Australia A slims India A on 230, Manish Pandey scores 77

Rishav Narang / 08 September 2016

Despite having a good opening partnership, India A was restricted by the Australia A bowlers on a mere total of 230 runs. The India A batsmen couldn’t even survive 90 overs as they were could just face 489 deliveries. The Indian openers Akhil Herwadkar and Faiz Fazal led a strong base and shared 74 runs for the first wicket before Herwadkar was caught by Peter Handscomb off DJ Worrall, who have recently being inducted into the Australian team for South Africa series. Fazal and Shreyas Iyer followed him to dressing room within a period 10 overs.

Manish Pandey along with his statemate Karun Nair stayed on the crease for a bit long but it was Pandey who was scoring runs and Nair’s bat was almost silent. In the 60 runs, a partnership between the two batsmen, Nair’s contribution was just 15 runs. He was playing quite slowly and consumed 63 balls for his 15 runs. No contribution from other end exerted pressure on Pandey and he was also dismissed on the score of 77 playing just 76 deliveries. Pandey’s wicket marked the start of an epic fall as India A lost last 6 wickets for just 42 runs.

There was a hope that captain Naman Ojha, who had a brilliant run on his last tour to Australia, will drive the ship safely but he disappointed scoring just 2 runs. The tailenders, however, made Australian bowlers wait for another 13 overs. India A scored 230 runs in 81.3 overs.

The Australia A openers Joe Burns and Cameron Bancroft had a tough task to survive last few moments of the day. Instead of facing any pressure, both of them played freely hitting regular boundaries of Indian bowlers. Handscomb opened his account with a boundary in the first over of the innings of Shardul Thakur, Joe Burns who played his first ball after completion of two overs also opened his account with a boundary followed by another of the same bowler.

Confused India A captain made an immediate change in the bowling line up handing over the ball to Hardik Pandya who conceded four runs in his over. In hope of a miracle, Ojha removed Varun Aaron and handed over the ball to Shahbaz Nadeem to ball the last over of the day. He was welcomed with a boundary by Bancroft.

The Australia A batsmen survived the last 6 overs of the day and put up 25 runs on the board. The Aussie batsmen will be looking to continue the good start and add as many runs as possible whereas the India A bowlers will be looking to take quick wickets like Australia A bowlers did.