Australia A v India A, 1st unofficial Test, Brisbane, 4th day July 9, 2014

Naman Ojha, Rayudu strike hundreds in draw

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India A 9 for 475 dec (N Ojha 219*, Tiwary 83, Boyce 4-146) and 5 for 285 (N Ojha 101*, Rayudu 100*, Sayers 3-48) drew with Australia A 534 (Marsh 211, Whiteman 174, Bumrah 5-132)

Naman Ojha and Ambati Rayudu struck hundreds on the last day as India A drew their first four-day game against Australia A in Brisbane.

A draw was the most likely end to the game after the record 371-run stand between Mitchell Marsh and Sam Whiteman on the third day put Australia A in the lead. However, for a brief period during India A's innings, the remote possibility of a result emerged after fast bowler Chadd Sayers' three wickets reduced India to 5 for 86 with a lead of only 27. The unbeaten sixth-wicket stand of 199 between Ojha and Rayudu steered the game towards the draw.

Rayudu, who had batted at No. 4 earlier in the game, came in at No. 7. He had scored a duck in the first innings and took 24 balls to get off the mark in the second but he gradually began playing his shots. He accelerated as the innings progressed, entering the 90s with a six off Peter Forrest, and brought up the hundred three overs later with a four through the off side.

Ojha carried the fluency of his double hundred into this innings to finish with a match aggregate of 320. His first and last deliveries went for four and six respectively and book-ended a knock that ensured India would finish the game on a strong note. He was the more aggressive of the two batsmen, hitting five sixes off which four came against the medium-pace of Forrest. Like the first innings, he brought up his 15th first-class hundred with a six.

Earlier, Australia A's last-wicket pair added 12 to their overnight total of 9 for 522. Jasprit Bumrah dismissed Boyce for 27 to finish with 5 for 132, his third five-for in first-class cricket.

The second and final unofficial Test starts from July 13.

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  • Scott on July 9, 2014, 23:37 GMT

    dunger.bob - It's been pretty cold overnight by Brisbane standards (yesterday it was 7 celcius at 8am) and it took a little while to warm up.

    All in all, this series doesn't interest me very much, other than James Faulkner being the Australia A captain.

  • Peter on July 9, 2014, 20:13 GMT

    @dunger.bob. Spot on. And those of us with lawns understand the huge difference with winter grass vs. summer grass! @Wayne H. Halliday. I agree, but every country will at some point. I see you didn't put a time period, I am saying, maybe in the the next 20-25 years, & it won't be a sustained run when it arrives.

  • Dummy on July 9, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    Great knocks Hope to perform well in future

  • Dummy4 on July 9, 2014, 14:15 GMT

    C'mon Rayudu ur the man indian test cricket is waiting for. He deserves a chance in the test team rather than odi's.

  • Sean on July 9, 2014, 13:54 GMT

    This is a first class match, but also involves teams from two countries. Why not play for 5 days, like proper test match. 1) We may have a result than a draw. 2) Players can prove to selectors - Aussie top order batsmen may want a second chance to improve the first inning failure, and 3) test cricket is played for 5 days - why the distinction for first class games, only to end as 'draw'? Interesting game, but would be better with a result.

  • Vijay on July 9, 2014, 9:52 GMT

    on a flat pitch Bumrah claims 5 for, is he the man india searching for so long... awesome stuff ways to go kid

  • Dummy4 on July 9, 2014, 9:08 GMT

    Wayne, test cricket is won by bowlers, not batsman. Let's not get ahead of ourselves because of of some good batting results on a flat pitch.

  • Katragadda on July 9, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    Somebody commentd on rayudu first innings zero, he showed his class in second innings, he deserves to represent india. he is a class act.

  • Android on July 9, 2014, 8:51 GMT

    Game, set, match India A, to bat like that on foreign soil is truly remarkable. Make no mistake, India will soon reach the top of the test rankings and will be very hard to topple.

  • Jamie on July 9, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    Yes, it's a funny looking scorecard!

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