For the third consecutive day, the bowlers were the dominant force in the game with pacers making merry with the pink ball at the Allan Border field. A total number of 12 wickets fell on day 3 of the first unofficial Test match.
Kicking off the day with a score of 44/2, the India A had a jittery start as they lost the wicket of Manish Pandey who just added 4 runs to his yesterday’s score. India A suffered few more blows as the overnight batsman Shreyas Iyer left the crease after adding 28 runs with Karun Nair. Captain Naman Ojha soon followed him as he was dismissed for a duck.
Nair and Pandya could not resist the fiery bowling attack and both of them edged the ball behind the wicket to get dismissed. The Haryana all-rounder Jayant Yadav came to rescue India A, this time with the bat scoring 46 runs. He stitched small partnerships with the tailenders and dragged the team’s total to a score of 156.
His dismissal marked the end of India A on a total of just 156. Soon the Australia A batsmen were out in the middle to chase the target of 159. The Aussie openers Joe Burns and Cameron Bancroft were looking to quite defensive. Shardul Thakur, however, made an immediate impact dismissing Joe Burns and Travis Dean on consecutive deliveries.
The Australia A batsmen once again were trying to stamp their foot on the crease but Hardik Pandya pierced in with a much-needed breakthrough dismissing captain Peter Handscomb. Varun Aaron added to the woes of the hosts dismissing Marcus Stoinis just 3 overs before the tea.
The match could not be resumed after tea due to persistent rain. Australia A need exactly 100 runs to win the first unofficial Test whereas the India A needs a good spell from their bowlers as they do not have many runs to play with.
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