-ball practice game on Saturday to reach a quick-fire century. Pant, who batting on 81, smashed 22 runs off the final over of the day bowled by Jack Wildermuth to reach the three-figure park. He got hit on his stomach on the first ball of the 90th over, but he smashed four boundaries and a six off in teh last 5 balls to reach his seventh first-class century off just 73 deliveries.
During his century, Pant smashed as many as nine boundaries and six maximums during his unbeaten stay in the middle. Cricket Australia took to Twitter to term Pant’s knock as “unbelievable”. Tweeting about the same, cricket.co.au. said, “UNBELIEVABLE! Pant hits 22 runs off the final over to bring up his 100! #AUSAvIND”.
— cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 12, 2020
Here’s the highlights of Pant’s quick-fire century in Sydney:
Rishabh Pant y 472 runs. India started day two of the practice game with a lead of 86 runs. Prithvi Shaw witnessed another failure with the bat and was sent back in the second over by Mark Steketee.
Barring Shaw, every other Indian batsman found their groove at the SCG ahead of the four-match Test series, which is scheduled to be commencing on December 1 in Adelaide. Shubman Gill and Mayank Agarwal then added 104 runs for the second wicket. Both batsmen scored half-centuries. Agarwal made 61 while Gill scored 65 runs.
India’s stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane got a start but failed to make it into a big one as he edged one straight to Alex Carey behind the stumps off Steketee.
Hanuma Vihari kept going from one end and scored an unbeaten hundred. The middle-order batter smashed 13 boundaries en route to his hundred. For Australia A, apart from Steketee, Mitchell Swepson and Jack Wildermuth also picked up one wicket apiece.