Report: Aus A vs Ind A – Day 2

Naman’s double ton, pacers put India A in command

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.

Pragyan Ojha then faced 27 deliveries to score four runs before nicking Moises Henriques to the wicketkeeper. Jasprit Bumrah who replaced him at the crease then helped add 75 runs to the total in an unbroken partnership until India A declared the innings.

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.

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)

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)


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)