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

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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  • ESPN 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.

  • uttam 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?

  • GAURAV 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.

  • Dummy4 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.

  • Chikku 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.

  • Android on July 7, 2014, 2:35 GMT

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

  • J 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.

  • J 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.

  • Dummy4 on July 6, 2014, 18:36 GMT

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

  • Matt 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.

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