Australia A v India A, 1st unofficial Test, Brisbane, 1st day July 6, 2014

India A consolidate after early stutter

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India A 6 for 304 (Tiwary 83, N Ojha 82*, Jiwanjot 56) v Australia A
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Fifties from Manoj Tiwary, Naman Ojha and Jiwanjot Singh guided India A to 6 for 304 on the opening day of the four-day game against Australia A in Brisbane. Tiwary, playing his first first-class game since February 2013, struck 83 before Ojha stitched together useful partnerships with the lower middle order on his way to an unbeaten 82.

India A chose to bat and were given a quiet start by openers Robin Uthappa and KL Rahul. The pair added 35 in nearly 10 overs but three wickets in the space of six overs soon reduced India A to 3 for 43. Rahul was the first to go, trapped lbw by Ben Cutting, while Mitchell Marsh accounted for Uthappa (23) and Ambati Rayudu (0).

Tiwary and Jiwanjot Singh then stemmed the fall of wickets with a 134-run fourth-wicket stand. Tiwary was the more fluent of the two, taking fours off James Faulkner and Mitchell Marsh before hitting legspinner Cameron Boyce for the first six of the innings, soon after reaching his fifty. Jiwanjot reached his landmark with a four off Cutting but the bowler soon broke the stand, sending Jiwanjot back for 56. Three overs later, Tiwary was stumped off Boyce.

Ojha then stepped up to craft two solid partnerships. He first added 63 with Karun Nair, who made 26. Once Nair fell, with just over 10 overs to go, a 50-run seventh-wicket partnership with Dhawal Kulkarni saw India through to the close of play. Ojha's unbeaten 82 came off 115 balls and included 12 fours and a six.

For Australia A, Cutting, Marsh and Boyce picked up two wickets apiece although Cutting went at more than four an over. Australia A captain James Faulkner, who was wicketless in his 10 overs, also introduced the part-time medium-pace of Peter Forrest into the attack for a couple of overs as Nair and Ojha were building their stand.

The India A batsmen were treated to a period of short-pitched stuff from the Australia A quicks and Cutting explained it was influenced by the help from the pitch and the stage of the game.

"Short-pitched bowling tends to work a lot out here because of the variable bounce," Cutting said. "All the bowlers tried to do that today and it certainly worked for us in patches. We'll see to use it again in the second innings.

"We bowled fuller in the morning session and the decision to bowl short was because of the state of the game. Early on, we want to try and use the new ball, get a few nicks, pick up a few lbws and then bring your lengths back as the ball gets a little softer."

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  • on July 8, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    @Grvjpr. If you take your Indian tinted glasses off then you will see that Australia A are now leading by 50 runs lol. Another typical collapse by a Indian bowling unit hey? Again laughable standard from India.

  • uksar on July 7, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    In the last few years whichever Indian team (age-group, A side etc) except their national side toured Australia succeeded there. Batsmen at those level don't see too much of a horror in the pitch as far as bounce & swing are concerned. But when their National star-studded team toured, it is different all together. Where does the issue lie?

  • GRVJPR on July 7, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    Every one saying Sanju Samson. yes I like it. But surely Naman Ojha Isn't bad to score a double hundred on conditions he is not used to. He has scored 200 on a pitch where Aussie team is struggling against Indian pacers at 126/6. This also shows Indian domestic cricket produces good talent always.

  • on July 7, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    Who thinks up strategies & tactics for India-A team? India-A team did excellent job when they were in SA last time. Sure there were excuses about how pitches suited them & how that will not be the case for Team India, but still, these guys are consistently doing well. As the players differ in India-A team, I think the coach/manager has something to do with this.

  • Jacobchikku on July 7, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    Sanju wont get a chance until dhoni retires!! what a pity for the young talent. Wonder why he should be played as a wicket keeper, they can easily use him as a batsman alone here and see how he goes.

  • on July 7, 2014, 2:35 GMT

    really a good batting from an Indian naman ohja u beauty double century

  • JRP100 on July 6, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    @ Pomar Jagdish unlikely that yuvi will make a comeback, more likely that uthappa gets given opportunities and performs well as an opener on flat track in ODI's against england (with rohit moving down to number 4). As for the bowling attack i think umesh yadavs odi bowling days should be done with, he bowled poorly in the 2011 CB odi series in australia and ODI's overall really, The 3rd seamer spot will probably go to mohit, with aaron and ishwar pandey as back up (even if pandey is a trundler).

