Australia A and India A locked in tight struggle


Australia A and their Indian counterparts are locked in a tight tussle in the first of two four-day unofficial ‘Tests’ at Allan Border field in Queensland.

India reached 44 for 2 by the close of play on day two with Manish Pandey (7) and Shreyas Iyer (6) at the crease at stumps.

Australia A began the day on 25 without loss but the overnight pair of Cameron Bancroft and Joe Burns were separated in the sixth over of the day when Varun Aaron trapped the former leg before for 10.

Travis Dean made just one run before Shardul Thakur found the edge of his bat with Pandey taking the catch at first slip.

That brought together Australia A’s top scorers. Burns (78) and Peter Handscomb (87) put on 118 for the third wicket and looked to have put the hosts well on top.

After Burns departure Australia A were 157 for 3 but they would collapse to 228 all out with Aaron (3 for 41) and Jayant Yadav (3 for 44) making quick work of the middle and lower order.

Australia A rallied with the ball in hand though as David Moody had Akhil Herwadkar caught at gully for 23.

Daniel Worrall has recently earned a call up to Australia’s ODI squad to tour South Africa and he would trap Faiz Fazal leg before for just six with the batsman looking displeased at the umpire’s decision.

India have built a 46 run lead but the pink ball seems to be troubling a few batsman and the match is delicately poised.