Australia A v India A, Brisbane, 2nd day

India A in command after Naman Ojha double ton

ESPNcricinfo staff

July 7, 2014

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Batting was easier after day one, first session - Naman Ojha

Australia A 6 for 126 (Hughes 34, Bumrah 3-42) trail India A 9 for 475 dec (N Ojha 219*, Tiwary 83, Jiwanjot 56, Boyce 4-146) by 349 runs
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A breathtaking double-century from Naman Ojha and three wickets from Jasprit Bumrah took India A to a commanding position at the end of the second day's play of their four-day game against Australia A in Brisbane. Naman added 122 runs with Nos. 10 and 11, whose combined contributions to those two partnerships was 11 runs, before India A declared on 9 for 475.

Phil Hughes and Alex Doolan put on 33 for the first wicket as Australia A began their reply, before Bumrah struck in the ninth over to remove Doolan. Peter Forrest then added another 33 with Hughes before Bumrah struck again. Hughes fell at the same score, bowled by Dhawal Kulkarni, and Pragyan Ojha and Umesh Yadav then joined the party to leave Australia A 6 for 99. Mitchell Marsh and Sam Whiteman were together at the crease at stumps, having added 27 in 6.3 overs. With two more days left to play, it will take quite a bit of effort for Australia A to turn things around.

India began the day on 6 for 304, with Naman on 82, and he reached his hundred in the 10th over of the morning, with a six off legspinner Cameron Boyce. India A were soon eight down, though, after Boyce dismissed Dhawal Kulkarni and Umesh Yadav in successive overs. Naman, at that point, was on 110.

He immediately scored a flurry of boundaries, including a four and two sixes in successive deliveries off Boyce, to move to 152 and take India A's total to 400, before Moises Henriques had his namesake Pragyan Ojha caught behind. Pragyan's share of the partnership of 47 between the two Ojhas was a mere four runs.


Naman Ojha plays to the leg side, Australia A v India A, 1st unofficial Test, Brisbane, 2nd day, July 7, 2014
Naman Ojha struck 29 fours and eight sixes in his unbeaten 219 © Getty Images
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Naman then proceeded to dominate another partnership in even more spectacular manner, as India A scored 75 runs in the next 91 balls to declare on 9 for 475. Jasprit Bumrah's share of the unbroken ninth wicket partnership was 7 off 34 balls. Naman reached his 200 with another six, this time off fast bowler Chadd Sayers, and continued finding the boundary almost every over, and the declaration arrived immediately after he struck three fours in one Sayers over. Naman's unbeaten 219 came off 250 balls, with 29 fours and eight sixes. After reaching his 100, he scored 119 runs in just 114 balls.

Boyce finished with four wickets, and Naman praised his bowling, saying "he has got very good drift and very good turn", and that he would be even more of a threat if he bowled in the subcontinent.

Asked how conditions were for batting, Ojha said the pitch was good to bat on after the initial few overs. "I think day one, the first session was a little difficult but after that things got pretty good for us and then I tried to hang in at the wicket and it went off well."

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Posted by BradmanBestEver on (July 8, 2014, 7:41 GMT)

Things are looking pretty good for the Aussies in the coming years - Mitch Marsh in particular must be given a go in the test team - he seems a better batting prospect than Faulkner and he can send them down at a good clip with a bit of movement.

Posted by   on (July 8, 2014, 7:39 GMT)

tommrrw robin uttappa will rock ..100***

Posted by lingiboy on (July 8, 2014, 7:14 GMT)

Naman's chances of getting into the India team are slim. many reasons. He is already 31 lus. Dhoni will continue as captain and WK till he wants as linguboy says. Kids Mitch Marsh and Sam Whiteman also batted well on the same pitch.

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (July 8, 2014, 7:12 GMT)

Wonderful performances. The stage was set for them both,and they stood up. If the old guard can hold for for 2/3 years, Australia will be sitting on another potentially great set of players. With a few youngsters who should be ready by then. The bowlers mentioned before, Cummins, Starc, Pattinson, Hazelwood and some young batters around like Lynn, Burns, Maddinson, Silk, Head - it could be very good.

Posted by siddhartha87 on (July 8, 2014, 6:57 GMT)

Aussie is developing a great bench strength. Cummins,Starc,Bird and Hazzlewood are not even playing.Chris Lynn looks a genuine number 5 or 6 batsman. Will be great to see him debuting in tests later this year. Surprised that O'keefe is not in the squad. He had a splendid shield session.

Posted by   on (July 8, 2014, 6:53 GMT)

What a great day for Australia.. the future is looking bright that's for sure. Two of our best young talents score 174 and 211 (run out) respectively. Whiteman looks like he will be first in line to replace Haddin when he decides to call it a career and also has good leadership potential, whilst Marsh seems to be coming of age with the bat. Let's hope he keeps it up and replaces Watson in the Test side sooner rather than later.

Posted by   on (July 8, 2014, 6:40 GMT)

I think this problem exists at the A level two . From 126-6 to 502-8 .This is the major problem with Ind bowling .When they get the first six out cheaply they make sure No 7 and No 8 make big scores .If this happens ( which I am pretty sure it will) in the eng tour we can expect 2-0 or 3-0 to england if not a whitewash .Ojha has been terrible ,getting hit for a boundary every over by Mitch marsh . Ashwin wouldnt have been better either .We have stopped producing quality spinners who can perform outside the subcontinent after Kumble and bhajji .Ind needs to focus on pace and spin resources immediateky if they have to stand a chance at competing with all other test team

Posted by dunger.bob on (July 8, 2014, 6:24 GMT)

The Allan Border Field must be one of the very few major grounds in Brisbane that isn't currently being used by one of the 4 football codes we have here. .. Seriously, just about every other ground has grass an inch and a half long all over them as well as a million sprig marks. .. It's the middle of winter for god's sake. I've never seen a f/c game played in July in Australia before. We played Bangladesh in a 2 Test series in Darwin a few years back, but I'm pretty sure that was in Aug/Sep which is late winter/early spring. .. This is new.

Posted by   on (July 8, 2014, 6:19 GMT)

Ha ha typical Indian bowling as you still gloating now Indians about how great your A team is? Some things don't change hey , as this is exactly what happened in NZ when BM got his 300 runs. Still a laughing stock of a bowling unit.

Posted by dunger.bob on (July 8, 2014, 5:19 GMT)

This is very much an exploratory Aussie A side. I count 4 all-rounders. Batsmen are batting out of position and there's no serious fast bowling in sight. Well, OK, Cutting, but he's a short format specialist at this point. He's not that quick either. Not really.

@ R_U_4_REAL_NICK: Gee whizz mate, you're in good form lately. All I can say about that one is good try but no cigar. For the reasons above. Also, as I speak Whiteman has just ticked off his 150 to make a matching pair with Mitch Marshes. The extra cream on top about Whiteman is that he was born in Yorkshire but chose to go with us. .. It's just nice to keep one now and then. :)

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