The second day of the first unofficial Test match was once again dominated by the bowlers as a total number of 12 wickets tumbled on day 2 with India A getting a morsel over Australia A.
Australia A had a tough start to the day as they lost two early wickets in form of opener Cameron Bancroft and Travis Dean. Cameron Bancroft could not add even a single run to his yesterday’s total whereas Dean was dismissed on the score of 1. Joe Burns and Peter Handscomb came to rescue the team and shared 118 runs for the third wicket. Indian bowlers toiled for 25 overs to get the third wicket.
Finally, the moment came for Indian bowlers as Hardik Pandya drew an edge of Joe Burns bat which landed safely in the hands of Karun Nair who was ready there at the slips. Peter Handscomb was the next unlucky man to be dismissed as he was turned back by the runner at the other end, Jayant Yadav had ample time to dislodge the bails. Handscomb was dismissed for 87.
The last five batsmen could just add 41 runs to the teams total and the Australia A fell short by a margin of 2 runs. Jayan Yadav and Varun Aaron both scalped 3 wickets; Hardik Pandya affected two blows whereas Shardul Thakur could just get one wicket.
The India A openers were again out on the crease to play the remaining 20 over of the day. Worrall and Moody provided a great start to Australia A sending both the openers back to the pavilion at early scores. The day was cut short due to rain in the later part of the day.
India A is currently leading by 46 runs with 8 wickets in hands, the Indian middle order will have a huge responsibility to push the score somewhat around 250 or 275 so as to put a defending total on the board.