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February 17, 2013
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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