Naman Ojha scored a magnificent double century to put India in a dominating position in the first four-day game against Australia A. The wicketkeeper-batsman was unbeaten on 219 when India A declared their first innings on 475 for nine. The India A attack led by Jasprit Bumrah (3/42) further strengthened the visitors position. The hosts were trailing by 349 runs with four wickets in hand at the end of second day’s play. Mitchell Marsh was batting with Sam Whiteman at the crease when stumps were called in Brisbane.
Earlier after India A resumed on 304 for six, Naman, who was batting on the overnight score of 82 soon reached the three-figure mark and continued to counter the Australian attack. Coming in at No 7 he rallied on to power his team to a comfortable position. Ohja and Dhawal Kulkarni added 49 runs today before the latter returned to the pavilion. Leg-spinner Cameron Boyce claimed the lower-order batsman and in his next sent back Umesh Yadav for naught to finish with a four-wicket haul.
Jasprit Bumrah scalped opener Alex Doolan (12) and Peter Forrest (16), both caught by KL Rahul.
Dhawal Kulkarni sent back Phil Hughes (34) while Umesh Yadav bowled James Faulkner (1) to reduce the home side to 73 for four.
Left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha had Moises Henriques (4) caught behind before Bumrah ended Chris Lynn's resistance by inducing an edge for wicketkeeper Naman Ojha.
With the top six back in the dressing room before the team could reach the three-figure mark, it was left to the lower-order to salvage the innings. Marsh and Whiteman played out the remaining overs of the day with an unbroken stand of 27 runs.
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)
Day 2: India A 475/7 decl. in 130 overs (N Ojha 219, C Boyce 4/146); Aus A 126/6 in 44.4 overs (P Hughes 34, J Bumrah 3/42, D Kulkarni 1/10)