India A in command after Naman Ojha double ton
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
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 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."