Prithvi Shaw, CA XI vs India, Practice Game
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India’s teenage sensation, Prithvi Shaw got off to a perfect start Down-Under. In the ongoing practice game against the CA XI, the opener hit an impressive 69-ball 66. The knock helped him reaffirm his opening credentials, as India look to zero down the final XI ahead of the first Test match, starting 6th December.

Shaw shines at SCG

The opener played his signature back-foot punch and drove the red cherry on numerous occasions. Meanwhile, the 19-year-old has made a name for himself since leading the U19 boys to victory earlier this year. Aso, he had a dream start to his Test career. A composed 134 against the Windies helped him earn a ticket to Australia, and now he looked in fine touch and determined to take it to the next level.

Prithvi Shaw, CA XI vs India
Prithvi Shaw hit his fifty in the practice game against CA XI. Image Courtesy: Getty

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Virat, Pujara hit runs; KL fails again

The Mumbai-born cricketer smacked 11 boundaries and made a case for himself. Skipper Virat Kohli too found his touch in the red-ball format. After a gritty unbeaten knock in Sydney to level the T20I series, Virat Kohli took his time in the middle and knocked off an 87-ball 64 runs innings in the warm-ups.

However, the India captain is the key prospect for India, and the fans will be eager to see the visitors do well this time around. Furthermore, Test specialist, Cheteshwar Pujara spent much needed time at the wicket too though he got out on 54.

Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara
Virat and Pujara scored handy fifties for India in the practice game. Image Courtesy: Getty

Although the same can’t be said about KL Rahul, who once again faltered. KL tried to play an expensive drive and lost his stay at the crease. In all likelihood, Murali Vijay will open the innings with Shaw in the first Test in Adelaide.

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Brief score – CA XI vs India, Practice Game, Day 2

India – 358 (Prithvi Shaw 66, Virat Kohli 64)

CA XI – 24/0 (Max Bryant 14*)

Sayantan Bhattacharjee

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