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Report: Aus A vs Ind A – Day 2

Half centuries from Tiwary, Rahul help India reach a comfortable position

India A were trailing by 258 runs at stumps on Day 2 at the Allan Border Field in Brisbane. After bowling out Australia A for 423 earlier in the day, the visitors finished the day on 165/3. 


Lokesh Rahul and Manoj Tiwary scored half-centuries to keep the match hanging in balance. When play ended on the second day, Tiwary was batting on 50 with Baba Aparajith on 20 in an unbroken 69-run stand. 

With a cushion of over 400 runs behind them, Australia A came out all guns blazing. Chadd Sayers set the ball rolling with the wicket of Robin Uthappa early in the innings. The opener hit the pacer to mid-on and was caught by Chris Lynn for 10. India A had managed to put up just 23 runs on the board then. However, Rahul and Jiwanjot Singh put up a 67-run partnership to take the team to 90. But, in his next spell, Sayers sent back both the batsmen. While Singh edged a full length ball outside the off stump to the wicketkeeper, six runs later Rahul found his woodwork disrupted. 

With the team on 96 for three, Tiwary joined Aparajith in the middle. The pair worked to stitch together a partnership and keep the team in the reckoning. While India A captain did most of the scoring, Aparajith played a supporting role. 

Tiwary timed and drove the ball with ease, finding the boundary eight times as he inched towards his half-century. In the last over of the day, the middle-order batsman reached his fifty with a single to covers. 

Earlier, Ben Cutting and Cameron Boyce built on their overnight partnership to propel the team to a big total. With a 133-run stand for the eight wicket, they took Australia A to 415 until Baba Aparajith struck to halt their flourishing partnership. Five runs later Cutting followed Boyce to the dressing room for 96. Umesh Yadav, who trapped Cutting lbw, also bowled Nathan Lyon to end the hosts’ innings. 
 
Yadav finished with a five-wicket haul while Amit Mishra picked four in the innings.

Brief scores:

Day 1: Aus A 1st inn 288/7 in 90 overs (J Faulkner 94, P Forrest 77, A Mishra 4/114, U Yadav 3/42)

Day 2: Aus A 1st inn 423 all out in 122.4 overs (B Cutting 96, C Boyce 57, U Yadav 5/83); India A 1st inn 165/3 in 55 overs (L Rahul 52, M
Tiwary 50*, B Aparajith 20*, C Sayers 3/22)

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Stats Highlights: England vs India, 1st Test - Day 5

Stuart Binny notches up second highest score by an Indian on debut

The match provided only the third instance of India making 350 in both innings of a Test outside the subcontinent. The other two instances came against England also at Trent Bridge in 2002 (India made 357 and 424-8 declared) and against New Zealand at Wellington in 2008-09 (India made 379 and 434-7 declared).

The match aggregate of 848 for the loss of 19 wickets is India’s highest in a Test against England – home or away. They had made 844 for 16 at The Oval in 2007.

The above match aggregate is also India’s third highest against any opponent, after 916 for 9 against Australia at Sydney in 2003-04 and 910 for 16 against Pakistan at Bangalore in 2007-08.

The above match aggregate is also the fourth highest by any side against England in England. Australia had made 1028 for 20 at The Oval in 1934, followed by 869 for 8 by West Indies also at The Oval in 1976 and 862 for 13 by Australia at Headingley in 1948.

Interestingly India did not go past 300 in any of 8 innings in last series in England in 2011. They did it twice in this Test!

Stuart Binny’s 78 is the second highest score by an Indian debutant at number 8 after Deepak Shodhan’s 110 against Pakistan at Kolkata in 1952-53.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar became only the second player to score two fifties in a Test while batting at number 9 (or lower). Only other player to do so is Australia’s Peter Siddle, who made 51 and 50 against India at Delhi in 2012-13.

Bhuvneshawar Kumar became only the fourth Indian player to score fifties in both innings and take a five-wicket haul in the same Test. Others to do so are:

Vinoo Mankad                      72 & 184; 5-196      vs England at Lord’s in 1952

Polly Umrigar                       56 & 172*; 5-107    vs West Indies at Port-of-Spain in 1961-62

Rusi Surti                             70 & 53; 5-74         vs Australia at Adelaide in 1967-68

Bhuvneshwar Kumar            58 & 63*; 5-82       vs England at Trent Bridge in 2014

Alastair Cook took his maiden Test wicket when he dismissed Ishant Sharma. Cook now holds the record of taking most Tests (105) to claim maiden wicket. Mark Boucher held the previous record with 84 Tests.

The last three wickets (eighth, ninth and tenth) in the match produced 548 runs, which are the most in a single Test. The previous record was 498 in Adelaide Test in 1907-08 between Australia and England.

The match ended in a draw. It was only the fourth time (out of 17) that India did not lose the opening Test of a series in England. On all three previous such occasions India went on to win the series! In 1971, 1986 and 2007.

England have now not registered a win in their last 9 Tests. Last time England suffered this fate was in 1992-93 when England did not win any of 10 consecutive Tests.