India A v Australians, Chennai, 1st day February 16, 2013

Gambhir leads India A with hundred

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India A 338 for 4 (Gambhir 112, Rohit 77, Tiwary 77*, Doherty 3-69) v Australians

Australia's bowlers were made to toil for wickets on the opening day of their second warm-up match against India A in Chennai. After deciding to bat, India A were led by their captain Gautam Gambhir, who struck a hundred only days after being dropped for the first two Tests against Australia. It was his first first-class hundred since his 116 against Bangladesh in January 2010.

He was accompanied by Jiwanjot Singh in an opening partnership of 67 before Jiwanjot edged Xavier Doherty to Shane Watson at first slip. Gambhir was going strong and brought up his half-century with two consecutive sixes off left-arm spinner Ashton Agar. His innings also ended with a catch to Watson, giving Moises Henriques his only wicket for the day.

Rohit Sharma, also eyeing a place in the Test squad, struck form with a half-century that included eight fours and three sixes. Rohit and Abhishek Nayar were dismissed in consecutive overs from Doherty, the only Australian bowler to show any signs of success against the Indian batsmen.

India A were 272 for 4 and Manoj Tiwary and CM Gautam put on 66 and batted until stumps. Tiwary was unbeaten on 77 and Gautam on 34. Tiwary's innings was competition to Rohit's half-century as the two are on the fringes of the India Test squad.

Opening bowlers Mitchell Starc and Peter Siddle bowled 30 overs together, including nine maidens, but failed to pick any wickets. Spinners Nathan Lyon and Agar were expensive in their spells, Lyon conceding 97 in his 20 overs and Agar conceding 78 runs at six runs per over.

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  • Mariam on February 17, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    Though Warner is a key player for us, its good that Watson and Cowan may open in the first test as it allows us to see who is the better man for the job. I have been advocating Watson as the man as he is tailored made for opening but Cowan can prove me wrong in the first test. Ian Chappell made some very good points today on why Watto should open too. Hughes and Khawaja didn't get to settle in today but both can be key players for us in the series as well. Very worried about Lyon but this game proves we may need to go with pace bowlers.. From the looks of things the lineup will be Watson, Cowan, Hughes, Khawaja, Clarke, Henriques, Wade, Siddle, Starc, Johnson, Lyon

  • David on February 17, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    Come on, @ Simoc. The reason the quicks didn't bowl much was because of the pitch - AND because of the paranoia about injuries. The management doesn't want them exerting themselves too hard before the first test. Quite clearly there is a ten over per day limit which has been set down. If they actually had the agenda of winning the game they wouldn't be giving the coffee boy twenty overs, LOL. Since when does a net bowler play for Australia? (Agar). One of the strangest things I've ever seen. As for the late collapse, this was pure bad tactics in becoming too defensive in the last hour before stumps. Australia was motoring along at six runs an over before that. Then after Khawaja came in, there was only 4 runs scored in 70 deliveries as they tried to bat out till tea. If they were playing against world class bowlers that might be understandable, not handy spinners who average in the 30s and 40s respectively. I doubt Clarke would have let that stupidity happen.

  • GAURAV on February 17, 2013, 12:02 GMT

    @Rumy1 Dead as a dodo pitch is proving too much for the Aussies. Very Ordinary Display from the visitors so far, your favorite visitors.

  • Graham on February 17, 2013, 11:13 GMT

    Wow a lot of English supporters commenting on a practise match in India you can only conclude that they may be worried. It seems to be a decent hit-out most players now had a feel for the conditions and will be ready to go come the important stuff. Lyon improved on day 2, Siddle and Starc bowled tidy on batsman friendly conditions. Lets see how the tests go. Still not sure what way the Aussies will go come the first test would love to see Watson back opening but Cowan has done well in both warm up games.

  • Simon on February 17, 2013, 11:02 GMT

    So eight out of the ten wickets to the Oz spinners. I'm thinking this is going to be a recurring theme throughout the tests. It seems the quicks control the scoring well but that's about it. Maybe Maxwell will come into test consideration. Good to see the Oz openers so positive.

  • David on February 17, 2013, 10:45 GMT

    At least get your eyesight tested before posting here, @FFL. Lyon conceded exactly 3.68 runs per over, not 5 as you stste, which is exactly 1 run and over LESS than the Indian bowlers are now conceding at the time of posting. Even Cowan is motoring along. Kind of puts things in perspective, doesn't it?

  • Daniel on February 17, 2013, 9:55 GMT

    Must be embarrassing for Aussie fans knowing Lyon can only get tailenders out.

  • j on February 17, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    After another humbling day in Indian conditions for Australia, we can safely conclude that : Siddle - Useless. Starc - Useless & Impotent. The less said about the rest the better, but let's not forget Lyon's '5 an over' of seam in which he tried his best but continues to remind us all of the fact he's not worthy of a test cap, but continues to be picked as an open admission by Australia that there's really no one else in Australia that could fill the 'spinners' role. Agar goes at 6 and over for 20 overs but is really anyone surprised? And let's not forget some guy called Doherty too, who had his career virtually ended last Ashes by Mr 766 and co. Time to rethink yet again Australia.

  • senthil on February 17, 2013, 9:10 GMT

    Gambhir deliberately not playing well under Dhoni, just to make him as captain. See when he fields, he never dives in the boundary or when he leaves a catch, his reaction will be so what?. Creates a suspicion of being very selfish Gambhir, if it is true, than not a good attitude.

  • Merv on February 17, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    How embarrassing for Nathan Lyon.