India A v Australians, Chennai, 2nd day February 17, 2013

Tiwary, spinners make it India A's day

ESPNcricinfo staff

Australians 131 for 4 (Watson 84, Saxena 2-14) trail India A 451 (Tiwary 129, Gambhir 112) by 320 runs

Australian batsmen lost four quick wickets just before stumps on the second day of their tour match against India A in Chennai. After India A scored 451, Australia got a strong start as their openers Shane Watson and Ed Cowan put on 116, scoring at more than five runs per over.

But once Cowan was trapped lbw by left-arm spinner Rakesh Dhurv for 40, No. 3 Phil Hughes was stumped in the next over off Jalaj Saxena. When Usman Khawaja and Watson had put on only 10 for the third wicket, Dhurv struck again to dismiss Watson for 84, who was scoring at nearly run-a-ball. To follow the earlier trend, Saxena picked the fourth Australian wicket in the next over, disturbing Usman Khawaja's stumps. Matthew Wade and and Moises Henriques survived the remaining six overs before stumps, after they lost their four wickets for 11 runs.

Resuming the day at 338 for 4, CM Gautam was dismissed in not much time by Peter Siddle for 38 and Saxena gave able support to Manoj Tiwary who brought up his hundred with a six off Xavier Doherty. Once their 76-run stand was broken with Tiwary's wicket, Dhurv scored a quick 21 and the Australians picked the last four wickets for five runs. Saxena was unbeaten on 30 before he picked up two wickets in eight overs later in the day.

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  • roshan on February 19, 2013, 18:32 GMT

    It will be tough for australia if they want to perform in india. once they get form it will be a different story they cant be defeated easily. From these matches, we can analyze that we have plenty of young talents ready to kickoff their show. Jalaj saxena, rakesh dhruv, manoj tiwari,abhinav mukund, murali vijay, cheteswar pujara, cm gowtham, parvez razool. it is a long list. It will be a pipedream for everyone. I definitely feel rakesh dhruv, jalaj saxena, parvez razool,ravindra jadeja and aswin are the great spin alrounders. I really feel pankaj singh, deepak chahar, iswar pandey should be given chance to bowl more in the innings they are great fastbowlers we have right now to test and use with bhuvanesh kumar.

  • Andrew on February 19, 2013, 9:31 GMT

    @ Doogius on (February 18, 2013, 6:18 GMT) - mate you said "...Lateral movement doesn't = grass its from root structure.." - roots are a part of the grass structure!!!!!! Therfor GRASS!!!! You are aware that Geology is the study of rocks?? You seem to think that Biology & Geology are the same- "...A green top has everything to do with geology, I can water and fertilise it till eternity but if the biology and the soil type don't support it, I'll get a desert..." Wrong The fact is they can play cricket in the UAE - yes? Therfor they can grow grass in a desert. I am fully aware of the differences between India & Oz in terms of pitches. I stated there was differences between the two. (By the way as there is no underlining function in making a comment I use capitals to EMPHASISE specific words, just explaining so you don't take offense!)

  • david on February 18, 2013, 12:25 GMT

    meety the indian cricketers have no idea what a green top is. the nearest to one was the test NZ won in australia last year. the wickets in aus/ eng are very similar apart from a little more bounce in oz but the grass is the same length. in saffaland the pitches are stacked very heavily in their favour to colour and length of grass. which i would say its as much of an advantage as spinning wickets in ind, sl, bd and pak were ever they are playing. i cannot understand why they cannot prepare wickets with grass, gods they can get as much rain granted a certain part of the year only but it could be done. then you could have bowlers that bowl fast an help them when they travel to certain countries

  • Krishna on February 18, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    Even though Aussies look rusty in this 3 day match but Micheal Clarke will make a huge difference in actual tests.Luck for Aus that this was a 3 day match

  • Binu on February 18, 2013, 11:46 GMT

    The team for first test:Shewag,Vijay/Dhawan,Pujara,Sachin,Kohli,Dhoni,Raveendra Jadeja,R Aswin,B Kumar,Ishanth,Ohja

  • Rod on February 18, 2013, 11:34 GMT

    Following on......the inevitable slide of Australian cricket continues unabated! Looks like Warnie was right. The ol' fella might have to play as well!

  • Mathews on February 18, 2013, 11:24 GMT

    Sundara Rajan Sampath@ you are absolutely right, our crickters are so selfish and they are not worried about Indian cricket, our captains got so much authority, If Australians in that situation they must not do the same, our young batsmen lost a chance to bat, bowlers who is waiting ( Vinay,Kulkarni,Nayar) for Indian team chances havn't got opportunity to bowl,

  • John on February 18, 2013, 11:21 GMT

    I am happy the way Indian spinners bowled but what about the seamers ? I mean, the figures tell it all ! Gony, one of the worst bowlers.. We need some better fast bowling talent... ! I am not sure that Ashwin is a great spinner either :/ ! He's just another mediocre spinner ! I guess the probable team will be :

    1) Sehwag 2) Dhawan 3) Pujara 4) Sachin 5) Kohli 6) Dhoni 7) Vijay/Rahane 8) Ashwin/Harbhajan 9) Ishant 10)Kumar 11)Ojha

    I want Rahane to be selected ahead of Vijay !! Bowling looks a little weak but the batting should be fine.. ! or atleast we should hope so !

  • BALASUBRAMANIAN on February 18, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    The Aussies are shrewd & use their brain much more than getting their individual skills honed further when it comes to practice matches especially when in India because they know the Indian selectors will put much weight on these practice matches to pick teams down the line. Giving Gambhir & Manoj centuries and again giving 5 & 4 wickets to the India A spinners (not batting to their full potential) are examples on how the Aussies can fool the Indian selectors. Definitely I do not want to take away the performance of the players concerned. But this is only a practice match and leave the performances at it.

  • Patrick on February 18, 2013, 11:01 GMT

    Handy warm up! Usman in a great position to put heat on Hughes, Watson in nick, Cowan steady, Henriques bowling tight lines and handy with the bat, wickets for X. The bar has been set pretty low by Eng let's be mindful. Thoroughly recommend from the cricInfo series archive, 'A World of Pain' the wrap up of Eng's 9 wicket demolishing in India a few months ago, F-F-L's excuse ridden defiance is an absolute crack up!