Report: Aus A vs Ind A – Day 3
Centurion Ojha, Yadav’s 90 take India to 501
Naman Ojha’s third successive century and Umesh Yadav’s quick-fire 66-ball 90, helped India A to a mammoth 501 in reply to Australia A’s first innings score of 423. At the end of day 3, Australia A were trailing by 78 runs as play was called off due to bad light after bowling just one delivery in Australia A’s second essay. Phillip Hughes and Alex Doolan will resume the innings for the home team on day 4.
Earlier, resuming on the overnight total of 165/3, Baba Aparajith and Manoj Tiwary added 17 runs to the total until the former was sent back. Taking the aerial route, Aparajith handed a catch to James Faulkner at mid-off. Chadd Sayers who had claimed the India A top-order in the previous day provided his team with two more in the morning. Eight overs later he also claimed Tiwary’s wicket to leave the tourists on 199 for five.
With the captain walking back for 63, Naman Ojha joined Ambati Rayudu in the middle. Ojha, who had piled on runs for India in the previous game, drove Sayers to the fence to get off the mark with a boundary. Nathan Lyon was given some severe treatment by Ojha as he slammed the off-spinner for a six over mid-wicket, following it up with a boundary in the same area. Scoring at over five and a half runs per over, the Rayudu-Ojha pair added 69 runs for the sixth wicket until Mitchell Marsh struck. Amit Mishra then joined Ojha and the duo helped India A close in on the deficit as India A walked back for lunch at 276 for six.
Ojha, who had remained unbeaten in both innings in the previous match with a double-century and a hundred, seemed to be carrying forward from where he had left. While inching towards the hosts’ total, he hit Lyon for two boundaries and a six to collect 14 from one over. However, the blossoming stand between Ojha and Mishra came to end with Mishra falling to Ben Cutting. Ojha then found an ally in Anureet Singh. Ojha was as severe as he was with Lyon to Cameron Boyce as he belted the leg-spinner for 14 runs before tea. In the process, Ojha notched up yet another century and India A had posted 388/7 in the second session.
Ojha’s innings was finally put to a halt by Ben Cutting as he was caught at mid-on by Sayers for 110. A few overs later, Anureet Singh followed suit and the visitors were 419/9 with Jasprit Bumrah and Umesh Yadav at the crease. India A just needed four more runs to level the scores and Umesh Yadav began to score runs with relative ease as he built on the lead. Bumrah held one end up scoring a patient 16, as Yadav played the aggressor’s role scoring at will. The No.10 batsman’s blitzkrieg helped India A gain a 78-run lead until Cutting returned to bring the curtains down on the India A innings.
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 1st inn 165/3 in 55 overs (L Rahul 52, M Tiwary 50*, B Aparajith 20*, C Sayers 3/22)
Day 3: India 1st inn 501 all out in 132.2 overs (N Ojha 110, U Yadav 90, C Sayers 5/84, B Cutting 4/100); Aus A 1st inn 0/0 in 0.1 overs (P Hughes 0*, A Doolan 0*)
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.
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