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.
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