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India vs Australia : Challenge with pink ball is during twilight, feels Hanuma Vihari

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Hanuma Vihari, after an impressive century in the second warm-up game, has asserted that it was a challenge for batsmen to bat during twilight and under floodlights.

The second warm-up game between India and Australia A might have ended in a draw, but the visitors drew a lot of positives from the series, especially with Hanuma Vihari and Rishabh Pant scoring tons in the second innings.

Vihari was cautious yet assured in his approach while Pant went all gaga right from the outset. He batted both during the day-time which went on till stumps – something that allows him the perspective to judge the behavior of pink-ball under lights.

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“Getting to practice with the pink ball just before the day-night Test is an ideal practice for us,” Hanuma Vihari was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo.

“I think we played against decent opposition in both games. The challenge with the pink ball is during the twilight and when the floodlights are on. It does a little bit in the air and off the wicket.

“That is the challenge we have realized as a team. I hope not only me but all the batsmen will take it as a challenge going into Adelaide, and we will make sure as a batting group we put up a good total.”

Vihari to bat at No.6

Vihari scored a masterful century in the warm-up game to underline his importance to the set-up that is going to be plagued by the absence of Virat Kohli for the last three Tests of the series. Vihari, in all likelihood, will bat at No.6 behind Ajinkya Rahane in the first Test and then move up by a spot once Kohli leaves the Aussie shore.

The Border-Gavaskar Trophy will kick-start on December 17 at the Adelaide Oval.