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Prajakta Pawar in Mumbai 09 July 2014 - 12:45pm IST

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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