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Report: Aus A vs Ind A, Match 11

Tiwary, Rayudu star in India A win

Chasing 229 against Australia A in their last league game of the ongoing Quadrangular series in Australia, India A cantered to a five-wicket win in Darwin. After Manoj Tiwary helped restrict the opposition to 228 with a 5-wicket haul, India A were left struggling on 38 for three. Ambati Rayudu (77) and Kedar Jadhav (52) then came to the team’s rescue and rebuilt the innings while Sanju Samson (49*) helped the team to the target with 13 balls to spare and finish at the top of the points table.

Earlier after Australia A opted to bat, Marcus Stoinis and Phillip Hughes got the team off to a good start with a 78-run opening stand until Akshar Patel removed the former. Manoj Tiwary then ran through the middle-order with precision. He claimed the next five wickets to leave the home team on 180 for six. Besides the openers who made half-centuries, the rest of the hosts’ line-up succumbed to the visitors’ attack without much resistance. Parvez Rasool and Ambati Rayudu followed up with a wicket each while Patel claimed Clint Mckay and Ben Cutting to wrap-up the Australia A innings with two balls remaining.

Facing the competitive target, India lost three early wickets and were pushed on the back-foot by the Australia A pacers. McKay dismissed Manan Vohra for nine, while Pat Cummins claimed Robin Uthappa. Gurinder Sandhu picked the key wicket of Tiwary to leave India on 38 for three in the 13th over.

Jadhav then joined Rayudu in the middle and the pair revived the Indian innings with a 101-run partnership until Cameron White ended it. After the departure of Jadhav, Rayudu found an able ally in Sanju Samson but 52 runs later, Rayudu was sent back by Cameron Boyce.

Samson then took the team to the target in an unbroken 40-run partnership with Parvez Rasool (20*).

Brief scores: Australia A 228 all out in 49.4 overs (M Stoinis 58, P Hughes 58, M Tiwary 5/34, A Patel 3/30) lost to India A 231/5 in 47.5 overs (A Rayudu 77, K Jadhav 52, S Samson 49*) by 5 wickets


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Will be hard to save the Test: Dhawan

Indian opener says wicket has gotten tough to bat on with turn and seam

India find themselves precariously placed in the third Test at Ageas Bowl. With six wickets in hand they will require to bat out the entire fifth day to save the match and keep their 1-0 lead in the series intact.

Opening batsman, Shikhar Dhawan admits it is a herculean task. “It is going to be hard (to save the Test from here),” Shikhar said. “England are in a very good position.

Shikhar, who has been searching personal batting form, dug in after losing his opening partner, Murali Vijay, to a run-out. However, after doing all the hard work and facing 85 balls, he got dismissed for 37. He edged one to the slip off Joe Root’s part-time off-spin. Shikhar said, the pitch has deteriorated significantly and it is difficult to bat on.

“The wicket has turn in it and the ball is seaming around as well because of the rough patches,” he said. “It’s not easy to bat out there because it’s very unpredictable – despite pitching on the same spot, some balls are going straight whereas others are spinning. When you get out on a good ball, you can’t do much about it.”

With scores of 12, 29, 7 and 31 in the first two Tests, Shikhar was under pressure to get runs at the top of the order. His troubles with the moving ball were very much apparent as he fell twice to James Anderson’s out-swingers.

He was seen having a long chat with Duncan Fletcher before the start of play on day-three, during which, Shikhar said, the coach asked him to make minor technical alterations in his batting.

“We were discussing my batting,” he said. “Since the ball swings and seams a lot here, Duncan just asked me to cover the swing and play as straight as possible. I am looking to play close to the body. I am working hard on my game and giving my best,” the opener said.