The morning session was dominated by Prithvi Shaw. After four dot balls in the opening over of the day, the 19-year-old dispatched the very next delivery - a backfoot punch towards the point boundary - to get his side off the mark. While the youngster looked comfortable, KL Rahul suffered another failure, as he was caught at cover off left-arm pacer Jackson Coleman for just three.
Highlights of Prithvi Shaw's half-century as he reached 52 from 52 balls.
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Cheteshwar Puajra joined in, and looked comfortable while Shaw continued to play his strokes at the other end. The youngster smashed eleven boundaries in total, scoring a fine 66 before getting bowled around the legs to leg-spinner Daniel Fallins. Later, Pujara got together with his captain Virat Kohli, adding 73 runs for the third wicket before getting cleaned up by right-arm pacer Luke Robins soon after reaching his half-century. Just like Shaw, the Indian captain showed signs of aggression throughout his innings. The short balls were pulled in front of square and the full deliveries were driven with ease. Kohli’s innings was brought to an end on 64 by a sharp caught and bowled by right arm pacer Aaron Hardie.
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Hanuma Vihari and Ajinkya Rahane, though slow, looked solid at the crease on either side of the Tea break, as the duo hit half-centuries of their own. While Vihari was adjuged LBW for D’Arcy Short missing a sweep shot for 53, the Indian vice-captain retired on 56.
The introduction of the second new ball led to a collapse of the remainder of the batting order, with Hardie doing the maximum damage. Rohit Sharma scored a delightful 40 before getting pouched at second slip, Ravichandran Ashwin only managed to find the wicketkeeper Harry Nielsen with a leg glance, Mohammed Shami survived just two balls before getting caught behind and Umesh Yadav was run out without facing a ball.
India’s pacers Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav sent down two overs, with CA XI openers D’Arcy Short and Max Bryant splitting four boundaries amongst them before stumps.
Brief Scores: CA XI 24/0 (Max Bryant 14*, D’Arcy Short 10*) trail India 358 all out (Prithvi Shaw 66, Virat Kohli 64, Aaron Hardie 4/50) by 334 runs
First Published: November 29, 2018, 12:29 PM IST