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.
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*)