India vs West Indies: Hanuma Vihari hits maiden Test century at Sabina Park

first_imgIndia vs West Indies: Hanuma Vihari hits maiden Test century at Sabina ParkAfter having missed out in the last match, India No. 6 Hanuma Vihari finally scored that elusive maiden Test hundred on Day 2 of the 2nd Test vs West Indies at Sabina Park, putting his side into a commanding position.advertisement Ajay Tiwari KingstonAugust 31, 2019UPDATED: September 1, 2019 01:16 IST Vihari celebrates after scoring his maiden Test ton (Courtesy @BCCI)HIGHLIGHTSHanuma Vihari scored his 1st Test century off 200 balls on SaturdayVihari’s hundred put India into the driving seat in the ongoing 2nd Test vs West IndiesVihari found an able partner in Ishant Sharma after Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja departed earlyIndian middle-order batsman Hanuma Vihari, who is currently playing only his 5th Test match, scored a fighting maiden century against West Indies at Sabina Park, Kingston on Saturday. By doing so, he became the 2nd Indian to score a century after Ajinkya Rahane during the ongoing 2-Test series. Vihari had missed the mark by just 7 runs in the last Test in Antigua.Vihari, in combination with Rishabh Pant, resumed the Indian innings at 264/5 but the latter was castled by West Indies captain Jason Holder off the very 1st ball of Day 2. However, having scored 42 runs already, Vihari looked unfazed by his partner’s dismissal and continued to punish the poor deliveries while showing the necessary restraint against the 2nd new ball.With Ravindra Jadeja, Vihari took India across the 300-run mark but just as the left-hander was looking settled, the former threw it away with an ugly slog off Rahkheem Cornwall, gifting the debutant his 2nd Test wicket.Players with at least a Test 100 for each side168 – Eng137 – Aus85 – India (Hanuma Vihari today!)84 – WI76 – NZ70 – SAf68 – Pak38 – SL23 – Zim21 – Ban1 – Ire0 – Afg/World XI#IndvWI #IndvsWI #WIvInd#WorldTestChampionshipMohandas Menon (@mohanstatsman) August 31, 2019However, Vihari found an able partner in fast bowler Ishant Sharma as the duo took India to Lunch without any further blows. Like Vihari, Ishant also crossed his highest Test score (31*) from 9 years ago which he scored against Sri Lanka at Galle.In the meantime, Vihari hit 15 fours on his way to the century off 200 balls and ensured India maintained their upper hand over the hosts. He was lucky to survive a loud LBW appeal off Holder after he was given out only for the DRS to reveal that the ball would have sailed over the stumps. Vihari made most of the reprieve and went on to consolidate his position as a genuine No. 6 for India. Vihari and Sharma also brought up the 50-run partnership for the 8th wicket.advertisementBefore his latest knock, Vihari had hit 18 First-class centuries and averaged close to 60. He also has a triple century to his name (302*) which he hit for Andhra against Odisha in during the 2017-18 Ranji Trophy. He was picked ahead of ODI opener Rohit Sharma for both the Tests in West Indies.It remains to be seen what kind of total India end up in their 1st innings as the pitch seems to have lost its zing from the 1st day and has just become a bit more comfortable for batting.Also Read | Virat Kohli joins elite list with 9,000 international runs outside AsiaAlso Read | Didn’t expect Dhoni to be picked for SA T20s as Pant rightly deserves more chances: Sourav GangulyFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Hanuma VihariFollow West Indies vs India Nextlast_img read more

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New Delhi and Colombo also inked agreements, relating to combating international terrorism, drug trafficking, illegal trafficking in persons and double taxation avoidance.Earlier, Sri Lankan Navy shot dead Indian fishermen, arrested them and seized their trawlers for allegedly fishing inside the country’s maritime area, leading to tension between the two countries. India, which once wielded undisputed leverage over the Sri Lankan conflict, maintained a largely hands-off approach because of the concerns of Tamils at home. Earlier on Tuesday Foreign Minister G. L Peiris met Khurshid and said the Sri Lanka government had given clear instructions to the Navy not to open fire and that was being scrupulously observed. The Indian External Affairs Ministry said at the meeting between Mrs. Kumaratunga and the Indian Foreign Minister both sides discussed various bilateral issues. In their meeting, both leaders had placed great emphasis on the safety of the fishermen and the need to ensure that violence was not resorted to under any circumstances.India also urged its southern neighbour to continue dialogue with its Tamil population representatives and hoped that for devolution of power to them.India had agreed to invest $100 million in Sri Lanka to help war refugees return home and rebuild the country’s ravaged north, as New Delhi seeks to engage in the island nation’s post-war reconstruction and retain influence. Former President Chandrika Kumaratunga has met India’s Foreign Minister, Salman Khurshid in New Delhi, the Indian External Affairs Ministry said.The meeting had taken place on Wednesday, a day after the Indian Foreign Minister Sri Lankan Foreign Minister G.L Peiris. The Indian government faced pressure to protect Sri Lankan Tamils, closely linked to about 60 million Tamils in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu.New Delhi is keen to ensure that it retains influence in the island and keeps rivals China and Pakistan at arm’s length. (Agencies) read more