    I have to say im really disappointed at what has happened to aaron and umesh, neither were given any direction or coaching it seems, as both haven't shown any improvement from the promise they showed 3 years ago. I'd like to see aaron in the ODI squad and Umesh in the test squad permanantly but it is unlikely that will ever happen.

  • JRP100 on July 6, 2014, 18:55 GMT

    Uthappas dream run could be coming to an end, failing to pass 25 in 4 of his last 5 innings' (3 of which were played on more sporting tracks), I was never sure how he would perform on pitches that actually suit the bowlers but it doesnt look like he would fare too well in the world cup as an opener... Rahul, jiwanjot and nair should use their remaining opportunities well, as good performances here along with another good domestic season could mean national call ups. Also surprised not to see aparajith or anureet singh playing... easily better choices than rayudu and bumrah.

  • on July 6, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    Why SANJU SAMSON not playing...Not a keeper..using him as a batsmen....

  • D-Train on July 6, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    @thebigboodha - Although it's in winter the match is being played in Brisbane which is still fairly mild with temps being 20-25'c this week. And the series is being used as an opportunity for the young/next in line Aussie cricketers to get valuable experience during the off-season. More of this should be done.

  • on July 8, 2014, 7:57 GMT

    @Grvjpr. If you take your Indian tinted glasses off then you will see that Australia A are now leading by 50 runs lol. Another typical collapse by a Indian bowling unit hey? Again laughable standard from India.

  • uksar on July 7, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    In the last few years whichever Indian team (age-group, A side etc) except their national side toured Australia succeeded there. Batsmen at those level don't see too much of a horror in the pitch as far as bounce & swing are concerned. But when their National star-studded team toured, it is different all together. Where does the issue lie?

  • GRVJPR on July 7, 2014, 8:24 GMT

    Every one saying Sanju Samson. yes I like it. But surely Naman Ojha Isn't bad to score a double hundred on conditions he is not used to. He has scored 200 on a pitch where Aussie team is struggling against Indian pacers at 126/6. This also shows Indian domestic cricket produces good talent always.

  • on July 7, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    Who thinks up strategies & tactics for India-A team? India-A team did excellent job when they were in SA last time. Sure there were excuses about how pitches suited them & how that will not be the case for Team India, but still, these guys are consistently doing well. As the players differ in India-A team, I think the coach/manager has something to do with this.

  • Jacobchikku on July 7, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    Sanju wont get a chance until dhoni retires!! what a pity for the young talent. Wonder why he should be played as a wicket keeper, they can easily use him as a batsman alone here and see how he goes.

  • on July 7, 2014, 2:35 GMT

    really a good batting from an Indian naman ohja u beauty double century

  • JRP100 on July 6, 2014, 19:08 GMT

    @ Pomar Jagdish unlikely that yuvi will make a comeback, more likely that uthappa gets given opportunities and performs well as an opener on flat track in ODI's against england (with rohit moving down to number 4). As for the bowling attack i think umesh yadavs odi bowling days should be done with, he bowled poorly in the 2011 CB odi series in australia and ODI's overall really, The 3rd seamer spot will probably go to mohit, with aaron and ishwar pandey as back up (even if pandey is a trundler).

    I have to say im really disappointed at what has happened to aaron and umesh, neither were given any direction or coaching it seems, as both haven't shown any improvement from the promise they showed 3 years ago. I'd like to see aaron in the ODI squad and Umesh in the test squad permanantly but it is unlikely that will ever happen.

  • JRP100 on July 6, 2014, 18:55 GMT

    Uthappas dream run could be coming to an end, failing to pass 25 in 4 of his last 5 innings' (3 of which were played on more sporting tracks), I was never sure how he would perform on pitches that actually suit the bowlers but it doesnt look like he would fare too well in the world cup as an opener... Rahul, jiwanjot and nair should use their remaining opportunities well, as good performances here along with another good domestic season could mean national call ups. Also surprised not to see aparajith or anureet singh playing... easily better choices than rayudu and bumrah.

  • on July 6, 2014, 18:36 GMT

    Why SANJU SAMSON not playing...Not a keeper..using him as a batsmen....

  • D-Train on July 6, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    @thebigboodha - Although it's in winter the match is being played in Brisbane which is still fairly mild with temps being 20-25'c this week. And the series is being used as an opportunity for the young/next in line Aussie cricketers to get valuable experience during the off-season. More of this should be done.

