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Report: Aus A vs Ind A – Day 4

Match ends in draw; Ojha, Rayudu hit tons

The first four-day match between Australia A and India A ended in a draw at the Allan Border field in Brisbane. While both teams got off to a shaky start in their first innings, they were helped to massive totals by their lower middle-order batsmen. While Naman Ojha’s unbeaten double-century salvaged the visitors, Mitchell Marsh’s double-ton revived the hosts to help pull off a draw.

With the distant possibility of a result, India A posted 285 for five in their second innings on the fourth day, courtesy some stellar batting performances from Naman Ojha and Ambati Rayudu. Ojha and Rayudu remained not out on 101 and 100 respectively until the end of day’s play.

Earlier in the day, Australia added 12 runs to their overnight total before being bowled out for 534 with a 59-run first innings lead. Jasprit Bumrah sent back Cameron Boyce for 27 to end the hosts’ innings.

Robin Uthappa and Lokesh Rahul then put together 22 runs until Ben Cutting struck to send Uthappa packing. 31 runs later, Moises Henriques accounted for Jiwanjot Singh to give the home team another breakthrough. The No.3 bat edged the tall pacer to Sam Whiteman behind the stumps to depart for 19. India A captain Manoj Tiwary was the next to walk back as he was trapped leg before by Chadd Sayers for a duck.

With his departure Karun Nair joined Rahul in the middle and an over later, lunch was called with India A on 64 for three. In his first over of the second session, Sayers removed Nair and soon followed up with the wicket of Rahul to leave the visitors on 86 for two. However, Naman Ojha and Ambati Rayudu took the innings forward and helped the team reach 157 for five at tea.

While Ojha continued where he had left from in the previous innings, Rayudu too joined the party as he played the opposition bowlers with ease, slowly inching towards his century. He brought up the three-figure mark with a boundary off Boyce on the off side. Batting together the pair had added 199 runs in an unbroken stand until the match was called off soon after Ojha brought up his century. The wicketkeeper batsman struck Peter Forrest for a six over long-on to enter the nineties and swept him over square-leg to reach his hundred with which the umpires called the game off.

Brief scores:

Day 1:
India A 1st inn 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 1st inn 475/7 decl. in 130 overs (N Ojha 219, C Boyce 4/146); Aus A 1st inn 126/6 in 44.4 overs (P Hughes 34, J Bumrah 3/42, D Kulkarni 1/10)

Day 3: Aus A 1st inn 522/9 in 138 overs (M Marsh 211, S Whiteman 174)

Day 4: Aus A 1st inn 534 all out in 140.1 overs (C Boyce 27, C Sayers 4*, J Bumrah 5/132); Ind A 2nd inn 285/5 in 71.3 overs (N Ojha 101*, A Rayudu 100*, C Sayers 3/48)

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Preview: England vs India, 1st Test

Teams in transition look for a positive start

What

First Test of the five-match series between India and England

When

July 9 to 13, 2013

Where

Trent Bridge, Nottingham

The Teams


India

This Indian team may lack experience, but this is one unit that oozes confidence and fearlessness. The crux of the team may not have had much exposure overseas, but the Indian captain has instilled faith in this young unit and reiterated the fact that the team is getting better overseas. India have all the batting flavor they need in that line-up. If they have the calm of Cheteshwar Pujara at No.3, they have controlled aggression in Virat Kohli at 4. MS Dhoni has stressed on the fact that the preparations ahead of the first Test has been productive with batsmen getting runs and the bowlers ‘bowling in the right areas’. Ishant Sharma would be looking to lead the pace attack sans Zaheer Khan and the team composition will make for an interesting read after the toss of the coin at Trent Bridge. If conditions favour seam bowlers, Dhoni might consider giving all-rounder Stuart Binny a nod which would give more seam options for the captain and the much needed meat with the bat lower down the order.

England

A refreshed and relaxed England captain Alastair Cook seemed quite excited ahead of the first of five match Test series against India. Familiar opponents, good results against them home and away and Cook & company have every right to be confident this Test series. They might be coming off a Test series loss against Sri Lanka, but they sure cannot be taken lightly. Like India, even England might be missing the services of a few experienced key players, but have an exciting team on paper. It is a young batting line-up and it would be up to Ian Bell and Alastair Cook’s experience to lead the batting surge against an unpredictable Indian bowling attack. Wicketkeeper-batsman Matt Prior did suffer a thigh strain, but the England captain was most certain that Prior would take part in the first Test. Jos Buttler has been called in as cover though. England would be pretty confident of their bowling as India could well feel the shivers of Stuart Broad and James Anderson under their throats. 

Key Players

India

Ever since Sachin Tendulkar has left that No.4 spot vacant, Virat Kohli has been touted to fill those shoes. Those are huge shoes to fill for sure, but Virat Kohli has been the man in form over the last few Test series having scored Test tons in New Zealand, South Africa and Australia. He is yet to play a Test match in England, and he would consider this as the litmus test in his career. He is one player that England would be wary of as he is one of the vital cogs in the Indian batting line-up.

England

On a personal note, Cook has not been having the best of times after having suffered a loss in the recently concluded home Test series against Sri Lanka. His captaincy has come under scrutiny and his bat too hasn’t done much of the talking. Cook has reiterated the fact that he is not out of form, and it is all about getting into the groove soon. Cook has enjoyed success against India and he would want to believe that this is his best opportunity to get back in form. 24 innings without a Test ton sure do not make for good reading for the England captain and this 5-match Test series is important for Cook the captain and Cook the batsman.

Stat-Attack

1. Average first innings score at Trent Bridge, Nottingham:

Overall – 323

Since 2000 - 321

2. Average second innings score at Trent Bridge, Nottingham:

Overall – 306

Since 2000- 308

3. Result summary at Trent Bridge, Nottingham:

Matches

Won by side batting 1st

Won by side batting 2nd

Drawn

Overall

21

16

22

Since 2000

7

4

2

4. Head-to-head:

 

Mts

Ind won

Eng won

Drawn

Overall

107

20

40

47

in England

52

5

27

20

at Trent Bridge

5

1

2

2


5. Last meeting between both sides at Trent Bridge, Nottingham:

Brief scores:
July 29 – Aug 1, 2011

England (221 & 544) India (288 & 158). England won by 319 runs.

6. Form guide (most recent listed first):

India: Drawn, Lost, Lost, Drawn, Won

England: Lost, Drawn, Lost, Lost, Lost

The Squads

India: M.S. Dhoni (C & WK), Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan, Gautam Gambhir, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Ishwar Pandey, Ishant Sharma, Stuart Binny, Varun Aaron, Wriddhiman Saha, Pankaj Singh.

England (1st Test): Alastair Cook (C), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Gary Balance, Ian Bell, Stuart Broad, Jos Buttler, Chris Jordan, Liam Plunkett, Matt Prior (WK), Sam Robson, Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Chris Woakes