India 'A' batsmen Hanuma Vihari and Prithvi Shaw smash centuries against West Indians in tri-series

Sudhir Gupta 29/06/2018
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India 'A' batsman Hanuma Vihari.

India ‘A’ batsmen continued to pile on the runs in the tri-series in England as they piled on 354 for six against West Indies ‘A’ on Friday.

Opener Prithvi Shaw (102 off 90 balls) registered his second List A century of the tour while middle order batsman Hanuma Vihari cracked 147 from 131 balls with the help of 13 fours and five sixes as the Indians scored their second 300-plus score in three matches batting first.

India ‘A’ were reduced to 28-2 in Northampton before Shaw and Vihari added 160 runs for the third wicket.

Contributions lower down the order from Deepak Hooda (21), Vijay Shankar (28) and Ishan Kishan (21) took the team past the 350-run mark.

Shaw’s return to form at the top of the order is encouraging. After scoring a century and a fifty in the warm-up matches, Shaw managed seven and 27 in the first two matches of the tri-series. His ton against the Windies will keep the diminutive batsman on the radar of the senior team management as Virat Kohli’s team are in England for nearly three months.

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Watch as Virat Kohli and members of team India explore Dublin

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Kohli and co enjoy 'sunny Dublin. Image - Virat Kohli/Twitter.

After garnering a resounding victory by 76 runs over Ireland in the first T20I on Wednesday, Virat Kohli and his team India members took in the sights of Dublin during their break on Thursday.

Led by a fine 97 off 61 balls by Rohit Sharma, the visitors posted 208-5 in their 20 overs before restricting the hosts to 132-9 after Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal shared seven wickets between them.

On Thursday, Kohli and his team took to exploring the beautiful Irish capital city.

The Indian skipper posted an image of him enjoying the sunshine in Dublin along with KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan and Hardik Pandya.

Meanwhile, Dhawan posted another image on Twitter where he could be seen relaxing with Rahul and Dinesh Karthik.

The Indians will complete their Ireland leg of their 11-week long tour of the UK on Friday when they take on the hosts in the second and final T20 clash at the Malahide Cricket Club in Dublin.

After completing their engagements in Ireland, team India will fly back to England for the start of an extensive summer.

Kohli and his men will take on England in three T20Is and as many ODIs to start with before ending their grueling tour with a five-match Test series which will culminate in the second week of September.

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KL Rahul likely to open India's innings and other team news ahead of second T20I against Ireland

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Rahul is expected to replace Rohit Sharma according to reports.

After winning the first T20I against Ireland by 76 runs, India will look to experiment with their line-up when they take on the hosts in the second and final clash at Dublin on Friday.

India skipper Virat Kohli opted to not use in-form KL Rahul and Dinesh Karthik in the first T20. India instead, opted to go with Manish Pandey and Suresh Raina in the middle-order.

However, expect changes on Friday with Kohli confirming that those on teh bench will get a chance.

After the win on Wednesday, the India skipper has said: “We have already announced that apart from the opening combination we are going to do a lot of experiments in the middle order. We are going to be flexible in the next few T20s.

“We will look to throw in guys when the situation requires them to come in and try to surprise the opposition. It presents the opportunity for the batsmen who couldn’t get the opportunity to bat. The guys who couldn’t get a chance today will get an opportunity in the next match.”

Rahul had missed out in the first T20 despite being in-form.

Rahul had missed out in the first T20 despite being in-form.

Expect both Rahul and Karthik to feature in the second T20 with murmurs that opener Rohit Sharma could be given a rest. Manish Pandey is expected to make way for Karthik while Rahul should don the opener’s hat.

Spin all-rounder Washington Sundar remains a doubt for the game after suffering an ankle injury on the eve of the first T20I while Umesh Yadav is likely to feature. With Jasprit Bumrah injuring his thumb during the first T20I, Kohli might be tempted to give the pacer a rest and bring in either Umesh or uncapped Siddharth Kaul.

Wrist-spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal snared seven wickets between them in Wednesday’s win and are expected to retain their place for the clash.

INDIA LIKELY XI

Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (captain), Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (wk), Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal

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