  • PomarJagadish on July 6, 2014, 14:13 GMT

    Including Ambati Rayudu in SA/NZ tours woyld have came as a surprise to him and many....and excluding him from England tour too would have been a surprise to him(Not all though). To be fair he did well in IPL may be,but in Ranji there are atleast dozen of domestic batsmen with good stats..Karun Nair,Jivanjyoth Singh,KL Rahul to name a few....

    Seeing his performances vs Bangladesh in Odis and today here would suggest that selectors did good job keeping him out, Wats more important is his problems with moving ball where there is movement off the pitch and on the pitch....Remember India will be playing about 9 tests,10+ Odis before Wc2015 in ENG n AUS.....We need technically sound batsmen in such conditions who will hold one end and support the remaining in such conditions.May be a Pujara or Rahane will do that if given a longer look in Odi squads....

    Or else India need to give that role to Rohit at top of order n support Dhawan,Virat,Yuvi,Raina,Dhoni.:P

  • on July 6, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    Why samson is not there ?

  • PomarJagadish on July 6, 2014, 13:37 GMT

    My squad will be:

    1 Rohit 2 Dhawan 3 Virat 4 Yuvi 5 Raina 6 Dhoni 7 Binny 8 Ashwin 9 Bhuvi 10 Shami 11 Umesh

    12 Robbiee(Opener) 13 Rahane/Pujara(Middle Order) 14 Jadeja(Spin) 15 AAron/Bumrah(Fast bowler)

    Wats Yous say guys...???

  • TheBigBoodha on July 6, 2014, 13:33 GMT

    How is a game of cricket being played in the middle of winter? Just bizarre. Never heard of his happening before. Most of he AUS team won't have played a game for three months or more, and they will not have been training, either.

  • PomarJagadish on July 6, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    as chrismpofu said forgot to mention Bumrah....This guy did well in Ranjis this season and did well for MI this IPL. Bowling Yorkers is one thing which many IndiaN bowlers cant do or wont try for some reason.....There is no replacement for a YORKER...Bumrah can bowl YORKERS at will which all saw in IPL7...Hope he does well and creates questions in mind of selecors.. as WC 2015 is in AUS/NZ we need atleast 5 geniune fast bowlers out of which BHUVI,SHAMI will be there for sure....UMESH will be a certainity for sure as he bowled well in those conditions and remaining two wil be intresting. AARON,BUMRAH,ISHWAR PANDEY,MOHIT,VINAY KUMAR,

    BINNY might get lucky too as he is doing well and INDIA would be tempted to go with him for 4th pacer/Allrounder slot...My guess though.Depends on how he performs in the tours of ENG,AUS....

    Wats your view guys.... who will be the 5 fast bowlers in ur expected WC 2015 squad.????

  • chrismpofu on July 6, 2014, 12:22 GMT

    India needs bowlers and therefore keep an eye on yadav, bumrah.sandeep sharma.ojha should perform well n make a comeback into the team,by the he was man of the match in the last test he played at Mumbai.he has been dropped despite unimpressive performances from Ashwin..ojha really needs support from the selectors.

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on July 6, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    The selectors completely wasted a spot on Ambati Rayudu. I do not understand what they see in him or what he's done to deserve it. He's never been among the top run-getters in Ranji Trophy. Shouldn't that be the criteria for anyone being selected for the longer format of the game?

  • PomarJagadish on July 6, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    Next string of Indian Wicket Keepers like Naman Ojha,DK,Saha are not World Class except DK on few Occations(Lacks Consistency)...May be time for selectors to fasttrack Sanju Samson who every one know will surely get into Indian Team one day....

    Before Dhoni retires we need him to be in ODI squad firstly and given opportunities (Like SA,SL,ENG did with Chandimal,Kushal,Decock,Butler) and set him a stage. And we need Samson to do well in Tests as he is a pure talent and India needs one geniune test cricketer/wicket keeper.

  • pritamdas_circ on July 6, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    Very impressive batting from young guns of India, I really like Naman Ojha hope he reaches his 100 on day two and scores beyond. I will be keeping a close eye on their bowling department's performance also :D 400 runs on 1st innings will be more than nice for India A.

  • PomarJagadish on July 6, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    Umesh Yadav's style of bowling suits the most in Australian conditions. Indian selectors might have had other ideas about not selecting him for England tour. This Test n ODI tours with India A will be helpful to Umesh in WC 2015 n series efore that. Selcctors might also opt for reserve opener in Robbie..

