Australia A shambles in tricky run-chase


First unofficial Test between Australia A and India A waits an interesting last day (Day 4) after rain halted play on Day 3 with Australia require 100 runs to win with 6 wickets in hand.

Earlier, India A were bundled out for modest total of 230 runs in their first inning however bowlers brought India back into the game restricting Aussies to 228 runs. Manish Pandey (77 runs) scored half-century while Faiz Fazal (48 runs) though missed his half-century yet he made valuable contribution to small total.

Akhil Herwadkar (34 runs) and Faiz Fazal (48 runs) consumed plenty of deliveries to settle and added together 74 runs for the first-wicket but thereafter none of the batsman were able to build partnerships which resulted in only 230 runs.

Australia needed a good start to get handsome first inning lead but Varun Aron (3 wkts) gave Aussies first dent when Cameron Bancroft was caught LBW at 29 runs. Partnership between Joe Burns (78 runs) and skipper Peter Handscomb (87 runs) may have threatened but Hardik Pandya halted solid looking innings from Burns to end 118 runs partnership. Thereafter, Jayant Yadav (3 wkts) peeped though lower order to finish Aussies inning to take psychological two runs lead.

India A suffered batting collapse in second inning and they were bowled out for 156 runs in 48 overs. Daniel Worrall and David Moody claimed three wickets each to removed top order which left India A struggling at 78/4. Rest of the work was done by Chadd Sayers (3 wkts) who got all important wicket of Jayant Yadav who was highest scorer of the inning with 46 runs.

Chasing small target of 159 runs, Australia A made poor start having lost two wicket at score of 17 when Joe Burns and Travis Dean was sent back in same over from Shardul Thakur. Cameron Bancroft and Peter Handscomb tried to repair injury but captain but he was caught by Varun Aron of the bowling of Hardik Pandya. Marcus Stoinis got out without scoring facing 11 balls leaving Aussies struggling at 59/4 on Day 3.

Brief scores: India A 230 and 156 [Yadav 46; Worrall 3-43] vs Australia A 228 and 59 for 4 [ Thakur 2-14]