Hamilton warm-up: Fiery Mayank, Prithvi stretch India lead after pacers trouble New Zealand XI on Day 2


India vs New Zealand XI warm-up: After the Indian pacers bundled out New Zealand for 235, Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal remained unbeaten on 35 and 23 respectively to help India end the day with 59 for no loss and with a lead of 87 runs. 

Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal gave India a solid start Day 2 of the practice Test match vs New Zealand (<b> Courtesy by BCCI</b>)

Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal gave India a solid start Day 2 of the practice Test match vs New Zealand ( Courtesy by BCCI)

It seemed like the Indian openers learned some lessons from their horrendous show on Day 1 of the practice Test match against New Zealand as Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal flourished with the bat when they came out to bat on a new day at the Seddon Park pitch in Hamilton.

On the opening day of the warm-up game, Scott Kuggeleijn needed just 3.2 overs to dismiss Shaw, Agarwal and Shubman Gill–all three openers in contention to open in absence of Rohit Sharma in Wellington–however, the Indian opener did not allow the same story to be repeated on Saturday morning.

After the Indian pacers bundled out New Zealand for 235, Shaw and Agarwal remained unbeaten on 35 and 23 respectively to help India end the day with 59 for no loss and with a lead of 87 runs.

In India’s second innings, Shaw got off the mark with two boundaries off Blair Tickner. Mayank Agarwal too got off the mark in a similar fashion off the same bowler. In the 4th over, Shaw unleashed the upper cut off Kuggeleijn to collect the first six of the 2nd innings and finished the over with another boundary.

Kuggeleijn, who removed Agarwal for a duck on Day 1, was again taken to the cleaners in the 6th over when the latter smashed him for 2 fours and a six. In the first 7 overs, Shaw and Agarwal muscled 2 sixes and 9 boundaries together to give India a solid start.

In the bowling department, Mohammed Shami turned out to be the pick of the bowlers as he took 3 wickets while Jasprit Bumrah, Umesh Yadav and Navdeep Saini shared six wickets among themselves. R Ashwin picked one wicket whereas Ravindra Jadeja went wicketless in his 10 overs. Henry Cooper was the top-scorer for New Zealand with 40 runs.

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