  • Chaitanyareddy90 on July 6, 2014, 10:55 GMT

    A Good captain inngs by tiwary and also good inngs by jiwan and naman.i thing uthappa helpfull in odi's he struggled with swing. If jiwan playing like this through out tournament he get called from national side up coming ausis tour as a opener.

  • on July 6, 2014, 10:35 GMT

    Once Again India A Doing Brilliant Job For Youngsters And They Played Well And Twary As A Caption Is A New Development For The Young Stars Of India But U Missed The Juneja Becoz He Played Awesome Last Year For A Team And Every Thing Is Good For These Young Cricketer's And India Future Cricket :)

  • on July 6, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    very imp austrlia tour fr robin and thivari....

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  • on July 6, 2014, 9:48 GMT

    very imp austrlia tour fr robin and thivari....

  • on July 6, 2014, 10:35 GMT

    Once Again India A Doing Brilliant Job For Youngsters And They Played Well And Twary As A Caption Is A New Development For The Young Stars Of India But U Missed The Juneja Becoz He Played Awesome Last Year For A Team And Every Thing Is Good For These Young Cricketer's And India Future Cricket :)

  • Chaitanyareddy90 on July 6, 2014, 10:55 GMT

    A Good captain inngs by tiwary and also good inngs by jiwan and naman.i thing uthappa helpfull in odi's he struggled with swing. If jiwan playing like this through out tournament he get called from national side up coming ausis tour as a opener.

  • PomarJagadish on July 6, 2014, 11:15 GMT

    Umesh Yadav's style of bowling suits the most in Australian conditions. Indian selectors might have had other ideas about not selecting him for England tour. This Test n ODI tours with India A will be helpful to Umesh in WC 2015 n series efore that. Selcctors might also opt for reserve opener in Robbie..

  • pritamdas_circ on July 6, 2014, 11:57 GMT

    Very impressive batting from young guns of India, I really like Naman Ojha hope he reaches his 100 on day two and scores beyond. I will be keeping a close eye on their bowling department's performance also :D 400 runs on 1st innings will be more than nice for India A.

  • PomarJagadish on July 6, 2014, 12:11 GMT

    Next string of Indian Wicket Keepers like Naman Ojha,DK,Saha are not World Class except DK on few Occations(Lacks Consistency)...May be time for selectors to fasttrack Sanju Samson who every one know will surely get into Indian Team one day....

    Before Dhoni retires we need him to be in ODI squad firstly and given opportunities (Like SA,SL,ENG did with Chandimal,Kushal,Decock,Butler) and set him a stage. And we need Samson to do well in Tests as he is a pure talent and India needs one geniune test cricketer/wicket keeper.

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on July 6, 2014, 12:17 GMT

    The selectors completely wasted a spot on Ambati Rayudu. I do not understand what they see in him or what he's done to deserve it. He's never been among the top run-getters in Ranji Trophy. Shouldn't that be the criteria for anyone being selected for the longer format of the game?

  • chrismpofu on July 6, 2014, 12:22 GMT

    India needs bowlers and therefore keep an eye on yadav, bumrah.sandeep sharma.ojha should perform well n make a comeback into the team,by the he was man of the match in the last test he played at Mumbai.he has been dropped despite unimpressive performances from Ashwin..ojha really needs support from the selectors.

  • PomarJagadish on July 6, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    as chrismpofu said forgot to mention Bumrah....This guy did well in Ranjis this season and did well for MI this IPL. Bowling Yorkers is one thing which many IndiaN bowlers cant do or wont try for some reason.....There is no replacement for a YORKER...Bumrah can bowl YORKERS at will which all saw in IPL7...Hope he does well and creates questions in mind of selecors.. as WC 2015 is in AUS/NZ we need atleast 5 geniune fast bowlers out of which BHUVI,SHAMI will be there for sure....UMESH will be a certainity for sure as he bowled well in those conditions and remaining two wil be intresting. AARON,BUMRAH,ISHWAR PANDEY,MOHIT,VINAY KUMAR,

    BINNY might get lucky too as he is doing well and INDIA would be tempted to go with him for 4th pacer/Allrounder slot...My guess though.Depends on how he performs in the tours of ENG,AUS....

    Wats your view guys.... who will be the 5 fast bowlers in ur expected WC 2015 squad.????

  • TheBigBoodha on July 6, 2014, 13:33 GMT

    How is a game of cricket being played in the middle of winter? Just bizarre. Never heard of his happening before. Most of he AUS team won't have played a game for three months or more, and they will not have been training, either.