Australia A v India A, 2nd unofficial Test, Brisbane, 1st day July 13, 2014

India A hit back after Faulkner-Forrest stand

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Australia A 7 for 288 (Faulkner 94, Forrest 77, Mishra 4-114, Yadav 3-42) v India A

Fifties from James Faulkner and Peter Forrest helped Australia A put up 7 for 288 on the opening day of the second four-day game against India A in Brisbane. The pair put on 133 runs for the fourth wicket but on either side of the partnership, Australia A lost wickets in clusters to Umesh Yadav and Amit Mishra.

Mishra, who replaced Pragyan Ojha, was the most successful bowler with four wickets, but he was also the most expensive. Three of his wickets came towards the end of the day. He dismissed Faulkner six runs short of a maiden first-class century after the batsman had hit him for four sixes in the 71st over. In his next four overs, Mishra removed the two batsmen who had rescued Australia A in the first four-day game - Mitchell Marsh was caught at slip for 14 trying to slash, while Sam Whiteman was bowled for 12.

Apart from the knocks by Forrest and Faulkner, the other Australia A batsmen had little to show for, as they failed to build on starts. Australia A won the toss and batted first, but their opening stand was broken in the eighth over when Phillip Hughes was caught behind off Yadav. The fast bowler then accounted for Alex Doolan, who made a 64-ball 18. Chris Lynn's wicket in the last over before lunch left Australia A on a shaky 3 for 64 but Faulkner and Forrest steadied the innings in the second session and gradually accumulated runs. Faulkner was the first to switch gears, getting to an 80-ball 50 with nine fours, while Forrest reached his fifty a few overs later.

Faulkner pushed the scoring-rate after Forrest fell and attacked Mishra. The fifth-wicket partnership between Faulkner and Marsh yielded 51 of which Marsh contributed just 12. Mishra's late strikes, however, left the onus of a fightback on Australia A's lower order, comprising Ben Cutting, Cameron Boyce, Nathan Lyon and Chadd Sayers. Lyon, who had joined the Australia A squad earlier this week, replaced Moises Henriques in the XI.

India A also made changes. Apart from Mishra's inclusion, B Aparajith replaced Karun Nair in the batting line-up while fast bowler Anureet Singh came in for Dhawal Kulkarni.

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  • Android on July 14, 2014, 7:54 GMT

    What happen to robin uttappa...comon man yu have very good talent if yu file in austrlia and selctore telling yu nt fitt fr odi also please please do well in odis test is over...ur the captain 6 maches 3 cenchrys ur side reaquire dnt dispoint ur fans tdy iam upsett..just 10...other people doing consistency what happen yu man...ipl..and vija hajare . and even bhnghla 1 mch yu played superly...prsent what happen man

  • ashok on July 14, 2014, 7:21 GMT

    lolz lyon??? I told ya!!you have got to prove yourself against world's best batting line up!! @electric_loco_WAP4 lolz you an Indian ? ha ha!!

  • Android on July 14, 2014, 3:39 GMT

    what happend to uthappa... common uthappa..dnt make ur fans dissapointed... we want to see u in blue jersy in all format of game.. dnt prove u r nly fit fr indian flat pitch.. u hv capacity to prv ur ability..deliver the best in comin matchs.. its now or never..

  • Dummy4 on July 14, 2014, 0:39 GMT

    Now they will put at least 200 run partnership for 8th wicket against Mighty Indian bowling line up!!500 at least on Card for AUS A..Feeling for Indian entire bowling unit!!haha

  • Sam on July 13, 2014, 23:45 GMT

    mishra should be in england

  • Kuldeep on July 13, 2014, 22:22 GMT

    Amit Mishra should be with India in England.

  • sam on July 13, 2014, 21:00 GMT

    Time for the Nathan Lyon show. Expect worlds 2nd best -after Ajmal- to run through Ind A with 5 fers in both inngs. And a big W for Aussies.But before that 100 more runs from Cutting and the tail 1st up.

  • sam on July 13, 2014, 20:54 GMT

    @Aviral- 'Best' batting line up ofcourse! On the flatbeds of Ind!!-:) Pls publish this time.

  • ESPN on July 13, 2014, 20:07 GMT

    @Jared Hansen. I reckon you can thrown Finch into the bracket with Bailey and Khawaja as one thing finch does do is if he gets in he usually goes big , and he can hit a ball as clean as Gilchrist. He may eventually open but he could come in at 6 at some point as I'd try Steve Smith at 3 especially in Australian conditions against the likes of India.

  • Muthuvel on July 13, 2014, 19:04 GMT

    Umesh Yadav needs to be in England. Pawan suyal should replace him in this series.

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