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Report: Aus A vs Ind A – Day 1

Tiwary, Ojha help India A to 304

India A were 304 for six at the end of Day 1 of the first four-day match against Australia A in Brisbane. Skipper Manoj Tiwary top-scored for the visitors after electing to bat at the Allan Border Field and was ably supported by Jiwanjot Singh in salvaging the innings after losing three wickets for just 43 runs.

Further strengthened by Naman Ojha’s unbeaten 82, India A were comfortably placed when play ended on the first day. At stumps, Dhawal Kulkarni was batting on 12 with Ojha.

Earlier, on the first day of the tour, Robin Uthappa opened the innings with Karnataka teammate Lokesh Rahul however; their partnership was cut short for 35 by Ben Cutting. The fast bowler trapped Rahul leg-before while eight runs later Mitchell Marsh sent back his opening partner. Without a run added to the scoreboard, the pacer bowled Ambati Rayudu for duck in his next over.

Tiwary then joined Singh in the middle and the pair tried to revive the Indian innings. They stitched a 134-run partnership to help avert a collapse and took the innings forward. Their effort eventually came to an end with Singh edging Cutting to the wicketkeeper to depart after adding a valuable 56 runs. Caught by Sam Whiteman behind the wickets off leg-spinner Cameron Boyce, Tiwary was back in the dressing room after contributing 83 off 118.

The pair of Karun Nair and Ojha then built upon Singh-Tiwary’s efforts to take the team past 250 until the former was sent back by the Australia A spinner. Meanwhile Ojha continued to hold the innings together in an effort to set the hosts a competitive first innings score. With a boundary off Boyce, the India A wicketkeeper took the team past the 300-run mark. When play was called the seventh wicket unbroken stand between Ojha and Kulkarni was worth 50 runs.

Brief scores:

Day 1:
India A 304/6 in 89.1 overs (M Tiwary 83, N Ojha 82*, J Singh 56, M Marsh 2/46, B Cutting 2/65, Boyce 2/84)

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MCC beat Rest of World by 7 wickets

Finch slams hundred as Tendulkar-led MCC overhaul 294 runs target

Aaron Finch smashed an unbeaten 181 to power MCC beat the Rest of World in the Lord's bicentenary match by 7 wickets on Saturday.

Set 294 to win a one-day match marking the 200th anniversary of the 'home of cricket', MCC finished on 296 for three with 25 balls to spare against an equally star-studded Rest of the World team.

Finch’s 181 off just 145 balls was the backbone around which the MCC successfully chased down ROW's target of 294 with 25 balls to spare, putting on 107 runs with Tendulkar (44), 67 with Lara (23) and 122 with Shivnarine Chanderpaul (37 off 47).

Tendulkar said it would not be long before Finch, who made a Twenty20 world-record 156 against England at Southampton last year, made his Test debut.

"It was a special innings, I was telling him 'it was a joy to watch you play'," Tendulkar said.

"I'm sure we’ll see him in the long form of the game as well."

Warne added: "He's a fantastic player. I'd love to see him in Australian colours in Test matches. That would be pretty fun."

It wasn't all smiles for Australians at Lord's however, with Warne suffering a broken hand as a result of a Brett Lee beamer, meaning he was not able to bowl.

Earlier, it was Yuvraj Singh and Saeed Ajmal who had stolen the spotlight from some of cricket's all-time greats.

Yuvraj scored a blistering 132 to rescue the ROW from an embarrassing score after Ajmal had torn their top order apart - ending Adam Gilchrist's entertaining 29-run cameo before snaring the scalps of Tamim Iqbal (1), Kevin Pietersen (10) and countryman Shahid Afridi (0), with all four wickets coming in just 15 balls at a cost of five runs.

At 5-68 there were fears the match was destined to fizzle and the capacity crowd would not get their money's worth.

But Yuvraj and Paul Collingwood (40 off 64) combined to add 131 from 150 balls for the sixth wicket, before Australian Test quick Peter Siddle (33) chimed in to add some respectability to the score.

However, one sadness for a capacity crowd was that Rest of the World captain Shane Warne was unable to bowl after his first ball batting saw the leg-spin legend suffer a broken right hand when he was struck by an accidental beamer from fast bowler Brett Lee.

The records of the players on display were incredible - led mostly by Tendulkar, Lara and Dravid, the 22 involved combined for 98,151 Test runs, while the two most prolific wicket-takers, Warne (708) and Muttiah Muralitharan (800), provided much of the 2,940 Test scalps.