Seamers, top order put India in control
India Emerging Players took control of their three-day match against Australian Institute of Sport in Townsville, ending the first day just 14 runs short of the hosts' 205 with nine wickets intact. Seamers Jaidev Unadkat and Varun Aaron shared seven wickets between them as Australia collapsed from 141 for 1 to lose their last nine wickets for 64 runs. Aaron had given India the breakthrough when he had opener Ryan Carters caught behind for 17 but Sam Whiteman (53) and Nic Maddinson (82) put on 107 runs to revive Australia. Unadkat brought India back with a three-wicket burst that accounted for Whiteman and Maddinson to reduce Australia to 164 for 4. Shikhar Dhawan, who rarely bowls, picked up two quick wickets and Aaron returned to run through the lower order to finish with 4 for 40.
Dhawan fell early in India's reply but Ajinkya Rahane and Ashok Menaria hit unbeaten half-centuries in an unbroken 174-run partnership, as India rattled along at close to five runs an over. Michael Beer, the left-arm spinner, went for 49 in six overs.
Dean Brownlie continued his fine form with an unbeaten hundred as New Zealand A declared on 382 for 7 against South Africa Emerging Players. The next highest score was opener Rob Nicol's 55. Brownlie faced 215 deliveries for his 181 and hit 24 fours and three sixes, rescuing New Zealand from 166 for 5. He put on 130 for the sixth wicket with Luke Woodcock and also had useful stands with Derek de Boorder and Nicol. Fast bowler Ethan O'Reilly was the most successful bowler for South Africa with 3 for 52. South Africa ended the day on 17 for 1 after Jon-Jon Smuts fell to Brent Arnel.