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)
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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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  • POSTED BY ss1981 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.

  • POSTED BY Chris_P 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.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | July 9, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    Great knocks Hope to perform well in future

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY SeanB 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.

  • POSTED BY VJbas 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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY kondalrao 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.

  • POSTED BY android_user 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.

  • POSTED BY Barnbarroch on | July 9, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    Yes, it's a funny looking scorecard!

  • POSTED BY ss1981 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.

  • POSTED BY Chris_P 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.

  • POSTED BY wapuser on | July 9, 2014, 15:02 GMT

    Great knocks Hope to perform well in future

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY SeanB 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.

  • POSTED BY VJbas 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

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY kondalrao 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.

  • POSTED BY android_user 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.

  • POSTED BY Barnbarroch on | July 9, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    Yes, it's a funny looking scorecard!

  • POSTED BY on | July 9, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    Congratulations Naman Ojha for fantabulous batting display !!

  • POSTED BY on | July 9, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    Allan border field does tend to do that. But yea its mostly a real flat track compared to the gabba. Really hard to get results there and quite easy to score runs quickly since its a small ground. Both teams played well in patches.

  • POSTED BY dunger.bob on | July 9, 2014, 7:53 GMT

    We saw the same pattern again today. Juice and wickets early only to flatten out in the mid and afternoon sessions. .. I'd be checking the tide chart or something because that's not a coincidence imo.

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  • POSTED BY dunger.bob on | July 9, 2014, 7:53 GMT

    We saw the same pattern again today. Juice and wickets early only to flatten out in the mid and afternoon sessions. .. I'd be checking the tide chart or something because that's not a coincidence imo.

  • POSTED BY on | July 9, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    Allan border field does tend to do that. But yea its mostly a real flat track compared to the gabba. Really hard to get results there and quite easy to score runs quickly since its a small ground. Both teams played well in patches.

  • POSTED BY on | July 9, 2014, 8:08 GMT

    Congratulations Naman Ojha for fantabulous batting display !!

  • POSTED BY Barnbarroch on | July 9, 2014, 8:12 GMT

    Yes, it's a funny looking scorecard!

  • POSTED BY android_user 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.

  • POSTED BY kondalrao 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.

  • POSTED BY VJbas 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

  • POSTED BY SeanB 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.

  • POSTED BY 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.